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I’m in shock this morning with the news of the death of WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, known to wrestling fans as “The Rabid Wolverine” or “The Canadian Crippler.” Not just a death but reportedly a murder-suicide, where he killed his wife and 7 year old son over the weekend, before killing himself yesterday. His wife was known to wrestling fans as well…the former Nancy Sullivan, ex-wife of wrestler Kevin Sullivan. She was known to wrestling fans as “Woman” or further back, “Fallen Angel.”
Benoit was not some washed up wrestler, felled by years of steroid abuse. He was still at the top in the WWE. I can’t help but think of the Radicalz, a foursome of wrestlers that Benoit was a part of. The four men, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, and Perry Saturn all left WCW together and arrived in the WWE together, a rare feat in wrestling. Now Malenko and Saturn are mostly retired, and Benoit and Guerrero, the most successful of the four, are both dead.
This whole thing is a tragedy. Benoit was one of my favorite wrestlers, and he shall be missed.