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Three years after Chris Beniot

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Hey all EWN and IWC readers, I understand that it's been 3 years since the tragic death of Chris Beniot, BUT with the recent release of Chris Jericho's new book "Undisputed" (great read pick it up!) the thought of Chris Beniot has creeped back into people's mind.

The season of Wrestlemania is upon us, and a name that has become anonymous with Wrestlemania is also Chris Beniot due to the fact that he participated in one of the top 3 Main Event Matches of Wrestlemania History (HBK/UT II and HBK/Bret Hart are the other two IMO). Along with Wrestlemania comes the rich history as well. Multiple magazines and videos and etc. are released remembering past Wrestlemania's. My question is what the hell are they going to do with WWE Magazine where they're promoting "EVERY MATCH from EVERY WRESTLEMANIA"? What the hell are they gonna do for WM 2000 when Beniot Angle and Jericho tore up the place in a two falls triple threat match for the IC and European Title?
Or X-Seven? When Angle and Beniot but on a wrestling clinic?
Or WM XX when Beniot won the World Heavyweight Title?

All of these questions bring up the question that I intend of trying to answer: "Should the WWE 'blackout' Chris Beniot?"

My answer? Yes indeed they should. Let's take a look at why.

1.) Almost causing another govt. investigation of NOT ONLY WWE but the ENTIRE wrestling world.
When Chris Beniot did what he did to his family the entire country stood in awe of how and why this could happen, and one of the main points was drugs and steroids in wrestling. Now granted there are CLEARLY some juice heads in all of professional sports, none more evident then in the glorified body building business that is WWE.
So because of these investigations people who worked hard to get their bodies without steroids now can't be on TV or in the ring because people will believe that they are juiced up causing wrestlers to lose out on possible money opportunities to feed their families.

2.) Erasing the hard work of others.
There can't be a wrestling match without two people. Beniot (through his actions) have ruined the chance for younger audiences to enjoy some of his matches (unless they use Youtube or some other form of file sharing be it legal or illegal). What are these matches you ask? Well how about for starters: Money in the Bank I? In my honest opinion the GREATEST Money in the Bank Ladder Match in the history of all them. The match that gave Edge his ticket to the top. In twenty years Edge will have another DVD disc set come out and when the WWE or Edge wants to talk about his rise to the top they cannot put that match on the DVD. Why? Because Chris Beniot was the last man on the ladder before Edge took to a steel chair to him to win.

I recently bought the 10 Year Anniversary of Smackdown 3 Disc DVD set that counts down the 100 Greatest moments in Smackdown history. It includes some full length matches, one of them NOT being this classic match that SHOULD have been right at the top of the list.
TLC III- The Dudleyz vs. Edge and Christian vs. The Hardyz vs. Beniot and Jericho
The TLC match that injured Beniot's neck, the TLC that gave Y2J and Beniot the WWE tag titles and set up the injury that would change Triple H's career for ever. No longer can be watched on DVD unless you own a DVD that is pre 2007.

The Final Match on the list is one that maybe isn't remembered as much as it should be: Smackdown 11/18/05 Chris Beniot vs. Triple H. Why is this match up important? This was the closing match up to the Eddie Guerrero tribute Smackdown. A TRUE classic and testament to Beniot AND Hunter's skill. At the end of the match up Dean Malenko came down and stood in the ring and cried in remorse of losing their best friend Eddie Guerrero. A true moment that should test the sands of time, no longer will be viewed unless found on Youtube or on the VHS tape that sits in my bed room that contains both the RAW and Smackdown Guerrero tribute shows.

3.) Almost destroying the industry that he loved.
What many folks don't know or remember about the aftermath of the indecent is that the ENTIRE wrestling business was in a state of taboo. Here in my home town there are at least 3 "big" indy promotions and all three canceled their shows for the next few months unsure of how the fans would respond. And I know of a few other cities that shut down their wrestling community too in fear of losing more money then making any.

The entire WWE along with TNA re shuffled their cards, and had to re think what type of product they were going to put on the screen.

Should Beniot be black listed in the WWE? Yes. Yes he should, he alone almost tore down the entire buisness we all love.

Should Chris Beniot be remembered for the wrestler or the monster? My answer? Despite everything I've just said: The Wrestler. Chris Beniot the wrestler was one of THE best in the world EVER. Not a lot of people could match Beniot in the ring, and to this day not a lot of people can. Beniot was an amazing wrestler that should never be forgotten for the things he accomplished INSIDE the ring not the way he ended his life.

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Updated 03-08-2011 at 12:18 PM by Frank

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  1. knox's Avatar
    lol NOOOOOO nrb6304

    I agree with you i jus wrote my post wrong. BENOIT DESERVES TO ROT. I was talking about how other people defend him. You are right he derserves nothing. Orton should be pissed at benoit
  2. The Sheep's Avatar
    WELL SAID FRIEND. wasnt sure if i was going to agree with you till you exposed all the other carears hes touched and helped build which now fuck history in the ass for many people.
  3. HuGrad's Avatar
    he should still be recognized, but as an example of what not to do and what path not to follow. The Hall of disgrace or the hall of shame would be appropriate. I dont think any further editing should occur. Reason being, the others didnt do anything wrong and they all put on great matches. Highlights and subtitles showing his presence and acknowledging the shameful act I think would be the right thing.
  4. Saiga's Avatar
    i'm deeply ashamed his & Chris Jericho's tag team title win over Stone Cold & Triple H will never make it onto a dvd set as it was sucha im.portant win for both canadians at the time in their careers.
  5. azure's Avatar
    A final point I will make on this is I don't understand how ppl can't seperate chris benoit the person to chris benoit the wrestler. As I've said before I've never agreed nor felt what he did to his family and himself was right, it was a complete shock when I found out. But the difference in all this is that I never knew chris benoit the person outside of the ring, never was interested what he did outside of the ring, his life was his and it was and isn't none of my business.

    However Chris benoit the wrestler was the man I watched on smackdown and Raw, PPV's and watched his matches. That's the man I watched and respected and still do to this day. That's the difference for me, I'm able to seperate who he was because I never knew chris benoit as a person living every day life. Everyone is intitled to their opinion or view of the man and if anyone ever asked me if I wanted to be a wrestler and who were my heroes growing up, I'd say 'Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit'

    Now if they said, 'what you want to be like a man who killed his wife and son' I'd reply simply with 'No I don't want to be like him, I want to be like chris benoit the wrestler because I'd get in that ring and kick your ass and I wanted to, I kick your ass a 2nd time because I can'

    Benoit in the ring was all busness, seriously a freaking machine that kicked the crap outta you win or lose no matter how big or strong his opponent was, a quote from good ol' JR always sticks out in my mind when I think of Benoit and his work ethic, 'I wouldn't even cross Benoit with a chainsaw'

    I'm not ashamed to say that Chris Benoit the wrestler is still one of my wrestling heroes, I still watch his matches and have the Hard Knocks DVD and I'm not ashamed of that. I still respect the man and all he did for wrestling in the 20+ years he was in the business. Even tho chris benoit the wrestler wont make the WWE hall of fame even tho for all he contributed to wrestling that he should, it's his actions as Benoit the person that stop that from ever happening. And that in the end is a damn shame, it's sad and tragic its happened but nothing will ever change that now.

    Vince mcmahon may say no to puttin benoit there but the question I can't help wonder if Eric Bishoff were in charge would have he done something so gutsy/carrer suicide? After all to Bishoff controversy creates cash
  6. therockiswwf's Avatar
    @azure
    (Note: I know he went crazy and it wasn't his fault)

    Because once you murder someone, it is kind of hard to seperate the murder from the person. I have not seen a match of his since I found out, I just can't do it. The WWE would never recover from honoring a murderer. You can't just go oh, he had great matches so, lets forget the fact that he killed two people. This is where the IWC biggest fault is, that any good wrestler is like a god to you guys. You guys wouldn't be saying this if he wasn't as good in the ring as he was. Yeah he did go 20+ years, but he is a murderer. He was great in the ring, murderer. You may have watched the man on tv, murderer. He murdered his family so of course its not right.

    You can't seperate person from murderer, you just can't. If the WWE puts him into the HOF then fans would be turned away, sponsers, TV stations, they would get destroyed by the media, basically they would murder themself.

    PS- If he murdered one of your family members, would you still like the "man" who was on tv? OF COURSE NOT.
  7. Stihltygre's Avatar
    @therockiswwf: actually he did NOT murder anyone, he killed them... there is a subtle but important difference... to murder it must be premeditated and you must be in control of your faculties... he was not.
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