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Ex-WWE star Benoit’s son receives backing to complete his own wrestling dream

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Former WWE star Chris Benoit’s surviving son has been backed to follow in his dad’s footsteps and get his own wrestling journey underway.

Benoit enjoyed an iconic career in the ring, winning 22 championships during successful stints with WWE, WCW, NJPW and ECW and becoming a household wrestling name.

However, the American’s accomplishments were tarnished in June 2007, when he sent shockwaves rippling through the sport by murdering his wife and seven-year-old son before committing suicide.

Later research showed that depression and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition of brain damage developed from several concussions during his wrestling career, were contributing factors to his crime.

Despite this, almost 14 years on from the horror double-murder and suicide Benoit’s son, David, is plotting his own route into professional wrestling.

After initially struggling to get into it following the tragedy, David, who works on an oil rig in Western Canada, has since rediscovered his passion for the sport through ‘mentor’ Chris Jericho and the formation of All Elite Wrestling.

The 28-year-old nearly made his pro debut in the past on a July 2014 show in Calgary before Jericho intervened, as he was yet to receive any formal training.

Nevertheless, former WWE writer Vince Russo has tipped David to carve out his own wrestling career, insisting he can’t be held responsible for the tragedy.

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  • “I'd love it if David could make it into wrestling, that would be great,” he said on Sportskeeda’s UnSKripted.

    “If it's really that guy's dream and he's really giving it his all, I don't see why he should be stopped. He cannot be held responsible for his father's sins.

    “If he were to think in this way, then David would risk never finding any work, especially in this area. What should he do?”

    Benoit Jr has previously spoken about his desire to enter the pro ranks, saying: “My goal is to get my family name back into wrestling.

    “I would like to sign a contract with All Elite Wrestling, having already tried to enter New Japan Pro Wrestling.

    “Perhaps it is the most difficult place to break through.”

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