Tuesday, June 26, 2007

WWE Wrestler Chris Benoit, Wife and Son Found Dead

Found this at ABS-CBN Interactive:
  • Professional wrestler Chris Benoit was found dead Monday along with his wife and young son at their Atlanta home, the World Wrestling Entertainment said on its Web site.

  • Law enforcement officials in Fayette County said Monday the dead included Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and their seven-year-old son, Daniel.

  • The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that police are investigating the case as a murder-suicide. No details were released but the results of autopsies are expected Tuesday. "I am deeply saddened over the loss of Chris Benoit," WWE Canada president Carl DeMarco said.

  • Benoit was scheduled to appear in a pay-per-view title match Sunday, but backed out because of a "family emergency," the WWE announced on Sunday.

And from Chron.com
  • Detective Bo Turner told television station WAGA that the case was being treated as a murder-suicide, but said that couldn't be confirmed until evidence was examined by a crime lab.

  • The station said that investigators believe the 40-year-old Benoit killed his wife, Nancy, and 7-year-old son, Daniel, over the weekend, then himself on Monday. A neighbor called police, and the bodies were found in three rooms.

  • Lead investigator Lt. Tommy Pope, of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, told The Associated Press the deaths were being investigated as homicide, and that the causes of death awaited autopsy results on Tuesday. Pope said the bodies were discovered about 2:30 p.m., but refused to release details.


Christopher Michale Benoit was
born on May 21, 1967. Benoit idolized the Dynamite Kid growing up, and stylized himself after him. When he began wrestling, the Rabid Wolverine wrestled as "Dynamite" Chris Benoit, as a tribute to the Dynamite Kid. He also began using the Diving Headbutt and the Snap Suplex, some of the Kid's famous moves. The Crippler's trademark, his lost tooth, resulted from an accident involving his pet Rottweiler. Benoit was struck with the top of the dog's head beneath his chin while play-wrestling with the dog, and his tooth "popped out".

Benoit became good friends with Eddie Guerrero following a match in Japan, when he used an Enzuigiri kick, and knocked him out cold, starting a friendship that lasted until the Latino Heat's death. Benoit started using the multiple vertical suplex maneuver known as the Three Amigos as a tribute to his friend. With regards to the Crippler Crossface, the Canadian Crippler borrowed the move from Dean Malenko.


Chris Benoit's Signature Moves
  • Crippler Crossface
  • Diving Headbutt
  • Sharpshooter
  • Three Amigos
  • Snap Suplex
  • Gutwrench Suplex
  • High Lift Belly to Back Suplex
  • Backhand Chop
  • Backbreaker
  • Heatbutt
  • Suicide Dive


It is a sad day for wrestling fans around the world.
And I kid you not when i say that
Benoit was one of the best wrestlers ever.
The excitement and energy he brought
whenever he stepped into the ring
could only be described by one word: INTENSE.

Chris Benoit - You will be missed.


*much thanks to my friends over at
Blogmeister and The Legal Two-Timer
for tipping me on this


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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

it's a sad thing. i feel for the grandparents of his son. it wrong for somthing like this to happen the little boy had no chance.

THE ANiTOKiD said...

It is a sad note...

Anonymous said...

I knew Chris Benoit, kind of, in the way that someone distantly related to the wrestling business can know any of the guys. I met him, in person, shortly after he arrived in Atlanta to wrestle for WCW, and spoke with him a handful of times over the years. Always gracious, always soft spoken, and always professional, this man was a study in silence, but FRIENDLY, warm silence. The man was one of the best professional wrestlers of all time, and my personal favorite. In the fantasy world of professional wrestling, Chris Benoit was one of those performers who could make you believe that the whole thing was real. His athleticism and spirit made every one of his matches a work of art. I will miss his performances, but even more I will miss his spirit. The bell tolls yet again.

*BONG*

I AM SAM said...

Benoit is one of the best performers inside the ring. I remember one time when he broke his neck and still decided on continuing the match. Although wrestling is deemed as scripted and purely entertainment, the neck injury suffered by Benoit was far worse than anyone can imagine. It is indeed sad that his death happened this way. And to think that he brought with him his son and wife. It is unfair, however, to accuse Benoit of anything because neither of us understand what boils inside his mind. Chris Benoit will not be remembered because of his death and the way he died. The Crippler has lived a rags to riches story and exemplified the value of hard work. He performed like a blue collar worker and never whined on his misfortunes. Of course, who will forget the German suplexes, the diving headbutts, and the crippler crossface? In a world where legacy is defined by a lifetime, Benoit managed to live a moment that has placed him in the pedestal. GREATNESS NO MATTER HOW BRIEF STAYS WITH A MAN..... RIP Chris, and your wife, and your son.

THE ANiTOKiD said...

@anonymous: It's my first time to see Chris Benoit described as a study of silence. Indeed, when i read those lines, memories of his matches flooded my thoughts. We will all miss "Toothless Aggression" ...

THE ANiTOKiD said...

@I am Sam: True! True! The Shooter is a future Hall-of-Famer! No doubt about it. No questions whatsoever. We will remember the way Chris performed, the excitement he generated in the ring, his quickness, his agility, EVERYTHING! Wrestlers will come and go, but there will only be one Rabid Wolverine!

Richard? said...

RIP Benoit....

THE ANiTOKiD said...

@Richard: Rest in Peace Benoit Family

WWE Fanatic said...

He will be sorely missed by many.
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THE ANiTOKiD said...

Yes, he will be terribly missed by all.

It's always a runout at The Runout TV!