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The Tigers Den.

By White Tiger ((TRV writer of the year 2006))

13th Edition:

Tragedy thy name is wrestling.

I would like to begin this edition with a somewhat sombre note and a request to anyone who reads this. Please spare a moment in remembrance of Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy and their son Daniel.

Wrestling is well documented as a high pressure business, so high in fact that many cannot deal with the pressures that come with being involved in it. Perhaps most famous of those men are the Von Erich?s whose tragic story is ingrained in the very core of Wrestling history. Perhaps also famous is the story of the Renegade whose career in WCW was doomed to failure when he pretended to be the Ultimate Warrior and suffered deep depression from the repercussions of his gimmick.

Though also there are men like Owen Hart, Bruiser Brody and Eddie Guerrero who?s heart and soul were wrestling and were the heart and soul of their company or companies that they wrestler for but through no fault of their own they no longer walk among us.

The earliest I can think of that the stresses of wrestling can be seen is in the case of Yukon Eric in 1965. He was a famous wrestler who had feuded with the great Killer Kowalski at least that I know of. He was known about and respected in the wrestling business throughout the North American continent. But the pressures of the business got to him and he took his own life of January 16th 1965.

Anther man was a member of the Graham wrestling family. Eddie Graham was a legend of the NWA who had held numerous titles within the organisation mostly in the Florida region. He took over Championship Wrestling from Florida and continued to wrestle until 1977 when health problems forced him to retire from the ring. He was NWA president in 1976 and 1978 but continuing health problems forced him to step down from that position. He took his own life on January 21st 1985 when he committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a lifelong battle with acoholism.

Throughout all of wrestling history though perhaps no story is more tragic than that of the Von Erichs. After Fritz each Von Erich had to live in the shadow of the one before, David had to live in his father?s shadow, Kerry would live in his brother?s and father?s shadows though would perhaps surpass both in the annuals of wrestling history, it was once said of Mike that he suffered from living in David?s shadow and Chris idolised Mike and lives in his shadow at the same time. Of all the Von Erich children only David?s death is considered to be a natural thing ((though there are conspiracy theories)). Kerry, Mike and Chris all took their own lives after the pressure of wrestling and the business itself overwhelmed them.

The story of Owen Hart?s death is well known, during an entrance stunt gone wrong Owen plummeted to the ring and hit his chest on the ring-post. He died in the ring in the arms of Jerry ?the King? Lawler. Owens death sent shockwaves though the world of wrestling and many mourned the loss of such a true character and beloved personality of the business.

The story Bruiser Brody though perhaps is not as well known. Bruiser Brody was the type of man that, according to Bobby Heenan, Andre the Giant hated. Brody would go into a territory and defeat top guy after top guy in the territory. In that sense Brody was both an asset and a liability to any company he worked for. His death came while he was working for WWC in Puerto Rico. He was stabbed to death by fellow wrestler Jose Huertas.

Though these by no means are the only types of tragedies to befall the wrestling world.

A number of wrestlers have died in the ring. Mike DiBiase died of a heart attack while he was in the ring after a match with Man Mountain Mike, Larry Cameron suffered a heart attack during a match in Germany, Mal ?King Kong? Kirk died during a match with British Legend Big Daddy Shirley Crabtree and recently Larry Latham ((more well known as Moondog Spot collapsed in the ring in a match in Memphis.

Transportation accidents have also been a cause of much of wrestling?s greatest tragedies. Wrestler Bobby Shane died in a plane crash in which Buddy Colt, Austin Idol and Gary Hart was injured in, Adrian Adonis, Pat Kelly and Dave McKigney were all killed in a car crash in Newfoundland, Vivian Vachon died after a head on collision near Montreal and ECW legend Chri$ Ca$h died as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Chris Benoits situation is different from these other men. At this moment in time all reports say that Benoit murdered both his wife and his son before committing suicide no more than a day after he killed his son. If this is true as the reports now say then Benoit as a man deserves no respect from anyone. In this act of murder Benoit has destroyed any of the good reputation he had as a good husband and father and a devoted family man whose only greater love was wrestling.

But should we condemn Benoit entirely? I do not think so.

As a man and from his recent actions then he deserves to be hated and despised for all that he has done, but as a wrestler his career and all the good he did for the business should be respected and praised. History will look back on Benoit as a man in a poor light but as a wrestler he will be remembered as one of the greatest to ever step inside the squared circle.


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I would have to disagree with that NO amount of good he did in wrestling can make up for what the murder of a women and a 7 year old boy. This is a man waho was injecting his 7 year with growth hormones, a man who had beaten his wife at least once, a man who stole a friends girlfriend and married her and man who was deemed distant or moody by some in the wrestling business. Wrestling forgave Benoit for these things because he was good and hard working but this is tyo much to far he died a coward and no amount of good he did in the ring will ever result in word respected and praise being mentioned in the same breath as the word Benoit.

I hope he burns slowly in hell for what he did.


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Over the years, I?ve had a couple acquaintances commit suicide and although I could not understand their actions or feel their pain, I was able to feel sorrow at the loss of a friend.

I don?t care how weak the mind is, how bad one feels, how drunk or drugged a person gets, if you want to commit suicide, then do it, but, there is absolutely no reason to take others with you.

If Benoit would have quietly gone down to his weight room and hung himself I could possibly find a better understanding of his actions.

I can almost comprehend one wanting to commit suicide but I draw the line at Murder. Once you cross that line you are scum and there is definitely no excuse whatsoever for your actions.


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If you're gonna cash out, that sucks, but don't take out your wife and innocent child. Obviously Benoit wasn't in a right state of mind, but I cannot fathom how someone could do this.

All these other wrestlers that have passed did so because their bodies were wrecked. Benoit's murder suicide is nothing like that. He shouldn't be mentioned in any breath with those that have gone before him.

I don't think I could watch any of his old matches.

Just think of him and Eddie in the ring celebrating a few years ago.

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I am not condoning him murdering his wife and son and I have to agree with Lodge that no amount of good that he did in his life can over-rule the murder of his wife and son.

The point I was trying to make was that as a man Benoit deserves our hate and his imortal soul ((if you believe in such things)) should burn in hell however Benoits wrestling career is one of the most sucessful wrestlers in recent memory, he was one of the best technical wrestler in history and will be remembered, as a wrestler, as one of the greatest ever.

There is no way to condone Benoits actions, and I wouldn't even try to nor want to, but as a wrestler he was truely a genius and his ability in-ring will, as such things are, be remembered for a long time if indeed Benoit himself is turned into nothing more than a statistic as he deserves to be.


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I can guarntee one thing he will go down as the greatest wrestler to not make the hall of fame.

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Great wrestler, and in the ring he was one of my favorites. But I can't look back now and not think of that. I really hope WWE never shows any of his matches again.

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