Irvin Muchnick — author of WRESTLING BABYLON and co-author of the soon-to-be-released BENOIT: Wrestling with the Horror That Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport — is the guest today (Wednesday, September 19) on the Internet interview show “Figure Four Daily,” hosted by Bryan Alvarez.
“Over the last ten years, an inordinate number of wrestlers have passed away. Some of those deaths may in part have been caused by drugs or alcohol.”
So begins a letter just sent to all former World Wrestling Entertainment performers by WWE chair Vince McMahon.
Much of the reaction to the report here of Randy Orton’s rumored suicide attempt in the spring of 2006 looks through the wrong end of the lens. This is typical of a mentality holding that the paramount value is to protect the business. In reality, such a stance is destroying the pro wrestling business.
Entertainment Tonight Canada will interview Greg Oliver, co-author of BENOIT: Wrestling with the Horror that Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport, airing in two parts on Monday and Tuesday, September 24-25.
“Congressman demands action” (http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news;_ylt=Ar8rP5eMW.FuvH7u2gqqKRo5nYcB?slug=jo-rawdeal092507&prov=yhoo&type=lgns) is the headline over Josh Peter’s latest follow-up at Yahoo Sports to his report on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Operation Raw Deal,” the biggest steroid and human growth hormone bust ever.
BENOIT: Wrestling with the Horror That Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport, by Steven Johnson, Heath McCoy, Irvin Muchnick, and Greg Oliver, has shipped from the printer to Chicago-based IPG Books, the U.S. distributor for publisher ECW Press.
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As work proceeds on my book next year about the Benoit murder-suicide, this blog will periodically share preliminary reporting on selected topics. Today’s topic: the mystery of Daniel Benoit’s Fragile X Syndrome.