Wrestling's Darkest Moments
The WWE has seen some of the greatest moments in wrestling history: Eddie Guerrero winning the WWE Championship, Ric Flair Farewell, Triple H return at the Royal Rumble, HBK and every WrestleMania he has been in.
The WWE has seen great days and moments, but it has come with some of the darkest moments in wrestling history.
Steroids have played a dark part in wrestling history. It has taken so many lives and has left a trail of destruction as it keeps happening to this day.
Von Erich Brother Tragedy
The WCCW was a special company and had a very special family in the Von Erich Brothers.
David, Mike, Kerry, and Chris Von Erich all died within a span of nine years. The tragic deaths of the Von Erich brothers took a toll on the wrestlers, fans, and Von Erich family.
David Von Erich died of acute enteritis of the upper intestine. He was 26.
Mike Von Erich became depressed and committed suicide in 1987 by intentional overdose of a tranquilizer. He was 23.
Chris committed suicide in 1991 by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 22.
Kerry was on his way, but drugs got in the way. He would have been violating his probation, earning him heavy jail time. He ended up taking his own life in the back of his father's ranch in 1993. He was 33.
This wrestling family's sad tale will never be forgotten and neither will the tragedy that happened to the family.
It was July 14, 1984, when Vince McMahon took over the Saturday night time slots on TBS.
It was dubbed "Black Saturday."
The WWE show was a disaster on the TBS network.
In April 1985, McMahon sold the TBS time slot and GCW name to Jim Crockett Jr.
It is said that this started a feud between McMahon and Turner that would go on for over a decade and-a-half.
This was something that was a dark day for the territories in wrestling. It started with the company that was the last to be bought out by Vince McMahon. It started his takeover of the wrestling world.
Murder of Bruiser Brody
On July 16, 1988, one of the greatest hardcore wrestlers was murdered in Puerto Rico by Jose Huertas Gonzalez, a.k.a. Invader, in a bathroom.
There were several wrestlers that watched the thing go down. Some spoke and some didn't, but it is also said that none of the wrestlers called the ambulance after several hours.
Jose Huertas Gonzalez has always maintained his innocence. He was tried for murder and was acquitted by a jury of his peers, citing self-defense.
During a phone conversation with Dusty Wolfe, it was overheard that he was to headline WrestleMania IV against Hulk Hogan.
Steriod Trial of 1993
In the trial of Mr. McMahon, his life was in the hands of his former employer.
Hulk Hogan was the man that was going to keep or put Mr. McMahon in jail and was in the middle of something that would tarnish wrestling as it made its way to the top of the entertainment world.
People said that the 17-day trial was one of the darkest times in wrestling history.
He was acquitted.
Brian Pillman's Death
October 5, 1997 saw one of the saddest death's in wrestling history. Brain Pillman, "The Loose Cannon," the man who was as crazy as he looked, was a great man and husband to many of his friends.
Pillman was supposed to have a match with Goldust at the 'In Your House: Bad Blood' pay-per-view but was found dead in his hotel room.
Brain Pillman was a great wrestler and athlete. He will never be forgotten.
The Montreal Screwjob was the real life double-crossing of defending WWE Champion Bret Hart by Vince McMahon, the owner of the WWE, during the main Survivor Series match held on November 9, 1997 in Montreal, Canada.
This was one of the most talked about situations in wrestling history and is still talked about today.
Bret Hart was leaving for WCW and would not lose the Championship in his hometown, planning on giving it up the next night. Vince McMahon agreed, but decided he had to do what was best for the company. That's how HBK would win the Championship at Survior Series in the Winter of 1997.
This was a dark day for the business of wrestling and it showed how some things are not perfect.
Owen Hart's Death
On May 23, 1999, Hart fell to his death in Kansas City, Missouri during the 'Over the Edge' pay-per-view event.
He was the Blue Blazer and was falling down from the roof as part of his gimmick.
The accident scared a lot of people because they didn't know if it was fake or not.
Owen Hart feel more than 73 feet after the harness broke off.
It was the saddest and darkest day in wrestling.
Later, Jim Ross announced the death of Hart to the home viewers during the pay-per-view, but not to the crowd in the arena.
'Raw Is Owen' is the name given to a special live episode of 'WWE Raw is War' that aired on May 24, 1999, the night after Hart's death.
David Arquette Wins the World Heavyweight Championship
David Arquette shocked the wrestling world by capturing the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
It was the darkest and lowest moment in wrestling history and is still not forgotten today as it is talked about all the time. Sadly it is in the record books forever.
David Arquette won the Championship to promote a movie called 'Ready to Rumble' and is one of the worst publicity stunts in history.
It is sad that WCW had to stoop this low and that's why it went out of business.
This is the darkest and lowest moment in history.
Eddie Guerrero Death
On November 13, 2005, Guerrero was found unconscious in his hotel room.
Eddie was beloved by his fans, friends, and family; he was one of the greatest at what he did.
Eddie Guerrero will be remembered for the great things he did
Eddie big heart stopped the night before Raw.
My favorite wrestler was gone from this earth and will be sadly missed, but it is a dark day because of the drugs found in his body at the time.
Chris Benoit Double Murder and Suicide
The second darkest day in my eyes was the death of Chris Benoit and the problems around it.
One of the most respected people in the business had one of the saddest things happen due to drugs.
Chris was on the verge of winning the ECW Championship and making history as being the second person to hold the WCW, WWE, and ECW Championships, but it never happened.
I hope this will never happen again and I think we learned a lot from this and that the wellness program has gotten better since this.
Toxicology reports released on Jul. 17, 2007 revealed that at their time of death, Nancy Benoit had three different drugs in her system: Xanax, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone, all of which were found at the therapeutic rather than toxic levels.
This will be the saddest death in wrestling history right next to Eddie Guerrero death.
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