Viva La Raza! The story of Eddie Guerrero


Today’s wrestlers are equivalent to the gladiators of ancient Rome. Numerous fans who anticipate nothing but canned acting behavior and relentless violence respect these demigods of the square circle. They say that in order to make it great in the world of wrestling, you need to prove yourself valuable. One of the things that attracts many people towards these celebrities is their unique ability to attract emotions and enchant the audience with their stories. Perhaps one of the best in the business was Eduardo Gory Guerrero Llanes, also known as Eddie to his fans.

Eddie made his WWF debut as a villain known as the cheeky Latino warmer who fights for Chyna’s affections, which he affectionately called “Mamacita.” He would later win the European Championship against Chris Jericho with a little help from Chyn. The two would continue to work as a team and prove to be quite popular among fans. The couple was even “engaged” for a while until they cooled off when Latino Heat was caught taking a shower with two other women saying, “Two Mamacites are better than one!”

In November 2001, Eddie was arrested for driving under the influence and was later released from the WWF. He would work on the independent circuit before leaving his wrestling debut in 2002. Guerrero returned to Raw and boasted of Rob Van Dam. He will later win the Van Dam Intercontinental Championship.

By this point, Eddie had charmed the audience with his charisma and protective smile. The audience would forever entertain the star tricks, from riding his dazzling customized low riders to the ring, to his famous battle cry: “Viva La Raza!” Eddie will also entertain the audience with tactics of “lying, cheating, stealing” to win the match. He was always creative, even fooling the referee that his opponent hit him with a steel chair to beat him by disqualification. Whether he played a villain or a hero, he would always include tactics of lying, cheating, and stealing.

It was 2004 that Guerrero would win the much-coveted No Way Out title against Brock Lesnar. He would later defend the championship against Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania XX.It was a big win when he celebrated in the ring along with his longtime friend and friend Chris Benoit who won the World Heavyweight Championship that night.

Unfortunately, Eddie’s personal life wasn’t exactly rosy. He was known to be addicted to painkillers and alcohol. This addiction affected his family, and he was even separated from his wife Vickie for a while. The two later reconciled and renewed their vows. Vickie would later adopt his daughter, Kayley, born to another woman with whom Eddie had a brief affair.

The tragedy occurred on November 13, 2005, when Eddie was found unconscious in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was pronounced dead when paramedics rushed to the scene. Later that week, Raw and SmackDown announced they would be holding honor games in honor of the late great Eddie Guerrero. Many wrestlers wore black ribbons with the initials “E.G.” during these shows. Some wrestlers, like Rey Mysteria and Chav Guerrero, dedicated their matches to him.

Later, Eddie Rey Chavo Guerrero, Mysterio and Chris Benoit will be brought to the Wrestling Hall of Fame. Vickie Guerrero accepted the honor that evening. Now, Latino may not want the heat anymore, but his spirit still lives on in most of his fans.