This past Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the reigning Stanley Cup champions to earn the right to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals. Needless to say, this is a big deal to the city of Chicago and without question one of the Hawks’ biggest fans, former WWE champion CM Punk.
The Stanley Cup championship will begin on Wednesday June 12, followed by Game 2 on Saturday June 15. That weekend serves as a significant weekend for the city of Chicago, since not only will the first two games of the championship will be held in Chicago, but so will Punk’s in-ring comeback as the WWE will be in town for their latest pay-per-view, “Payback”.
Punk is scheduled to revive his rivalry with his old adversary Chris Jericho in what may be the headlining main event of the pay-per-view. Since both Punk and Jericho are both mega hockey fans and grew up watching the sport, it would be fair to assume that this element would make an appropriate fit for the story between the two.
There is a big difference between this program and last year’s feud. The main difference is that these two are going into this match as fan favorites as opposed to last year, when Jericho was in one of his most hated heel roles. Last year, Jericho and Punk had a one-on-one match with each other in a “Chicago Street Fight” match at WWE Extreme Rules. This match will not be sanctioned under those rules, but still will be expected to deliver in terms of quality.
For some added motivation, Punk may just have to take a trip to the United Center on the west side of Chicago, the night before his big main event match, to support his team and use that energy against Jericho the next night. The Hawks are moving forward to regain the Stanley Cup that they won in 2010.
Since Punk lost the WWE title to The Rock in January, he has been on the same concentrated path to redemption.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports