World Wrestling Entertainment did an unprecedented move that showed class and respect - they send last monday's Raw audience home and had a three hour tribute to the amazing career of "The Rabid Wolverine" Chris Benoit ...
... then, in what stands as a perfect example of why wrestling fans are running away from WWE in droves, last night in a pre-taped segment that started of ECW on the Sci-Fi network, Vince McMahon "apologized" for monday's Benoit tribute ...
The WWE didn't stop there in their rush to forget Chris Benoit. They yanked all of his merchandise from their website (as well as their foriegn websites) despite the fact that Eddie Guerrero shirts are still available for sale. They also confiscated any and all Chris Benoit signs at yesterday's ECW and Smackdown tapings, even ones that simply said "R.I.P."
This is seriously starting to piss me off.
Yes what Chris Benoit did was horrible and he's burning in hell for the crime he committed but WHAT THE WWE and VINCE MCMAHON need to realize is that because he killed his family doesn't mean that suddenly we're all just supposed to FORGET that he was the single greatest technical wrestler of all time. Screw that. The World Wrestling Federation wants nothing more than to gain back the fan base they had in the late nineties and lost at the turn of the century with boring storylines and 24 hour Triple H ass kissing. They were the first to pay their respects for Benoit's legacy and, one reports came that Benoit was the person responsible for his wife and son's death, they were the first ones to spit on his name.
I'm not saying Benoit should be praised because I hate Benoit for what he did but that doesn't and will never change the fact that he was one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.
Vince shouldn't have apologized. That was cowardly.