Archive for August 26th, 2010

Author Muchnick’s Interview About Wrestler Lance Cade’s Death and Linda McMahon Campaign Now at YouTube

Irvin Muchnick, author of CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death, was interviewed August 25 on the Colin McEnroe Show on Connecticut Public Radio. The interview, which discusses the recent death of wrestler Lance Cade and its effect on the U.S. Senate candidacy of Linda McMahon, former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, is now available on YouTube at

Other videos on Muchnick’s YouTube channel,, include:

Irvin Muchnick Confronts Wrestling Legend Bret Hart (CNN’s Nancy Grace, 6/29/07):

Irvin Muchnick Discusses Linda McMahon and Death in Wrestling on WTNH (news report by Mark Davis, 3/23/10):

Irvin Muchnick Discusses Benoit on KRON 4 Evening News 10-4-09 (interview by Gary Radnich):

Irvin Muchnick on French TV’s “L’Effet Papillon” (France’s Canal+ network, 5/25/08; script text translation at ):

Irvin Muchnick on “The O’Reilly Factor” (6/27/07):

Watch Chris Benoit’s Father Tonight on ABC’s ‘Nightline Prime’

A preview at West Virginia Metro News:

Irv Muchnick

Must-Read Blog by Ted Mann of New London Day — Follow-Up to His Story on Lance Cade and Linda McMahon

“More on Lance Cade, McMahon and the fate of wrestlers”

By Ted Mann

Which “Eddie and Chris” was the late Lance Cade referring to in his recent podcast interview? Eddie “Umaga” Fatu and Chris Klutsarits (“Chris Kanyon”). Or Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit?

Mann: “Shocking, isn’t it, that the names ‘Eddie’ and ‘Chris’ can each refer to more than one wrestler who has prematurely died in the last few years?”

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Outrageous Death of Linda McMahon’s WWE Wrestler Lance Cade: A Resource Guide


FAIR GAME — Linda McMahon Answers the Question of Systematic Death for Entertainment Industry Profits With … Another Question


Concussion Activist Chris Nowinski Speaks Out on Linda McMahon


Late Lance Cade: ‘Addict’ (Linda McMahon’s Dismissal) Or Untreated Brain Trauma Victim (Plenty of Circumstantial Evidence)?


Keith Harris of Cageside Seats With More on Lance Cade


Mike Benoit (Chris Benoit’s Father) on Lance Cade’s Death


EXCLUSIVE: Chair Used to Batter the Late Wrestler Lance Cade Was Autographed by Shawn Michaels and Auctioned by WWE for $315


Linda McMahon’s Husband Lied to CNN in 2007 About WWE’s Elimination of Chair Shots to the Head


Did Linda McMahon’s Daughter Commit Perjury in Her Congressional Testimony?


Remember – Lance Cade Is the 4th Untimely Ex-WWE Wrestler Death During Linda McMahon’s Senate Campaign


Video of the Sick Head Chair Shot on the Late WWE Wrestler Chris Kanyon


Linda McMahon Lied, Dead Wrestler Lance Cade’s Father Tells Connecticut Newspaper

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The Hill: Dead Wrestler Lance Cade Story ‘Among Worst Yet for Linda McMahon … Hard for Her to Ignore’

“Father of dead wrestler targets McMahon

By Shane D’Aprile

The Hill

“The story is among the worst yet for McMahon when it comes to her WWE past and it’s one that will be hard for her to ignore.”

More on Ohio Columnist B.J. Bethel And Chris Benoit

Well ahead of the journalistic pack, B.J. Bethel of the Dayton Daily News penned a column headlined “Ex-CEO of shady WWE enters world of politics.” The piece was praised here on August 16 (“Ohio Columnist Cuts to the Chase on Linda McMahon, While National Media Fiddle,” , but I believe the link there to Bethel’s own words is no longer live.

Bethel told me his piece was prompted by having read another one by Mike Benoit several months earlier in the Hartford Courant. Bethel said Benoit’s comment “about the McMahons’ broken promises in regard to blows to the head was unsurprising given my experience in talking with her former employees. That the company would only stop the practice when McMahon declared for the race is typical of the family.”

Bethel added that he met Chris Benoit in the early 2000s when he was rehabbing from neck surgery in Cincinnati. “I was quite taken with his affable demeanor and his way of helping out other wrestlers. Many of the contracted WWE talent ignored the wrestlers who were there paying to go to Les Thatcher’s wrestling school, and had little hopes of stardom. These guys weren’t big, muscled dudes and were only there for their love of the sport. I remember coming into the building one night and spotted Chris working with this group of guys and it struck a chord with me. It was one of my favorite memories of covering the business.”

Irv Muchnick

Atlantic Monthly: Dead Wrestler Story ‘Devastating’ For Linda McMahon

“Dead Wrestlers Haunting Linda McMahon”

by Joshua Green

The Atlantic

“I’m in New London, Connecticut, where the screaming front-page headline in The Day, one of the state’s larger (and better) papers, reads: ‘DEAD WRESTLER’S FATHER BLASTS MCMAHON, WWE.’ The story is, in a word, devastating.”

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