Originally Posted by Rumsfeld
I consider him have been linear champ since his rematch win over Byrd. They were basically the two top guys when they faced off. Of course, Wlad was a stylistic nightmare for Chris, but who are you arguing was #1 and #2 at that time?
This is my stance. Chris Byrd was almost universally recognized as #1, no lower than #2, and Wlad, after Peter, #2, no lower then #3.
That's a pretty solid platform for establishing new lineage, honestly.