Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit & The Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry

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In Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit & the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry, author Matthew Randazzo V explores the events leading up to the grisly demise of World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Chris Benoit. In an unexpected, although not altogether surprising, fit of madness in June of 2007, Benoit strangled his wife, choked his seven-year-old son to death, and then hung himself from his own weight machine.

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Overview

In Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit & the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry, author Matthew Randazzo V explores the events leading up to the grisly demise of World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Chris Benoit. In an unexpected, although not altogether surprising, fit of madness in June of 2007, Benoit strangled his wife, choked his seven-year-old son to death, and then hung himself from his own weight machine.

Beyond Benoit's twisted story, Randazzo's shocking expose delves deep into the scandals and cover-ups of the global wrestling industry-where drug addictions, sociopathic superstars, and broken families are the norm and situations like Benoit's are all-too-often ignored. Bringing to light previously unpublished stories of racism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct, and organized crime ties, at long last Matthew Randazzo V reveals the dysfunctional, sadistic underbelly of the multibillion-dollar wrestling business; the Ring of Hell that ultimately engulfed Chris Benoit.

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In June of 2007, the professional wrestling community was rocked by the suicide of wrestler Chris Benoit, after murdering his wife and seven-year-old son. In this wide-ranging expose, crime reporter Randazzo demonstrates that, among professionals driven to incredible levels of steroid, drug and alcohol abuse, Benoit was not unique. Benoit spent years in Canada and Japan enduring training that bordered on the medieval, eagerly employing steroids to achieve the industry's standard physique. As his star rose, so did the injuries and the chemicals; Benoit's signature move, a flying headbutt, was responsible for countless concussions. Culminating in a 2001 spinal injury that left him at risk of permanent paralysis, Benoit, like many other wrestlers, treated himself with copious doses of painkillers before returning to work for more punishment. Combined with a crumbling marriage, Benoit's life became a perfect storm of mental and physical anguish; unfortunately, Randazzo's broad biographical strokes (he saves details for pivotal matches) and wide focus on the industry's evolution make Benoit little more than a minor character in his own story. Wrestling fans will savor the industry gossip, but those interested in the how and why of Benoit's tragic murder-suicide will be disappointed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597775793
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     7
The Mark     9
A Small Man     21
Kayfabe     39
This is New Japan. It is like Soldier     63
The Boots of the Dynamite Kid     83
The Silent Assassin     97
The Money Mark     129
The Cult     149
Works & Workers     177
The Devil     203
The Empire     259
Falling Upwards     289
The Call     315
Thanks     343
Bibliography     345
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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    After a decade of sanitized wrestling books by the WWE, it was refreshing to read an accurate account of a profession that's not all fame & glory. I found this book to be on the same level with the autobiographies by Bret Hart & Chris Jericho. The sacrifice and abuse that is demanded by the profession of pro wrestling is an eye opener to any fan of this art. The author gives an in depth and vivid portrait of the road that Chris Benoit traveled on his way to fame & death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    A real Marks book

    I read this book a few times. The book sent chills down my spine about the wrestling industry. I grew up on wrestling and to read what goes on behind the scenes, it was terrifying. Grown men that put their bodies through drugs, sex, violence to the max to please "The Boss." It really opened my eyes and to be honest I have stopped watching pro wrestling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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