Originally posted by NagWhen I discovered ECW a year later, I thought THAT was real.
Me too! The first time I turned on ECW was late one night on Sunshine Network. I had just got DirecTV. The wife was already asleep as I was flipping channels and say Chris Candido wrestling. I thought to myself "hey its Chris Candido, cool" and I watched. he won the match they went to commercial and then came back and I saw Joey Styles for the first time. I thought he didn't look like the prototypical wrestling announcer. But he seemed OK. He said that the next footage we were about to see would "shock us". I thought yeah right, what could possible be so shocking. I saw Shane Douglas (who I really liked from his days in Mid-South) against Pit Bull #2. Then after the match Pit Bull #1, who was wearing a halo nursing a broken neck, entered the ring to confront Douglas. Shane grabbed the halo and started shaking it. I sat straight up in bed and said "Oh My God!" about the same time Joey said it. Woke my wife up (she was not happy about that). After that I was hooked. I live in Oklahoma so carrying MSG, NESN, Sunshine, and other channels that carried ECW cost me more money but I didn't care. I was happy to hear TNN picked up ECW but unfortunately it was a watered down version.
Big Show: Why is he getting the Intercontinental Title shot and not me? RVD: Ahhh...maybe 'cause you're a tool. Big Show: Look. I am 7'2". I am 500 pounds. I'm a giant. RVD: Oh ok. You're a giant tool.
I know Benoit has a fanbase to come back to, and I'm pretty sure that most casual fans enjoy his matches and will also be happy when he gets back, I'm just saying that he has yet to become as big a star as Rock/Austin/Triple H.