13th Nov 2005: Remembering Eddie Guerrero

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On November 13 2005, the wrestling world was hit by the tragic and devastating news that Eduardo Gory Guerrero Llanes, better known to millions as Eddie Guerrero had being found dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the young and tender age of 38. There was a sudden out pouring of grief amongst the wrestling world, none of us could actually comprehend what was happening…surely this can’t be true, Eddie Guerrero is at the highest point of his career and surely can’t be gone…but sadly he was. The following episodes of RAW and SmackDown! were dedicated to his memory, with many wrestlers wearing arm bands or t-shirts embracing Eddie.

Little did we know at the time, on the day of his death Eddie Guerrero was slated to win the World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat match with Randy Orton and Batista, honestly…simply devastating. Eddie Guerrero debuted in the WWE in January 2000 as part of The Radicalz alongside Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn and Chris Benoit. After engaging in various feuds and a romance with Chyna, he truly rose to prominence following his return in 2002 where he began feuds with the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair and Edge to name but a few. He later moved to SmackDown! solely, where he began wrestling with his nephew Chavo Guerrero to become the inaugural WWE (or SmackDown!) Tag Team Champions.

Going into 2003, he moved onto bigger feuds with the likes of Chris Benoit and The Big Show for which a highlight was becoming the inaugural WWE United States Champion at Vengeance 2003 when he defeated Chris Benoit before later losing the championship to The Big Show at No Mercy 2003. Shortly thereafter, he began a short but equably memorable feud with his nephew Chavo which culminated with a victory at the Royal Rumble 2004. However, his biggest and most triumphant moment was just around the corner…

At No Way Out 2004, Eddie captured what would be his first and sadly only WWE Championship when he defeated Brock Lesnar in a very shocking but equably euphoric moment, leading to memorable feuds throughout mid-2004 with Kurt Angle and John “Bradshaw” Layfield. Going into 2005, he began a long and enduring feud with one of his best friends, Rey Mysterio in a storyline which was marred by controversy, namely the custody of Eddie’s kayfabe son Dominic, the legitimate son of Rey Mysterio. His final feud was surrounded by his allegiance with Batista, in which he competed in his final pay-per-view appearance at No Mercy 2005 against Batista. He wrestled his final match on the November 11 2005 edition of SmackDown! against Mr. Kennedy, which fittingly he won. Then we received the worst news possible…

It is hard to believe that Eddie was taken from us 10 years ago, it is still equally devastating and highlights how much Eddie Guerrero is missed. He was in the best shape of his career, I honestly believe the best was yet to come from him. We love you Eddie, we miss you and we’ll never forget you!

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