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Saturday June 30th 2007 Issue #2505
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
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//->> NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE
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> MORE HORRIBLE INFORMATION RELEASED ABOUT THE MURDERS- In the upcoming issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter there is a huge
story on the death of the Benoit family with some revealing information.
Investigators found bruises on the neck and arm of seven year old Daniel and
couldn't figure out what was used to cause that kind of bruising.
Authorities realized what was done after they saw a tape of Benoit applying
the 'Crossface' during one of his matches and eventually it was ruled that
he used a variation of the move on his son to kill him. While police said it
was a choke hold during media appearances, they didn't want to make it sound
worse releasing the information how the kid got murdered. Another
interesting point is that recently Chris Benoit made a life insurance and
included his ex wife and two kids from that marriage as the beneficiaries,
leaving out Nancy and Daniel. The general theory why the murders happened is
that Nancy was going to inform him that she was leaving with their son and
that's when Chris went crazy. It is believed that he killed his son because
he thought he would never live a good life considering his medical
conditions without his parents.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4802]
> CHRIS BENOIT'S EX WIFE GIVES COMMENTS ON TRAGEDY- Martina Benoit, the ex wife of former World champion of Chris Benoit gave
some comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper saying that her
ex husband was the "most loving person anyone could imagine." Telling the
newspaper that she "loves him", Martina Benoit called the allegations of the
killings "crap" before hanging up and ending the call. The two have two
other children from their previous marriage. She lives in Ardrossan,
Alberta, Canada with their two kids.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4821]
> DEA RAID DOCTOR'S OFFICE AGAIN IN CONNECTION WITH BENOIT'S MURDERS- Chris Benoit's personal physician seems that he has gone missing in action
as the DEA did a second raid in his offices in Georgia and also raided his
mother's home, who also was not there. This is now an official DEA
investigation which spells trouble for the doc as they will get information
on those other personalities who he prescribed steroids in the past. Benoit
visited Dr. Phil Astin on Friday of last week, just hours before he murdered
his wife Nancy.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4812]
> POLICE SEIZE COMPUTER OF WIKIPEDIA USER WHO SUBMITTED BENOIT DEATH INFO- In another twist in the Wikipedia posting saga, authorities managed to
locate the person who posted the entry on Wikipedia regarding Nancy Benoit's
death hours before Georgia police even knew and took away the computer used
to make the posting. While the anonymous user - who lives in Stamford, CT.,
- said it was just a coincidence and posted the information without credible
sources, police are going to look deeper into the story as they feel the
person could be hiding something and his computer might contain important
evidence. The person who made the posting apologized yesterday and his
unedited letter appeared yesterday on Wikinews.org.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4816]
> NANCY BENOIT'S PARENTS SPEAK- For the first time since the tragedy, the parents of Nancy Benoit, Paul
and Maureen Toffoloni, released a statement through their attorney to
ESPN.COM. "We're trying to stay out of their way right now," their attorney
said. "In the meantime, Maureen and Paul and Sandra (Nancy's sister) have
asked me to ask members of the media and public to remember that this is an
investigation of the death of their daughter and only grandchild. And even
though Chris and Nancy led public lives, the family, specifically Daniel,
did not lead a public life." Nancy's parents said that they often baby-sit
seven year old Daniel but never noticed any medical issues with him. "There
has been a lot of speculation and rumor in the media that is doing nothing
to advance the investigation and doing everything to cause the Toffolonis
intense pain," the statement said.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4822]
//->> THE SLAM FEST!
By Graham A. Harper -[kingalex_2010@...]-
I'm not sure how to get this one started so bear with me.
For this column, I've decided to take a calm approach to recent happenings.
I apologize if I sound a little distant and stoic, but I'm trying to be both
gentle and firm at the same time.
What I'd like to do first is to congratulate the WWE on the scrapping of the
McMahon "death" storyline. I was never a fan of this whole angle and felt as
though it brought far too much attention to Vince McMahon and not enough to
the wrestlers. But of course the real reason that this angle came to an end
was due to recent happenings and I feel that it was both a wise and
considerate choice to not pursue the storyline any further.
I really don't know how to go about writing this, but I'll try to keep some
form of continuity. The deaths of Chris Benoit and his family were saddening
at first, and now with all the new information I am left without words. None
of what I read about this case makes sense, to think that this is the same
Chris Benoit who left fans eager for more after his matches is unreal. All I
can say is that something must have happened in his life to force him to
take the action that he did. When I think of how he talked about his passion
for wrestling in interviews, and then I read about the investigation, I
can't understand what has happened?
Whatever it was that drove Benoit to this action is something we may never
truly know, and for anyone struggling to decide how they feel about the man
now, I would suggest that you remember Chris Benoit the wrestler. And if
you've already decided that you'll take the alternate route, then do not use
it as a way for winning an argument against those who wish to remember the
Chris Benoit we watched for many years. I feel that it is best to let this
incident pass and move on. As yet we don't know the full facts and even
if/when we do, I believe we should not keep this event ongoing, I say let it
go and get on with things.
Chris Benoit was always a favorite of mine; some would say that he was the
Bret Hart of a new generation. I myself don't like to compare too much, I've
always felt that it is important to strike an identity of your own and not
mirror others. My first experience of Benoit was in WCW as a member of the
Cruiserweight division. There was always something "right" about Benoit in
WCW - I'm talking about his days before the Revolution. He fit well into
that young area of talent with careers still in the making.
I never saw much of Benoit while in WCW unfortunately, however I do have one
match that I am very fond of, and that is the Lumberjack Tag Team
Championship match at WCW Uncensored 1999. With the "Iceman" Dean Malenko as
his partner and their opponents - and reigning champions - Curt Henning and
Barry Windham, Benoit participated in a match that is quite easily one of
the best tag team matches that I have ever seen. The lumberjacks made it fun
along with Henning's talent for playing the over-confident character, but it
was Benoit who arguably sold that match with his ability to make it seem as
if he would take any pain to get the win. Matches like that I will always
remember fondly, you had 4 wrestlers of superb skill in the ring at once,
along with a feud that fans were into.
The Benoit/Malenko tag team to this day remains one of my favorite pairings,
and if you have yet to see this match, than I strongly recommend that you
To say that I was annoyed when I saw Benoit along with Guererro, Saturn and
Malenko appear in the WWF would have been an understatement. I was furious,
I couldn't believe that they had turned their backs on a company that I felt
more strongly for than the WWF. But at the time I wasn't scouring the net
for any information, I had no real idea as to WCW's reputation for
holding-back younger stars and the like. Benoit easily benefited the most
from the jump to the WWF, his feud with Chris Jericho over the
Intercontinental Championship was flawless and even at that time you could
see that the WWF was grooming him for the main event.
In the WWF/WWE, Benoit also met a man whom I consider to be his greatest
rival. And that is Kurt Angle.
Benoit and Angle were made for each other, both having different characters
yet both so similar. The feud between these 2 was one of those feuds where
it matured over the years, it began with the Intercontinental Championship,
before it became a series of grudge matches, Tag Team Championship matches
and finally WWE Championship matches. This was a feud not centered on the
spectacle of character like The Rock or Steve Austin, with Benoit and Angle
it was about pure skill, not catchphrases or signature moves but how good
they were in the ring. This was a feud that I felt never got the "big match"
that it deserved. Should Benoit and Angle have headlined a WrestleMania
one-on-one? Of course they should have.
But either way, Kurt Angle for me was Benoit's arch-nemesis; they could
match each others skills and yet still surprise one and other.
This is how I will be remembering Benoit, as a master of the squared-circle.
What happened over the weekend was a tragedy, the reasons why we have yet to
But I would encourage you all not to get angry and venomous over these
events. Just let them pass and move on. Chris Benoit the wrestler is who
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