Home ::  News ::  Opinions ::  Results ::  Multimedia ::  Wrestlers ::  Women ::  Extras ::  Information 
Follow IWHeadlines.com on Twitter!


Balrog Babblings #88 Chris Benoit’s Double Murder-Suicide
at 1:50 am
Written by Joe Vincent
Added to Opinion Columns

Some time has passed since we all realized what exactly happened in the Benoit home in Fayetteville, Georgia. Admittedly, not enough time has passed for any of us to have a real grasp on what happened or (more importantly) why it happened. And the truth is that there are not enough facts floating around for to make reasoned decisions; but there are still facts going around. So let’s talk about them.

As much as we don’t want to believe it, Chris Benoit killed his wife Nancy “Woman” Benoit. At some short time before this murder, Benoit bound Nancy’s hands and feet. There was blood found underneath her head, so he must have caused some type of trauma to her as he the murder was committed. Furthermore, Chris Benoit killed his son as his in his bed. We do not know if he smothered his son and one report even had him putting his son in some chokehold to end his life. Then Chris Benoit hung himself in his basement weight room. Investigators believe this all took place during a 48 hour period.

These grisly details are what happened. It’s tragic for all involved. Yes, there is a growing backlash against Chris Benoit because of his actions, but his death is tragic, too. I will immediately grant that Chris’ suicide is not as tragic as Nancy or Daniel’s murders, but the loss of a human being is sad nonetheless.

I will also admit a few other things about Chris Benoit. First, I have lost a great deal of respect for him as a person (not a wrestler) for the disgusting, brutal murders he committed and for taking his own life. In my faith, that is inexcusable – in yours it might be different and as I am open to other interpretations of the game of life, I hope you are, too.

That being said – I do not feel WWE was in the wrong to air the Chris Benoit Tribute on Monday Night RAW, regardless of what the major media outlets are saying. Remember that hindsight is 20/20 and for these news organizations to patronize McMahon or WWE for having this tribute is disgusting and dishonest reporting.

From that, we all need to remember that as shocked and angry as we all are right now, we were shocked and awed (to use an overused phrase) on Monday when the word came out about the three deaths. We didn’t know that it was a double murder-suicide; some of us may have thought that and a rare few may have actually known it.

But folks, what really disgusts me is Daniel’s murder and his maltreatment before the murder. Reports are running around the internet that Chris Benoit was disturbed about his son’s Fragile X Syndrome and that track marks were found on the kid’s arm from probably injections of human growth hormone. Good Lord! The kid was a 7-year-old kid! There is no problem with a kid who has an inherited form of mental retardation!

Listen, many of us (myself included) have people in our immediate or extended families with mental disabilities or mental retardation. The fact that Chris Benoit found this to be a detriment to his son’s existence tells me that he was really less of a man than I ever thought.

But before I keep going on about this, let me go back to my first statement in this column…not enough time has passed for any of us to have a real grasp on what happened or (more importantly) why it happened. When the full palate of facts DO come out, I believe that they will be grim.

For those of you that made it down this far in the column – congratulations! This website is so old that ten years ago today I wrote a column on the many tag teams in the World Wrestling Federation. If you’re feeling up to it (and frankly, anything that gets me out looking at the Benoit case is good right now), feel free to head over and take a read.

- E-mail feedback to joe1897@gmail.com
- Read more Balrog Babblings!

Tags: ,

JerseySmarts.com

Back in 1996, Joe helped begin the internet wrestling age. Internet properties owned and operated by Joe include the former wrestling mega-sites TNAStars.com, TheBalrogsLair.com, TBLWrestling.com, XHeadlines.com, & WOWRevolution.com. A wrestling fan since 1990, Joe prefers watching iMPACT Wrestling and the indies.





Latest Updates
» WBW 8/30/14 Winchester, Ohio Results
   Posted on September 2, 2014
» Saturday Indy Wrestling Video Roundup 8/30/14
   Posted on August 30, 2014
» Saturday WWE Video Roundup 8/30/14
   Posted on August 30, 2014
» iMPACT Wrestling Viewership & Ratings (8/27)
   Posted on August 28, 2014
» iMPACT Wrestling Results (8/27): Team 3D on Top
   Posted on August 28, 2014
» Video: Lesnar & Heyman on John Cena’s Rematch
   Posted on August 27, 2014
» WWE Network Announces WCW NITRO Is Coming!
   Posted on August 27, 2014
» Jarrett’s GFW Announces Australian Partnerships
   Posted on August 27, 2014
» American War Hero on Tonight’s iMPACT Wrestling
   Posted on August 27, 2014
» Extended Interview – MVP, Joe, Homicide, & Low Ki
   Posted on August 27, 2014
» TNA Teases The Coming of The “Great” Sanada
   Posted on August 27, 2014
» Recent Viewership Estimates (8/17) for the U.K.
   Posted on August 26, 2014
» iMPACT Wrestling Preview (8/27): Tag Team 3 Way
   Posted on August 25, 2014
» Saturday Indy Wrestling Video Roundup 8/23/14
   Posted on August 23, 2014
» WWE Saturday Video Roundup 8/23/14
   Posted on August 23, 2014
» WBW Comes To Winchester, OH 8/30/14
   Posted on August 23, 2014
» iMPACT Wrestling Viewership & Ratings (8/20)
   Posted on August 22, 2014
» TNA Hardcore Justice Results (8/20): Wednesday!
   Posted on August 20, 2014
» Spike TV Extends TNA Contract Through 2014
   Posted on August 20, 2014
» Wednesday WWE Video Roundup 8/20/14
   Posted on August 20, 2014
» Wednesday Indy Wrestling Video Roundup 8/20/14
   Posted on August 20, 2014
» The Two Sheds Review: WWE Summerslam
   Posted on August 20, 2014
» Indy Pro Wrestling Results 8/19/14
   Posted on August 19, 2014
» WWE Main Event Results (8/19): Big Show Vs. Erick Rowan
   Posted on August 19, 2014
» Tuesday Indy Wrestling Video Roundup 8/19/14
   Posted on August 19, 2014
» Tuesday WWE Video Roundup 8/19/14
   Posted on August 19, 2014
» Recent Viewership Estimates (8/10) for the U.K.
   Posted on August 19, 2014
» Video: WWE Unveils New Logo at Headquarters
   Posted on August 18, 2014
» Video: Brock Lesnar Receives New WWE Title (8/18)
   Posted on August 18, 2014
» iMPACT Wrestling Viewership & Ratings (8/14)
   Posted on August 18, 2014
» Monday WWE Video Roundup 8/18/14
   Posted on August 18, 2014
» Latest Indy Wrestling Results 8/18/14
   Posted on August 18, 2014
» TNA Hardcore Justice Preview (8/20): Wednesday!
   Posted on August 18, 2014
» The Two Sheds Review: Progress Chapter 11: To Fight War, You Must Become War
   Posted on August 18, 2014
» Sunday WWE Video Roundup 8/17/14
   Posted on August 17, 2014
» Sunday Indy Wrestling Video Roundup 8/17/14
   Posted on August 17, 2014
» Video: Spike TV Preview for Hardcore Justice
   Posted on August 17, 2014
» Video: The Next HAVOK Teaser Video Is Released
   Posted on August 17, 2014
» Video: Robbie E. Goofs Up Playing Horse
   Posted on August 17, 2014
» Xplosion – Bromans vs. Gunner & Mr. Anderson
   Posted on August 16, 2014
  Join the IWHeadlines.com Mailing List! Enter your e-mail here:
Bookmark | Contact Us | Privacy Policy  
         Home ::  News ::  Opinions ::  Results ::  Multimedia ::  Wrestlers ::  Women ::  Extras ::  Information ::  iMPACTWrestling.com

This site is operated by fans of professional wrestling. It is not affiliated with iMPACT Wrestling, TNA Entertainment, LLC, WWE, or any other professional wrestling company.

Website Designed and Maintained By Usable Web Solutions, LLC