I defended this Punk/Jericho alcoholism angle initially. Why? I felt it made perfect sense that a ruthless, thinking man's heel like Jericho would use mind games like that to throw Punk off his game.
To be honest though, I think this feud is coming off the rails a bit now and it is mainly because they have continued to make the alcoholism aspect the primary part of the feud. I think that is a big mistake.
If you did not see it, here is the WWE YouTube version of the sobriety test on this week's RAW.
I love Punk and respect what Jericho brings to the table, but this was unbelievably hokey. For one, it immediately reminded me of the Jake "The Snake" Roberts/Jerry Lawler angle on RAW years ago. Understand, I am not saying that it's a bad segment simply because something similar was done in the past. It's just that many hardcore fans were probably like me in thinking, "This has to be a setup." For what it's worth, Kevin Nash pulled the same stunt on Scott Hall during their feud in WCW. Again, that doesn't make it a bad segment though.
What makes it a bad segment is that Jericho looked like a moron, it took entirely too long to get to a payoff and this shouldn't be the thrust of the feud at this point. I am adamant about that last point in large part because Jericho used this tactic before WrestleMania 28 and then lost cleanly. To me, that's a perfect reason for Jericho to shift strategies and formulate a new approach to getting CM Punk off his game.
As exciting as the "BEST IN THE WORLD!" feud was to begin with and as good as the Extreme Rules match should be, this feud is starting to lose steam in my opinion. The alcoholism angle is a large part of that.
I am almost certain that I am not the only one who feels this way. How about you?
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