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Well...........Maybe they will only have Cena left and he can keep the ratings up wrestling with himself...LOL
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Quote To shut down rumors going around a few weeks ago, it’s believed that Chris Benoit’s WWE contract doesn’t expire until either the end of 2005 or early into 2006. So his contract expiration is coming up soon, but not at the end of the month as previously reported.

probably hence the reason him and booker are having a best of 7 series again like they did in wcw. dont know how long it will last like though. benoit should lose this series and then take the belt off whoever as the heavyweight one at the time. it would be a shame if he only ever stays a onetime champion all his career.

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Originally posted by edge_fan edge_fan wrote:

Well...........Maybe they will only have Cena left and he can keep the ratings up wrestling with himself...LOL


Cena? Wrestling? Same sentence?

I think Beniot's gonna retire to be honest


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Throughout professional wrestling’s history, few performers have managed to achieve the kind of success as my guest today. He has held titles in companies across the globe, including the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He is widely regarded as one of the best technical wrestlers of all time; he is the Crippler, Chris Benoit.


Kirsty Quested: Hi Chris, how’re you doing?

Chris Benoit: Good, how’re you doing?

You’re having a busy day.

Yeah, very busy, I apologise.

That’s fine, it’s no problem.


How are you enjoying being back on SmackDown?

I’m enjoying it a lot, you know, different level of competition, and the different competition itself. I get to step into the ring with the likes of Booker T again, with JBL… it’s just changed the competitiveness all across the board.


Speaking of Booker T, you’re in the middle of another Best of 7 series of matches with him, which is actually the second time that the two of you have done this. On the Hard Knocks DVD, you said that it had been tough coming up with seven individual matches. Are you concerned about that this time round?

No, I’m not. Booker T is obviously seasoned so much since the last time we’ve done it, as have myself, so it’s been quite challenging, you know, competitively, in a competitive way, to step into the ring and wrestle him. I’m having a lot of fun doing it, and I like the competitiveness that Booker T brings to the table.


So, apart from the US Championship, what are you hoping to get out of it?

Well, you know obviously the US Championship, and I want to be able to have a series of matches that the fans will be talking about years from now as they did in our Best of 7 series back in WCW at the time, but I want fans to be able to look back years from now and be able to talk about it in a very positive way.


The SmackDown roster has been sadly – very sadly – depleted over recent months. Has this put additional pressure on you as a headliner for that brand?

I don’t think it does. I think – I don’t see it as pressure, I see it as a challenge. And I really enjoy that, you know as I said, that part of the industry, that’s the part that I really enjoy, the challenges of stepping into the ring with… you know, one day you’re facing a guy who’s just a high flier and very quick, and the next day you’re facing a who’s just a giant, and a monster – it’s part of the challenges that I enjoy.

So I don’t feel added pressure, I feel it as a challenge.


Bret Hart said on Byte This recently that you could have woken him at four in the morning to have a match with Chris Benoit. How do you look back on the few matches that you had with Bret Hart?

Oh… wow. You know, there were… they all meant so much to me, especially the one at Kemper Arena, with Bret, that was a tribute to Owen, it just meant so much to me, to be able to step into that ring, and do that in honour of Owen.

But all my matches that I’ve had with Bret are very memorable because I grew up watching, I spent a lot of time watching Bret as a teenager, you know, watching him in Stampede Wrestling when I was, my years growing up dreaming about becoming a wrestler, I used to go every Saturday to the Pavilion at Edmonton and watch Bret wrestle, so it’s truly an honour to be able to step into the ring with him and wrestle him.


You and Bret have been described as two of the best technical wrestlers of all time. What to you defines a technical wrestler?

Someone that could go in there and not have to rely on swinging a chair or swinging a barbed wire baseball bat or… someone who could go in there and have a wrestling match without throwing a punch or without throwing a kick, you know, just wrestling on the mat and telling a good story, and keeping the people captivated while doing it at the same time.


Are there any matches that you’ve had that you look back on that you would count as defining moments in your career?

WrestleMania 20. Against Shawn Michaels and Triple H.

Yeah, for sure.

That was a defining moment in my career.


Is there anyone out there, retired or active, that you’d love to step into the ring with, that you haven’t yet?

Oh, there’s a ton of guys that are retired, you know I think back to all the wrestlers that have paved the way, paved the road for us to be where we’re at right now. You know, there’s a ton of them. I mean, I could go on and on and on.


You don’t have one actual dream match?

Oh, I’d love to wrestle the original Tiger Mask. I think that’d be great. Buddy Rogers, ah, I’d love to wrestle Pat Patterson in his heyday. You know, I could just go on and on and on and on.


Hahah… ok, well for the people that you have been in the ring with, who have been some of your favourite opponents to date?

Uh… they all are. I enjoy every match that I have, really. Part of the reason why I started wrestling was because of the competitiveness, because of the challenges that you face once you step into that ring. It’s just the unknown. I mean, I’ve got guys that I’ve got better chemistry with, but I enjoy doing it, I enjoy, I love what I do. So every time that I’m in that ring, I’m doing something that I love doing.


Who’d be someone that you’d say you had great chemistry with?

Well, there’s a lot. Triple H. Chris Jericho. Booker T. Bret Hart. You know, there’s a number of wrestlers… Ric Flair.

Yep.

It’s a long list. Jushin “Thunder” Liger. Dave Finlay. Negro Casas. I’m naming some of the names from around the world now.

Yeah, yeah.

I’ve wrestled, I’ve been fortunate enough to wrestle around the world.


Speaking of wrestling all around the world, and you have been in a lot of promotions, a lot of companies, which one would you say has been the best to prepare you for your career in WWE?

They all have. In terms of preparing me for WWE, all of them contributed a little piece of who I am today. Because they all had their unique style, like I’d go over to Germany and wrestle for Otto (Wanz, of Catch Wrestling Association), in a lot of European style there, then I’d go to Japan, which was strictly Japanese style, then I’d go down to Mexico, that’s an entirely different style in itself, and it took a little piece of each pie and put them all together, you know ECW fits into that as well.


Speaking of ECW, you know, it was known for it’s violent, bloody style and rabid fans; did you ever feel intimidated in that environment?

Hahaha! No, not at all. And that’s what made myself, Dean Malenko and Eddie Guerrero different, is we went there and we wrestled. Everyone else, you know, just about the whole show were about going through the tables and hitting someone over the head with a garbage can or hitting someone with a baseball bat, and we’d go in there and just have straight wrestling matches, pretty well. That’s what made us so different.


Many of us know the infamous story of how you got the name of the Crippler, but how did the name the Rabid Wolverine come about?

I’m not sure how that came about, um… I remember JR started calling me the Wolverine on TV, and I think it just stuck, because of my tenacity and my aggressiveness, and the fact that I’m not the biggest man in the world, but I’ve never let my size be a hindrance.

Yeah? It’s nothing to do with Wolverine from the X-Men?

Perhaps, I don’t know. Maybe you should ask JR.

Hahah…


Chris, I know that I speak for all New Zealand fans when I say how saddened we were to hear about Eddie Guerrero. On behalf of all New Zealand fans I’d like to pass on our condolences for your loss
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Thank you. Thank you.

WWE have been giving us so many great Eddie Guerrero moments to look back on. Watching you and Eddie in the ring at WrestleMania 20 is one of my favourites, that gets me every time. What are some of your best memories of Eddie?

Wow. You know, I’ve got so many, because we shared so much, and after I came back from Phoenix, from the service, we went right over to Europe and finished up the tour over there, and when I got home, my wife gave me a diary, and in it I’ve been writing letters to Eddie. Talking about different times that I remember and stuff. There’s just so much. You know, and hopefully, by the time I get it done I’m going to offer it to someone in his family if they want to read it, if they choose to read it, if they choose not to it’s going to go up in a special place for me, but… there’s just so many, but that moment at WrestleMania 20 characterises our relationship so much, because you could tell, you know… Eddie in the ring, and just… you could see the pride that he had on his face…

For sure.

… for me, and he was so encouraging, like he was just telling me “Yes Chris, we did it, we did it, we did it, you did it,” you know and he did, he just kept saying that, and I’ll never forget that, because that’s how our relationship was, Eddie was a very encouraging person and very, very positive, I mean he gave me a different perspective when my perspective wasn’t right, you know, if I was feeling down he’d give me something to look up to, or if I was going through something personal he’d give me something that would… he’d give me a ray of sunshine. You know, he was always just there for me…

Yeah…

… and it’s hard to describe, a lot of people say “well you guys were like brothers,” and I’m like “No. No, it was deeper than that.” And it was, I can’t explain it. It’s hard to choose the right words you know… I could tell you that I truly loved him. Loved him as a human being, loved him as a person. He was a very special person in my life, that has made a huge impact, and that’ll never… it’s a big part of who I am. Eddie Guerrero is a big part of who I am.


Yeah, yeah. I was part of a conference call with Christian Cage yesterday and he said that everything that people have been saying about Eddie is absolutely true, that he just had a heart of gold.

He did. He truly did. And he had his moments… I’m laughing because off the top of my head I think of, we were doing a non-televised event one night in Winnipeg, and some fan was drinking and threw a beer at Eddie, and Eddie got mad and turned around and slapped him, and afterwards, after Eddie got back from the ring, he was in the back and he was feeling so bad, I mean he was kicking himself so hard, I said “Eddie, what’s the matter, what are you doing,” he goes “Oh, I shouldn’t have done that, I didn’t meant to hurt him,” and I’m like “Eddie, the guy was belligerent and threw a beer at you, you earned the right to do that,” but he just felt so bad about it, and that’s the kind of guy Eddie was, it’s like he always… you know, he never wanted to hurt anyone’s feelings, and he always wanted people to feel good and he always went out of his way to accommodate people. He did so many good things, he was such a kind-hearted person. Out of all the people I know, to choose one guy to say “well, he never intended any harm at all,” you know Eddie Guerrero would definitely be that guy.

Yeah… he is going to be very sadly missed by everyone, every wrestling fan around the globe, I know that for sure.


On a slightly more positive note, New Zealand fans have been really looking forward to seeing SmackDown out here in March. Have you been out to New Zealand before.

No, I’ve never been, I’m looking forward to it, I’ve been to Australia but never to New Zealand.


Yeah, you’re looking forward to coming out here?

Oh yeah. I’m really psyched. Looking very forward to coming.


For many New Zealand fans, you know this will be their first WWE show. What can they expect from a WWE live event?

Everything. Everything. There’s… you know it’s a complete package. Wherever WWE comes to, to your country or to your town or to your city or wherever we come, because we’ve got the Divas, we’ve got the technical wrestlers, we’ve got the hardcore wrestlers, we’ve got the high fliers, we’ve got the giants, we have a bit of everything. So it’s a complete package.


Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us today, we really appreciate it, and we just, we’re very much looking forward to seeing you out here in March.

You’re very welcome, and on a… I want to thank the fans of New Zealand for their condolences in terms of Eddie because it was… it’s a very difficult situation but I want to thank them for their condolences.


Well I can tell you that all our hearts go out to Eddie and his family and all his friends… yeah, so…

All the best for Armageddon, and for that US Championship, and we’re looking forward to seeing you out here in March Chris, thanks very much.

I appreciate that, thank you.

new zealand expect to see him come march. well that depends if benoit signs a new contract as his current one runs out new years eve. his current best of 7 series needs a couple of stipulation matches added to make it better. benoit was close friends with owen hart, british bulldog and eddie guerrero. you have to feel sorry for chris how hes lost 3 very close friends there and three excellent wrestlers.

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From Jim Ross Website.........
 
Quote Chris is a main eventer in the eyes of everyone who counts, and to compare Chris with Angle doesn’t work for me. They are two totally different personalities.
 
Jim is denying the rumour last week that Benoit is no longer going to be pushed in the main event because of his promo skills. I don't get why people compare him to Angle, as in my opinion Angle cannot lace his boots. Anyway this is a Benoit thread......The guy has a passion for the business like nobody else in the WWE. He deserves another run for the title at the very least. Having him stuck in the midcard is doing him no good at all. Maybe he should be the replacement on the ECW brand for the seemingly departing RVD. He is the sort who should have a job for life and one day be on creative or used as a trainer.
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i think he should be the one to defeat edge for the world heavy weight championship, or make john cena tap out to the cross face, seeing how last time they fought, cena just owned him, which is stupid in my view. there is very few men chris benoit wont be able to beat, if any.
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I have to say it is very interesting to see TUPeeps' thoughts from this thread on Chris Benoit when he was alive. I know there is a thread about his death so I assume this thread was for/can be used for a reflection of Benoit's actual career. What Benoit did was deplorable. But no matter how much anyone condemns his actions; no one can deny his wrestling ability. Benoit was one of my favorite guys to watch when he was alive, in both WCW and the WWF/E.

I'll have to say that since the Benoit tragedy; I have a harder time appreciating watching Benoit's matches. When I run through the lists of Champions in my head; be it any of the Titles Benoit won, be it World Heavyweight, WWE Tag Team, US; I don't like to run across his name. One time a few years after his death I was watching my tape of WrestleMania X Seven and his match with Kurt Angle; and something inside him looked like a demon from Hell. Benoit is obviously one of the greatest technical wrestlers ever, and he can fly. He has had great matches with Angle, Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, and many others. But my enjoyment of them is hindered.

And I know that others feel the same way. I'm afraid it is a case of one incident tarnishing an entire career.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote John The Baptist Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26/November/2010 at 12:34
The weird thing with Benoit is that while he was never in my favourite wrestlers, he was always in my favourite matches. I suppose thats a testament to how great he was in ring.

His ladder match with Chris Jericho at Royal Rumble 2001 is easily in my favourite matches of all time. I loved his debut year in WWE as well, especially when he had Shane McMahon as his manager. Hell, even though I was a huge mark for The Rock, I marked out a bit when he 'won' the WWE title at Fully Loaded, as it was a real shock (although it was reversed in the same night).

Obviously hes more notorious for the murdering his family stuff, but I can seperate that from the wrestler Chris Benoit. Its a shame, because he would of been a HOF cert, but I can still look back and enjoy his matches.



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Originally posted by John The Baptist John The Baptist wrote:

The weird thing with Benoit is that while he was never in my favourite wrestlers, he was always in my favourite matches. I suppose thats a testament to how great he was in ring.
Yeah I have to say this is a pretty accurate statement for me too, as well as separating him from his personal life and still enjoying what he did in the ring.  He was never a guy that I personally sit on the edge of my seat and waited to come out, but when he was in the ring it was always memorable.
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The E might be softening to him a little........
 
Quote WWEDVDNews reports that Chris Benoit is shown a few times in WWE's upcoming DVD set on WCW Nitro, even in the same segments as Nancy "Woman" Benoit. They add that there are no full matches of Benoits and the segments where he is shown, all commentary referring to him is muted.
 
Not long ago even him being muted would have been a no no.
 
There is going to be uproar from folks if the murderer gets shown more.
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