Often Imitated,Never Eliminated
Join Date: Aug 2011
Re: Small guys as Main Eventers
While a big guy might grab your attention, a guy with a good/great character will keep your attention. No matter how big he is. Benoit and Guerrero never really got the chance to prove if they could draw or not. Like C2D said, Benoit never even received another world title match after NYR 2005. It's not like either of them were horrible champions either. They had the crowd's support and put on great matches. WWE just decided to not properly build on their already successful title runs. Benoit was never gonna be the top guy in the company because he just didn't have the personality for it. Could he have been one of the top main event faces? Yes. Benoit remained over as a face from 2001-2007. When he went against main event heels like Austin, Angle, Lesnar, Triple H, and JBL, he had pretty good support from the fans. He should have had another run with the world heavyweight title or at least remained in the main event. Eddie could have been the top face. He had a very likable personality and he knew how to capture people's hearts. But, he died only a year after finally reaching the main event.
When it comes to Mysterio, he is just not believable what so ever as a full blown main eventer. Benoit & Guerreo may have been under 6 feet but they were of average male height. Mysterio was of below average height and weight for some men his age. Him being a successful mid carder who got a few title shots was what he should have been. Not world heavyweight champion. Besides, a lot of people talk about Benoit's mic skills but in my opinion he was better than Mysterio and wasn't all that bad. And even though Benoit didn't really have much of a gimmick he was nicely over for a guy who was pretty much just a wrestler. Mysterio really had no reason to win the World Heavyweight Championship on the occasions that he did. Him being over and selling a decent amount of merchandise were the only reasons why he won it and he never once was booked to have a good reign.
As for small guys drawing, I really don't think that size really matters. Character is what really matters and to a certain extent booking. Characters are larger than life not guys who are 6'8" 290 lbs. Did anyone really care about Cena before he became the rapper? He had a great size and wore colorful trunks and boots every night. Did anyone care about Rocky Maivia to a level where he could become the face of the company(I'm sure that's what Vince imagined for Rock when he signed him). Nope. But, when they got characters to go along with their frame, they became top stars and faces of the company. The lone exception to needing superb booking to become a top face was The Rock. He just had too much charisma & would be over regardless of card placement or regardless of win/loss record. Booking is very important because you must make the crowd believe in that character. Sure you can look like a the toughest s.o.b. in the WWF and say that you are but if you are constantly getting your ass kicked, no one will believe it. I can understand where you are coming from op, but for someone to become a draw they must have a good/great character that connects with the crowd and good booking. That's it. Size does not play that big of a factor in it. If that were the case, we wouldn't have the abundance of characters and gimmicks that we have had.
Last edited by Créole Heat; 10-08-2012 at 05:22 PM.