Chris Benoit

When I heard that WWE wrestler Chris Benoit had passed away the other day, I immediately thought of my father-in-law the Fayetteville-dwelling wrestling fan. Benoit lived locally and I think we’d talked about him on one occasion when I was clearly on half-listening.

Anyhow, as the story evolved into the murder/suicide information we now have, I had a very visceral reaction. As my wife is 9-months pregnant with our second child, I’m given to more than my fair share of bouts of over-protectiveness of my child(ren) and spouse. I can’t for the life of me square my love for them with any feelings of frustration or anger I might rarely have.

How could ANY husband and father do this?
Why aren’t professional wrestlers – who are viewed more often by more younger children than Baseball players – under the same kind of scrutiny for performance-enhancing drugs as “real” athletes?

I’m left with more questions than I can answer and more sadness than I should be feeling – chalk it up to sympathy pregnancy.

I’ll link to some other local blog reaction, but I don’t want to fall back into the trap of saying I’m shocked. Nothing much really shocks me anymore. I’m just sad and angry and strangely grateful in my own family. I’m holding them all a little closer tonight.

Creative Loafing
ATL Malcontent
Gregor Smith

And, not local, but interesting, MIT’s Convergence Culture Consortium.

What do you think?

3 Comments so far

  1. Jason (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 7:33 am

    Not truly shocking, you are right, but horribly tragic and sad. Especially since the latest round of media coverage states that his son had mental illness. We have a 7 month old little girl who is the light of my world. I hate hearing her cry. I could not imagine watching her struggle for life as I tried to extinguish it.

  2. Kathy (unregistered) on June 29th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    My 9 yr old son has been a wrestling fan since he was 3-4. I rarely watch any of it. He was upset by the death of Eddie Guerrero, and now Chris Benoit. I thought the reports of Chris’ death was a story line like the burning limo one. But when I learned what actually happend, I felt such shock, sadness and grief. Nothing really shocks me anymore either, but this tragedy was just unbelievable. I can’t stop reading about it which is how I ended up at your blog. So very sad.

  3. Kathereine (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 3:07 am

    I too am rarely shocked by things that happen in this world these days, but this just left me felling empty. I cannot understand what went through his head that would lead to such a tragic ending for all involved. I guess we will have to wait and see what the results of the screens are and then maybe just maybe we can understand just a little.

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