Monday, June 25, 2007

Let’s Pile On Wrestling

WWF superstar Chris Benoit, his wife and son were found dead in their Atlanta home on Monday, the latest tragedy to befell professional wrestling. Many of you probably aren’t familiar with Benoit, but that won’t stop talking heads from casting stones at professional wrestling. (Look for Calvin Cowherd to be especially indignant about it.) Almost immediately the Mr. McMahon death was scrutinized as some called said it was in poor taste. Prison Break kills off a cast member a week and 24 detonates a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles, but that’s cool.

People will look down their noses at wrestling for having another tragedy, maybe even calling for the end of the industry. Yet, nobody has any particular concern that Saturday Night Live kills off a bunch of people, too. The Benoit tragedy (which looks like a murder suicide) is reminiscent of the Phil Hartman shooting. And lest we forget the drug overdoses of Chris Farley and John Belushi, or Charles Rocket killing himself, but it’s wrestling that has a drug problems and other issues. Uh, sure.

Honestly, wrestling is no different than any other forms of entertainment that takes people too early. But instead of becoming heroes like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean or Elivs, dead wrestlers and the industry are often vilified.

11 comments:

Y2Jerichoholic said...

Rocket slit his OWN THROAT. That's dedication. Very sad scenario on Benoit. Looks like he offed Nancy one day, the kid the next, then finally himself today. Pretty F'd up. :(

NFL Adam said...

Yeah, I'm not defending Benoit, but enough with blaming wrestling and those story lines.

Anonymous said...

As phenomenally stupid as I find pro wrestling, I highly doubt the fact that he was a pro wrestler had anything to do with it, discounting the potential "roid rage" aspect of it.

And yeah, it's pretty f-ed up.

Anonymous said...

Who is Calvin Cowherd?

sorry if I am asking you to blow the joke

Diane said...

The same people who blame Johnny Knoxville every time a 17 year old kid does something stupid will look to place the blame with wrestling . . .

Though unlike anonymous, I don't think we should discount the 'roid rage aspect. Killing your family and then yourself over a 2 - 3 day period requires being seriously f'ed up

Tommy Tuck Rule said...

I don't watch wrestling anymore, so i don't know much about Benoit, but all the pictures i have makes him look like a lunatic. So this was probably expected by people who knew him. I read a story that said a gun wasn't used. Any takers?

Conrad Bain said...

But instead of becoming heroes like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean or Elivs, dead wrestlers and the industry are often vilified.

Marilyn Monroe didn't smother her kid.
James Dean didn't murder his wife.
Elivs (will there ever be another Elivs?) didn't dive 50 feet onto his head.

Better comparisons would be OJ Simpson, Phil Specter, or Lance Rentzel.

Seitz said...

I've never heard anyone vilify the Junkyard Dog or Andre the Giant.

I'm with Conrad.

NFL Adam said...

Again, Benoit is a piece of garbage. I'm cool with that. But people, like Bill Simpson, call it the boiling point for wrestling and blame the industry. Blame the McMahon death story line.

But then again, Prison Break canceled its series when one of its principals was arrested on manslaughter chargers. Oh wait...

But people called for Loren Michaels to be accountable for enabling Belushi, Farley, Hartman. Oh wait...

The NFL was put on notice and Paul Tagliabue was brought up on charges when Rae Carruth murdered his wife and unborn child. Oh wait...

I'm not disagreeing with what you are saying, but it just seems that wrestling is too easy of a target.

Conrad Bain said...

I agree, Wrestling is an easy target. But when you have 300-pound roid monsters in Speedos and bondage masks being lowered from ceilings by wires, and then the wires break, well, people talk.

Myself, I've always wondered why Hee Haw was never taken to task over Junior Sample's heroin overdose.

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