To close out September today and tomorrow, we’ll go with the brand split era and the Smackdown side of things. Benoit and Angle had the classics ***** encounter at Royal Rumble 2003, but before that at Unforgiven 2002, they paired off in another great match, this one has an ending that hearkens back to their WM X-7 encounter.
In the beginning of the brand split, Smackdown appeared to have gotten the “wrestling” portion of the roster. It was very common for Smackdown to have awesome matches from one show to the next. Eventually, Vince and Co. determined that they would rather have RAW be both the sports entertainment AND the wrestling show, and Smackdown got the shaft in subsequent drafts
Following up on yesterday’s post, SummerSlam 2000 also gave us this great match; a 2 out of 3 Falls Match between two guys who matched up well. Jericho was the smart-ass babyface and Benoit was the ruthless all-business-in-the-ring type who happened to be a Shane McMahon associate around this time, as a stable was being built with Shane at the head, leading Benoit, Kurt Angle, The Big Show and Edge & Christian. That stable would be short-lived, however. This match is a personal favorite of mine.
I’m sure most of you have read by now, but for those that haven’t, Liev Schrieber is signed on to play Benoit in the new film Crossface.
Should be interesting. However, what I’m looking forward to the most is the actors they choose to portray people like Vince, Triple H, and Eddie. I can only imagine that the real Triple H will pitch an idea like a new age No Holds Barred where he finally, FINALLY gets his dream match: Triple H vs Triple H. Hey-O!
Thank you and keep up with the good work!
Immediate plans were winning the ECW title at that PPV, and then he was going to be phased into a role as a trainer and agent. Obviously with the years of surgeries and injuries, WWE and Benoit himself had to know that his time was coming to an end one way or another. You could make a pretty strong argument, and I recall doing so at the time, that he should have been moved into that part-timer role long before that even for his own good. That being said, given what we know about his personality, I don't feel like he'd make that kind of transition as gracefully as someone like William Regal has done, because he was such a hyper-competitive guy. But especially with the Wellness Policy weeding out medical problems like it was, I think his in-ring WWE career would have come to an end, whether or not by his own choice, very soon after that last title win. I don't know whether they would have put him in the Hall, but he would have been as good a choice as anyone.
Hey, 15++ year reader, first time emailer.
I'm sure you've heard about the guy who killed his wife, small child, and himself on a gravel road near Saskatoon last week. But everything I've seen from both mainstream and social media has been very sympathetic towards the whole family. The common thread is "it's too bad this guy didn't get the help he needed."
It seems that much of the IWC hasn't given Benoit that same sympathy, yourself included. Any reasons for this?
Sure, Benoit was revealed to have a serious drug addiction, and much of his problems were brought on by his own needless abuse of his body, like taking unprotected chairshots to the head and other stupid stuff like that. Plus his murders were executed over a two day period, with Benoit killing his wife, thinking about it for a while, and then killing his own son with his bare hands. Yes, he was sick and in need of help, but there's a world of difference between a cry for help and being a cold-blooded murderer. If he was truly repentant for his actions, he would have faced the law like a man instead of lying to his friends while everything was going on, and then killing himself like a coward.
I have never bought a WWE DVD, so I have to ask: what does WWE do with matches, shows, or highlights that include Chris Benoit? When Wrestlemania 30 comes and they release some massive box set of blu-rays to commemorate it, how do they handle Wrestlemanias 16 thru 23? Surely they can't just completely ignore Wrestlemania 20's main event or the first Money in the Bank ladder match at #21. At least with Eddie Guerrero, they don't completely ignore the man's existence, but obviously they have some understandable trepidation about Benoit's inclusion in their releases.
Well it's not like they're blurring the guy out of the DVDs or anything. He was present in the Elimination Chamber DVD, for instance. They're just not going to include matches with him where it's not absolutely necessary, like say on an Edge DVD.