Originally Posted by AlienBountyHunter
Oh I totally understand that. But nobody thought Orton was walking out with the strap. I think there was a poll result shown just before the match, and about 48% was for Cena, with another 48% for HHH. Which leaves 4% for Orton. I think this came about because most people thought the triple threat was the main event, thus believing a babyface was going to win.
Obviously a load of kids probably voted for their favourites, but still that's a huge difference.
I don't exactly remember where I read it but I heard Flair/Michaels was suppose to close the show but Ric insisted Taker/Edge main event. I'm not sure if that was a rumor or not.
Glad it turned out the way it did. Many people felt Taker should have won the title in the main event a year prior so it's cool we got it after another classic at WM 24.
I don't think it had anything to do with reports. I just figured that's the case since it's a long time tradition and the first time they tried it at WM2000, it turned ugly with trash thrown in the ring.
I think Taker/Batista should have main evented WM23. Not only was it Taker's first title win since 02, he was also the Rumble winner which guarantees a main event
title shot. But I'm fine with Edge getting his main event in 24 since that was the best spot and Orton got his anyways in the year after.
Benoit's celebration with Eddie at WM20 was an incredible moment, and I would put it above anything Punk has, but I think Punk's victory against Cena at MITB 2011 rivals it. Besides that and Benoit's WHC run, he was a lower main-eventer at best, and all around I'd put Punk's run in the main event above Benoit's as far as impact goes (not that either has made that big of an impact), and it was far more entertaining for me. As far as on an all-time GOAT list, Punk's just done more to be higher. Benoit's career was cut-short and it wasn't a main event big-time career anyway. It was a great journey, building up the card and becoming one of if not the best work-horses in wrestling history, and all of it peaking at WM20 with his World Title win, but Punk has a similar career, only his main event run has amounted to more (imo).
To each his own, I don't think Punk is indisputably above Benoit or anything like that, but he's done enough to surpass him, and surpassing Benoit on an all-time list not pure-wrestling based isn't something that's that big to me. Same with Eddie Guerrero, though I'm a huge mark for Eddie's work all around and as an all-around talent I'd put him above Punk... and pretty much everyone, but his career was cut short and it peaked only at his WWE Title win and outside of that run, he was more or less a career mid-carder/lower main eventer. I was a bigger Eddie mark than I was Punk mark as well. I do think it's closer between Eddie and Punk though and I may even be inclined to personally put Eddie above Punk... maybe.
That's my thoughts on that. And yeah, stop hating Punk. Let us marks of his enjoy him while he's still around (if what he implies his true, he may not have as long as us marks would like left).
Are you saying Eddie's career was 'bigger' than Benoit's? Other than the fact that he's remembered fondly while Benoit has become a tragic topic, I don't think Eddie has anything above his buddy (other than mic skills and more charisma). In terms of accomplishments or otherwise. Unless you value the WWE Championship over the WHC that much even though they were equal in 2004 which is why Benoit's victory was such a huge deal for a title that is nothing more than a midcard title to some people today. I'm not gonna continue arguing on the Punk/Benoit topic since it'll turn too much into "GOAT thread" just without the silly "who had the best reaction from this camera angle" nonsense that's been brought up there and we have our own take on what makes you an all-time great. For me, the fact that Benoit is one of, if not the
, greatest performers of all time already gives him the edge above many, many others. He's in my top 20.
Also, you had
to say that last sentence, didn't ya? Now I feel like continuing the Punk hating just to get on you guys' nerves.