Archive for June, 2009

Coverage of Benoit Wrongful-Death Suit (at SLAM! Wrestling)

Published June 12th, 2009, Uncategorized

On Wednesday the family of Chris Benoit’s wife Nancy brought down the civil litigation hammer, filing a wrongful-death lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Newnan, Georgia, over the June 2007 murders by Chris of Nancy and their son Daniel (which were followed by Chris’s suicide). But as was speculated in this space on Tuesday [Second […]

Nancy Benoit’s Family Sues Dr. Astin

Published June 11th, 2009, Uncategorized

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Nancy Benoit’s parents, Maureen and Paul Toffoloni, have sued Dr. Phil Astin and “three unnamed drug distributors” for wrongful death. See According to the newspaper — I haven’t yet seen the court filing myself — the family seeks “financial damages to cover the ‘full value’ of the deceased lives, […]

‘Requiem for Black Oak Books’ (full text from Beyond Chron)

Published June 11th, 2009, Uncategorized

[originally published at Beyond Chron on June 9,] By Irvin Muchnick Yet another venerable independent bookstore, Berkeley’s Black Oak Books, has closed its doors. This one hits home: in 2007 Black Oak kindly hosted the launch reading for my first book, Wrestling Babylon. The demise of Black Oak, like that two years ago of […]

Batista, Master of the Torn Triceps … And Bicep

Published June 11th, 2009, Uncategorized

WWE star Batista is out of action, yet again. This time it’s a torn bicep requiring surgery, with a recovery estimate of at least four months. In November 2007 I cheekily headlined a blog item “Batista, Master of the Torn Triceps.” I noted that Batista on at least two occasions was stricken with that injury, […]

Great Moments in Email

Published June 10th, 2009, Uncategorized

SHAWN RYU: Hello, I read your article on Slam! website, and to be honest, I find it harder and harder to read your articles each and every time you publish one on the website. Your hate for WWE and McMahons are simply ridiculous. I am not their biggest fan or anything, but the tone of […]