Re: Why was JBL nearly looked over?
It took them until 2004 because up until that point his competition consisted of Rock, Austin, HHH, Undertaker, HBK, Angle, Kane and the list goes on and on. 2002 rolls along and Lesnar arrives, Goldberg, Steiner, Hogan, Hall, Nash and that list goes on and on too. The competition was just too strong. By the time 2004 comes around, there's a need for some top level talent and there's a gap at the top for him to fill.
There's a reason why the likes of JBL, Edge, Christian, Jeff Hardy, Jericho, Benoit, Eddie etc only got a true run at the top after the AE. It's because the competition at the top was just too much for them to compete with during that time. There was the main event of Rock, Austin, HHH, Taker etc while the JBL's of the world were in the midcard. They finally get their shot when things at the top level slow down. JBL in 04, Eddie in 04, Benoit in 04, Edge in 06, hell, I'd say Jericho didn't get a true run as a main event player until his reign in 08 against HBK.