Benoit: Wrestling with the Horror That Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport

By Steven Johnson, Greg Oliver

The existence and alarming loss of life of acclaimed specialist wrestler Chris Benoit are explored during this well timed and exhaustive biography. In June 2007 Benoit devoted suicide after killing his spouse and son, and the media assurance surrounding this event—as good because the evidence of the case and its results on expert wrestling—are all largely addressed. Benoit’s existence ahead of and through his professional wrestling occupation is tested, as is his major effect at the wrestling global and frequent attractiveness. This close-up examine one in all seasoned wrestling’s maximum and such a lot lamented figures additionally offers where of his tragedy within the darker part of wrestling’s history.

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In the course of the Benoit cable information yak-a-thon, Marc “Johnny B. Badd” Mero held up his record of the (at final count number) twentyseven deceased wrestlers he had in my view had suits with. one hundred forty four DAY OF THE lifeless “Except for an army one that served in Iraq, who else can say that twenty-seven paintings colleagues died younger? ” Mero requested persuasively. (Mero, who's out of the company, is announcing all of the correct issues concerning the challenge. and because no reliable deed is going unpunished, defenders of the established order do what they do, attacking his credentials and explanations. ) Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer, a rigorous chap, felt moved to chop during the confusion. He released a learn displaying sixty-two significant league wrestler deaths below age fifty within the final ten years. Adjusting for the dimensions of the expertise inhabitants and the turnover, Meltzer anticipated that this may be the an identical of 435 nationwide soccer League gamers or 186 baseball gamers. The loss of life facts within the appendix of my publication Wrestling Babylon were brought up through one other congressman, Florida Republican Cliff Stearns, who was once the 1st to name for investigative hearings. That record, with transparent standards yet admittedly incomplete, totes up, counting on interpretation, both eighty-nine or ninety-three wrestling personalities lower than age fifty from 1985 via 2006. Nancy Benoit, who used to be retired from her profession because the valet recognized first as Fallen Angel and later as girl, turned lifeless wrestling character No. five on account that Wrestling Babylon went to press on the finish of 2006. Chris Benoit was once No. 6. such a lot lately, as this e-book headed to press, Brian “Demolition overwhelm” Adams (heart assault for a infamous steroid abuser) turned No. 10. one hundred forty five Irvin Muchnick different deaths up to now in 2007: Scott “Bam Bam” Bigelow, forty-five (heart assault as a result of cocaine, anti-anxiety medicinal drugs, and painkillers). Bigelow headlined opposed to NFL legend Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania XI in 1995. Is that wwe adequate for you? Michael Alfonso (“Mike Awesome”), forty-two (suicide via a former heavy steroid user). Alfonso used to be a celebrity of Paul Heyman’s unique ecw and a cousin of Hulk Hogan. Sherri Russell (“Sensational Sherri”), forty-nine (likely prescription capsule overdose). Russell was once on most sensible as a wrestler within the women’s department and later used to be considered as one of many all-time nice managers, lady or male, in the course of her wwf stint. Shayne Bower (“Biff Wellington”), forty-four (heart assault for a heavy consumer of painkillers and steroids). outdated Stampede Wrestling tag crew companion of Benoit. Nathan Randolph (“Moondog Nathan”), thirty-seven (heart attack). Veteran of self reliant promotions in Tennessee. George Caiazzo (“John Kronus”), thirty-eight (likely painkiller overdose). Tag workforce champ within the outdated ecw. 146 DAY OF THE useless definite, each demise used to be a special occasion — and each unsatisfied relatives is sad otherwise and for a special cause. yet try to be blinder than The Junkyard puppy in New Orleans and extra obdurate than a Missouri mule if you happen to imagine the trend is both mistakable or by some means much less damning end result of the preponderance of expertise lower than the present top of the occupation.

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