Not close at all. WWF had no interest in bringing him back, but was happy to derive some revenue off of him via their 900 number.
Do all your questions about women's wrestling come from the same person? Why does he (they) care so much about it? I mean, even in the heyday of Trish Stratus, Lita, etc., the match quality wasn't anywhere close to the top mens' matches.
There are several readers who regularly send in questions about women's wrestling, but one who asks the majority of them. He's also the same gentleman who asks about Molly Holly! I can't knock anyone for what they prefer to enjoy in pro wrestling.
On the Raw before Night of Champions 2008, Vince McMahon was giving away $1,000,000 and a light fell and the stage collapsed. Whatever came of that whole angle?
That was it. It was his way to write himself off television. The character "eventually recovered" and returned.
Why did WCW have credits after their PPV's while WWE & TNA don't?
My guess is that it was a Turner Broadcasting edict.
Is it just me or did WWE not have enough faith in Chris Benoit when they gave him his push? He wins the Royal Rumble, but they didn't have enough faith in him to have him wrestle Triple H 1-on-1 at WrestleMania & Backlash, they had to have Shawn Michaels help carry the match. Then, when he was feuding w/Kane, the spotlight was on Triple H & Shawn Michaels. Finally, when he dropped the title to Randy Orton, not only did he never get a rematch, but he was never world champion again. Did WWE lose their faith & regret making him champion?
No, but similar to Mick Foley, Benoit winning the belt was more of a lifetime achievement award than a moment signifying that he was the new "man" on top of the company, kicking off a new era.