YMMV / Chris Benoit

  • Broken Base: There's a split between fans who agree with WWE's attempt to Unperson him and fans who think he should be forgiven for his crimes note  (considering that his brain damage may have been at fault) and be acknowledged as a wrestling legend. Go on any wrestling forum and say you're a fan of Chris Benoit. You're equally as likely to find people telling you you're full of shit as you are to find people who will agree with you.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Nancy Grace infamously asked Bret Hart if Benoit was "demoted from (WCW's) Four Horsemen to Raw".
  • Epileptic Trees: There have been countless theories and explanations of Benoit's actions, mostly involving substance abuse or brain damage. Others believe Benoit was innocent and that all three were killed by someone else (usually believed to be Kevin Sullivan) with the scene being altered to look like a double-murder suicide. Another theory thrown around as a joke is that his death was actually scripted and he's due to return any day now.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Go ahead and say that Benoit shouldn't be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Or that he should. Flames will rage either way.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Perhaps the ultimate "Funny Aneurysm" Moment in wrestling, the WWE only learnt that Chris Benoit and his family were dead hours before Raw was meant to air, and quickly turned it into a Chris Benoit tribute show, complete with wrestlers paying homage to the man; the truth of what really happened surfaced before the show had even been completed. To make things even more bizarre, the WWE had been running a kayfabe storyline in which Vince McMahon had been "killed" and that very Raw was going to be a fake tribute to the now dead Vince.
    • It's hard to watch his old matches or backstage segments without noticing them; this is especially true of anything involving chairshots to the head and the Diving Headbutt maneuver. Seeing Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit celebrating in the ring at the end of WrestleMania 20 is particularly haunting to watch nowadays.
    • It should be funny, except that his idea of how to make the diving headbutt and chairshots to the head look realistic...
    • One moment during the Attitude Era had The Rock and Triple H taking turns ramming the heads of Kurt Angle and Benoit respectively into the steel steps. Considering Angle's ongoing neck problems and what happened to Benoit, it's really uncomfortable to watch.
    • Introducing Face Flippin' Chris Benoit! The delicate balance between good and evil wavers within him.
    • Any fans of the Raven's flock stable from 1997 into 1998 will have a hard time rewatching their storylines. After their initial introduction a feud begins with Benoit and he fights a different member every week, at the end of every match the entire group rush the ring and start kicking his head, dropping him on chairs, putting him in DDT's and prolonged submission holds. Add to that Raven constantly spouting over the mic about Benoit's 'serious mental issues' and Benoit occasionally saying he would snap all their necks, it's pretty hard to watch.
    • During one promo, a wrestler claimed that if Benoit's mother had remembered to take her birth control pills, Chris Benoit wouldn't be here. Kind of different when that involves preventing multiple murder.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Again, after the Double Murder Suicide and the revelation of how damaged his brain was, seeing Chris Benoit doing all of those flying headbutts can be hard to stomach.
    • The comments from the tribute show on Raw describing him as a devoted husband and father are disturbing in hindsight.
    • The "Kevin Sullivan booked his own divorce" meme. Oofh…
    • Benoit's Dr. Feelgood, Phil Astin, was found guilty of over-prescribing medications and sent to the slammer for 10 years. According to Dave Meltzer, Astin's "other patient" was likely Sherri Martel, who died shortly before Benoit, which adds a whole new layer of discomfort to the whole thing.
    • During the Eddie Guerrero tribute show, Chris gave a moving, and incredibly heartbreaking, speech about his friendship with Eddie, including this memorable portion: "He was the one friend that I had that I could go to and pour my heart out to if I was going through something, a personal issue, a personal problem. He was the one guy that I could call and talk to, and know that he'd understand and... he would talk me out of it." Knowing what we know now, it's even more depressing.
  • Internet Backdraft: No surprise given the nature of his last deeds, many flame wars have ensued online between his detractors and sympathizers.
  • Memetic Mutation: Jokes related to Benoit killing his family and/or others became numerous just days after his death.
    • This is a good one in a Black Comedy Gallows Humor way.
    • Hey, John Morrison: Who died and made you champion?
    • Tights are synonymous with pro wrestling, yet somehow the PWB turned Benoit's tights into such an outfit.
    • One of the most consistent is replacing Benoit with Hardcore Holly or Stevie Richards for all his accomplishments. Hardcore won the 2004 Royal Rumble, then won the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XX, then lost it to Randy Orton at SummerSlam etc.note 
  • Never Live It Down: Take a guess what event in his life he is remembered for.
    • And additional one for the WWE having a tribute for him before word of what actually happened got out.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: What many consider WWE's decision to refrain from ever even mentioning Benoit again.
  • Reality Subtext: Chris and Nancy's on-screen affair in WCW resulted in them actually having an affair—and eventually marrying—off-screen.
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