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Remembering Chris Benoit

Ron Johnson@TLCCaptainSenior Writer IJune 27, 2007

 As this is a website that embraces the heart of sports—and not just the conflict and the drama—I felt it fitting to dedicate an article to the memory of Benoit, and to two other wrestling superstars whose lives and careers were tragically cut short.

  

 

Chris Benoit
 
For 22 years, Chris Benoit enjoyed a reputation as the most technical wrestler in the business.
 
After humble beginnings with Stampede Wrestling in Canada and as the Pegasus Kid in New Japan, Benoit got his first American break with ECW. It was on that circuit that Benoit actually broke a competitor's neck, earning him the nickname "The Crippler."
 
The handle would stick upon Benoit's arrival in WCW, where he became a member of the legendary Four Horseman. After multiple turns as WCW champion, Benoit briefly returned to ECW before his debut with WWE.
 
He went on to hold Intercontinental, European, Tag Team, and United States Championship belts, but it was Benoit's Heavyweight title victory over Triple H at Wrestlemania 20 that secured his legacy. 
 
Benoit's penchant for 'Toothless Aggression' always kept his superstar opponents at the top of their games. His fire will be missed.
 
 
Owen Hart
 
The son of the late, great Stu Hart and brother of the legendary Bret 'The Hitman' Hart, Owen Hart left behind a loving wife and children when he died in an in-ring accident in 1999.
 
During his WWF career, Hart held both the European and Tag Team titles, earned the King of the Ring title once, and won two "Slammy" Awards. 
 
His competitors and colleagues in the world of professional wrestling—to say nothing of his fans—will always hold Owen close to their hearts.  

 

Eddie Guerrero
 
The man known as 'Latino Heat' lived by a simple code as a professional wrestler: Lie, Cheat, and Steal.
 
Guerrero wowed fans all over the world with his charisma, but his illustrious career came to an abrupt end when he was found dead in a Minnesota hotel room just days after his last match.
 
Though tests were inconclusive, it was believed that Guerrero died from a chair shot suffered at the end of a bout with Ken Kennedy.
 
Guerrero's professional career was decorated with championships from New Japan, WCW, and WWE. His greatest achievement came at WWE's No Way Out in 2003, when he defeated Brock Lesnar for his first and only WWE Championship.
 
Guerrero's second-proudest moment came a month and a half later, when he celebrated best friend Chris Benoit's victory at Wrestlemania 20.
 
Last year, a group that included Benoit and Guerrero's family inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame.

 
If you watched it then, or are watching it now, please leave your comments to remember these fallen superstars. If nothing else, they deserve more than Benoit is getting from the Fayette County Sheriff s Department.
 

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