Chris Benoit Biography
Died At Age: 40
Sun Sign: Taurus
Also Known As: Christopher Michael Benoit
Born in: Montreal, Canada
Famous as: Canadian Professional Wrestler
Spouse/Ex-: Martina Benoit (m. ?–1997), Nancy Benoit (m. 2000–2007)
father: Michael Benoit
mother: Margaret Benoit
siblings: Laurie Benoit
children: Daniel Benoit, David Benoit, Megan Benoit
place of death: Fayetteville
City: Montreal, Canada
Cause of Death: Suicide
Chris Benoit (Christopher Michael Benoit) was a Canada born professional wrestler often considered among greatest wrestlers. During his immensely successful wrestling career of 22 years, he won numerous titles and remained a part of World Wrestling Entertainment/Federation, World Championship Wrestling, New Japan Pro wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling. During his illustrious career, Benoit achieved 22 professional wrestling titles, a feat which is incredible. His athleticism and wrestling prowess made him one of the most loved professional wrestlers with a large fan following. Among all the titles won by him include the World Heavyweight Championship in WWE and WCW along with United States Championship and Tag team Championship. He is also known as one of the five wrestlers in the world to get their hands on the Triple Crown Championships in both WWE and WCW. He entered the Royal Rumble 2004 as the first entry and ended up scoring the win. His death came as a shocker to millions of his fans around the globe when he was announced dead in May 2007. He murdered his family first and then two days later, took his own life. Somehow, his death sparked a lot of rumours and in the end, depression and brain damage turned out to be the cause of his diminishing mental health due to the concussions caused by head injuries over the years inside the ring.
- Christopher Michael Benoit was born in Montreal, Canada on May 1967 and spent most of his childhood in Alberta. His father says that he was sort of obsessive as a child, totally in love with the idea of being a wrestler and started preparing himself by the age of 12. In high school, he won numerous awards in wrestling and bodybuilding and had unwavering focus on becoming a world class wrestler.
- Tom Billington and Bret Hart were his inspirations as a kid and he attended several wrestling shows, where these two performed and he slowly became a huge fan. He imitated both the wrestlers while training and even incorporated Bret’s finishing move ‘sharpshooter’ as one of his very own finishing moves when he later started wrestling professionally.
- Chris Benoit started his professional wrestling career in 1985 at the Stampede Wrestling Promotion, and his attachment with Bret Hart as well as Tom Bellington’s wrestling style became apparent as he perpetually used their moves sharpshooter, diving headbutt and snap suplex to spark fears in the hearts of his opponents. Due to his ferocious speed inside the ring and physical strength, he earned the nickname ‘Dynamite’.
- In his ring debut in November 1985, Benoit participated in a tag team match and ended up winning, pinning one of his opponents down with a sunset flip.
- The run at Stampede turned out to be quite successful and earned Benoit enough credibility as a wrestler to be considered for the bigger leagues. During his initial period at Stampede, he ended up winning four British Commonwealth Titles and four international Tag Team titles. In 1989 came the time to bid goodbye to Stampede and Benoit made a move to Japan for New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
- He fought in the New Japan Pro-Wrestling under the name ‘The Pegasus Kid’ and sometime later, he started wearing a mask. Throughout early 90s, he earned for himself a big name in the NJPW by winning Best of Super Juniors tournament twice and secured a win in the Super J-Cup Tournament. During the early 90s, he kept wrestling in Japan, Mexico and Europe where he ended up winning a few small championship titles.
- In 1992, his stint at the World Championship Wrestling got him further credibility as a brilliant wrestler and in 1994, at the Extreme Championship Wrestling he gained notoriety after starting feuds with some popular wrestlers and earned the nickname ‘Crippler Benoit’. His first American title win came in form of ECW World Tag Team Championship in 1995 and owing to the talent exchange program which persisted between NJPW and WCW, Benoit kept constantly switching between the two.
- At WCW in 1998, Benoit entered into a long term feud with Booker T and both the wrestlers fought it out several times for many months and in 1999, Benoit teamed up with Dean Malenko to win the WCW Tag Team Championship and formed a group ‘The Horsemen’, which was later named as ‘The Revolution’. However, he remained unhappy with the management on WCW and even after a title win, for which he wasn’t officially credited, Benoit made up his mind to leave WCW for good and got signed up by WWF.
- Along with Eddie Guerrero, Saturn and Malenko, Benoit debuted in WWF forming the group ‘The Radicalz’; Triple H joined them sometime later and the group came to known as ‘Feel Faction’. In a triple threat match against Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle, Benoit scored his first title victory, the Intercontinental championship at Wrestlemania, in 2000. This started a long term rivalry with Chris Jericho over the Championship title. In January 2001, Benoit ended up losing the title to Jericho.
- After breaking up from the Radicalz in early 2001, Benoit started a feud with Kurt Angle and stole his Olympic Gold Medal; the rivalry lasted for days with single fights and tag team matches. In 2002, the first WWE draft moved him to Smackdown. Despite his ongoing feud with Kurt Angle, he partnered up with him to become the first WWE Tag Team Champion. He gave the title shot at Wrestlemania 20 by winning the Royal Rumble Match in 2004 and won the World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Triple H for the title match, only to lose it to Edge a few months later.
- He became the WWE United States Champion after defeating Booker T in a title shot and made a return to ECW in 2007 for a brief period of time. There, he earned a match for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship but backed out due to a family emergency, and the news finally came out which left the world in a state of extreme shock and disbelief.
- On June 25, 2007 police discovered the dead bodies of Benoit family, which included himself, his 7 year old son and his wife. Benoit, before killing himself by hanging through a weight machine, had killed his son and wife.
- Several tributes were given to Benoit by WWE and his father claimed in an interview that, he had been suffering from depression, resulting from brain damage since a long time. Harmful toxics were found in all three victims’ body.
- When his brain was analyzed, it turned out that several blows he received on his head over the years had caused irreversible damage to his brain, which led to mood swings, violent behaviour outside the ring, initiating an uncontrollably psychotic behaviour.
- Chris Benoit was great friends with Eddie Guerrero and when Eddie died in November 2005, Benoit went into depression. His colleagues said that Eddie’s death changed him on a deeper level and he was never the same after that.
- Chris Benoit had married twice in his life. His first wife was Martina, with whom he had two children - a boy and a girl.
- Benoit later started an affair with Nancy Sullivan, wife of his ring opponent, Kevil Sullivan. Nancy gave birth to Benoit’s son and the couple got married in 2000. Nancy filed for divorce in 2003, stating that she was being mistreated and accused Benoit of behaving violently. However, she took her charges back some time later, but this led to bitterness in their relationship, which lasted until his death.
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