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One on one with Benoit
Alberta's Chris Benoit roots for the Oilers, not the Flames. You got the guts to tell the reigning WWE champion he's wrong?
By CAMERON MAXWELL - Calgary Sun


HOW THE DEVIL ARE YOU?

How the devil am I? Well, there ain't no devil in me but I'm good.

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE NOT WRESTLING. WHATCHA GONNA DO?

Find something I can do with my family that would be quality time because time with my family is about quality. It's certainly not about quantity.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

I'm too humble to do that. I feel uncomfortable doing that.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SCHOOL?

I was an introvert, like I am now. Quiet. I kept to myself. I was into sports and I've always been a wrestling fan.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

There aren't too many material things I treasure because most material things can be bought and I don't covet anything really that can be bought.

THAT WWE CHAMPIONSHIP BELT YOU'VE GOT -- IT'S TOO UPSCALE FOR BLUE JEANS AND TOO BULKY FOR DRESS SLACKS. WHAT GOOD IS IT?

I don't think it's too upscale for blue jeans and I don't think it's too bulky for dress slacks. I know. I've worn it wearing both and I'm damn proud to wear it.

WHAT'S YOUR POISON?

I've got a lot of vices. Quality time with my family is a big vice. It's something I'll fight for and crave.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU REALLY PUNCHED?

I don't remember. No, I don't remember.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST UNPLEASANT CHARACTERISTIC?

I'd say the way I am as an introvert. At times, depending on the situation, my walls will go up around me. So I have problems developing a friendship (with a person) similar to me because, here we are, two people who are somewhat standoffish and it's hard to get that communication going. So I'd say that's something that I have trouble coping with because I see it in myself and

I wish I wasn't so much that way.

WHAT'S THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU'VE BOUGHT?

Tons of them. There's a long list of things I've never used. I've got some floodlights sitting in my garage right now that I wanted to install that have been there for two years -- in the box still with a pricetag on it. There's a lot of things around the house like that.

WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

Be true to yourself. I think in order to be true to anyone else, you've got to be true to yourself. If you live in denial, you're going to be that way outwardly, so I think being true to yourself is important.

WHAT REPAIRS CAN YOU DO ON YOUR CAR?

None. I'm not really a mechanic.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

I enjoy barbecuing a lot -- everything from chicken to steak to fish. Everything.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT TO OWN ON DVD?

I don't really watch a lot of TV. A lot of the TV I watch right right now is Nickelodeon, PBS kids, Dora the Explorer and all that. In the evenings, usually by the time my kids go to bed, I'm so tired and when me and my wife have a couple of hours together, we try to do something aside from sitting there and watching TV.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

Pizza. I don't eat any major junk food like fried chicken or anything like that. I'm not a big chocolate fan or candy eater.

NO MCDONALD'S CRAVINGS?

No, no.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO HOLIDAY?

Nowhere in particular. It's not about where we go, it's about who I'm with. I mean, as long as I'm with my family, you could send us anywhere, really.

YOU WORKED FOR STAMPEDE WRESTLING. CAN YOU SPEAK TO THIS LINGERING RUMOUR: THE CUBAN ASSASSIN WAS NEITHER CUBAN NOR AN ASSASSIN.

I don't really know his real history.

MAYBE NO ONE DOES.

When you're on the road, you have guys you travel with, like Eddie (Guerrero). Back then, when I was wrestling with Stampede, (the Cuban Assassin) was the bad guy and I was good and we had two separate vans, so I didn't get the opportunity to get to know him well. I don't know that much about his history. I know he still lives in Calgary.

THE ROCK REMADE THE 1973 MOVIE, WALKING TALL. WHAT REMAKE OF A '70S MOVIE WOULD YOU STAR IN?

I'd like to make one of the Clint Eastwood movies. I'm a big Clint Eastwood fan all around.

WHAT, NOT ANNIE HALL?

(Laughing) Annie Hall, no.

WHO'S THE HOTTEST WWE DIVA?

To me, they've all got their hot qualities. To pick the hottest is like saying who's the absolute best wrestler. How are you going to compare a Triple H to a Ray Mysterio? Two different sized people with two completely different styles, so there's really no comparison but they each have their strong points. Could Triple H do a West Coast Pop? I doubt it. Could Ray Mysterio do a lot of Triple H's stuff? There's not one that stands out more than the other.

WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE SEEN?

Rush.

WHERE?

Edmonton.

IN THE '70S? '80S?

'80s, I was a teenager.

ARE YOU STILL A RUSH FAN?

Yeah, big-time.

IF YOU WEREN'T A PRO WRESTLER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?

I haven't even considered anything else.

FLAMES OR OILERS?

Oilers. Growing up in the impressionable years, it was the '80s. Say no more. Gretzky, Messier and Kurri. (Laughing) Should I go on?

WHAT TRAIT DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN PEOPLE?

Honesty.

DO YOU THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE YOU DEAL WITH ARE HONEST?

I want to believe they are.

DO YOU HAVE A PET?

My wife.

NO CATS OR DOGS OR ANYTHING? GOLDFISH?

I travel too much and every opportunity I get, I try to take my family with me, so with a dog, it's very hard and I wouldn't want to put my dog in a kennel. Right now I don't think it would be fair to the animal. It wouldn't be fair to take off for two weeks and leave a pet behind.

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

I've had three of them, the years my children were born. I couldn't pick the best one.

COULD YOU BE CONVINCED TO KARAOKE AND, IF SO, WHAT WOULD YOUR SONG BE?

I would not karaoke. I'd have to be messed up to do it. If you asked me right here and now, with a machine here, no way. You'd have to put quite a bit of money down on the table.

HAVE YOU EVER KARAOKED?

Yeah, I have.

DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT SONG?

I don't remember. It was over in Japan.

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