Chris Benoit

Canadian professional wrestler (1967–2007)

Christopher Michael Benoit (May 21, 1967 - June 24, 2007) was a Canadian professional wrestler. He was first noticed in the United States when he started wrestling for Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 1994. He would later go to World Championship Wrestling (WCW) the next year. Within a year, he became a member of the Four Hoursemen (with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Brian Pillman). He joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later renameed WWE) in January 2000. In January 2004, Benoit won the 30 man Royal Rumble match which allowed him to main event WrestleMania. He would go on to win the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XX on March 14, 2004.[7]

Chris Benoit
Benoit in 2006
Birth nameChristopher Michael Benoit
Born(1967-05-21)May 21, 1967
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
DiedJune 24, 2007(2007-06-24) (aged 40)
Fayetteville, Georgia, U.S.
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging
Spouse(s)
Children3
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Chris Benoit
The Pegasus Kid
Wild Pegasus
Billed height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
Billed weight229 lb (104 kg)[1]
Billed fromAtlanta, Georgia
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Trained byBruce Hart[2][3][4]
Stu Hart
Mike Hammer
Tokyo Joe
Tatsumi Fujinami
New Japan Pro-Wrestling[5]
DebutNovember 22, 1985[6]

On June 24, 2007, Chris Benoit committed suicide by hanging after murdering his wife and son. Their dead bodies were found on June 25. Benoit's father, Michael Benoit, says that Benoit had brain damage.[8] Benoit was also believed to have been on several different medications to aid his in ring performance, sleep, and pain. According to ESPN, "Benoit's body contained 10 times the normal level of testosterone, as well as amounts of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the painkiller hydrocodone, authorities said.The testosterone, a synthetic version of the primary male sex hormone, is considered an anabolic steroid. The state's top medical examiner said it appeared to have been injected shortly before Benoit died." It is a speculation which Benoit may have dealt with Roid-Rage, and this could have set him off the rails along with other trauma issues to the brain as well. This is what caused Benoit to kill his family. Because brain damage can be caused by concussions, WWE no longer allows wrestlers to hit each other in the head with steel chairs.[9] Mentions of his name were also banned thereafter (although his name is still listed in title histories on WWE's website, and he is still shown in their video library on Peacock/WWE Network).

In wrestling change

 
Chris Benoit performing his Crippler Crossface on MVP
 
Chris Benoit performing his Diving headbutt on MVP at WrestleMania 23
 
Chris Benoit performing his sharpshooter on Chavo Guerrero

Championships change

 
Benoit after winning the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XX

1His reign with the championship is not officially listed by the WWE. Reigns before December 1997 are not listed by the promotion.
2The hall of fame held a special recall election in 2008 because of the double murder–suicide of his wife and son. 53.6% supported the decision but it was under the 60% threshold needed to remove him.[43]

References change

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