“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.
Scott Keith is the author of Tonight… In This Very Ring, Wrestling’s One-Ring Circus, and Wrestling’s Made Men. Chris Benoit was formerly Scott’s all-time favorite wrestler. Scott lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Visit Scott's Blog of Doom: http://www.rspwfaq.com
"Wrestling fans will have a hard time putting this down...no matter how depressing it gets."
--Derek Burgan, Pro Wrestling Torch
"Scott's best book yet! One the finest things he's ever written."
--Jerome Cusson, National Sports Review
"The rise and fall of wrestling's greats told with sorrow, humor and a moral or two."
--Eric Santamaria, The Wrestling Roundtable