- Name: Eddie Guerrero
- Real Name: Eddie Guerrero
- Date of Birth: October 9, 1967
- Date of Death: November 13, 2005
- Hometown: El Paso, Texas, United States of America
- Height: 5'8
- Weight: 228 pounds
- WWE Debut: January 31, 2000
- Nickname: "Latino Heat"
- Finishers: Frog Splash, Lasso From El Passo
- Career Highlights: 1-time WWE Champion, 2-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, 1-time WWE United States Champion, 2-time WWF European Champion, 4-time WWE Tag Team Champion (2-time with Chavo Guerrero, 1-time with Tajiri & 1-time with Rey Mysterio), 2006 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, 11th Triple Crown Champion, 6th Grand Slam Champion, WWE's #11 Superstar In Top 50 Wrestlers List
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Wins: Comeback of the Year Award (1999), Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year Award (2002), Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year Award (2004), Stanley Weston Lifetime Achievement Award (2005)
Eddie Guerrero was one of the best professional wrestlers of the world. A high-flyer and a technical wrestler, Guerrero was very talented but despite his talents, he used to "lie, cheat and steal" to win his matches. He often used to fool the referee by hitting his opponent with a chair and handing it to opponent and lying on the mat, pretending to be hit with it, making the referee believe that the opponent hit him with the chair. Guerrero was the top luchador to step into a WWE ring. Known as the "Latino Heat", the second-generation wrestler from the Guerrero family, established a name for himself as well as bringing the fame for the Guerrero family throughout the world. Below are the details of his WWE career.
World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2000 - 2005)
Eddie Guerrero had previously wrestled in Mexico and Japan as well as Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Sick and tired of being pushed back in WCW, Guerrero left WCW with Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn and the four joined World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 2000. On January 31 edition of Raw is War, Benoit, Guerrero, Malenko and Saturn debuted in WWF as The Radicalz. Invited by the WWF Commissioner Mick Foley, they made an impact in their debut by attacking New Age Outlaws, thus beginning their WWF careers as heels.
On February 3 edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero competed in his first WWF match, teaming with Perry Saturn and unsuccessfully challenging New Age Outlaws for the WWF Tag Team Championship. At WrestleMania 2000, Guerrero made his WWF pay-per-view debut in a six-man tag team match, as he, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn were defeated by Chyna and Too Cool. The following night, on April 3 edition of Raw is War, Guerrero defeated Chris Jericho to win the WWF European Championship, with assistance from Chyna, who turned on Jericho. Guerrero began referring himself to as "Latino Heat" and Chyna stated that she turned on Jericho because she could not resist his Latino Heat. Guerrero referred to Chyna as his "Mamacita".
Guerrero successfully defended the WWF European Championship against Essa Rios at Backlash and on May 1 edition of Raw is War. At Insurrextion, Guerrero successfully defended the championship against Chris Jericho. At Judgment Day, Guerrero successfully defended the championship against Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn in a Triple Threat match. Guerrero and Chyna started to become popular with the fans and turned into babyfaces but Guerrero still showed tactics of a heel as he cheated to win his matches.
On June 8 edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero defeated Matt Hardy to qualify for the 2000 King of the Ring tournament. On June 19 edition of Raw is War, Guerrero defeated Chyna in the first round of the tournament. At King of the Ring, Guerrero lost to Val Venis in the quarter-final round. At Fully Loaded, Guerrero lost the WWF Intercontinental Championship to Perry Saturn after Saturn's valet Terri Runnels attacked Guerrero. Guerrero's reign ended at 111 days. At SummerSlam, Chyna and Guerrero defeated Val Venis and Trish Stratus for Venis' WWF Intercontinental Championship. Chyna pinned Stratus for the championship.
On September 4 edition of Raw is War, Guerrero defeated Chyna and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat match to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Guerrero accidentally pinned Chyna in an attempt to revive her as she had been knocked out by Angle. Guerrero turned into heel as he started cheating to retain his championship. He proposed to Chyna, which she accepted as she was angry on Guerrero defeating her for the championship. Chyna was posing for the Playboy magazine and Guerrero tried to stop it by attempting to invade the Playboy Mansion.
At Unforgiven, Guerrero successfully defended the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Rikishi, as Rikishi was disqualified for attacking Chyna. On October 9 edition of Raw is War, Chyna abandoned Guerrero during a tag team match when she saw him showering with two of The Godfather's hoes on GTV. Guerrero and Chyna's engagement was called off and Guerrero became a rival of Chyna and D-Generation X, consisting of Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and K-Kwik. He reformed The Radicalz with Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn. At Survivor Series, Benoit's Radicalz defeated DX in a Survivor Series match. Benoit and Saturn survived the match. On November 23 (taped November 21) edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero lost the WWF Intercontinental Championship to Billy Gunn. Guerrero's reign ended at 78 days.
At Rebellion, Dean Malenko and Guerrero lost to Billy Gunn and Chyna. With the exception of Chris Benoit, The Radicalz began a rivalry with Team Xtreme, which culminated in an Elimination match between the two teams at Armageddon, which Radicalz won. Dean Malenko survived the match. In 2001, Guerrero became the leader of Radicalz and Benoit was kicked out of the group for showing nice attitude to the fans. At No Way Out, Guerrero competed against Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit and X-Pac in a Fatal Four-Way match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Jericho retained the championship.
At WrestleMania X-Seven, Guerrero defeated Test to win his second WWF European Championship, with help from Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn. On April 26 (taped April 24) edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero lost the championship to Matt Hardy, after Lita attacked Guerrero. Guerrero's reign ended at 23 days. At Backlash, Guerrero competed against Hardy and Christian in a Triple Threat match for the championship. Hardy retained the championship. At Insurrextion, Guerrero defeated Grand Master Sexay. Guerrero turned into a babyface by forming an alliance with Hardy Boyz to pursue the affection of Lita. Guerrero left The Radicalz and began feuding with Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn until he left WWF.
In March 2002, WWF roster was divided into two brands, Raw and SmackDown!, the top two television programs of WWF. After competing in numerous independent promotions including Ring of Honor (ROH) and International Wrestling Association: Mid-South (IWA), Guerrero made a surprise return to WWF television on April 1 edition of Raw. He attacked Rob Van Dam and began a rivalry with RVD, thus joining the Raw brand.
At Backlash, Guerrero competed in his first match as part of the Raw roster, defeating Rob Van Dam to win his second WWF Intercontinental Championship. At Insurrextion, Guerrero retained the championship against RVD through intentional disqualification by shoving the referee. On May 6 edition of Raw, WWF was renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Guerrero's championship was renamed WWE Intercontinental Championship. At Judgment Day, Guerrero defeated RVD to retain the championship. On May 27 edition of Raw, Guerrero lost the championship back to RVD in a Ladder match. Guerrero's reign ended at 36 days. On June 10 edition of Raw, RVD defeated Guerrero to qualify for the 2002 King of the Ring tournament to end the rivalry.
Guerrero formed a tag team with Chris Benoit and began a rivalry with Ric Flair, which culminated in a match between the two at King of the Ring, which Flair won after interference by Bubba Ray Dudley. As a result, Benoit and Guerrero began feuding with Dudley Boyz, losing to them in an Elimination Tables match at Vengeance. On August 1 edition of SmackDown!, Benoit and Guerrero joined the SmackDown! brand.
SmackDown! (2002 - 2005)
On August 1 edition of SmackDown!, Chris Benoit and Guerrero competed in their first match as part of the SmackDown! roster, losing to The Rock and Edge in a tag team match. Following their unsuccessful debut, Benoit and Guerrero stopped teaming together and Eddie Guerrero formed a tag team with his nephew Chavo Guerrero called Los Guerreros. Eddie began a rivalry with Edge. At SummerSlam, Edge defeated Guerrero. On August 29 edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero defeated Edge to advance in a tournament to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Undisputed Championship but lost to Rikishi later that night. At Unforgiven, Guerrero defeated Edge. On September 26 edition of SmackDown!, Edge defeated Guerrero in a No Disqualification match, during which Guerrero's name was chanted by the fans.
Los Guerreros participated in a tournament for the newly created WWE Tag Team Championship. Los Guerreros defeated Rikishi and Mark Henry in the quarter-final round on October 3 edition of SmackDown!, and lost to eventual winners Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit in the semi-final round on October 17 edition of SmackDown!. At Rebellion, Los Guerreros unsuccessfully challenged Angle and Benoit for the championship. At Survivor Series, Los Guerreros defeated Edge and Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit in a Triangle Elimination match to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.
On December 5 edition of SmackDown!, Eddie Guerrero competed against Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit and Edge in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship at Armageddon. Guerrero was eliminated by Benoit. Angle won the match. As a result, Guerrero began a rivalry with Benoit, which culminated in a match between the two at Armageddon, which Benoit won. Los Guerreros established themselves as the top tag team on SmackDown!.
In 2003, Los Guerreros turned into babyfaces and Eddie had a new haircut. At Royal Rumble, Eddie participated in his first Royal Rumble match as the #16 entrant. He lasted sixteen minutes until he was eliminated by Booker T. Brock Lesnar went on to win the 2003 Royal Rumble. On February 6 (taped February 4) edition of SmackDown!, Los Guerreros lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Team Angle. Los Guerreros' reign ended at 79 days. At WrestleMania XIX, Los Guerreros competed against Team Angle and Chris Benoit and Rhyno in a Triple Threat match for the championship. Team Angle retained the championship.
Although Los Guerreros remained babyfaces, they established themselves as cheaters as they used to cheat to win their matches but the fans liked their attitude, thus giving them crowd support. On April 3 edition of SmackDown!, Eddie participated in the #1 Contender's Tournament to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship at Backlash. He lost to John Cena in the quarter-final round. At Backlash, Los Guerreros unsuccessfully challenged Team Angle for the WWE Tag Team Championship. After the match, Los Guerreros stole the championship belts. On May 1 edition of SmackDown!, Los Guerreros returned the belts to Team Angle but stole Kurt Angle's Olympic gold medals. Chavo Guerrero suffered an injury and was out of action.
At Judgment Day, Eddie Guerrero and Tajiri to defeat Team Angle in a Ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Guerrero and Tajiri used Guerrero's "lie, cheat and steal" policy to retain their championship against SmackDown's top tag teams. On July 3 (taped July 1) edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero and Tajiri lost the championship to World's Greatest Tag Team. Guerrero and Tajiri's reign ended at 44 days. After losing the championship, Guerrero turned on Tajiri by slamming him through the windshield of his lowrider.
Guerrero turned into a heel and competed in a tournament for the newly created WWE United States Championship. Guerrero defeated Ultimo Dragon in the quarter-final round on July 10 edition of SmackDown!, Billy Gunn in the semi-final round on July 17 edition of SmackDown!, and Chris Benoit in the final round after interference by Rhyno to win the championship at Vengeance, thus becoming the first-ever WWE United States Champion. At SummerSlam, Guerrero successfully defended the championship against Chris Benoit, Rhyno and Tajiri in a Fatal Four-Way match.
In the midst of his WWE United States Championship reign, Guerrero turned into a babyface as his nephew Chavo Guerrero returned and the two formed Los Guerreros. On September 18 (taped September 16) edition of SmackDown!, Los Guerreros defeated World's Greatest Tag Team to win their second WWE Tag Team Championship. Eddie started to become a popular wrestler in WWE with his success as a double champion. At No Mercy, Guerrero lost the WWE United States Championship to Big Show. Guerrero's reign ended at 84 days. On October 23 (taped October 21) edition of SmackDown!, Los Guerreros lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Basham Brothers. Los Guerreros' reign ended at 35 days.
At Survivor Series, Los Guerreros unsuccessfully challenged Basham Brothers for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Los Guerreros started to breakup as Chavo Guerrero started feeling jealous of the success and popularity his uncle had achieved. At Tribute to the Troops, Eddie defeated Chris Benoit. In 2004, Los Guerreros finally broke up when Chavo and his father Chavo Guerrero, Sr., turned on Eddie. Enraged by the betrayal of his nephew and elder brother, Eddie began a rivalry with his nephew Chavo, which culminated in a match between the two at Royal Rumble, which Eddie won.
Now on his way out, Guerrero achieved more success as singles competitor. On January 29 edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero entered the SmackDown! Royal Rumble as the #13 entrant. He last eliminated Kurt Angle to win the SmackDown! Royal Rumble and became the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. At No Way Out, Guerrero defeated Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship, after Goldberg attacked Lesnar. Guerrero established himself as a main eventer as he fulfilled his dream of getting the top prize of sports entertainment after hardwork of 17 years. He became the first luchador to win the world championship.
At WrestleMania XX, Guerrero successfully defended the WWE Championship against Kurt Angle by lying, cheating and stealing. At Judgment Day, Guerrero retained the championship against John "Bradshaw" Layfield through intentional disqualification. At The Great American Bash, Guerrero lost the championship to JBL in a Texas Bullrope match, as the original decision of Guerrero's victory was reversed by the SmackDown! General Manager Kurt Angle. Guerrero's reign ended at 133 days.
Guerrero began a rivalry with Kurt Angle. At SummerSlam, Angle defeated Guerrero. On September 2 edition of SmackDown!, Angle defeated Guerrero in a Two out of three falls match after assistance by Luther Reigns. On September 9 edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero and Angle fought to a no contest in a Lumberjack match, as Big Show attacked both men and the lumberjacks around the ring. At No Mercy, Guerrero defeated Luther Reigns. On October 14 edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WWE United States Championship. He was eliminated by Luther Reigns. Rey Mysterio won the Battle Royal. Later that night, Guerrero defeated Reigns by disqualification as Mark Jindrak attacked Guerrero.
At Survivor Series, Guerrero was the captain of Team Guerrero, consisting of Big Show, Rob Van Dam and John Cena, against Kurt Angle's Team Angle, consisting of Carlito Caribbean Cool, Mark Jindrak and Luther Reigns in a Survivor Series match. Team Guerrero won. Guerrero, Big Show and Cena survived the match. At Armageddon, Guerrero competed against John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Undertaker and Booker T in a Fatal Four-Way match for the WWE Championship. JBL retained the championship after interference by Heidenreich. At Tribute to the Troops, Guerrero and Rey Mysterio defeated Kurt Angle and Luther Reigns.
Entering 2005, Guerrero participated in the 2005 Royal Rumble match as the #1 entrant. He lasted twenty-eight minutes until he was eliminated by Edge. Batista went on to win the Royal Rumble. Following the event, Guerrero participated in a tournament to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship at No Way Out. On February 3 edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero lost to Booker T in the quarter-final round. At No Way Out, Guerrero teamed with Rey Mysterio to defeat Basham Brothers to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. Guerrero and Mysterio were best friends but their partnership did not work on as Chavo Guerrero planted seeds of dissension between the two by persuading Eddie to wrestle Mysterio. At WrestleMania 21, Eddie Guerrero lost to Mysterio.
On April 21 (taped April 18) edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero and Rey Mysterio lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to MNM. Guerrero and Mysterio's reign ended at 57 days. On April 28 edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero abandoned Mysterio in a rematch against MNM for the championship. This brought a change in the friendly Latino Heat, making him a more vicious and nasty competitor. He turned heel and began a rivalry with Mysterio. At Judgment Day, Guerrero lost to Mysterio by disqualification. On May 26 edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero participated in a Win At ECW One Night Stand, Guerrero represented WWE against ECW and ended up losing to Chris Benoit.
On June 23 edition of SmackDown!, Rey Mysterio defeated Guerrero. Guerrero threatened to reveal a secret involving Mysterio's son Dominick. At The Great American Bash, Mysterio defeated Guerrero, which stipulated that Guerrero could not tell the secret due to losing. However, Guerrero secretly told Dominick that he was his real father, not Mysterio, and told Dominick that he had given him to Mysterio for adoption, thus beginning a conflict between Mysterio and his son. At SummerSlam, Mysterio defeated Guerrero in a Ladder match to win the custody of Dominick after Guerrero's wife Vickie Guerrero prevented him from winning the match. On September 9 edition of SmackDown!, the emotional rivalry was over once and for all as Guerrero defeated Mysterio in a Steel Cage match.
At No Mercy, Guerrero unsuccessfully challenged Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Batista showed respect to his opponent as it was Guerrero's 38th birthday. The two shook hands and Guerrero turned babyface. He revealed that he had just lost himself since losing the WWE Championship back in 2004. Guerrero formed an alliance with Batista. On November 11 edition of SmackDown!, Guerrero defeated Mr. Kennedy by disqualification by using his "lie, cheat and steal" policy to qualify for Team SmackDown! at Survivor Series. However, Guerrero was unable to compete as he tragically and unexpectedly died on November 13, 2005. The 38-year old had died in his hotel room. His death marked the major loss of WWE as the company lost its biggest star.
Tribute shows were held to the fallen Latino Heat in November 2005 and several promotions paid tribute to him. His career was cut short but the career he spent, was probably the best WWE career anyone could think of. In 2006, WWE started Wellness Policy to prevent wrestlers from using drugs as Guerrero's death was reported to be resulting from heart failure. His drug abuse was considered to be the reason of his heart failure. Guerrero was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 1, 2006 by Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero. Eddie's wife Vickie Guerrero accepted the honour.
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