The World title is chosen through politics. Either you are a big name, or you worked hard for it, they chose you to take the spot. Simple as that. Benoit was always a man that had a hard time dealing with the political part of pro-wrestling. In WCW, Kevin Sullivan was the booker, and would tell him that performing great matches is pointless if the pay was there and that he was nothing more then a "vanilla midget" that would fit the profile of world champion. And when Beniot did get a taste of the World title in WCW, he left it and left for WWF, because he knew he got that title through the fact WCW was doing it so he would jump brands. There was no real reward for hard work there. And you know, looking at the heros of Benoit, particularly, Dynamite Kid, DK never really won any world titles, as far as I know, but he gave it his all any way. Now when he signed with WWE, he was proud of that title. It was a dream come true for him, because he worked for 4 years to earn not just the spot for the world title, but a main event match with the likes of HHH and HBK. And he wasn't the image that WWE wanted. He wasn't the best looking or as good on the mic. But his dedication and performance gave him the edge he need to win the title. That says a lot in the business, considering most champions don't even compare. And after he won the title, Benoit said that was enough. He wanted to focus on helping other talents by helping them put on great matches and letting them get pushed through performance alone. MVP, was a huge example of this, when he feuded with Benoit and his wrestling ability improved tremendously. Benoit was never selfish. One time in Japan, when he met Jericho, the man apologized when he slapped him, because he thought he was holding back, despite the fact Jericho was just a kid that was ranked below him. And stories from guys like Vince, Matt Hardy, Eddie, Jericho, Angle, will all say that Benoit was a good man. He didn't want to hog the spotlight at all. He proved his point that even a "vanilla midgit" can be world champ for legit reasons at Wrestlemania XX. My greatest respect to Benoit will always be the fact he told Jericho to screw the politicians in prowrestling, and lets just go out there and give the fans one hell of a performance. Benoit could had done so much less in the ring and got paid the same, but he refused, because to that man, championships and spotlights wasn't his passion, it was prowrestling it self. I admire man like that, but at the same time, it scares me, as that may had been the very reason he died. Its really a shame. But if you ask me, if your passion is really just pro-wrestling, you don't need to be a champion all the time. Look at guys like Roddy Piper and HBK. Not the most titles, but some of the best performers and that will out shine every title they have ever won.
BQ: I don't know the back stage politics, but if I had to say, maybe HBK from before 2002. HHH, seems like a legit guy, when the Madison Square Garden incident took place. It was the entire Kliq's fault, but HHH took all the blame and jobbed for a year. I'm not saying HHH hasn't used his position to get what he wants, but the truth is, he helps his friends a lot. Ideally, the rumors of HHH being selfish, I think is false, but the rumors of being HHH's friend means you get a push, will be true. But HHH is not an ego manic for that reason in my book. Hogan considering the fact he has held titles for over a year, maybe, but then again, it could had just been business. Hogan just seems more desperate then an ego maniac. But now HBK was an egomanic, but outside and inside the business. Thats the worst part. HBK would act like an @ss outside the ring. The sad truth was that, HBK was just like Benoit, a man whose passion was pro-wrestling, strictly, as you saw in his later years, but the pressure of being world champ and politics got to him. Thats the sad part. The business made him like that. But HBK, when Nash and Hall left, was the real leader of the kliq, literally was selfish, and refused to job to the like of Austin, and really though he could get away with anything at the time. A True ego-maniac. To imagine, if he kept that attitude up, Austin may not had been champ, and HBK could had been a 10 time world champion. But the man hurt his back. It was a blessing in disguise.
BQ2: He did, at one point, selfishly didn't want to job to HBK, early in Shawn's career, but then again, Shawn was an @ss. I felt he deserves his spot in the main event for the work he did in the mid-card and tag division. So it hard for me to hate the guy. I mean, this is the guy that came up with the ladder match for the WWE, and he didn't took part in the first televised one to make history. He stepped aside to let HBK and Scott Hall, two members of the Kliq, a group Bret hated, take the roles. I heard he was a pain in the @ss, but not as big as the 3 you mentioned.