ARCHIVE 3/31/08: Muchnick’s Open Letter to Scott James and Chavo Guerrero: What REALLY Happened After You Got the Chris Benoit Texts?

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Dear Scott and Chavo: I am following up on voice messages left at what I believe are your respective cell phone numbers.

Muchnick’s Open Letter to Scott James and Chavo Guerrero: What REALLY Happened After You Got the Chris Benoit Texts?

Monday, March 31st, 2008

TO SCOTT JAMES AND CHAVO GUERRERO

Dear Scott and Chavo:

I am following up on voice messages left at what I believe are your respective cell phone numbers. This was discussed in my previous blog post “Scott James, Chavo Guerrero – Keys to Unlocking WWE’s Implausible Benoit Timeline,” http://muchnick.net/babylon/2008/03/29/scott-james-chavo-guerrero-%e2%80%93-keys-to-unlocking-wwe%e2%80%99s-implausible-benoit-timeline. (Isn’t technology wonderful?)

I don’t know if it was the two of you whom I reached live on those cells early Friday afternoon Orlando time. If so, and if you were trying to “work” me, my feelings are hurt. I would be especially disappointed in you, Chavo – many years ago, as a young fan, I watched your grandfather, Gory Guerrero, wrestle for my uncle, Sam Muchnick, in St. Louis.

Anyway, I’m trying again to get through to you. I gather it’s all hands on deck for tonight’s edition of Raw, a day after WrestleMania; no rest for the weary. But in the meantime there’s the little matter of getting to the bottom of the Chris Benoit story, nine months after he killed his wife and their son and himself.

I have one specific series of questions for you, Scott, and a more general line of questions for both of you.

SCOTT: Early in the morning of Sunday, June 24, 2007, Chris sent you (as well as Chavo) those cryptic text messages the world now knows all about. Yet according to the Fayette County sheriff’s logs of the calls on Chris’s cell phone, you sent the following text message to Chris hours later: “What time do u land?” That was at 9:26 a.m. (Eastern time, I think). A timeline released by World Wrestling Entertainment two days later would represent that WWE executives had booked Benoit on a Sunday morning flight from Atlanta to Houston. Therefore, a reasonable interpretation of your text is that you were asking Chris when his plane would arrive. The question is, why would you be asking that in the wake of his earlier texts to you? Did you really expect Benoit in Houston later Sunday morning? Or was there another reason for that text?

SCOTT AND CHAVO: The WWE timeline says you came forward with the Benoit texts at 12:45 p.m. Monday, June 25. Does that mean that you talked to nobody upon first receiving repeated mysterious messages containing only your good friend’s street address and notes that the dogs were in the yard and the garage door was open – all this after he had sounded strange on the phone and no-showed the Beaumont house show the day before? And does that mean, further, that you continued not to tell anyone, especially any of your supervisors at WWE, even as Benoit proceeded to no-show the Sunday night pay-per-view in Houston?

My phone number was left in my voicemail messages. If it turns out that those were not your cell numbers, you can email me at info@muchnick.net, and we can talk at your convenience. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Irv Muchnick

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