Re: Small guys as Main Eventers
As for a smaller guy who could have made it as face of the company, I feel Jericho would have been up for it. One of the few smaller guys at the time who had the complete package.
I view the Benoit/Guerrero pushes similar to the HBK/Bret pushes. Vince was coming off of losing his 2 biggest stars and had to do something to keep the wheels turning and took a chance. It both cases, it benefited the careers of those involved, but not so much WWE. Also, Bret was given 4-5 years as the top main eventer in the company, with HBK close by. Benoit & Guerrero would bounce around between main event to mid card because, IMO, it was never Vince's intention to make either man a legit main eventer, considering WWE had been grooming Cena & Orton to become stars, 2 guys who mirrored the recipe of success that Vince hit big with nearly 20 years prior.
Also, I can't help but think that if Brock never left, possibly Eddie, Chris or both would have never got that main event opportunity, as Brock staying would have really shook things up.