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NOTES FROM BOB: THOUGHTS ON THE BENOIT TRAGEDY

Posted June 26th, 2007 by admin

I can’t sleep. It’s 445am and I just can’t sleep. I’ve been reading the increasingly depressing updates about Chris Benoit and his family all night and I feel like someone has kicked me in the stomach. I’m guessing a lot of people feel that way.

Since getting the first call yesterday afternoon, my phone rang constantly throughout the evening from friends and co-workers who just couldn’t believe what had happened. As the evening passed by the calls began to turn from disbelief to anger about what had happened. As one person put it to me, “Vince McMahon finally did the right thing and it might have turned out to be the wrong thing. What if we just watched a three hour tribute to a murderer?”

We don’t know what prompted the horrible events that saw three people die needlessly. If the reports are true that Chris killed Nancy and Daniel and then took his own life there’s not anything that can excuse his actions. Those aren’t the actions of the Chris Benoit that I knew, and they aren’t the actions of the man those people on RAW last night were talking about.

If true, something had to have gone terribly wrong in Chris’ life. Something had to have pushed him over the edge. Something horrible had to have happened to prompt a good a decent man to have done such an awful thing.

The Chris Benoit that I knew was one of the nicest and most genuine people I ever met in the wrestling business. He would never just say hello, but took the time to ask how you were doing and how your family was doing. You got the feeling he really cared and wanted to know.

How this wonderful person could have possibly been involved with the events of the last few days is something I’ll never understand.

My thoughts and prayers are with the surviving members of the Benoit family as well as with friends who must be feeling the same (or worse) than I am feeling right now.

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