Chris Benoit

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Chris Benoit
Ring name(s) Chris Benoit
Pegasus Kid
Wild Pegasus
Billed height 5 ft. 10 in. (178 cm)
Billed weight 234 lb. (106 kg)
Born May 21, 1967(1967-05-21)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died June 24, 2007(2007-06-24) (aged 40)
Fayetteville, Georgia, U.S.[1]
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 24, 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

In wrestling[change | change source]

Chris Benoit performing his Crippler Crossface on MVP
Chris Benoit performing his Diving headbutt on MVP at WrestleMania 23
Chris Benoit performing his sharpshooter on Chavo Guerrero

Championships[change | change source]

Benoit after winning the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XX
  • Catch Wrestling Association
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Feud of the Year (2004) (vs. Triple H)
    • PWI Match of the Year (2004) (vs. Shawn Michaels and Triple H at WrestleMania XX)
    • PWI Wrestler of the Year (2004)
    • He was ranked #1 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2004.[14]
    • He was ranked #69 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.
  • Stampede Wrestling
    • Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship (four times)[15]
    • Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship (four times) (with Ben Bassarab (one), Keith Hart (one), Lance Idol (one), and Biff Wellington (one))[16]
    • Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame[17]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • 5-Star Match (1994) (vs. Great Sasuke at Super J Cup)[37]
    • Best Brawler (2004)
    • Feud of the Year (2004) (vs. Triple H and Shawn Michaels)
    • 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)
    • Readers' Favorite Wrestler (1997, 2000)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2003)2[38]

1His reign with the championship is not officially recognized by the WWE. Reigns before December 1997 are not recognized by the promotion.
2The hall of fame held a special recall election in 2008 because of the double murder–suicide of his wife and son. 53.6% supported the decision but it was under the 60% threshold needed to remove him.[38]

References[change | change source]

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  2. http://www.puroresu.com/personalities/benoit_chris/
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  4. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/364374-wwe-bans-blood-chair-shots-to-head-sexiness-and-wrestling
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