10 things you probably didn't know about Chris Benoit
Chris Benoit is back in the news due to the announcement of his biopic, “Crossface”. German director Lexi Alexander has 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 something that the entire wrestling business is eagerly awaiting, as everyone wants closure on the whole incident.
Now is a great time to look beyond the tragedy and take a closer glimpse at the man. Here are some of the things that you probably did’t know about the Rabid Wolverine.
1. The connection with Finn Balor
Back in 1986, Benoit landed in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He made 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 plenty of respect there.
Fast forward two decades, to the year 2006, and Japan witnessed the second Pegasus Kid – Finn Balor was the new wrestler under the mask. As they wrestled with the same mask and name, a lot of comparisons were drawn between Balor and Benoit.
Balor, however, soon dropped the gimmick and went on to become a huge name in Japanese wrestling without it.