History Wrestling / ChrisBenoit

1st Oct '17 1:28:59 AM bubzilla
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* DentedIron: After a fashion; while Benoit's ''body'' was still in pretty good nick at the time of his death, the multiple concussions and excessive substance abuse his career had brought on him had given him the brain like that of an ''eighty-five year-old Alzheimer's patient!'' That's NotHyperbole either, that was [[ExactWords actually the exact wording of the official autopsy done on his brain]].

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* DentedIron: After a fashion; while Benoit's ''body'' was still in pretty good nick at the time of his death, the multiple concussions and excessive substance abuse his career had brought on him had given him the brain like that of an ''eighty-five year-old Alzheimer's patient!'' That's NotHyperbole either, that was [[ExactWords actually the exact wording of the official autopsy done on his brain]]. Had he lived he would likely be completely mentally incapacitated within 10 years.
24th Sep '17 3:18:17 PM Malady
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** It's been mentioned several times, especially on Chris Jericho's podcast, that Benoit broke down when he heard that BigBossMan had died(they'd met in WCW), crying to the effect of "I can't stand seeing all my friends die anymore"!(Another friend of his and Eddie's had also died a few months prior to Bossman in Mexican wrestler Negro Casas)

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** It's been mentioned several times, especially on Chris Jericho's podcast, that Benoit broke down when he heard that BigBossMan Wrestling/BigBossMan had died(they'd died (they'd met in WCW), crying to the effect of "I can't stand seeing all my friends die anymore"!(Another friend of his and Eddie's had also died a few months prior to Bossman in Mexican wrestler Negro Casas)
9th Sep '17 1:30:16 AM Hoppy
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* DentedIron: After a fashion; while Benoit's ''body'' was still in pretty good nick at the time of his death, the multiple concussions and excessive substance abuse his career had brought on him had given him the brain of an ''eighty-five year-old Alzheimer's patient!'' That's NotHyperbole either, that was [[ExactWords actually the exact wording of the official autopsy done on his brain]].

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* DentedIron: After a fashion; while Benoit's ''body'' was still in pretty good nick at the time of his death, the multiple concussions and excessive substance abuse his career had brought on him had given him the brain like that of an ''eighty-five year-old Alzheimer's patient!'' That's NotHyperbole either, that was [[ExactWords actually the exact wording of the official autopsy done on his brain]].
9th Sep '17 1:24:20 AM Hoppy
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From that day forward, controversy about Benoit's life and career erupted. Were steroids to blame? Did the multiple concussions he suffered over the years play a role in his actions? Should fans bring him up when discussing the best wrestlers ever, or is it right to even remember him as a great 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?

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From that day forward, controversy about Benoit's life and career erupted. Were steroids to blame? Did the multiple concussions he suffered over the years play a role in his actions? Should fans bring him up when discussing the best wrestlers ever, or is it right to even remember him as a great 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?
29th Jul '17 3:31:44 PM bubzilla
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** The episode "The Fall of WCW" of the WWE Network series the Monday Night Wars did show limited footage of Benoit, and have Jim Ross's commentary call him by name, but he was not mentioned in the actual series.
14th Jul '17 8:12:52 PM nombretomado
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* {{Curse}}: Some like to point out the fact that in one storyline in one of the Smackdown Vs. Raw games, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero was involved in a storyline with Wrestling/TheUndertaker that ended in him buried alive. The weekend the game came out... well, Eddie died. A game later, Undertaker said "Your grieving family will have no one but you to blame when the inevitable occurs." to Benoit. The next year, Chris.. well, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment you know...]]

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* {{Curse}}: Some like to point out the fact that in one storyline in one of the ''[[VideoGame/WWEVideoGames Smackdown Vs. Raw Raw]]'' games, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero was involved in a storyline with Wrestling/TheUndertaker that ended in him buried alive. The weekend the game came out... well, Eddie died. A game later, Undertaker said "Your grieving family will have no one but you to blame when the inevitable occurs." to Benoit. The next year, Chris.. well, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment you know...]]



* LoopholeAbuse: After winning the Royal Rumble, Benoit (A member of the [=SmackDown=] roster at the time) proceeded to jump to Raw to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship at [=WrestleMania=] rather than stay on [=SmackDown=] & challenge for the WWE title, citing that the Royal Rumble contract didn't specify that he ''can't'' do that. Every year afterwards, this has been part of the official stipulation for the Rumble.

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* LoopholeAbuse: After winning the Royal Rumble, Benoit (A member of the [=SmackDown=] ''[=SmackDown=]'' roster at the time) proceeded to jump to Raw to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship at [=WrestleMania=] rather than stay on [=SmackDown=] ''[=SmackDown=]'' & challenge for the WWE title, citing that the Royal Rumble contract didn't specify that he ''can't'' do that. Every year afterwards, this has been part of the official stipulation for the Rumble.



** 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 and had intentionally put Benoit as the #1 entrant to give him the least chance of winning.

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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, ''[=SmackDown=]'', whom guaranteed that Benoit would never get a title shot as long as he was on the show and had intentionally put Benoit as the #1 entrant to give him the least chance of winning.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After he won the RoyalRumble, he jumped from SmackDown to Raw in order to get away from Wrestling/PaulHeyman who had made his life difficult. This was before the winner could choose who he would challenge, as the Brand Extension was in full force, and the only way to appear on another show was via the Draft.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After he won the RoyalRumble, he jumped from SmackDown ''[=SmackDown=]'' to Raw ''Raw'' in order to get away from Wrestling/PaulHeyman who had made his life difficult. This was before the winner could choose who he would challenge, as the Brand Extension was in full force, and the only way to appear on another show was via the Draft.



** The Best of Smackdown DVD set has a video summary for the Fatal 4-Way TLC match from May 2001. Aside from a very short shot at the beginning, Chris Benoit was edited out. He was Tag Champs with Wrestling/ChrisJericho at the time. And on top of that, they won the match. The package almost makes you believe that Wrestling/ChrisJericho beat [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys the Dudleys]], [[Wrestling/MattHardy the]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Hardys]], and Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/{{Christian}} all on his own.

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** The Best of Smackdown ''[=SmackDown=]'' DVD set has a video summary for the Fatal 4-Way TLC match from May 2001. Aside from a very short shot at the beginning, Chris Benoit was edited out. He was Tag Champs with Wrestling/ChrisJericho at the time. And on top of that, they won the match. The package almost makes you believe that Wrestling/ChrisJericho beat [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys the Dudleys]], [[Wrestling/MattHardy the]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Hardys]], and Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/{{Christian}} all on his own.
23rd May '17 5:57:45 PM SpaceDrake
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The debate about how to remember Chris Benoit continues amongst wrestling fans and pundits to this day, but no one denies the truth: The 25th of June 2007 was the darkest day in professional wrestling history.

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The debate about how to remember Chris Benoit continues amongst wrestling fans and pundits to this day, but no one denies the truth: The 25th of June 2007 25th, 2007, was the darkest day in professional wrestling history.
15th May '17 6:36:38 PM nombretomado
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** Title histories don't stop them. In a magazine chronicling every ''[=WrestleMania=]'', while every other match lists who wins the match, the entry for [=WM20=] states that TripleH lost the World Heavyweight Title in a Triple Threat Match.

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** Title histories don't stop them. In a magazine chronicling every ''[=WrestleMania=]'', while every other match lists who wins the match, the entry for [=WM20=] states that TripleH Wrestling/TripleH lost the World Heavyweight Title in a Triple Threat Match.



*** In a similar move, when WWE released the initial match listing for the Elimination Chamber anthology DVD, the listing for the third Elimination Chamber match - which Benoit was involved in - only mentioned that TripleH won the match. An updated listing from weeks before the DVD's release showed that the match was listed in full (with Benoit's name), and UK retailer Silvervision confirmed that the match was included in its entirety, making it the first WWE DVD since Benoit's death to include one of his matches. Several lines from the commentary team that painted Benoit in a positive light were edited out (and since Benoit was a face for much of his WWE career, ''all'' of the comments were technically positive unless one of the commentators was playing a heel), but beyond that, no substantial edits were made.

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*** In a similar move, when WWE released the initial match listing for the Elimination Chamber anthology DVD, the listing for the third Elimination Chamber match - which Benoit was involved in - only mentioned that TripleH Triple H won the match. An updated listing from weeks before the DVD's release showed that the match was listed in full (with Benoit's name), and UK retailer Silvervision confirmed that the match was included in its entirety, making it the first WWE DVD since Benoit's death to include one of his matches. Several lines from the commentary team that painted Benoit in a positive light were edited out (and since Benoit was a face for much of his WWE career, ''all'' of the comments were technically positive unless one of the commentators was playing a heel), but beyond that, no substantial edits were made.
10th Apr '17 7:04:29 PM nombretomado
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero are the second most remembered example in pro wrestling, behind ShawnMichaels and TripleH, especially in real life. When Eddie died, Benoit looked like he lost his brother. In fact, some friends say he never got over the depression of losing his best friend, and may have contributed to losing his own life.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero are the second most remembered example in pro wrestling, behind ShawnMichaels Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and TripleH, Wrestling/TripleH, especially in real life. When Eddie died, Benoit looked like he lost his brother. In fact, some friends say he never got over the depression of losing his best friend, and may have contributed to losing his own life.



** WWE has since advertised the main event of ''[=WrestleMania=] 20'' as a match '''featuring''' ShawnMichaels and TripleH to avoid mentioning Benoit anywhere on the cover.

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** WWE has since advertised the main event of ''[=WrestleMania=] 20'' as a match '''featuring''' ShawnMichaels Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and TripleH Wrestling/TripleH to avoid mentioning Benoit anywhere on the cover.
20th Mar '17 2:42:57 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* DentedIron: After a fashion; while Benoit's ''body'' was still in pretty good nick at the time of his death, the multiple concussions and excessive substance abuse his career had brought on him had given him the brain of an ''eighty-five year-old Alzheimer's patient!'' That's NotHyperbole either, that was [[ExactWords actually the exact wording of the official autopsy done on his brain]].
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