Exclusive: WWE Clarifies Inclusion of Chris Benoit in Future DVD/Blu-Ray

November 18, 2013 by Daniel Bee

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110 Comments on "Exclusive: WWE Clarifies Inclusion of Chris Benoit in Future DVD/Blu-Ray"

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kevin s
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kevin s

we want benoit

newt
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newt

cant believe ppl are actually arguing for the inclusion of matches that featured benoit to be of future dvds.

the guy did something horrible, he destroyed his own legacy.

Jordan Cassatt
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Jordan Cassatt

what would WWE do if Hulk Hogan or John Cena decided to go murder there family!?

AJ
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AJ

I know there are Benoit fan boys that cannot get past the fact that he murdered his son and wife. They want to blame his brain, the same brain that allowed him to have great matches. If you want some perspective on how mainstream fans think about Benoit, check out the comments of this article on Deadspin. Most people do not want to watch him and most believe WWE should completely disassociate themselves with him. Here’s a link, but Daniel if you have a problem, feel free to take it down.
http://deadspin.com/dead-wrestler-of-the-week-chris-benoit-1468485429

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Wrong! That’s not a mainstream person’s opinion. This guy writes a wrestling column and is the typical “fan boy.” And, let’s not get into the fact that the guy isn’t a very good writer and loves nothing more than to make himself look like a genius of the wrestling industry, not to mention the English language frequently using language way above the general internet reader.

Now, for a real mainstream perspective, check out:
http://socialtimes.com/a-storytelling-lesson-from-world-wrestling-entertainments-darkest-chapter_b130930

AJ
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AJ
I’m not talking about the writer, I’m talking about the comments. You can try to deny and talk yourself out of Benoit’s actions, but you cannot deny a large portion of the audience wants nothing to do with owning any more Benoit material. Why make them uncomfortable or turn them off from purchasing a DVD. Any person saying they’re not buying a DVD (Shawn Michaels’ in particular) is lying. If you really want see Benoit, you likely already own a DVD or can go to YouTube. I’m asking for one legit reason for it makes any sense on WWE’s part… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
As far as the people allegedly uncomfortable, I firmly believe that a great deal of them are making these claims solely to support the WWE who have chosen, on their own, to delete Benoit in spite of the chairman’s statement that he would be included in historical accounts/complete presentations. If WWE starts including him, it won’t negatively impact their bottom line. REASON #1 Why should we care about one segment of the audience (those supporting Benoit’s removal), at the expense of those wanting Benoit content to stay in? We all have fast forward buttons to use if we don’t want… Read more »
AJ
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AJ
I can tell you that I’m one of those offended. I was watching Survivor Series 2005 and couldn’t continue to watch Booker T vs Chris Benoit. How is that hard to imagine people not wanting to glamorize a murder. I think including him will not only hurt their bottom line, but bring unwanted criticism from wrestling and mainstream media. BTW, the link you provided is just finding some website opinion piece to support your argument. I’m looking at a larger scope from Deadspin. WWE hasn’t been hurt or lost a dime by not including Benoit, so other than appeasing diehard… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
If watching Benoit vs. Booker bothered you, sorry. But, you could have fast-forwarded or used the match as a bathroom break. When they take him out, NOBODY has an option. How is that better? It really isn’t and there’s no way anyone can tell me that having a choice is worse than not having one. Keep in mind that the comment section you’re asking me to look at is full of wrestling fans — something I thought would contradict your point of Deadspin being mainstream. The story I’m linking to is written by someone outside of wrestling circles looking at… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous

AJ, nobody cares if you were ‘offended’. You come across as a whiny brat who wants to have it your way, no matter what everyone else things. You state that mainstream fans don’t want to see Benoit. Wrong. I want to see Benoit. Who are YOU to take that away from ME? Use your fast forward button, and shut up.

Rob L
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Rob L

Thanks a lot Danny B! I’ve been sick so I’m just now seeing this article. I really appreciate everything you and the rest of your staff do. Keep up the good work guys.

King Shabazz
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King Shabazz

You’re welcome.

JoeJoe
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JoeJoe

When they put the boston marathon bomber on Rolling Stone there was heat , when OJ wrote a book called , “If I Did It” there was heat , gee , I can’t imagine WWE not putting a murder / suicide person on all future WWE releases.

King Shabazz
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King Shabazz

They need to put Norman Smiley on the cover of rolling stone magazine. He earned it.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
You’re comparing apples to oranges. OJ’s book upset people because it was seen as though he was rubbing it in people’s faces that he got away with the crime (which is the biggest problem so many people have with those murders). Notice how nobody has a problem that he’s still included in the Naked Gun movies. The Boston Marathon bomber had no business on the cover of a music magazine. It had nothing to do with the subject of the magazine and they only put him there for attention. Guess what? It worked. Benoit belongs on Michaels WrestleMania set for… Read more »
Ryan
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Ryan

Next they’re gonna only include highlights of Bret/Shawn, right? He’s in War Games ffs. Just cut the footage after HHH taps. That’s what they did to Lesnar/Taker Unforgiven 2002 for some stupid reason.

indyfan
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indyfan

Since i read up on the FACTS about the Benoit incident. i lean towards Chris Nowinksi and his institute and what they found out about un protected chair shots to the head and how it damaged Benoits brain beyond repair. The whole Benoit incident was a unfortunate thing and Benoit shouldn’t be taken off sets because of this. Im not saying he should have new sets come out centering around his career but christ WWE put a rapist in the HOF.

manson.
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manson.

Amen.

anonymous
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anonymous

They take him off sets because he murdered his family. *Why* he did it doesn’t matter. Your FACTS do not change this.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
That’s ridiculous. The reason for killing someone matters. If it didn’t, then how many soldiers would be considered murderers today? Instead they’re considered heroes. With that said, I’m glad you types finally acknowledge the facts concerning these murders — facts that even WWE now supports as evidenced by their newfound working relationship with the Sports Legacy Institute that uncovered the Benoit facts in the first place. The bottom line that we all agree on now is that Benoit was sick. If he wasn’t he wouldn’t have committed those murders. Should he ever be celebrated as a great wrestler? No. Should… Read more »
LP1
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LP1

Why are you arguing with yourself?

King Shabazz
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King Shabazz
It’s difficult to dismiss Benoit as a excellent (dare I say one of the best) in-ring performers. But it is just as difficult to dismiss his awful actions as a human. Ultimately, the wrestler and the person are one in the same. Story lines are the least of concerns here, I think. The position WWE should take as far as his professional contributions to the business & their acknowledgement of them will forever be HEAVILY debated. I say whatever route they go, be consistant: either include him on releases or don’t, but don’t pull this half-ass editing crap like it… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
You’re absolutely right. If they’re truly the professional, world-class company they like to say they are, they have to take a consistent approach. Anything else, including this flip-flopping with the Michaels WrestleMania compilation, comes across as amateurish at best. They should stick to McMahon’s own statements on the subject: “Vince McMahon Comments On Including Chris Benoit In New WWE History Magazine Posted by Ashish on 09.10.2009 Says we can’t pretend Benoit didn’t exist… In the new special edition WWE magazine titled “The Untold History of The WWE,” Vince McMahon comments on every era of WWE. When asked about Chris Benoit… Read more »
RCS1988
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RCS1988

Another interesting thing I read a few months ago, from Benoit’s sister in-law, that had Benoit not did what he did, he still wouldn’t be alive today. According to doctor’s, they said that he would have lived up to the end of April 2008, because of the way his brain was, and his heart was also aged rapidly to around the heart of a very sick 80 year old man.

rohfan81
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rohfan81

have any of you half wits ever bothered to READ the facts the PROVEN medical records?not just ride on your high horses and judge things and people and events that you have no idea about.Benoit was a very very sick man his brain was mush this was PROVEN by medical science,the doctors aid he had the brain of a 80 year old with advanced alzeheimers syndrome.So why don’t you self righteous dicks actually read up on the FACTS instead of taking the idiots in the medias side of things

Anonymous
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Anonymous
Since you mentioned the biased media, let’s also get that topic out of the way. The media couldn’t care less about Benoit, or how WWE chooses to use Benoit footage. The idea that the media would be all over them if they had a Benoit match on a DVD is ridiculous. Why would they? And, there have been plenty of athletes who’ve had also had checkered backgrounds — three of which are in the WWE’s Hall of Fame (Verne Gagne, Jimmy Snuka and convicted rapist Mike Tysen). Did anybody in the media paint WWE in a bad light as a… Read more »
AJ
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AJ

Yeah we keep hearing this, but could an 80 year old with a disease create and map out complicated matches, including the 2 out of the 3 falls match just a month earlier on PPV…I tend not to think so. Also, people with Alzheimer’s killing their family.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
First, most of the greats, including Benoit, have the ability and typically prefer to call most of the match on the fly with only a few spots pre-arranged. Second, it’s not as hard as you’d think to have a “mapped out” match. They generally work with the same guys so many times that by the time they’re put in the ring for a PPV, they’ve rehearsed so many of the same spots many, many times that all they really have to remember are the few fresh spots. Finally, Benoit wasn’t actually 80. He had a head injury that clouded his… Read more »
Anan
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Anan

Since they’re not having the WM20 match, they should have another match from anywhere just so we get 17 matches at the least. There’s tons of great non-WM HBK matches.

Jordan Cassatt
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Jordan Cassatt

if they are not putting all the matches then they should not release this at all! or at least dont associate it with wrestle mania!

J. S.
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J. S.

So, does the WWE delete all matches and segments involving Jimmy Snuka, too?
Chris Benoit was ill, a result from his wrestling style. Someone, who risked his life for entertainment reasons, is treated liked garbage. I would call the murder-suicide an accident. I doubt he knew what he did. Owen Hart’s death was an accident, too. But here the WWE would be happy to include Owen Hart matches in the DVD- and Blu-ray-releases. Hypocrites!

LP1
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LP1

LOL. An accident. It reminds me of the old George Carlin joke about the guy who killed everyone in his family, his pets, his friends and his neighbors. When asked what happened he said he was just cleaning his gun when it suddenly went off.

Accidedent. SMH. The Benoit trolls are out in full force in this thread.

Anan
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Anan

It’s sickening to see someone compare Owen’s death to Benoit’s. Owen did not kill his family and himself. Benoit did. Owen’s death was not suicidal. It was a tragic accident due to a stunt gone wrong. Benoit’s was a murder-suicide as he murdered his family and then committed suicide himself. No accident there.

King Shabazz
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King Shabazz

Accident? Matter of opinion, I guess. But it shouldn’t have happened. Something about the death of a woman and child at the hands of a man being an “accident” just doesn’t seem to fly.

LP1
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LP1
The Benoit apologists will use the “brain of an 80 year old man with alzheimers” as their justification why he did what he did. I’m sorry, but I don’t seem to recall reading many stories about 80 year old men with alzheimers killing innocent women and children, let alone their own wife and child. In order to kill a human being it has to be something that is already inside of you. The whole 80 year old brain with alzheimers thing has always been questionable to me because how can an 80 year old man with alzheimers remember things like… Read more »
LP1
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LP1

I have no doubt that the damage done to his brain after all the years in the ring was serious. No doubt at all. But to use that as an excuse is foolish thinking. Just like blaming steroids is foolish as well. The guy had serious problems beyond just brain damage and roid rage.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Really? Haven’t heard of an 80-year-old in a similar state murdering someone? Verne Gagne did it sometime after the Benoit incidents.

LP1
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LP1

Verne threw a 97 year old man on the floor. The guy was taken to the hospital and released a few days later. Unfortunately due to his age he was in such bad shape that he eventually passed away. Not even remotely close to the same thing as strangling two people and watching them die right in front of you.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Since you types seem to be so obsessed with how the media would blast WWE for using Benoit footage, how do you explain their ongoing usage of Jimmy Snuka? He’s been accused of murder and the investigation would very recently reopened.

LP1
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LP1

“Accused” of murder. A big difference than actually being proven that you committed murder and suicide. There was never any trial because there wasn’t enough evidence against him. So why should WWE take any action against the guy when according to the government he did nothing wrong?

The only people that really know what happened that day are Snuka and his girlfriend. And unless someone can find hard evidence that proves he did something wrong than he’s an innocent man.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
Well medical science has already proven that Benoit was in an incapacitated state, meaning he wasn’t of sound mind, yet that’s not good enough for you. And, WWE is now supporting the Sports Legacy Institute in every way possible which lends even greater support to the idea that even they acknowledge Benoit wasn’t acting the way he would normally act if he wasn’t ill. As a result, it stands to reason that since they’ve finally acknowledge it, Benoit should make a return to DVDs and complete show presentations. With regards to Snuka, they’ve recently reopened the case so they must… Read more »
LP1
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LP1
If by some chance they are able to prove that Snuka killed his girlfriend then yes WWE should give him the same treatment that they give Benoit. He should be included in complete Anthologies and full shows-only. I’ve never said Benoit should be removed from anthologies or full shows at all. So I’m not sure what your point was. This Shawn Michaels DVD, regardless of what the format is, is neither a complete anthology nor a full show. I’m fully aware of the SLI and the work they’ve done. I think it’s great that WWE is finally on board with… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
First off, when this project was initially announced the promotional material stated all of Michaels’ 17 matches would be included. Therefore, the Benoit match should be included. Second, Benoit is NOT a triple murderer. You cannot murder yourself, even if you nonsensical “logic” might appear to imply otherwise. Third, your momentary snap analogy is inconsequential considering Benoit’s overall brain damage. With that condition you can go in an out of normalcy. Fourth, if you don’t buy the medical science proving you can go in and out of normalcy when you are in Benoit-like condition, what if he wasn’t of sound… Read more »
King Shabazz
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King Shabazz

I pick you to be my lawyer! Take all these people to school!

RabidHeat
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RabidHeat

I personally believe the Benoit match SHOULD be included in the set, but such is the way of the world on this site these that I feel like I will just get flamed by these moral do-gooders if I dare to list my reasons why. It’s a shame. God forbid anybody presents the other side of the argument.

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