Christoper Michael Benoit is a Professional Canadian Wrestler who has given his 22 years on wrestling career and well recognized with his ring name, “Chris Benoit.”
During his wrestling career, he worked for multiple promotions, and a journalist Dave Meltzer considered his as one of the top 10 greatest wrestlers of all time.
In this long-term career, he held 22 championship titles that include two world champion, one WCW World Heavyweight champion, and one World Heavyweight Championship in WWE.
|Full Name||Christopher Michael Benoit|
|Net Worth||Estimated at around $500 thousand|
|Date of Birth||May 21, 1967|
|Marital Status||Married to Martina Benoit|
|Birthplace||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Profession||Professional Wrestler, Actor|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Debut||November 22, 1985|
|Residence||Montreal, Edmonton, Atlanta|
Early Life of Chris Benoit
Chris Benoit, the son of Michael and Margaret Benoit, was born on May 21, 1967, in Montreal, Quebec.
He spent his early age growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, with his sister. Benoit was a big fan of Tom Billington and Bret Hart, which is the reason to become a professional wrestler.
Both Tom Billington trained him and Bret Hart and Beniot adopted Hart’s submission move “Sharpshooter” as his main finishing move.
Age and Body Measurements
Chris Benoit is living his 40th year of age currently. He holds an average body height of 5 feet and 10 inches. Benoit has a total body weight of 100 kg (i.e., 220 pounds).
How much is Chris Benoit Worth?
Through his entire wrestling career and promotions on multiple industries, he holds a total estimated net worth of $500 thousand.
Chris Benoit was a violent man who used to throw things around while he was angry. He married twice and has two children from his first wife.
Benoit is good at speaking Engish and French. He is a good friend of professional wrestler “Eddie Guerrero,“ whom he played several times in WWF/WWE.
Benoit’s second wife, Nancy Sullivan, once filed for divorce against him because of his violent behavior.
The Career of Chris Benoit
Stampede Wrestling (1985 – 1989)
Chris Benoit’s professional career began at Stampede Wrestling in 1985. Benoit had his debut match as a tag team match with his teammate “The Remarkable” Rick Patterson and team against Butch Moffat and Mike Hammer.
They won the match where Benoit successfully pinned Moffat with a move “Sunset Flip.” His first every title as Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (1986 – 1994)
After a few years of training in “New Japan Dojo,” he made his debut in 1986. He began to wear a face mask and named himself “The Pegasus Kid.”
He won his first championship title at New Japan Pro-Wrestling in August 1990. The title was IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, which he won from Justing Thunder Liger.
Benoit then successfully won the Best of the Super Juniors twice in 1993 and 1995. Defeating great wrestlers like Black Tiger, Gedo, and The Great Sasuke, he was also able to win inaugural Super J-Cup Tournament in 1994.
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1994 – 1995)
In Extreme Championship Wrestling, he was booked as a dominant wrestler. He participated in a one-night eight-man tournament for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship title but lost to 2 Cold Scorpio.
Benoit accidentally broke Sabu’s neck in a match while Benoit was trying to bump his face. Sabu landed on his neck and came to a neck injury.
Chris Benoit and his teammate Dean Malenko won the ECW World Tag Team Championship title in February 1995 in against Sabu and The Tazmaniac.
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
Chris Benoit debuted in WWF as a part of Radicalz. They aligned with WWF Champion Triple H and became a heel faction.
He won his first WWF title only after a month of debut at the WrestleMania match against Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle. The title he won in his first WrestleMania 2000 as Intercontinental Championship.
Benoit left The Radicalz in early 2001 and then started to feud against his recent teammates and then with Kurt Angle.
Chris Benoit and Jericho teamed up to defeat WWF Tag Team Champions Stone Cold and Triple H to win the tag team championship.
On March 14, 2004, Benoit won his first-ever World Heavyweight Championship title against Triple H at WrestleMania XX. He also won the United States Championship title defeating Orlando Jordon at The Great American Bash in 2004, July 24.
Cauliflower Alley Club
1. Future Legend Award (2002)
Catch Wrestling Association
1. CWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
1. Chris Benoit won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
2. Benoit won Super J-Cup
3. Benoit won Super Grade Junior Heavyweight Tag League in 1994 with Shinjiro Otani
Extreme Championship Wrestling
1. ECW World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
1. Feud of the Year (2004)
2. Match of the Year (2004)
3. Wrestler of the Year (2004)
4. Chris was Ranked No. 1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2004
5. Chris Benoit was Ranked No. 69 of the top 500 greatest wrestlers in the “PWI Years” in 2003
Universal Wrestling Association
1. WWF Light Heavyweight Championship
World Championship Wrestling
1. WCW World Heavyweight Championship
2. WCW World Tag Team Championship one time with Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn
3. Seventh WCW Triple Crown Champion
4. WCW World Television Championship
5. WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
1. World Heavyweight Championship
2. WWE Tag Team Championship with Kurt Angle
3. WWE United States Championship (3times)
4. WWE/WWF Intercontinental Championship with Chris Jericho(1) and Edge(2)
5. Royal Rumble
6. WWE Tag Team Championship Tournament with Kurt Angle
7. Twelfth Triple Crown Champion
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
1. Best Brawler in 2004
2. Chris wan announced the Best Technical Wrestler(1994,1995,2000,2003,2004)
3. Feud of the Year in 2004
4. Match of the year in 2002
5. Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2000,2004
6. Most Under-rated in 1998
7. Reader’s Favorite Wrestler(1997,2000)
8. Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame
Chris Benoit Death
On June 25, 2007, police discovered the dead bodies of Benoit, his wife, and his son while Benoit’s employer requested officers for a welfare check.
It is found that Benoit murdered his wife Nancy and son Daniel before committing suicide. He was found hanging on his lat pulldown machine.