One of the top matches featured on the loaded WWE WrestleMania 28 card was then-WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho. Other top matches on the card included The Rock vs. John Cena, The Undertaker vs. Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match, and more.
It was a memorable bout after a strong build as Jericho, the heel in the feud, brought up Punk’s father being an alcoholic.
On the latest episode of Talk Is Jericho, Jericho shared what Vince McMahon originally wanted the match to be. He thought it should’ve gone two minutes with a DQ finish. They both disagreed with the WWE Chairman, but Jericho did see the point McMahon was trying to get over.
“I think that match is a little underrated because of that [Rock vs. Cena along with Undertaker vs. Triple H being on the show] and I’ll also tell you one last little thing about it is Vince [McMahon] wanted that match to be two minutes long. Punk and I had visions of being Savage/Steamboat for the modern age. Vince did have a point looking back in retrospect because if you remember, I was calling his father a drunk, I poured alcohol down his mouth, I hit him with bottles, I did a lot of really sh*tty things and he wanted Punk to just get me in the ring and just go nuts and he wanted to do the terrible, kick the guy in the corner, ref counts to five, DQ. I said, ‘Vince, we can’t do that at WrestleMania.’ He goes, ‘What is he supposed to do? You insulted his family, you insulted his sister, you poured alcohol down his throat. What are you supposed to do? Tackle, drop down, leapfrog?’ And I was like, he has a point. He has a point. So, we decided that — Vince came up with the idea, if CM Punk gets disqualified, I win the title so he couldn’t go completely crazy and there was some semblance of rules that had to be followed so we could at least still have a match and there’s a reason why Punk just didn’t take a chair and take my head off so, I don’t know if I’ve ever told that story. A little scoop for you guys.”
Punk won the match and they did a street fight at the Extreme Rules event with Punk also going over top end the feud.
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