Dungeon of Death

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Citadel Press, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 210 pages
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Asking Scott Keith about professional wrestling is like asking Wayne Gretzky about hockey. --Murtz Jaffer, "Inside Pulse"
The True Story Behind Wrestling's Deadly Secret
On June 25, 2007, Canadian pro wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy, and their seven-year-old son Daniel were found dead in their Fayetteville, Georgia, home. The ruling of murder-suicide caused a media frenzy and stunned wrestling fans around the world.
Yet the Benoit tragedy was only the latest in a string of disasters that have dogged Stampede Wrestling, operated by the Calgary-based Hart family. In the first book of its kind, Scott Keith offers an in-depth look at the Hart family "curse" that has left all the Stampede Wrestling alumnae either crippled or dead. Were these deaths preventable or inevitable? How did a sport famous for showmanship and entertainment become overrun by rampant drug use, depravity, and greed?
Chris Benoit isn't the only wrestler to be brought down by a history of drug use--many other big names in the sport have fallen victim to wrestling's drug culture and steroid obsession. Why has nothing been done about this, even now after these latest deaths?
Scott Keith knows wrestling from the inside out. This compelling and candid account reveals not only what's gone wrong in the world's most spectacular sport but what must be done to save it.
 

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Like most books that came out in the wake of Chris Benoit's murder of his wife and child before commiting suicide, this did not need to be written. It is exploitive, poorly written and completely unneccessary. The only point of this book is to quickly cash in on the murders.
The funny thing is, Benoit's mentions in the book are over-stated, so the use of his name in the title and on the cover are purely to exploit his infamy. The book itself when talking about The Hart Dungeon and Stampede Wrestling offers absolutely no new insight, using mostly urban legends and third-hand accounts from "Shoot Interviews" to fill its pages. Inbetween that, writer Scott Keith gives you heavy doses of his opinions on everything and everyone. He fancies himself here and in his other books as Dave Meltzer, but unlike Meltzer he has no links to professional wrestling, nor the respect of anybody from the industry. And certainly doesn't possess his knowledge. He's simply a "Smart Mark" with a miracle-working literary agent.
 

Contents

The Life of Chris Benoit
1
The Death of Chris Benoit
15
Stu Hart and Stampede Wrestling
26
The British Bulldogs
33
Brian Pillman
53
Bret Hart
67
Owen Hart
88
The Von Erichs
101
Hercules Hernandez
124
Eddie Guerrero
129
Russ Haas
133
Road Warrior Hawk
134
Curt Henning
142
Miss Elizabeth
150
Crash Holly
157
Louie Spicolli
158

Death and Wrestling
111
Brian Adams
112
Mike Awesome
113
Yokozuna
114
Bam Bam Bigelow
117
Biff Wellington
118
Anthony Pitbull 2 Durante
120
The Public Enemy Johnny Grunge and Rocco Rock
121
Junkyard Dog
160
Big Dick Dudley
162
Ravishing Rick Rude
163
Big Bossman
167
Drugs and Wrestling
177
Conclusion
192
Index
197
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Scott Keith, the author of Tonight...In This Very Ring and The Buzz on Professional Wrestling, is an expert insider in the world of pro wrestling whose columns regularly appear on the popular Web site, 411mania.com. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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