After a long break, Chris Benoit is back in the news due to the announcement of his biopic, “Crossface”. German director Lexi Alexander had recently been roped in to direct the film which is based on Matthew Randazzo’s controversial book Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry.
The film is indeed something that the entire wrestling business is eagerly awaiting as everyone wants a closure on the whole situation. With Benoit back in the news, this would be a great time to keep apart the tragedy that happened and take a closer look at the man. So here are some of the things that you probably did not know about the Rabid Wolverine.
1- The connection with Finn Balor
Back in 1986, Chris Benoit landed in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He did make his debut under his name that year in Japan, but three years later, Benoit wrestled under a mask and was known as the Pegasus Kid. He had some notable matches under the gimmick in Japan and went on to earn the respect there. Fast forward two decades, in 2006, Japan witnessed the second Pegasus Kid.
Finn Balor was the new wrestler under the mask. Wrestling with the same mask and name drew comparisons between Balor and Benoit. Balor, however, soon dropped the gimmick and went on to become a huge name in Japanese wrestling without it.