25 Facts About Chris Benoit

1. Chris Benoit was close friends with Dean Malenko as the trio travelled from promotion to promotion together putting on matches, eventually being dubbed the "Three Amigos" by commentators.

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2. Chris Benoit married twice, having two children by his first wife, Martina.

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3. Chris Benoit missed the weekend house shows, telling WWE officials that his wife and son were vomiting blood due to food poisoning.

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4. Chris Benoit was given one last chance at the US title at No Way Out and won it by making Booker submit to the Crippler Crossface, ending the feud.

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5. Chris Benoit wrestled in two matches at Bad Blood in his respective rivalries; he and Edge failed to regain their World Tag Team title while he successfully defended the World title against Kane.

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6. On March 14, 2004, at WrestleMania XX, Chris Benoit won the World Heavyweight Championship by forcing Triple H to tap out to his signature submission move, the Crippler Crossface, in a highly acclaimed match.

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7. Chris Benoit became only the second WWE performer to win the Royal Rumble as the number one entrant along with Shawn Michaels.

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8. Chris Benoit missed the next year due to his neck injury, missing the entire Invasion storyline.

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9. Chris Benoit gained some amount of revenge after beating Angle in a "Ultimiate Submission" match at Backlash.

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10. In early 2001, Chris Benoit broke away from The Radicalz and turned face, feuding first with his former stablemates and then with Kurt Angle, whom he wrestled and lost to at WrestleMania X-Seven.

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11. Chris Benoit won the Intercontinental title three times between April 2000 and January 2001.

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12. Chris Benoit simultaneously entered into a long-running feud with Jericho for the Intercontinental title, with the two meeting at Backlash, Judgment Day and SummerSlam; Benoit winning all three matches.

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13. Chris Benoit went up 3 to 1 before Booker caught up, forcing the 7th and final match on Monday Nitro.

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14. Chris Benoit spent some time in ECW feuding with The Steiner Brothers and rekindling the feud with 2 Cold Scorpio.

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15. Chris Benoit was booked as a dominant wrestler there, gaining notoriety as the "Crippler" after he put Rocco Rock out.

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16. In 1994, Chris Benoit began working with Extreme Championship Wrestling in between tours of Japan.

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17. Chris Benoit went on to win the inaugural Super J-Cup tournament in 1994, defeating Black Tiger, Gedo, and The Great Sasuke in the finals.

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18. Chris Benoit spent the next couple years in Japan, winning the Best of the Super Juniors tournament twice in 1993 and 1995.

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19. Chris Benoit eventually lost the title in November 1990 back to Liger, forcing him to reinvent himself as Wild Pegasus.

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20. Chris Benoit made his Japanese debut in 1986 under his real name.

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21. Chris Benoit began his career in 1985, in Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling promotion.

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22. Chris Benoit trained to become a professional wrestler in the Hart family "Dungeon", receiving education from family patriarch Stu Hart.

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23. Chris Benoit was born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Michael and Margaret Benoit.

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24. Chris Benoit headlined multiple pay-per-views for WWE, including a victory in the World Heavyweight Championship main event match of WrestleMania XX in 2004.

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25. Chris Benoit was the 2004 Royal Rumble winner, joining Shawn Michaels as the only two men to win a Royal Rumble as the number one entrant.

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