Oh no… Chris Benoit, why?
Benoit (pronounced ben-wah) was my favourite pro wrestler. He combined very impressive technical techniques (as opposed to the usual big-wrestler push and shove style) with suicidal moves such as jumping headfirst onto an opponenty’ head.
He wasn’t much of a microphone player like the Rock, but he really did wrestling right. His technical style played well against Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle’s own technical skills.
Full story on Wikipedia.
Goodbye, Chris Benoit – the cripplerest, technicalest, mising-toothiest WWE champion to never work the mic. It’s a pity you had to end it this way. May your soul find forgiveness and peace.
UPDATE 30 JUNE 2007: It was apparently added based on a rumour.
Excerpts from Sports Illustrated.com:
- Pro wrestler Chris Benoit strangled his wife, suffocated his 7-year-old son and placed a Bible next to their bodies before hanging himself with a weight-machine pulley
- Investigators found anabolic steroids which can cause paranoia, depression and explosive outbursts
- Benoit was one of the stars of the WWE wrestling circuit and was known for his wholesome family-man image
- Nancy Benoit had filed for a divorce in 2003, saying the couple’s three-year marriage was irrevocably broken and alleging “cruel treatment.” She later dropped the complaint, as well as a request for a restraining order in which she charged that Benoit had threatened her and had broken furniture in their home
- Benoit’s 43-year-old wife was killed Friday in an upstairs family room, her feet and wrists were bound and there was blood under her head, indicating a possible struggle
- Benoit, 40, apparently hanged himself several hours and as long as a day later, Ballard said. His body was found in a downstairs weight room, his body found hanging from the pulley of a piece of exercise equipment