One of the greatest entertainers of all time in the world of professional wrestling, gifted athletically and he sported one of the most caring hearts anyone could ever hope to find. He is Eddie Guerrero and this is a compilation of some of his greatest matches and also friends and family talk about the man in and out of the ring, through his highs and lows in life.
-Vickie Guerrero talks about meeting Eddie and how they hit it off right away, how she didn't even know he was a wrestler until after their first date. Also how good of a guy his dad Gory Guerrero was and how he generously gave to the community of El Paso, Texas. How Eddie had a passion for wrestling from an early age and then discussing his teaming with Art Barr and he helped Eddie a lot in his early career. How his coming to ECW helped launch his exposure to the U.S. fans.
-4/8/95, ECW Hardcore TV, ECW TV Title Match: vs. 2 Cold Scorpio (Champion): Always loved Scorpio's unique style and he and Eddie worked very well in this match. Nice good exchange of wrestling holds by both men, nice heel move by Eddie, offering a handshake then hitting a quick clothesline. Eddie keeps trying to ground the high flying Scorpio, though Scorpio does hit a nice japanese arm drag, dropkick and superkick combo. Eddie hits a nice dive to the outside on Scorpio that brought the crowd to its feet. Plenty of high impact moves and close nearfalls follow and Eddie hits a quick roll-up to become the new TV champion. 8/10.
-Dean Malenko talks about meeting Eddie while working in Japan and how they became close friends. Working in ECW and how Eddie and his styles were much different than the violent matches ECW put on, but also how the fans appreciated and loved how they wrestled.
-4/15/95, Hostile City Showdown '95, ECW TV Title Match: vs. Dean Malenko: You can never go wrong with a Malenko/Guerrero match and this one is no exception. Plenty of good counter wrestling early on, with some good exchanges of moves and even a stand-off between the two that brought the crowd to their feet. Both try to ground the other with various upperbody and leg submissions, Dean works over Eddie's leg trying to get him to submit. This is just a good classic wrestling match, and it goes to the 30 minute time limit, resulting in a draw. 9/10.
-Jim Ross talks about Eddie getting into WCW and how he was happy for him and felt it would get him way more exposure worldwide. Also the New Japan/WCW World Cup storyline is discussed and how the younger lesser known talent would get their chance to shine.
-12/27/95, Starrcade: vs. Shinjiro Ootani: This was during the before mentioned New Japan/WCW World Cup storyline and while a good match, and maybe I'm in the minority here but it didn't seem to fully click for me. There's some very good chain wrestling here, though the announcers at times seem more interested in bantering rather than paying attention to the match. Eddie hits a nice snap powerbomb and a brainbuster both for a 2 count. Nice dive by Ootani to the outside on Eddie. The energy just seems to be lacking in the match and the crowd, Ootani reverses a roll-up for the win. 6/10.
-Ric Flair talks about how he'd known Eddie as a child since he knew his father. He says Eddie is in the top 10 to 20 guys he's ever wrestled and how his work eithic was unbelievable.
-8/10/96, Hog Wild, WCW United States Title Match: vs. Ric Flair (Champion): This is pretty much a dream type match, cause Eddie is so good in the ring and Flair is the man, who can always make people look like a million bucks in the ring. Eddie is pretty agressive in this match as he believes he can take the title from Flair, while Ric does his usually dirty tricks and veteran moves to wear down Eddie working on his leg to set him up for the figure four which Eddie does counter at one point. Eddie hits the frog splash but hurts his already injured knee and Flair slaps on the figure four and Eddie passes out from the pain and gets pinned for 3. Flair retains his title. 8/10.
-Chris Jericho discusses his time teaming with Eddie and how they were good but didn't get to go anywhere cause the higher ups didn't bother to go with the gimmick. Also how good of friends they were and how good of matches they could have cause their work ethic was second to none.
-9/23/97, Superbrawl, WCW United States Title Match: vs. Chris Jericho: Chris talked before about how this was a great match they had but the crowd was so dead that they both felt deflated afterwards. He's right as these two traded some good moves back and forth and the momentum shifted constantly, but the dead crowd just kills it to the point where I felt bad for these two. Eddie hits a sunset flip for the 3 count to retain his title. 7/10.
-Rey Mysterio says Eddie and him had magic in the ring when they faced off, also talking about how their Halloween Havoc '97 match was one of his personal favorites. The chemistry they had and how Eddie was a perfectionist and wouldn't accept anything less than the absolute best in any match.
-11/10/97, WCW Monday Nitro, WCW Cruiserweight Title Match: vs. Rey Mysterio (Champion): As Rey said before whenever these two got in the ring it was magic and this match while short is no exception. Eddie comes out very focused and on fire in the beginning as he was looking to regain his title from Rey and of course Rey hits his high flying moves to throw Guerrero off his game. Eddie hits the frog splash to win the title. 8/10. Nice post match face/off between Eddie and Dean Malenko.
-Dean says Eddie and him worked well in WCW cause for the first year or so they were able to wrestle their type of match and he says Eddie was his favorite opponent.
-12/28/97, Starrcade, WCW Cruiserweight Title Match: vs. Dean Malenko: Like I said before you can never go wrong with a Malenko/Guerrero match, Eddie was in full heel mode here taking all kinds of shortcuts while Dean showed a much more vicious side as he was out to gain the Cruiserweight title. Dean countered a top rope head scissors into a snap powerbomb, Eddie works on Dean grounding him and hitting a nice low dropkick. Eddie hits the frog splash on Malenko's bad knees to retain his cruiserweight title. 9/10.
-Chavo Guerrero says that wrestling was a family business cause his dad instilled it in them from any early age and how they learned to adapt to other people's styles. Also how Eddie and the Ultimo Dragon always had great matches.
-5/17/98, Slamboree: vs. Ultimo Dragon: If Ultimo won then Chavo Guerrero would get his freedom, Chavo was kept kinda against his will by Eddie. This was a pretty good match, nice counter wrestling by both men as they knew each other very well having worked previously in Mexico, Japan and WCW. Seems like at one point the fans are more interested in something happening off camera, likely a fan or two getting thrown out. Ultimo accidentaly hits a spin kick on Chavo, Eddie hits the frog splash for the win. 7/10. Good post match with Chavo being so mad at the result that he took out his aggression on the Dragon, to the point where Eddie pulled Chavo off and begged him to take his best shot but he wouldn't and Chavo walked off.
-Chavo says they had a wrestling ring in the backyard and would learn to wrestle at an early age. How it was great to see Eddie succeed in wrestling and how nice it was to work together. Also how big Eddie's heart was and how a lot of people didn't get to see it.
-8/3/98, WCW Monday Nitro: vs. Juventud Guerrera: Juvi was the quicker of the two though Eddie was clearly the better wrestler. Eddie goes around slamming Juvi to the match and chopping him. Juvi does use his high flying moves like a spinning back kick from the top rope and a suicide dive to the outside. Nice shoulder breaker and a follow-up frog splash by Eddie for the win. 7/10.
-Vickie talks about the cruiserweight wrestlers and how Eddie had no fear in the ring. His car accident which was during his drug abuse days, he had inuries to his elbow, back, pelvic bone and his legs to the point where he had to learn how to walk again. Eddie was very depressed during the time he was healing cause he had to wait to heal.
-6/24/99, WCW Thunder: vs. Psychosis: This was shortly after his return from his accident, the crowd was behind Eddie at this point. Eddie was out for revenege on the former LWO members for disbanding the group while he was out injured. Psychosis hits a nice splash to the outside, Eddie hits a nice head scissors and goes to work on grounding Psychosis and slamming him head first into the ring steps. Eddie is a lot more aggressive in this match, much to the pleasure of the crowd. The action is all over the place and Eddie hits the frog splash to the back, rolls him over for the win. 8/10.
-Chris Jericho says Eddie was a pioneer in helping the smaller guys make it big in wrestling. Also how when Eddie came to WWE he discovered his great persona, namely the latino heat storyline with Chyna that helped shape him into a superstar. Jericho also tells a story of how Eddie would just do quirky things to get a laugh, which is better to be heard to get the effect of it.
-4/3/00, Raw, European Title Match: vs. Chris Jericho (Champion): This was right after Wrestlemania XVI where Jericho won the Euro title. Also this was during the time when Eddie was pursuing Chyna. Eddie came out full of fire looking to take the title from Chris, while Jericho chopped at and sent Eddie up into the lights and back down to the mat. They had a fairly good match where Eddie tried to gain the edge on the outside. Jericho hits the double powerbomb and the lionsault, Chyna makes the 3 count which doesn't count then DDT's Chris. The ref is back in the ring and Eddie makes the cover to win the European title. 7/10. Thus begins the Mamacita storyline.
-Matt Hardy says Eddie was always willing to help out the younger wrestlers with advice, he was very kind hearted and true. Also how he would work a match according to the crowd and how into it they were then pace the match based on that.
-6/8/00, Smackdown, King of the Ring Qualifying Match: vs. Matt Hardy: These two cut a pretty good pace as their styles mesh pretty well. Early on the both counter each others moves, Matt holds onto an arm bar even after Eddie tries powering out of it, then Matt hits a nice tilt a whirl side slam. Great pinfall reversals by both men, none of which lead to a 3 count. Eddie hits a springboard hurricarana into a pin for the 3 count. 7/10.
-Jerr Lawler talks about being familiar with the Guerrero family and how Eddie's wrestling and personality instantly connected with the crowd when he first came out.
-4/21/02, Backlash, Intercontinental Title Match: vs. Rob van Dam (Champion): This was just weeks after Eddie returned to the company and this was easily a dream match of high flying styles. Both these men are magic in the ring when they wrestle each other, the action is back and forth with both men pulling out unique moves and way to hurt their opponent. RVD went for Rolling Thunder but Eddie countered by getting his knees up and then went to work on RVD's back. Eddie brings the belt in, after the referree is knocked down, Eddie hits a neckbreaker onto the belt then hits the frog splash for the win to become the new I.C. champion. 8/10.
-Jeff Hardy brings up watching Eddie wrestle when he was younger and how he was star struck to meet and wrestle him.
-4/29/02, Raw, Intercontinental Title Match: vs. Jeff Hardy: This was during the time where Jeff was being pushed as a singles star, which at this time never quite worked like it did later in his career. Jeff does do a good job hanging with Guerrero in the ring, hitting a nice pair of arm drags. Eddie hits a low dropkick to Jeff's knee and tries grounding the high flying Hardy. Jeff hits a nice superplex and then his usual offense, the referree gets knocked down, then Eddie hits the frog splash for the win. 8/10.
-Edge talks about their rivalry in the summer of '02, how they both felt their matches were good and how the final match they had on Smackdown in Sept. of '02 was a masterpiece and a great way to cap off the feud.
-9/26/02, Smackdown, No DQ match: vs. Edge: Easily one of my favorite matches as everything just clicked. Plenty of hard hitting action, they use some great wrestling holds to start out and both used the various weapons well including ladder, even Eddie got busted open by Edge ramming him face first into it. Eddie hits a nice powerbomb on Edge from the ladder. Edge hits a massive Edgecution DDT from the top of a ladder for the win. 10/10. Nice standing ovation from the crowd, especially for Eddie who was a heel at the time.
-Chavo talks about teaming with Eddie as Los Guerreros, even has a story about how film director Rob Reiner told them he was very entertained by them and how it looked like they were having fun. Also how the fans first hated the team, then after they saw the entertaining vignettes they cheered them. Their feud with Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Hass) and how they enjoy facing them.
-4/27/03, Backlash, WWE Tag Team Title Match: vs. Team Angle (Champions): Its a good classic tag team match as Team Angle had only been on the main roster a few months and already had some good matches. Good wrestling holds, good double teaming and some funny antics by Eddie make this an entertaining match. The momentum swings back and forth, Eddie comes in and hits the frog splash, Chavo makes the cover but Benjamin stops the count. Chavo picks up Haas for a spulex, Shelton grabs Chavo's leg from the outside and Haas falls on top of him for the 3 count to retain their titles. 7/10. Good post match antics with the Guerrero's stealing the tag team titles and celebrating even though they lost.
-John Cena discusses Eddie's personality and how he was the total package in the ring. Cena also says his feud with Eddie helped him a lot. Also Cena talks about loving the lowrider culture even giving Chavo a car that he was custom making for Eddie, beofre he passed away.
-9/11/03, Smackdown, Parking Lot Brawl: vs. John Cena: Nice pre-match promo from Cena during his heel days. Anything goes in this match and while short its pretty brutal as both take shots on the various cars around them. Cena hits a nice suplex onto the hood of the car that looked like it hurt both men. Cena even puts Eddie in the trunk of a car and gets it popped right back up in his face. Eddie puts Cena's head through a car window, and Cena returns the favor. Nice comedic spot with Eddie hitting Cena's head into the steering wheel as the horn honks each time. Chavo comes in hits Cena with a hubcap and Eddie hits a frog splash on Cena from the top of a minivan onto the hood of a car for the win. 9/10.
-Chavo Sr. says that Eddie had a rough time early in the business but how he powered through it and became a star. He also says he misses Eddie and wishes he was still here.
-1/25/04, Royal Rumble: vs. Chavo Guerrero: This was about Eddie saying he would beat Chavo in the match then beat him up afterwards and you could see it early on as he went to get more physical but kept holding back, which allowed Chavo to gain an advantage. The crowd was very much behind Eddie and this was actually a good match that told a good story, Eddie does win a hard fought match-up after hitting the frog splash. 7/10. The post match beatdown he gave Chavo and Chavo Sr. was pretty good too and he left his nephew Chavo bloody in the middle of the ring.
-Vickie talks about how Eddie loved working with Brock Lesnar and how winning the WWE championship was a dream come true.
-2/15/04, No Way Out, WWE Title Match: vs. Brock Lesnar (Champion): Early on Lesnar was very aggressive as he was attacked by Goldberg earlier in the show. The early minutes of the match were about him weathering the storm that Lesnar brought as he hit all kinds of clubbing blows and suplexes on Eddie. He was looking for Brock to make a mistake, which he did and Eddit hit Brock's knee into the ring post, then after Lesnar regained the advantage and then he hit a running knee into the turnbuckle that Eddie dodged. Eddie went to work on Brock's knee even locking on a unique leg lock then and STF that brought the crowd to its feet. Brock fights back nailing a massive belly to belly suplex, but Eddie just won't give up on the much bigger more powerful Lesnar as he kept going for Brock's knee and locking on various leg submissions. A few minutes later as things looked bleak for Eddie, Goldberg made another appearance hitting a spear on Lesnar, Eddie goes to make a cover but Lesnar kicks out. Lesnar went for the F-5 but Eddie countered it to a DDT on the belt. Eddie hits the frog splash to win his first and sadly only WWE Championship. 10/10. The post match celebration with the crowd including him hugging his mother in the front row was very good and emotional. If you don't feel the emotion in this match you don't have a pulse.
Special Features include the Los Guerreros vignettes which were funny in their own right though the outtakes are the best part. So hilarious and such a good time.
-Rey Mysterio talks about how happy Eddie was to be the WWE Champion, how he put his best foward whether it was in an interview, doing an autograph session or make-a-wish foundation trip. Rey also says he wishes Eddie was still here.
-3/18/04, Smackdown, WWE Title Match: vs. Rey Mysterio: This was the first Smackdown after Wrestlemania XX where Eddie beat Kurt Angle and this one while good wasn't their best match. Early on Eddie is almost pinned on a couple of occasions by Rey, then Eddie reverses a bulldog attempt by Rey slamming him into the turnbuckle then goes to work on Rey's left shoulder with a vicious arm bar. Rey does come back with a high impact moonsault from the top rope to the outside. Eddie continues to work on Rey's arm, but he does make his comeback even hitting the 619. He does miss a top rope leg drop and Eddie rolls Rey up to retain his title. 7/10.
-John Bradshaw Layfield discusses the rivalry he had with Eddie in '04 and how even to this day he has heat with a lot of the latino fans cause of the matches they had and what he said about Eddie and his family. He says the matches he had with Eddie were brutal but a lot of fun.
-5/16/04, Judgement Day, WWE Title Match: vs. JBL: Great promo by JBL, so offensive yet so funny, he's a great heel. Eddie makes his way to the ring and after staring down JBL for a minute, the action starts off in physical fashion with Eddie taking his aggression out on JBL for all that he's done. This match could be described in just a few words: Bloody, brutal, gory, vicious. After some intense battling all over ringside, the ref gets knocked down and JBL hits Eddie with a chairshot that splits Eddie open badly, I mean badly that he just gushes blood. He somehow makes a comeback and after all this Eddie hits JBL with the title belt, the ref sees it and DQ's Eddie. JBL wins but doesn't win the title. The post match segment is great as Eddie just beats on JBL more even busting him open. By the time its over the ring mat is stained red with blood, mostly Eddie's. 10/10.
-JBL says wrestling Eddie was like wrestling a livewire and how he feels he is one of if not the greatest mexican superstar of all time.
-7/15/04, Smackdown, Steel Cage Match for the WWE Title: vs. JBL (Champion): This was easily one of the best steel cage matches ever done on live TV as both men brought the intensity and used the cage to inflict pain on the other. Eddie bounces JBL's head off of the cage a few times then misses a frog splash from the top rope, JBL hits a massive superplex from the top. Nice russian leg sweep from the top rope by Guerrero. Eddie takes a brutal hit into the cage the gets the Clothesline from Hell from JBL but only for a 2 count. Eddie hits frog splash from the top of the cage that would've made Jimmy Snuka proud, but after some time only got a 2 count. Some masked guy comes out and prevents Eddie from going over the top of the cage as JBL's feet hit the floor to retain his title. 10/10. Good post match with Eddie removing the mask of the guy to reveal its Kurt Angle.
-Michael Cole calls Eddie magic and how he would always have fun whether he was a heel or a face. The Angle/Guerrero rivalry was talked about and how it worked cause their styles while different meshed really well.
-5/14/05, Smackdown, WWE Championship Series: vs. Kurt Angle: This was a tournament to determine the number 1 contender to face the WWE Champion and nothing can go wrong with an Angle/Guerrero match. There's some early mat based wrestling as Angle tries working on Eddie's arm for a bit even locking on an arm bar. Angle works on Eddie nailing him with a snap belly to belly suplex. Eddie uses some lying, cheating and stealing with a chair and almost gains a 3 count on Kurt. Angle works more on Eddie's ribs and then after some more battling he goes for a steel chair. Rey Mysterio comes out to help Eddie but ends up accidentaly costing Eddie the match, as Angle wins. 8/10.
-Rey talks about how competitive Eddie was and how he earned everything he got in the world of wrestling.
-9/9/05, Smackdown, Steel Cage Match: vs. Rey Mysterio: This was to cap off their feud in the summer of '05 and this was during Eddie's somewhat dark heel turn. Eddie starts off just pounding on Rey slamming him fast first into the cage a few times pretty aggressively. Rey does hit a nice sunset flip into a powerbomb off the second rope. Both men try to escape the cage numerous times, and theres one cool spot where both are on tight rope walking the top rope and Rey hits a dropkick on Eddie. Rey goes for a splash from the top of the cage but Eddie dodges it. Eddie goes to leave through the door, comes back and hits a frog splash for the win. 8/10. Great post match with Eddie trash talking and hammering Rey more.
-Batista says Eddie never made anyone feel inferior and he always made Batista feel like the world champion when he was. He remembers the morning that Eddie died and he talks about the voicemail Eddie left the night before.
-10/9/05, No Mercy, World Title Match: vs. Batista (Champion): This match was at times more about Eddie trying to prove he didn't need to use any lying, cheating and stealing in this match and that he has turned over a new leaf. This was also during Batista's first and best World title reign where he was on fire and virtually unstoppable. It was actually a good match, just not a spectacular one. Eddie tries using some early wrestling moves to throw Batista off his game, while the animal uses his power even throwing Guerrero off of the second rope easily. Batista also uses a side headlock for a couple of minutes just squeezing on Eddie's head. Eddie does hit a nice frog splash onto Batista's back, then Eddie goes to work on it. Eddie uses a lot of submission moves even a texas cloverleaf. Batista hits a spinebuster out of nowhere to retain his title. 7/10. Good post match with Eddie giving respect to Batista for winning the match. Also kinda eerie this was Eddie's last PPV match.
-Batista says after the PPV broadcast was over he called Eddie back to the ring and celebrated Eddie's birthday by singing, which he admits was awful. Everyone interviewed add more comments and say that they wish he was here and that he was always great in the ring and wanted to get better. Also about how contagious his laugh and smile were. They also say he was always willing to talk to other wrestlers about any problems they may have had.
-Chris Jericho talks about his first time meeting Eddie and how Eddie wasn't nice the first time, mainly cause he was kinda typsy. Eddie did apologize the next day and they were friends ever since.
-11/11/05, Smackdown: vs. Mr. Kennedy: This was to be sadly, Eddie's final match and its very, very eerie to think he would be dead only a couple of days later. Nice early wrestling by Eddie, Kennedy slaps Eddie who returns the favor with a thumb to the eye. Then he turns the intensity up hammering on Kennedy, but Ken does block the three amigos. The ref gets knocked down and Eddie of course grabs a chair, slams it to the mat, throws it at Kennedy who catches it. The ref sees it and dq's Kennedy an Eddie wins. 7/10. On a side note its odd to think that Kennedy had both Eddie and Umaga's final matches, (Umaga's came during the Hulk Hogan wrestling tour in late '09).
On a personal note I choose to remember Eddie for how he was in the ring and how he became a better person later in life. He always put on a great show, entertained the fans who always got their money's worth from him. I too wish he was still alive and competiting in the ring, but more importantly just living.