I don't care enough about him to go seek stuff out of him off TV so until he starts actually doing it somewhere I can see it, I'll continue to not be bothered lol. Don't think he should be anywhere near a world title either. His eventual MITB cash in is going to be awful no doubt.
I agree with that. He just seems so bland and his ring work wouldn't be as memorable had it not been for his overselling.
I think we've all learned to cope with the reality that fell upon Benoit. No big deal. I mean it was, but eh. He's a phenomenal wrestler. That's all that needs to be discussed. The joke was there. I took it.
WWE took a negative and put a positive spin on it. Only added to show how legit, or 4 REAL, Benoit was while gunning to become World Heavyweight Champion.
The crazy thing about how awesome Smackdown circa 2006 is that the show was still on fire even w/o him. Finlay & Regal aided in the Benoit absense. Plus, you know when he returns he give us vs Regal at No Mercy. Picks up right where he left off.
I personally got different feelings on the whole thing but even when it took place originally (I wasn't even into wrestling), I chose not to judge him. So I could have only gotten more friendly as I became a wrestling fan and checked out his phenomenal talent.
And yeah, it just came at the right time. Benoit had just come to Raw after the Rumble victory, he met Henry in his first match, then Henry suffered a real injury so they used it to put him over as him being 4 REAL! Then the week after that, he made Flair tap out.
Also Benoit's absence is not the only blow Smackdown dealt with as Kurt Angle and Randy Orton were drafted away to ECW and Raw, respectively, around the same time. But I guess the show still remained quality since the in-ring talent was great.
EDIT: On Benoit being boring. I don't know about that. He never really got a chance to talk on the mic and when he did, it did sound scripted and all but he was never downright bad. And I'd rather listen to a promo of his than HHH where he rambles for 20 minutes before he actually gets to the point.