WWE news: Elijah Burke talks Chris Benoit's final match and his behaviour days before death

Benoit's story is a tragic one

Chris Benoit's story is a tragic one. 

He may have been a talent inside the squared circle, but that's often forgotten due to the circumstances surrounding the end of his career and his death. 

In June 2007, Benoit murdered his wife and seven-year-old son before hanging himself in a double-murder and suicide.

Just days before the tragedy, the Canadian was still working in ECW and wrestled his final match against Elijah Burke on June 19. 

Speaking recently to The Wrestling Epicenter, Burke has recalled what happened when he shared a ring with Benoit for the final time and was asked if there was anything different about his opponent's behaviour that night.

"No, not at all," he said, per talkSPORT.

"One thing Chris was big on, and hindsight is 20/20 on this if I could say, 'oh, that kind of makes sense', is just the fact that he said, 'talk to me out there. I might forget.'

Benoit's death is a tragic story

"So, after everything that happened, when it came back that he had like the brain of an 80-year-old with Alzheimer’s. That was like, 'Hmm, that is interesting'.

"In this business, I was always taught that we should communicate in rings. So, I didn’t think anything of it.

"That could have been a sign. Chris Benoit asking me to talk to him? 

Burke worked with Benoit days before his death

"But, other than that, there was nothing that could have tipped me or anyone else off to the extent of the degeneration of his brain per the results of his test." 

Benoit's death sent shockwaves through the pro-wrestling world and it remains one of the darkest hours the industry has ever seen. 

No one was able to foresee the tragedy that would unfold just days after he took to the ring for one final match. 

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