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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: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

This is just yet another piece of trash that tries to blame the sport of pro wrestling for everything.
Jacob Fox
I found this a very difficult book to read due to the fact I was a big Chris Benoit fan and knowing what he done to his wife and child sickens me to my stomach.
Marc
We have all heard "a wise person learns from their mistakes".Evidently Mr. Muchnick didn't get the memo.
JohnBuford

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marc on May 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on November 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bobby O'Connor on December 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Meltzer on December 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lionheart on March 21, 2012
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What was wanted in a book concerned with this disturbing subject matter was more than just a detailed account of what in the world happened to professional wrestler Chris Benoit and his family, but also that the generally unasked questions about the murders be at least raised for public consideration: for example, did WWE wrestling executives know more about the murders than they initially let on? And if so, why would they hide it? And, is the death cocktail Benoit drank still in the hands of todays top performers (just as it remained in Benoit's grip even after the steroids-related death of his best friend, Eddie Guerrero)? Chris & Nancy satisfactorily explores these issues as well as other previously undiscussed holes in the story, along the way painting a mostly unbiased portrait of a seemingly normal man who ends his outwardly successful life by committing the worst act of criminality imaginable. Now, by refusing to name steroids and head trauma related injuries as the conjoined "cause" of the murders, the author succeeds in alienating himself from his subject's father and other surviving family members, but thereby approaches more nearly the truth of the matter (and so adheres ever more closely to the journalistic ethic). But neither does he take the opposition's viewpoint that Benoit was an abusive husband and father who simply went too far and "snapped" one night. For the most part, he simply presents the evidence and allows the reader to judge for him or herself, which is the proper approach. The more bizarre aspects of the case, meanwhile, are all enumerated and investigated with due diligence, so that the old myths are properly exploded in their time.Read more ›
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