Yes, we were had for a split second. But you know what? Had Benoit gone to the WWF in the early 90s instead of Japan, they'd probably have stuck a gimmick just like that on him. Then again, let's be honest... Was the "Wild Pegasus" persona really any better? Dumb name, silly gimmick, but Benoit is Benoit, and the badass shines through no matter what silly veneer you put on him!
"I hate motherfuckers claimin' that they foldin bank But steady talkin shit in the holding tank First you wanna step to me Now your ass screamin for the deputy They send you to Charlie-Baker-Denver row Now they runnin up in ya slow You're gone, used to be the Don Juan Now your name is just 'Twan Switch it, snap it, rollin your eyes and neck You better run a check..."
The difference is that in Japan they gave him a goofy name, and then let him go out and wrestle like the maniac he is. Had he been "Wild Pegasus" in the WWF he'd have had a robe with big wings on it, and he'd have to make whinnying sounds in his interviews and rear up on his hind legs when he got angry in a match.
"You used it to shove your miserable daughter down our throats week in and week out...not anymore!" - Ric Flair gives me hope, Raw 3/18/02
"I thought it was cool how HHH just tossed Jericho out of the ring and made him vanish, possibly into another dimension, at the end of the match." - Dr. Unlikely says the funniest thing I've ever read on Wienerville.
I'm sorry, but I disagree on both counts. If the WWE were "challenged," you'd see retaliation - they seem content to let them slowly spend all their money. If you have some evidence I'm missing, I'd love it if you showed me.