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RING OF HELL: THE STORY OF CHRIS BENOIT & THE FALL OF THE PRO WRESTLING INDUSTRY BY MATTHEW RANDAZZO V BOOK REVIEW

By David Tees on 7/23/2009 8:37 PM
“To my knowledge Vince McMahon has never killed anyone, but he has unapologetically tempted hundreds who don’t know any better to pursue their own destruction and death for his financial profit.”

The quote above is the final sentence written into this book and it is easily the most complimentary thing said about the pro wrestling industry by author Matthew Randazzo V. Once in an elite audio hotline on PWInsider.com, Mike Johnson stated that this book would make a person hate the pro wrestling industry and I must say that this book does make me hate the pro wrestling industry.

The book features a wealth of comments from wrestling personalities like Billy Jack Haynes, Dr. Ranjan Chhibber, Paul Heyman, Dan Madigan, Scott Norton, Sheldon Goldberg, David Marquez, Howard Brody, Osamu Nishimura, Simon Inoki, Eddie Edwards and Bob Barnett. Author Mark Randazzo V also uses statements from various shoot interviews and books featuring Bret Hart, Tom Billington, Eric Bischoff, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Eddie Guerrero, Hulk Hogan, Chris Jericho, Dusty Rhodes, Bill Watts, Bam Bam Bigelow, Bobby Heenan, Cryme Tyme, Kevin Nash, Kevin Sullivan, Ole Anderson, The Road Warriors, Ron Simmons, Scott Hall, Shane Douglas and Jim Mitchell.

If you pick up this book and expect some form of fair opinion about the pro wrestling world, you will get one opinion and its all negative. As much as this book covers the life and wrestling career of Chris Benoit, it also covers the wrestling industry Chris Benoit was apart of. This book vilifies just about every aspect of the professional wrestling industry and shines no form of positive light on it at all.

Professional wrestling is described as a sex fueled, drug filled, ‘roid raged, death filled, wife beating, family crushing, soul crushing industry without a shred of potential hope for the future. Even one of the victims of the Benoit Family Murders, Nancy Benoit, is portrayed like a drugged up bitch, with little positive said about her at all.

Author Matthew Randazzo V also does his best to recreate the timeframe in which Chris Benoit murdered his son and wife, then himself later. However, instead of sticking to the facts of the case that was later revealed, Matthew Randazzo V inserts some potential fantasy ideas into the horrifying situation. For example, during his discussion on how Chris Benoit murdered Nancy Benoit, Matthew Randazzo V suggest that Chris Benoit may have lured Nancy Benoit to her death by using sexual overtones, but there is no way that Matthew Randazzo V or anybody else can determine the path to the way the deed was done, just the facts surrounding the death itself.

One thing I truly found interesting from the book is the authors attempt to dive into the psychological state of Chris Benoit throughout his wrestling career. The author goes into Chris Benoit’s mindset during the early days of his career and his mental state while training in Japan. The truly interesting portions of this book feature the authors look at Chris Benoit’s idolizing of Tom “Dynamite Kid” Billington and how his mental state crumbled shortly before the Benoit Family Murders.

If you are a person who is infatuated with learning about Chris Benoit and the Benoit Family before and leading up to the murders, then this book is a must read. A little warning before picking the book up though, you may wind up hating the world of professional wrestling when you put it down for good.

You can purchase this book in the PWInsider Amazon Store at the price of $10.36 for a brand new copy.

You can contact David Tees at bigtees360@yahoo.com