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"Irvin Muchnick is hell-bent on discovering the essence of the cover-ups. [H]e provides more details and more insights that ultimately increase frustrations, but at the same time, must be examined if you choose, like myself, to claim to be an informed fan of an industry that had its blissful ignorance torn to shreds."  —Wrestling Observer



"Incredible retelling of the tragic story . . . Highly recommended."  —Georgia Wrestling Online



"The tragic events surrounding the Benoit murder-suicide calls out for greater scrutiny, and Muchnick painstakingly obliges."  —Alternative Weekly Network


"A great read for anyone who cares about wrestling or is interested in true crime."  —Bookgasm.com


"An extremely well written account . . . the best book published on the subject to date. Trust me when I say there is a lot to be learned in reading this book."  —PW Mania

About the Author

Irvin Muchnick is the author of Wrestling Babylon and the coauthor of Benoit. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Penthouse, and the Village Voice. He is the nephew of legendary wrestling promoter Sam Muchnick. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550229028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550229028
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irvin Muchnick is author of CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling's Cocktail of Death (2009) and WRESTLING BABYLON: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal (2007). He is a widely published magazine journalist and has appeared on forums as diverse as Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor," National Public Radio's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," and ESPN's "Up Close." Muchnick is lead respondent in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case for freelance writers' rights, Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick.

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I remember tuning into Monday Night Raw, WWE's flagship show, on June 25th 2007 to find it was a tribute show to WWE superstar Chris Benoit who had been found dead earlier that day along with his wife and young son. My blood turned cold and my skin broke out in goosebumps. I couldn't believe what I was seeing and quickly logged onto the internet to validate that this was real and not some twisted storyline (up until their recent change to a more PG rated product there was very little off limits in terms of WWE storylines including such topics as necrophilia, gay rape, wrestlers being covered in excrement and, ironically, the week previous to June 25th's episode the murder of WWE chairman Vince McMahon). Unfortunately, this was no storyline.
It's unfortunate that in my tenure as a wrestling fan that a whole bunch of my favorite wrestlers have died while still young including such greats as David Smith aka 'The British Bulldog', Curt Hennig aka 'Mr Perfect' and more recently Eddie Guerrero. What's even more unfortunate is that the passing of these lives occurred without much scrutiny from the media in general. All that changed with the Benoit tragedy.
If you're not familiar with Chris Benoit, or somehow missed the media explosion following the murder-suicide, he was regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of his era. He was a former WWE champion and looked upon as being a role model to fans and younger wrestlers learning their craft. Outside the squared circle he was known as a very humble and reserved man who always found time to pose for pictures, and sign autographs, for his fans.
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I'll readily admit that I don't follow professional wrestling at all...but this book is a tremendous effort by Irv Muchnick. He pulled out all of the stops in his investigative efforts, from filing Freedom of Information Act requests, to interviewing many of the key players who were involved in the Benoit investigation. He's left no stone unturned, as he reveals all of the text messages, public statements, and official documents to back up his words. He proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt that the WWE was well aware of the fact that this was a grisly double murder/suicide, even as they went to air with their Benoit Tribute episode - and that's not all! The book reads like any good true crime novel, but has the added elements of the author speaking to you in first person at times, describing the various walls he hit, and the attempts at a cover up, that he experienced during the investigative process.

Whether you're a fan of professional wrestling, true crime, or just a good story, this book doesn't let you down.
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Irv Muchnick's latest book about Chris & Nancy Benoit is an in-depth look at the dark side of professional wrestling. Muchnick has gone above and beyond in doing research for his book, interviewing dozens of people associated with the murder-suicide, and bringing a level of investigative journalism to a subject usually relegated to fluff stories. I recommend this book to anyone interested in what happened to Chris Benoit, but also those who are interested in true crime books.
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I liked this book in the beginning but just when I thought he was going to go more in depth about the Benoit family all he did was keep beating an old drum(by then) about what the WWE did wrong. It would have been nice to have heard about who Chris, Nancy, & Daniel were as people. He gives almost no background on any of them. He had access to Chris' father but all he used was one anecdote from his childhood. So many more interesting things he could've written about besides how horrible the WWE is for waiting a day before checking on the family. His literary style was difficult to read and somewhat old fashioned. Sometimes he didn't make sense. I just couldn't figure out what he was trying to say. Then on the bottom of a bazaillion pages is info about buying his DVD which has the police records, etc. I'm no wrestling fan so take my review for what it is. However, I do know a thing or two.
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I grew up in the early 1980's when wrestling hit its peak in terms of popularity and entertainment value. What drew me in during that era of Hogan, Snuka, and the Junkyard Dog was the sheer fun of it all. Sure, there was an element of danger to it, but there was still a bit of wholesomeness with even the scariest of the bad guys like King Kong Bundy, perhaps due to the cartoonish quality the characters had. By the 1990's, wrestling (and more specifically the WWF--later WWE--had sucked all the fun out of everything and made it all about money. Wrestlers were taking steroids like never before, pushing themselves more and more over the line. It was no longer family entertainment. Instead, it became something sick and twisted. No story better exemplifies this than the cautionary tale of the Benoits.

Since I was also a bookworm growing up, I eagerly sought out and consumed any book I could find on wrestling. Most of them were terrible, with bad writing and shoddy structures. Not so with this book. Not only is the story compelling, but Muchnick writes it like a true writer with a firm command of language and knowledge of his subject. By far the best book I've ever read on wrestling, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in wrestling, crime stories, or just good writing.
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