Chris Benoit – 10 Shocking Facts You Didn’t Know About

If you were around in January of 2007, there was not a doubt that Chris Benoit was one of the most respected wrestlers in the WWE.

A multiple time champion, and long-term veteran of the sport, Benoit had solidified his place as one of the most technical wrestlers of all time.

There may not have been a better wrestler on the roster, and while he had his fair share of injury concerns, there was still reason to believe Benoit could get down with the best of them. Dave Meltzer, one of the most respected names in the wrestling writing world, had awarded Benoit the award of best technical wrestler in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2003 and 2004. Hard to deny Benoit when he would yell “”I am the greatest technical wrestler in the history of the WWF!…Prove me wrong!”

His long standing in the WWE also allowed Benoit to make several close friends. One of the most iconic moments in wrestling’s history was Benoit and Eddie Guerrero holding up their respective championships at WrestleMania 20. Yet the wrestling world, and Benoit in particular, were devastated with the passing of Eddie Guerrero in 2005.

When Benoit lost his long-term friend in 2007, his sister in law Sherri Martel described it as being the final blow before everything happened.

What happened exactly, was Chris Benoit murdered his wife, Nancy, and their 7-year-old son before taking his own life.

The incident left an incredible void in the WWE. Not only was Benoit an outstanding talent, but the awful nature of such an event is hard to even begin to imagine, especially coming from someone who was so respected.

There were a lot of ups, but clearly some very real demons that plagued Chris Benoit throughout his life until he decided to take these drastic actions in June of 2007.

Here are 10 things that you might not know about the legacy, and the fallout of the life of Chris Benoit.

10. Benoit Wanted To Open A Wrestling School

While Benoit’s life came to a shocking and sudden end, it may not have been long until he stepped away from the WWE like he had hoped to do. Chris Benoit’s sister-in-law, Sandra Toffoloni, stated in an interview that Benoit had plans to start his own wrestling school and had even started doing some merchandising.

Instead, the WWE started to talking to Benoit about making another championship push on the show and the wrestling school idea never turned to fruition. Given the extreme talent level that Benoit had for a variety of different wrestling styles, you can imagine it would have been an outstanding school.