The late Chris Benoit, aka the Canadian Crippler and the Rabid Wolverine, will be the subject of a biographical motion picture to be directed by German filmmaker Lexi Alexander, best known for Punisher: War Zone.
The entertainment trade newspaper Variety reported recently that the biopic, to be called Crossface, is based on the book Ring Of Hell: The Story Of Chris Benoit & The Fall Of The Pro Wrestling Industry by Matthew Randazzo.
According to the book, Benoit – who tragically took his own life in 2007 after killing his wife Nancy and son Daniel – was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the same condition that was the subject of last year’s Will Smith movie Concussion.
The title of the movie is, of course, taken from Benoit’s submission finisher, the Crippler Crossface. No casting details or release date have been announced yet.
Benoit was a hard-working, approachable and technically brilliant wrestler whose death rocked the wrestling world. Alexander, Oscar-nominated for the 2002 short film Johnny Flynton, is also a former World Karate Association world champion.
So, stuff went down at this past Monday’s WWE Smackdown-exclusive pay-per-view, Backlash. (Trailer voice man’s ominous tones:) There will be consequences (and spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched it yet).
In the biggest development of the night, AJ Styles took the World Heavyweight Championship off Dean Ambrose with a dastardly low blow that left Ambrose vulnerable to a Styles Clash and the pinfall loss.
Smackdown also welcomed new champions in its own Women’s and Tag Team divisions – Becky Lynch for the former, and the unlikely pairing of Heath Slater and Rhyno for the latter. What will this mean for Slater, now that his entertaining “Sign Heath Slater” angle is over?
The one title that didn’t change hands or see a new champion at the event was the Intercontinental belt, which remains firmly around The Miz’s waist. Dolph Ziggler was certainly not less miz-erable on the night as he once again failed to capitalise on a title opportunity.
It was a pretty solid show for an event that a) hasn’t been around since 2009 and b) lacked both the depth and breadth of the Raw roster. An encouraging standalone for Smackdown and we really hope general manager Daniel Bryan will come out of retirement if only to smack the smirk right off The Miz’s face.
Speaking of Raw, we’re a few days away from Clash Of Champions, which is that brand’s exclusive PPV following the roster split. So the card has yet to be finalised but for now, here’s what we’re looking at: Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins; and Tag Team Champions The New Day vs Gillian and … sorry, Gallows and Anderson.
Rumoured matches include another Roman Reigns-Rusev clash for the latter’s US Championship; a possible Triple Threat for the Women’s title with champion Charlotte taking on Sasha Banks and Bayley (though a Fatal Four Way with the champ’s protege Dana Brooke in the mix would be quite intriguing); and quite likely the deciding Best Of Seven match between Sheamus and Cesaro, with the score currently at 3-1 in the Irishman’s favour.
Time for the Swiss 007 wannabe to make the Skyfall on the Celtic Warrior!
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