So the WWE has finally acknowledged the existence of Chris Benoit in their book Celebrating 50 Years of Sports Entertainment. It’s a small little bit but it’s something.
Benoit is such a divisive figure, for obvious reasons, but I’ve thought that ignoring him or straight up trying to remove him from the history of the company was a bit extreme. Maybe this is the course correction. To me, acknowledging his place in history and his matches isn’t excusing what he did to his family. Nothing will ever do that.
Admittedly I am still a fan of Benoit’s wrestling career. He was one of the greatest in-ring performers to ever live and along with guys like Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mystero, Chris Jericho, and Dean Malenko, he helped inspire an entire generation of wrestlers. If it wasn’t for those guys, we might not have gotten the likes of Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn, or Dean Ambrose.