Dueling Diary: CM Punk and Chris Jericho, Day 1

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March 28, 2012

CM Punk and The Rock at WrestleMania weekPUNK ROCK MOMENT, 2:05 p.m.
The tattooed teetotaler winds narrow halls behind the scenes at the press conference, passing the likes of Santino Marella, Eve and Kofi Kingston – who Punk had earlier exposed as one of his more consistent conquests on Words with Friends.

The Straight Edge Superstar encounters The Great One and for a moment, it’s unclear as to what the intermingling will yield. It’s either mutual respect between CM Punk and The Rock or just their undivided attention on their respective WrestleMania opponents, but the private conversation is smooth, cordial. As Punk later explains, the topic is “wrestling,” simply stated. Both have a history with John Cena, with The Voice of the Voiceless actually getting the best of the Cenation leader on multiple occasions in 2011. Days after this conversation, the world will learn if The Brahma Bull can, too, do what Punk has been able to do: defeat Cena.

CM Punk steps through the curtains at the WrestleMania press conferenceCURTAIN CALLING, 3:06 p.m.
The entire WWE Universe is watching online when WWE Champion CM Punk cuts through the curtain to hit the stage for the WrestleMania press conference. He vows not to bore anyone in the heart of Miami and it’s no lie as the crowd applauds Punk’s frank message that he’s “going to kick Chris Jericho’s ass.”

Next, the titleholder incites an impromptu bidding war for him to remove his “Colt of Personality” shirt and mocks Michael Cole’s excessive makeup layering. Punk’s delivery is quick and punchy, as if he was standing in the center of the ring and tormenting his “clown-shoed” enemy, WWE EVP John Laurinaitis, or a tight-buttoned executive telling him what he “shalt or shalt not say.” His silver tongue seems even more brilliant in the bright daylight of the outdoor gathering.

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