WWE often comes up with wacky storylines that make little to no sense and we, as a fan base, often take the creative team to task for it. After all, it's our entertainment dollar and we'll do what we want with it.
However, there are those who work in pro wrestling who are always willing to go that extra mile to make sure we get our money's worth when we tune in every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Performers like Chris Jericho and CM Punk, who engaged in an incredibly compelling and deeply personal feud in early 2012 that centered around that latter's issues with his family, namely his distaste for alcohol that stems from alcoholism destroying those around him while he was growing up.
But that wasn't originally the plan.
If you can believe it, the idea Jericho initially came up with was to tattoo his name -- his initials, to be precise -- on Punk's person, live on Raw. He explains in an interview with Arda Ocal:
"With the Punk thing, I wanted something that was really going to be personal. And my idea was to tattoo him. I wanted to tattoo my initials on him, which Vince loved, approved, and then came down to the wire and somebody told him that when you tattoo somebody it bleeds and he got all angry at that and not understanding the concept of a tattoo... And also saying 'well, he's got so many tattoos, what's one more going to do?' And I was like, 'you don't understand, a tattoo is a personal choice.' You know, it's like a girl has a lascivious lifestyle and has sex with a guy every night that's her choice but if someone rapes her, that's wrong. Same with tattooing. If I tattoo my initials on him, it doesn't matter if he's got 1,000, he's always going to see that and remember it. Vince didn't like it, changed it around so then we had to kind of sit down and literally right before the show we were going to do the tattooing, where do we go? We kind of went into the whole Punk's dad had alcoholic issues. ... (Punk) loved (the idea of the tattoo). It was real. I was going to tattoo him for real. He loved it. So we were both kind of disappointed because we thought it would be great."
That's dedication to your craft, if you're actually willing to let someone permanently mark you for a pro wrestling angle. It also might be a bit crazy, but that's sort of a requirement, isn't it?
Here's more from Jericho on a whole host of topics: