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David Benoit With Chris Masters, Goldust Talks Comeback, Hardy Talks Innovating Wrestling

Chris Masters Meets Benoit’s Son

David Benoit – the son of Chris Benoit from his first marriage – was recently snapped with former WWE star Chris Masters.

David has expressed interest in getting in to wrestling and has worked out with Harry “DH” Smith, among others. He also keeps in touch with Chris Jericho.

Goldust Discusses Turning Life Around

Goldust discussed turning his life around and revitalizing his wrestling career, during a recent interview with the Miami Herald:

It’s a lot of DDP Yoga and gym work and eating right and staying in shape. My mind has also been right for the last five-and-a-half years being clean and sober from drugs and alcohol. So I think all those things played a big factor in this. Being able to do stuff that I’ve never done and wanting to try new things and having the young talent that’s actually hungry and help me get through that and make it look good. I’ve got some new moves in my arsenal, and the people love it. This new attitude and new Goldust they’ve never seen with new face paint. I couldn’t have asked for anything. This run has been great.

I was ready to turn my life around and say goodbye to the demons. They’re always there. They are always on my shoulder, but all I have to do is take hold. The support group I have with my wife and my daughter and things like that. Now its five-and-a-half years going on six years clean and sober and having the time of my life. I can actually get in the ring and do things in the ring I thought in the past I couldn’t do without a pill or drugs in my system or alcohol to get through a match and wake up in the morning. It’s a piece of cake. I’m doing it. I’m 44 years old, and I’m kicking everybody’s ass.

Goldust also discussed working with the younger stars:

I watch their stuff, and I don’t give them too much. I give them a little bit that they can sink into and try first to see if that works and go from there. I try to teach them about how to tell stories because it’s a lost art. I think me and Cody are doing a real good job of bringing this tag team division back by telling a story. When you have 25 minutes out there with The Shield, the way I do it is start slow and end big. In between, it’s telling those stories and making those non-believers who are only there for their kids that are loving it, those parents stand up at the end of the match to either hate me or love me. Either way, they were on their feet because they were entertained. It’s a slow build — like a movie. The good guy is there getting beat down, but in the end he comes back. It’s hard to teach this these days. If you’re allotted five or six minutes for a match, I can tell a story with that. They don’t understand that, but with time in the business they will learn that hopefully. I hope it doesn’t stay a lost art for so long that it’s forgotten about.

Matt Hardy On How To Improve The Wrestling Business

In a recent interview with The Swerve Matt Hardy discussed how he would change the wrestling industry:

The wrestling industry is looking for something to spark it again. It’s looking for the next act to make it exciting. In the 80s it was Hulkamania and Rock n Wrestling. In the 90s it was the Attitude Era with Stone Cold, The Rock and DX while on the other side WCW had the nWo.

What I would suggest to the promotions is to make a sophisticated product that doesn’t insult fan’s intelligence. For many, many years various promotions have had the attitude that ‘It’s just wrestling. The fans will buy it.’ I don’t think wrestling competes with other wrestling programs now, it competes with the great dramas on TV now: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead. Sure it’s a fictional show with zombies, but it sets parameters so you know how the Walking Dead universe works, and they stay very consistent mythos. It’s good storytelling that does not insult the fans’ intelligence and I think wrestling has to follow that lead.

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  • Carmine Antonelli

    Man idk. What would WWE do with another Benoit? Would they even hire him? Or would they try and make him as big as possible to have him overshadow Chris? That’s a tough one man.

    • Keelan Balderson

      Yeah it’s definitely a conundrum. On the one hand it’s not his fault his father did what he did, and thus that should have no baring on if he wants to be a wrestler, but on the other hand there would definitely be media attention, and other PR problems if he went to WWE.

      How would he handle all the fans asking about his dad?

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