What if Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and 'Umaga' Were Still Alive?
Benoit died only a few years after his push started... He was going to bring legitimacy to the ECW World Championship, but he didn't show up for "unknown reasons"(now we know) and we all know how all that turned out. Guerrero died with his push only starting a few years before as well. Umaga seemingly was released from his contract before the death.
Two of the best to ever step in the ring (at least that's my opinion) in "The Crippler" Chris Benoit and "Latino Heat" Eddie Guerrero, and a man who had a decent career ahead of him in Umaga died before their time was up. All three were huge losses to the wrestling industry. We will go on and look at what WWE would look like if they were still around...
P.S. the new WWE Title looks much worse than the old one, pictured with Eddie.
If Eddie Guerrero were still alive, I would've given him a few World/WWE Title reigns, and he may very well have the title currently. Could you imagine him having a feud as a face, the "lying, cheating, stealing" Eddie, against CM Punk? Or him vs Kofi Kingston? These would have been great feuds that can never happen because of Eddie's untimely death. RIP Eddie.
By the end of Eddie's career, at least if I were booking WWE, his history would look like this (He has much more titles and other things, but I'm only naming the current WWE titles):
WWE World Heavyweight Championship (3 times) (previously none)
WWE Championship (2 times) (previously 1 time)
WWE Tag Team Championship (5 times) (previously 4, I'd give him a run with Rey Mysterio again, though)
WWE United States Championship (3 times) (When he died, he had it once)
WWF Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
If Benoit was still in the WWE, he would have been a major impact until his retirement. A small stature, but nonetheless one of the WWE's most entertaining wrestlers. He'd be with the likes of Eddie, Kane, Rey, Swagger, Morrison, and Punk at the top of the Smackdown! show trying to win the title, and in the end, he would have ended his career a little more decorated than when he died.
World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)(Previously 1 time)
WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time)
WWE United States Championship (6 times)(Previously 3)
WWF/E Intercontinental Championship (5 times)(previously 4)
WWF/E World Tag Team Championship (3 times)
Umaga was one of the better big men when he was in the ring, and was definitely more entertaining than say Mark Henry or Great Khali. He was never one of my favorite wrestlers, but he did try his hardest to be the best, and he was 36, giving him at least 5 more years in the WWE. Under that tenure, he could've been in the main event scene, and when not needed, he could be a threat to everyone in the mid-card division. The face-painted speedy heavyweight, while I hated him, he was a good gimmick and he could wrestle better than even a lot of skinny guys could.
Sadly, he only held the Intercontinental title two times. If I were owning WWE from right before he was released until he retired (assuming 42 is his retirement age), this is how his stats would look:
WWE WHC/WWE Championship (3 times) (Previously 0)
WWE Intercontinental Championship (5 times) (Previously 2)
WWE Tag Team Championship(Both of the tag titles, 2 times) (Prev. 0)
How much different would WWE be with them still alive?
Obviously quite different. But would we see the likes of Sheamus, Punk, Swagger, and others going for the titles, or John Cena, Edge and others getting as much title runs as they have received? Probably not.
While I love Sheamus, Punk, Swagger, Edge, Orton, etc,... I still would rather have these three men around that were mentioned in this slideshow because they were a delight to watch in the ring... You couldn't get much better.