ProWrestling,net and the Pro Wrestling Post carry leaking stories about Nancy Benoit's text messages to husband Chris Benoit, prior to the fated homi-suicide last summer. (extensive documentation here)
It appears that Nancy Benoit sent concerned messages to the pro wrestler about his behavior inclusing his emotional instability.
Nancy Benoit complained of Chris Benoit's steroid abuse and referred to WWE's Wellness Policy as a "joke" in text messages retrieved from her husband's cell phone. "I will not accept this steroid induced roller coaster ride of emotional abuse," Nancy wrote in a text message on May 9, 2007. "Ignoring the problem or running away isn't going to help you face it. You need professional (help) and only if you're fully honest about all of it."
In a text message later that day, she mentioned WWE's wellness program. "Get off the stuff," she wrote. "It's obvious (you're on). I'm probably not the only one who can see and we both know the wellness program is a joke."
Obviously more factors influenced Benoit's behavior. Although there is evidence anabolic steroids cause some increases in emotionality in users, such a homi-suicide occurs rarely in AAS users. However we would suggest that steroid use in some vulnerable users, or in combination with other drugs, and a propensity to aggressiveness can ignite violent behavior. More:
Powell's POV: Nancy's frustration with her husband's behavior and the way he was treating her in those final weeks is also well documented. "Are you trying to say this is how you grew up, watching your dad call your mom names and making her cry?" she wrote. "No. Then what gives you the right."
The messages help explain to some extent what was going on in their lives in the weeks leading up to the murders. The steroid allegations and the comment regarding the wellness program could be a public relations nightmare for WWE if the cable news talk shows pick up on the story again. The timing couldn't be worse from a company perspective because they are probably on the radar of mainstream reporters due to the fireworks accident that took place at WrestleMania 24.
Too bad Benoit or someone from the tainted wrestling organization (WWE) didn't pick up on his irregular behavior in time to change something.
This original source for the above news was Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter. For subscription information, visit WrestlingObserver.com.