1. Chris Benoit (Age: 40)
You knew this was coming, didn’t you? How can this list of tragedies be complete without the name of Chris Benoit?
Personally speaking, Benoit was one of those wrestlers that I grew up watching and who had a great impact on me. The way he won the Royal Rumble, the moment when he cried after winning the WrestleMania match against Triple H and Shawn Michaels, his crippler cross face, those jumps from the pods of Elimination Chamber, the way he collapsed after Eddie’s death – all of those memories still remain etched vividly in my head.
Though it was concluded that he murdered his family and committed suicide, that is yet to be proven with credible evidence. Keeping that tragic climax apart, the life of Benoit as a wrestler is one that could be an inspiration for everyone out there. And even wrestlers like Daniel Bryan and others follow the style for which Benoit was known.
Benoit’s death was a shocking loss to the professional wrestling world, and every time his name comes up, I always imagine what WWE would’ve looked like if he was still in the roster.