Eddie Guerrero

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Eddie Guerrero (also known as Eddy Guerrero, born Eduardo Gori Guerrero Llanes on October 9, 1968 in Ciudad Jurez, Chihuahua) is a Hispanic professional wrestler performing for World Wrestling Entertainment on the SmackDown! brand. He comes from a legendary wrestling family. His late father, Gory Guerrero, is considered one of the greatest wrestlers in Mexican history. His oldest brother, Chavo Guerrero, is a legendary junior heavyweight wrestler, feuding with Japanese legend Atsushi Onita. His brother Hector Guerrero is also somewhat well-known and brother Mando Guerrero wrestles as well. His nephew, Chavo Guerrero, Jr. wrestles in World Wrestling Entertainment. His uncle Enrique Llanes and cousin Javier Llanes are also popular wrestlers but their popularity is restricted to Mexico. He also has two sisters, Cuqui and Linda.

Guerrero holds dual citizenship in Mexico and the United States.


Early Career

Eddie Guerrero was raised in El Paso, Texas, and attended the University of New Mexico on an athletic scholarship, where he wrestled collegiately, before returning to El Paso to train as a professional wrestler. He debuted in 1987 in the Mexican Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre promotion. He became a star in Mexico long before he main evented in the United States.

In 1993, Guerrero began wrestling in Japan for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he was known as Black Tiger II. In Mexico, he wrestled mainly for Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion, teaming with El Hijo del Santo as the new version of La Pareja Atmica (The Atomic Pair), the legendary tag team of Gory Guerrero and El Santo. After Guerrero turned on Santo and allied with Art Barr as La Pareja del Terror (The Pair of Terror), the duo became arguably the most hated tag team in lucha libre history. Along with Barr, Konnan and Madonna’s Boyfriend, Guerrero formed Los Gringos Locos (The Crazy Americans), a heel stable.

Guerrero and Barr were noticed in late 1994 by the owner of Extreme Championship Wrestling, Paul Heyman, and were approached about wrestling for him in 1995. Sadly, Art Barr died before he could join ECW with Eddie. With this, Eddie began adopting Barr's trademark maneuver, the Frog Splash. Eddie won the ECW World Television Title on his debut, and went on to have a series of excellent matches with Dean Malenko before they both jumped to World Championship Wrestling later that year.

WCW career

In WCW, he found considerable singles success, winning the United States Heavyweight Title in late 1996 and two World Cruiserweight titles in 1997. He also founded the Latino World Order (LWO). The LWO was an answer to the nWo and Eric Bischoff not pushing the Latino wrestlers. Members of the LWO included Psychosis, Rey Mysterio, Jr., Los Villanos and La Parka. He was involved in a serious car accident in 1997 that almost cost him his life, but returned to the ring a few months afterwards. He turned heel in 1998, a role which he is best at, judging from his days in AAA in Mexico. Around this time, he became unhappy with WCW management and jumped to the WWF in 2000, with Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Perry Saturn.

World Wrestling Federation

Guerrero and the other WCW wrestlers debuted in the WWF on January 31, 2000 as the heel group The Radicalz. After breaking his arm while performing a Frog Splash, Guerrero was sidelined for several weeks. In March 2000, Guerrero began pursuing the affections of Chyna, who he referred to as his Mamacita. Chyna was intially repelled, but allied with him, declaring that she "couldn't resist his Latino Heat". This made Eddie Guerrero turn face.

After defeating Chris Jericho for the European Championship on April 3, Guerrero held the title for just under three months. He and Chyna began a feud with Essa Rios and Lita, which culimanted in a title defence on April 30 at Backlash, which was also billed as the night of Guerrero's prom (he was said to have just earned a GED). Guerrero defeated Rios after arriving at ringside in a 1957 Chevrolet. Guerrero successfully retained the title in matches with Saturn and Malenko before finally losing to Saturn on July 23.

Over the next few months, friction began to build between the couple. Chyna was upset when Guerrero pinned her to advance in the King of the Ring Tournament, but forgave him when he presented her with a puppy. On August 27, Chyna pinned Trish Stratus in an inter-gender tag match between Chyna and Eddie and Trish and Val Venis, winning Venis' Intercontinental Championship as a result. Guerrero claimed not to mind, and on September 4 he begged Commissioner Mick Foley to let him take part in a title defence between Chyna and Kurt Angle, because he was afraid that Angle would injure Chyna. After Angle levelled Chyna with the title belt, Guerrero "accidentally" pinned her while trying to revive her.

Chyna became visibly uncomfortable as Guerrero began to cheat in order to retain his title, while Guerrero was upset that Chyna was posing for Playboy Magazine, even trying to invade the Playboy Mansion to stop the photoshoot. Just when it appeared that Chyna would leave Guerrero, he proposed to her and she accepted, much to the dismay of her fans. The engagement was called off when Guerrero was caught showering with two of The Godfather's hos, Mandy and Victoria, claiming that "Two Mamacitas are better than one!". Guerrero turned heel once again as a result of the incident, and was later defeated for the Intercontinental Championship by Chyna's friend Billy Gunn.

The Radicalz reunited in late 2000, assisting Triple H in his match with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Survivor Series. In early 2001, Guerrero feuded with Test, winning the European Championship for a second time at WrestleMania X-Seven with help from Saturn and Malenko. Guerrero eventually left the Radicalz, siding with The Hardy Boyz and Lita. At this point, Guerrero developed an addiction to pain medication stemming from his 1997 car accident, and in May 2001 he was send to rehabilitation. On November 9, 2001 he was arrested for drunk driving, and was subsequently released by the WWF three days later.

Independent Circuit

Guerrero appeared with numerous independent promotions, including Ring of Honor and the World Wrestling Allstars. Following a number of highly acclaimed matches, such as his bout with Doug Williams at FWA British Uprising, he was rehired by the WWE in March 2002.

World Wrestling Entertainment

Guerrero returned to RAW on April 1, 2002, attacking Rob Van Dam and reuniting with then heel, Chris Benoit. On April 21 at Backlash he defeated RVD for the Intercontinental Championship. He lost the belt back to RVD a month later in a highly acclaimed Ladder Match, in the course of which an overenthusiastic fan ran into the ring and knocked the ladder over while he was climbing it. Guerrero then attacked Steve Austin in a bar, beginning a feud, but Austin left the WWE before a match could take place. He went on to feud briefly with The Rock.

On August 1 Guerrero and Benoit jumped to SmackDown!. With Benoit starting to focus on Kurt Angle, Eddie decided to align himself with his nephew Chavo, forming the successful tag team Los Guerreros. In contrast to a previous WCW storyline with his nephew, Chavo fully adopted his uncle's policy of "Lie, Cheat and Steal" to win matches as part of the gimmick. The duo entered the 8-team tournament for the new WWE Tag-Team Championship and began a feud with the newly formed tag team of Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit, who just defeated John Cena and Billy Kidman. Chavo told Benoit that his former friend Eddie was assaulted by his tag team partner Kurt Angle. Benoit ran to make the save, only to have himself locked inside a room. Eddie, with a steel chair, assaulted Benoit.

Benoit and Angle managed to overcome their differences and eventually defeated Eddie and Chavo in the tournament semi-finals. Later on, Benoit and Angle won the WWE Tag Team Titles afer defeating Rey Mysterio and Edge. It is also on this day that Benoit and Angle got revenge on the Los Guerreros, with Benoit telling Eddie that his nephew is currently assaulted by Kurt Angle. Eddie chose not to fall for it, and in fact Chavo was assaulted.

Later on, Benoit and Angle fought for a trophy (for being the first WWE Tag Team Champion). Surprisingly, Eddie and Chavo helped Benoit win this match, to the surprise of the Crippler. Angle quickly attack his tag team partner and destroyed the trophy, ensuring that neither man would have it.

Los Guerreros would then be given another shot at the WWE Tag Team gold. Meanwhile, new champions were crowned (Edge and Rey Mysterio). At Survivor Series 2002, Eddie made Rey Mysterio submit to The Lasso From El Paso. Los Guerreros had just started their reign as the WWE Tag Team Champions.

Team Angle, a young tag team consisting of Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin challenged Eddie and Chavo and eventually captured the Tag Titles. Prior to Judgment Day, Chavo tore his bicep. This forced Eddie to look for another partner. He chose Tajiri. They won the Tag Titles at Judgment Day in a Ladder Match. In the following week, Eddie and Tajiri managed to retain their titles by cheating. In addition, they also defeated the legendary Roddy Piper and his young tandem, Sean O'Haire. However, Eddie and Tajiri lost the titles to Team Angle again. Eddie turned heel for the third time on Tajiri, slamming his partner through the windshield of his low-rider truck.

In mid-2003, Eddie competed in a tournament for the new WWE United States Championship. He managed to defeat Ultimo Dragon and Billy Gunn to advance to the final round, where he would meet Chris Benoit who just eliminated Rhyno. In this match, Eddie is up to his dirty tricks, clocking Benoit with the belt and hitting a Frog Splash. Benoit managed to kick out, however. Eddie tried to get Benoit in trouble by placing the title belt on top of the unconcsious Benoit. It didn't work, however, since he knocked out the ref earlier with a belt shot to the kidneys. The match ended thanks to an interference by Rhyno and his finishing maneuver, The Gore.

At SummerSlam, Eddie retained his title by defeating all Rhyno, Benoit, and Tajiri. He reverted to being a face again by engaging in a rivalry with John Cena. Eddie challenged Cena to a US championship match, Latino Heat Street Fight syle match. Which basically, is a Street Fight in the Parking Lot. Eddie countered Cena's F-U and connected with a Frog Splash for the three count. It was also in this match that Chavo made his return, assisting Eddie in executing his Frog Splash on Cena.

As Eddie's popularity grew, Eddie began seeking the WWE Title. In a storyline, Eddie's singles title ambitions made Chavo jealous and Chavo broke from the team. At this time, the summer of 2003, Eddie began driving a customized lowrider to ringside as part of his ring entrance. He has become identified sufficiently with lowriders that he appeared on the cover of the February 2004 issue of Lowrider magazine; he is the first man ever to appear on the cover of that publication (Normally, the cover includes a lowrider and a bikini-clad woman; the Guerrero cover has the same features but adds him).

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Guerrero won his first WWE Championship at WWE's No Way Out pay per view on February 15, 2004, defeating Brock Lesnar. Eddie Guerrero would enjoy many months of success as champion, which involved defeating Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania 20. He would later lose the title to John "Bradshaw" Layfield, thanks to Kurt Angle's interference.

At SummerSlam, Kurt Angle made Eddie Guerrero submit to the Angle Lock. However, this feud is far from over. Eddie made an alliance with Big Show, who also despised Kurt Angle (then General Manager) for firing him. Kurt Angle and Luther Reigns, along with Mark Jindrak, took down both Eddie and Big Show. The trio would eventually shaved Show's head. At No Mercy, Eddie pinned Luther Reigns thanks to the police baton he stole from a police officer. Big Show also defeated Kurt Angle with a big Chokeslam.

Kurt Angle and his guys were still at it. Each week they began targetting Eddie and his giant pal, the Big Show. In an episode "SmackDown!", Eddie assisted Rey Mysterio with a Frog Splash to Kurt Angle. General Manager Theodore Long booked a Classic Survivor Series Elimination Match between Eddie's team and Kurt Angle's team. Eddie found his three members easily. Rey Mysterio's tag team partner, Rob Van Dam, came along to help Eddie. Big Show came along as well. Meanwhile, Angle managed to find the fourth member for his team. He decided it will be Carlito Caribbean Cool, who was United States Champion at the time.

Eddie was forced to find another member for his team because Rey Mysterio had just been given an opportunity to win back the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Eddie would then picked John Cena, who were feuding with Carlito at the time. At Survivor Series, Eddie eliminated Mark Jindrak, and made the Frog Splash to Kurt Angle for the victory.

Eddie, along with Booker T and The Undertaker, challenged John "Bradshaw" Layfield for a WWE Championship rematch. Along the way, Eddie found a partner in Booker T. Despite losing two matches in a row as a tag team, Eddie and Booker managed to get along. At Armageddon, Eddie and Booker worked as a unit, taking down both Bradshaw and Undertaker. The two broke away from the team and made it clear that it's every man for themselves. During the match, Eddie made a couple of highlights, Frog Splashing The Undertaker twice, and as well hitting Frog Splash from top of a ladder. Eddie would then be taken out by Undertaker and his patented Chokeslam.

After "Armageddon", Eddie and Booker began seeking the Tag Titles. They defeated a tag team of Kenzo Suzuki and Rene Dupree, and later came close to winning the titles from Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam. Then they would participate in a Four Way Elimination Match for the titles. They were second to be eliminated after Eddie was pinned by Rey again. The following week they would face new Tag Champions Doug Basham and Danny Basham. Once again, Eddie costed Booker the chance to win the titles. Eddie would then help Booker from an assault by the Bashams. Eddie and Booker separated since the two wanted the WWE Championship more than anything else.

On February 20, 2005, Guerrero once again became a tag team champion, this time with long time friend and rival, Rey Mysterio when they defeated Doug Basham and Danny Basham at No Way Out.

Many expected the new champions to defend their titles at WrestleMania 21, but after encouragement from Chavo, instead Eddie challenged Rey, to a one-on-one match so they could "bring the house down". The two wrestled a match at WrestleMania with Mysterio getting the win. Although visibly frustrated, Guerrero congratulated his partner.

After several mishaps in the weeks following WrestleMania, the growing tension between Guerrero and Mysterio finally erupted when they lost their tag titles to new team MNM on the April 21 episode of Smackdown. After a brief but intense shoving match, it appeared the team was irrepairably damaged, thus setting the stage for a feud between the former partners.

On April 28, 2005, Eddie and Mysterio faced MNM in a rematch for the WWE tag team championships. During the match Mysterio tagged in accidently and then hit Eddie off the side of the ring and Eddie landed on the floor. Eddie then got up, but he refused to tag Mysterio. MNM double teamed Mysterio and threw him out of the ring. Eddie then gave Mysterio a glare and a frown and walked off. As a result, Eddie has now officially turned heel for the fourth time in the WWE betraying his long time friend, Rey Mysterio, who he had dubbed "his family" earlier in the show. The next week on SmackDown!, Guerrero appeared to adopt a new, somewhat sociopathic gimmick. Though Guerrero had historically been characterized by his emotion in the ring, on this edition of the show he viciously and emotionlessly beat up his former tag team partner, leaving him bruised and bloody on a set of steel steps. At Judgment Day 2005 on May 22 Mysterio defeated Guerrero by disqualification after Guerrero hits him with a steel chair. With this heel turn, Eddie began using his submission maneuver again, known as the Lasso From El Paso.


Autobiography: Cheating Death, Stealing Life (2005) with Michael Krugman

Finishing maneuvers

Signature maneuvers

Championships and accomplishments

World Wrestling Entertainment

Extreme Championship Wrestling

World Championship Wrestling

Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion

  • 1-time AAA/IWC World Tag Team Champion (with Love Machine Art Barr)

New Japan Pro Wrestling

  • NJPW Junior Heavyweight Super Grade Tag League Champion (with The Great Sasuke)

World Wrestling Allstars

  • 1-time WWA International Cruiserweight Champion

World Wrestling Association

Latin American Wrestling Association

  • 1-time LAWA Heavyweight Champion

Pro Wrestling Federation

Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South

  • 1-time IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

  • 81st Best Wrestler of the "PWI Years" (2003)
  • 18th Best Tag Team of the "PWI Years" (with Art Barr)
  • Comeback of the Year Award (1999)
  • Most Inspirational Award (2002)
  • Most Inspirational Award (2004)
WWE Championship Reigns
Preceded by:
Brock Lesnar
First Succeeded by:
John Bradshaw Layfield

External Links

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