December 30, 2004
SLAM! Readers Speak: Your 2004 highlights
By SLAM! Wrestling Readers
A week ago, the SLAM! staff offered their thoughts on the top moments of 2004. These moments primarily centred around two wrestlers - Eddy Guererro and Chris Benoit.
It seems, however, that our readers had a bit more diversity in their selections. Here's what you thought were the top moments of the past year.
I think the best moment, bar none was the Benoit/Orton handshake following Orton's victory. Orton's genuine emotion over winning, coupled with that moment, helped show the World Title still does really mean something.
For me, the highlight of wrestling in 2004 is finally seeing Shelton Benjamin getting a good run with the IC title and shining as a singles competitor. He's one of the most energetic and energizing (from a fan's standpoint) wrestlers on Raw right now.
For me, the top moment of 2004 was hearing the roar of the crowd for
Winnipeg's own Chris Jericho at the Winnipeg Arena, as we showed the world what an
awesome wrestling town Winnipeg really is.
To me there were so many highlights it's hard to come up with one. TNA positioning themselves to go to the big time is a major one (though they really have to braodcast Impact on the Canadian feed of FSN; Bit Torrent isn't going to last forever to let us watch it). Other highlights included the six-sided ring being added to TNA, giving a whole new dimension to North American wrestling; the Benoit/Eddy moment at Wrestlemania, without which the entire year would have been a throwaway for the WWE; Raven still being in the ring, and more importantly on a mic; and Team Canada's never ending push of course has to get honorable mention out of pure national pride. :)
-- compiled by Jon Waldman