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

November 18, 2013 by Daniel Bee

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About a week ago we revealed details on the new Shawn Michaels “Mr. WrestleMania” DVD and Blu-ray, which is on the way for release in February of next year.

Included in the article was the following official synopsis:

For 30 Years, WWE and its Superstars have created a pantheon of iconic WrestleMania moments that are immortalized forever in history- but only one man can lay claim to the nickname “Mr. WrestleMania”, Shawn Michaels.

Whether giving Undertaker all he could handle in a quest to break the streak, revolutionizing the business in a Ladder Match with Razor Ramon, or descending from the rafters for an exhausting 60-minute Iron Man Match with Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels always accomplished his one goal at WrestleMania. That goal was to steal the show.

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The synopsis refers to all 17 of Shawn Michaels’ WrestleMania matches being included on the DVD. However, WWE have been in touch with us and have stated that the WrestleMania 20 triple threat match (which Chris Benoit competed in) will in fact NOT be on the set.

WWE have confirmed with us that all other WrestleMania matches with HBK will be present. The February DVD/Blu-ray release will be a compilation of those 16 matches, along with newly filmed interview footage with Shawn Michaels.


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112 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
2 years 8 months ago

we want benoit

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[…] art I did come across a synopsis of the DVD content, which you can view via the following link [DVD Synopsis]. With the DVD featuring all of Shawn’s 17 WrestleMania matches, .his certainly seems to be a […]

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[…] Last month WWE confirmed that despite the above synopsis referring to “all 17″ of Shawn Michaels’ WrestleMania matches being included on the DVD, the WrestleMania 20 triple threat match (which Chris Benoit competed in) will NOT be present. […]

newt
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newt
2 years 9 months ago

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
2 years 10 months ago

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

Aaron
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Aaron
2 years 10 months ago

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
2 years 10 months ago

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

Aaron
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Aaron
2 years 10 months ago
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
2 years 10 months ago
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 »
Aaron
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Aaron
2 years 10 months ago
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
2 years 10 months ago

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.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 10 months ago
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 »
LaCourse88
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LaCourse88
2 years 10 months ago

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
2 years 10 months ago

You’re welcome.

JoeJoe
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JoeJoe
2 years 10 months ago

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.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 10 months ago
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 »
King Shabazz
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King Shabazz
2 years 10 months ago

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

Ryan
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Ryan
2 years 10 months ago

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
2 years 10 months ago

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.

anonymous
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anonymous
2 years 10 months ago

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
2 years 10 months ago
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 »
King Shabazz
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King Shabazz
2 years 10 months ago
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
2 years 10 months ago
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 »
LP1
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LP1
2 years 10 months ago

Why are you arguing with yourself?

manson.
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manson.
2 years 10 months ago

Amen.

Ryan Schmauch
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Ryan Schmauch
2 years 10 months ago

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
2 years 10 months ago

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

Aaron
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Aaron
2 years 10 months ago

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
2 years 10 months ago
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 »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 10 months ago
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 »
Anan
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Anan
2 years 10 months ago

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
2 years 10 months ago

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!

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