Dead Wrestler of the Week

Deadspin’s great series “Dead Wrestler of the Week” has been around for a while, but I only started reading through them recently. The premise is simple; a look at the colourful lives and legacies – the legends, if you will – of a dead professional wrestler. There’s a whole bunch of them, all very much worth a read, but for me my favourites are the articles on Owen Hart, and Chris Beniot. Both of these guys were among my favourites at the time of their deaths; both their deaths were tragic, in very, very different ways; and both deaths had profound effects on the industry in their aftermaths, something the articles dissect and analyse brilliantly.