Jericho says that one word described Benoit perfectly, and that word is ‘intense’. After arriving in WCW, things didn’t go as planned for Benoit and he spent 8 months in the cruiserweight division, even though he didn’t look much like a cruiserweight. Meltzer points out that there was a stigma surrounding size at that time, and someone like Daniel Bryan would have never been able to become a star back then.
WCW soon started to self-destruct and as Jericho left for WWE, Benoit, Guerrero and others were constantly telling him they wanted out but they had contracts for really good money. Meltzer feels that WCW should have re-built around those guys, but they soon released them from their contracts. By letting those guys out of their contracts to go to WWE, WCW basically triggered the end of the Monday Night War in Meltzer’s opinion.
Jericho informs that the Monday Night War was real, and the incoming WCW talents had to put up with a lot. Jericho, Big Show and others had to go through it first, but he thinks the second wave of guys who came in later took the worst of the punishment.
Meltzer comments on Benoit’s WrestleMania 20 Championship win. He says that WWE put Benoit over their top guys clean for that win, but once he had the Title they didn’t seem sold on him as Champion and he was soon presented under guys like Triple H and Shawn Michaels. It was almost like they just put the Title on him because it was the right thing to do that night.