As promised, I’m continuing my thoughts here…
I’ve watched my share of “talking head” shows over the past week. It’s apparent that a lot of people are talking – but very few are listening.
After each new note is posted regarding the investigation, media-types seem to fall over themselves to proclaim THAT as the primary cause.
For instance, the first guess was steroids. It HAD to be “roid rage!” A professional wrestler committed a heinous act, so it could NOT have been anything else besides steroids. Well, nothing about this tragedy implies rage and Benoit passed a recent WWE-sponsored drug test (which may or may not be as legit as you’d want it to be).
Next, it was the fact that Daniel had Fragile X Syndrome that sent Benoit over the edge. Well, new evidence shows that he DID NOT suffer from that.
This was followed by the evil doctor. We’re still not sure what went on there.
The thing is, I’m guessing there was not just one thing here to cause this tragedy. There were probably numerous things going in Benoit’s head, perhaps different substances coursing (or not) through his body.
It’s sad to hear about all the troubles that Benoit had…how erratic his life had become, and apparently, had been for quite some time. But since he presented himself to his fans and coworkers in a stoic, put-together way, he was not given the help he desperately needed.
If some good can come of this, I hope that it alters the sports entertainment landscape to protect the physical and mental well-being of it’s performers.
Perhaps WWE scales back from 4-5 live events a week to 2-3. Perhaps they can offer health insurance to their wrestlers. Perhaps they can have guidance counselors available.
I’ve studied the history of the genre a little bit. The vast majority of superstars used to travel constantly, but within a smaller region. Today’s Superstars roam the globe with no break, expected to perform in front of tens of thousands in the arena, in addition to millions on television. The pressures and rigors — and the stakes — have never been higher.