History Wrestling / ChrisBenoit

10th Jan '17 5:34:51 PM TheBigBopper
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Say the name "Chris Benoit" to a wrestling fan, and you will invoke one of two images, if not both: That of one of the greatest professional wrestlers to ever perform in a ring, or that of a man who spent his last days committing a series of horrendous actions that would shake the wrestling industry to its core.

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Say the name "Chris Benoit" to a wrestling fan, and you will invoke one of two images, if not both: That of one of the greatest professional wrestlers to ever perform in a ring, or that of a man who spent his last days committing a series of horrendous actions acts that would shake the wrestling industry to its core.



In 1995, Benoit returned to Wrestling/{{WCW}} (he had a short run there in 1992 and early 1993), and after impressing management with his in-ring work, Wrestling/RicFlair made Benoit a member of the Wrestling/FourHorsemen stable. During this period of his career, Benoit feuded with Wrestling/KevinSullivan, who also booked for WCW at the time. The feud centered Sullivan's on-screen valet--his actual wife, Nancy--having an affair with Benoit; to keep the angle steeped in {{kayfabe}}, WCW forced Benoit and Nancy to spend time together so the illusion would appear real. Chris and Nancy soon turned the angle into reality by having an affair, and Nancy soon left Sullivan to marry Benoit.

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In 1995, Benoit returned to Wrestling/{{WCW}} (he had a short run there in 1992 and early 1993), and after impressing management with his in-ring work, Wrestling/RicFlair made Benoit a member of the Wrestling/FourHorsemen stable. During this period of his career, Benoit feuded with Wrestling/KevinSullivan, who also booked for WCW at the time. The feud centered Sullivan's on-screen valet--his actual wife, Nancy--having an affair with Benoit; to keep the angle steeped in {{kayfabe}}, WCW forced Benoit and Nancy to spend time together so the illusion would appear real. Chris and Nancy soon turned the angle into reality by having an affair, and Nancy soon left Sullivan to marry Benoit.
20th Dec '16 11:03:52 PM StevieWillShowYou
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The name '''Chris Benoit''' invokes one of two images: that of one of the greatest professional wrestlers ever, or that of a man whose final days were spent committing some of the most horrific acts in wrestling.

The third to receive Cauliflower Alley Club's Future Legend Award, Christopher Michael Benoit grew up in Canada idolizing such wrestlers as [[Wrestling/BretHart Bret "The Hitman" Hart]] and [[Wrestling/DynamiteKid the Dynamite Kid]]; in 1985, at the age of eighteen, Benoit debuted in Canada's Stampede Wrestling. From there, Benoit went to various overseas promotions for a number of years (mainly in Japan), then made his debut in Wrestling/{{ECW}} in 1994. It was in ECW where Benoit earned the nickname "The Crippler": during a match with Wrestling/{{Sabu}}, he performed a back body drop, but Sabu landed right on his head and broke his neck. Though this was an accident, Benoit's "Crippler" nickname stuck with him for the remainder of his career.

In 1995, Benoit returned to Wrestling/{{WCW}} (he had a short run there in 1992 and early 1993), and after impressing management with his in-ring work, Wrestling/RicFlair had Benoit become a member of the Wrestling/FourHorsemen stable; it was during this time that Benoit would feud with Wrestling/KevinSullivan, who was also a WCW booker at the time. The angle was that Sullivan's on-screen valet (his wife Nancy) was having an affair with Benoit; to keep the angle steeped in kayfabe, Benoit and Nancy were forced to spend time together to make it appear that they were having an affair. The end result, however, was that Chris and Nancy actually did have an affair, and Nancy left Kevin Sullivan to marry Benoit.

For the next few years, Benoit would go on to win fans over with his in-ring work, but would never break through to the main event level until Wrestling/VinceRusso and Ed Ferrara came into WCW in 1999 during the Wrestling/MondayNightWars. However, when the two were suspended and Kevin Sullivan was placed back on the booking team, Benoit and a number of other wrestlers revolted and delivered an ultimatum to management: he goes, or we go. To attempt to appease this group of wrestlers, Benoit was booked to win the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Championship]] at ''Souled Out 2000''. This was not enough to please them, however, and Benoit - along with Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, Wrestling/PerrySaturn, and Wrestling/DeanMalenko - were granted their releases after the event.

Weeks later, the four men would show up on ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF Raw]]'', coming out from the crowd to attack several wrestlers. Calling themselves "The Radicalz", Benoit and company would end up signaling the beginning of the end of WCW; a little more than a year after their debut in the company, WCW folded and was purchased by WWE.

The next four years saw Benoit slowly built up into a main event caliber wrestler, producing classic matches with the likes of Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, Wrestling/KurtAngle, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and Wrestling/{{Edge}}. His time on ''[=SmackDown's=]'' tag division in 2002 resulted in the classic trio of teams known as the "[=SmackDown=] Six"; teaming with Kurt Angle, Benoit would face the team of Edge and Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr at ''No Mercy 2002'' in what was easily a Match of the Year candidate and arguably one of the greatest tag team matches ever.

In 2004, Benoit had arguably the best year of his career: he won the Royal Rumble by lasting the entire match (over an hour after having entered #1), went on to ''[=WrestleMania=] 20'' to win the World Heavyweight Championship in Madison Square Garden in another Match of the Year candidate by making Wrestling/TripleH tap clean to the Crippler Crossface, and he retained the title the next month at ''Wrestling/{{Backlash}}'' by making Wrestling/ShawnMichaels tap to the Sharpshooter in Canada (a symbolic apology to the Canadian crowd for the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob). Following that, Benoit stayed near the main event for the rest of the year, feuding with Edge, Wrestling/RandyOrton, and Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship (Orton defeated Benoit to earn his first reign with that belt at ''[=SummerSlam=] 2004'').

After 2004, Benoit was shuffled back down to the midcard as WWE decided to use his skills to help push new talent up the card. He won the United States Championship several times and feuded with up-and-coming star Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) for months. In 2007, Benoit was placed on the ECW brand and was considered a top contender for the brand's championship; at ''Vengeance: Night of Champions 2007'', Benoit was scheduled to go up against indy darling Wrestling/{{CM Punk}} for the vacant ECW Championship.

He would no-show the event.

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The Say the name '''Chris Benoit''' invokes "Chris Benoit" to a wrestling fan, and you will invoke one of two images: that images, if not both: That of one of the greatest professional wrestlers ever, to ever perform in a ring, or that of a man whose final days were who spent his last days committing some a series of horrendous actions that would shake the most horrific acts in wrestling.

wrestling industry to its core.

The third person to receive Cauliflower Alley Club's Future Legend Award, Christopher Michael Benoit grew up in Canada spent his youth idolizing such fellow Canadian wrestlers such as [[Wrestling/BretHart Bret "The Hitman" Hart]] and [[Wrestling/DynamiteKid the Dynamite Kid]]; in Kid]]. In 1985, at the age of eighteen, Benoit debuted made his wrestling debut in Canada's Stampede Wrestling. From there, Benoit went he traveled to various overseas promotions (mainly in Japan) for a number of years (mainly in Japan), years, then made his debut in Wrestling/{{ECW}} in 1994. It was in ECW where Benoit earned the nickname became known as "The Crippler": during During a match with Wrestling/{{Sabu}}, he Benoit performed a back body drop, but Sabu landed right on his head and broke his neck. Though this was Despite the act being an accident, Benoit's the "Crippler" nickname stuck with him Benoit for the remainder rest of his career.

In 1995, Benoit returned to Wrestling/{{WCW}} (he had a short run there in 1992 and early 1993), and after impressing management with his in-ring work, Wrestling/RicFlair had made Benoit become a member of the Wrestling/FourHorsemen stable; it was during stable. During this time that period of his career, Benoit would feud feuded with Wrestling/KevinSullivan, who was also a booked for WCW booker at the time. The angle was that feud centered Sullivan's on-screen valet (his wife Nancy) was having valet--his actual wife, Nancy--having an affair with Benoit; to keep the angle steeped in kayfabe, {{kayfabe}}, WCW forced Benoit and Nancy were forced to spend time together to make it so the illusion would appear that they were having an affair. The end result, however, was that real. Chris and Nancy actually did have soon turned the angle into reality by having an affair, and Nancy soon left Kevin Sullivan to marry Benoit.

For the next few years, Benoit would go on to win won fans over with his in-ring work, work over the next few years, but would never break through management refused to push him into the main event level until Wrestling/VinceRusso and Ed Ferrara came into took over booking duties WCW in 1999 during 1999, near the peak of the Wrestling/MondayNightWars. However, But when the two Russo and Ferrara were suspended and by WCW management, the higher-ups placed Kevin Sullivan was placed back on the booking team, Benoit and team. Benoit, alongside a number of other wrestlers revolted wrestlers, saw this development as a hazard to their careers, and thus they delivered an ultimatum to management: he "He goes, or we go. To attempt go." Management tried to appease this the group of wrestlers, by booking Benoit was booked to win the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Championship]] at ''Souled Out 2000''. This was not enough to please them, however, and Benoit - along But it proved a fruitless endeavour: Benoit--along with Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, Wrestling/PerrySaturn, and Wrestling/DeanMalenko - Wrestling/DeanMalenko--asked for, and were granted given, their releases after the event.

event. (WCW stripped Benoit of the championship the next day.)

Weeks later, the four men would show Benoit, Guerrero, Saturn, and Malenko showed up on ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF Raw]]'', coming out Raw]]''--they emerged from the crowd live audience to attack several wrestlers. Calling themselves The debuts of Benoit and his fellow ship-jumpers, dubbed "The Radicalz", Benoit and company would end up signaling signaled the beginning of the end of WCW; a little more than a year after their debut The Radicalz debuted in the company, WWE, WCW folded and (and was purchased bought by WWE.

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next four years saw years, WWE built Benoit slowly built up into a main event caliber wrestler, producing wrestler. He produced classic matches with the likes of Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, Wrestling/KurtAngle, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and Wrestling/{{Edge}}. His time on in ''[=SmackDown's=]'' tag division in during 2002 resulted in the classic made him part of a trio of teams known fans referred to (then and now) as the "[=SmackDown=] Six"; Six": Benoit, teaming with Kurt Angle, Benoit would face faced the team of Edge and Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr at ''No Mercy 2002'' in what was easily a Match of the Year candidate and arguably one of the greatest tag team matches ever.

ever. Those two teams eventually feuded the Guerreros (Eddie and his nephew Chavo), which led to several matches between both the teams themselves and their individual members--matches that ulimately made ''[=SmackDown=]'' a must-watch show.

In 2004, Benoit had arguably the best year of his career: he He won the Royal Rumble by lasting the entire match (over an hour after having entered #1), he went on to ''[=WrestleMania=] 20'' to win the World Heavyweight Championship in Madison Square Garden in another Match of the Year candidate by making Wrestling/TripleH tap clean to the Crippler Crossface, and he retained the title the next month at ''Wrestling/{{Backlash}}'' by making Wrestling/ShawnMichaels tap to the Sharpshooter in Canada (a symbolic apology to the Canadian crowd for the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob). Following that, Benoit stayed near lost the main event for the rest of the year, feuding with Edge, Wrestling/RandyOrton, and Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship (Orton defeated Benoit title to earn his first reign with that belt Wrestling/RandyOrton at ''[=SummerSlam=] 2004'').

2004'', but stayed near the main event level for the rest of the year as he feuded with Orton, Edge, and Triple H and continued to vie for the World Heavyweight Championship.

After 2004, Benoit was WWE shuffled Benoit back down to the midcard as WWE decided to use midcard, deciding that his skills to could better help push new talent up the card. He Benoit won the United States Championship several times and feuded with up-and-coming star Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) for months. In 2007, WWE placed Benoit was placed on the renewed ECW brand and was considered brand--a move that instantly made him a top contender for the that brand's championship; at championship. At ''Vengeance: Night of Champions 2007'', Benoit was scheduled to go up against indy darling Wrestling/{{CM Punk}} for the vacant ECW Championship.

He would no-show no-showed the event.



The next day, UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} police found the bodies of Chris, Nancy, and their seven-year-old son Daniel in their home; it wasn't revealed until later that evening -- and a number of fans would not find this out until ''after'' WWE had already run a Benoit tribute show -- that Benoit had ''strangled his wife and son before hanging himself'' in his home gym over the course of the previous weekend.

From that point forward, controversy about Benoit's life and career erupted. Were steroids to blame? Did he go insane due to multiple concussions he suffered over the years? Is it right to bring him up when discussing the best wrestlers ever in light of his actions -- and is it right to even remember him as a great wrestler?

The debate about how to properly remember Chris Benoit continues to this day, but not a single person can deny that June 25th, 2007 was the darkest day in professional wrestling history.

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The next day, UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} police found the bodies of Chris, Nancy, and their seven-year-old son Daniel in their home; it wasn't revealed home. They didn't reveal until later that evening -- and evening--and a number of fans would not find this out until ''after'' after WWE had already run a Benoit tribute show -- that Benoit had ''strangled his wife and son before hanging himself'' in his home gym place of ''Monday Night Raw''--that over the course of the previous weekend.

weekend, Benoit had strangled his wife and son, then hanged himself in his home gym.

From that point day forward, controversy about Benoit's life and career erupted. Were steroids to blame? Did he go insane due to the multiple concussions he suffered over the years? Is it right to years play a role in his actions? Should fans bring him up when discussing the best wrestlers ever in light of his actions -- and ever, or is it right to even remember him as a great wrestler?

wrestler in light of what he did? Should WWE glorify Benoit's abilities and career accomplishments, or should it keep its current course of only recognizing him as a matter of historical record? What should the pro wrestling industry itself do to prevent something like this from happening again--if it could even do so?

The debate about how to properly remember Chris Benoit continues amongst wrestling fans and pundits to this day, but not a single person can deny that no one denies the truth: The 25th of June 25th, 2007 was the darkest day in professional wrestling history.history.



!!'''Tropes associated with Chris Benoit:'''

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5th Nov '16 11:55:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* TraumaCongaLine: Benoit had ''twenty'' of his friends within the wrestling business die young. Before Eddie, there was Wrestling/BrianPillman (Benoit's original tag partner in WCW) and OwenHart (who had been one of Benoit's friends dating back to his days in the Hart Family Dungeon). Mike "Johnny Grunge" Durham had been a next door neighbor of Benoit's, and had more or less become Benoit's best friend after Eddie's passing. He would also go over to the Benoit home and break up arguments between Chris and Nancy -- and he died in 2006, less than a year before The Tragedy.

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* TraumaCongaLine: Benoit had ''twenty'' of his friends within the wrestling business die young. Before Eddie, there was Wrestling/BrianPillman (Benoit's original tag partner in WCW) and OwenHart Wrestling/OwenHart (who had been one of Benoit's friends dating back to his days in the Hart Family Dungeon). Mike "Johnny Grunge" Durham had been a next door neighbor of Benoit's, and had more or less become Benoit's best friend after Eddie's passing. He would also go over to the Benoit home and break up arguments between Chris and Nancy -- and he died in 2006, less than a year before The Tragedy.
9th Oct '16 2:30:01 PM N8han11
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** [[ItMakesSenseInContext He might've done that to avoid challenging best friend]] Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, allowing for a program where both would hold the World Titles following WrestleMania XX]].

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** [[ItMakesSenseInContext He might've done that to avoid challenging best friend]] Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, allowing for a program where both would hold the World Titles following WrestleMania XX]].XX.
25th Jul '16 8:12:37 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* DespairEventHorizon: It's theorised that [[Wrestling/EddieGuerrero Eddie's]] death sent Benoit across this.
19th Jul '16 11:23:44 AM WillKeaton
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Still hasn't been mentioned on camera to this day, leading to a joke between fans that he never existed (Chris Benwho?)=

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Still hasn't been mentioned on camera to this day, leading to a joke between fans that he never existed existed. (Chris Benwho?)=Benwho?)
26th Jun '16 9:10:25 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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In 1995, Benoit returned to Wrestling/{{WCW}} (he had a short run there in 1992 and early 1993), and after impressing management with his in-ring work, Wrestling/RicFlair had Benoit become a member of the Four Horsemen stable; it was during this time that Benoit would feud with Wrestling/KevinSullivan, who was also a WCW booker at the time. The angle was that Sullivan's on-screen valet (his wife Nancy) was having an affair with Benoit; to keep the angle steeped in kayfabe, Benoit and Nancy were forced to spend time together to make it appear that they were having an affair. The end result, however, was that Chris and Nancy actually did have an affair, and Nancy left Kevin Sullivan to marry Benoit.

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In 1995, Benoit returned to Wrestling/{{WCW}} (he had a short run there in 1992 and early 1993), and after impressing management with his in-ring work, Wrestling/RicFlair had Benoit become a member of the Four Horsemen Wrestling/FourHorsemen stable; it was during this time that Benoit would feud with Wrestling/KevinSullivan, who was also a WCW booker at the time. The angle was that Sullivan's on-screen valet (his wife Nancy) was having an affair with Benoit; to keep the angle steeped in kayfabe, Benoit and Nancy were forced to spend time together to make it appear that they were having an affair. The end result, however, was that Chris and Nancy actually did have an affair, and Nancy left Kevin Sullivan to marry Benoit.



** (in WCW): The Four Horsemen (part of the mid-90s/[=nWo=]-era version with RicFlair, DeanMalenko and SteveMcMichael) and the Revolution

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** (in WCW): The Four Horsemen (part of the mid-90s/[=nWo=]-era version with RicFlair, DeanMalenko Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/DeanMalenko and SteveMcMichael) Wrestling/SteveMcMichael) and the Revolution
16th Jun '16 12:49:37 PM SirVancelot131
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** His kayfabe motivation for the switch is strongly believed to be to get away from Paul Heyman, then-GM of Smackdown, whom guaranteed that Benoit would never get a title shot as long as he was on the show.

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** His kayfabe motivation for the switch is strongly believed to be to get away from Paul Heyman, then-GM of Smackdown, whom guaranteed that Benoit would never get a title shot as long as he was on the show.show and had intentionally put Benoit as the #1 entrant to give him the least chance of winning.
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The third to receive Cauliflower Alley Club's Future Legend Award, '''Chris Benoit'''Christopher Michael Benoit grew up in Canada idolizing such wrestlers as [[Wrestling/BretHart Bret "The Hitman" Hart]] and [[Wrestling/DynamiteKid the Dynamite Kid]]; in 1985, at the age of eighteen, Benoit debuted in Canada's Stampede Wrestling. From there, Benoit went to various overseas promotions for a number of years (mainly in Japan), then made his debut in Wrestling/{{ECW}} in 1994. It was in ECW where Benoit earned the nickname "The Crippler": during a match with Wrestling/{{Sabu}}, he performed a back body drop, but Sabu landed right on his head and broke his neck. Though this was an accident, Benoit's "Crippler" nickname stuck with him for the remainder of his career.

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The third to receive Cauliflower Alley Club's Future Legend Award, '''Chris Benoit'''Christopher Christopher Michael Benoit grew up in Canada idolizing such wrestlers as [[Wrestling/BretHart Bret "The Hitman" Hart]] and [[Wrestling/DynamiteKid the Dynamite Kid]]; in 1985, at the age of eighteen, Benoit debuted in Canada's Stampede Wrestling. From there, Benoit went to various overseas promotions for a number of years (mainly in Japan), then made his debut in Wrestling/{{ECW}} in 1994. It was in ECW where Benoit earned the nickname "The Crippler": during a match with Wrestling/{{Sabu}}, he performed a back body drop, but Sabu landed right on his head and broke his neck. Though this was an accident, Benoit's "Crippler" nickname stuck with him for the remainder of his career.
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Christopher Michael Benoit grew up in Canada idolizing such wrestlers as [[Wrestling/BretHart Bret "The Hitman" Hart]] and [[Wrestling/DynamiteKid the Dynamite Kid]]; in 1985, at the age of eighteen, Benoit debuted in Canada's Stampede Wrestling. From there, Benoit went to various overseas promotions for a number of years (mainly in Japan), then made his debut in Wrestling/{{ECW}} in 1994. It was in ECW where Benoit earned the nickname "The Crippler": during a match with Wrestling/{{Sabu}}, he performed a back body drop, but Sabu landed right on his head and broke his neck. Though this was an accident, Benoit's "Crippler" nickname stuck with him for the remainder of his career.

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Christopher The third to receive Cauliflower Alley Club's Future Legend Award, '''Chris Benoit'''Christopher Michael Benoit grew up in Canada idolizing such wrestlers as [[Wrestling/BretHart Bret "The Hitman" Hart]] and [[Wrestling/DynamiteKid the Dynamite Kid]]; in 1985, at the age of eighteen, Benoit debuted in Canada's Stampede Wrestling. From there, Benoit went to various overseas promotions for a number of years (mainly in Japan), then made his debut in Wrestling/{{ECW}} in 1994. It was in ECW where Benoit earned the nickname "The Crippler": during a match with Wrestling/{{Sabu}}, he performed a back body drop, but Sabu landed right on his head and broke his neck. Though this was an accident, Benoit's "Crippler" nickname stuck with him for the remainder of his career.
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