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Flashback: Former WWE Champion Says Chris Benoit Didn’t Have Brain Damage

Chris Benoit WWE 2007

• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (January 03, 2000) – WWF RAW IS WAR

On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.

It was broadcasted from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2000’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. The Dudley Boyz vs. Too Cool

2. Kurt Angle vs. Kane

3. Chyna vs. Hardcore Holly

4. World Heavyweight Title: Triple H vs. The Big Show

5. Prince Albert & Big Boss Man vs. Test, Mae Young & Fabulous Moolah

6. The Acolytes vs. The Dudley Boyz

7. Steel Cage Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Al Snow

8. The Rock vs. The New Age Outlaws & X-Pac

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• Flashback: Former WWE Champion Says Chris Benoit Didn’t Have Brain Damage

In this flashback article, we take a look at an old shoot interview with former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio, where Mysterio talked about Chris Benoit.

Below are the highlights:

Host: I want to talk a little bit about Chris Benoit. It’s been said that after Eddie (Guerrero) passed away, Chris was never the same. Would you agree?

Mysterio: I had the opportunity to travel with Chris a good while after Eddie passed. And Chris was a very, very quiet guy. I mean he didn’t speak much. He spoke to you if he liked you or he would laugh spontaneously. But I think if you really read him and you knew him from the past, you knew that he was hurting and that he missed Eddie. There was no doubt about it.

Host: What are your thoughts on the Benoit family tragedy? What do you think happened?

Mysterio: I have no idea, no clue. At the time the more I was trying to put the pieces together, I just came to the conclusion like why? Why do I even need to put the pieces together! There’s just no sense of doing it. I’m no one to judge. Only the man upstairs is the one who judges and at the end of the day you have to speak to him when it all comes down to it.

Host: Do you think that Chris might have had brain damage?

Mysterio: No, I don’t. I personally don’t think so. I mean, I wasn’t one of his friends that knew him the longest, so I have no idea. But again, that’s something that didn’t concern me to try to put everything together. It’s just whatever happened, happened and it was just very hard for us to to digest it. And I do know this, I know that Eddie and Chris are now together. That’s for sure.

Host: How do you feel about WWE writing about their history?

Mysterio: That’s a hard position, man. You’re between a rock and a hard place. As a company, whatever it is they had to do, they had to do it. I don’t think they did it because they wanted to. I think they did it because they had to.

Host: How should Chris be remembered?

Mysterio: As a great performer that he was. He didn’t show that much emotion. I’ll tell you what, the best way to remember Chris is the picture that they have with him and Eddie in the center of the ring with all the confetti coming down. That’s the best way to remember him.

Host: How do you feel about his son wanting to get into the business? Do you think he’s gonna have a really tough time getting into the business?

Mysterio: His son hung out a lot with my son when my kid was doing the angles. And they would go around wrecking stuff backstage in the locker rooms and they had a ball man.

So I truly believe that he deserves an opportunity. I’m the type that I don’t believe on whatever your father does should affect your son’s future. I wish he gets an opportunity. I really do.

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