RIP, Nancy and Daniel Benoit

June 28, 2007

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.

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  • Mel June 28, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    I know alot of people who thought the same way you did including my boyfriend. When I mentioned suicide-murder he almost bit my head off. Now he’s saying you were right! (although the woman’s always right) LOL

  • Tommy June 28, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Ladygypsy….another great post.

    So I think a lot of the problem is that a lot of us who grew up watching NWA and WWF Wrestling in the 1970s and 80s (like myself) actually liked it. It was fun stuff and we enjoyed it. I mean there was a time when Ric Flair really could Wrestle. It was a good product and an addictive one. Many of us held on into the 90s. For me, I stopped ordering PPVs when McMahon insulted me with the whole Sgt Slaughter Iraqi line. I stopped watching WWF with Degeneration X and stopped watching Wrestling when the NWA folded. However a lot of people stuck with it – and that is their privilege and right.

    Now drug use is rampant in the WWF. It is rampant in the Tour De France and I have lost interest. However where I am going with this rambling is the drug use really ruins it for the loyal fans and ultimately has tragic consquences. I think if Vince McMahon took a true position and vow to “clean up his sport” would really go a long way. But he will never do it…

  • Tommy June 28, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Well, I meant I stopped watching wrestling when WCW folded…the NWA had gone away prior to that.

  • mandeville June 30, 2007 at 1:53 am

    if u rember this nick email me ….. i was on prodigy about the same time u where. and looking for all my friends. i kinda rember you.
    aka mandeville