Meltzer informs that he had some discussions with Benoit during his time in Japan. They didn’t have the type of relationship that Jericho and Benoit had, but they were definitely on speaking terms. Meltzer informs that the Jushin Liger/Benoit series of matches were some of the greatest matches happening anywhere on the planet during that time.
Jericho says that Benoit came off as a shy guy when you met him first, but there was a coldness about him when he didn’t know you as well. Meltzer agrees and says there was a general shyness about him when he was around fans, even though he was never rude to them. Jericho remembers Benoit warming up to him once he told him he was accepted to a dojo in Japan, because they had something in common then.
Meltzer tells Jericho that Jericho’s first match with Benoit in Japan was actually the match that got him hired in WCW. Meltzer sent a tape of that match to Eric Bischoff and Bischoff immediately called Benoit who gave his word that Jericho was a great talent. Bischoff called Jericho shortly after and the rest is history.
Jericho says he was so excited to work that first match with Benoit and he was somewhat nervous because he really wanted to impress him. He had a bunch on intricate spots planned out and a really long finish, but Benoit preferred to call his matches in the ring which was strange for that time in Japan.