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May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 10/3/07: Cena & Steroids

John Cena, World Wrestling Entertainment’s top star, suffered a torn pectoral (chest) muscle this week and is scheduled for surgery.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 10/3/07: BENOIT Already Being Reordered by Booksellers

BENOIT: Wrestling With the Horror That Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport, by Steven Johnson, Heath McCoy, Irvin Muchnick, and Greg Oliver, continues to show strong pre-sales at a level unseen for independently published books about pro wrestling.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 10/19/07: Co-Author Muchnick Discusses ‘BENOIT’ in Radio Interview

Irvin Muchnick, one of the authors of BENOIT: Wrestling with the Horror That Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport, discusses the Chris Benoit double-murder-suicide, and the prospect of Congressional investigations of the pro wrestling industry’s pandemic of drugs and death, in an interview this morning on WOC Talkradio 1420 AM in Davenport, Iowa.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 10/19/07: WWE Lawyer McDevitt ‘Not Going to Dignify the Crap’ About Chris Benoit’s Concussions

An extraordinary article in the Canadian magazine Macleans, “The Concussion Time Bomb,” discusses in depth the possibility, recently raised by Chris Benoit’s father Michael and former wrestler Chris Nowinski’s Sports Legacy Institute, that mental impairment caused by brain trauma might explain Chris Benoit’s homicidal and suicidal rampage in June.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 10/20/07: Lex Luger Hospitalized

Former wrestler Larry Pfohl (”Lex Luger”) is recovering at Stanford University Medical Center in California from what was either a heart attack or a stroke.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 10/21/07: Why Walk on Eggshells About Chris Benoit?

I observe that almost everyone – including Steve, Heath, Greg, and our publisher, ECW Press – tiptoes around the subject of our book rather more gingerly than necessary.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 10/23/07: The Lost Art of Reading

A guy named Mike Jenkinson wrote a review of Benoit in which he states, “If there is one glaring omission …, it is that the book does not raise the possibility that Benoit had been suffering from brain damage.” I sent him a note gently pointing out that the book does just that in one passage.
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 10/26/07: Byrd Flies With Sports’ Newest Scam: ‘Hormone Replacement Therapy’

(First published October 24 in Beyond Chron, http://www.beyondchron.org/articles/Byrd_Flies_With_Sports_Newest_Scam_Hormone_Replacement_Therapy__5034.html)
May 13, 2009

ARCHIVE 10/26/07: WWE Lobbying: How SmackDown Does SuckUp

Hearings on drugs and death in pro wrestling loom from either of two committees of the House of Representatives. Let’s take a look at one area in which World Wrestling Entertainment, a billion-dollar corporation, is certain to be investing resources: lobbying.