In case you haven't heard former WWE and WCW Champion Chris Benoit was found dead in his home this afternoon, as was his wife and seven year old son. Police officials are calling it a possible murder-suicide.
The timing of this tragedy is odd for two reasons - one, Chris Benoit's career was in a resurgence. He was booked in a major match at a WWE pay-per-view yesterdaywhere he was scheduled to win the ECW chapionship in a match against C.M. Punk but he told WWE officials that he had to miss the show and rush home due to "personal reasons." Secondly, tonight's episode of WWE Raw was, ironically, slated to be a "memorial" to remember the "late" Vince McMahon, who just two weeks ago faked his death as a horribly stupid plotline intended to "kill off" his character on television. That plan, obviously, was dropped because it seemed too offensive in the wake of Benoit's death.
The last time I purchased Wrestlemania was Wrestlemania 20. That was in 2004. My hero Eddie Guerrero, whose death still seems fresh to me, had won the Smackdown championship a month earlier at a pay-per-view in San Francisco that my family and I had the honor of attending. Chris Benoit, who was lifelong friends with Eddie, won the Raw championship at Wrestlemania 20. And the picture of Eddie and Chris Benoit celebrating their victories in the ring surrounded by pounds of confetti, that picture is one that's been burned in my brain and one that stings now that both of them are dead.
Here's some tribute videos ...
R.I.P. Chris and Eddie.
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