Chris Benoit's name can be considered a taboo in the professional wrestling environment. The circumstances that led to his tragic death - complete with murder of his wife and son - have completely overshadowed the fame of this extraordinary athlete.
The Canadian made his WWE debut as a member of a faction called The Radicalz and was one of the company's iconic faces between 2000 and 2007. Chris has achieved countless accolades throughout his glorious career, also becoming the twelfth Triple Crown winner in the history of the company.
He has won the Tag Team titles four times with three different partners, as well as being the winner of the Royal Rumble match in 2004. His most prestigious triumph came at WrestleMania 20, where Benoit defeated two holy monsters like Triple H and Shawn Michaels winning the World Heavyweight Championship.
Once Vince McMahon learned the circumstances surrounding his death, he had to be blacklisted by WWE. When the WWE Network was officially launched in 2014, there was no content referring to The Wolverine. Speaking to Lee Walker on the Perched On The Top Rope podcast, former WWE Network employee Marie Shadows finally broke the subject Chris Benoit.
"I can't deny that Chris Benoit has always been a very sensitive subject. We had to work a lot to understand which videos could be inserted and which ones could not. We had to be very careful what we put in to avoid problems.
A lot of people complained and insulted us for this fact, but we had to respect rather strict rules," explained Marie Shadows. Vince McMahon and WWE Network's policy on Chris Benoit has changed several times. "We workers followed the wishes of our superiors.
I remember that there was a great deal of uncertainty at the time. One week they told us we could put some content, while the next week they ordered us to remove it. We employees were also exhausted at some point."
The Rock praised Kevin Owens
When we talk about The Rock we are dealing not only with one of the most important superstars in WWE history, but also with a most recognizable character in history, a well-known Hollywood actor and profile with about 268 million followers on his Instagram account.
The wrestler occasionally participates in roles in WWE, is engaged in other issues and is obviously present only when he can in the company that launched and made him famous. It's been a while since we haven't seen The Rock on-screen in Vince McMahon's company.
Despite being absent from the world's leading wrestling company, The Rock interacts daily with WWE Universe fans and other superstars via social networks. In the last few hours The People's Champion intervened in a tweet from superstar Kevin Owens replying to a fan.
A fan posted a tweet saying his father was in intensive care, his father was a WWE fan he hated among company wrestlers Kevin Owens and Adam Cole. With a nice tweet KO responded to the fan by releasing the following statements: "Tell your father that I hope he will recover as soon as possible, deep down he knows he is a big fan of mine and maybe hums my theme song."
The posted message did not go unnoticed, had several interactions and retweets and was reposted by The Rock himself who praised both Adam Cole and Kevin Owens. Here is his comment: "We all beat John Cena, so we can't help but celebrate (The Rock commented in a funny way), also I wish your father to get better after this period and I must say that Kevin Owens and Adam Cole are two of the best in the world, so surely your father knows his stuff," concluded the well-known wrestler.
For both wrestlers the future could be outside the WWE: or rather, for Adam Cole his future is called All Elite Wrestling while sensational rumors have sprung up about Kevin Owens in the last hours, regarding his possible arrival in the company of Tony Khan.