Re: Rock/Benoit the most underrated feud of the AE?
I actually hated this feud. I was still about 10 months away from buying Benoit as a main eventer. So I just wanted Rock to quickly bury this Vanilla Midget and move on to a "real" star. The fact that Benoit actually got a couple Dusty Finishes out of the deal legit pissed me off. I was like "GRRR! Chris Benoit is a boring Vanilla Midget! How DARE they try to make him a thing!"
LOL fwiw I came around on the guy as a potential main event talent in May 2001, and my fandom for "The Crippler" would only grow over the 3 years, but until that time I lead the backlash against the early 21st Century internet's favorite son. Just didn't see him as a main event level guy due to his short stature, lack of mic skills, and general "Cruiserweight" stigma. In real time I thought it was a waste of The Rock.