|Meeting Chris Benoit in 2007|
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Several wrestling websites are reporting that the WWE has issued a memo stating that once the company's network is launched, material containing Chris Benoit will also be included. Since Benoit killed his wife, Nancy and young son, Daniel in 2007, the WWE avoided airing any footage of the former World Heavyweight Champion. He was included in the WWE Encyclopedia released in 2008 and his name still appears on the website's Title History page, but there's no link to a profile there.
Besides those mentions, you wouldn't find Benoit anywhere else in the archives. When airing video packages from the first Money in the Bank match, Benoit's spots were cut out of the footage. His name was mentioned by Ric Flair when the "Nature Boy" was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008. It was edited out of the DVD version of it.
|Chris Benoit in 2004|
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Many fans are wondering if this will lead to the eventual inclusion of Chris Benoit in the WWE Hall of Fame. I don't see that happening, but as Vince McMahon has always said, "Anything can happen in the WWE." For now, I'll just enjoy the work of the man, and not focus on the monster.