Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Suspicious Death of Chris Benoit and Family.

I've been an on-and-off fan of the WWE since it was the WWF. In my history as a fan I have seen many classic matches, the rise and fall of innumerable wrestlers and the merger that brought WCW, ECW and WWE into one huge family of sports entertainers.
Pro wrestling has always been entertaining to me, even with the knowledge that it is all staged and whatnot. It has been continually fun to watch throughout the last 10 years. But yesterday, the entertainment and fun took a back seat. WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and his son were found dead in their Atlanta house yesterday afternoon. From SI.com:

Details of the deaths "are going to prove a little bizarre" when released to the public, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Autopsies were scheduled Tuesday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in DeKalb County. Authorities were investigating the deaths at a secluded Fayette County home as a murder-suicide and were not seeking any suspects.
The ongoing speculation is that Benoit killed his wife, then his son then himself, all a day apart over the weekend. Authorities found the bodies at the residence yesterday afternoon and said that guns did not play a role in the killings. Benoit joins the list of recently-passed wrestlers, including The British Bulldog, The Big Bossman and Owen Hart.

To say the whole situation is "going to prove a little bizarre" is like saying that Tiger Woods is a decent golfer; it doesn't do justice to what the reality is. What could posses a man to kill his wife one day, his son the next and then himself the day after is utterly beyond me probably beyond any reasonable person. And to do it without guns reeks of something a whole other kind of bad. Personally, my best guess is that it was depression and/or roid rage, a side effect of the performance enhancing drugs Benoit and every other pro wrestler is almost certainly on. I could be completely wrong but that's the only explanation that makes sense to me right now.

Update: Yeah, Benoit killed his wife and kid and self, all about a day apart. I originally had "RIP" up here but how can anyone wish an RIP to a child murderer? Forget how fucked up he must've been, I just can't do that. I do hope that this incident is the one that finally rains shit on the WWE and gets steroids the hell out of the "sport" before something like this happen es again.

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