|Ring name(s)||Chris Benoit
|Billed height||5 ft. 10 in. (178 cm)|
|Billed weight||234 lb. (106 kg)|
|Born||May 21, 1967
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Died||June 25, 2007
Fayetteville, Georgia, U.S.
|Billed from||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Trained by||Stu Hart, New Japan Dojo|
|Debut||November 22 1985|
Christopher Michael Benoit (May 21, 1967 - June 25, 2007) was a Canadian professional wrestler. He was first noticed in the United States when he started wrestling for ECW in 1994. He would later go to WCW the next year. Within a year, he became a member of the Four Hoursemen (with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Brian Pillman). He joined the WWF in January 2000. In January 2004, Benoit won the 30 man Royal Rumble match which allowed him to main event WrestleMania. He would go on to win the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XX on March 14, 2004. On June 24, 2007, Chris Benoit committed suicide by hanging after murdering his wife and son. Their dead bodies were found on June 25. Benoit's father, Michael Benoit, says that Benoit had brain damage. This is what caused Benoit to go crazy and kill his family. Because brain damage can be caused by concussions, WWE no longer allows wrestlers to hit each other in the head with steel chairs.
Wrestling belts won in WCW and WWE[change | edit source]
- World Championship Wrestling
- World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment
- WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time; first-ever champions) - with Kurt Angle
- WWE United States Championship (3 times)
- WWF/E Intercontinental Championship (4 times)
- WWF/E World Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Chris Jericho (1) and Edge (2)
- World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Awards won[change | edit source]
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- 5-Star Match (1994) vs. Great Sasuke at Super J Cup
- Best Technical Wrestler (1994, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2004)
- Most Underrated (1998)
- Most Outstanding Wrestler (2000, 2004)
- Match of the Year (2002) with Kurt Angle vs. Edge and Rey Mysterio
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2003)
- Best Brawler (2004)
- Feud of the Year (2004) vs. Triple H and Shawn Michaels
References[change | edit source]
- "WWE wrestler Chris Benoit and family found dead". June 25, 2007. http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usbenoit0626,0,4246396.story?coll=ny-top-headlines. Retrieved 2007-06-25.
- NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- WCW World Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- WCW World Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA/WCW World Television Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- WWE Tag Team Title (Smackdown) history At wrestling-titles.com
- WWWF/WWE United States Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- WWF/WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- WWWF/WWF/WWE World Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
- World Heavyweight Title (WWE Smackdown) history At wrestling-titles.com
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners - Feud of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwifoty.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners - Match of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwimoty.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners - Wrestler of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwiwoty.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 2004". Wrestling Information Archive. http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwi50004.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-04.