The news wires are running a story that wrestler Chris Benoit’s Wikipedia entry was altered to reflect his wife’s death several hours before the authorities discovered the grizzly scene. The change stated that the wrestler had missed a match two days earlier because of his wife’s death. This is a bizarre twist in an already bizarre and sad story.

Maybe even more bizarre is that the IP address used to leave the update was registered in Stamford, Connecticut, where World Wrestling Entertainment is based. While this may indeed be coincidental it certainly is curious.

Apparently the cops are also interested in Chris Benoit’s family doctor, who also happens to be a friend. Rather than just asking Dr. Phil Astin what he knew about Chris Benoit’s steroid use, they went the whole hog, and raided his office. Boy that has to hurt your credibility in the local community!

According to Dr. Astin, Benoit suffered from low testosterone levels. Even more curious is that this doctor was a long time friend of Benoit, and State medical records show that Astin’s privileges were suspended for three months in 2001 at a Georgia hospital for “reasons related to competence or character.”

One cannot infer too much from that comment, but I’ll bet it was not for taking the last cup of coffee and not making a new pot!

Professional wrestling (although why they call it that beats me) is neither sport nor entertainment. Roid’ed guys with IQ’s that match their ‘hat size’ pretend to pummel each other, while augmented blondes cheer them on.

Sad though this story is, maybe the silver lining will be a greater scrutiny of this sport entertainment activity.

Simon Barrett

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