Spotlight: Eddie Guerrero
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In this spotlight story, we’ll look back on the wrestling career of Eddie Guerrero. He was born Eduardo Gory Guerrero Lianes on Oct. 9, 1967 in El Paso, Texas.
He was a member of famous Guerrero wrestling family. Los Guerreros has been involved in the wrestling business for three generations.
It began with Gory Guerrero on Sept. 15, 1937. This wrestling family includes Chavo Guerrero Sr., Chavo Guerrero Jr., Mando Guerrero, Héctor Guerrero, Eddie, and Shaul Guerrero.
Guerrero attended and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1985. He also attended the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands University on an athletic scholarship.
He was a collegiate wrestler, before deciding to relocate to México to train to become a professional wrestler. When he was a young boy, he attended the wrestling promotions that his father Gory put on at the El Paso County Coliseum.
Even Eddie and Chavo got to wrestle each other during intermissions when the two were young boys.
This Guerrero received his wrestling start with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, where he competed from 1987 through 1992. He then moved on Asistencia Asesoría y Administración, where he competed for three years from 1992 through 1994.
When Guerro competed in AAA, he was teammated with El Hijo Del Santos. They were protrayed as La Pareja Atómica (The Atomic Pair), a tribute to Gory Guerrero and El Santo.
He then turned on Del Santos and then partnered with Art Barr, who was known as the La Pareja del Terror (The Pair of Terror). It is believed that this tag team is the most hated tag team in Lucha Libre history.
Paul Heyman, then the former owner of Extreme Championship Wrestling, saw Guerrero and Barr and approached them about joining ECW. In the mean time, Guerrero was working with New Japan Pro Wrestling from 1993 through 1996.
Guerrero wrestled for ECW in 1995. He also was competing for World Championship Wrestling during this time from 1989 through 2000.
He then signed with the World Wrestling Federation in 2000. He spent one season with the company and was released following a DUI arrest, before spending another year in the independent scene.
Guerrero then signed back with WWF in 2002. He worked with the company up until his death in 2005.
When SmackDown! was starting out, Guerrero was credited with keeping the company going with his persona. He was one of the most popular performers before his death.
He had a gimmick of “I lie, I cheat, I steal” that was so popular at SmackDown!
He is credited with inspiring a new generation of wrestlers to follow in his footsteps. Popular woman’s wrestler Sasha Banks credits Guerrero with getting her interested in sports entertainment.
Guerrero’s final match with the WWE came at the Survivor Series Qualifying match at SmackDown #326. He defeated Mr. Kennedy by DQ in the four minute match at the TV show on Nov. 8, 2005 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Several days later, he was found unconscious on Nov. 13, 2005 at the Marriott Hotel City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 38-years-old. He was found by Chavo Guerrero Jr., who performed CPR on his uncle.
However, Guerrero was dead at the scene. Following an autopsy, it was discovered that he died of an acute heart failure. He had an atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
Guerrero is buried at Green Acres Memorial Park in Scottsdale, Arizona.
WWE held two shows on Nov. 13, both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown!. Raw was televised on Nov. 14, while SmackDown! was televised on Nov. 18.
Several events were dedicated to his memory, including TNA’s pay-per-view Genesis and Ring of Honor’s Night of Tribute. Ohio Valley Wrestling and Combat Zone Wrestling also paid tribute to Guerrero.
In a poll on WWE.com, he was regarded as the 11th-best professional wrestler of all-time.
“[Eddie] could have been the absolute greatest of all time because when I wrestled, he was still in that top three we were talking about, so Eddie had it all,” Shawn Michaels said. “He was so entertaining, but he also had all the technique. He was such a great wrestler and he got it. He got finishes. He knew how to structure them.”
He won 766 of his 1,391 bouts in his career. In his final year of competition, he won 42 matches and lost 66.
He previously won the WWE Championship. He also was a two-time WWE European Champion, while also winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship twice.
Guerrero also won the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship four times. He also won the WWE United States Championship.
He also won the AAA World Tag Team Championship. He was a two-time ECW World Television Championship winner twice, while also winning the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship in his career.
Guerrero was won the WCW United States Championship and was a two-time World Cruiserweight Championship twice. He also won the PWF Tag Team Championship.
In his career, he won the WWA International Cruiserweight Championship. He also won the WWA World Trios Championship.