Rock could get away with being booked like shit because he was probably the best performer in wrestling history. Austin would have sunk hard with that kind of booking. Hell, he did sink hard when he was booked like that in 2002, he was basically an upper midcarder.True fair enough points. I agree Rock was prob the weakest booked top babyface in WWF/WWE history. Despite all of that he was crazy almost Austin peak 1998 level of overness. No matter what. I Guess you could argue on each end of the spectrum. Cena and Romans Superman booking, where they bulldoze the roster. Is that any more preferable to say Rocks weak as hell booking. Least with Rock, it was less predictable then any of Cena and Romans feuds.
Still Rock and Benoit had some damn good matches. And it was evident with the build. They created doubt, that Chris was a legit threat to Rock. Kinda reminds me of current WWE with Becky and Lacey. Solid feud, but prob not the legit feud Becky needed after beating Ronda. Same with rock. After coming off a hot storyline with the Mcmahon-Helmsley Faction. He needed just as much, or more hotter feud. Heel Taker was prob the best bet, or Kane like you said. OF course Angle eventually won the belt.