Re: Was Eddie Guerrero a legit WWE Champion?
No, and not because he didn't deserve it, but he wasn't looked at to be the top draw, and neither was Benoit at the same Mania, he was a good guy to give the belt to and he would've been given the belt again, at least that's what Batista said the plan was. I'll clarify that in a second, but going in to Wrestlemania XX they committing to givings Benoit the push and match against Triple H, but McMahon feared that Benoit couldn't draw, and the HBK vs HHH feud hadn't completely concluded so they decided to make it a triple threat, and that was the main event for that year, so if Benoit was given the main event even with fears of not drawing it also speaks to why Guerrero and Angle wasn't the main event. Brock was leaving WWE and they felt him vs Goldberg would be a big money match, but they still needed to get the belt off him, and Guerrero was given the belt. Now, it says a lot about the confidence they had in him, but even the next mania after he was nowhere near the main event. Now, as his life was reaching his expiration date the plans, if true, was that he was in line for a big push, including a heel turn at Survivor Series and a World Title push, but when he died, Batista was asked to not take time off, because he was needed to stay champion. The next rumor that leads to the belief of a big push was a rumored Mania 22 match against Shawn Michaels.