>>853698 Sadly no. Originally the plan was for the whole story to be about Chavo but Chavo didn't want to do it, so Rey did. Also Rey was never going to go heel, he's one of the biggest merch sellers, second only to Cena.
The reason TNA even had mild success is because WWE had a couple really bad years at this point. The death of Eddie and especially Benoit really hurt the company as a whole. The steroid scandal due to the murders absolutely REKT the company big time. They had to go through a major change because of this.
Something it seems most so called "wrestling fans" on 4chan like to conveniently forget about. They also lost Hardy, Angle and RVD because of drugs as well as not allowing head shots with weapons FYI. Modern wrestling is basically a cucked sissified version of wrestling before the deaths of these two.
To put it simply, wrestling fans were open to an alternative TNA (for awhile) because WWE was getting shit at this point. Luckily for WWE the Carters are bigger retards then the people who ran WCW.
Rey's career would be the same just without the first world title reign. Because merchandise. >>853733 Eddie was in the middle of a world title push when he died. He'd put on one good ppv match challenging Batista and very well could've ended up beating him through shenanigans in a rematch, when you consider how directionless Batista's world title reign went until he got injured. Also he was on Raw at the time as Shawn Michaels who had that forced, rushed feud with Vince going into Mania. that feud was probably meant for Eddie, which could've explained Rey beating Shawn on Eddie's memorial show. WWE showed ALOT of appreciation and value for Eddie in his last couple of years, even if he wasn't their idea of a top guy. He'd likely be like Jericho or Kane these days. A future HOF'er who gets perma-midcarded and occasionally main events. Benoit, on the other hand I'm not sure of. I think He'd either end up in TNA the same way Angle did or he'd be training people in NXT.
>>853762 They liked Eddie a lot because the dude had so much charisma. I would argue he was top 3 at the time in this regard at least. I'm positive he would have beat Batista as well. I remember them even saying he was supposed to win I think on the memorial show.
Don't know why you think Benoit would have went to TNA. No way that would have happened and Kurt likely wouldn't have left for TNA either. See >>853758
>>853698 >Mysterio heel run How would that even work? Is the idea that he could have had a weasel gimmick, giving up on trying to come through as the underdog and cheating like crazy? I can't help but feel that the fans would just sympathise with him anyway.
You can do a good heel run as a smaller guy (shit, even Spike Dudley managed to be a decent heel at one point) but you need a lot of things in your favour to pull it off. Rey would've needed to lose everything that made him in for it to work and it still likely wouldn't have drawn as much as face Rey.
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