Thursday, July 19, 2007

# Posted 8:29 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

THE DEATH OF THE BENOIT FAMILY: I only heard yesterday about the murder-suicide in which pro-wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife and 7-year old son before hanging himself in the basement of their home.

As a longtime fan, I was shocked to hear what happened. The usual story is that a wrestler has died as a result of steroid abuse. Or some other substance. What Benoit did just made no sense. But even if there is no logical connection between what Benoit did and the premature death of so many other wrestlers, this murder should serve as a wake up call. There is something profoundly wrong with pro-wrestling and the way it takes the life of so many performers.

If enough fans keep telling the wrestlers and the executives that we won't accept entertainment at this price, then maybe they'll get the message.

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