The Day the WWE Stood Still, Part 3: Chris Benoit

Adrian StaehleSenior Analyst IMarch 13, 2009

Chris Benoit

The worst tragedy in WWE history occurred in 2007, as wrestler Chris Benoit killed his son and wife and then took his own life.

Chris was one of the greatest wrestlers, if not the greatest, that the sport had seen. He headlined WrestleMania XX, as he beat two of the best in the game in Triple H and HBK at MSG in the Main Event.

The biggest night of his career was the best moment in his lifetime. At the end of the show, he celebrated with his long-time friend Eddie Guerrero as the confetti came down, and people were on their feet as they witnessed an unforgettable showcase.

Chris Benoit became a household name as the WCW's "Crippler." He was a champion at the mid-level, but aspired to be at the top.

Chris came to the WWE with Eddie and put on a clinic, using the heart he had for the business. He performed perfectly and loved doing it.

In 2004, he won the Royal Rumble as the No. 1 entry and beat 29 other men to headline WrestleMania. Benoit held the title for a quiet few months but eventually lost it to Randy Orton at SummerSlam in 2004.

Chris was drafted into ECW and was looking ready to win the title, but about two weeks later, he committed both murder and suicide.

To me, Benoit will be remembered for what he did well: wrestle his ass off. I think a lot of you would agree that he was one of the best when he got in the ring.

It was sad to see your life end the way it did, Chris Benoit, but in the end, we won't remember you for what you did wrong in life, but what you did right.

-Adrian Staehle