This is my first article for TWG and is also the initially what I hope to be one of the most exciting articles around. Entitled “Wrestling Stars of the Past” my articles will take an in-depth check out some of the most influential wrestlers in the history of the sport. I possess no doubts that the greater of these articles I write, the more controversy will ensue over whether or not my selections deserve to be credited as one of the “all-time greats. inches The only response I actually can offer to this is, if you don’t like the articles stop reading!
For those of you still with me to this point I have provided for your reading pleasure, one of the most questionable selections of them all as my first debut ? initiation ? inauguration ? introduction. He is a guy that was respected by all in the locker room. His fast-paced, smash-mouth, technical wrestling style was the best and he was one of the very most watch World High quality Champions in WWE since “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He has been known as “The Canadian Crippler” and “The Rabid Wolverine. ” He was Chris Benoit.
I realize that the name Chris Benoit has been considered a dirty word since his death in June of last year. But I actually truly believe the way Chris died was little or nothing like the way this individual lived his life. And if it weren’t for the way his family passed, he would without doubt be a lock for the WWE Hall of Fame.
He might not have been the most charismatic wrestler the industry has ever seen, and undoubtedly, his microphone skills still left much to be desired. But what Chris Benoit lacked in promotional skills, he more than made up for in the ring. Philip Benoit brought an unmatched level of intensity to every match he was in and fans realized that if Chris Benoit’s name was on the card they were in for a treat. It didn’t matter who he was up against, Chris Benoit had the rare capacity to hold a match and make any opponent look good.
Growing up, Bob Benoit’s favorite wrestler was “The Dynamite Kid” Tom Billington, of course, if anyone were to compare their preventing styles they could see the resemblance. In fact, Bret “The Hitman” Übertrieben kritisch, one of the few men to have the honor of facing both Benoit and Billington, said that Chris emulated Tom to the first tee. As homage to his childhood hero, Chris Benoit won a sizable portion of his matches with “The Dynamite Kid’s” finishing control, The Diving Headbutt. This was a move that very few men even attempted and that none of them to perform almost as beautiful. His other completing move, known as “The Crippler Crossface” was a gift idea from a good friend of Chris’ named Leader Malenko. People who know Dean may recall that in WCW having been known as “The Master of one thousand Holds” and Chris Benoit decided that his figure needed a submission move around to finish off his opponents. As an effect, Dean taught Benoit the Crossface, and it has become a trademark move of Benoit.
Throughout his career Chris Benoit has faced a myriad of opponents within multiple federations including Stampede Wrestling, various promotions in Japan, ECW, WCW and of course, WWE. He has faced many of the sport’s greats including Bret Hart, Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero and Tiger woods Mask as well as some of the worst. But Benoit had a chance to turn a nobody into a star and a star into a champ. Case in point, I actually only had the well-regarded pleasure of watching Bob Benoit stay in one match. And while Let me make an effort to take you through this match, I implore you to look it up watching it for yourself as there is no way that my words can do it justice. Nevertheless of course, I’ll attempt it nonetheless.
The day was August 15, 2004 and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto was hosting a major WWE pay-per-view entitled Summer Slam. While the show claimed to have two main events, every person in the arena knew that Benoit’s match would steal the show as Steve “Bradshaw” Layfield defending the WWE Championship against The Undertaker ended up being a large snooze-fest. But Benoit’s challenger on that night was obviously a young man with a bright future ahead of him, and a man who the WWE expected was a champion in the making. On this night, Chris Benoit looked after the WWE World Top quality Championship against Randy Orton. And i also have to say that this match was by far Randy Orton’s greatest match to day. I do not think I seated in my seat at all during the match.
The match up commenced very fast paced with Chris Benoit on the offensive for more than it. At one point, Benoit had Randy Orton locked in the Crossface for so long I thought for sure the match would be over, but of course, for individuals who know their WWE history, Randy Orton made it to the ropes. The turning point of the match came when Randy Orton was on the outside of the ring and Benoit went for an unsuccessful suicide dive, that resulted in his mind smoking the barricade and I was sure his neck was broken. Orton then rolled Benoit in to the ring and gave him a move that I have never seen before that we can only describe as a gutwrench neckbreaker. It was at that instant that I realized that Benoit was bringing out the best in Randy Orton and trying to establish him as a championship competitor. And wouldn’t you know it; the completed came with an RKO seemingly away of nowhere and lead in Randy Orton becoming the youngest World Champion in WWE History.