More On Big Show/Ric Flair/Steroids, Benoit, RAW

Ryan Clark


There is a long article in todayâ<80><99>s Los Angeles Times on the Sports Legacy Instituteâ<80><99>s study on Chris Benoitâ<80><99>s brain. In the article, WWE issued the following statement in response: “Today’s attempt to explain that Chris Benoit’s murder of his family was possibly caused by some form of dementia as a result of alleged concussions is speculative. WWE can certainly understand the anguish of a father having to deal with the fact that his son allegedly murdered his wife and young son, as Chris Benoit is alleged to have done. We respect the desire of that father to do whatever he can to find some explanation as to why his son might commit such horrible acts.” WWE spokeswoman Jennifer McIntosh was quoted in the article saying, “no medical records of [Benoit] suffering a concussion. We don’t have any answers as to why Chris did what he did. We’re still awaiting the law enforcement investigation to be concluded.”

Todayâ<80><99>s edition of The Palm Beach Post features an article looking at the Signature Pharmacy story. In it, they name Paul â<80><9c>The Big Showâ<80> White and Ric Flair as receiving packages of steroids from a Tampa clinic in 2003. According to the paper, an employee of the clinic named Misty Waldo, told detectives that when she was hired by the clinic she was told that she would see wrestlers. Waldo claimed that she sent overnight â<80><9c>packagesâ<80> to both Big Show and Flair; however, investigators did not specify the contents of those packages. The paper said that they contacted Wight but he did not return a message that was left for him yesterday. WWE also declined to comment when reached regarding Ric Flair. The story features an interesting quote by Chris Benoitâ<80><99>s father Michael Benoit where in the wake of the study that revealed his son had severe brain damage, he said, “I work for a company that the No. 1 priority in the company is the health and safety of the people that work for us. I only wish that my son was in an organization that had the same values.”

As noted earlier this morning, this past Mondayâ<80><99>s edition of RAW did a 3.6 cable rating with hours of 3.3 and 3.9 on the USA Network. While that number is down in recent weeks it is unlikely that it will cause any concern backstage as the show was taped and aired on a holiday.

WWE.com has been running a poll regarding John Cenaâ<80><99>s â<80><9c>actionsâ<80> on RAW. The poll asks whether he should be fired, suspended, stripped of the title, or have no punishment. What may not come as a surprise, 69% of those that have voted say he should be stripped of the title.

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