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RIP Chris Benoit

I was just getting my son to sleep last night, and turned on Monday Night Raw to see the next saga in the "Mr. McMahon limo explosion", and my jaw dropped when I saw the "In Memory Of Chris Benoit" graphic on my TV screen. Being a Wrestling fan since I was in Spiderman underoos, I was immediately skeptical, as I had not heard anything on this during the day. Seeing that empty arena, with Vince McMahon in the middle of that ring, on the verge of tears, I knew it was too good to be true. I asked wifey to hit up armbar, which sure enough had links to Bill Apter's initial reporting, something about Chris, his wife Nancy (aka Woman) and their son Daniel coughing up blood, but nothing new came out of it. As of right now, the police are saying it's an apparent double homicide/suicide deal. From what I gather, dude killed Nancy and Daniel, then offed himself the next night... WHY!??! Who knows... I guess they were going through something serious. He was set to win that ECW strap, though, at Vengeance, you just know it!

In any case, I wanted to just shout my appreciation for Benoit as a wrestler. I mean, he got his licks in, and was just a pure technical wrestler. Anytime I saw him wrestle, whether it was against Kevin Sullivan in a bathroom, or against 2 Cold Scorpio at Superbrawl III (which I oddly enough just watched a week or so ago on WWE 24/7 On Demand), or in the plethora of matches they highlighted on Raw last night, dude was just awesome. I imagine he had his own demons, especially with the whole Woman/Kevin Sullivan love triangle that went from the script to real life, but what made that turn into murder/suicide? Only time will tell - I'll update with more news when I get it.

It's just crazy. I've been watching a lot of old ECW on WWE 24/7 as well, and seeing Woman with that singapore cane alongside Sandman. I actually used to crush on her when I was a shorty - infatuated might be the word. I don't even know what to say...

Check out some YouTube finds of some of Chris' work:

Chris Benoit vs. Steve Austin

Chris Benoit vs. The Great Gama (his first singles title win)

Chris Benoit vs. Sabu

(infamous match where Sabu broke his neck - basically the invention of "The Canadian Crippler")

Chris Benoit vs. Eddie Guerrero (WCW 1997)

Classic. For more info on Chris Benoit, point your mouse at the following links:

WWE's official press release regarding the deaths of the Benoit family
WWE's Chris Benoit career retrospective
Wikipedia: Chris Benoit
Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story DVD at Amazon
SLAM! Sports page on Chris Benoit

And again, I'll be bringing updates on this story as I get them. RIP.


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