My Idea of a Dream Feud
April 16, 2004 by Kjorteo Kalante
The WWE seems to be making a lot of moves the fans have been waiting
expectantly for years to see. Chris Benoit has finally won the title, and
so far, most signs point to him NOT losing it at Backlash. This inspired
some thought in me, though, over the subject of what else I would like to
see happen. Specifically, what would make for a truly special feud with the
Canadian Crippler" I have a good mental image of not only a perfect dream
match, but an entire feud to go along with it. I would like to share this
Since Chris Benoit is in the middle of a push now, I would love nothing more
than to see the rise of the other Canadian RAW superstar named Chris. Yes,
our feud could start with Benoit being invited to the Highlight Reel with
"Y2J" Chris Jericho. There are several ways an angle between the two could
be executed, but I would much like to see a competitive face vs. face angle,
much like a few of the more memorable matches between Benoit and Eddie
Guerrero. There could be a lot of old clips showcasing the legendary status
of both wrestlers, such as what they did to hype the feud between Jericho
and Shawn Michaels for Wrestlemania XIX. In the end, it would be presented
as two proud warriors with a good deal of mutual respect, competing for the
As we are dealing with two proudly Canadian superstars, the best place to
showcase this event would be some location in Canada to capitalize on the
extremely passionate crowds. I was thinking of a place besides Edmonton or
Winnipeg to rule out any obvious bias, for the same reason I want this to be
a face vs. face match; I find the matches are that much more memorable when
you are not told exactly who you are supposed to be rooting for. As the
home of Bret "Hitman" Hart, Calgary would be a good place with significance
to the match, but the fact that Calgary and Edmonton are both in Alberta
might skew something. I finally settled on the most notorious Canadian
locale: Montreal, Quebec.
The match would have no stipulations, since it really makes a statement to
make a really memorable event with nothing more than good wrestling. In the
era of Hell in the Cell and the Elimination Chamber, this match could truly
stand out just with the performance of the two superstars. As both
wrestlers are known for their submission holds, the match would mostly
feature those. Just for fanservice, both men could lock on or at least
attempt a Sharpshooter over the course of the match. This match could
easily go for half an hour or more, with many Crossfaces and Walls of
Jericho, and many near-falls and spots where the match could easily have
ended. (Think 2003 Royal Rumble, Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle.) In the end,
and after an angle of working one of Benoit's legs throughout the match,
Jericho could execute a perfect combination of his running bulldog, then a
Lionsault, then apply the Walls of Jericho on a fallen Benoit. After a
lengthy attempt to escape or reverse the hold, Benoit would finally submit,
ending his reign in what would probably go on to be a P.W.I. Match of the
Unfortunately, the fallout of this feud would be rather drastic, as there
are not a lot of options for a face Chris Jericho title reign. He could go
on to face Kane, but if Kane did any more "enhancement talent" work these
days, he would be on HEAT jobbing to A-Train to try and prepare him for an
eventual RAW debut. Jericho could reenact his old feud with Triple H with
the face/heel roles reversed, but every single face title reign on RAW these
days seems to be about "How long can he keep the title away from Triple H
before he gets it back"" Quite honestly, I am tired of Triple H, and I am
probably not the only one. I suppose a feud with Christian would be a safe
bet, since they have had a rather interesting one so far that could easily
be continued past their Backlash match. The odds of Christian dethroning
Y2J and becoming the champion would be almost nil, but that hasn't stopped
John "Bradshaw" Layfield from challenging Eddie Guerrero, now has it"
I would enjoy reading feedback and other thoughts on this angle. .
by Kjorteo Kalante ..
Joe Joe writes:
I agree with most of what you said. I been hoping Jericho would already have been in the title picture, but hopefully he wraps up his feud with Christian and goes on to chase the World Title soon. Other options I think would be to have HBK become a major heel or for the WWE to bring in Christopher Daniels. Of all people in the WWE that Daniels would be guranteed to get over with and look like a major competitor, Chris Benoit is one of the few. Daniels' height is pretty much the only thing keeping him out of the WWE but a feud with Benoit wouldn't make him look small and would show that like Benoit he may not be the biggest in size but he is definitely one of the biggest in talent.
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