Chris Benoit's tragedy is a story known all over the world, even outside of WWE fans. The terrible deeds of which the former Canadian phenomenon became the protagonist have discredited not only the Stamford-based federation but also the entire sports entertainment sector.
WWE organized a special tribute dedicated to him in the Monday Night Raw episode following his death when the company's top management was still unaware of the exact course of events. Vince McMahon would later release a statement the following day, clarifying WWE's position once and for all.
That was also the last time Benoit's name was mentioned on television. In an interview with the 'Lucha Libre Online' portal, current NWA World Television Champion Elijah Burke - who turned out to be Chris' latest opponent in WWE - retraced the last few days before the terrible disaster.
Chris Benoit's son David has aspirations to wrestle
“Everything was as usual. I mean, I remember working with him that weekend in Columbus, Georgia. I worked with him over that weekend before flying to Carolina for an ECW show.
Chris Benoit was to take part in a house show in Georgia and there were also his wife Nancy and his son Daniel. There were no dangerous signs, in fact, he was very calm. I saw him playing with little Daniel and joking with Nancy, they seemed like a happy family.
It was the usual Chris Benoit. There was nothing that was strange or different than usual. I can only say this ”- Burke said. After Benoit failed to show up for the pay-per-view Vengeance: Night of Champions in 2007, the bodies of Chris, Nancy and Daniel were found dead in their Georgia home.
In an interview with Chris Van Vliet some time ago, Benoit's only surviving son, David, had confided that he wanted to enter the world of wrestling. “My dream is to bring my family name back into this business. I will do everything to achieve this goal."
Chris Benoit's name is rarely mentioned in the professional wrestling business these days, and it's no surprise. The Chris Benoit double murder-suicide is one of the most unfortunate tragedies in pro wrestling history, and the incident had a drastic impact on the industry.
Chris Benoit was one of the top talents in the WWE and his most significant moment in the company inarguably happened at WrestleMania 20 when he won the World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of the PPV. Benoit and Eddie Guerrero's hug at the end of the PPV are still one of WrestleMania's most iconic images of all time.
Wrestling veteran Hugo Savinovich, who was in the WWE at that time, was asked about the energy following Chris Benoit's world title win during the latest edition of SK Wrestling's UnSKripted with Dr. Chris Featherstone.