This weekend marks the five-year anniversary of the Chris Benoit double murder-suicide that occurred over a three-day period ending on June 24, 2007.
Chris Benoit killed his wife, Nancy, strangled his seven-year-old son, Daniel, and subsequently committed suicide by hanging. Autopsy results show Benoit first murdered his wife. She was bound at the feet and wrists and died of asphyxiation on the evening of June 22, 2007. The couple's son, who also died of asphyxia, was apparently killed as he lay in bed on June 23, 2007. The following day, Benoit committed suicide by hanging himself with the pulley of a weight machine. (Rajah)
Fozzie: Five years ago, I was just finishing up a dentists appointment when I received a call from my brother telling me that Chris Benoit was dead. At the time, I was in shock, as were a lot of people initially. Benoit was always one of my favorites, and his moment at WM 20 will always stand out as one of my top 5 WM moments. Watching Raw later that night, and hearing all his peers talk with him in such high regard made me feel sadder, but there was something nagging me. I don't know what it was, but I looked at my brother and said to him, "I think he did it." Sure enough, the next day it was revealed that Benoit had in fact killed his wife and son before taking his own life. I felt disgusted that I looked up to someone who was capable of such a horrible and cowardly act.
Now, if he had just killed himself, I'm sure that we could remember him solely for his body of work, and not for his terrible crimes. I remember Chris Jericho on the Larry King show, and he said that you can't talk about wrestling history without Chris Benoit. He's right. Benoit was a major part of the Monday night wars, plus his influence on younger wrestlers was huge. How many wrestlers you think looked up to his style and work ethic? More than would care to admit now, I'm sure.
When the anniversary of a popular wrestlers death comes around, you see countless "RIP" posts. The only thing I can say here is that to Nancy and Daniel, RIP. There is nothing more I have to say about this. I wish there was. I wish I could have properly mourned the death of a favorite wrestler of mine. I wish I could watch his old matches without getting chills or an ominous sense of dread knowing the monster he became. I wish this tragedy never occurred, to be perfectly honest.
Aires: It's such a sore, yet interesting subject that will be forever engined into Pro Wrestling history. Someone that was a sure fire Hall of Famer and someone that was so well respected by ALL of his peers, yet he does something so selfish and inconceivable. I remember as the PPV was going on, and things started to come out about Benoit being a no-show and that no one knew where he was...that he was dead.
It reminded me a lot of when beloved pitcher for my Cardinals, Darryl Kile, was found dead before a game. You KNEW something happened. For hours, I felt the same way about Benoit as I did with Eddie. Just unbelieveable sadness for someone that was not only great at their job, but seemed like geniune good people. Then the emotions just went a completely different way when I found everything else out. Now it's just...an empty hole. Unlike WWE, I refuse to not acknowledge and celebrate what he did in the ring. I basically celebrate the character of Chris Benoit. The man? Not much I can say that wouldn't get me worked up.
Fozzie: I feel the same way about it. I try to separate Benoit the wrestler from Benoit the man, but the more time passes the more that line becomes blurred. Maybe one day I can look back at his matches for the clinics they are, and not as a grim reminder of one of the darkest days in wrestling history.
Aires: Weird thing is that my interest had wained a lot after Eddie died. I was maybe watching Raw once a month or so after that. Yet when the Benoit thing went down, I started watching every week again. I have no idea why that tragedy struck my interest up again.
Fozzie: I never lost interest, it was just hard to defend for awhile. Let's move on now, shall we.
Aires: Sounds good to me...
In Other News…
Fozzie: Today also marks the 10 year anniversary of Bret Harts stroke. He posted his gratitude and thanks on his Facebook page. Well, I want to thank Bret for everything he has done to entertain us as fans and I wish him a healthier life. (Rajah)
Aires: Ryback finally spoke up and addressed the “fans” today about his comparisons to being a combination of RVD and Goldberg. He was quoted as saying “Rawrsiahwsoeangaorrrrrfeedmorefour”. (Rajah)
Fozzie: Kharma is reportedly waiting for her return, as she has been staying in shape while creative figures out how to bring her back. They want her as a face so she could have her feud with Beth Phoenix. The good news is that creative doesnt want to rush her back. The bad news is that the division sucks more than a Bella twin backstage. Build your girls up Vince. (Rajah)
Aires: Randy Orton is being promoted for the WWE tour in Tokyo and is scheduled to face Alberto Del Rio and Kane, as well as team with Santino and Zack Ryder. Looks like his punishment is going to be dealing with foreigners and jobbers when he comes back. (Rajah)
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Mike Aires has a reoccurring column on Friday's called On The Aire and can be followed @OSUmike03.