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May 14, 2009

ARCHIVE 4/4/08: What Scott James Said About Benoit Also Supports the Daily News Timeline

What Chavo Guerrero told the authorities about his Saturday, June 23, 2007, conversations with Chris Benoit supports the detailed timeline of events published in the New York Daily News. It also raises questions about the undocumented assertion by WWE that company executives arranged a Sunday morning flight for Benoit from Atlanta to Houston. Last, it sets off the bullshit meter on WWE’s contention that higher-ups had no awareness of Benoit’s final text messages until 12:30 p.m. Monday, nearly a day and a half (and a Benoit no-show at the Houston pay-per-view show) later. What Scott James told the authorities leads to identical conclusions.
May 14, 2009

ARCHIVE 4/4/08: Benoit: Who Let the Dogs Out?

Let’s be careful with how we approach this next topic. In his bizarre text messages to Chavo Guerrero and Scott James in the early morning of Sunday, June 24, 2007, Chris Benoit said: “The dogs are in the enclosed pool area.”
May 14, 2009

ARCHIVE 4/5/08: Dave Meltzer: ‘The McMahon Family Itself Had to Know’

The April 10 issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has a story, on pages 17-18, playing off ours about WWE’s earlier-than-acknowledged information on the nature of the Benoit case after Chris, Nancy, and Daniel were all found dead on June 25, 2007.
May 14, 2009

ARCHIVE 4/6/08: Josh Stewart of the Long Island Press Pulls a Punch at Your Humble Blogger

On Friday I received a ridiculous email from Josh Stewart, who writes about pro wrestling for the Long Island Press.
May 14, 2009

ARCHIVE 4/6/08: Is WWE Exec Carl DeMarco Trying to Cover His Tracks?

Someone with a lot more knowledge than I about the inner workings of the house of intrigue that is World Wrestling Entertainment had this reaction: “The combination of the denial and running you down shows the campaign is likely coming direct from DeMarco, and that they have no defense. DeMarco is the type — clumsy in covering his tracks.”
May 14, 2009

ARCHIVE 4/7/08: Latest from Wrestler Drug Central

Last night Fox5 News in Atlanta reported that steroids, human growth hormone, and syringes were found in the attic of an area home formerly owned by an as-yet-unnamed World Wrestling Entertainment performer.
May 14, 2009

ARCHIVE 4/7/08: Author Muchnick to Discuss Benoit Developments in Radio Interview

Author Irvin Muchnick will discuss his latest revelations in the Chris Benoit case, and other developments, in an interview with Dan Kennedy on WOC Radio in Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday, April 8, at 8:35 a.m. Central time.
May 14, 2009

ARCHIVE 4/8/08: Chris Benoit’s Father on Tracy Smothers and Concussions

Much of the discussion about Chris Benoit, in my view, is misguided in that it’s demanding that people take sides on an explanation. Drugs? Concussions? The punishing travel and mental stress? Independent domestic issues? Few of life’s mysteries can be clarified by a single magic bullet.
May 14, 2009

ARCHIVE 4/9/08: There’s Support for WWE’s Sunday Benoit Timeline, After All

Tantalizing new information provided to me Tuesday by Fayette County law enforcement authorities does something that hasn’t happened in a while in my review of their investigation: it tilts the evidence more toward supporting certain aspects of World Wrestling Entertainment’s version of the events of Sunday, June 24, 2007, the day Chris Benoit killed himself.