Chris Benoit Last Words To His Opponent
When you think of pro-wrestling tragedies, none is more significant than Chris Benoit and his murder-suicide. Much has been known about the effects on the human brain that serious concussions can have.
It’s evident that he changed over the years when you read or hear quotes from those closest to Benoit, and we’ll probably never know just how much the brain injuries influenced him. His last opponent in the ring, however, revealed what Benoit said to him in preparation for their match.
Chris Benoit’s last WWE match came in 2007. Just a few days before his death, against Elijah Burke. In a single game on June 19, 2007, five days before Chris Benoit’s death. Benoit and Burke faced each other.
Elijah Burke Reveals What Benoit Told Him
In a recent interview, Burke reveals what Benoit told him in the ring, in what turned out to be the final match for Chris Benoit.
“One thing Chris was big on, and hindsight is 20/20 on this if I could say, ‘oh, that kind of makes sense’, is just the fact that he said, ‘talk to me out there. I might forget.’ So, after everything that happened, when it came back that he had like the brain of an 80 year old with Alzheimer’s. That was like, ‘hmm, that is interesting’. In this business, I was always taught that we should communicate in rings. So, I didn’t think anything of it. That could have been a sign. Chris Benoit asking me to talk to him?”
Burke said there was no suggestion at all that the brain of Chris Benoit had degenerated, which was later discovered.
Benoit had faced the former WWE Superstar in an ECW match days before the latter’s death, a match that Benoit won.