Chris Benoit was a Canadian professional wrestler who achieved fame and success within the world of sports entertainment. However, in June 2007, he committed the unspeakable act of murdering his wife and 7-year old son before taking his own life in a devastating murder-suicide. The horrific details of this tragedy have been examined by many in the years since then, but now with the VICE documentary series Dark Side of the Ring we may finally get an insight into what truly happened that fateful weekend.
The media initially speculated that steroids or “roid rage” could have been a factor in this shocking incident. But recent studies suggest otherwise, particularly when examining Chris Benoit’s brain which showed extensive damage due to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a neurodegenerative disease which has only recently come to light as it affects contact-sports such as Boxing and American Football. It appears that Benoit may have developed this condition due to the years accumulated trauma from professional wrestling.
This documentary also allows us to gain some insight into Nancy Benoit – better known by her stage name “Woman” – who was a successful wrestler and veteran manager of several well-known peers. Her legacy still lives on despite her husband’s heinous actions which otherwise would have overshadowed it completely.
With its raw and sensitive approach to this case, Dark Side of the Ring is sure to offer viewers an intimate look at what really happened behind closed doors with Chris and Nancy Benoit. Through in depth interviews with their family members and fellow wrestlers who knew them best, we get a glimpse into their lives prior to that fateful weekend in June 2007 – giving us an opportunity to honour their memories in a more meaningful way than ever before possible. So don’t miss out on this must-see documentary special – take time out of your busy day and tune into Dark Side of the Ring for an authentic
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