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Scott,
Before real-life events changed everything, what was the first point you realistically thought Chris Benoit could have become World Champion in a promotion?  He was of course an internet darling for years before he got any kind of legitimate push, but before his Wrestlemania XX win, do you think there was an earlier time he could have won the big one?  The 2000 feud with The Rock seemed like a candidate to me.  His return from injury in 2002 could have led to a HHH-Benoit World Title match at WM19 (in lieu of the HHH-Booker mess).

He should have won the title from Steve Austin in 2001, although subsequent injuries would have made that a disastrous choice on WWE’s part.  But still, they did the RAW and Smackdown tapings in Calgary/Edmonton with Benoit v. Austin on top both times, and he was at the point where he could have carried the belt for at least a couple of months.  By 2004, they were clearly moving onto the next wave of guys (Cena, Orton, etc) and there wasn’t going to be any wiggle room at the top for anyone other than someone to make younger guys into stars. 

Back To Benoit

Scott,
Before real-life events changed everything, what was the first point you realistically thought Chris Benoit could have become World Champion in a promotion?  He was of course an internet darling for years before he got any kind of legitimate push, but before his Wrestlemania XX win, do you think there was an earlier time he could have won the big one?  The 2000 feud with The Rock seemed like a candidate to me.  His return from injury in 2002 could have led to a HHH-Benoit World Title match at WM19 (in lieu of the HHH-Booker mess).

He should have won the title from Steve Austin in 2001, although subsequent injuries would have made that a disastrous choice on WWE’s part.  But still, they did the RAW and Smackdown tapings in Calgary/Edmonton with Benoit v. Austin on top both times, and he was at the point where he could have carried the belt for at least a couple of months.  By 2004, they were clearly moving onto the next wave of guys (Cena, Orton, etc) and there wasn’t going to be any wiggle room at the top for anyone other than someone to make younger guys into stars. 

Back To Benoit

Scott,
Before real-life events changed everything, what was the first point you realistically thought Chris Benoit could have become World Champion in a promotion?  He was of course an internet darling for years before he got any kind of legitimate push, but before his Wrestlemania XX win, do you think there was an earlier time he could have won the big one?  The 2000 feud with The Rock seemed like a candidate to me.  His return from injury in 2002 could have led to a HHH-Benoit World Title match at WM19 (in lieu of the HHH-Booker mess).

He should have won the title from Steve Austin in 2001, although subsequent injuries would have made that a disastrous choice on WWE’s part.  But still, they did the RAW and Smackdown tapings in Calgary/Edmonton with Benoit v. Austin on top both times, and he was at the point where he could have carried the belt for at least a couple of months.  By 2004, they were clearly moving onto the next wave of guys (Cena, Orton, etc) and there wasn’t going to be any wiggle room at the top for anyone other than someone to make younger guys into stars. 

Back To Benoit

Scott,
Before real-life events changed everything, what was the first point you realistically thought Chris Benoit could have become World Champion in a promotion?  He was of course an internet darling for years before he got any kind of legitimate push, but before his Wrestlemania XX win, do you think there was an earlier time he could have won the big one?  The 2000 feud with The Rock seemed like a candidate to me.  His return from injury in 2002 could have led to a HHH-Benoit World Title match at WM19 (in lieu of the HHH-Booker mess).

He should have won the title from Steve Austin in 2001, although subsequent injuries would have made that a disastrous choice on WWE’s part.  But still, they did the RAW and Smackdown tapings in Calgary/Edmonton with Benoit v. Austin on top both times, and he was at the point where he could have carried the belt for at least a couple of months.  By 2004, they were clearly moving onto the next wave of guys (Cena, Orton, etc) and there wasn’t going to be any wiggle room at the top for anyone other than someone to make younger guys into stars. 

Chris Benoit Bio-Pic

Hot topic tonight…

What are your thoughts of the possibility of a bio-pic about Chris Benoit? Do you think it’ll ever see the light of day? Would you go see it? In my opinion there’s no way it’ll ever be made, I think Vince will sue immediately and I’m on the fence about going to see it, I mean it sounds like it’ll just be a pro-wrestling bash fest.

And also…

http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/headlines/More_Details_On_Chris_Benoit_Biopic_Inside.php Didn’t know if you saw this or not, but I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. I doubt there’s any chance of it being tasteful or classy, but it could still be a good movie. Any thoughts on dream casting? If this were a bigger-budgeted movie I’d think Christian Bale would make a great Benoit, or maybe more realistically Liev Schrieber.

That’s a hell of a casting choice, actually.  I’d go with Julianne Moore as Nancy, just because.  And of course, Treat Williams as Vince McMahon.   I won’t rest until it happens!  We’d probably also need a Kevin Sullivan, although no one knows him outside of wrestling nerds so casting there is less of an issue.  Long as it’s someone short and muscular with a Boston accent, you’re set.    Anyway, I doubt this will actually happen in any kind of form that will resemble the actual story, due to legal concerns.  Stuff less contentious than this story gets suspended in development hell for smaller reasons, and I just can’t see all the drugs and domestic abuse getting through the censors unless they do a “loosely based on” version with “Incapacitator” Ben Chrisoit and his wife Francy, who used to perform as Female.  Given the subject matter, though, I’d say there’s zero chance of it being classy. 

Chris Benoit Bio-Pic

Hot topic tonight…

What are your thoughts of the possibility of a bio-pic about Chris Benoit? Do you think it’ll ever see the light of day? Would you go see it? In my opinion there’s no way it’ll ever be made, I think Vince will sue immediately and I’m on the fence about going to see it, I mean it sounds like it’ll just be a pro-wrestling bash fest.

And also…

http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/headlines/More_Details_On_Chris_Benoit_Biopic_Inside.php Didn’t know if you saw this or not, but I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. I doubt there’s any chance of it being tasteful or classy, but it could still be a good movie. Any thoughts on dream casting? If this were a bigger-budgeted movie I’d think Christian Bale would make a great Benoit, or maybe more realistically Liev Schrieber.

That’s a hell of a casting choice, actually.  I’d go with Julianne Moore as Nancy, just because.  And of course, Treat Williams as Vince McMahon.   I won’t rest until it happens!  We’d probably also need a Kevin Sullivan, although no one knows him outside of wrestling nerds so casting there is less of an issue.  Long as it’s someone short and muscular with a Boston accent, you’re set.    Anyway, I doubt this will actually happen in any kind of form that will resemble the actual story, due to legal concerns.  Stuff less contentious than this story gets suspended in development hell for smaller reasons, and I just can’t see all the drugs and domestic abuse getting through the censors unless they do a “loosely based on” version with “Incapacitator” Ben Chrisoit and his wife Francy, who used to perform as Female.  Given the subject matter, though, I’d say there’s zero chance of it being classy. 

Chris Benoit Bio-Pic

Hot topic tonight…

What are your thoughts of the possibility of a bio-pic about Chris Benoit? Do you think it’ll ever see the light of day? Would you go see it? In my opinion there’s no way it’ll ever be made, I think Vince will sue immediately and I’m on the fence about going to see it, I mean it sounds like it’ll just be a pro-wrestling bash fest.

And also…

http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/headlines/More_Details_On_Chris_Benoit_Biopic_Inside.php Didn’t know if you saw this or not, but I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. I doubt there’s any chance of it being tasteful or classy, but it could still be a good movie. Any thoughts on dream casting? If this were a bigger-budgeted movie I’d think Christian Bale would make a great Benoit, or maybe more realistically Liev Schrieber.

That’s a hell of a casting choice, actually.  I’d go with Julianne Moore as Nancy, just because.  And of course, Treat Williams as Vince McMahon.   I won’t rest until it happens!  We’d probably also need a Kevin Sullivan, although no one knows him outside of wrestling nerds so casting there is less of an issue.  Long as it’s someone short and muscular with a Boston accent, you’re set.    Anyway, I doubt this will actually happen in any kind of form that will resemble the actual story, due to legal concerns.  Stuff less contentious than this story gets suspended in development hell for smaller reasons, and I just can’t see all the drugs and domestic abuse getting through the censors unless they do a “loosely based on” version with “Incapacitator” Ben Chrisoit and his wife Francy, who used to perform as Female.  Given the subject matter, though, I’d say there’s zero chance of it being classy. 

Chris Benoit Bio-Pic

Hot topic tonight…

What are your thoughts of the possibility of a bio-pic about Chris Benoit? Do you think it’ll ever see the light of day? Would you go see it? In my opinion there’s no way it’ll ever be made, I think Vince will sue immediately and I’m on the fence about going to see it, I mean it sounds like it’ll just be a pro-wrestling bash fest.

And also…

http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/headlines/More_Details_On_Chris_Benoit_Biopic_Inside.php Didn’t know if you saw this or not, but I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. I doubt there’s any chance of it being tasteful or classy, but it could still be a good movie. Any thoughts on dream casting? If this were a bigger-budgeted movie I’d think Christian Bale would make a great Benoit, or maybe more realistically Liev Schrieber.

That’s a hell of a casting choice, actually.  I’d go with Julianne Moore as Nancy, just because.  And of course, Treat Williams as Vince McMahon.   I won’t rest until it happens!  We’d probably also need a Kevin Sullivan, although no one knows him outside of wrestling nerds so casting there is less of an issue.  Long as it’s someone short and muscular with a Boston accent, you’re set.    Anyway, I doubt this will actually happen in any kind of form that will resemble the actual story, due to legal concerns.  Stuff less contentious than this story gets suspended in development hell for smaller reasons, and I just can’t see all the drugs and domestic abuse getting through the censors unless they do a “loosely based on” version with “Incapacitator” Ben Chrisoit and his wife Francy, who used to perform as Female.  Given the subject matter, though, I’d say there’s zero chance of it being classy.