John Cena recently took part in a Q&A session in Australia during which he spoke candidly about why WWE chooses to ignore Chris Benoit’s existence.
Chris Benoit was a huge part of WWE in the early 2000s, and a WCW Superstar before that. However, in 2007 Benoit murdered his wife Nancy and young son Daniel before hanging himself later that same weekend. Since that tragic event, WWE distanced themselves from The Rabid Wolverine, and everything he achieved for the company has more or less been wiped from their history. It’s something that doesn’t sit well with some fans despite what he did during his final days.
We can assume why exactly WWE ignores his accomplishments, but Vince McMahon and co ignore fans requests to shed some light on the situation ten years later, leaving many enthusiasts frustrated. Every once in a while, a wrestler will respond to these questions (most notably CM Punk spoke on the company’s stance during a 2011 panel), and at a Q&A session in Australia John Cena, of all people, explained the company’s stance on the whole situation.
Wrestling Inc reported that Cena had decided to answer questions about Benoit, and his comments explain WWE’s stance in a way that few could argue with. Cena said that people often get caught up in a person’s ability, an occurrence that transcends just WWE. He continued by saying “I believe you should take ownership for your actions. All of them. Not just ones that are performed in front of an audience. I think our company’s stance on the entire situation set a precedent for athletics and a precedent for entertaining of taking ownership for your actions.”
Benoit joined WWE in 2000 following a long stint with WCW. He is widely considered as one of the greatest technical wrestlers of all time, especially among his peers, and became a World Champion in 2004 when he won the main event of WrestleMania XX. It was the crowning moment of an incredible career full of hard work and one that is never acknowledged by WWE due to Benoit’s actions three years later.
John Cena’s comments on the Benoit matter are profound, and will hopefully go some way in helping fans understand why exactly Benoit isn’t mentioned outside of WWE Network replays. Inside the ring, Benoit unquestionably had a career that would have landed him in the Hall of Fame one day, but unfortunately what he did in his final days will forever overshadow what he accomplished as a performer.
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