Archive for May 21st, 2009

Technical notes

After some hiccups, the Wrestling Babylon blog is back up and running on a new server. We even have the history of posts archived, albeit clunkily.

For now Wrestling Babylon is a no-frills site, but it will be adding some features. You can get here by either or

Also, our “mirror” blog, Chris & Nancy,, will mostly have the same posts as this one moving forward.

CHRIS & NANCY Pre-Orders

CHRIS & NANCY has an
October 2009
publication date. Pre-order
your copy now at
Or reserve your
autographed copy direct
from the author by sending
a $10 US deposit, via
PayPal, to Redesign

The site, the home page of CHRIS & NANCY, is in the middle of being redesigned with new features.

You are also invited to visit:

* CHRIS & NANCY blog

* Irvin Muchnick’s Twitter feed

* Irvin Muchnick’s YouTube channel

ECW Press Releases Cover of Irvin Muchnick’s ‘CHRIS & NANCY,’ Story of Benoit Murder-Suicide

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ECW Press releases cover image of Irvin Muchnick’s new book “Chris & Nancy: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro-Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death”

MAY 15, 2009. Toronto. ECW Press has released the cover image of its Fall 2009 book Chris & Nancy: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death by Irvin Muchnick.

“Chris & Nancy” is expected to be in stores around September 15th, 2009. An image of the front cover, along with the text of the back-cover blurb copy, can be viewed at

Exploring the steroid-fueled world of professional wrestling, this riveting chronicle uses public records, interviews, and investigative analysis to produce the authoritative account of how Chris Benoit killed his wife Nancy, their 7-year-old son Daniel, and himself. Equally revealing was the prelude – an industry lifestyle responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Benoit’s fellow performers, including his best friend, Eddie Guerrero. Eager for its profitable shows to continue without interruption, and desperate to head off calls for regulation, Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment, a billion-dollar multinational corporation, published contradictory and misleading timelines of what it knew and when it knew it.

New York Post reporter Phil Muschnick writes in the book’s foreword, “The Benoit murder-suicide was one of the most sensational crime stories of 2007, and it cried out for the scrutiny of someone with a longer attention span and more intellectual integrity than the local authorities, the media, and Congress brought to bear on it. If you can read what Irv has dug up and continue to turn your head, then your powers of denial exceed mine.”

Irvin Muchnick ( is author of Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal, and co-author of Benoit: Wrestling with the Horror That Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport (both ECW Press, 2007).
Media contact:
Simon Ware,
Publicity Director
ECW Press

Meltzer: Other Astin Dead Patient Was Probably Sherri Martel

In the current Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer covers on the ten-year federal prison sentence of Dr. Phil Astin, Chris Benoit’s personal physician, for overprescribing medications. I earlier noted that the harsh sentence was driven in part by information from the prosecutors that two Astin patients other than Chris and Nancy Benoit had died as a result of the doctor’s practices, and that one of them was Mike Dunham (”Johnny Grunge”). Meltzer reports that the description of the other dead patient suggests that she was Sherri Martel, another former wrestling personality.

Meltzer also has this:

“Chris Benoit’s father spoke after the sentencing, saying he was hopeful that all of Chris’ medical records would be made available to him, which the government wouldn’t allow with the Astin case still pending. Michael Benoit has been convinced that Chris’ actions were entirely due to brain damage from repeated concussions. The Toffoloni side of the family has privately believed that it was more of a drug cocktail, the combination of steroids and other prescription drugs, perhaps with concussions playing a part, that led to the what happened.”

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May 2009