Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit & the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry

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In Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry, author Matthew Randazzo V explores the events leading up to the grisly demise of World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Chris Benoit. In an unexpected, although not altogether surprising, fit of madness in June of 2007, Benoit strangled his wife, choked his seven-year-old son to death, and then hung himself from his own weight machine.

Beyond Benoit’s twisted story, Randazzo’s shocking exposé delves deep into the scandals and cover-ups of the global wrestling industry—where drug addictions, sociopathic superstars, and broken families are the norm and situations like Benoit’s are all-too-often ignored. Bringing to light previously unpublished stories of racism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct, and organized crime ties, at long last Matthew Randazzo V reveals the dysfunctional, sadistic underbelly of the multi-billion-dollar wrestling business, the Ring of Hell that ultimately engulfed Chris Benoit

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Born to one of New Orleans’ oldest and most colorful Sicilian families, Matthew Randazzo V is an investigative journalist and popular historian who seeks to discover extraordinary untold stories from America's underworld and unexamined subcultures.

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In June of 2007, the professional wrestling community was rocked by the suicide of wrestler Chris Benoit, after murdering his wife and seven-year-old son. In this wide-ranging expose, crime reporter Randazzo demonstrates that, among professionals driven to incredible levels of steroid, drug and alcohol abuse, Benoit was not unique. Benoit spent years in Canada and Japan enduring training that bordered on the medieval, eagerly employing steroids to achieve the industry's standard physique. As his star rose, so did the injuries and the chemicals; Benoit's signature move, a flying headbutt, was responsible for countless concussions. Culminating in a 2001 spinal injury that left him at risk of permanent paralysis, Benoit, like many other wrestlers, treated himself with copious doses of painkillers before returning to work for more punishment. Combined with a crumbling marriage, Benoit's life became a perfect storm of mental and physical anguish.... Wrestling fans will savor the industry gossip. --Publishers Weekly

Fans of the wrestling business will experience real shock and awe with Matthew Randazzo's new knockdown, drag-out page-turner Ring of Hell. This hard-hitting, no-holds-barred account of the industry takes a shocking look behind the curtain of a secretive subculture where performers die young, promoters get rich and broken families are the norm. --Mike Mooneyham, author of the New York Times bestseller Sex, Lies, and Headlocks and columnist for the Charleston Post and Courier

With all the zeal of a back-alley surgeon, Matthew Randazzo V wields the scalpel of reason to flay alive the corrupt, drug-addled, incestuous, racist world of pro wrestling, creating what is probably the first ever history of 'Sports Entertainment' that appeals to somebody besides wrestling fans. Alternately hilarious and depressing...Ring of Hell is a must-read. --K. Thor Jensen, author of Red Eye, Black Eye

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