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WWE's McMahon Addresses Benoit Tribute

Updated at 7:57 a.m., June 27, 2007.

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon issued a statement Tuesday regarding pro wrestler Chris Benoit. Authorities believe the wrestler killed his wife and 7-year-old son and then himself over the weekend.

Mr. McMahon addressed viewer complaints about the franchise’s three-hour USA Network tribute to Mr. Benoit and called for “the first step of the healing process.”

A WWE spokesman said Mr. McMahon also would read the statement for fans on Sci Fi Channel’s Extreme Championship Wrestling later Tuesday evening.

"Last night on 'Monday Night Raw,' the WWE presented a special tribute show, recognizing the career of Chris Benoit” in the wake of his death, Mr. McMahon said in his statement. “However, now some 26 hours later, the facts of this horrific tragedy are now apparent. Therefore, other than my comments, there will be no mention of Mr. Benoit tonight. On the contrary, tonight's show will be dedicated to everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident This evening marks the first step of the healing process. Tonight, the WWE performers will do what they do better than anyone else in the world--entertain you."

The WWE canceled its regularly scheduled "Monday Night RAW" event on USA Network Monday and aired a tribute to Mr. Benoit in its place. The WWE and USA Network received criticisms of the special, which was produced after Mr. Benoit, his wife and their son were found dead in their Georgia home Monday afternoon.

Authorities said Tuesday that Mr. Benoit strangled his wife and suffocated his son, then took his own life. But WWE representatives maintained they were unaware of the circumstances of Mr. Benoit's death when the tribute was assembled.

The WWE plans to resume its regular wrestling telecasts, which air on USA Network, Sci Fi Channel and the CW.

Earlier, the WWE issued a statement protesting media speculation that Mr. Benoit may have acted out of "roid rage." Prescription anabolic steroids were found in the wrestler's home. The statement noted the drugs were legal and that toxicology tests have not been completed.

"WWE strongly suggests that it is entirely wrong for speculators to suggest that steroids had anything to do with these senseless acts, especially when the authorities plainly stated there is no evidence that Benoit had steroids in his body, pending the toxicological reports, and that they had no evidence at this time as to the motive for these acts," read the statement.

(Editor: Horowitz)

Comments (196)

Viktor:

That's b.s.! The tribute was for the wrassler/entertainer Chris Benoit, not the private individual.

Kent:

I strongly disagree with an "apology".

Not all the facts were in last night before the show went on the air, and I think it should just be left as it was......no further mention.

Nicole:

I agree with the previous comments - despite what happened Benoit was a hero for many fans for many, many years and the fans deserve to have their closure. No apology is needed.

Novia IQ:

I agree. It was a tragic event for sure. Give a tribute for the performer he was, his actions in the ring, not outside it. Guess they're trying to retcon everything he did now by basically distancing themselves from him.

So, now he's no longer marketable, they have no use for Benoit anymore. Still, tragic. God have mercy on his soul.

me ock ock:

Burn in Hell Douche Bag!

Jonathan:

I don't think that he should have to apologize. Maybe, he should just explain to the audience that the tribute was done before knowing how he died. That's all. I would not go into it more than that.

Rob:

An apology is unfortunately necessary because those who don't even know anything about wrestling other than it is scripted are going to complain and say the WWE knew that benoit had done something, they are glorifying a murderer/monster, etc. WWE is going to get all the hate because it is always going to be Vince McMahon's fault when a wrestler dies or does something as awful as what happened with Benoit. The wrestlers are never to blame apparently.

Will:

I agree with Viktor!!! Wrestlers have two lives, and personalities! We never knew Chris Benoit personally, we only knew his in ring persona. And that's what was celebrated last night. I have deep sorrow about the whole situation. But I choose to remember Benoit inside the ring. And I pray forgiveness on the soul of the person we didn't know outside the ring.

anonymous:

Murdering 2 ppl kinda cancels out all the good he's done in or out of the ring. It's like inducting OJ into the Hall of Fame. He's a disgrace to the sport and doesnt deserve a tribute. The tribute, in hindsight, was a terrible mistake and it's appropriate that McMahon apologize.

Julius May:

THE SHOW IS ON AT 10 PM EDT TONIGHT ON SCI-FI CHANNEL

Jason:

This apology is pointless. We still lost a great wrestler and one of the best ever. His career was celebrated and should've been, no matter the circumstances. They can move on from here, but why just erase Benoit from history?

just stupid the way the rest of the world has to react.

Michael:

Benoit the personal "man" and I use that term as loosely as I can turned out to be a real you know what and that is being as nice as I can be under the circumstance. The tribue was, like Viktor mentioned, was for the wrestler who was great. Don't get the two confused. Vince McMahon is not to blame for this. Even if he was, which is wasn't, how the heck can even he watch ALL the wrestlers 24/7? Point is he can't. If he knew, I bet you everything he would have done everything in his power to stop it somehow someway to A) make sure this tragedy never happened and B) so, like it is right now, the company would not go through another steroid thing in the media. So in other words, burn forever Benoit the private person (I will not call him a man for killing an innocent woman and child) but live forever Benoit the wrestler and if there is 9 level of hell, Benoit is digging the 10th level as we speak all by his lonesome. Rest in peace Nancy and Daniel. Godspeed in your new journey.

kingofkingsx14:

its tuff to make a coment 1 side of me hates him for wat he did to his family an 1 side of me is a fan of the wrestler chris benoit its tuff to say the only thing i can say is why

Taylor:

I don't understand how people could be so overly-sensitive. WWE tries to do something good by giving a tribute to Chris Benoit, and though they had heard the rumours that he had murdered his wife and child himself, there was still a strong likelihood that he was himself murdered. In fact, as far as I understand, they still have not ruled out him being murdered. But the WWE hastily put together a tribute, and it then it would've been even harder to change in right before the show. In fact, if it wasn't a tribute to Benoit the wrestler, I don't know how they could've spent 3 hours. One thing that I uncertain about though: Obviously we never knew Chris Benoit, and though he was apparently the murderer of his child and wife, why would he do such a thing? It goes not only beyond the nature of most human beings, but all the wrestlers had something pretty good to say about Benoit. I also don't understand why he would've missed a PPV, if wrestling really was his life, like everyone said. And how could he be in a rage, yet place bibles by the beds of his wife and child? If he was in a rage, why did he kill his wife, then kill his child quite a while later? If something was so wrong with Chris mentally, wouldn't the WWE, and its superstars, who knew him quite well, have picked up on it? It just doesn't add up, I'm sorry. I know people can sometimes live double-lives, but the way they described him being all about respect, even to the point of telling the story of when he forced a guy to do squats after he disrespected Shawn Michaels, that just doesn't point to a guy who would murder people like he did. And he couldn't have been on steroids, or was likely not on steroids, because WWE had administered a drug test on April 10, 2007. There's more to this story. I still have a lot of unanswered questions.

Canaan:

I agree with the majority, an apology should not be needed. Benoit was a great wrestler. Despite how awful what he did was, his career will always be a big part of the WWE legacy. From reports I have been readin regarding Benoit, he was suffering from undiagnosed insanity. It does not change how horrible what he did was, but it should be used as an awareness for people to watch those close to us to keep them from going off the deep end like he did and get them the help they desperately need.

MK:

Regardless of anything good or impressive he's done in his life he is now and forever a pathetic woman and child killer. He deserves no respect or admiration from anyone. He's a coward.

McMahon shouldn't have to apologize, but should explain that they didn't know the details before they presented the tribute.

Mark:

Sorry, but there's a real lack of perspective here. What Benoit appears to have done (and I doubt the police and DA would have gone public with it unless they were certain) totally cancels out anything he may have achieved professionally.

The man murdered his wife and seven year-old son. One more time: MURDERED HIS WIFE AND SON. A twenty-year career of great matches just does NOT matter compared to that. If anyone thinks being a good performer comes close to being important in the light of that fact, then you need to rethink your priorities.

jim :

come on people. cut vince some slack!

Charles:

Benoit will burn in hell for his actions to two individuals, if, after ALL of the facts are in, we know his mindset, and why he did this. The fact is, we don't know all of the facts. His judgement has already taken place in the minds of many. Who knows what demons lead him to this. That does not excuse him, but it also does not erase all of the memories that people had from his performances. He was an incredible athlete. That is a fact. He, apparently, was a a tormented monster outside his job, or became one. They are not the same thing.

I agree, that had the WWE known all of the facts before they aired their special, it would have been unforgiveable. They didn't have the facts. Remember, it was WWE, who went to the authorities to find out what had happened. They chose to remember a fallen brother. They did not know how far fell or how far he had fallen. In Canada, the replay on Tuesday, did not air. I agree with that decision.

Benoit, will, now, be forever, remembered as a monster who killed his family. We don't know why. Let's get off of our high horses and remember that we did not walk in his shoes. That will never excuse the horrible, demonic thing that he did, but, it does not mean that everything he did was the result of the demonic urge or pain or thoughts that compelled him to do this unspeakable act.

To Nancy and Daniel, God bless you and erase your horrific thoughts in those final moments. To Chris Benoit, a life in purgatory for your final actions, but also a lamentetation, that life, and the thoughts that took you to that place where your unforgiveable actions, in a few moments destroyed not only your reputation, but more importantly, the precious gift of life itself.

john:

Idiots! Guess what; even in fantasy land murder is the taking of a human life. To idiolize a murderer is an absolute reflection of the moronic ideals and indescretions of the "fans" of Benoit. May he be judged and sentenced to the eternity that he deserves for this awful act.

Matt:

I want to know why Nancy has not received a tribute on WWE TV or on wwe.com. While she was not in WWE, she was a huge personality in both ECW and WCW as "Woman". It's a shame that her contributions are being lost in all this.

I agree that he deserved the wrestling tribute last night, especially because it was before the details came out. Had RAW been tonight and the details came out all day today, that would have been a different story.

Steve:

I think an apology is a little harsh but some sort of explanation is needed for business manners. If it was up to me thigns could just keep moving on without them addressing this at all because i know that they aired it before finding out the circumstances, but as always, there are some people that will bitch and whin and moan about EVERYTHING and unless the WWEwants to make itself look bad, its probably a good idea to publically adress the situation.

Adam:

Thats Bull the steroids could have all been through a perscription they dont even have the toxicolgy report to know if it was ROID RAGE

Taylor:

Yeah, I don't believe in insanity. I mean, I do, if only to the point where I think that people who are insane are people who reason differently from normal people. But no one does something without cause. If insanity means hallucinations, I might be able to understand. If he was just a sociopath murderer who loved killed, that would be another motivation. If for some reason he thought, through twisted logic that he was sending his wife and child to heaven, I would understand.

There is some kind of motivation to this, and I want to know what Chris Benoit was thinking on his last day on Earth.

And then, as I pointed out above, if he was so "insane," how did NOBODY notice it?

Kelly:

Well, it worked. I have no interest in the WWE, yet here I am talking about it with my husband, who also has no interest in the WWE.

Have a tribute for his family, not for him.

Nick Dadamo:

Vince did the right thing with the lack of information about the Benoit death. But now that he does, Vince should rework every WWE offering to exclude Benoit.

Shannon:

This whole situation is very tragic. Chris Benoit the wrestler was one of the best in the "sport", and the tribute show was remembering that. Outside of the ring, Chris Benoit was obviously a very troubled person, and none of us can really ever understand the circumstances that led up to the events. I feel deep sorrow that he killed his wife and son, and yes, that is a horrible and unexcusable thing to do. Still, I believe that Chris Benoit is God's child and it is my hope that Benoit's troubled soul is at peace in Heaven with God.

As for the apology, I don't believe it is necessary.

Terra.Ryzen:

Geez-o-Pete!

If we're going to be giving tributes to murdering athletes (but not their private identities, No, siree!) will someone tell me when the tribute to O.J. Hall of Fame Football career will be airing?

Benoit was a sick, deranged murdering psychopath and is no more deserving of a "Tribute Show" than Hitler, Hussein, Lizzie Borden...

Todd:

I agree, last nights show was great closure. We saw the greatest of Benoit in the ring. I don't wanna hear an apology because its not necessary. Benoit was one of the best wresters of all time and we be remembered in that way.

Taylor:

I dont think anyone here is idolizing the murderer Benoit, if indeed he was the murderer, and apparently he was. All anyone is saying is that they respected him for his wrestling skill, and storyline persona, and stick-to-it-iveness for staying in the business for so long and giving them some good memories.

But I think everyone still condemns the man himself. So dont think we aren't.

And also, the WWE was really mourning the loss of a wrestler, not the loss of a man. Though some people had fond memories, that was what it was mainly about.

Zaphod Beeblebrox:

I think that what the WWE should be apologizing for is the position they put themselves in by pursuing the tasteless and stupid storyline of the "presumed" demise ("murder") of their Chairman (or, as VKM said last night, the character of the Chairman Vincent K. McMahon)over the past couple of weeks, a storyline that trampled on a number of time honored traditions within the wrestling business in paying respect to wrestlers that have passed (including the very recent passing of Sherrie Martel). Lets also not forget this was the same company that took a severe beating from both fans and critics by continuing with a show immediately following the accidental death of Owen Hart who fell from the rafters in front of a packed arena.

With only the most basic information available to them on Monday afternoon, the WWE found themselves with a true tragedy on their hands and rushed, in my opinion, to restore some of their image and respect (as much as this sort of entertainment can command) as a wrestling institution by honoring a person, who at least to time of the airing of the last episode of Raw, was an "icon" in the business and one of the few performers that actually could be considered a "superstar".

Chris:

There are a lot of opinions above, and many more to come, I'm sure. Personally, I just don't know what or how to feel. I know that I don't want to believe that Chris Benoit was responsible. I want to believe there is more to the story (even if we never know the truth). This isn't CSI, this is real, and somethings are and, unfortunately, remain a mystery.

For now, I'm just sad. I'm sad for the loss of all three victims. I say three victims because I do hope and pray in the end that is what this is, not a murder a suicide. If I'm wrong I'll deal with those new emotions later.

Either way, today was just a little different then yesterday. Today, the world is simple a little off. Today, the world just doesn't feel right.

ken:

Shannon, What you stated is exactly the things wwe should say..and it is how a lot of people feel

Patsy:

i doubt that he would murdered his son and wife

Jeffro and Donna:

All the reports indicate that the WWE DID KNOW information about their deaths prior to airing the "tribute" and they were told by the authorities to keep quiet. For that reason alone McMahon owes his viewers an apology. For those who sat through three hours last night and cried right along with the WWE family about such a "sad" event, we feel that our sympathy has been wasted on Benoit. How horrific that a man could murder his own family. Our prayers are for the souls of his wife and son...

As far as a tribute to the "legendary entertainer" that Benoit was...he CHOSE a life in entertainment...he CHOSE to use his real name in the ring...there is no separation between the man and the wrestler...they are one in the same...Once he became a "hero" to hundreds of thousands of kids around the world the man and the wreslter are no longer able to be individual from one antoher...If Michael Jordan had murdered his family in such a manner as this, we would not all be in such a rush to put together a "greatest moments" highlight reel...Benoit was an athlete and he should be held in the same regard as any other professional athlete regardless of the event or the arena in which he takes part...Now it looks like he is a murderer too and should be held in the same regard as any other murderer would be held...

EG:

How can anyone even talk about what great "closure" last night was? What is wrong with you people? This is a man who MURDERED his wife and SEVEN YEAR OLD SON!!! I don't give a crap how entertaining he was, he is nothing but a murdering scum-bag! And to even try to justify why he killed them is disgusting on your part too!! Get a backbone and stop making excuses for a psycho killer!

Ralph:

The Man killed his wife and son.He may have been a great wrestler but what will he be rememebered for. His wife and son did not deserved that. There is no excuse for taking a human life. He will answer to a higher power.Mr.McMahon you can apologize all you want but its to late for his wife and son.

Chris:

Let me start with this Nothing...Makes... Sense!!!....It's like a Square peg and a round hole, no matter how much you push on the square peg, it will NOT Fit...I have been a Devoted Chris Benoit Fan for 16+ Years,and Nothing that has been said or supposedly 'Discovered' at the crime scene makes any kind of sense at all.... True, there was the issue of the attempted Divorce back in 2003, but apparently Nancy & Chris kissed and made up, and everything was fine. I am almost 100% convinced that Benoit is among the other innocent party's here, and that Nancy and Daniel, as well as Chris himself, were killed. For what reason?. We may never know, but Chris has expressed how much he adores family, and even a little spat would not lead to Benoit going on a rage and killing his wife and his son. You can argue all you want, but there are more than just two victims here.

Jeffro and Donna:

All the reports indicate that the WWE DID KNOW information about their deaths prior to airing the "tribute" and they were told by the authorities to keep quiet. For that reason alone McMahon owes his viewers an apology. For those who sat through three hours last night and cried right along with the WWE family about such a "sad" event, we feel that our sympathy has been wasted on Benoit. How horrific that a man could murder his own family. Our prayers are for the souls of his wife and son...

As far as a tribute to the "legendary entertainer" that Benoit was...he CHOSE a life in entertainment...he CHOSE to use his real name in the ring...there is no separation between the man and the wrestler...they are one in the same...Once he became a "hero" to hundreds of thousands of kids around the world, the man and the wreslter are no longer able to be individual from one antoher...If Michael Jordan had murdered his family in such a manner as this, we would not all be in such a rush to put together a "greatest moments" highlight reel...Benoit was an athlete and he should be held in the same regard as any other professional athlete regardless of the event or the arena in which he takes part...Now it looks like he is a murderer too and should be held in the same regard as any other murderer would be held...

joe bob:

I think they should be apologizing. It is one thing that he killed his wife. But his own 7 year old son. That is too much. What on this god given earth would make you kill your own child.

Lance Hunters:

I think the tribute was tastefully done. MacMahon had every eight to do the tribute.

Taylor:

Even if in this case Chris Benoit was the murderer of his wife and child, he still couldve and probably was a victim. I'd hate to go through the things that he went through that influenced him to such a point that it drove him to such corruption of the soul. Or I'd hate to have to live with a clinical illness, either way. Both ways, although the murder was at his hands, it probably was quite his fault. If he is not quite ill, he had free choice but must've been influenced by either some kind of hardships or abuse or something. If he is clinically ill, then of course, it might not have been his fault at all, depending on the severity of the case. It would be the result of undiagnosis.

jj:

Apology not required. Tribute was Honest and deserved, it was for what he did IN the ring. his wife SHOULD have been included in the tribute.
Does what happened erase what he did inside the ring? IF he killed them, maybe a little, but no more so than an overdose/suicide erases what a musician or actor did on stage/screen but how many of them are still glorified as "gods"???

darkwarlord:

The tribute for what Benoit was for 25+years...not what happened over the weekend. Benoit is a legend in the Wrestling world. Crippler Crossface RIP. He's with Eddie now.

Earl:

I find it difficult to celebrate a man who could strangle his wife, suffocate his 7 year old child, and commit suicide. I find the whole incident disturbing. Here is someone I use to admire. Yet he commit a very cruel act.

Tony:

I think every WWE fan knew something was very wrong when Raw started with the voice of Vince McMahon. The last thing that crossed my mind when Vince mentioned that Benoit and his family were found dead was that Chris was the murderer. It felt like he went home for "personal reasons" because he knew that somebody was after his family.

As a married man and father, I find it impossible to imagine what would lead a man to call off work and fly across the country to kill his family. It reads like he felt that he had to do it - very deliberate (as the WWE mentioned).

What was going through his head on that plane? What event could be so terrible to make a grown man smother his 7-year-old son? Could it have been he thought his son shouldn't have to live with the knowledge that his father killed his mother? Did he not want a witness?

This is so terrible. I agree with the investigator's statement that the details around this are very bizarre.

He Killed his son:

FUCK HIM....he killed his Family, His son.
HIS SON!!!!!This is the Real World..not WWE!
as far as Im concerned Chris Benoit is a piece of shit!!!This happened over three days. thats not Blind Rage!!!! Again fuck him!!!!!

Jeremiah:

First:
We have no clue what happened that Chris did what he did.

Second:
One bad act (even this one) does not cancel out all the good a man does in his life. (Do not mistake this as me condoning the actions, far from it.)
Third:
Chris isn't the murdering bastard that some people are portraying him to be. If he were, he'd still be alive right now. This is a man who did what he did for a reason to his wife and child. (What reason that is, we may never know.) But it's obvious from his own suicide that he felt guilty and remorseful for it. So much so that he felt the only way for justice to be served was the taking of his own life.

Chris was an intelligent and resourceful individual. If he wanted to be a brutal murderer/serial killer, he could have easily done so and gotten away with it several times over and may never have been caught.

These were the acts of a disturbed and troubled individual. He's not OJ Simpson. If he were, he would have killed his family and been on Vengeance to create an alibi for himself.

Did he abuse his wife before this incident? It's possible he did and we may find that out soon enough. If we find that he was a wife beater and even a child beater, I will condemn Chris Benoit. But if all the facts come out and we find that Chris is who we thought... A loving, decent man who ended 3 lives because of something terribly tragic in his mind, then he should be remembered for the great man that he was and NOT the tragedy that followed.

Tyrese:

It's almost unanimous from the comments I've read. I feel Vince doesn't need to apologize for the tribute to Benoit. The WWE didn't have knowledge of what really happened. They did what they thought was right. I mean they celebrated the mans career. and it was a damn good one. I would've done the same because the man gave 120 percent everytime he stepped in the ring. So Benoit deserved that much. On a personal level I think Benoit should burn in hell for killing two innocent people. One of them being a seven year old. Drugs or no drugs, he killed his own wife and son. I don't respect any one that kills a child. May God have mercy on your soul Benoit.

Denny:

I agree with kingofkingsx14 I also hate benoit for what he did, but as a wrestler I loved him, also for him to kill his child something had to happen that made him loose his mind, because no one in there right mind could ever kill there own child or any child ever for that matter and then lay a Bible by them he had to have lost his mind for somereason. I don't know it's just a bad time for wrestlers and wrestlesing fans all orver the word, I am going to love Chis Benoit the wrestler always and try to forgive Chis Benoit the person. I think we all should all try and do the same that is what God would want us to do.

jeremy:

I think everyone just needs to leave the wwe alone.Vince felt it was needed to have a tribute to one of the best of all time. Benoit was a great wrestler and he deserved a tribute even if for some reason he did its really no ones bussiness but for the family and friends of the benoit family and even the wwe.But it is no one elses bussiness but theirs. So just leave that alone and just let them greive. If it was your family u would want some privacy so stop being animals and LEAVE IT ALONE. I will always respect Benoit the wrestler and no vince should not apologize. Thank u Benoit for all the great moments.

Earl:

I find it difficult to celebrate a man who could strangle his wife, suffocate his 7 year old child, and commit suicide. I find the whole incident disturbing. Here is someone I use to admire. Yet he commit a very cruel act.

He Killed his son:

FUCK HIM....he killed his Family, His son.
HIS SON!!!!!This is the Real World..not WWE!
as far as Im concerned Chris Benoit is a piece of shit!!!This happened over three days. thats not Blind Rage!!!! Again fuck him!!!!!

Jeremiah:

First:
We have no clue what happened that Chris did what he did.

Second:
One bad act (even this one) does not cancel out all the good a man does in his life. (Do not mistake this as me condoning the actions, far from it.)
Third:
Chris isn't the murdering bastard that some people are portraying him to be. If he were, he'd still be alive right now. This is a man who did what he did for a reason to his wife and child. (What reason that is, we may never know.) But it's obvious from his own suicide that he felt guilty and remorseful for it. So much so that he felt the only way for justice to be served was the taking of his own life.

Chris was an intelligent and resourceful individual. If he wanted to be a brutal murderer/serial killer, he could have easily done so and gotten away with it several times over and may never have been caught.

These were the acts of a disturbed and troubled individual. He's not OJ Simpson. If he were, he would have killed his family and been on Vengeance to create an alibi for himself.

Did he abuse his wife before this incident? It's possible he did and we may find that out soon enough. If we find that he was a wife beater and even a child beater, I will condemn Chris Benoit. But if all the facts come out and we find that Chris is who we thought... A loving, decent man who ended 3 lives because of something terribly tragic in his mind, then he should be remembered for the great man that he was and NOT the tragedy that followed.

Taylor:

But there is separation between the man and the wrestler!

He should be held accountable, and would be if he was still alive, obviously, and probably will be held accountable in death, but what the WWE was mourning was that his wrestling career was over. They were mourning that the wrestler, the entertainer, the man they knew as their friend, was gone. They were not mourning the murderer.

Look at this example:
You've done quite a few good things in your life. Your a good samaritan, you contribute to everything you are a part of, and you always put in 120%. But lets say you are in the process of doing something bad, or just did something bad, and you are hit with a stroke, and die. Would you want to be remembered for that single sin, or a multitude of good you caused? Obviously, you cant--and I cant either--imagine what it would be like to feel driven to murder, and we've never done anything that severe, but you get the point, dont you? Is a single bad deed, no matter how bad, bad enough to condemn a man?

Juliann :

I can't say that Chris didn't do a very horrific thing but something had to happen inside him to cause him to do this. I have watched him for years and if you watched the replay of the Wrestlemania XX where he won the belt then you saw him celebrate in the ring with his family. We need to wonder what could have happened to make him snap and do what he did to his family and himself

Whatariot:

Benoit is not with Eddie. Benoit is with Lucifer.

Vince is between a rock and a hard place. I think he did what he thought was proper given the information he had, but we are ALL speculating as to what information he did have.

Regardless, it does not matter if Benoit had a 22 or so steller career. He wiped that out when he wiped out his wife and son.

Nothing more, nothing less. Eddie probably 3 amigo'd him straight to Lucifer.

Do not think of Benoit. Think of Nancy and Daniel for THAT is the loss here, not the loss of a murderer.

darkwarlord:

The tribute for what Benoit was for 25+years...not what happened over the weekend. Benoit is a legend in the Wrestling world. Crippler Crossface RIP. He's with Eddie now.

Steve:

The apology is all about spin control and nothing more now that the WWE has to answer to stockholders.

As for the man who issues the apology, take it with a grain of salt.

After all, we are talking about someone who over the past two weeks was having memorials and tributes done to himself, much in the same way the tributes were done to the memory of Owen and Eddie when they died.

As for Benoit, I do not care why he did what he did. The answer is never going to truly satisfy us.

A 7 year old baby is still dead, smothered by someone assigned by God to protect and cherish him.

His mother will still be dead, strangled to death by her husband and partner.

I agree with a previous post where my wish is that Benoit is in the 9th circle of Hell, and digging a 10th to prepare for the eventual arrivals of other child killers like Susan Smith and Andrea Yates.

Even if it ends up being a mix of prescription pills and steroids, all it will do is allow some pundits to jump on their moral high horses to discuss the whole "steroid" issue.

No matter how you look at it, it just plain sucks.

Kory Fraser:

The man is a cold blooded killer! Anyone who is dumb enough to suggest his legacy in the ring was/is more important the lives of 2 people is mental midget.

End of story.

Juliann :

I can't say that Chris didn't do a very horrific thing but something had to happen inside him to cause him to do this. I have watched him for years and if you watched the replay of the Wrestlemania XX where he won the belt then you saw him celebrate in the ring with his family. We need to wonder what could have happened to make him snap and do what he did to his family and himself

Steve:

The apology is all about spin control and nothing more now that the WWE has to answer to stockholders.

As for the man who issues the apology, take it with a grain of salt.

After all, we are talking about someone who over the past two weeks was having memorials and tributes done to himself, much in the same way the tributes were done to the memory of Owen and Eddie when they died.

As for Benoit, I do not care why he did what he did. The answer is never going to truly satisfy us.

A 7 year old baby is still dead, smothered by someone assigned by God to protect and cherish him.

His mother will still be dead, strangled to death by her husband and partner.

I agree with a previous post where my wish is that Benoit is in the 9th circle of Hell, and digging a 10th to prepare for the eventual arrivals of other child killers like Susan Smith and Andrea Yates.

Even if it ends up being a mix of prescription pills and steroids, all it will do is allow some pundits to jump on their moral high horses to discuss the whole "steroid" issue.

No matter how you look at it, it just plain sucks.

Nikki:

You people make me sick! Despite the circumstances of his death, nothing changes all of the good things that he did while he was alive. He was obviously in a hopelessly depressed state of mind to decide that murder of his family and suicide was the answer.

Who the hell are any of you to judge anyone else's actions anyway, feeding on the gossip for dinner!

Fuck all of you fucking pathetic people! Judgement is far worse when it comes to the Pearly Gates, than what happened here.

Good luck getting in.......

Steve:

The apology is all about spin control and nothing more now that the WWE has to answer to stockholders.

As for the man who issues the apology, take it with a grain of salt.

After all, we are talking about someone who over the past two weeks was having memorials and tributes done to himself, much in the same way the tributes were done to the memory of Owen and Eddie when they died.

As for Benoit, I do not care why he did what he did. The answer is never going to truly satisfy us.

A 7 year old baby is still dead, smothered by someone assigned by God to protect and cherish him.

His mother will still be dead, strangled to death by her husband and partner.

I agree with a previous post where my wish is that Benoit is in the 9th circle of Hell, and digging a 10th to prepare for the eventual arrivals of other child killers like Susan Smith and Andrea Yates.

Even if it ends up being a mix of prescription pills and steroids, all it will do is allow some pundits to jump on their moral high horses to discuss the whole "steroid" issue.

No matter how you look at it, it just plain sucks.

Denny:

Nikki Thank you Could not have said it better!!!

KIM:

IF HE WOULD HAVE JUST KILLED HIMSELF IT WOULDNT BE A BIG DEAL TO HAVE A TRIBUTE, BUT HE KILLED HIS WIFE AND 7 YEAR OLD SON. HE DOESNT DESERVE A TRIBUTE. TRIBUTING HIM IS SAYING MURDER IS OK. HE IS A SICK PERSON AND HE IS GOING TO END UP IN HELL FOR WHAT HE DID. I HAVE BEEN AROUND SOMEONE WHO KILLED HIMSELF AND IT WAS A SELFISH ACT, BUT HE DIDNT TAKE ANYONE WITH HIM. BENOIT IS NOT GOD AND HE SHOULDNT BE CELEBRATED FOR TAKING SOMEONE ELSE'S LIVES IN HIS HANDS.

lynn:

Chris Benoit most certainly deserved the tribute, and an apology by Vince is a slap in the face. Pro wrestling cannot be an easy life by any means, and those guys are pushed to the limit every day. People look at them like they're super heroes, and when they fail it's like everybody forgets that they're human and have problems just like everybody else. I feel really bad about his family, and it's so sad that it happened. But until anybody reading this can get back to me and tell me they would NEVER do this, and they would NEVER snap and they would NEVER have a situation that went way beyond their control, none of us have a right to judge. Chris Benoit knows what he did and why. The rest people - is between him and God.

MAD:

McMahon is "dumb like a fox." ANY broadcaster reacting to a death like this is SAVVY. Let's make a tribute. Let's make money on this. ching ching ching.

McMahon HAD to have been advised... ESPECIALLY as many muder/suicides we've seen in the news in these kind of cirumstances to AT LEAST CONSIDER that the man wasn't a murder VICTIM but the actual PERPETRATOR.

McMahon acted in arrogance expecting we the viewers would either forgive him, or not care.

USA (owned by NBC) went along with it as well.

Perhaps we should all shut off NBC/USA/BRAVO/SCIFI/SLEUTH until the entire coorporation apologizes for "whooopsing all the way to the bank." :(

- MAD in studio city, CA

Denny:

Nikki Thank you Could not have said it better!!!

What could possibly cause a sane person to kill a defensless little 7 year old. So what if he had problems... who gives a rats ass? That little boy deserved to live a long healthy life. I'm sorry if that offends anyone but I hope that man has to spend eternity reliving that action, in a sane, and straight state of mind!!!!!!!! It just makes me wonder if I should continue to allow my young boys to watch these wrestlers..... How do you explain to a child that their hero is a killer????It just plain takes from the whole sport.

momma dukes:

I think Mr.McMahon should of waited to see the true facts of the case before he cancelled Raw. We all should pray for the family of the Benoit's,and the family within the WWE. Someone said that the wrestlers have two lives one in the ring and one outside the ring. This is so true the wrestlers I personally know are good hearted people and will do anything to help whenever they can. I had the honor to be with some of the guys back stage they are GREAT people please don't judge all of them by one person who went off the deep end. I got the name Momma Dukes from one of wrestlers. That's how I found out about this tragedy he called me because he was hurting. So please don't judge all of all them by one bad apple in the bunch.

Steve Buchanan:

I don't feel there is any need for an apology
from WWE. They were doing what they had done for other fallen stars -- a tribute to the in-ring
performer. This was done before all of the facts were in on the specifics of the deaths.
They need to say this and move along.

Ladies and gentlemen, lets not lose focus on the fact that a woman and child were senselessly
MURDERED.

If Benoit was the man of carachter, class
and respect that so many wrestling fans feel he was, then why not just commit suicide instead of killing an innocent child?
That little boy did NOTHING to deserve having his life brutally taken. And a wife lost hers ---there is no reason to take someone's life folks.


Divorce hurts, divorce can scar.
Murder and suicide are nothing more
than permanent solutions to temporary
problems.

Chris Benoit is nothing but a COWARD.
I love professional wrestling. I'm not a casual fan by any stretch of the imagination.
Chris Benoit was an exceptional, and gifted performer --- and now, a MURDERER.

I don't care what problems you have in your life,
there is no reason to do what he did -- PERIOD.
Stop lying to yourselves wrestling fans.
These guys aren't what you see on TV -- they have real lives with real problems.
They aren't friends of yours, or pals because you see them on TV.

Chris Benoit dosen't deserve respect, dignity,
honor, your admiration or your pitty.
Where he is now --- he has himself to blame.

Joaquin:

I agree, this steroid-freak killed a 7 year old boy!! I think Vince MUST apologize for airing a tribute for this sick man....and if you do no agree you may as well be as sick as he is....HE KILLED A 7 YEAR OLD FOR GOD SAKE!!

Taylor:

Of course the boy and the wife deserved to live.

You've made my point though, by saying "What could cause a sane man to kill his wife and child?"

Because you didn't know. Now if youd dont know what its like to be influenced as he was, how can you then condemn the man as if you've experienced the same thing exactly and know that he had enough choice in the decision to kill his wife and child?

He couldnt have been sane. No sane man kills. Not a one.

People who aren't diagnosed with some form of insanity and who kill for the pleasure are in my mind, not sane.

And I dont think he killed for the pleasure of it, do you? Do you think he had fun when he killed himself?

Tom:

IF what was stated by the Atlanta PD is true, this man didn't commit ONE SINGLE MINOR act of "wrong", he committed TWO MAJOR acts of PREMEDITATED MURDER. NOT only did he do this, but he continued to LIVE in the house for 12-36 hours AFTER his family was dead, before kiling HIMSELF. This wasn't anything "minor", this was 100%, definitely MAJOR, a MAJOR event here. This is about as heinous as it can get.

What caused this? Who cares, really. You can blame it on drugs, alcohol, whatever you choose to, but that is all BS. The fact of the matter is that Chris Benoit did what he did, again IF what the PD is stating is true.

This wasn't a "rage" thing, this was cold, calculated, and rather sadistic. The man placed BIBLES next to their bodies, and LIVED in the house for the weekend, with them being dead for god knows HOW long. Authorities HAVE stated that they were dead hours before he was, however.

The WWE tests their athletes for drugs (including steroids). This doesn't mean there's not ways around those tests , but those can always be avoided.

Rather than deal with the fallout of "You sensationalized this", WWE has done the SMART thing in this case, removing all items for sale, related to Chris Benoit from their website, auctions, and even shop. Why? Because it's (honestly) better for them to step away from the whole thing rather than to be a part of it in any way.

There is no separation of person from entertainer, they are one and the same.

Michael:

you people make me sick. This freak is an siko. He tied his wife and then killed her.

I jsut cant believe people still support him. What kind of society we live on

Ed:

I only got about a quarter of the way through all the ranting and raving before I got physically ill. If a famous actor kills his wife and kid, does he get a tribute show. Maybe we should give Chris Benoit a star on the Walk of fame. May your soul burn in hell for all eternity you wonderful performer Chris Benoit.

WTF:

McMahon is ALIVE? How did he get out of that exploding limo. This will be good, McMahon apologizing when HE'S supposed to be dead. Hmmmm and wrestling isn't fake????? Gotta go, I think I'M getting "roid rage".

David:

A lot of people seem to be condemning Chris Benoit as some sort of evil monster who spent his whole life just waiting for the day to come when he could find the right opportunity to murder his wife and son. Do you honestly think that only "bad" people do bad things? Of course, murder is the worst thing a person can possibly do, but that does not mean that Chris deserves some of the hatred I've seen posted on here. By all accounts, Chris was one of the most well-liked people in the wrestling business. Something made the poor guy snap. I had the privilege of meeting Nancy while she was still married to Kevin Sullivan, and I remember her as being one of the sweetest people I've ever met. I'm sorry for her and for Daniel. But Chris took his own life as well. Does that make him any less of a victim? I think not.

Jeremiah:

So much of what is posted is senseless rants by uninformed, uneducated people who speak and act out of fear.
If you had read my post and paid attention over the last 30 hours of news to come out as it came out, you would have realized that this is NOT what anyone expected. Hence the decision for the show.
Second, this is not the way Benoit was to ANYONE in real life. If he had been, he clearly never would have gotten to where he was.
He BECAME disturbed by something. Currently, very few people, if anyone, knows what that was. I'm not saying he had a good reason for doing what he did, but he had a reason, which is the difference between him and a cold-blooded murderer. He wasn't in his right mind by any means.
As the Bible says (for all you idiot "religious" types who think you are so much better) "Judge not lest ye be judged yourselves"

We are not the judges of this man. If you are religious and believe in God, then God will judge Benoit based upon EVERYTHING that he did in his life, not solely based upon this one horrible act. God will do as he sees fit and nobody else should speculate otherwise. If I die and go to Heaven and see Chris Benoit there, I will know that God did right. If I die and go to Heaven and Chris Benoit is not there, I will know that God did right and ask the truth about this fateful weekend.

Ed:

I only got about a quarter of the way through all the ranting and raving before I got physically ill. If a famous actor kills his wife and kid, does he get a tribute show. Maybe we should give Chris Benoit a star on the Walk of fame. May your soul burn in hell for all eternity you wonderful performer Chris Benoit.

danny mckeithan:

As it goes on in this crazy world, Chris Benoit will always be a wrestler of great success and a great friend remembered.
You no, who is not to say that his wife smothered their son and out of rage he strangled his wife.
All I no is that God will take care of the situation and have mercy on there souls.
I personally don't think that Vince McMahon should have to apology to anyone.
Vince just did what any of us would have done in our love for someone that we have respect for and appreciation in the wrestling world, my son loves the wrestlers and goes locally every chance he gets.

Hey, Mad in Studio City, you're presuming a lot of information that you just have no idea about.

The tribute was for us, not for him.

I have to believe that every naysayer in this comment thread isn't much of a fan.

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Sophie:

I personally think that it's stupid that Vince McMahon should have to apologize for honoring one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, even though his heinous last acts were definitely unforgivable. There are just two things I can't wrap my mind around, 1) why a man who was so respectful and respected would do this, and 2) that during Vengeance when all the fans were chanting "We want Benoit" he was possibly committing murder or suicide. May Chris Benoit the person (for lack of a better word) burn in hell, but may Chris Benoit the wrestler be remembered as possibly the greatest technical wrestler of all time.

John Williams:

I think an apology doesn't have to be aired, just an explanation of why they aired the tribute last night will suffice.

As for Chris himself, I was a big fan of his but in no way can I think of him the same way anymore. His legacy and reputation are completely tarnished and non-existent because of these acts. For the last few years I have thought of the Angle vs Benoit match at Royal Rumble 2003 as the greatest match of all time, but just thinking of it now, I physically get sick just knowing what Chris did.

Remember him how you wish, but I sadly cannot look or remember him in the same light.

However, while this all seems to be all but final, there's a part of me that has a hope that this all might not be true and that someone else is at fault... yea, it's optimism, but I just would like to see him left with some integrity if at all possible.

Larry:

Vince doesn't owe an apology to anyone. Last nites tribute was for Chris Benoit the performer. It was for what he did inside the ring, not out of it. I still hear sports journalists call O.J.Simpson one of the greatest running backs ever, and still see highlights of him on the football field.... and i know, O.J. was never convicted.. but theres no denying the legend of the wrestler Chris Benoit, as for the man, he will be condemned for all eternity.

Taylor:

Will you guys grow up and stop acting like kids, typing in all CAPS?

Look, Im 16, and I can reason better than any of you people who are condemning the man.

Lets not forget that the odds are any one of you is probably either a shoplifter or an adulterer or a liar. I'm calling every single one of you out. You've each done wrong. Let the man without sin cast the first stone.

So heres a scenario you can play in your heads:
You're dying to get your hands on that new whatever. Its a little thing, so you dont think theyll notice if its missing. Or maybe you want a pack of gum and dont have the money to buy it. So you shoplift. And you have a heart attack and die. Authorities arrive and find the item you lifted. Now everyone condemns you. "He was a great man..." "Yeah but he stole the gum, so he was a bad man."

Now suppose you've stolen or lied or cheated before. You live with yourself for a large amount of time, up until you pass away. MUCH more than 36 hours. And you don't kill yourself in remorse, either. So you're even worse than him.

Senseless murder! When is murder NOT senseless?? Its always when a person kills another. Its even wrong when people kill each other in war, though I presume that is what you would think of when you think of justified murder. Either that, or you would think self defense as justified murder. In which case, it isnt really murder, is it? Its SELF DEFENSE. Obviously.

Yeah, like the life of a child is more precious than the life of another person! Please. Are you saying the kids life is more valuable than the life of the wife? Yeah. Right... How idiotic! The only think that makes the kid MAYBE more worthy of saving is the fact that he might have had a lot more time to live than the wife.

We're not praising the guy or condoning murder, Michael. Have you ever lied? I guess that makes you a SICKO too, huh? Wait, are there parameters for being a sicko? Lets make a chart:
NORMAL SICKO
Lies 5 25
Thefts 1 3
Murders 0 2
Cheating 3 6

I hope you guys realize I am not serious. I am making a desperate attempt to help you see how ridiculously hipocritcal you are. SEE how ridiculous this is?

eric:

i think that there should be no apology what so ever for running a tribute in raws place last night.besides the news reports on benoit's so call "roid rage" murders means nothing he was a very talented wrestler that deserved evey bit of that tribute last night on raw.his victories and losses touched many people through out the years he wrestled with heart and passion and will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Chris Benoit.

Jazz Eliot from Puerto Rico:

I don't understand how people can be so stupid,
yesterday, Mr. Benoit was a victim but today the world treats him like crap, damn! In this good old U.S. of A you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. People… please wait to start crucifying a person. None of us knew the man personally. I ALSO THINK THE WWE AND VINCE McMAHON ARE ALL HIPOCRITIS. A WEEK AGO SHERRI MARTEL PASSED AWAY AND THEY DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO HONOR HER MEMORY, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT TO MESS UP VINCE’S STORYLINE. NOW THEY WILL HAVE TO DROP THAT STUPID STORYLINE.

eric:

i think that there should be no apology what so ever for running a tribute in raws place last night.besides the news reports on benoit's so call "roid rage" murders means nothing he was a very talented wrestler that deserved evey bit of that tribute last night on raw.his victories and losses touched many people through out the years he wrestled with heart and passion and will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Chris Benoit.

Taylor:

Vince just displayed, I believe, an element of class in the way he eloquently apologized, sort of, without really apologizing or mentioning the name of Chris Benoit. He dismissed tonight as a night in memory of the tragedy, he said it was a night in memory of everyone who was affected by the events of the tragedy. It was nice, I think, to hear him put it so gracefully.

Shawn:

No apology should be necessary. At the time that they made the decision to air a tribute, all they knew was that the Benoit family was dead. They had no idea how or why, etc. The tribute was to showcase Chris Benoit the wrestler. He was one of the greatest ever. He just went a little squirrely over the weekend.

Benoit , The Legend Killer:

my first name is really Benoit. I'm french (17 years old) so sorry for my english. In this business , he was the most respected wrestler 'cause he was always at 200 percent and he loved what he did. He dedicated his life to the business and was a great champion (most technical wrestler ever) that's why he deserved a tribute. I really enjoyed the wrestler but what he did was the worst thing that a human being can do. If I were in front of him , I will spit in his face because that's not cool at all !!!
'cause a lot of people suffers because of him

think just that the 7 year old child has assisted to the murder of his mother !!! This is awful

Adam:

I am saying this if it's 100% confirmed that benoit did this (which there basically saying). The bastard I hope rots in hell. I am mad I waisted 3 hours watching a tribute to basically a murderor. True he was a great wrestler and when I heard him and his family died I felt so bad, and thats why I watched the tribute show. Literally 20 mins after it aired they said he prob was the one who did it, and i felt I waisted 3 hours. I am glad McMahon apologized for waisting everyones 3 hours, and like many I wrote wwe an email saying if they showed any more sytmpathy toward Chris Benoit (his family I think they should show more towards) I'd stop watching and ordering ppv's, and apparantly they got that email of mine and many more peoples and took it very seriously. I am very impressed by this, and shocked they stopped the McMahon "death" angle.

Bernadette:

Please all just pray for Nancy and Daniel ... her husband and his father will have to answer to this himself .. steroids or not there had to be an explanation .. rock on vince .. i love sharon your wonderful flight attendant

brenda:

i loved chris benoit.no apologies needed. FUCK YOU ALL

Sean Whitfield:

I am white, therefore I am albino.

Jeff:

I really don't know how to take this. Do we look at one event or do we look at 40 years?

Taylor:

I believe that it is necessary to make a compilation of all my posts, so that they may be read in case they weremt because of the spam.

I don't understand how people could be so overly-sensitive. WWE tries to do something good by giving a tribute to Chris Benoit, and though they had heard the rumours that he had murdered his wife and child himself, there was still a strong likelihood that he was himself murdered. In fact, as far as I understand, they still have not ruled out him being murdered. But the WWE hastily put together a tribute, and it then it would've been even harder to change in right before the show. In fact, if it wasn't a tribute to Benoit the wrestler, I don't know how they could've spent 3 hours. One thing that I uncertain about though: Obviously we never knew Chris Benoit, and though he was apparently the murderer of his child and wife, why would he do such a thing? It goes not only beyond the nature of most human beings, but all the wrestlers had something pretty good to say about Benoit. I also don't understand why he would've missed a PPV, if wrestling really was his life, like everyone said. And how could he be in a rage, yet place bibles by the beds of his wife and child? If he was in a rage, why did he kill his wife, then kill his child quite a while later? If something was so wrong with Chris mentally, wouldn't the WWE, and its superstars, who knew him quite well, have picked up on it? It just doesn't add up, I'm sorry. I know people can sometimes live double-lives, but the way they described him being all about respect, even to the point of telling the story of when he forced a guy to do squats after he disrespected Shawn Michaels, that just doesn't point to a guy who would murder people like he did. And he couldn't have been on steroids, or was likely not on steroids, because WWE had administered a drug test on April 10, 2007. There's more to this story. I still have a lot of unanswered questions.


Yeah, I don't believe in insanity. I mean, I do, if only to the point where I think that people who are insane are people who reason differently from normal people. But no one does something without cause. If insanity means hallucinations, I might be able to understand. If he was just a sociopath murderer who loved killed, that would be another motivation. If for some reason he thought, through twisted logic that he was sending his wife and child to heaven, I would understand.

There is some kind of motivation to this, and I want to know what Chris Benoit was thinking on his last day on Earth.

And then, as I pointed out above, if he was so "insane," how did NOBODY notice it?


I dont think anyone here is idolizing the murderer Benoit, if indeed he was the murderer, and apparently he was. All anyone is saying is that they respected him for his wrestling skill, and storyline persona, and stick-to-it-iveness for staying in the business for so long and giving them some good memories.

But I think everyone still condemns the man himself. So dont think we aren't.

And also, the WWE was really mourning the loss of a wrestler, not the loss of a man. Though some people had fond memories, that was what it was mainly about.

Even if in this case Chris Benoit was the murderer of his wife and child, he still couldve and probably was a victim. I'd hate to go through the things that he went through that influenced him to such a point that it drove him to such corruption of the soul. Or I'd hate to have to live with a clinical illness, either way. Both ways, although the murder was at his hands, it probably was quite his fault. If he is not quite ill, he had free choice but must've been influenced by either some kind of hardships or abuse or something. If he is clinically ill, then of course, it might not have been his fault at all, depending on the severity of the case. It would be the result of undiagnosis.

But there is separation between the man and the wrestler!

He should be held accountable, and would be if he was still alive, obviously, and probably will be held accountable in death, but what the WWE was mourning was that his wrestling career was over. They were mourning that the wrestler, the entertainer, the man they knew as their friend, was gone. They were not mourning the murderer.

Look at this example:
You've done quite a few good things in your life. Your a good samaritan, you contribute to everything you are a part of, and you always put in 120%. But lets say you are in the process of doing something bad, or just did something bad, and you are hit with a stroke, and die. Would you want to be remembered for that single sin, or a multitude of good you caused? Obviously, you cant--and I cant either--imagine what it would be like to feel driven to murder, and we've never done anything that severe, but you get the point, dont you? Is a single bad deed, no matter how bad, bad enough to condemn a man?

Of course the boy and the wife deserved to live.

You've made my point though, by saying "What could cause a sane man to kill his wife and child?"

Because you didn't know. Now if youd dont know what its like to be influenced as he was, how can you then condemn the man as if you've experienced the same thing exactly and know that he had enough choice in the decision to kill his wife and child?

He couldnt have been sane. No sane man kills. Not a one.

People who aren't diagnosed with some form of insanity and who kill for the pleasure are in my mind, not sane.

And I dont think he killed for the pleasure of it, do you? Do you think he had fun when he killed himself?

Will you guys grow up and stop acting like kids, typing in all CAPS?

Look, Im 16, and I can reason better than any of you people who are condemning the man.

Lets not forget that the odds are any one of you is probably either a shoplifter or an adulterer or a liar. I'm calling every single one of you out. You've each done wrong. Let the man without sin cast the first stone.

So heres a scenario you can play in your heads:
You're dying to get your hands on that new whatever. Its a little thing, so you dont think theyll notice if its missing. Or maybe you want a pack of gum and dont have the money to buy it. So you shoplift. And you have a heart attack and die. Authorities arrive and find the item you lifted. Now everyone condemns you. "He was a great man..." "Yeah but he stole the gum, so he was a bad man."

Now suppose you've stolen or lied or cheated before. You live with yourself for a large amount of time, up until you pass away. MUCH more than 36 hours. And you don't kill yourself in remorse, either. So you're even worse than him.

Senseless murder! When is murder NOT senseless?? Its always when a person kills another. Its even wrong when people kill each other in war, though I presume that is what you would think of when you think of justified murder. Either that, or you would think self defense as justified murder. In which case, it isnt really murder, is it? Its SELF DEFENSE. Obviously.

Yeah, like the life of a child is more precious than the life of another person! Please. Are you saying the kids life is more valuable than the life of the wife? Yeah. Right... How idiotic! The only think that makes the kid MAYBE more worthy of saving is the fact that he might have had a lot more time to live than the wife.

We're not praising the guy or condoning murder, Michael. Have you ever lied? I guess that makes you a SICKO too, huh? Wait, are there parameters for being a sicko? Lets make a chart:
NORMAL SICKO
Lies 5 25
Thefts 1 3
Murders 0 2
Cheating 3 6

I hope you guys realize I am not serious. I am making a desperate attempt to help you see how ridiculously hipocritcal you are. SEE how ridiculous this is?

Patty:

THIS WAS A REAL TRAGEDY. THE TRIBUTE TO HIM YES IT WAS FOR THE WRESTLER. NOT ONE PERSON WILL EVER KNOW WHAT HAPPEND OR WHY IT HAPPEND. WWE SHOULD NOT APOLIGIZE FOR NOTHING. BENOIT WAS A GREAT WRESTLER, HE MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE HAD A REASON TO DO WHAT HE DID BUT QUITE HONESTLY WE ARE NOT THE JUDGE. WE SHOULD BE PRAYING FOR HIS SOUL AND THAT OF HIS FAMILY. WE SHOULD REMEMBER THE WRESTLER AS HE WAS IN THE RING. ALL HIS FELLOW WRESTLER FRIENDS SHOULD FIGHT FOR THE FRIEND AND NOT LET WHAT HAPPEN TO CHRIS BE REPEATED. PLEASE DON'T REMOVE HIS MEMORABILIA BECAUSE WE ONLY LOVED THE WRESTLER. SADLY NOT MANY PEOPLE WILL FORGIVE HIM BUT, BEFORE WE JUDGE WE SHOULD REALLY LOOK IN A MIRROR.

[ gh0d-x ]:

Benoit was framed,you heard it here first

Kendra:

WWE does not need to apologize. Yes they did jump the gun by doing a tribute, but they were mourning and maybe that was their to cope. The tribute was to celebrate his career, not his personal life. Now the WWE is trying to distance themselves from him and I don't blame them for that. I was a fan of Chris Benoit and I am so shocked by all of this. I did not know that Nancy had filed for divorce and had accused him of domestic violence, which means he had a history of violent behavior. You never know what goes on behind closed doors. It was also said that in the past year, he became a very religous,which some of his co workers thought was odd. That sounds to me like he had an undiagnosed mental illness. I don't believe steroids had anything to do with the crime. I just think he was a very sick person whose illness took over. Someone compared this to the O.J. Simpson case. In both cases the murders were premeditated, so don't try to make Benoit a better person than O.J. I just pray for him, Nancy, and Daniel and their family.

aimee:

How can anyone say anything good about this monster . He killed his family . His child when you think about how great he was think about his child....... What a coward..

KK:

imagine hanging out with your son after you killed his mother and then treating him to the vision of you choking him to death

WHAT A HERO!!!

Kendra:

WWE does not need to apologize. Yes they did jump the gun by doing a tribute, but they were mourning and maybe that was their to cope. The tribute was to celebrate his career, not his personal life. Now the WWE is trying to distance themselves from him and I don't blame them for that. I was a fan of Chris Benoit and I am so shocked by all of this. I did not know that Nancy had filed for divorce and had accused him of domestic violence, which means he had a history of violent behavior. You never know what goes on behind closed doors. It was also said that in the past year, he became a very religous,which some of his co workers thought was odd. That sounds to me like he had an undiagnosed mental illness. I don't believe steroids had anything to do with the crime. I just think he was a very sick person whose illness took over. Someone compared this to the O.J. Simpson case. In both cases the murders were premeditated, so don't try to make Benoit a better person than O.J. I just pray for him, Nancy, and Daniel and their family.

jack dutton:

Im so sorry for the deaths of all these people. I have been a huge wrestling fan since I was a KID AND IM 40 now. This is devastating. Chris was one of my favs (horseman). I cant believe he done this. If its true, there is no excuse for it. I would love to think that it didnt happen that way, and the murderer will be caught soon. maybe I will just steer clear of the story and let it end this way in my own mind. I cant do that, I loved watching Chis in the ring, unfourtantly that may have not been the same man he was at home and that is the toughest part: coming to realization that a hero is not who we think they are at all. I could ramble on all night on this: I probably will for several days in my mind. I just want to say that I will miss you Chris Benoit and I know there had to be something mentally wrong for you to do what they are saying you did. I forgive you and pray that God does also. God rest your soul, you will always be rememberd as a star in this world.

Heavy D:

You know what . Im a rather big wrestling fan but when it comes down to it i dont care how much good you did in the world. to kill your wife and 7 year old son. is not something you tuck behind a carrear as a performer . Its not right.I agree he was a good friend and a good person to others but you wouldnt be thnkign one second about all that if his was was your friend or you sister. bottom line is he committed murder. being popular doesnt make it any less of a sin or a crime! Everyone is poor chris ill miss you chris we what about the innocent child who died by HIS hands?

Tracy:

The people on this site should feel ashamed. Chris Benoit whether you look at him as a wrestler or a man who may have had issues, hell like you all say he killed his son. Think of this, if people can look at you this quickly what does that do to themselves. Chris deserved that tribute, no matter what he did, he deserved it! Chris was someone we all looked up to, and no matter what the news reports say, I will miss him and think that he is in a better place with Eddie.

Jack:

Wow! What a hero. I grew up with the likes of Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk and "The Great Malinko!" It wasn't until the likes of Mc Mahon that these so called wrestlers, I mean entertainers became a big joke! Mr. Perfect died not too long ago in a hotel room in Tampa before a match, how soon we forget. Or is it by design that this death watch is so easily swept under the rug. What great lengths the WWE goes to on their website to defend steroids. "Steroids have been linked to the deaths of several professional wrestlers in recent years. Eddie Guerrero, one of Benoit’s best friends, died in 2005 from heart failure linked to long-term steroid use."

No seven year old deserves to die in his bed at the hands of his father! WOW, the money keeps coming in to Mc Mahons pockets and he will let nothing get in his way. God bless Nancy & Daniel!

Heavy D:

A great man doesnt kill his son!!! I'm a father of a 4 year old boy. I dont give two shits what chris did in his life... you dont kill two people and kill yourself and expect to be ina better place. thinking he should just proves ignorance on your part

Steven:

Benoit was a man who was a great wrestler so we know that he always gave it everything he had in his performances, but we only knew one side of him. as far as we know it we didn't know the individual he was. only god can judge him and all we can do is say things that we really don't know considering that we only knew him as "Chris Benoit" the wrestler. if he killed his family he must have not been a great person he was evil and god punished him. all i can say is maybe his wife and son were blessed because now they are in a better place not having to suffer from all the things he had done to them. BUT if he was a good person if drugs or some type of substance had caused him to lose control Then this was a tragic loss and may they rest in peace.

spiro:

Look at Chris Benoit he had muscles on top of muscles, stop defending steroids Mr Mcmahon. WWE is a traveling circus where the wrestlers are like animals. Benoit probably was addicted to a numerous amount of medication. What father gives his kid growth hormone. Your body can only take so much abuse as well as the mind. At least in UFC you fight three to four times a year, in WWE its non stop.

Benoit was a man who was a great wrestler so we know that he always gave it everything he had in his performances, but we only knew one side of him. as far as we know it we didn't know the individual he was. only god can judge him and all we can do is say things that we really don't know considering that we only knew him as "Chris Benoit" the wrestler. if he killed his family he must have not been a great person he was evil and god punished him. all i can say is maybe his wife and son were blessed because now they are in a better place not having to suffer from all the things he had done to them. BUT if he was a good person if drugs or some type of substance had caused him to lose control Then this was a tragic loss and may they rest in peace.

Bill:

Mc Mahon says "Show Me The Money"!!! Wrestlers come and wrestlers go! There will always be some "wanna be" kid lifting weights and taking steroids ready to take Benoit's place. Somebody else to line the pockets of the WWE Empire. The players/wrestlers/entertainers are just pawns in a game. Unfortunately, today a wife and son had to pay a very heavey price, with their lives! Keep up the good work WWE!!!!!

Thomas:

Why not erase him? He's proven to the world that he's a piece of garbage. One of the greatest? Hardly. Maybe for in ring work. Most of the world didn't know who he was until he murdered his family.

ikik:

This whole thing is a mess. First of all, Respect to all of the deceased, and their families and friends.

Yes, i said all of the deceased. That means Chris Benoit too.
Maybe.
Please..don't trip. Be patient with me for a minute, and keep reading all the way to the end.

I say that because, the more stories i read, and the more i think about what i heard last night from those WHO ACTUALLY KNEW HIM, i think Chris may have been suffering from a mental illness. My guesses are schizo-affective disorder or paranoid schizophrenia.

Severe head trauma can cause a change in brain chemistry that can leave people with mental disorders, among them bipolar disorder and schizo-affective disorder. He'd been doing that flying head butt for a long time.

I read a lot on 1wrestling.com, which is written by well-known and respected wrestling journalists who knew him and his wife. Among other things, they report an incident from last year. He was paranoid, he thought someone was following him, and wouldn't let his wife out of the house. That doesn't sound very sane, does it ?

ESPN reports that his son was being injected with growth hormones because the family felt he was small. It's not like this was a tiny kid. That doesn't sound very sane, does it ?

The fact that he bound and strangled his wife, smothered his kid, and killed himself in the span of a weekend as opposed to a day, and stayed in the house with the bodies doesn't sound very sane, does it ?

Apparently, the Bibles were a suprise to those who knew him because he didn't like religion. However, 1wrestling.com reports that he'd recently become religious. Religious ideation is a symptom of schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorder.

Add in the aforementioned head-butting trauma, the 'roids (and i'm not saying this was a 'roid rage thing), and the painkillers that are tools of the wrestling trade, and the stresses of the industry. Then add in a very possible undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. It's a recipe for disaster.

Understand that while i am a wrestling fan, and was a Benoit fan, i'm a 40-something woman, not a 19 year old fan. I stopped watching WWE years ago when the storylines became too distasteful for me. I started again after Eddie died, but WWE started their mess again, and i stopped watching it again.

If indeed, he did have a mental illness, my heart goes out to him, because if it wasn't diagnosed, there wasn't anything he could do about it. Sometimes, it can be diagnosed and treated, and you still can't do anything about it. Mental illness is a mystery.

However, if he was just an abusive controlling bastard who abused and killed his wife and child, then punked all the way out and hung himself, he can go straight to hell. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

Mim, Australia:

Don’t doubt that Benoit’s friends within the business needed to pay their respects as soon as they heard of his death. An apology is needed after information from District Attorney Scott Ballard gave on Chris, Nancy & Daniel Benoit's deaths. The apology is needed for NANCY & DANIEL'S FAMILY & FRIEND'S who will never be able to see, hold or talk with again. The apology needs to include Chris Benoit’s EXTENDED FAMILY & FRIENDS as they will be in complete shock at this tragic time. An apology to the fan's ... well, there'll always be 50% who want it & 50% who don't. He killed 2 of 3 of the most important people in his life. He was supposed to love and protect them. He killed once, then again and again. His other son in Canada will never again play with his brother. Accept it for what it is.

ikik:

Oh..i almost forgot..

As much as i can't stand WWE, and as much as i can't stand Vince McMahon, i have to defend him regarding the 3 hour tribute.

My stomach just churned and turned...

Anyway, even if he knew the circumstances when the show aired, i think they wanted to give the fans a chance to say goodbye, and maybe even just one last good memory to attach to Chris Benoit.
Somehow, i don't think they KNEW, i think the cops told them their preliminary suspicions.

Even if Vince knew the whole story, the cops told them to keep their mouths shut. If they hadn't done the tribute, you know people would've been very suspicious. It seems like a lose-lose situation all the way around, and especially for any decision WWE made regarding the Monday show.

Unbelievably, i'm standing with Vince on this one..at least for the time being.

Jim:

WWE is exposed again for what it is, pure entertainment at any cost! What a coward! A man who kills his wife and son! Coward! May God bless Nancy and Daniel who were innocent victoms in this cruel game. Steroid testing in the WWE, what a joke! Who would want to pay to see a bunch of skinny guys jumping around in the ring. We need to keep the entertainers "pumped" up to draw the crowds and keep the money rolling in at any cost. Kind of reminds me of the Roman empire when they would throw a poor soul to the lions. The crowds loved it!

CGD:

Last night, before all the info was in on what may have happened yesterday to the Benoit family. His brethren, the WWE talent were informed that two of their own as well as their child were dead. A lot of the WWE not only knew Chris but his wife Nancy who was known as Woman and managed superstars like Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ron Simmons, etc. So imagine their emotional state when they found out Chris & Nancy were both dead along with their son, and not knowing any further details. As you can tell, everyone who gave comments as well, held Benoit in a high-esteem so they would not have assumed what had happened had happened... So Vince did the humane thing by cancelling the event and allowing his performers to grieve for a family I'm sure they all thought was murdered. Vince Mcmahon did the right thing at the time offering a tribute... However, he is now distancing himself & his company from someone who so horrendously took the life of his wife and 7 year old child. I just hope this doesn't put a blackeye on wrestling, because when Rae Carruth did the same thing they didn't hold the NFL accountable. Anyway that is just my 2 cents.
I once had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Benoit & Elizabeth Hulette... and it's just so sad that both of these women who were so nice & sweet in person are gone... R.I.P.

Mim, Australia:

I agree with you Jim. My husband & I stopped watching WWE after Eddie's death. You can watch skinnier guys wrestling in TNA that are good & worth the look. Let's hope TNA never becomes like the WWE.

melissa:

i am just searching for something to help me make sense of all this bizarreness.

I feel that it is wrong to apologize and take backt he memorial for Chris Benoit. He was obviously ill and needed help and unfortunately this is what he will be remembered for...not how great of a person he was before this horrific moment in his life. I guess I'm still in shock, trying to make sense of it, trying to understand how anyone could do this. In the back of my mind i think maybe Benoit was set up and someday the real murderers will pay. But I also know that if Chris was the murderer than he will soon go before his final judge and jury.
Chris Benoit like so many other wrestlers, past and present, were and are heroes for many people and children, just as basketball and baseball players, soldiers and sailors, how do you explain to an innocent child that someone could have this much evil inside them.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Benoit family friends and colleagues .

shelley:

this situation calls for a love/hate thing. yes we will always love him for the man in the ring. and yes we will all hate him for what he did to his family. i can say this, i know what it is like to have to live those two different lives. i used to be a pro wrestler. i remember what it was like to have your personal life and your stage life. in most cases the two are not the same. no one will prob ever know why he did what he did. but for the man in the ring, he was good at what he did. as for vince, well when he put together the tribute last night, he didn't know the circumstances involved at the time. i don't think he should appologize for the tribute. but i do understand why they stopped the tribute. as for the wrestler, well you can't make the history go away. it will always be there. he was a great wrestler. i choose to remember him for the person he was in the ring. God only knows what went through his head when this tragedy occured.

jim:

Oh please Melissa, Benoit being set up for the murder of his wife and son. Brings back memories of OJ Simpson who I am sure is still out looking for the murderer of his wife and Ron Goldman. Give me a break!

Wesley Stanfill:

Vince no hard feelings, you did not know that he had killed his family. Chris was a hero to many and then he goes and becomes a murderer. He supprised the world and mostly his fans in which i think it will take a lifetime to get over. Anyways, wrestling is still the best sport in the world and Vince its an honor to have you in charge. THANK YOU.

Dee:

When did everyone become judge and jury??? When was it that God turned judgement day over to any of you?? It is very sad what happened, yet, it is not up to us to judge what we don't know. I believe the last time I checked, that was for God to do. May they all rest in peace and may God do the judging. To all of us, may we remember the good, laugh at the funny, cry at the sad and pray for those in need and leave the judgement in Gods hands.

terry:

After reading a lot of the comments here,I agree with 1. Today was different.Things seemed not to make a great deal of sense. The roller coaster of emotions I experienced ranged from sadness,anger,disbelief,and confusion. The most heart felt feeling is that of Loss and Sorrow.
1) Loss of innocent life
2) loss of a hero figure be it because He was not the person I belived Him to be or because I will never see Him wrestle again.
3) loss because I wonder if I will be able to watch
Wrestling without remembering this tradegy.
4) I believe also the loss of being able to watch a Wrestling show and for however short a time, forgeting the every day struggles that are occuring in this life. Mine and those of people all over the world.

I would like to express My condolances to all of the people touched by this tradgey.
As the facts continue to be reviled,I believe that no matter what the truth turns out to be, each of us have lost something. For that and the other things above I feel sorrow.

Regardless of what the truth turns out to be I want to "Thank" Chris Benoit for all the times he
entertained Me and the Joy He brought to not just Me but to people all over the world during His Life.
My the lord have mercy on all of their souls,and help the families and the people who loved them in this time of sadness.


john h schaal:

i have been watching wrestling since i was a small child with my father at the Newark Amory in the 50's. From the 60's,70's,80's,90's, and to this day i have taped wrestling shows from all major brands of wrestling and i have an extensive collection of all wrestling i can find. i love pro wrestling even though i know all the b.s. that comes with it. the many deaths of these wrestlers are indeed shocking. What Chris Benoit did was horrible. i have watched Chris wrestle for many years and i can not understand why? Will we ever know what really happened? We already know that pro wrestling is insane to begin with, but not Chris Benoit. What he did was horrible, but he will be judged by God, not by man. He will suffer for his actions. My prayers are for his family, friends, and all of his fans who loved him all these years. May God have blessings for his wife and child. Respectfully, John h Schaal

jenny:

even though what chris benoit did was horrible, i still see him as the greatest wrestler in this time. he was one of my favorite wrestlers, but you're right. it doesn't make up for what he did to his family. god bless his soul and his family's too.

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Christel :

I have to say a lot of supposed Chris Benoit Fans Have disappointed me tonight. I was on the WWE Website tonight and I read the comments from Vince and seeing that they took out not only his Tribute from last night but also his profile and merchandise really sickens me. The formal inquiry in to these three tragic deaths has not been closed yet and people seemed to have forgotten that we are all Innocent until proven Guilty!!!!I believe that there is another party or parties involved in this. Watching the tribute show last night I cried knowing that we would never experience another great Chirs Benoit performance ever again. I cried for his wife and child, that they suffered such extremities. But I feel that the authorties have spoke pre-maturely about this investigation. and lest we not forget that they themselves have said that everything surrounding the deaths of Chris, Nancy and Daniel is all speculation. I have read all the reports given by media, I have seen all the reports given by media and there are a lot of things that don't add up: 1) why were they all in seperate rooms? In most Homicide/Suicides all victims are in the SAME room. 2) Why two different Cell Phones to send text messages? 3)Why different times of death? 4)How different could his personna be so different between home and professional? 5) Why didn't his friends such as Chauvo see anything wrong with him? Last night listening to what his peers had to say about him none of this adds up!!!! Comments about how much he respected himself, his family, his follow peers. No self respecting person could do something like this. Everyone has judge him becasue of what the MEDIA has said.......Well if everything the media says is true then expect ELVIS to make a come back!!! This is ridiculous!!!I am very dissapointed in WWE, throwing him out like a piece of garbage before they even know the facts of the case. What is going to happened if let's say next week, next month, next year!!! it comes back that this was a HOMICIDE and that chris didn't actually do this? Is everyone going to praise him and mourn him then? I am so disappointed. I think the actions made by the investigators, WWE and fans who have judge before knowing anything has set us as a society back 100 years. We may as well SHOOT first and ask questions later. As a wrestling fan for 27 years I have lost my drive to watch WWE ever again. I am so disappointed Mr. McMahon. And Same on all of those who have judged Chris we only have one judge in this life and that is our loving and everlasting GOD he is ment to judge not us.

Lamar:

i believe that wwe HAD to do a tribute. regardless of what he did, in the middle of the squared circle he was awesome. now i also agree that wwe needs to pay no further tribute to the monster. vince shouldn't appologize

che:

not all in the wrestling is scripted only in certain talking what you saw in the ring fighting that is real.the blood and the cuts you seen it is real i dont know why theres some people who judge too much,to think you all depend only in the news and tv you watch..Just think if Chris Benoit is not guilty of his self why he killed and hung himself..he dont believed in religion why he put a bible to his wife and son?for me no apoligy is needed

jay:

i have two sons.i cant even imagine how he could do this.burn in hell

ddangelo1:

I think that some people are being unfair in condemning Chris Benoit as a "pyscho", "murderer", "coward", etc. or claiming that he will "burn in Hell".

First of all, unless you are God, you have no right to condemn anyone to Hell. Benoit's soul is in God's hands now, and it is God's decision to make, not yours. Even a "murdering psycho coward" can ask God for forgiveness for his sins. No one knows what Benoit's motivations were, and perhaps no one will ever know. But the fact that the murders were spaced out would indicate that Benoit had this planned out, so this was not a case of him suddenly "going psycho" and killing his family for no reason, then killing himself out of "cowardice" to avoid facing the penalty for his crimes.

The fact that Benoit placed Bibles next to the bodies of his wife and son would indicate that he--in his own twisted mind--probably thought that he was sending them to a better place. Perhaps he felt that his family had somehow "sinned" against him and/or God and needed to be "punished", and that he in turn had to punish himself for killing them. Perhaps he no longer wanted to live and decided to take his wife and son with him--either because he didn't want to leave this world without them, or because he didn't want to leave them behind to grieve for him.

I don't want to sound as if I condone Benoit's actions, because what he did was reprehensible, but I think the man was seriously disturbed. I don't think his actions were done out of "rage" or "cowardice". Who knows, perhaps Eddie Guerrero's death affected him more deeply than he let on? Whatever Benoit's motives were, I feel pity for him that whatever was troubling him drove him to commit such heinous crimes, and I feel even more pity for his wife and son because they had to pay the ultimate price for his downfall. May God have mercy on ALL their souls!

Sharjeel:

I think that appology is unnecessary. We still dont know that whats the reason behind this homicide. May be Benoit have some strong reason behind this step. Apart of this, Benoit as a wrestler was a great entertainer. Pplz loves him, its thier right to have a last view of their beloved strong man.

big dog:

yo, i think beniot was a great wrestler. i know what he did was wrong, but the man deff deserve a tribute. i mean he made wrestling what it is today. he put over 10 years of his life into wrestling, and made the company alot of money. for that alone, he that should give a tribute.and i also find it funny how fast wwe sent out the post on "roid rage". they don't give a crap what happened as long a the company don't look bad. for that comant alone, they should applogize. they didn't even say how sorry they were to the remaining benoit family, just that the company was NO WAY responsible.

Elvis73:

Vince and WWE should have awaited final results given that Chris and family found dead. It had murder-homicide- suicide-homocide written all over it- take your pick.
Yes terrible the tradgedy, we need to look beyond this and see that when people have mental health issues its imperative they seek help and get treatment. Surely the WWE monitors the health and well being of their staff?
Mate, the profession is full of hyper activity and obvious celebrity- enough to do anyones head in.
End of the day whats done is done and thats life.

Timothy Knerr:

I respect Chris for his in ring work, but cannot repsect him on a personal level for what he did to his family and himself. Vince did what he thought right at the time and shouldn't be apologizing for anything. Vince did a really smart thing he kiiled a stupid storyline for a real storyline and I'll give him credit for that.

sharon p:

Chris Benoit may have been a good wrestler to many, but to me he was just a coward that took the easy way out by hanging his self. TAKING YOUR OWN CHILD'S LIFE..........how could anyone in their right mind do something like that??? And like the other postes stated, where is the tribute for "Woman"?

amy:

i agree big dog&Christel..i am also shocked and disgusted that wwe chose to cover their own asses with the "steroid issue" first rather than update us with what is continuing to be known about this horrible HORRIBLE incident..WWE is about to get some SERIOUS backlash from the mainstream media on their drug testing and how they treat their wrestlers...and everyone knows you cycle off and on steroids...this whole thing is just horrific and thanks to the WWE's most recent actions today, i do not think i will be watching anymore..them trying to cover up the steroids issue instead of updating us with what the fuck is going on is just SAD AND PATHETIC...and from what ive read and heard, vince is in fact a real life asshole who works his wrestlers like slaves and underpays a shitload of them

i am willing to bet my money that there are quite a few superstars that are not happy with the wwe's actions

gregory helms had a blog up today about how he was sad about his friend's passing and how he missed and loved him..it was so sweet that i went to read it again a few minutes ago..i however was shocked to see it had been removed not only from his myspace site, but his main website as well...i dont want to assume things, but i cant help but be kinda mad

maybe if the WWE would give these guys more time off and have them undergo mental evaluations, a thing like this never would have happened

i dunno what to think about WWE anymore..i am ASHAMED to be a wrestling fan b/c of the actions of wwe!

Katt:

There was no "rage" in the deaths of Benoit's wife and son, no beating or shooting like typical rage killings or crimes of passion. I believe that Chris was suffering from an illness such as depression, bi-polar or something like that. I do not believe he wanted to hurt or kill anyone but when diseases like that take you over, you have no control over what your brain tells you to do, you just do it and suffer the consequences later, which in alot of cases would drive you to suicide. I speak from experience on this matter as I take meds daily for similar diseases, people do not realize that they have a problem most of the time and if other people paid more attention maybe someone else would have seen it. I believe that there is no one to blame for what happened but a disease or disorder that in too many people goes untreated until it is too late. Don't blame the man blame the thing that caused it, we need to take the time to find out what is inside our friends that they can't see themselves. Chris was an excellent entertainer and I hope for his sake he finds the peace in death that he obviously could not find in life and that his wife and son are blessed.

amy:

just wanted to add to my feelings about the tragedy itself, as i only touched on the steroid accusation above

I read on cnn.com earlier today that anabolic steroids were found in the house, which has been known to cause paranoia, depression and explosive outbursts(aka roid rage). This was probably one of the contributing factors in their deaths if this was the case. From the way Chris talked about his family, I don't think that the guy that didn't take 'roids would do something like this. Then again, according to wwe.com, on Benoit's last test on April 10th,2007, he was in fact NEGATIVE for steroid use, but as we all know you can get around testing.

This is no way excuses what he did. I am deeply saddened that Chris decided to take the lives of his own wife and young child, who did nothing wrong. I am deeply saddened that he thought this way the only solution to whatever problem was going on. I wish he would've talked to someone he was close with instead of commiting such a horrible crime,especially to his sweet,adorable little boy. We don't know what set Chris off and we may never know.

Suicide is a VERY touchy subject with me. When I was in high school, a classmate of mine hung himself with his karate belt in his room. Just a few years later, my friend Joseph hung himself while he was in juvinille hall. Obviously, I know what it feels like to lose someone close to suicide.

I don't believe in heaven, hell, jesus, or any of that religious crap. People are saying he's going to hell and all this shit. Hell doesn't exist,morons. No proof = doesn't exist. He won't pay for his crimes in this life. If some sort of afterlife exists, I am pretty sure Eddie Guerrero is yelling at him right about now. I would,too. His actions were horrible and unforgivable,
especially killing his own kid. But again, we don't know all the details yet and probably won't for a couple more days. The toxicology reports won't be available for as long as a few MONTHS.

I am willing to bet my money that if Chris didn't kill his son, people who didn't watch wrestling would be giving their opinion. They'd probably just say "meh who cares." Everyone is entitled to their opinions. No matter what, THIS SUCKS.

The main thing I feel right now is sadness for his friends and family. I am remembering all the feelings I personally had when my friends killed themselves. I remember the sadness, the anger, and the confusion. I wouldn't wish this kind of situation on anyone, even my worst enemy. It's a rough thing to deal with and it's HARD to get over.

Again, I DO NOT CONDONE OR IN ANY WAY AGREE WITH THE ACTIONS OF CHRIS BENOIT. I can't be sad for Chris Benoit, the person because what he did was wrong on so many levels, but I have the full right to be sad about Chris Benoit the wrestler in regards to the fact that I'll never have an oppurtunity to see him wrestling again, since I have been a fan of his since WCW. I have the full right to be sad for his family and his friends because I have been thru the suicide thing myself.
If that makes me "sick" you can kiss my ass. I'm sorry I'm sensitive to death.

While his personal actions really fucking suck and bite the big one, you can't deny the fact that he was one of the best wrestlers in the industry today. He trained in "The Dungeon" for fucks sake!

I feel horrible for his wife and little boy, as well as for Chris's two other kids. His wife's life was tragically cut short for whatever unnecassary reason. His little son will never grow up to follow in his dad's footsteps or have a beautiful family of his own for again whatever unnecassary reason. His two older children are now without a father,step mother, and little brother. His friends and family are probably confused, sad,and angry as hell right now. I don't know how a person could kill their own family. But I am not here to judge. I'm here to vent.

Like I said before, I can't judge him because I didn't know him personally. I am mourning the loss of Chris Benoit the wrestler, not the person. I still can't believe he did this and it makes me sad.

No matter what, this whole situation is sad. And THAT no one can disagree with.

Bam:

Chris was a great wrestler. He did have two lives in and outside the ring. Vince should not have apologize for airing a tribute to him. He may have killed his family, but he did nothing to the WWE except be a great wrestler. You people need to understand that the WWE has lost someone special to them, and get the fu*k over the problems because if they don't watch, then you don't understand. For the past couple of years, the WWE has lost Eddie and they almost lost Vince, Now the lost Chris, just realize that all they did was used one extra hour of our lives to air a tribute to a WRESTLER. They weren't celebrating the fact that he was a murder, just the facts of what he's done for the WWE. The were tributing to his career, not what he does personally. and if you think he's a douche bag, then think that. It's your own opinion. But if Vince wants to apologize then hell, let him. If he feels he needs to then he will.

Did you know?:

He placed a bible nest to both of them?...

Just though I'd thought that in there.

M:

We should remember the "character" of Chris Benoit as an entertainer in the ring but we should not under any circumstances glorify what he did to his wife, son and himself.

If we are going to take the position that we shouldn't even mention Benoit's name or his accomplishments because of his crime(s) then I guess we shouldn't be celebrating things like 1) Billy Martin the famous head coach of the revered Yankees because he had a dui which is a crime. What about all the famous sport stars/enterainers that are in the history books? Should we not celebrate their accomplishments in the ring, baseball, football or basketball just because they have been arrested for a dui, drugs, murder or many other reasons. Yes it does depend on the crimes but I do think we need to seperate what the have accomplished with what they have done outside of their respective career.

Also remember the old commandant, Thou shalt not judge!

Just a thought!

M

amy:

have you guys seen the tasteless titles of the headlines about this on tmz.com?
all i can say is WOW

Bob:

The man killed a 7 year old he deserves NO respect!

Julie:

I feel bad for not only the family, but for everyone. I hope that the lord will forgive him and welcome him and his family to paradise. I think the memorial tribute was appropriate at the time. No matter what his deeds were, he was for many years a faithful friend to all of us who watched him wrestle

Marcel:

The tribute should have never been aired. I thought it was pretty clear from the start what happened. What's all the talk about remembering him 'inside' and 'outside' the ring? If a man decides to kill his wife and his child, there is no 'but he was a good wrestler' excuse. He has to be remembered as a killer, NOTHING else. Roid rage? Nonsense. Many guys kill their family without taking drugs. I think you guys just have a hard time to believe what happened and you look for 'excuses'. Please see the things as what they are. And yes, MAKE a judgement. You are old enough.

The whole thing is sad. A child's life has ended along with the childs Mother. This child will never grow to realize all that life can bring, along with 2 adults who still had alot of years left to live. As more details keep filtering out the story only gets more strange too. Vince was in a lose/lose situation...no matter what, somebody was going to complain. Perhaps the USA network should have thrown on some other TV show repeats (non-wrazzling) instead of doing the tribute. However there is no taking it back unfortunately. 3 people are dead and it really appears that 1 of them killed the other 2. Let's pray for them all, and then appreciate all the friends and family WE have in our life right now.

A sinner:

When the tribute was aired, McMahon was following Matt 7:1 "Judge not lest you be judged".
We still do not know the whole story, so one-way tickets to hell etc are a little over the top until when and if we ever know the whole story.
In the meantime, pray for the souls of all three, and for the people who are trying to work out what happened. Leave your condemnation for those who sell illegal steroids.

joe:

BURN IN HELL YOU SCUM BAG PIECE OF SHIT

HTR:

I heard he had two sons. Where was the other son? How sad this all is. I enjoyed Chris.

Pinky:

Are you people insane?? First off it is official that he did in fact kill his wife and kid. It's a fact. Thoses who think otherwise are in denial. Second off he gave his kid growth hormone injections b/c he thought he was small. That's just weird. The man is a murderer period end of story. I don't care if he was the best wrestler of all time what he did cancells all that out. Being a great wrestler does nothing to prove he was a good person. Do some acutal reaserch on him as a person and not gather your information from a fictional show on TV. And to compare this to a dui is disgusting. Let's not forget that his wife had a restraining order out on him in 2003. His wrestling "character" was just that. People can be good at their job and be bad people.
Weather steroids had anyting to do with this or
not stop being in denial about the steriod problem in wrestling that has taken tons of lives.
Come on wrestling fans, you are making yourselvs out to be idiots. Don't cry when you aren't taken seriously by fans of other sports and entertainment outles!!!

joe:

YEAH THE ONLY ONES STICKING UP FOR THIS ASSHOLE IS THE STUPID REDNECKS WHO WATCH WRESTLING. HOW CAN YOU LIKE A GUY WHO KILLS HIS OWN CHILD????????????????WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS GUY THEN THE VIRGINIA TECH KILLER OR THE COLOMBINE FREAKS?

The whole situation is definitely sad. Lots of info at www.gnewsworld.com on this and the Vince McMahon investigation which I think is rumored to be dropped. I think in light of what has happened, they are ending the storyline.

stephen rice:

Did Eddie Guerrero or Owen Hart get a three hour tribute? There should have been a mention, moment of silence and a tribute on the website for those who were interested. That's what I think should have been done. It doesn't really matter now. It's all very tragic.

stephen:

AND... I thought Vince was dead?

Obviously, death is just a storyline to Vince. Nothing is sacred in his mind.

Tell that to the millions of fans who will miss Chris. The WWE has gone too far. Even Vince haters don't want him to die.

Mike:

How can you even feel bad for Benoit? or McMahon? McMahon is the enabler. Benoit injected his 7 YEAR OLD CHILD with steriods!! He's my nominee for father of the year..and to think I actually used to watch this crap!

JOSE LOPEZ:

CHRIS BENIOT WILL BE A LEGEND IN THE WRESTLING BUISNESS BUT BEFORE WE AS WRESTLING FANS PASS JUDGEMENT ON HIM JUST UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS SOMEONE WATCHING OVER US EVERYDAY AND HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN JUDGE US. WRESTLING HAS LOST A GREAT CHAMPION. LETS USE CHRIS BENIOT AS A LESSON TO HELP ALL ATHLETES BECOME BETTER PEOPLE. I DON'T THINK MCMAHON HAS TO APOLLOGIZE FOR SOMETHING HE WAS NOT FULLY AWARE OF. I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR CHRIS,NANCY AND DANIEL AND HOPE THAT GOT HAS MERCY ON ALL THERE SOULS. PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE THAT ARE GREATER THEN THE AVERAGE PERSON CAN UNDERSTAND BUT IT IS UP TO GOD TO HANDLE THAT WHEN THE TIME COMES.REST IN PEACE TO CHRIS BENIOT AND TO ALL THE WRESTLERS THAT WERE ABLE TO BRING PURE WRESTLING FANS ENJOYMENT EVERYDAY.

Jack:

This whole thing is just surreal. I've been thinking what would cause a man that is considered "successful" to do these things. It goes to show that money and fame do not give you peace.

About the whole "roid rage", I'm no expert, but who knows. I do know that from what I've read and spoke with wrestlers personally, it's a tough life. Rewarding at times, but tough. Benoit probably spent 200-300 days on the roads over the last 20+ years. It's a non-stop hectic life.

Why are so many of the top wrestlers dying so young?? Steroid abuse, drug abuse, car accidents (which I can really see as they travel so much), and alcohol abuse. Read some of the wrestler's books and read about how much drinking goes on. Drugs are big just because so many of them have to play hurt.

Athletes in other sports can do on the disabled list or injured reserve, but in wrestling, unless it's that severe where it will affect the quality of life, most wrestlers just learn to deal with it, and what makes pain go away??? Drugs and alcohol brother.

I've met Benoit on two occasions and thought he was a nice guy, but you just never know. I'm military and spoke with soldiers that were guarding Saddam during his trial, and they actually said he came across as a pretty nice guy, but this is the same person that murdered thousands and ten-thousands of people. What I'm saying is you just never know.

I do applaud Vince for a few things. I really don't think he knew all the details before the tribute aired. Can't fault him for that. I do think the apology is the right thing to do. Wrestling has always had a black eye in society and well now it has two. Vince needs to apologize not just to "save face", but it's all about respect--to the fans, to the Benoit family and to Nancy's family as well as co-workers and friends as well.

I think that this incident may make Vince take a step back and think about some of the things that WWE does. I think that you may see some major changes. I have heard that they are going to completly drop the Vince is dead angle and with good reason. The WWE needs to get back to good wrestling, and can all the stupid bullshit. I think as well as drug tests, they should also do a pysch-eval from time to time to make sure these guys aren't losing their mind.

Just my 2 cents.

Rh:

A useful exercise when considering how you feel about this might be to imaging this crime being committed by someone you intensely dislike, then by someone you have never heard of. Somewhere in that range of emotions is likely how you should feel about someone you have admired for many years perpetrating these horrific murders.

Jeni B:

I have said many times, the outside person may look ok, but inside, as we age, we all crack. Some of us crack and it makes us more giving, loving, and appear nice. Some of us only show our cracks to our family. Drug abusers, rapists, serial killers...all have cracked. Sometimes they are your friends, neighbors, loved ones. If a crack causes us to put all our efforts into fighting breast cancer, we are thought of as heros, accepted by society. If our cracks make us "swingers", even it is a loveable thing, we are crazy. And if it makes us killers, even of our own children, it makes us misunderstood.

I think Chris Benoit cracked, and then this is what happened. Yes, his family died, and yes, the little child suffered and died at his fathers hands. Look in the papers, as humans we usually kill our own children before someone elses. It's a horrible crack, but we all have some of them. If you can overcome your cracks and make your life a good one, awesome. Benoit couldn't, and I feel nothing but sadness for the loss, fear of what society is doing to us to make us so violent, terror that the next school shooting or any other violent act will strike too close to home. Judge the man, judge yourself and society. And then hug your loved ones, smile at strangers, help a neighbor. It's up to us to heal and then prevent total chaos in society, and in our own homes. Good luck.

"Pyro":

I've spent 9 years on the independant wrestling circut here in florida and have had the opportunity to meet chris benoit a couple of times in my life. Each time he came across as very humble and peaceful.

The sad truth is that drugs are rampant in this business, I've seen it with my own two eyes. Especially on the indy circut.

I hope that Nancy, and little Daniel have a safe journey to their next plain of existence and their memories here on earth are with me forever.

I wish Nancy had stayed with Kevin (Kevin is also one hell of a human being who despite his characters "evilness" is a wonderful person who cares deeply about his friends, and fans) perhaps this wouldn't have been as tragic had real life not imitated wrestling as it sometimes does.


Pyro

James Holland:

Life’s Story is often told, yet all must solve anew its problems for themselves.
Our time upon the stage of action is but brief, yet in the drama each must play a part. The character is left for each to choose; a villain if we will, or person of honor holding high above all things - high as Hope's Great throbbing star above the darkness of the dead, respect for virtue, and love of family and home and friend.

Benoit probably held these virtues to his heart as indicated by the fact that he placed a Bible beside the bodies of his wife and son, and in his grief for the dastardly act that he had performed either in rage or possibly in PLAY with his wife, and an then an accidental cut off of blood flow to the brain occurred and she died from this simple act? It could have happened this way. and from this angst he then turned a day later and terminated his son so he would not suffer and then himself in and effort to punish himself?

Only he and God will ever know. - - -

john:

why is everyone berating this guy that untill 2 days ago we all thought of as a role model. yes he killed his wife ad kid. and i agree this makes him one of the lowest forms of human there is. but none of the abuse and downright insesitivity some of you are showing is uncalled for. none of it is going to change what happened and it certianly wont help his other two kids deal with the fact that not only are there dad brother and step mum daed but it was there dad that caused it. im a wwe fan from the uk who taped raw on monday expecting to c a tribute to vince. i however saw a tribute to chris benoit instead that was fitting no mater who or what was the cause.

my thoughts go out for the entire benoit family.

john:

in my previous post i said that none of the abause was uncalled for i ment to say that none of the abuse is called for.

Reality Check:

Good God, I hope if I every do anything remotely wrong that I get some of you people on the jury! Was he a great technical wrestler? Probably one of the best ever. But, sorry folks to you who say that the evil someone does is still overshadowed by the good. He was paid about a half million a year to put on a show. His CHARACTER was good. The REAL Chris apparently killed his wife and child. End of freakin' discussion.

Now, if there's any real story in this it's the WWE's categorical denial that steroids have any bearing on the matter, and their relentless criticism of others for jumping to conclusions. Well, pardon me Vince, but if there isn't enough evidence for one side to be right, how is there enough evidence for ANY side to be right? Methinks the real issue is that the boys from Stamford are concerned that this will cause another peek into the world of juicing that won't have such a happy ending. Until now it was only the boys who were taking one for the team. After all, just like a race driver or bullfighter they signed up for the danger. But, if it comes to light that a little magic muscle management was directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of a woman and her child, things are gonna get a little interesting in Titan Towers.

MIGUEL FLORES 17:

I HEARD ABOUT BENOIT DEATH VIA WWE MOBILE ALEARTS I WAS SHOCKED. AT FIRST I WAS THINKING HE WAS MURDERED AND I SAID A LIL PRAYER 4 HIM. BUT NOW I SEE THE LIGHT HE WAS NOTHING BUT A COLD HEARTED MURDERER!!!!!!!! AND TO THINK THIS SON OF A BITCH WAS 1 OF EDDIES BEST FRIENDS I WISH I WAS IN FRONT OF BENOIT CORPSE SO I CAN TAKE A PISS ON IT. SOME OF U RETARDS SAY MAYBE HE HAD A REASON WAT REASON IS GOOD ENUFF 2 KILL HIS WIFE AND HIS 7 YR OLD SON HIS FAMILY. AS FAR AS I'M CONSIRN HE SHOULD NOT EVEN GET A BURIAL OR GET CREMATED HIS BODIE SHOULD NOT EVEN BE ALLOWED 2 ENTER A CHURCH NOT EVEN HELL SHOLD LET HIM IN BECAUSE HELL IS 2 GOOD 4 A MONSTER LIKE HIM FUCKIN WORTHLESS PIECE OF SHIT

NANCY,DANIEL I'M SORRY 4 THE ACTIONS OF THAT MONSTER U 2 DIDN'T DESERVE 2 DIE. GOD BLEES U 2.

FUCK YOU CHRIS BENOIT!!!!!!!

Kachina:

I think that the WWE industry did exactly what they should have done in a tragedy like this. When they aired the tribute to Benoit they did not what had happened. Benoit was considered innocent until proven guilty. I know that they did not think that Benoit could kill his own family and then kill himself. Vince, you have nothing to apologize for, you did what any chairman would have done in a crisis like this.

Thanks for airing that tribute to Chris Benoit. Chris Benoit is still a hero to many people. What people must realize that everyone has problems, and everybody handles their frustrations in different ways (hopefully not like this).

Hopefully, this can show people that Wrestlers are REAL people too, and they face REAL issues as well!!

Vince you should apologize for faking your death on television. I tried to convince my children you were not dead that it was just for entertainment. Unfortunately, this is not a stunt you should have played a part in.

Taylor:

You guys do a great job of conveying your point through the use of all capital letters. I've got to hand it to you there.

Now, where to begin...

Oh, ok

Let's examine the reasons why anyone would want to kill another person, shall we?

1) They're under contract: Sometimes, when soemone wants someone killed, they will hire a person to do it. Obviously, this is not Chris' motivation for murder.

2)They enjoy it: Sometimes after a person accidentally kills someone, they get a rush of excitement, a surge of pleasure. That will lead them to kill more people. Since Benoit committed suicide, apparently in guilt over what he had done, or for whatever reason, its pretty obvious this is not applicable for him.

3)They're suffering from mental illness: Sometimes people suffer from mental illnesses which can cause paranoia and hallucinations, among other things, which leads a person to murder. Chris Benoit may have been suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness, among other things.

4) They're under the influence of drugs
Sometimes drugs can cause the same effects as mental illnesses, giving people violent moods swings and uncontrollable rage. This can be even more powerful when drugs are taken in a cocktail. Painkillers and steroids, almost mandatory in pro-wrestling after going through the process of working out, wrestling, then working out the next day, do not mix. Coupled together, they can produce the effects that we've seen cause 59 other deaths in wrestlers since 1990.

Since it seems he was either under the influence of drugs, or suffering from a mental illness, I wonder how all you people are so quick to condemn him. You can say that he wasn't because he waited a while in between the killings of his wife and child, and I would agree that some things just dont add up, but I would also point out that nobody who is sane, unless they enjoy it or are under hire, murder people like that. If Chris Benoit was as sadistic as you people say he was, how did he ever make it in the WWE. Yeah, they administer drug tests, but its obvious they somewhat encourage wrestlers to take steroids, or at the very least, don't condemn it.

And then some people say that the WWE shouldn't have shown the tribute. You say Chris Benoit the wrestler could not be separated from Chris Benoit the man.

Well lets envision this scenario, shall we?
Let's say the WWE doesn't air a tribute, because they don't think he deserved that respect after killing his wife and child.
1) Since the authorities have told the WWE not to release any information about the deaths of Benoit and his family, most people don't know, at this time, that Benoit killed his wife and child. So most people are outraged at there not being some sort of tribute.
2)It also clues people in to the fact that Benoit may be a suspect, since he was not honored in the traditional tribute-like way.
3)So the WWE doesnt air the tribute, then come to find out, the suspicions held by the investigators were wrong. Now they have to apologize for NOT airing a tribute.

Let's face it. WWE didnt have the facts. They had the suspicions of investigators, but they couldn't go just on that.


Now imagine that the next report we hear is of someone being taken into custody for the murder of Benoit, Nancy, and Daniel.

All you people who are so quick to judge him, even though you yourselves have done wrong, would all be apologizing really fast, and singing his praises.

WWE did not and does not need to apologize. The tribute show was for closure for the WWE fans, a way of ending the saga of Chris Benoit. It was not a way of praising him, it was a way of looking at his career in wrestling, and realizing that an era had come to an end when he died. It was about realizing, for the fans, that there would be no more Chris Benoit on the show. It was only necessary for closure. If they didnt air it, most WWE fans would wonder what happened to Benoit.

Lcampbell:

When I heard the news on Raw that Chris Benoit was found dead with his wife and child, I was in shock.

One can start assuming a lot of things. Did someone kill them? Did something inside of him snap? Was the deaths the result of "steroids"? Etc.

Unfortunately no one knows exactly what happened but the story is being told piece by piece everyday.

Calling him a murderer is a bit drastic. I would call him that IF he was in complete control of his thoughts.

Brett Hart mentions that this is not the Chris he knew.

I don't know Chris personally but I have to think that there is somewhere inside of Chris some decency, But I am not ready to hang Chris until the full story or evidence is proven.

No one knows why he "murdered" his family.

Wrestling probably does "tests", but I agree with another comment made earlier, something needs to be done about wrestlers having their lives cut short or families suffering the consequences.

It can be used as a "cop out" saying that they were probably on steroids which can explain moods and rages, but like most things when it comes to drugs and its side effects, you cant always be in control when its being used along with other drugs.

I don't like when people use drugs, but if you know what it can do to a persons psyche and if they are on another drug or two it can cause problems.

What I am trying to say is, I don't think Benoit was in his right mind that entire weekend. And also to read that he was sending messages to people he knew.......I think we are looking at a cry for help, but it went unheard.

mike mosher:

i personally feel that what benoit did was absolutely tragic,i say forgive but not forget.no one will ever forget the trajedy,or underderstand the circumstances which lead benoit to commit such a terrible crime,but we need to find it within our hearts to forgive.although it may seem impossible jesus said it best forgive.

MH:

After you hear what this sick man did to his family, do you really care anymore what he did in the ring. If so I guess we should have more tribute shows out there for Bobby Lee Cuts and Dennis Rader. Benoit is a disgrace to the sport.

Lcampbell:

There are alot of comments about Chris Benoit. One thing will always remain, he had a great wrestling career.

I am saddened by the acts of Chris Benoit on himself and his famiiy.

The idea of banning Chris Benoits name from wrestling though is going to far. Did they ban OJ when he "murdered" Nicole?


Rest in peace Chris, Nancy and Daniel!!

Chromis:

Wow, the emotions are running rampant for someone that most people have never, ever met.

Lets take a look at some of the info;

1. the police let the WWE know more than the rest of us, and they had to keep it quiet. How much more, we might never really know.. but if WWE suspected that it their employee was a murdered, they would have distanced them selves outright, and would have just put a born-died dates with picture, like they did with about 90% of the past-stars that die.

There are many ways for multiple vicims to die, I could see running a tribute for him, and then with the "real" info came out, to just drop his name from their vocabulary.

2. Shame on them for the tribute. They should have kept the show. BS, almost everyone in the lockerroom seemed to have liked the guy, and everyone, even the "big tough guys" could hardly hold it together. The show would have been for crap AND it could have easily got more people hurt because of lack of concentration.

Scott Peterson murdered his family, and he had some people that were defending him in the beginning, are they scum for doing what they thought was right with the information they had? NO.. did they change their attitudes when new information came out? yup, they did.

3. Riod rage... From the mere discrption, it is not R-Rage.. Want to see the rage, see scott stieners beating up of reporters in airports. Tying up, smothering at different times, then hanging self is not rage of any sort. Everyone is saying that there is no evidence of this being the case without blood tests.. and it could take weeks.. well this shows media sensationalism.

4. injecting son with steriods. was this done under doctors recomendations? Failure to thrive and growth failure are 2 reasons for giving steriods to children.

5. Benoit is a murderer? The police say so..well sorry, I have seen police do stupid things for sensationalism., This is a police force that admitted they did not have a single murder in 2006. I bet the investigation at the start was a bit rusty.

Could he have owed money to someone? Could he have been killed and had it made to look like a suicide? I dont know.. and I am familiar enough with cops, to know that alot of times, the simplest answer is the one they go wtih.. (alot of times right, but not always)

6. Memoralizing, or tributes to "evil".. each person has their opinion on what is evil 200 different people, 200 different answers,.. while we all probably agree fratercide is a true evil.. does that mean we should wipe everything else out? NO.
Hitler, evil yeah, but respected for his ability to control the crowds, his charisma.
Castro, evil? maybe, but as a motivator, and again, charisma, he should be respected. Rommel, Nero, Gengis Khan, they all had good and bad points. we were going after hitler, who killed a few million people while joining forces witht he russians, whos dictator killed many many more millions thru his actions.

7. Why did he kill them? Was there mental deficit or illness, such as a head injury from slamming his body (and head) from unblievable heights night after night. If he was not in full control of his facilities? was he a victim still? I know drinking can get out of of full control, but that is a personal choice.. If it was mental illness, maybe he needs to be pittied more so than banning him to the 10th level of hell.


My personal opinion, McMahon, should have announced something like... Last night was a tribute to a great wrestler, now after learning more details of the case, we feel that the actions attributed to Mr Benoit are inexcusable, and we and the WWE feel that, had we known the full details, we would have not done the tribute. As I said, Mr Benoit was a great wrestler, that does not however excuse his actions. From this moment on, we will not have anyhting to do with Chris Benoit.

No excuse, but not trying to beligh the crime either.

Ashley:

An applogy was needed. Granted he WAS a "hero" for some but he's still a murderer. He hurt those he close to and killed the ones he was supposed to love an protect. No tribute should have been done. Had he been an average person who for years worked in the community and volunteered his time to better the community and then he done the same thing no one would care. The difference was one was heroic on the television the other was heroic in his community...Benoit doesn't deserve teh attention he is getting..Be mad I don't care. Cuss me call me stupid I don't give a dern.

Athena:

It is a tragic event. The tribute is for the wrestler who entertained us for years, the persona whom he is playing and not for the psycho who did the murder.

We only know him inside the ring and that's the person I'm respecting.

luco:

If Benoit had grabbed a shotgun, climbed a clock tower, killed a dozen passers by then painted his brains across the courtyard would you still say the tribute was right? Or would we be seeing tributes to the victims being broadcast?
What about if he had raped someone then commited suicide?
It doesn't matter how much you admired his acting/wrestling, the tribute was not appropriate. When such a foul atrocity is commited you cannot separate the character from the person, and although his fans may sympathise with him and try and excuse his actions with words like stress, addiction or mentally unbalanced, there really is no excuse for murder.

Minty18:


Luco has hit the nail right on the head.

He's such a smart, intelligent, good looking guy.

Stu:

Jeezuz are people mental?

The guy iced his family... pumped his lad with steroids...

He was a god damn freak... and he probably realised it.

Cara:

No matter how "great" I ever become I would never expect someone to pay tribute to me had I done what Chris did. It was wrong and the apology was needed.

Michael:

Does it really matter how he died. The most important thing is that in this tragic event he has passed on with his family to follow. Why apologise for it?

The man was a hall of famer and a true hero,role model, and most of all a gentleman. He loved his family his friends and the business.

Why can't the fans and followers have a chance to say good bye to the man they idolised and adored without being made to feel guilty for mourning their hero because of the circumstances surrounding his death.

R.I.P Chris and Family.
say hello to your good friend Eddie for us

Viva la raza

2 of the greatest WWE champs in the sky

TC:

OK PEOPLE, The Appology was needed because WWE didn't have all the facts infront of them at the time. Ok, think about it - You own WWE, a multi-million dollar company(world wide company) its 4:00pm you get the news one of your top wrestlers and family were found dead in their house, you have a "LIVE" show that starts in 4-5hrs. Every wrestler/announcer/commentator now knows this news, WHAT DO YOU DO? Keep the show going like nothing has happend? or, Give a tribute to the wrestler you knew? And keep in mind the WWE is like a huge family, if any of you have a job where you are around co-workers even half as much as WWE employees are, wouldn't you feel like you lost a brother or father? I mean come on people think about what this forum here is about. ADDRESSING THE BENOIT TRIBUTE. The tribute was put on with the facts that benoit and his family were found dead in their house. Once they learned of the greater facts that it was a double homicide-sucide, they appologized for the tribute because so many of you people became complained that WWE was honoring a murderer, and if you would have stopped for a minute to think about why they did the tribute and when they did it, you can realize anybody in their right mind, in Vince's shoes would have probably done the same thing. Now once WWE became aware Benoit was the one that killed his family and himself, they realized the tribute was wrongfully applied and acknowledged they jumped the gun on tributing Benoit. But with only 4hrs till the LIVE show ,, I say they did the right thing.

Now as far as the double homicide-suicide goes. Only time will tell, motive, toxicicology tests ... all that good stuff.. will tell more. And there is another thing that makes this whole thing just totally bizarre and it makes you think,, hey whats up with this. On wikipedia benoits entry was altered to mention the death of his wife before the police ever found the bodies on monday. I mean if this doesn't send off some alarm bells somewhere, i mean can you say WTF ????? There is something that we aren't hearing, something that hasn't been told or discovered yet.

Denny:

I have had enough of pepole saying that Chris was a moster, do you peolpe look things up on the net or do you just become judge and jury over night. We are not to judge each other, only God can do that, and no sin is greater then the other excecpt one not believing in God. So if you have ever told a fib, or killed someone it is all the same, and one more thing, the thing that killed that child was not Cris it was a moster that vince created, and with all his money Vince will get away with it till Judgement day. Then God will take care of him. Vince has pushed roids on how many wrestlers now. A lets see Hogan, Austin, Bill Gram and many more, so who is the real moster here!!!! So all those who want to judge Chis FUCK YOU ALL your day is also coming when you will be judge so think of that. So with that being said Chis you will be the greatest wrestler of all time and I will always remember you and love you I don't know why but it is not my place to judge you. R.I.P. Chirs and Family

Kris:

Denny, you are the reason I am afraid of religious fanatics. If you think telling a lie is the same as killing someone, you are fucked up.

The man killed his wife and child. I don't care how many people claim him as a "hero" throughout his life. He was obviously a wolf in sheep's clothing. Screw the monster.

What I find funny is those of you who curse McMahon's descion to apologize for tributing...a murderer.
Now I know most of you are teenagers just now getting into highschool...but let's try to grasp the concept of the real world.
LITTLE KIDS...see these characters as idols. So when an Idol to thousands....strangles his wife and puts his kid in of all things a chokehold....what kind of example is Chris Benoit sending?
Gee...didnt think of that one huh.
I especially like the comment with Chris Benoit the entertainer not the private individual...obviously someone dosnt know what the word "Celebrity" means.
When you represent a huge organization ESPECIALLY in sports such as the WWE or NFL,NBA,NHL,COllage Sports...whatever, they tell you the same thing.
Your conduct must be consitant to that of a good citizen. ON and off stage.
Pacman Jones gets arrested...he gets suspended...
Ricky Williams fails a drug test he gets suspended...
Why?
Certainly these are private matters....well guess what idiots...these "Private matters" make news and thats bad for an organization who's fan base is full of children who look up to these people.
Vince McMahon was justified in his comments....and contrary to popular belif...hes an EXCELLENT buisness man...and he made an excellent buisness descion.
Think on that folks...you might learn something...

P.S I Still cant stand McMahon the character

It was all scripted.

KARU:

i really liked Benoit. i thk he was one of the best wrestler n i do believe that this case classified as a suicide murder case sounds so mysterious. we cannot just pass comments as we do not know exactly what lead chris benoit to do something like this.i do believe personally that somethg is being hidden or not being told to the public. its really bizarre.no comments should be passed until the whole truth is in front of us.dnt u thk so?

yarr:

Mc mahon,tone faner taaa! gros macaw!
dir sans mo pati laba sinon bel lafaya ti pou ena.gros kuyon! si kuma dir mo ti pou laba moti pou kas to................................

kris:

mc mahon, lor l'ekran to kuma dir enn PD 406, mo esperer to koner ki ete sa. lor ring to gagn per pou laguer kuyonade. aprer to pe koz lor benoit? to pas vo so la pousiere!

Jamie:

I don't think the WWE has to be sorry for airing a tribute to Chris Benoit. However Vince should feel bad about the timing of this tragedy. Vince should have dropped his death storyline when Sherri Martel was found dead, (where was the tribute for that hall of famer Vince?). Maybe this is a sign that some storylines are better off the air.

richie pogue:

the guy achieved ashit load of accomplishments. reguardless of what has been said or found by cops or the DA. there still no proof he did it his self. cops and the DA have been wrong many times. maybe he knew or did something someone did not want him to know or say. dont forget there are professional hitmen out there it just takes the right amount of money. and when you think your the richest man in the world and you can get way with anything. some people will try. {VINCE} no one is stupid you know you had something to do with it BITCH!!!!!!! LET BENOIT'S memory live on.

omg tech. it wasn't chris's his fault if you actually look look how many wrestlers are dead cuz of steroids it makes me mad the idiot that decided that it was a good idea 4 them should be shown the concequences he should have 2 pay lots of money 4 every wrestler that comes up dead with steroids in there system i mean he didnt stand right over them and say 2 do it but you tell me would you go 4 a really small wrestler when he's up against some one massive i didnt think so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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