The Wrestler Murders : The True Story of Chris and Nancy Benoit by James FalconChris and Nancy Benoit were one of the many American couples who met and formed a relationship through their professional wrestling careers. Chris was a wrestling veteran of 22 years, and had held 22 championships across various promotions such as WWE, WCW, NJPW and ECW. He had been a headline act and a world champion on a number of occasions.
Nancy Benoit was a valet and model for the ECW and WCW during the mid 1990s, under the simple ring names “Fallen Angel” and “Woman.” She had previously been married to Jim Daus and Kevin Sullivan, whom she had met during her time with Florida Championship Wrestling. After an on-screen relationship, an affair and her divorce from Sullivan, she married Chris Benoit in 2000. She was his manager, and the pair had a child together, named Daniel.
But their marriage was not a happy one. In 2003, just three years after their marriage, Nancy filed for divorce citing that the couple’s marriage was ‘irrevocably broken’ and that she had been treated with cruelty by her husband. She dropped the suit, as well as a restraining order against Chris; but just a few years later she, her husband and their child were found dead in the family home in a double murder suicide.
Chris Benoit double-murder and suicide
On June the 24th, the landscape of professional wrestling changed forever. The discovery sent shockwaves throughout the world and dominated mainstream media outlets for moths to follow. The horrific details of this tragic event have mentally scarred wrestling fans worldwide, but there are still some less well-reported truths surrounding Benoit's death that I'll present to you today. According to medical examinations that took place after the tragedy, experts diagnosed Benoit with 'severe brain damage' stating that his brain resembled the nature of an 'year old Alzheimer's patient. Brain damage in many cases can be the explanation for symptoms of a mental person such as unnecessary aggression, depression and erratic behaviour. It is well known that concussions can lead to brain damage and many former friends of Benoit stated he had a very nonchalant attitude towards injuries in wrestling.
On Friday, June 22, Chris Benoit killed his wife Nancy in an upstairs bedroom. Her limbs were bound, and her body was wrapped.
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The murder-suicide perpetrated by Chris Benoit in shocked the world. First, he killed his beautiful pro-wrestler wife and 7-year-old son and then proceeded to kill himself. However, after having lived a life of a marquee athlete and still drawing large crowds, the mystery is why he would end it all in such a heinous fashion. Image Credit: TheHellraiser. When he took over the reins from his own father, McMahon started an annual tradition that has become a wrestling superpower known as Wrestlemania and totally transformed the industry. This global success story has been overshadowed with controversies of alleged substance abuse from wrestlers that have been contracted to the WWE throughout the years. Consider the accident that claimed the life of Owen Hart.