These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Chris Benoit
Broken Base / Internet Backlash: 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.
Fan Nickname: The Rabid Wolverine. That one was official for at least a good long while.
He Who Must Not Be Named, Chris Who?, GUY WHO NEVER EXISTED, etc.
Whiff of air, Crispin Wah.
Toothless Aggression, according to one fan after his Backlash win. A riff on "ruthless aggression", then Vince McMahon's Catch Phrase for what he wanted to see out of everybody.Explanation One of Benoit's teeth had gotten knocked out years before, leaving a very noticeable gap. It stuck to the point where Benoit would have that phrase on his tights here and there.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: 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.
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; however, from everything seen up until their deaths, it was genuinely true.
The "Kevin Sullivan booked his own divorce" meme. Oofh…
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.
Memetic Mutation: Jokes related to Benoit killing his family and/or others became numerous just days after his death.