If there was something that should have been handled with kid gloves, it was in the coverage of the tragedy of the Benoit family. Let me just say for the record: I cannot blame WWE, the writers, or Vince McMahon for the way this all shook out. No one knew the circumstances surrounding the unexpected deaths, and there was no way to know that Chris Benoit himself may have been involved.
Let me say it again: there was no way to know.
That being said, if there was ever a string of bad luck surrounding one period of time, it was June 2007 for the WWE and more importantly, for those closest to the Benoit family.
The weekend of Vengeance: Night of Champions, the Benoit family was murdered, and not knowing Chris Benoit was involved, the WWE did what it normally does in the event of one of their performers passing: They put together a memorial show.
Vince even cleared the arena for the show, opting to make it a clip show. Under normal circumstances, it was to be expected. But these were not normal circumstances.
The facts of those deaths came to light, less than a day later.
The WWE was then forced to do something it almost never does: post a retraction.
In the end, there was no way to see the future, no crystal ball in which anyone could look to know what was going on, to know how to proceed appropriately. Given what they knew at the time, it was handled as well as could be expected.
Looking back, however, watching the tribute show is like watching a car crash on video: you know what is about to happen, and you want to say something, but you just can't.
There will always be these moments in life, not just in sports entertainment. The best thing to do is to learn from it.
I'm sorry I couldn't end this on a funnier or lighter note.