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    Chris Benoit Fight to the Death

    ORIGINALLY AIRED: February 6, 2008 on CBC-TV

    Container: mp4
    Size: 372 mb
    Running time: 44m:26s
    Video Resolution: 480x360 (4:3) @ 25 FPS
    Video Codecs: AVC
    Video Bit Rate: 1024 Kbps
    Audio Codecs: AAC
    Audio Bit rate: 125 Kbps @ 48 Khz, 2 Channels

    In the pro wrestling firmament, there were few stars as big as Edmonton's Chris Benoit. But, on June 25, 2007, Benoit's name ricocheted around the world, suddenly more notorious than for anything he'd ever done in a wrestling ring. Inside his Atlanta, Georgia mansion were three bodies: Benoit had strangled his wife and suffocated his seven-year-old son and then killed himself. Quickly, the finger of blame was pointed at Benoit's steroid use, so rampant in pro wrestling; the deaths, it was assumed, the result of a steroid-fuelled rage.

    But, an investigation into the deaths of Chris Benoit, his wife and son, by reporter Bob McKeown reveals that Benoit also may have been the victim of a physical condition brought on by years of undiagnosed concussions.

    Examining Chris Benoit's Brain

    After Benoit's death, his father, Mike, received a phone call from researchers at the Sports Legacy Institute. They had an unusual request: they wanted his son's brain. They had already studied the brains of professional football players who had committed suicide and discovered the physical evidence needed to reach a ground-breaking conclusion: that football players are at great risk of profound behaviour changes due to repeated head injury. By examining Chris Benoit's brain, they believed, they could open the door to include wrestlers.

    High Cost For Many Wrestlers

    A Fight To The Death weaves its investigation around the history of modern pro wrestling. Bret "Hitman" Hart and Jake "The Snake" Roberts recall the rough and tumble of the early years with Stu Hart's modest Calgary-based Stampede Wrestling organization. But, eventually, the smaller, regional wrestling entities like Stampede were swallowed by the noise and glitz of an entertainment goliath: Vince McMahon's re-invention of the pro wrestling wheel, the WWE.

    The growth of the WWE merchandising and broadcasting empire made instant international stars of the Stampede crowd. But, the personal cost for that fame has been enormous.



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