Monday, June 25, 2007

WWE

I don't know if you guys have ever been into wrestling but Chris Benoit and his family were found dead at their home. I used to watch this guy all the time in the late 90's/early 00's. Pretty shitty.

3 comments:

Brown Buddy said...

Agreed that sucks huge donkey balls. I was in to wrestling for at least 2 solid years (a revelation that not only am I proud to admit, but I feel actually enhances my intellectual reputation...or whats left of it). My favorite wrestlers were (in no particular order) Rey Mysterio Jr, Kidman, and Chris Benoit. The Canadian Crippler was one of the most skilled technical workers in the ring, and was widely respected by everyone in the industry.

The best matches I've ever seen were the 7 match series against Booker T in 97 (not so coincidentally the peak of the WCW era). This was back when skill and technical athleticism still mattered, and the current incarnation of soap opera bullshit was laughed at.

I'll probably remember Chris Benoit more for his finishing move than anything else, as I was well known in high school for putting everyone in the Crippler Crossface during lunch hour (my friend Matt actually went a step further, putting everyone in the sharpshooter, and even going as far as not walking into english class until his theme music was played)

The Canadian Crippler is gone, but surely not forgotten...

J.ust O.ver B.roke said...

I actually happened to be flipping channels and came across the tribute on USA Network tonight. Went and jumped online and found the story. I was a big time wrestling fan for a number of years as a kid (when I thought it was real) and as a teen and adult (when I knew the outcomes were fake.) I always had a respect for the beating these guys took, generally working 200-250 days out of the year, oftentimes for less than stellar pay, with uninsurable bodies, and shorter than average careers.

Over the years I followed Chris Benoit, not because he was flashy - he surely wasn't, but because he actually wrestled. He would get on the mat and go through holds and maneuvers with his opponents. Usually stuck in the light-heavyweight division with other "grappler-style" wrestlers, Benoit had trouble breaking through to the best big-name competition because the big guys usually lacked the talent to look credible versus the (usually) much smaller Benoit.

As his career continued, he began to be lauded for technical skill more and more. If you understand anything about "Pro" (i.e. fake) wrestling, trust plays an enormous part, as you are usually relying on your opponent to help you "sell" moves in the ring. Benoit truly shined when he got his shot against major heavyweight talent, because anyone who actually understood the genre, knew that it was he who overcompensating in tactical areas to make the big galoots look more skilled than they really were.

The details of his, his wife, and young son's death are still very sketchy, but I hope upon hope that a third party was involved so that someone may be brought to justice for this horrific tragedy. His two remaining children are in my prayers.

R.I.P. Chris "Rabid Wolverine" Benoit 1967-2007

Skurny said...

Yeah, very sad news. I was into it at the height of the WCW/NWO Years as well.

I never really liked Benoit (the character) but respected his wrestling ability. He never needed the high-flying moves like The Rockers but was easily one of the most technically gifted wrestlers Pro Wrestling has seen.

RIP