Known as one of the most charismatic WWE Superstars of his generation, Eddie Guererro made lying, cheating, and stealing popular in the world of wrestling. He was known as “Latino Heat” and for a smaller guy (not normally known to go far in WWE) he was over with the WWE Universe as much as any other competitor and had a huge Latino following that made him a global star.
His time in WWE was full of memorable moments—almost too many to list—but we’re going to do our best, on the anniversary of Guererro’s untimely passing, to list our top five.
Sit back and enjoy the five greatest moments of Eddie Guererro. He was a master of his craft and while he changed the WWE forever, he’ll be most remembered as one of the best in-ring performers with even better personality.
5. Winning the WWE Title in 2004
We have to start with what Eddie probably sees as the crowning achievement of his career. Despite going up against the prototypical WWE monster in Brock Lesnar, Guererro had been growing in popularity and so much so, WWE saw an opportunity to make a change.
He unexpectedly beat Lesnar and became one of the first Latino stars to be recognized as a world champion and paved the way for smaller guys to hold the company’s biggest honor. It was a great match, it was the right time and it was the right guy.
4. The Beef Burrito
It’s hard to pick just one of Guerrero’s moments of hilarity in the WWE so we’ll choose one as to way to represent the others but also make sure to note that Guerrero made so many moments in WWE funny that it’s worth looking up his videos on YouTube for a good laugh.
In this instance, Guererro punked Big Show by pretending to have a delivery boy bring burritos to the dressing room for Guerrero. When he couldn’t find Guerrero, Big Show stepped in an stole the burritos, eating some and sending one back to the delivery boy that Show had spit in. Guererro was never going to eat that burrito as he’d earlier laced the snacks with a laxative that cost Big Show his match when he had to run to the bathroom during the show and was counted out.
3. Eddie vs Rey Mysterio Halloween Havoc 1997
Eddie Guerrero had some incredibly good matches throughout his career, but one of the best ever was a match versus his good friend Rey Mysterio Jr. at WCW’s Halloween Havoc in 1997. Widely considered one of the best cruiserweight matches of all time, this match offered everything.
These were the types of contents that made WCW such a fan favorite during the Monday Night Wars and led to a real concern WCW would overtake WWE. Both wrestlers wound up in the WWE later and letting these two go was seen as one of WCW’s biggest mistakes.
2. The Radicalz
Eddie Guererro has to share this moment but his defection, along with Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Perry Saturn to WWE was viewed as one of the biggest moments and momentum swings in the WCW versus WWE wars, and it was huge for Guerrero’s career.
When he was floundering in WCW trying to get over terrible idea after terrible idea, he asked for and was granted his release from WCW. He was quickly injured, but upon his return became one of the most popular WWE stars in the company. His arrival in WWE changed the landscape of the roster and how WWE booked talents moving forward.
One of the things that will define Guerrero is the friendships he made and the last impression he left on the WWE and future wrestlers. It’s hard to describe this effect he had on others with one single event, but perhaps his moment with Chris Benoit at WrestleMania XX will do.
At the end of this event, after Benoit had won the title, Guerrero celebrated in the ring with his longtime friend and it was about as emotional a moment as you’ll ever see. Benoit was destroyed when Guererro passed away and speculation is that it led to Benoit’s depression and eventual death. Today, Guerrero’s legacy is still felt in the WWE. That so many people want to celebrate the 12th anniversary of his passing tells you all you need to know.
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