We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
- Chuck Palahniuk
Before I begin, let me just say that this is not about Chris Benoit's final act.
I am not trying to justify what he did. There is no justifying that murder.
But recently, I stumbled upon some videos of the tribute to Chris Benoit after his death. After watching them again, I realized just how truly touching these videos are. They were filmed before the nature of Benoit's death was revealed.
Each man and woman had such deep-set emotion for this man. There was nothing faked or rehearsed about this night.
As this article goes along, there will be a number of these tribute videos. I implore you to watch them before reading each slide.
After that night, WWE stripped the company of any mention of the name Chris Benoit. It is a forbidden name that will never exist again.
While understandable by a business standpoint, this is a mistake.
His actions in his death were horrendous, but they were not worthy of destroying his legacy.
The legacy of a man who gave everything to his company.
The legacy of one of the most dedicated wrestlers of all time.