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Chris Benoit (1967 - 2007)

Real Name - Christopher Michael Benoit
Lifespan - 5/21/1967-6/25/2007
5'10" 218 lbs. - Edmonton, AB

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - (Hart Brothers Wrestling School); (New Japan Dojo)

Professional Background - Stampede(`85-`86), New Japan(`87-`99), Stampede(`88-`89), UWA(`91), CWA(`91), WCW(`93) ECW(`94-`95), WCW(`95-`00), WWF/WWE(`00-`07)

AliasesPegasus Kid, Wild Pegasus

Groups - Junior Horsemen, Triple Threat, Four Horsemen, Revolution, The Radicalz

Peak Years - `90-`99


Finisher(s) - 
- Crippler Crossface
- Flying Headbutt
- Sharpshooter
- Dragon Suplex
- Tombstone
- Wildbomb (Pinning Powerbomb)

Favorites - 
- Rolling German Suplexes
- Dropping Back Suplex
- Snap Suplex
- Running Back Elbow
- Chop


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set10 
 Science
 Aerial
 Power10 
 Strikes10 

Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling10 
 Bumping
 Carrying10 
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Before June 25, 2007, Chris Benoit was one of the most highly regarded and highly respected professional wrestlers in the world. He was one of the very best in-ring performers that the business had ever seen and he left an impact on the sport in that regard. The drive that pushed him to become one of the best was admired by many of his peers.  He idolized the Dynamite Kid as he came up in the sport and became not only a great imitation, but a new and improved version.  Following his early years with Stampede, Benoit headed to New Japan’s Dojo.  It turned him into a tremendous worker in his early 20s.  He had an excellent run there, in Mexico battling Villano III and in Europe before finding a home in WCW.  Throughout the late 1990s, Chris Benoit climbed the ranks from a widely respected junior to a WCW Champion who got over almost entirely on his in-ring work.  He and a few other disgruntled employees walked out on the company to join the WWF.  He was inconsistently pushed until returning from a neck injury.  In 2004, Benoit was given one of the most memorable pushes of all-time winning the Royal Rumble and going on to capture the World Championship in the main event of WrestleMania.  The following few years were a roller coaster ride.  Tragically, Benoit's personal problems took a horrific turn in 2007 when he murdered his wife Nancy (former valet "Woman") and his son Daniel before killing himself. Although pro-wrestling has seen its share of losses from accidents, drug overdoses, suicides and murders, the nature of this story was unprecedented. Its impact on the sport will likely be felt in a way unlike the previous deaths. Someone who inspired many pro-wrestlers, garnered the praise of millions of fans and achieved great heights of success will forever be remembered for this tragedy.
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