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The W - Pro Wrestling - Eddie Guerrero, five years ago
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.55
It's stunning to think it's been five years since Eddie Guerrero's tragic passing. He still seems so fresh in our minds, what with Vicki and Chavo regularly appearing on WWE programming, 'Eddie' chants breaking out anytime someone tries a frog splash or the triple-suplex sequence, and now the latest news that Eddie's daughter has signed a developmental contract.

I imagine if Eddie were still with us today, he'd be the general manager of Smackdown, still stepping into the ring occasionally to take care of business but mostly settled into what could've/would've been a long post-ring career as a programming staple.

RIP Eddie
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Eddie's death was the beginning of the end of my joy for this business. Benoit's murderous rampage was the other. I still wear my Eddie shirt on WWE events and will wear it this Monday at Raw. Out of every who has passed in wrestling, I miss Eddie the most, because he was just fun to watch. Something that is surely missing today.
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Eddie Guerrero had that intangible most all wrestlers desire. He spent his life in front of crowds making them cheer or boo him. The "Lie, Cheat, & Steal" Eddie used toward the end of his illustrious career made people relate. Seriously, ask yourself...we all have the ability to lie, cheat, or steal but we don't do it. Eddie was able to spin serious problems in the the world into LAUGHABLE moments in a wrestling ring. That my friends & wrestling world that is something to be admired until we all find our way past the surly bonds of this earth.

RIP Eddie

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.30
    Originally posted by lotjx
    Eddie's death was the beginning of the end of my joy for this business.



I agree with this. Wrestling, to me, just has never been the same since Eddie passed. This isn't to downplay the losses of people like Brian Pillman or Owen Hart, which certainly saddened me, but Eddie was different. Like the t-shirt said, Eddie Guerrero was my favourite wrestler. I paid money to see him. I went out of my way to tape smackdown primarily because he was on the show (on a VCR no less!). After that, and especially the way they handled it later with that "Eddie's in hell" garbage, missing a show, or in the last couple years, months of shows, is no big deal. Previously it would have been unthinkable.

I would also say the "Lie, Cheat, and Steal" stuff was some of the most original wrestling programming ever. After watching for what would've been almost twenty years by that point, I'd never seen someone, smash the mat with a chair, throw it to his opponent and fall down holding his head, scoring a DQ win for himself. Maybe people want to share Eddie memories? I'll go with winning the world title, the last time I actually gout out of my seat and cheered out loud at anything in a wrestling match.





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I'm a little hazy on the timeline, so someone help me out: Would it be accurate to say the WWE wellness policy was implemented as response to Eddie Guerrero's death?



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I really enjoyed cold-blooded Eddy from WCW. He had a scowl that made me appreciate his heeldom AND convince me he might actually be evil.

I remember some great skits with Chyna as he was turning to get and keep the IC belt. He was a great all-around performer, as good an actor as a wrestler.

And wrestling with the prom tie? Awesome.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    I'm a little hazy on the timeline, so someone help me out: Would it be accurate to say the WWE wellness policy was implemented as response to Eddie Guerrero's death?


Yes. I think it was a month later.
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While others will always get more accolades due to longevity, push or simple timing, to me, Eddie Guerrero was, and probably always will be, the best professional wrestler I ever saw. Eddie was the rare guy who could do everything: cut a promo, brawl, mat wrestle, fly, go hardcore, be funny, be evil, even tug your heartstrings. He had his bad days now and again, but, when he was on, there was nobody who could touch him.

My very favorite Eddy memories mostly stem from WCW, be it the Misterio match at Halloween Havoc or the LWO or his antics with Chavo, apprentice heel slave. I despair that his time in the main event was so brief that he never got to have the epic feuds there he could have had (Honestly, imagine the Wrestlemania match he could've had with Shawn Michaels. Or what he could mean as the elder statesman feuding with newcomer Alberto Del Rio?

Chris Jericho is probably my personal favorite wrestler. Shawn Michaels or Ric Flair probably had the greatest career body of matches. But, pound for pound, in the ring, the guy with the absolute greatest pure ability was Eddie Guerrero.



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Eddie was one of the wrestling deaths that really hit me. Sad to say, but 90% of the time it isn't unexpected. But Eddie had got his crap together, was at the apex of his career, and became a world champion. Owen's hit me harder due to the freak nature and the fact that Owen didn't live the wrestler lifestyle, but I was a much bigger fan of Eddie's.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
I actually thought its been much longer than five years.

I've slowly gotten away from watching. I had been getting into ROH but I just don't care to watch the shows anymore. There's no personality in 90% of the wrestlers and I've always watched wrestling for the stories and personalities.

Since Eddie passed, it seems like they don't even try.

Between him and Owen, two of my favorites passed way to early.
Either that or turning 40 has made me more jaded about the whole thing.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
I actually thought its been much longer than five years.

I've slowly gotten away from watching. I had been getting into ROH but I just don't care to watch the shows anymore. There's no personality in 90% of the wrestlers and I've always watched wrestling for the stories and personalities.

Since Eddie passed, it seems like they don't even try.

Between him and Owen, two of my favorites passed way to early.
Either that or turning 40 has made me more jaded about the whole thing.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.01
One of my favorite Eddie Guerrero moments was his WWE Title defense against Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XX. Faking like the Ankle Lock had caused him a serious injury. While Kurt was outside the ring, Eddie grabs at his own foot, screaming in pain, and unlaces his boots. Then Kurt gets up, gives him the death stare, and Eddie says, "Oh, shit!"

He "tries to get away" the best he can, but Kurt grabs him and puts him in the Ankle Lock-- and Eddie uses his other foot to kick his boot off! Roll-up, three-count!

Eddie's death hit me pretty hard. So did Benoit's.



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The best match I ever saw in person was Eddy against Edge, no DQ, on Smackdown. They taped the show at the San Diego Sports Arena, and my buddy and I were right next to the ramp. After the match ended, the heel Eddy got a standing ovation from the crowd as he walked up the ramp.

Wrestling was never the same for me after that day, either. I still hop on the sites, check the news, and watch the shows, but they aren't "must see" for me anymore. It all came back when the Jericho DVD came out, and there's Eddy, in his heel glory. He was one of the best performers I ever saw... period.



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