Are you ready to rumble?! Today Jack and J. J. discuss the dark underbelly of professional wrestling. Once your hosts warm up with a primer on wrestling lingo, they get into the meat of violence and murder. They end with an in-depth discussion of the Chris Benoit double murder/suicide. In the next episode, they’ll examine the reasons behind the inordinate number of wrestlers who abuse drugs, die early, or commit suicide.
Glossary of Wrestling Terms via Wikipedia
La Dama del Silencio
- Juana Barraza via Wikipedia
- La Dama del Silencio via prowrestling.wikia.com
- “Little Old Lady Killer handed 759 years in a Mexican prison” by Jo Tuckman. The Guardian (Mexico City). 1 April 2008.
Jimmy Snuka and DT Porter
- Jimmy Snuka via Wikipedia
- “Jimmy Snuka , or ‘Superfly’ of wrestling fame, charged in 1980s slaying” by Kevin Conlon. www.cnn.com. 2 September 2015.
- “Ex-pro wrestler stabs girlfriend to death: cops” by Philip Caulfield. www.nydailynews.com. 25 July 2013.
Hulk Hogan vs. Richard Belzer
- “5 Moments in Fake Professional Wrestling That Got Too Real” by David Dudhnath, Jason Iannone, Steve Hanley. www.cracked.com. 4 October 2012.
- “HULK HOGAN, RICHARD BELZER, MR T- INFAMOUS ACCIDENT LIVE ON TV 1984” by WESTWORLD ENTERTAINMENT. www.youtube.com. Originally posted 12 November 2009.
- “Legal File” by Claudia Puig. Los Angeles Times. 2 January 1990.
- “Victim in Trafficking Case Details Ex-Wrestler’s Control over Women” Author Unknown; adapted from article by Bryan Feagans. www.humantrafficking.org. 16 December 2007.
- “Pro Wrestler ‘Hardbody Harrison’ Convicted of Holding 8 Women as Sex Slaves” by the Associated Press. www.foxnews.com. 22 November 2007.
- New Jack via Wikipedia
- “10 Professional wrestlers who have killed people” by Renjith Ravindran. www.sportskeeda.com. 9 April 2014.
Chris Benoit (Note: we will discuss Benoit more in the next episode)
- Chris Benoit double-murder and suicide via Wikipedia
- “Steroids discovered in probe of slayings, suicide” by ESPN.com news services. sports.espn.go.com. 27 June 2007.
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