Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Benoit/Austin is probably the greatest TV match in WWE history. Just too damn good. Impressive that in 4 TV events in a row, Benoit took part in FOUR great matches. 4 out of 4 for the Wolverine!
And one of the suplexes Benoit took on the announce table was just brutal. Looked like he landed rib first on the edge of the table and almost landed on his head on the floor. Yet he still had the guts and will to do the 10 German spot.
I'm of the opinion Austin's performance at Summerslam against Angle may be his greatest during 2001, but the Benoit Edmonton match alongside his performance against Rock at Wrestlemania really aren't far behind. Pretty much a perfect TV match with a ridiculous crowd, a great pacing and a character dynamic the fans were invested in. Summerslam though as I said may be his peak. He just comes off as such a demented, obsessed and paranoid psycho determined to overcome Angle's threat and he manages to revert from cowardly weasel into demented blood thirsty maniac so effortlessly. Reminds me of Eddie against Rey from Smackdown 6/23/05 and how Eddie somehow manages to alternate between an obsessed yet determined individual looking to best Rey at his own game and prove his talent beyond question...and then when things begin to look bleak he has this expression that says he'll rip Rey's bollocks off and forcefeed them to him whilst beating him to a pulp because he can.
I don't understand this at all. To me, it was just a great mat wrestling clinic. There really was no "Eddie is obsessed and going psycho" feeling to the match at all. They just wrestled their ass off and nothing more than that. In regards of storytelling, I take their Judgment Day match as a better example with Eddie badly wanting to beat Rey. One of my favorite parts of that match is when he tosses Rey in the ring then out again to break the count like a little child. Got a chuckle out of that one.