I was browsing WWE.com a few minutes ago and registered my vote for Benoit vs Jericho in today's poll, "What was your favorite match from RAW from Japan?" Here were the results:
Benoit vs Jericho 17.11% Batista vs Maven 6.94% Regal/Tajiri vs La Resistance 18.28% HBK vs Flair 11.97% Orton vs Tomko 23.14% Edge vs HHH 22.53%
Looking at the results for Orton vs Tomko, I think it's a safe assumption that there's no way in hell it's legit. Some tool with too much time on his hands stuffing the vote, or a futile attempt by the WWE to convince us that Orton is still over?
I have the same memories of Whatley in the mid-80's Mid-Atlantic region. He turned on Jimmy Valiant (and by extention, superjobber Rocky King, for whom he was a sorta mentor I think) to hook up with Paul Jones and his army of freaks.