Archive for June, 2009

Benoit Anniversary — Why It’s Important (at SLAM! Wrestling)

Published June 10th, 2009, Uncategorized

The second anniversary of the weekend that will live in infamy — June 22-24, 2007, when Chris Benoit strangled his wife Nancy with a cable TV cord, snapped their son Daniel’s neck with a variation of the Crippler Crossface, and hung himself from a basement weight-training machine — approaches. Under Georgia law, the families must […]

‘Requiem for Black Oak Books’ … today at Beyond Chron

Published June 9th, 2009, Uncategorized

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 another Berkeley institution, Cody’s Books, is sad. Yet I confess that I […]

ECW Press Catalogue Page for ‘CHRIS & NANCY,’ Story of Benoit Murder-Suicide

Published June 6th, 2009, Uncategorized

The ECW Press catalogue page for Irvin Muchnick’s forthcoming book, CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death, can be viewed at:

Obama on the Wrestlingization of America

Published June 5th, 2009, Uncategorized

“I don’t find most of the cable chatter very persuasive. I’ve used this analogy before, it feels like WWF wrestling. You know, everybody’s got their role to play.” — President Obama to Brian Williams, NBC News, on “Inside the Obama White House,” June  2 [hat tip to Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter] I don’t find […]

CHRIS & NANCY Now Available at Amazon France

Published June 4th, 2009, Uncategorized

CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death is now available for pre-order from Amazon France. The link is For links to all other pre-order options (autographed copy direct from the author with free shipping, or Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, Amazon U.K., Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan, […]