Recap of Chris Benoit on Live Audio Wrestling
On Brock Lesnar coming back:
Benoit says it will be interesting. Its gonna turn a lot of heads, and be under the microscope for a long time, not only with the office, but with the locker room and the fans. Brock brings a lot to the table, but he s also got a lot to prove.
On whether he was disappointed that Brock had left:
He says he wasn t disappointed that Brock chose to leave, but was disappointed in the manner he chose to leave. He says it s hard to pass judgment on someone because you don t know if something is going on in their personal life outside of wrestling had something to do with it. Brock has to answer all that. But Benoit is glad to have him back.
Being at the ECW PPV:
It was very good. It was neat watching backstage and seeing a lot of familiar faces. It brought back a lot of memories. But to feel the crowd and the energy they had was amazing.
On ECW being incorporated into storylines or keep it as a one time thing:
He feels if they were going to incorporate it, it would have to be on its own. He would love to see them have their own show. Whereas, a once a year thing would be a treat for the fans.
Did the We want Matt chants affect him during his feud with Edge?
It didn t affect him. At the Backlash PPV, they were chanting a bit, but then they got them into the match which made Benoit feel good. They let him know they were following what they were doing. He doesn t know if it affected Edge, because he has never spoken to him about it.
How the neck is holding up, especially after doing a suicide dive to the outside at the Backlash PPV:
The neck is fine. Everything else is hurting. He has the usual wear and tear, and aches and pain that everyone else has. But the passion is still there. He loves the bell-to-bell time.
Any limitations on taking moves:
No limitations in taking, only in giving. He used to do dragon suplexes from a full nelson. But he hasn t tried doing that after the neck surgery. (Note from Buck: Several reports have come in that Benoit used a Dragon suplex last night in his Velocity match with William Regal)
Any regrets for not doing the same surgery procedure as Kurt Angle:
Everyone he has talked to felt Dr. Youngblood s procedure was better, since Kurt Angle had to do more surgeries later on. But that was just with Kurt. Who s not to say someone else could have done the same procedure and have different results. Everyone heals different so it s hard to say. He doesn t regret going to Dr. Youngblood at all.
On being moved to Smackdown:
He was told about it the Monday before it happened. It was quite a surprise.
On doing another best of 7 series with Booker T:
He would love to. He was talking with Booker last week and they would like to do something like that again. He remembers back in WCW, they did it over TVs and house shows so they had a good 8 weeks out of it, which helped mold and perfect what they did.
Update on Harry Smith:
From what Benoit has heard, he is Japan right now. He is sure we will eventually see him in WWE.
On keeping up to date with the Japanese stuff:
He doesn t have the time anymore. He is on the road a lot, and any free time he has is spent with family.
On having any contact with The Dynamite Kid:
Benoit would love to induct him in the WWE Hall of Fame. Last time he spoke to him was several years ago, and they just lost contact. He believes he is someone that really belongs in the Hall of Fame.