Tuesday, June 3, 2008

More Mail Fun

The temperate language hyping this book on the death of wrestler Chris Benoit caught my eye:


Non-fiction book Ring of Hell lays bare the unbelievable true story of Chris Benoit and the global pro wrestling racket

Beverly Hills, CA - ”Many people consider the world of wrestling to be a harmless American pastime. Perhaps they should contemplate the alarmingly high death rate among its wrestlers. Phoenix Books presents author Matthew Randazzo V's behind-the-scenes expose of the World Wrestling Entertainment organization, Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit & The Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry. Ring of Hell is the story of Chris Benoit, the beloved WWE superstar who stunned America in June of 2007 with the bizarre double-murder of his wife, Nancy, and seven-year-old son, Daniel, in a tragic turn of events that ultimately led to Benoit's suicide.

While the outcomes of the WWE matches are pre-determined, the effort put into those matches takes a huge toll on the wrestlers' bodies. Ring of Hell reveals in heretofore unpublished detail how the pro wrestling industry tempted and encouraged a troubled man to embrace a lifestyle of self-destruction, which included years of heavy amphetamine, steroids, alcohol, painkiller, and psychiatric drug abuse. Benoit was a small man desperately looking to succeed in an industry dominated by giants.

Randazzo writes an uncensored account of how the industry aided Benoit in cultivating his basest qualities until they consumed him, merging the family man so many admired and the self-mutilating wrestling junkie into one. Randazzo conducts countless exclusive interviews with former employees of the WWE, divulging first-hand, eyewitness accounts of the rampant drug abuse, sexual misconduct, organized crime ties, and fatal contempt for the wrestlers in its employ.

Ring of Hell examines and answers the following questions:

What caused the catastrophic psychopathic breakdown of Chris Benoit?

Why does the pro wrestling lifestyle of international TV celebrities come with an occupational mortality rate worse than that of drug dealers?

What has been the daily reality of the average pro wrestler over the past twenty years?

Why have the McMahon family's business practices accumulated such a high body count, and why does it persist?

Are more tragedies like Chris Benoit's inevitable?

Is the pro wrestling industry unsalvageable?

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