Despite Eddie Guerrero passing away 13 years ago, he has still made more title defenses on SmackDown than any other Superstar in WWE history.
At the time of typing this, SmackDown's 1000th episode is just two days away. The blue brand made its debut all the way back in 1999 and on Tuesday night, some of its greatest moments will be celebrated. The best part? Many of the stars that have made the brand great will be returning, some of them for one night only.
While Rey Mysterio, Edge, and Batista can return to celebrate SmackDown 1000, one man who did a tonne of work to make the show what it is cannot. That man is Eddie Guerrero. Latino Heat was one of the brand's top talents during the early 2000s and it's where he did most of his best work as a WWE Superstar.
Perhaps the most impressive stat relating to Guerrero and SmackDown was revealed by wwestatdown on Reddit over the weekend. Despite passing away all the way back in 2005, the WWE Hall Of Famer has still made more title defenses on the blue brand than any other Superstar in its history. Plus, as you can see from the graphic below, it's currently not even a close run thing.
Guerrero has defended a title on SmackDown an incredibly impressive 33 times. In a distant second is Chris Jericho on 21, and he likely won't be upping that number any time soon. One man who might is Mysterio who currently sits in third on 20. The luchador will return to SmackDown this Tuesday and judging by his first match back, he may be United States Champion before you know it. It's the one title that has evaded Mysterio his entire career.
A name not mentioned in the graphic is Chris Benoit. The former World Champion is actually in second place with 22 defenses, one more than Y2J. However, wwestatdown decided to omit his name for obvious reasons. Even including Benoit, no one is anywhere near dethroning Latino Heat. Pretty incredible, and we personally hope it's a record that stands for SmackDown's next 1000 episodes and beyond.