It’s really hard to handle the fact that a guy I thought was a stand-up guy through my (admittedly very limited) exposure to him turned out to be a complete tool. An evil, murderous tool.
The comments to last post were, as always, thoughtful. While I don’t think poorly of adults who watch wrestling, I don’t think I’d have let my kids watch the last 8-10 years worth of the WWE because of some of the disturbing storylines they went through (Undertaker/Kane arson angles, Big Bossman’s abuse of the alleged corpse of Big Show’s dad and need I mention Pepper the Dog?) and the complete objectification of the women on the show. (One word: puppies.) There used to be shows on Saturdays edited enough for kids to watch, but seriously, how can you let your kids watch all these Saturday shows and deny them the pay per views with the big matches? And then how to you let your kids watch some of the gorefests that ensue?
I wouldn’t fault Vince for the 3-hour tribute to Benoit. At worst, he jumped the gun. After watching so many of your employees drop dead from heart problems or drug side effects, it’s easy to assume that something that tragic happened to the Benoit family as well. He did the right thing by saying he would no longer memorialize Benoit, but I do think he should shut his trap and step out of the situation. WWE’s continued insistence that the Benoit murders were premeditated and not a result of Roid Rage is out of line.
My lesson to take away from all of this…just because a man or woman looks to be an upright, caring and normal person doesn’t mean they don’t have a dark side lurking.