In 2007, wrestling superstar Chris Benoit murdered his wife Nancy and 7-year-old son Daniel, then then ended his own life. Those closest to the tragedy never spoken openly, until now. From DARK SIDE OF THE RING. Don’t miss the 2-hour season premiere March 24 at 9p on VICE TV.
Dark Side of the Ring is a 2019 television documentary series about professional wrestling produced by Viceland. The series is about controversial subjects in professional wrestling, with each episode focusing on a specific event.
Benoit held 22 championships between WWF/WWE, WCW, NJPW, and ECW. He was a two-time world champion, having been a one-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and a one-time World Heavyweight Champion in WWE; he was booked to win a third world championship at a WWE event on the night of his death. Benoit was the twelfth WWE Triple Crown Champion and seventh WCW Triple Crown Champion, and the second of four men in history to achieve both the WWE and WCW Triple Crown Championships. He was also the 2004 Royal Rumble winner, joining Shawn Michaels as the only two men to win a Royal Rumble as the number one entrant. Benoit headlined multiple pay-per-views for WWE, including a victory in the World Heavyweight Championship main event match of WrestleMania XX in 2004.
In a double-murder and suicide, Benoit murdered his wife on June 22, 2007, his son on June 23, 2007, and hanged himself on June 24, 2007. Research suggests depression and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition of brain damage, from numerous concussions are likely contributing factors leading to the crimes.