If there was something that everyone in wrestling seemed to agree on, it was that Chris Benoit was a class act in an industry that didn’t have many.
Which makes today’s events even more sickening and stunning.
Benoit, his wife Nancy (a former wrestling valet/manager), and their 7-year-old son Daniel were found dead in their Atlanta home today. Authorities are tight-lipped, but apparently it wasn’t by gunplay.
Benoit cancelled off a WWE event in Texas last night, apparently telling WWE officials that his family were “spitting up blood”. EDIT: Word later in the evening from Atlanta is that this is being investigated as a murder-suicide. That makes the quoted comment downright scary… and tragic… and… damn.
Chris Benoit was 40. Nancy Daus Benoit was 43. He apparently leaves a couple of older children from a previous marriage.
And the sad, and even more sickening, part of all this? Between the WWE announcement around 7pm and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article at 7:55pm, nobody knew if this was legitimate or another WWE death storyline. Thanks to Vince McMahon, we had to question the story of a dead wrestler and his family.
On the heels of the deaths of Sherri Martel and a former Calgary tag-team partner of Benoit’s (“Biff” Wellington) in the last 10 days… there’s a hell of a lot of questions and not many answers.
I’ve been a very small part of the wrestling business for 7 years now. It’s nights like this that I’m very, very ashamed to say that.
And I don’t know what else to say.