Jericho says that he never once felt concerned about having a bad match with Benoit. He felt the same way with guys like Guerrero and The Rock. He says that nobody chopped like Benoit, not even Ric Flair, and Benoit was a very creative performer when it came to setting up matches. Jericho informs that it was Benoit’s idea for Jericho to give him the Walls of Jericho on the top of the ladder in their Royal Rumble match.
Meltzer feels that there has never been anything as damaging to the professional wrestling business as the controversy surrounding Benoit’s death. Meltzer thinks it’s ironic that for someone who loved the business as much as Benoit did, he almost became the catalyst for its demise.
Jericho says that Benoit’s in-ring career has basically been wiped from history, and it’s hard to argue against that. However, there is a generation of young performers who can’t admit to being influenced by him, and critics can’t list him as one of the all time greats.
Meltzer says that in the ring, bell-to-bell, Benoit was as great as anyone that has ever been. He was possibly the most consistent performer of all time.
That sums up this week’s episode of Talk is Jericho. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya later this week for another recap!