I am a huge fan of WWE. I understand that the whole thing is concocted drama (an alternative of our hindi melodramas) but still I enjoy the show. The recent death of Chris Benoit comes as a big shock to me. Edie Gurero’s death was also a big shock to me. Is the drama really getting into reality?
The 40-year old was found dead in his home having hanged himself on a weight pulley machine. It is believed he also strangled his wife Nancy to death, as well as his son Daniel who was suffocated.
The Canadian-born wrestler was unable to appear at scheduled shows this weekend due to a “family emergency”. After receiving a number of curious text messages from Benoit, WWE asked authorities to check his home in Fayetteville, Georgia where they found all three dead bodies, each having been killed one a day, Nancy on Friday, Daniel on Saturday and Benoit himself on Sunday.
The replacement of Monday Night RAW to the tribute show were made before the full facts surrounding Benoit’s death were apparent. Before Tuesday night’s ECW show, Vince McMahon made the following statement:
“However, some 26 hours later,” he said, “facts of this horrible tragedy are now apparent. Therefore, other than my comments there will be no mention of Mr. Benoit’s name tonight. On the contrary, tonight’s show will be dedicated to everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident. This evening marks the first step of the healing process. Tonight WWE performers will do what they do better than anyone else in the world – entertain you.”
Speculation is still circulating that the consumption of steroids by Benoit resulting in paranoia, depression and explosive behaviour (otherwise known as roid rage) were responsible for his actions.
Bold and italics are my addition. It calls for a huge debate, is the violence really getting on their nerves? What should the government do to prevent such belligerent sports? Well the obvious reaction of Indian government would be to ban it but then what about the entertainment it provides?