Archive for October 16th, 2010

Phil Mushnick, New York Post: ‘What McMahon’s Campaign Won’t Tell You’

Atlanta Newspaper Revisits Chris Benoit Story With Brain Trauma Perspective

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the major metropolitan newspaper near the scene of Chris Benoit’s 2007 double murder/suicide, has a new interview with father Michael Benoit restating his position that untreated brain injuries were the cause of the tragedy. See “Chris Benoit’s father: Murderous rampage resulted from brain damage, not steroids,”

The senior Benoit’s views are a restatement of  what he has been saying ever since doctors examined Chris’s post-mortem brain tissue and found that he had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. What is significant is the growing evidence of how widespread CTE is: it also turned up in the brain of the only other dead wrestler studied, Andrew “Test” Martin, and in football and hockey players. Moreover, many were suicides – or suicides in all but name – in which the public never would have considered CTE as a major factor, if not the factor, prior to the recent spate of new scientific research.

I’m not ready to go as far as Mike Benoit and assert that CTE was the sole reason for what happened in Georgia. But we’d all be crazy to dismiss that possibility in light of how much more we’re learning about the disease. Most crucial, I think, is how closely connected CTE and drug abuse may be in depression, with the former even leading directly to both of the others.


Irv Muchnick

WWE Medical Director ‘Dishonest,’ Say 76% in Wrestling Observer Reader Poll

Dr. Joseph Maroon, medical director for Linda McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment, told the Hartford Courant, “We have no talent now on steroids.”

The website of Wrestling Observer Newsletter and Figure Four Weekly polled readers on Maroon’s comment. The results are up today at

–When Dr. Maroon said that nobody in WWE is on steroids, what do you believe?
He’s correct and honest 4.3%
He’s being honest but he’s naive 19.5%
He’s being dishonest, doesn’t believe it and is just saying it 76.2%

All-Time Top 10 Most Visited Posts at This Blog

1. Muchnick Book Bonus: ‘In Bed With the WWF — Sex and Scandal in Pro Wrestling’, May 15, 2010

2. EXCLUSIVE: WWE Wrestler Eddie ‘Umaga’ Fatu Died of ‘Acute Toxicity’, March 1, 2010

3. Eddie ‘Umaga’ Fatu Autopsy: 406 Pounds, Enlarged Heart, March 18, 2010

4. Source: WWE’s General Counsel Suspended for Sexual Harassment, May 10, 2010

5. Linda McMahon’s Husband Vince Fought the Law, and the Law Lost (complete text as a single post), December 28, 2009

6. Linda Loses: Why Vince McMahon Blew a Gasket Yesterday, October 15, 2010

7.  Why Linda McMahon’s WWE Wrestlers Won’t Unionize: The Bret Hart Story, December 29, 2009

8. New York Times Falls for Both the Little Carnies and the Über Carnies, July 18, 2010

9. Mike Benoit (Chris Benoit’s Father) on Lance Cade’s Death, August 20, 2010

10. Will ‘Heel’ Vince McMahon Turn ‘Babyface’ After WrestleMania to Support Linda’s Campaign?, February 19, 2010

‘We Need to Be Challenging Dick Blumenthal If He’s Elected’

“Vince McMahon fights back as Dems attack WWE”

Brian Lockhart, Hearst newspapers

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October 2010