Chris Benoit left a dark shadow that still looms over the WWE to this day.
On June 25, 2007 local Georgia police entered Benoit's home to find the former World Heavyweight champion dead after hanging himself, as well as the bodies of his wife, Nancy Benoit, and his seven-year-old son Daniel. After further investigation, it was revealed that Chris had, in fact, murdered his wife and son over the span of a weekend, before sending chilling final texts to a few friends within WWE and hanging himself.
Prior to news breaking that Benoit was responsible for the murders, the WWE held a memorial show for him instead of the scheduled episode of Monday Night RAW that was set to air in Texas that night. After everything that had happened came to light, Vince McMahon announced that no further mention of Benoit would ever be made on WWE TV again, and he has essentially be erased from the record books.
Benoit's longtime friend, Chris Jericho, recently took to his podcast, Talk Is Jericho, to look back on "The Rabid Wolverine's" professional wrestling career. Jericho noted that one time Benoit had a screw up inside the ring when he over sold a botched move. Although it seems nobody seemed to notice it too much, Jericho said he caught Benoit doing 500 squats in the boiler room of the arena as a form of self-discipline for what happened inside the ring (quotes via IWNerd):
“I remember I worked with Chris [Benoit] once in Japan — tag team match when I started going to New Japan when I started with WCW […] I went for a spinkick and I missed.
"But I only missed to the point where no one would see it because Chris bumped so fast that we just continued on. It wasn’t like when you screw up or a blatant mistake. It was like I didn’t hit him as crispy as I should of but he still bumped.”
“After the match was done I went looking for him. I couldn’t find him anywhere. I found him in the boiler room doing squats. And I said, ‘what are you doing?’ — and he said, ‘you know I never should have bumped off that that was so unprofessional of me and it was such a bad rookie mistake, I had to do squats.’
"He did five-hundred squats as like purging himself for making that mistake…..You know, when you hear things like that then you kinda equate it to the last few days. There was a lot of issues with him.
"Even though he was so good, maybe one of the best ever, maybe the best ever in a lot of ways. He still had that self confidence problem — like you said, asking you if that match was good. Really?”
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