David Benoit, the son of former WWE superstar Chris Benoit, has said taking part in the recent Dark Side of the Ring documentary about his father has helped him let go of ’13 years of pain’.
The second season of VICE’s Dark Side of the Ring documentary kicked off with a two-part premiere that examined the murder-suicide of Chris Benoit from 2007.
Benoit murdered his wife and son before killing himself on June 24, 2007, and the tragedy stands alone as wrestling’s saddest and sickest moment.
It ended the life of two innocent people and put a black dot on Benoit’s wrestling reputation, as WWE has avoided acknowledging him at all costs ever since discovering the murder.
Speaking to SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio to promote the documentary, David Benoit explained that being able to talk about his father in that setting allowed him to let go of the years of pain that he held on to.
The documentary looked into the details surrounding the murder-suicide, with input interviews from Benoit’s son David, Nancy ‘Woman’ Benoit’s sister Sandra Toffoloni, as well as insight from Benoit’s closest friends in Chris Jericho, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Dean Malenko, and Vicky Guerrero.
David Benoit said, via WrestleZone: “I let 13 years of just pain go away when I sat there in front of that camera. I let it all out, and I felt like a new man and yeah. I got to select everyone I wanted, so Dean [Malenko], Chris [Jericho], Vicky [Guerrero], those are the main people I picked.”
David also believes that once people are finished with watching the second part of the Chris Benoit documentary, which aired this week, they might have a different view on his father.
He said: “You know…part two will hard. You know, when I watched it before it came out, it hit me hard. I didn’t expect some things on there.”
David also mentioned how Chris Jericho and Chavo Guerrero were there for him when his father passed away, and that he didn’t receive a phone call from Vince McMahon.
He said on Jericho: “He’s played a big role in my life. He’s always been there for me. Only two people that really been there for me were Chavo and Chris when the whole thing went down.
"I didn’t get no calls from anyone else, not even Vince McMahon called me after, but that’s his decision.”
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