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.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Nancy Grace infamously asked Bret Hart if Benoit was "demoted from (WCW's) Four Horsemen to Raw".
  • 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  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.
    • 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…
    • 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.
  • Never Live It Down: Take a guess what event in his life he is remembered for.
  • Reality Subtext: Chris and Nancy's on-screen affair in WCW resulted in them actually having an affair—and eventually marrying—off-screen.