If you thought last week was dark, hold on to your spandex. In today’s episode, your hosts investigate some of the reasons why wrestlers have a significantly shorter lifespan, on average, than the rest of the population. Drug addiction, substance abuse, head injuries, emotional trauma, and suicide are all elements characterizing the intense lifestyle many wrestlers adopt. We cover the death of Owen Hart, and dissect the possible motivations that lead to Chris Benoit’s terrible final acts.
We’ve included a fun drinking-story about Andre the Giant, though. We hope that helps.
Opening Reading: 1 Kings 17:17-24 (KJV) via BibleGateway
- Anabolic Steroids (Adverse Effects) via Wikipedia
- “Steroids discovered in probe of slayings, suicide” by ESPN.com ners sources. www.sports.epsn.go.com. 27 June 2007.
- Dementia Pugilistica via Wikipedia
- “Wrestler Chris Benoit Brain’s Forensic Exam Consistent with Numerous Brain Injuries” by Sports Legacy Institute. ScienceDaily. 6 September 2007.
- Second-impact Syndrome via Wikipedia
- “What Chris Benoit wrote after the funeral of Ray ‘Big Boss Man’ Traylor” by Chris Benoit. concussioninc.net. 22 April 2011.
Drug and Alcohol abuse
- “Cary Elwes served up a few Andre the Giant drinking stories” by Melissa Locker. Vanity Fair. 21 September 2014.
- “Dead Wrestlers List: When and How They Died” by Bobby Roberts. americaswhiteboy.com. Originally posted: 3 April 2014 (has since been updated with a date).
How Kayfabe Can Hurt: Roddy Piper and Owen Hart
- “SLAM! Wrestling – Rowdy Roddy Piper chat” by slam.canoe.com (moderator and various questioners). 21 November 2000.
- Owen Hart via Wikipedia
- “Owen Hart’s death, What really happened – from those who were there” by Various Sources (curator not listed). prowrestlingstories.com
Music used in this podcast:
Haunted Disco – the panic slowly creeps in