Weight: 223 lbs
Real Name: Eduardo Guerrero
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Other Names: Mascara Magica (EMLL, AAA), Black Tiger (New Japan), El Caliente (WCW), Eddy Guerrero (WCW), "Latino Heat" (WWF/WWE)
Wrestler Since: 1987
Finishing Maneuver: Frogsplash, Three Amigos Suplexes, Lying/Cheating/Stealing, Lasso From El Paso
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #15(2005), #2(2004), #9(2003), #5(2002), #50(2001), #20(2000), #28(1998), #24(1997), #29(1996), #17(1995), #141(1994)
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History: (Last Edited: 11/21/05)
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Eddie Guerrero - WWE.com Hall of Fame Bio
Weight: 223 lbs
Real Name: Eduardo Guerrero
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Other Names: Mascara Magica (EMLL, AAA), Black Tiger (New Japan), El Caliente (WCW), Eddy Guerrero (WCW), "Latino Heat" (WWF/WWE)
Wrestler Since: 1987
Finishing Maneuver: Frogsplash, Three Amigos Suplexes, Lying/Cheating/Stealing, Lasso From El Paso
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #15(2005), #2(2004), #9(2003), #5(2002), #50(2001), #20(2000), #28(1998), #24(1997), #29(1996), #17(1995), #141(1994)
Other Related Websites:
History: (Last Edited: 11/21/05)
Thoughout his incredible 30-year career in professional wrestling, Eduardo Guerrero made an impact whereever he went, from Mexico to Japan, from ECW to WCW to WWF/WWE. It didn't matter where Guerrero was, because he always knew exactly what the fans wanted, and was always estatic to be the one there to give it to them. There's no doubt that Eddie Guerrero will always be remembered as a superstar of the squared circle.
Guerrero grew up across the border in Mexico, where his family, the Guerreros, had some of the greatest wrestlers around. His father, Gory Guerrero, was a legend in his home country, while his brothers, Chavo Sr, Hector, and Mando Guerrero, all had great success. As for Eddie, starting at age 7, he began wrestling his nephew, Chavo Guerrero Jr (age 4), during intermission at various events. They became so popular that they were asked to stop wrestling, since people weren't going to the concession stands during the breaks to spend money. As Eddie grew up, he began learning how things worked, hanging around various organizations with his brothers. He also tried becoming an amateur wrestler, spending time on the wrestling team at the University of New Mexico with a scholarship. But Eddie knew where his true calling was, as he began wrestling professionally in 1987 in EMLL (also known as CMLL). For years, Eddie wrestled with his brothers in tag-team matches, growing in experience.
Eddie first had success in the World Wrestling Association, teaming with his brothers Chavo Sr & Mando to win the WWA World Trios Titles in 1989. They lost the belts to the American Mercenaries (Louie Spicolli, Bill Anderson, & Tim Patterson) a few months later in July '89. After this, Eddie continued to hone his craft in the WWA, and managed to win the WWA World Welterweight Title in 1992, his first singles gold. Again, this title reign did not last, as Guerrero was beaten by Piloto Suicida in August '92. Around this time, Eddie decided to try a new persona, as he donned a mask and became Mascara Magica, or the Magic Mask. Under this gimmick, Guerrero continued to grow as a pro wrestler, earning the respect of other federations, including the newly-established fed, Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion, where Mascara Magica would jump soon after.
Soon after coming to AAA, Eddie became himself again, removing the mask. He soon teamed with El Hijo del Santo (another second-generation wrestler) as La Pareja Atomica (The Atomic Pair). It was a unique pairing, as Gory Guerrero had teamed with El Santo in the '50s. But Eddie soon turned on del Santo and instead joined with the Love Machine (Art Barr) to form La Pareja del Terror (Pair of Terror). This soon formed the core for one of the AAA's most notorious groupings. Eddie and the Love Machine even held the AAA/IWC Tag-Team Belts for a time in 1993. Soon, they were joined by Konnan, the Black Cat, Madonna's Boyfriend (Louie Spicolli), and others, creating one of the "ancestors" of the nWo, Los Gringos Locos (the Crazy Americans).
Throughout '93 and into '94, Guerrero was also regularly traveling overseas, usually wrestling in New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he faced competition from many future stars, including Dean Malenko, Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit), Jushin Thunder Liger, and others. At one point, Guerrero earned the honor of becoming the Black Tiger, the masked arch-nemesis of the hugely-popular Tiger Mask. He teamed with the Great Sasuke in the '94 Super Grade Tag-Team League in October '94, beating Dean Malenko & Tokimitsu Ishizawa in the semi-finals, but falling in the finals to Shinjiro Ohtani & Wild Pegasus.
Guerrero & the Love Machine, as a wonderful tag-team, formed the heart of Los Gringos Locos, feuding heavily with del Santo & Octagon, among others. At When Worlds Collide, the two teams met one more time, in a "Masks vs. Hair Three Falls" Tag Title Match. Although Guerrero & the Love Machine fought hard, they lost the match, leading to both their heads being shaved. La Pareja del Terror was expected to get their revenge in the coming months, but, sadly, tragedy struck soon after, when Art Barr was found dead in his hotel on November 23rd, 1994, at age 28. It was a sobering death that would later come back to haunt the Guerrero family in its similarities. Due to Barr's surprising death, Eddie began using the Frogsplash, Barr's former signature move, as his finishing maneuver.
After a few months, Eddie came to Extreme Championship Wrestling, and quickly became a star there. In fact, when he made his debut in April '95 at Three Way Dance, Eddie won the ECW Television Title from an old NJPW rival, 2 Cold Scorpio. A week later, at Hostile City Showdown '05, Eddie was forced to put the belt on the line against another NJPW rival, Dean Malenko. The two fought to a 30-Minute Draw, forcing them to continue their feud. Guerrero would find several partners over the next few months to go against Malenko & Too Cold Scorpio, as the feud continued throughout the summer. At Heat Wave '95, Guerrero & the Tasmaniac were beaten by Malenko & Too Cold Scorpio. Only a week later, Guerrero had to defend the TV Title against Malenko again, this time dropping the belt to him.
Still, Guerrero wasn't quite through in ECW, as he came back a week later with his mandatory re-match, defeating Malenko with deceitful tactics to become a 2-time ECW Television Champion. This led to a match at ECW Wrestlepalooza '95, where Guerrero teamed with the Steiner Brothers to take on Malenko, Scorpio, & Cactus Jack. Unfortunately, Guerrero's team came up short, as Malenko got the pin on the Television Champion. By this point, Guerrero, along with Malenko, had been approached by World Championship Wrestling, and eventually signed on with them. Guerrero dropped the Television Title to Too Cold Scorpio, then had his final match a day later against Malenko at the ECW Arena, wrestling to a time-limit draw in a "Three Falls" Match, to the tremendous cheers of the ECW fans, who chanted "Please Don't Go". Guerrero and Malenko both said their good-byes after the match.
In coming to World Championship Wrestling, Eddie mainly wrestled against many of his old foes, including feuds with Malenko and Chris Benoit, putting on some spectacular matches while not getting much face time on WCW pay-per-views. Instead, Guerrero competed in "dark matches" at his first few PPVs, simply wrestling for the fans in attendance to get them excited for the event. Guerrero's first on-air PPV appearance was at World War III '95, where Guerrero joined the other 59 wrestlers involved in the WCW World Title Three-Ring Battle Royal. Surprisingly, Eddie had a long run in the event, lasting until the final 10. But he was finally out-numbered by the remaining members of the Four Horsemen and tossed out. Randy Savage went on to win the match and the title. Guerrero continued to become a star in WCW throughout the rest of the year, even representing WCW in the World Cup at Starrcade '95, where he was beaten by Shinjiro Ohtani in a fabulous match (WCW still won the series).
Guerrero continued to build his reputation going into the new year, staying as a mid-carder for the company while building a fan following for his wrestling ability. Guerrero's first major title shot came at Uncensored '96, where he took on fellow Mexican wrestler Konnan for Konnan's United States Heavyweight Title. The two wrestlers put on a decent opening match for the PPV, with Konnan winning after a headbutt to Guerrero's crotch subdued the challenger. Over the next few months, Guerrero would travel regularly overseas to NJPW, once again donning the mask of the Black Tiger. At the same time, Guerrero came back to WCW for various matches, including competing in the "Lethal Lottery" at Slamboree '96. Guerrero was paired with Arn Anderson, facing Ric Flair & Randy Savage. Neither team got along, since Anderson & Flair stayed together as true Four Horsemen would. In fact, Anderson & Flair attacked Savage before the match had even begun, with Guerrero having to make the save. It was a wild match with little teamwork, except from the heels, with Anderson 'turning' on Guerrero with a DDT so that Flair could make the pin, eliminating Guerrero & Anderson from the Battlebowl Match later on.
Soon after the loss, Guerrero once again headed to NJPW as the Black Tiger, competing the The Best of the Super Juniors '96. With all of his skills gained over the last few years in hand, the Black Tiger was a strong force in the league, eventually making the semi-finals with three other wrestlers. Black Tiger defeated Wild Pegasus (Benoit), then surprised Jushin Thunder Liger in the finals, becoming only the second foreigner to win the tournament (Benoit was the first). Using this momentum, Black Tiger took on the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion, The Great Sasuke, at NJPW Skydiving J a few days later. Unfortunately, Black Tiger couldn't manage the win, losing to the champion.
Guerrero soon returned to WCW to renew his feud with the Four Horsemen, battling against them along with some of the other faces in the company. At Hogg Wild '96, Guerrero got his shot against the leader of the Horsemen, the United States Heavyweight Champ, Ric Flair. Guerrero actually dominated a good portion of the match, but injured his knee doing a Frog Splash, allowing Flair to recover and get the Figure Four to force Guerrero to tap out. Guerrero next started to feud with Diamond Dallas Page, beating him at Clash of the Champions XXXIII. The two continued to fight, setting up a match at Halloween Havoc '96 for Page's "Lord of the Ring" Title. Unfortunately for Guerrero, Page was the better man that night, winning with his Diamond Cutter.
Going into November '96, Guerrero joined with many of the WCW wrestlers in battling against the threat of the new World order, led by "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan. At World War III '96, Eddie joined the WCW wrestlers in the "Three-Ring Battle Royal", where he again lasted a long time for a cruiserweight. Near the end, as the final WCW wrestlers and the nWo went at it, Guerrero was tossed out by the numbers, once again missing his chance. nWo's the Giant won the match. Still, Guerrero was on the move, as he was put into the vacated US Title Tournament (Flair had vacated the belt after tearing his rotator cuff). He quickly defeated Konnan and Chris Benoit to reach the finals at Starrcade '96 against Diamond Dallas Page. The two were having a good match when the nWo chose to interfere, taking out Page (who had rebuffed requests to join them). Guerrero, not knowing of the assault, hit the Frog Splash on Page to get the win, becoming the WCW United States Heavyweight Champion. The celebration did not last long, as the nWo attacked him as well, laying him out and stealing the US Title.
Guerrero continued the feud against the nWo going into the new year, working to try and get his US Title back. It was being worn by Syxx (Sean Waltman), who placed bigger members of the nWo in Guerrero's way. However, Guerrero didn't back down, beating Scott Norton at Clash of the Champions XXXIV, then finally got his shot at Syxx in a "Ladder" Match at Souled Out '97. Despite this being an nWo pay-per-view, Guerrero still won out, getting the belt and staying the US Champion in the match of the night. Guerrero, with his belt back around his waist, then concentrated on other feuds, including facing Chris Jericho at Superbrawl VII. In a back-and-forth match, Guerrero got the win by reversing a powerbomb into a sunset flip, snatching the victory.
For the next month, Guerrero continued to defend the US Title against all comers, while Syxx continued to be a presence, wanting to get the belt back to the nWo. At Uncensored '97, Guerrero defended the gold against old nemesis Dean Malenko. It was a great match, with many near falls, but in the end, it was decided by Syxx, who came out and distracted Guerrero. While Guerrrero was dealing with Syxx, Malenko got hold of Syxx's camera and smashed Guerrero with it, allowing Malenko to get the pin and take away the US Title. Over the summer, Eddie began teaming with his nephew, Chavo Jr, but the duo eventually fell apart, with Eddie having a minor feud with both Chavo Jr and his brother, Hector. Eddie also concentrated on other things, including Chris Jericho's Cruiserweight Title.
By this point, Eddie Guerrero had started becoming a full-fledged heel in the eyes of the fans, more interested in himself than anyone else. At Clash of the Champions XXXV, Guerrero went at it with Jericho for the Cruiserweight Title, with Jericho using a reversal to pin Guerrero and keep the belt from him. 'Rudo' Eddie wasn't through, though, again challenging Jericho for the belt at Fall Brawl '97. This time, thanks to Guerrero's Frog Splash, he came out on top, becoming the WCW Cruiserweight Champion. Soon, Guerrero's first major challenger was chosen, as he would face Rey Mysterio Jr at the next PPV. Guerrero tried some tricky tactics leading into the match, pretending to be the masked "El Caliente" at one point. He also vowed to take Mysterio's mask away from him, eventually getting Mysterio to put his mask on the line.
At Halloween Havoc '97, the two feuding wrestlers went at it in what was later called the 1997 Match of the Year by WCW magazine. Mysterio wore a special mask that was attached to his clothes, making it harder for Guerrero to remove it, although Guerrero did tear it partially open during the match. The two put on a phenomenal bout, with many back-and-forth maneuvers. In the end, Mysterio got his Hurricanrana to beat Guerrero and take away the Cruiserweight Title. The feud continued on Nitro over the next few weeks, with Guerrero winning the Cruiserweight Title back from Mysterio in controversial fashion. This led to another rematch between the two at World War III, this time with Guerrero staying the Cruiserweight Champ by landing the Frog Splash on his rival. Later on, Guerrero competed in the Three Ring Battle Royal, but couldn't hang on, as Scott Hall won out.
Guerrero resumed his long-running feud with Dean Malenko over the next month, eventually signing to face him at Starrcade '97. Guerrero was the cowardly heel to start out in this one, hiding behind the referee at the beginning while trash-talking Malenko. Unfortunately, Malenko got past the ref, starting a brawl. Guerrero and Malenko went at it with some intensity, although Guerrero also tried some different antics to keep Malenko off-balance, including kissing his foot at one point when trying to get a time-out. Guerrero also concentrated on Malenko's leg during the match, later Frog-Splashing him on the legs to get the pinfall victory, retaining the belt. However, the next night, on Nitro, Guerrero once again had to defend the belt, and was beaten by the Ultimo Dragon, losing the gold at the end of the year.
Eddie had little to do storyline-wise for the next few months, as much of WCW was consumed with the battles against the nWo. Eddie did begin teaming regularly with fellow heel Chris Jericho for a while, helping Jericho in his battles against Dean Malenko, as well as Guerrero's own problems with Booker T. Eddie also began going at it with his nephew, Chavo Guerrero Jr, again, with the family rivalry again starting to heat up. The week before the March PPV, Eddie and Chavo Jr had a match, with Eddie cheating his way to the win. This made Chavo Jr have to be Eddie's slave. At Uncensored '98, Eddie took on Booker T for the Television Title, with Chavo Jr forced to be in Eddie's corner. The match went back and forth for a time, but in the end, Eddie came up short, getting hit by Booker T's Missile Dropkick and pinned. When a smarting Eddie caught Chavo Jr smirking about what had happened, he beat down Chavo again, letting out some steam on his 'slave'.
For the next few weeks, Eddie continued to mercilessly control his nephew, even saying that he was doing it for "Chavito's" own good. He would set up matches for Chavo, then try to make him lose, apparently for his 'character'. It seemed that Chavo Jr was slowly becoming unstable, even starting to worry his uncle. At Spring Stampede '98, Eddie stayed in Chavo's corner as he faced Ultimo Dragon. When Chavo refused to capitalize on a low blow, and later lost the match to the Dragon Sleeper, Eddie again lost it, giving his nephew a chewing out. A few weeks later, at Slamboree '98, Eddie took on Ultimo Dragon, with Chavo forced to watch at ringside. If Ultimo Dragon won, Chavo Jr would be freed from his slavery. This time, Eddie showed Chavo how to do it, using cheating tactics while applying his own version of the Dragon Sleeper. Chavo broke it up, arguing with his uncle. But when Ultimo Dragon tried to take advantage of it, he hit Chavo instead, allowing Eddie to take down Ultimo Dragon and get the victory with the Frog Splash. Afterwards, Chavo Jr snapped, attacking Ultimo Dragon, then turning towards Eddie, who looked nervous. But Chavo Jr kissed him on the cheek instead, adding to Eddie's confusion.
Chavo continued to break down over the next few weeks, wearing a shirt saying that "Eddie is my favorite wrestler". His mental instability seemed to have Eddie actually getting upset, as if this wasn't what he wanted. Eventually, a match was signed between the two at the '98 Great American Bash, with Eddie completely on the defensive, not knowing how to react to Chavo's craziness. At one point during the match, Eddie ran from Chavo, trying to use the referee as a shield. Near the end, Eddie got a chance and went for the Frogsplash, but missed, allowing Chavo to come back and get his Tornado DDT for the victory, surprisingly beating his uncle.
The issues continued between Eddie and Chavo Jr for the next month, with a "Hair vs. Hair" Match being signed for Bash At The Beach '98. Before their match was scheduled to take place, Chavo had a match set up with Stevie Ray. As they began, though, Chavo gave Stevie Ray a handshake, then collapsed, submitting to the 'pain' so he could get right to his fight with his uncle Eddie. The two had another good match, with each wrestler trying to connect with the other's finishing maneuver. In the end, Chavo got his Tornado DDT on Eddie, but wasted too much time getting some scissors, allowing Eddie to roll him up for the victory. Afterwards, a crazed Chavo cut off his own hair, as Eddie got out of the ring in a hurry.
Eddie's concern for his nephew seemed to be genuine, as he began to look for ways to get Chavo some help. It was somewhat ironic, as Eddie had caused the imbalance to begin with. At Road Wild '98, Chavo continued to wrestle, using his craziness once again against Stevie Ray. Unfortunately, Stevie Ray used his Slapjack on Chavo to knock him out for the win in short order, then beat on Chavo until Eddie ran down to make the save. It seemed that Eddie was going to keep working with Chavo in the near future. However, things soon fell apart there. On a Monday Nitro, Eddie announced that he wanted out of his contract. He said that he had had coffee thrown in his face by the man in charge of WCW, Eric Bischoff. Guerrero lost a match on purpose against Bryan Adams, allowing the big man to pin him, then refused to wrestle anymore. He was then sent to wrestle in New Japan by Eric Bischoff (as the Black Tiger), making it seem like he was done with WCW.
After some time passed, Guerrero surprisingly reappeared in WCW in October, stopping a fight between Hector Garza and Damian. He then revealed his Latino World Order shirt, and recruited the two wrestlers to his new stable. It was an obvious mock-up of the new World order, but it also quickly gained steam, as many Luchadors in WCW soon joined up. They agreed with Guerrero's ideas that WCW was holding the Latino wrestlers down, and that the group should do something about it. However, one wrestler was not allowed to join the lWo, despite many attempts: Chavo Guerrero Jr, who was still crazy at the time (and carrying a stickhorse named Pepe). Eddie refused to let his nephew join the group. Rather than feuding with Bischoff's nWo, the lWo seemed to be more interested in attacking the cruiserweights that didn't join them, especially Billy Kidman. In a bit of controversy, Kidman managed to get the title shot against Juventud Guerrera (the Cruiserweight Champ) instead of Mysterio, who had been forced to join the lWo after losing a match to Guerrero on Nitro.
At World War III '98, Guerrera came out wearing an lWo t-shirt, proving that his opponent had been hand-picked by Eddie Guerrero. Mysterio was understandably upset, calling it a set-up, but Guerrero managed to get Mysterio to go to the back to talk about it, while Guerrera went forward with trying to keep the Cruiserweight Title away from Kidman. However, an upset Mysterio came out later on and helped cause Guerrera to lose, giving Kidman the title. After the match, the rest of the lWo came to the ring, with Eddie Guerrero trying to keep everyone cool. He told Mysterio that he needed to choose one way or the other who he was with. Guerrero warned Mysterio, when he started to take off his lWo shirt, that he'd better think about it, but Mysterio finished leaving the lWo, causing Guerrero to yell "Get him!" The lWo chased the speedy Mysterio to the back, creating another major feud. Later in the night, Eddie joined the rest of the lWo in competing in the 3-Ring Battle Royal, but they were unable to stick together and work like the nWo, with everyone being eliminated. Kevin Nash went on to win the match.
Even with the problems that kept going after World War III, Guerrero still seemed interested in having Mysterio in the lWo, mostly due to his talent. Guerrero told Mysterio that he couldn't just quit, since he had been forced to join in the first place. Guerrero also badly wanted the Cruiserweight Title back in his stable. At Starrcade '98, Guerrero watched from the back as a "Triple Threat" Match took place between Guerrera, Mysterio, and the champ, Kidman. But the intense match was too much for Guerrero to take, as he eventually came out to the ring and tried to help Guerrera get the win, reversing a roll-up. But Kidman reversed it back, getting the win and keeping the Cruiserweight Title. A furious Guerrero lambasted Guerrera, then said that he would have to do it himself. Surprisingly, Kidman took him up on the challenge, giving Guerrero a title shot right there! Although Guerrero seemed a little reluctant, the match started up, with Juventud trying to help Guerrero, while Mysterio rooted for Kidman. This turned out to be Guerrero's Achilles heel, as Mysterio tripped up Guerrero on the turnbuckle near the end to help Kidman get his Shooting Star Press for the victory, again keeping the belt from the lWo.
With the lWo gaining momentum in WCW at the end of the year, it seemed that Eddie Guerrero was on his way up. However, on New Year's Eve, Guerrero was involved in a horrific car accident, apparently falling asleep during a late-night drive and actually being thrown from the car when he wrecked. However, it was later announced (in an article on wwf.com) that Guerrero had been under the influence of GHB, otherwise known as "liquid ecstasy". Guerrero was out for months, as the lWo, which was being hunted by the nWo, quickly fell apart, being disbanded by President Ric Flair. The only hold-out, ironically, was Rey Mysterio, who continued the feud with the nWo. Guerrero, meanwhile, stayed at home to recover from his injuries (while also becoming more fearless in regards to pain-killers).
In June '99, Eddie Guerrero reappeared on the scene, coming to the broadcast table and talking about his injury and the events thereof. A week or so later, Guerrero re-entered the ring. For a while, he fought mostly every member of the former LWO, angry at how they quickly dropped the ideals after he was injured. Guerrero mocked some of the masked wrestlers, making some of them unmask (with the camera behind them) due to a "stolen wallet". This made many of the Luchadors angry at Eddie, and they attacked him en masse at one point. Surprisingly, Rey Mysterio Jr (recently unmasked by Kevin Nash) came to his aid, saving Eddie and forming a partnership between the two, later joined by Konnan. The three Mexican wrestlers joined together soon after against Vampiro, who allied himself with the Insane Clown Posse and Raven, forming the Dead Pool. Soon after, though, Konnan was injured. Billy Kidman stepped into his place, though, and, with Guerrero and Mysterio, met the Dead Pool at Road Wild '99. The three were triumphant over Vampiro and his allies, with Kidman hitting the Shooting Star Press on Shaggy 2 Dope for the win.
Eddie, Mysterio, Kidman, and Konnan soon came up with a name for their group: the Filthy Animals. They again defeated the Dead Pool at Fall Brawl '99, with Kidman getting the Shooting Star Press on Vampiro, then began battling against the Revolution, a unit formed of Chris Benoit (for a time), Shane Douglas, Perry Saturn, & Dean Malenko. The two groups clashed again and again, with Guerrero having his own personal war with Saturn. The two met at the next PPV, Halloween Havoc '99, where Guerrero won, via DQ, when the rest of the Revolution attacked. The battle continued between the two stables, heading into Mayhem '99, where Guerrero, Kidman, and Kidman's girl, Torrie Wilson, fought an Elimination match with Malenko, Saturn, and their strongwoman, Asya. A few minutes into the match, Torrie twisted her ankle. Guerrero & Kidman, both interested in the lady, got into an argument over who should help her. Guerrero shoved Kidman, which allowed Malenko to roll Kidman up for the pin. After Kidman was eliminated, Guerrero fought hard for his team, taking down both Malenko and Asya. But Saturn proved too much, forcing Guerrero to submit. Saturn then quickly took out Torrie to get the victory for his team.
Surprisingly enough, this was the last WCW pay-per-view for Eddie Guerrero, as contract difficulties continued to be an issue in the backstage area. As the end of the year came around, Guerrero joined with several other wrestlers in voicing their complaints to management. In a surprise move, an open invitation was given to allow them to get out of their WCW contracts, and Eddie was quickly one of the ones to take them up on the offer. It was a brand-new year for Guerrero in many ways.
In January '00, Guerrero, along with Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, & Perry Saturn, made the jump together to Monday Night Raw and the World Wrestling Federation. The Radicalz, as they were dubbed, appeared as a group on a Monday Night Raw, and soon earned contracts for themselves, with the help of Cactus Jack, who worked to get "Commissioner" Hunter Hearst Helmsley to let them in. As soon as the Radicalz got their contracts, though, they turned on Cactus Jack, instead allying with Helmsley and his group. The fans soon detested the Radicalz, earning them many a negative crowd response when they appeared.
Unfortunately, early on in his WWF tenure, Guerrero was injured, banging up his arm, and was forced to stand on the sidelines while his allies fought against other groups in the WWF, including Too Cool and Rakishi. The injury did not help Guerrero's growing problems with pain-killers and other drugs, either (which he talked about later on). When Guerrero made his return to the wrestling ring a few weeks later, he, Malenko, and Saturn continued to team together, going to Wrestlemania '00 and fighting Too Cool (Scotty Too Hotty & Grandmaster Sexay) & Chyna, the 9th Wonder of the World. The two groups battled hard, but again the Radicalz came up short, with Chyna knocking Guerrero out with a Drop Sleeper and getting the pin. Partially due to the loss, and due to other misunderstandings, the Radicalz began to fracture as a group. Benoit had already left, working on his singles career, leaving the other three to argue amongst themselves.
One of the major reasons for the fracture was the attitude change in Guerrero. He started using a severe accent, calling himself "Latino Heat". He soon joined up with Chyna, calling her his "Mamacita", and the two branched off from the Radicalz, even as Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn started fighting each other. Guerrero tried to help settle the dispute between the two, but this only encouraged the other Radicalz to attack him as well. The trio, with Chyna, soon came to blows, as the group could not unify itself. Meanwhile, while the turmoil began, Guerrero proved himself in the WWF, as he won an unclean bout over Chris Jericho at a Monday Night Raw to become the European Champion. Guerrero would go on to face Esse Rios at the next PPV, Backlash '00 in a short feud, retaining the belt.
The Radical feud soon became full-blown, with alliances switching back and forth between the three men. Finally, at Judgment Day '00, Guerrero put his European Title on the line against both Malenko and Saturn in a Triangle match. Guerrero had to battle against a double-team at first, as Malenko & Saturn seemed to be working together against the European Champion. But Saturn turned on Malenko, making it a true Triangle bout. In the end, Chyna turned out to be a major factor. She tripped up Malenko, leaving him open to a shot from a bundle of roses by Guerrero - a bundle with a lead pipe inside along with the flowers. Guerrero then got the pinfall, keeping his European Title. The feud with the other Radicalz would continue, however.
Guerrero's next challenge was the King of the Ring 2000 Tournament. Guerrero first defeated Matt Hardy in the Qualifying Round, moving on to the Sweet Sixteen, where he was scheduled to face none other than his "Mamacita", Chyna. Guerrero swore that he didn't want to face Chyna, but Chyna was insistant, wanting to make her way up in the tournament. However, Guerrero, using a slightly dirty tactic, got the victory, starting waves between the two. Guerrero worked to patch it up in the next few weeks, apologizing for what he did. In the tournament, Guerrero went to the King of the Ring '00 PPV, where he faced Val Venis. Venis, though, managed to pull out the victory, getting a Fisherman's Suplex on Guerrero to keep him down for the win, eliminating him from the tournament.
Guerrero and Chyna seemed to have things patched up in the next month, as Guerrero turned his attention back to his former teammates, especially Perry Saturn. Saturn had acquired a valet recently, Terri. The two men met at Fully Loaded '00, with Chyna in one corner and Terri in the other. Predictably, there was a lot of interference by both ladies during the battle. At one point, though, Saturn put Chyna through a table, taking her out of the equation. This left the odds against Guerrero, and after a low blow from Terri, Guerrero was hit by a Flying Elbow from Saturn and pinned, losing the European Championship. Guerrero & Chyna then moved on, with Eddie challenging the Intercontinental Champion, Val Venis. After multiple altercations between Guerrero, Venis, Chyna, and Venis' valet, Trish Stratus, the teams fought at Summerslam '00, with the IC belt on the line for whoever made the pin. Chyna took a lot of punishment at the beginning, but finally made the tag to Guerrero, who took control of the bout. In the end, though, while Venis & Guerrero were fighting on the outside, Chyna Press Slammed Trish to get the victory, and the Intercontinental Title. Guerrero, with the win but not the gold, seemed to take it well, celebrating with Chyna.
But Guerrero soon was shown to be jealous of Chyna's win, wanting the gold for himself. A week after the PPV, he got himself placed in a "Triple Threat" Match with Chyna and her opponent, Kurt Angle, obstinately to 'protect' Chyna. However, late in the match, with Chyna out cold, Guerrero got rid of Angle, then 'comforted' Chyna, even as the ref made the count to make Guerrero the Intercontinental Champion! This seemed to really shake up the relationship between them, with Chyna not trusting Eddie. The problems continued with Chyna's posing in Playboy, which Eddie was hugely against, even trying to break into the Playboy Mansion to get the magazines destroyed. However, just as it seemed that Chyna was breaking off the relationship, Guerrero pulled another ace out of his sleeve, asking Chyna to marry him. Chyna, completely shocked, finally said yes, seemingly bringing them back together. But there were still problems between the two.
Meanwhile, Guerrero began a small feud with Rikishi Phatu over the Intercontinental Title. They signed to face each other at Unforgiven '00, although Guerrero seemed very reluctant to, finally being convinced by Chyna. At the PPV, Rikishi took control early, nearly sitting on Eddie. This caused Eddie to try to leave the match, flipping Rikishi off. But Chyna prevented him from leaving, arguing with him. Despite Eddie's plea ("He's going to kill me!"), Chyna grabbed Guerrero and threw him back into the ring! Rikishi dominated a good portion of the rest of the match, although Chyna lended her aid from the outside. Near the end, Rikishi got his Banzai Drop, but Chyna broke it up, grabbing the referee. An angry Rikishi then pulled Chyna into the ring and attacked her, getting the Banzai Drop on her as well. This earned Rikishi the DQ, giving the win to Guerrero, who kept the belt. Postmatch, Guerrero got his IC Title, then, finally, went back to check on Chyna, waiting until Rikishi left.
This later led to the final straw, as Chyna & Guerrero broke apart when Guerrero was caught by G-TV partying with the Godfather's Hos. Guerrero helped it along a few weeks later, by allying with his old partners Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Perry Saturn in a bout, reuniting the Radicalz. The group feuded with Guerrero's former love, Chyna, and the rest of the reformed Degeneration-X. During the feud, the Radicalz struck a bond with Hunter Hearst Helmsley, becoming his "gang". The two groups battled for a few weeks before reviving an old tradition and having an Elimination match at the '00 Survivor Series. It was Guerrero, Saturn, Benoit, & Malenko vs. Chyna, "The One" Billy Gunn, K-Kwik, & the Roaddogg. Guerrero showed his vindictive side, knocking out Chyna with his Intercontinental Title to allow her to be pinned. Gunn quickly gained revenge, though, eliminating Guerrero with a modified sleeper/slam. The rest of the Radicalz pulled it together, though, and in the end, Saturn & Benoit were the Survivors over Degeneration-X.
The Radicalz' feud with Degeneration-X continued, though, as Chyna helped Gunn defeat Guerrero a few days later for the Intercontinental Title. This lead up to Rebellion '00, a card in England, where Guerrero & Malenko faced Chyna & Gunn. Gunn got the win for his team, taking out Malenko while Guerrero and Chyna fought it out on the outside. As Benoit concentrated on Gunn and the IC Title, the rest of the Radicalz moved on, starting a feud with Lita & the Hardy Boyz, due to Malenko's interest in Lita. After repeated encounters, the two groups got together at Armageddon '00, in another Elimination match. This time it was the Radicalz sans Benoit vs. Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, and Lita. The shots went back and forth, and Guerrero was the first to go, feeling the Twist of Fate from Lita followed by the Swanton Bomb from Jeff Hardy. The Radicalz would have the last laugh, though, as Malenko forced Lita to submit at the end to get the victory, becoming the 'sole survivor'.
Guerrero took some time off at the beginning of '01, not wrestling in the '01 Royal Rumble. He continued to be with the Radicalz, though, as they continued the feud with the Hardy Boyz & Lita for a time. But tempers were also starting to flare between Guerrero & Benoit, due to Guerrero's actions during Benoit's matches. At one point, Benoit told Guerrero not to come to the ring during his fight, not trusting the man. The two men also became embroiled in a feud with Chris Jericho, the Intercontinental Champion. X-Pac also found his way into the fight, and the four men became signed to fight in a Fatal Fourway match at No Way Out '01.
Before the match, Guerrero & Benoit said they would work together in the fight. The Radicalz' alliance worked at the beginning, with both Guerrero & Benoit getting near falls on X-Pac. But the teamwork evaporated, and soon Guerrero and Benoit were slugging it out in the ring. The rest of the match was chaotic, with each wrestler nearly pulling out the victory. At one point, X-Pac's friend Justin Credible interfered, helping X-Pac escape the Walls of Jericho. In the end, Guerrero was knocked out of the match by Benoit's Swandive Headbutt. Benoit was then hit by a Spinning Heel Kick by X-Pac. A second later, though, X-Pac was rolled up by Jericho, who got the win, retaining the Intercontinental Title.
Although the ties were broken between Guerrero and Benoit, Guerrero still stayed with the rest of the Radicalz, battling as a cohesive unit against their adversaries. Guerrero in particular focused on his old strap, the European Title, which was around the waist of Test. After the two wrestlers feuded for a few weeks, Guerrero & Test met at Wrestlemania XVII in a massive clash for the belt. Guerrero had Saturn at ringside, who helped out whenever possible against the tall champion. At one point, after a low blow from Guerrero, Saturn entered the ring and hit his Death Valley Driver, allowing Guerrero to get a 2-count. Test came back, however, avoiding the Frog Splash and getting his Pumphandle Slam. However, while Dean Malenko came to the ring and distracted the ref, Saturn gave Guerrero the European Title, which he used to brain Test. Guerrero then made the pin, getting the European Title for the second time.
The next night, the Radicalz walked to the ring and mocked Test, who didn't seem to have any allies. A few seconds later, though, Test was joined by the Acolyte Protection Agency (Bradshaw & Faarooq), and rushed the ring, starting a wild brawl. The two teams fought in a Six-Man contest, which was won by Test & the aPa when Test got the big boot on Saturn. The Radicalz continued to feud with Test, who later got new allies in "The One" Billy Gunn & Raven. The 6 men had a tag-team match on the 4/16 Raw, with Eddie surprisingly being taken out by Raven's Evenflow DDT and pinned. On the next Smackdown, Guerrero challenged Grandmaster Sexay to a match, taking Sexay's "ebonics" speech as an insult. Guerrero won the match with a roll-up, using the ropes to pin him.
It seemed like Guerrero was on his way to a battle with Raven for the European Title at the next pay-per-view. However, the week before the PPV, Guerrero was surprisingly beaten by Matt Hardy, after interference from Lita, and lost the European Championship. Christian was then shown talking to Commissioner Regal, demanding to be put in the PPV match as well. This led to a Triangle match being signed at Backlash '01 between Guerrero, Hardy, and Christian for the European strap. The match was furious, featuring interference from both Edge and Jeff Hardy for their respective teams. In the end, Christian hit Guerrero with his finisher, the Unprettier, but then was himself nailed by the Twist of Fate by Matt Hardy, who got the pin and kept the European Title. After the loss, Guerrero changed his sympathies. He began aiding the Hardy Boyz & their valet, Lita, against various opposition. Guerrero seemed intrigued by Lita, trying to use his Latino Heat to gain her attention. He also defeated Grand Master Sexay at the England PPV, Insurrextion '01.
Guerrero and the Hardyz started off rocky, as neither Hardy trusted Guerrero's motives. They believed that Guerrero was trying to work his way into their confidence, only to betray them and steal back his European Title. Guerrero proved his worth soon after, however, when, during a Three-Way match against Edge, Christian, & Rhyno, Guerrero shoved Lita out of the way and took a Gore, which allowed him to be pinned. With this major sacrifice, Guerrero and the Hardys became more of a team, and have been working well together against various opposition. Guerrero also rooted Lita on as she faced off against the Women's Champion, Chyna, at Judgment Day '01. But Chyna won out in the end, and as the two ladies congratulated each other, Guerrero shook his head and left. Guerrero still continued to be part of the Hardy faction, though, apparently getting closer and closer with Lita, much to the ire of Matt Hardy. Before anything could develop, though, Guerrero was "injured" in a match with Prince Albert at the end of May '01, when he was thown from the ring.
In actuality, Guerrero was being held out due to his dependency on pain-killers. He was put into a rehabilitation program by the WWF, to try and get him through his various problems. For the next few months, Guerrero worked on cleaning himself up, even starting to work out with the Heartland Wrestling Association (a feeder federation at the time for the WWF), which would lead to his return to the WWF. But in November '01, Guerrero was pulled over by police and charged with a DUI, showing that his problems weren't just connected to pain-killers. Only a few days later, the WWF announced that they had released Guerrero from his contract, ending his run with the company at least for a while.
After taking some time off to get his act together, as well as to free himself from the addictions that had almost ended his life, Guerrero began appearing again on the independent scene in early '02, wrestling for many different wrestling federations. He worked hard to prove that he still had what it takes to be a wrestler, keeping his connections with the WWF during this time. In February '02, Guerrero had many impressive matches, including wrestling on the first major card of Ring of Honor, losing to Super Crazy, who became the first-ever IWA Puerto Rican Intercontinental Champion. A day later, Guerrero got another title shot, as he won the WWA International Cruiserweight Championship, winning a "Triple Threat" over Juventud Guerrera and Psicosis. Guerrero also had success in March '02, winning the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title, beating CM Punk. Unfortunately, Punk beat him in the rematch a day later. As for the WWA International Cruiserweight Title, Guerrero would vacate it, when WWF again came calling.
WWF Raw: 2002
Guerrero made his return to WWE at the beginning of April '02, attacking the Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, Rob Van Dam, joining the Raw roster (the two brands had had a draft to split them apart after Wrestlemania). Guerrero added to the assault on the next Raw, when he helped cost RVD a "#1 Contenders" Match against the Undertaker, hitting RVD with the IC Title. Guerrero blamed the attacks not because RVD had the belt, but because, in his mind, Van Dam had stolen his maneuver, the Frog Splash. The two eventually decided to face for the IC Title at Backlash '02. It was a brilliant match, showing the fans that Latino Heat was definitely back in action. He was also up to his old tricks, as, with the ref down, Guerrero dropped RVD onto the IC Title with a neckbreaker, then scored his Frog Splash for the victory, becoming the WWF Intercontinental Champion.
A week after Backlash, Eddie Guerrero got himself another reward, as he returned one more time to Ring of Honor for a show that, for him, was named a "Night of Appreciation". Guerrero teamed with the Amazing Red against Red's former allies in the Spanish Announce Team (Jose & Joel Maximo), with Guerrero's team getting the win. After the match, the RoH wrestlers said goodbye the Guerrero in the ring, thanking him for helping them get going. Guerrero then went back full-time to the WWF, taking on Rob Van Dam at Insurrextion '02, the British PPV. To keep his IC Title, Guerrero was disqualified, continuing the battle between the two masters of the Frog Splash.
WWE Raw: 2002
Going into May '02, it was announced that the WWF would be getting the "F" out, due to their problems with the World Wildlife Fund. The company instead became World Wrestling Entertainment. This didn't make a difference to Eddie, as he continued his feud with Rob Van Dam for the next few weeks. The two met again for the IC Title at Judgment Day '02, with Van Dam apparently determined to get his belt back. Guerrero was on the defensive somewhat in this match, with RVD concentrating on Guerrero's back, weakening it so much that, late in the match, Guerrero hesitates from the pain while climbing for the Frog Splash, slowing him down enough that Van Dam's able to dodge. However, Guerrero showed that he could win even without the Frog Splash, as long as he can be deceitful, using the ropes on a backslide to get the pinfall victory, retaining the gold.
On the next Raw, Guerrero was at the same bar as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and his wife, Debra. Guerrero seemed to be looking to cause trouble, sending a teddy bear over for Debra. He later sang a song at the kareoke bar for Debra, causing Austin to get up to sing as well. Austin then confronted Guerrero, who didn't even look at him. However, when Austin headed back up to sing another song, Guerrero grabbed a beer bottle and shattered it over Austin's head, knocking him out! A week later, Guerrero interrupted Chris Benoit, who had come out because Raw was in his hometown (he was supposed to be on Smackdown). Guerrero challenged Benoit, saying that Eddie was the most talented Radical. The two came nose-to-nose, with GM Ric Flair breaking it up and sending Benoit from the ring. Later that night, Guerrero wrestled a "Ladder" Match against Rob Van Dam, with Benoit watching at ringside with a bought ticket. The two put on a fabulous match, with Van Dam finally besting Guerrero and getting the IC Title from him. Guerrero took some revenge afterwards, nailing RVD with the ladder. Austin then came out, looking for some payback on Guerrero. But it was all a set-up, as Benoit came into the ring and turned on Austin, helping Guerrero, Flair, and Arn Anderson beat him down.
A week later on Raw, Guerrero, Benoit, & Flair celebrated their win. But Austin, in the back, had Anderson 'hostage', forcing Flair into a match with him. Stipulations were soon added where the winner would get the loser as his slave, among other things. Guerrero had other concerns, though, as he & Brock Lesnar defeated Rob Van Dam & Bubba Ray Dudley in a tag match. Guerrero then was a major factor in the Flair/Austin match, as, while Benoit & Flair had the ref's attention, Guerrero came from the crowd and attacked Austin, hitting the Frog Splash on him. However, Austin later came back and got the win, becoming an active wrestler as well as having Flair as his slave. But just as it seemed that Guerrero was going to get a match against Austin, Austin 'took his ball and went home', leaving WWE due to complaints about a scheduled match. This left Guerrero without his major feud that had been planned, limiting his options.
Without a target to go after, Guerrero & Benoit soon turned on Flair, who had lost his 50% ownership of WWE to Vince McMahon the week before. Both men blamed Flair for them losing their opportunity to beat on Austin, leading to a match being signed between Guerrero and Flair at the King of the Ring '02. The two wrestlers went at it with lots of experience between them, putting on a great match. At the same time, Guerrero had Benoit in his corner, who was ready and willing to interfere on Guerrero's behalf. However, an unknown factor turned out to be the difference-maker, as Bubba Ray Dudley surprisingly came from the crowd and Bubba-Bombed Guerrero, helping Flair win the match.
Vince McMahon set up a match the next night between Guerrero and Bubba Ray, with Bubba Ray saying that someone was going through a table. Guerrero got the victory with a quick roll-up, but then opted to go for the table instead of leaving and got caught, with Bubba Ray powering him through the table! Benoit then made the save, putting Bubba Ray in the Crippler Crossface. Guerrero & Benoit faced Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley in a Tag Match a week later, with Bubba Ray winning by Bubba Bombing Guerrero. However, the heels again took some revenge, with Guerrero throwing Spike Dudley through a table, then landing the Frog Splash on a Crossfaced-Bubba Ray. A series of actions on the next Raw led to a 10-Man Tag Match, pitting Guerrero, Benoit, & the nWo against Bubba Ray, Spike, Booker T, Goldust, & Rob Van Dam. It was a crazy match, with the Big Show getting the win by Chokeslamming Booker T.
At Vengeance '02, Guerrero & Benoit took on Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley in a "Tables" Match (a risky bout, considering that Benoit had just come back from neck surgery). There were a lot of good spots, including Bubba Ray tackling Spike to keep him from being thrown into a table. At one point, Benoit got the Crippler Crossface on Spike, but he couldn't be eliminated that way. The first one eliminated was Guerrero, with Spike putting him through a table on the outside with the Dudley Dog. Benoit evened things up by tossing Spike over the top rope and through a table. Benoit then brawled with Bubba Ray, but he couldn't finish him off, as Bubba Ray reversed a German suplex into a Bubba Bomb through a table for the victory.
A day later, Guerrero had a confrontation with the Heavyweight Champion, the Rock, with Eddie claiming that he had to discipline his kids because they were fans of his. The Rock countered by saying that he loved all of Guerrero's movies, and asked if he was "Cheech" or "Chong"! The two wrestled in a "Non-Title" Match later that night, with the champion coming out on top despite Guerrero's cheating ways. Guerrero had similar luck against Booker T the next week, getting sent into the same turnbuckle that he himself had removed the pad on, then getting Axe Kicked for the loss. With this surprising defeat, though, Guerrero & Benoit found themselves with other plans.
WWE Smackdown - 2002
On the August 1st, '02 Smackdown, Edge and the Rock were scheduled to be in the main event against each other. However, with Raw GM Eric Bischoff watching at ringside, Smackdown GM Stephanie McMahon announced that Edge & the Rock would actually be teaming against her newest acquisitions: Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit! Not surprisingly, Bischoff freaked out at the announcement, getting himself kicked out before the match had even begun. Tazz (the co-announcer for Smackdown) said it best, stating that it wasn't the first time Guerrero & Benoit had walked out on Bischoff. The four wrestlers had a back-and-forth match, with the Rock in control of Benoit near the end. But the Rock got distracted by Brock Lesnar, allowing Benoit to get the Crippler Crossface on the Rock, making him tap.
On the next Smackdown, Benoit and Guerrero interfered in a Kurt Angle/John Cena match, attacking Cena. Rey Mysterio & Edge made the save, leading to a Six-Man Match being signed for later that night. The match was an unbelievable showing of skills, with Angle surprisingly being pinned by Mysterio at the end of the bout. Eddie then teamed with his nephew, Chavo Jr, in a "Tag-Team Title" Match against the champs, Rey Mysterio & Edge, the next week, but Angle, enraged at Mysterio, caused the DQ by attacking during the match. On the last SD before the pay-per-view, Guerrero & Benoit attacked both the Rock and Edge, leading to Stephanie McMahon signing a tag match for the night. Although Guerrero & Benoit came close several times to winning, they eventually fell to the faces in the end, with Guerrero getting Speared by Edge.
At Summerslam '02, Guerrero took on Edge in a singles contest. Guerrero showed his in-ring intelligence, attacking Edge's shoulder for the majority of the match, trying to keep Edge from using his most devastating maneuver. But when Edge was able to kick out of the Frog Splash, Guerrero lost his composure, allowing Edge to catch him with the Spear and get the pin, costing Guerrero the match. Guerrero and Edge faced again on the next Smckdown, having both been put in a tournament to decide who would be facing the new Smackdown Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar. Guerrero again was smart, this time catching a charging Edge with a chair shot to the head, then getting the Frog Splash for the victory, moving on. However, Guerrero had to face the huge Rikishi Phatu in the next match, and couldn't come out on top, losing the bout. Guerrero & Benoit got some revenge afterwards, though, beating the big Samoan down until Edge made the save. The Undertaker won the single-elimination tournament.
Going into September '02, Guerrero continued his feud with Edge, while problems were brewing between the 'stable' of Guerrero, Benoit, & Angle. Benoit and Angle continued to have problems with each other, while Guerrero played the peace-maker, trying to keep them united. It didn't work, as, during a 6-Man Match, Angle and Benoit started brawling, leaving Guerrero alone in the ring with Edge, Rikishi, & the Undertaker! Guerrero tried to play off like he was one of them, watching his tag partners fight, but the faces didn't buy it, beating down Guerrero. A Spear, a Stinkface, and a Chokeslam later, Guerrero was pinned by the Undertaker for the loss. A week later, with Chavo as his partner, Eddie went against Edge & John Cena. The Guerreros won the match, but then got 'creative', with Eddie trying to put Edge's face into Chavo's butt ala Rikishi. However, Edge was able to reverse it, sending Eddie's face there instead! Eddie got some laughs later on by chewing out Chavo for 'not wiping'.
On the last Smackdown before the PPV, Eddie & Chavo won a tag match over Edge & Rikishi, with Chavo using a TV camera to knock Rikishi out for the win. Edge Speared Chavo after the match, but a crazed Eddie bloodied Edge with a huge chair shot, then yelled at the downed wrestler, venting his Latino Heat. The two met again at Unforgiven '02, in a brutal match where Eddie continued to go after Edge's injured head. The two exchanged some close pin attempts, with Edge nearly winning near the end with the Spear. But Edge was too badly hurting to capitalize, allowing Guerrero to come back with a powerbomb for the victory, ko'ing Edge. Guerrero and Edge met once more on the next Smackdown in a "No Disqualification" Match to finally settle their feud. This was one of the best matches of the year, as a ladder proved to be a major factor in the bout. At one point, Eddie was backdropped onto a ladder standing in a corner, a painful-looking spot. At the end, Edge caught Guerrero on the ladder and got an Edgecution off of it, winning the match via pinfall. The crowd showed its appreciation to both men after the match.
After losing the match, Eddie began concentrating on the Smackdown Tag-Team Division, teaming with his nephew, Chavo Guerrero (no longer acknowledging the "Junior" after his name), as Los Guerreros. The two competed together in the Smackdown Tag-Team Title Tournament, beating Mark Henry & Rikishi in the first round due to Chavo using a steel chair on Henry's leg, allowing Eddie to force the submission shortly thereafter with the Lasso From El Paso. Eddie faced Rikishi in singles competition the next week, with Chavo once again helping with a steel chair for Eddie to get the win. Meanwhile, in the tag-team tournament, Los Guerreros were scheduled to face the feuding partners, Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle. Eddie & Chavo tried to feed the fires between the two men, with Chavo tricking Benoit into trying to come to Eddie's aid in a closed office, only to have Eddie be the one to knock Benoit out with a chair, pretending it was Angle. It didn't work, however, as Benoit used a chair on both Eddie & Chavo during the match, allowing Angle to win it with an Angle Slam, eliminating Los Guerreros from the tournament.
The luck of Los Guerreros didn't get any better in the coming weeks. First, they lost a "#1 Contender's" Match to Rey Mysterio & Edge, losing the chance to go after Angle & Benoit (the new champions). Los Guerreros were still working together to split up the champs, though, saying that they were siding with Benoit. When Benoit and Angle wrestled to decide who would own the "Tag-Team Title Tournament" Trophy, Eddie & Chavo ran out and attacked Angle, helping Benoit get the win. Despite this, though, it was clear that Los Guerreros were only interested in the tag-team titles, even facing Angle & Benoit at the England PPV, Rebellion '02, with the gold on the line. They almost got the win when Chavo used one of the tag titles on Angle, but the ref was down, keeping them from getting the pin. Angle later came back and got the Angle Slam on Eddie for the win.
On the Halloween edition of Smackdown, Los Guerreros asked for another title shot, but instead Eddie faced Angle in a singles contest. Thanks to Benoit attacking Angle during the match, Eddie got the win. However, afterwards, Benoit took out both Eddie & Chavo, continuing the unusual feud. It only got stranger going into November '02, as Angle & Benoit lost the Tag-Team Titles to Rey Mysterio & Edge, creating a three-way triangle. On the same night, Eddie had a Non-Title Match with Brock Lesnar, and actually did alright, thanks in part to Chavo's interference, before losing to the champion. Los Guerreros continued to feud with the other two tag-teams as the month wore on, with Eddie getting a submission victory over Mysterio at one point. It was around this time that the Guerreros began to be known by their slogan "Lying, Cheating, & Stealing", with them reveling in their cheating ways.
At the '02 Survivor Series, Los Guerreros took on Mysterio & Edge(c) and Angle & Benoit in a Three-Way Elimination Match for the Tag-Team Titles. It was a very competitive match, with Los Guerreros using their varied talents in many ways. First, Chavo sewed some dissention again between Angle & Benoit, hitting Benoit with one of the belts, then throwing it to Angle when Benoit recovered, making Benoit unsure who had hit him. This left Benoit open to a Spear from Edge, eliminating their team. Benoit & Angle took out Chavo and Edge before leaving, evening the playing field. The final two teams went at it with some close falls, but once again the belts came into play, as Chavo hit Mysterio with it, allowing Eddie to lock in the Lasso From El Paso for the victory, giving Los Guerreros their first Smackdown Tag-Team Title run.
On the next Smackdown, Los Guerreros were relaxing in their locker room with Matt Hardy when a furious Brock Lesnar came in, looking for the Big Show (who had screwed him out of the belt at the PPV). When Hardy commented about Lesnar's loss, Lesnar threw him right through the wall with devestating impact! As Hardy was being looked after by medical technicians, Eddie talked to GM Stephanie McMahon about the unsafe working conditions that Lesnar was causing. This would later lead to McMahon suspending Lesnar, with Eddie being a major factor in his suspension. In the meantime, Eddie & Chavo continued to concentrate on the Tag-Team Titles, feuding with Angle & Benoit. On the last November '02 Smackdown, Los Guerreros defended the belts against the challengers, with dissention between the two allowing Los Guerreros to pull their usual title-swinging antics to get the win, retaining the belts.
On the first Smackdown of December '02, Eddie was given the chance to be the #1 Contender to the Smackdown Heavyweight Title, facing off in a "Fatal Fourway Elimination" Match against Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, and Edge. The other contestants got some help early on, as Prince Albert attacked Edge before the match. Guerrero had some good moments during the bout, including landing the Frog Splash on Angle, but he later was the first man eliminated, tapping out to Benoit's Crippler Crossface. Eddie got some revenge later, though, hitting Benoit with his title belt and helping Edge eliminate Benoit with a Spear. Guerrero and Benoit feuded for the next few weeks leading up to Armageddon '02, when the two former best friends went at it. Eddie got some help at one point from Chavo, who used his belt on Benoit, helping Eddie to apply the Lasso From El Paso, but Benoit escaped, then later reversed another Lasso attempt into the Crippler Crossface, eventually forcing Eddie to tap out.
Los Guerreros finished out the year by continuing to defend their Smackdown Tag-Team Titles, with Eddie starting the new year with a new haircut, finally cutting off his 'mullet' style for a short cut. The duo had a mini-feud with John Cena & Bull Buchanan (B Squared), with Cena causing Eddie to lose a match to Billy Kidman at one point. The two teams went at it for the Tag-Team Titles in the middle of January '03, with Eddie apparently getting injured during the bout. Chavo managed to finish things out, getting his version of the Frog Splash on B-Squared to retain the belts, then went to check on his uncle, while Cena and B-Squared fought in the ring.
Eddie recovered easily enough, and was involved in the '03 Royal Rumble, coming in at #14. Guerrero went at it immediately with Rob Van Dam, double-teaming him with Matt Hardy, but then Guerrero got caught himself by Hardy's Twist of Fate, showing, once again, that allies do not work in the Rumble. Guerrero hung out for a while with no eliminations, finally getting dumped out himself by Booker T. Brock Lesnar went on to win the Rumble. The Guerreros finished out their feud with John Cena & his new protege, Redd Dogg, a few weeks later, with Eddie beating Cena with a Frog Splash (after interference from Chavo). A week later, though, Los Guerreros were upset by Team Angle (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) and lost the Smackdown Tag Titles, thanks to Haas rolling up Eddie after he had hit the Frog Splash on Benjamin.
By this point, Los Guerreros' "Lying, Cheating, & Stealing" ways had earned the affection of the fans, turning them faces despite their willingness to cheat. Various video clips ran on Smackdown, showing the two Guerreros stealing from different people (including Chavo stealing a bottle from a baby). The family credo soon became "Cheat To Win", which Eddie & Chavo had never shown any qualms about. The family combination continued to go after Team Angle for the next month, trying to get their belts back. On one Velocity, Los Guerreros seemed to have Team Angle beat, only to see the champs run away, causing the Countout. This gave Los Guerreros the win, but not the belts. Los Guerreros (along with Rikishi) also had a mini-feud with the Full-Blooded Italians (Nunzio, Chuck Palumbo, & Johnny Stamboli), fighting on several Smackdowns.
In the middle of March '03, Los Guerreros had a "#1 Contenders" Match with Chris Benoit & Rhyno, with Team Angle, the tag champs, surprisingly opting to cause the Double Disqualification, attacking both teams. This led to Stephanie McMahon announcing that there would be a Triple Threat Match between the three teams for the belts at the next PPV. Meanwhile, Los Guerreros & Rikishi finished their feud with the FBI, beating them in a Six-Man Tag Match. The Smackdown before the PPV, both Eddie & Chavo won singles matches against the members of Team Angle, but then got beat down by Team Angle afterwards, with Benoit & Rhyno making the save. At Wrestlemania X-9, the three teams went at it, with the gold on the line. All three teams came close to winning at various points, with Eddie's highlight being a Frog Splash onto both Benjamin and Benoit. At the end, Rhyno got a Gore on Chavo, but Eddie took Rhyno outside to prevent the pin. Unfortunately, this allowed Benjamin to steal the pin on Chavo, allowing Team Angle to keep the belts.
On the next Smackdown, it was announced by Stephanie McMahon that a Smackdown Heavyweight Title #1 Contenders Tournament would take place starting that night. Unfortunately for Eddie, he lost in the first round to the eventual winner, John Cena, falling to Cena's finisher (which would soon be called the FU). This didn't seem to bother the Guerreros that much, though, as they were still focused on Team Angle and the Smackdown Tag Titles. The two teams met again at Backlash '03, with Team Angle bringing a portrait of their mentor, Kurt Angle, to inspire them during the match (Angle was on the shelf with a neck injury after Wrestlemania). The two teams went back-and-forth, with Eddie playing the face-in-peril for a while before finally making the hot tag to Chavo. Just as it seemed that Los Guerreros were ready to regain the belts, though, Benjamin tripped up Chavo from the outside, while Chavo was suplexing Haas. Benjamin then held Chavo's legs, enabling Haas to get the pin, keeping their belts... or so they thought. Right after the match, Los Guerreros attacked Team Angle, then, following their usual ways, stole the tag titles!
On the first Smackdown of May '03, Los Guerreros brought the stolen tag belts out with them in their victory over Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore, then escaped when Team Angle tried to reclaim the gold. Later in the show, Team Angle berated Los Guerreros for stealing the gold, and Eddie & Chavo came out, with Eddie saying that he knew stealing the belts was wrong, and that they wouldn't steal anything of Team Angle's again. However, even as they gave the tag titles back to the champs, the Guerreros stole Kurt Angle's gold medals instead! A week later, after Eddie defeated Matt Hardy via roll-up, Team Angle came out and attacked Chavo, getting the gold medals back. But later in the night, while Team Angle was wrestling, Los Guerreros came down and reclaimed the medals, as well as the portrait of Angle. However, problems soon arose for Los Guerreros, as Chavo was injured while wrestling overseas, puttin the team in doubt. Eddie still fought against Benjamin that night in a "Ladder" Match, but help from Haas allowed Benjamin to get the win. Eddie had the last laugh, though, smashing the Angle portrait over Benjamin's head.
At Judgment Day '03, Eddie was scheduled to face Team Angle for the Tag-Team Titles in another "Ladder" Match. The odds looked bad for Guerrrero, but it turned out that he had found a new tag-team partner in Tajiri to replace Chavo. The two teams fought long and hard for the belts in a very competitive match, with Tajiri proving to be a great asset, spraying his Green Mist into Benjamin's face through a ladder late in the match to allow Eddie to finish his climb and get the Tag-Team Titles, becoming the champion for the second time (with a new partner). The two teams had a rematch on the next Smackdown, with Eddie using one of his new favorite tactics, barely hitting the referee with a chair, then tossing it to Haas before falling down, causing the referee to think that Haas had been responsible. The ref called for the DQ, allowing Guerrero & Tajiri to retain the titles.
Another rematch between the two teams took place a week later, with Guerrero slowly teaching Tajiri about lying, cheating, & stealing (Tajiri stole a car for them to drive to the ring in). The two teams again went at it, and again Guerrero's skills at twisting things around worked to his team's advantage, as, when Haas had Tajiri in the Haas of Pain submission hold, the bell suddenly rang. Haas, thinking he had won, released the hold, but it had actually been Guerrero ringing the bell! Guerrero came in with one of the tag titles, but Haas saw him and grabbed it, leading to a brief tug-of-war before Guerrero suddenly let it go and fell flat... just as the referee turned around, seeing Haas with a weapon and AGAIN DQ'ing Team Angle.
Going into June '03, Guerrero & Tajiri started a small feud with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper & Sean O'Haire, with O'Haire trying to steal Tajiri's Tag-Team belt during a Piper's Pit (with Eddie getting it back for his partner). On the next Smackdown, Guerrero took on O'Haire in a singles match, with Piper and Tajiri at ringside. Piper proved to be the key factor, spitting tequila into Tajiri's face, then distracting Guerrero so that O'Haire could take him down and get the win. Guerrero & Tajiri defended the Tag-Team Titles against O'Haire & Piper a week later, with Tajiri returning the 'spitfire' by giving Piper the Green Mist, allowing Guerrero to get the Frog Splash on the legend for the victory (Piper was fired shortly thereafter from the company, fully ending the feud).
At the beginning of July '03, Guerrero & Tajiri put the belts on the line against their long-time nemeses, Team Angle. As the match went on, Tajiri was taken out, flying onto Guerrero's car at ringside. Guerrero, distracted about what had happened, was rolled up by Haas, losing the Tag-Team Titles. Yet this didn't seem to be Guerrero's primary concern, as he went outside to where Tajiri was still laying in pain. But Guerrero wasn't concerned about Tajiri, either; he was upset about his car having been damaged. In anger, Guerrero beat down his partner, slamming Tajiri through the windshield and quickly turning heel. Guerrero expressed his feelings on the next Smackdown, talking about his problems with anger management. At the same time, though, Guerrero was ready to see what he could do in the singles ranks.
Guerrero soon became involved in the WWE United States Title Tournament, facing off against old WCW foe Ultimo Dragon in the first round. The two quick wrestlers put on a great match, with Guerrero getting a roll-up pin to move on. Guerrero, with a new low rider, faced off against Billy Gunn the next week, getting the win due to Jamie Noble attacking Gunn with a chair, allowing Guerrero to get the pin. This moved Guerrero into the finals of the tournament, where he'd be facing his old friend, Chris Benoit. Guerrero talked about Benoit on one Smackdown, and about how they'd wrestled all over the world. He said that Benoit was his best friend, but Benoit then came out and called him on it, saying that he and Guerrero hadn't talked in months. Guerrero then admitted that he lied, and that he couldn't stand people saying that Benoit was better than him. The two fought, with Guerrero blinding Benoit with some car wax to get the advantage. Rhyno came out for the save, leading to a match between the two later in the night, with Eddie getting a low blow to help him beat Rhyno.
At Vengeance '03, Guerrero and Benoit met up for the vacated United States Title. Both men went for their finishers as the match wore on, with Guerrero missing the Frog Splash, then having to escape Benoit's Crippler Crossface. Late in the match, with the ref down, Guerrero hit Benoit with the US Title, then climbed up and got the Frog Splash. But a groggy ref got there too late, as Benoit kicked out at 2. Guerrero then tried his 'play dead' routine while throwing the belt towards Benoit, but the ref didn't come around, allowing Benoit to catch Guerrero in the Crippler Crossface again, this time making him tap, although the ref still wasn't there. In the end, Rhyno came to the ring and shockingly turned on Benoit, Goring him. This allowed Guerrero to get another Frog Splash for the win, becoming the new United States Heavyweight Champion, over 6 years (and a new company) after losing it in WCW.
On the next Smackdown, Guerrero was already assigned his first title defense, against his former tag partner, Tajiri. On his way to the ring for the match, Guerrerro's low rider had problems with its hydralics, causing Eddie to stop to check it out. As he opened the trunk, Tajiri popped out, spraying the Green Mist in his face! Although a blinded Guerrero tried to get out of the US Title defense because of the spray, he was told that he would forfeit the belt if he didn't compete, so he had no choice. Late in the match, Tajiri went for the Green Mist again, but hit the referee instead of Guerrero. This allowed Guerrero to get the US Title and hit Tajiri with it, before getting the Frog Splash for the victory, staying the champion. Things kept heating up for Guerrero, as three major contenders for his title arose: Benoit, Tajiri, and Rhyno. The wrestlers had a series of different matches leading up the PPV, where it was signed to have all four face off for the gold.
At Summerslam '03, Guerrero had to defend the US Title in a "Fatal Fourway" against Benoit, Tajiri, & Rhyno. All four wrestlers continuously brawled in this one, usually with two inside the ring and two outside. A great moment occurred when Guerrero got Tajiri in the Lasso From El Paso, while Benoit got Rhyno in the Crippler Crossface. Guerrero, even with the upper hand over one foe, looked extremely nervous that Rhyno might tap first, losing him the gold. When Tajiri made it to the ropes, Guerrero immediately broke the hold and ran over, breaking up the Crossface as well. Late in the match, Guerrero pulled the US Title in front of him as Rhyno charged, causing Rhyno to hit head-first into the belt. This basically ko'ed Rhyno, with Benoit adding more abuse with the Diving Headbutt. As Benoit and Tajiri then fought out of the ring, Guerrero came back in, getting the pin on Rhyno to stay the United States Champion.
The next Smackdown was held in El Paso, Texas, causing Eddie Guerrero to come out as the huge fan favorite in his hometown. Guerrero joked about his ancestors going way back in El Paso, where his many-times-great-grandmother cheated to pass her citizenship test. Guerrero was interrupted, though, by John Cena, who insulted the El Paso crowd, then demanded a US Title shot against Eddie, who agreed. The two men then brawled, with Eddie sending Cena out of the ring (while stealing his jersey). Later on, though, Guerrero found himself distracted, as someone vandalized his low-rider. A crazed Guerrero attacked the Full-Blooded Italians when they laughed at the damage, causing the APA to have to pull Guerrero off of them. Cena at first denied doing the damage, but then walked out to the ring with Guerrero's missing tire, showing that he, too, could lie, cheat, and steal. An enraged Guerrero ran out after him, starting the match. Guerrero was all for using weapons when the ref's back was turned, hitting Cena with a chair shot at one point. Cena, meanwhile, didn't care about the ref, catching Guerrero with a low blow and causing the DQ. Cena then beat down the US Champ, bloodying him with a chain shot, then giving him the FU onto the tire.
On the next Smackdown, Guerrero drove out in a new car to go after Cena again, but Cena managed to hit him with the title, then stole Guerrero's car, causing an irate Guerrero to protest to Stephanie McMahon. McMahon said that Guerrero could have any match he wanted against Cena the next week. Guerrero chose a "Latino Street Fight", setting up a circle of cars, with the two men fighting it out inbetween. It was a violent match, involving everything from shovels to windshields to even a lawn mower. Near the end of the match, Eddie got some help, as Chavo Guerrero suddenly reappeared, smashing Cena with a hubcap! This enabled Eddie to get a Frog Splash from the top of a van onto the prone Cena, who was laying on the hood of a car. Eddie got the pin, winning the match, staying the US champ, and getting to drive off with his nephew, re-forming Los Guerreros.
The team quickly struck, with Chavo immediately requesting a title shot for Los Guerreros against Team Angle. Los Guerreros won in strong fashion, injuring Shelton Benjamin's knee to make it almost a complete double-team on Charlie Haas. The match ended with Chavo suplexing Haas, followed by a Frog Splash from Eddie for the win. Just like that, Eddie was holding two titles at the same time. This worked a little against Eddie, though, as he had to wrestle twice at the next Smackdown, in two title defenses. Los Guerreros stayed the Tag Champs, beating Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore, but Hardy attacked Eddie after the match, dropping him side-first on the US Title. Things got worse for Guerrero later on, as the Big Show attacked Guerrero on his way to the ring to face Haas in a US Title defense. Haas had the advantage for much of the match, as Eddie was definitely on the defensive, especially when he was put in the Haas of Pain. But, in the end, Eddie was able to trick Haas into running into the US Title (which was draped on the turnbuckle), then got the Frog Splash, keeping both belts.
An issue did arise for Eddie at a late-September '03 house show in Winnepeg. At the event, Los Guerreros defended the Smackdown Tag-Team Titles against the Basham Brothers, coming out successfully. But Eddie then had an altercation with a fan at ringside, who promptly threw his beer at Eddie! An incensed Guerrero reportedly went after the fan, fighting with him and beating him down as security rushed in to break it up. Eddie later said that, after beating his demons (including alcohol), it felt like a major insult to have beer thrown on him. However, Guerrero, a reborn Christian, was also contrite about the incident, saying that, although he was disrespected, Eddie didn't respond like a Christian. He apologized to the fans at Winnepeg, helping to mend the fences.
At the start of October '03, Guerrero defended the US Title again, using his "Cheat to Win" tactics to get past Matt Hardy. Later on, Eddie & Chavo confronted the Big Show, who said that he attacked Eddie simply because he didn't like him. The Big Show later intercepted an order of burritos for Eddie, eating most of them while sending a spit-in burrito for Eddie. It was all a set-up by Latino Heat, though, as the Big Show had to be counted out of his match with Orlando Jordan, as he ran for the bathroom! Guerrero taunted the Big Show in the bathroom, saying that the delivery man was his cousin. A week later, the Big Show got some revenge, attacking Eddie during an interview. Chavo then called the Big Show to the ring in his uncle's honor, taunting the Big Show when he came out in his nice clothes. The Big Show eventually came to the ring for a match, but as soon as the bell rang, Chavo ran out, leading to a Countout. A confused Big Show as then caught in the ring, as Eddie drove out a sewage truck, eventually spraying the Big Show with sewage! On the Smackdown before the PPV, though, the Big Show got some major revenge, attacking Guerrero after he had won a match with Rhyno, slamming him into the car windshield, then Chokeslamming him on top of the car.
Guerrero had to face the music, and an angry giant, at No Mercy '03, with the US Title on the line. Guerrero tried to use his speed and quickness to his advantage, but his main ability was using his brain. At one point, Guerrero brought a chair out, which the ref confiscated. As he did so, Guerrero got a trash can lid instead, smacking the Big Show with it. Guerrero later used the US Title on the Big Show, then got the Frog Splash, but only got a 2 count from the woozy referee. Unfortunately for Eddie, that was about it, as the Big Show finally came back to get a massive Chokeslam for the victory, taking away Guerrero's US Title. The pain hit even more on the next Smackdown, as, even after a Chavo pep-talk, Eddie was caught by a Basham Brother switcharoo, allowing the Bashams to win away the WWE Tag-Team Titles.
On the next Smackdown (the Halloween edition), Eddie had a confrontation with Chavo, who accused him of letting him down, even relating Eddie's loss to his battle with drugs & alocohol. Later in the show, Eddie came to the ring and gave Chavo an apology, talking about how he felt weak, but also saying that he felt Chavo shouldn't have brought up his personal problems. Still, he would make sure that Los Guerreros got the belts back. During the apology, the Bashams' manager, Shaniqua, suddenly came out, distracting Eddie. This allowed the Bashams to attack Eddie from behind and beat him down, until Chavo finally appeared to make the save. Eddie later demanded a Tag Title shot to GM Paul Heyman, but Heyman said that Eddie would have to beat the Bashams in a "Handicap" Match to prove that his team deserved a title shot. The match took place the next week, with Chavo banned from ringside. Chavo gave Eddie another 'pep talk' before the match, telling him that he was the only one who had stood by Eddie during his personal problems, and that this match was very important for the family. Despite the odds against him, Eddie was able to use his smarts, as he grabbed Shaniqua's whip and hit the referee with it, then threw it to Danny Basham. As the ref argued with Danny about who had hit him, Eddie rolled Danny up from behind for the victory, securing a title shot.
Los Guerreros were ready for the tag-team title shot on the next Smackdown, but Eddie got called away when a police officer informed him that his wife's sister had been in a bad car accident. Chavo tried to appeal to Heyman, but Heyman only allowed Chavo to face the Bashams on his own for the belts. Chavo couldn't beat the odds, with the Bashams getting the win, then beating him down, before laughing in the back about having set-up Eddie with the police officer, proving that there was no accident. Los Guerreros got another Tag-Team Title shot at the '03 Survivor Series, taking on the Bashams for the belts. Late in the match, Chavo had control, but he & Eddie got distracted by Shaniqua, leading Eddie to Frogsplash the manager. Chavo then went after Doug Basham, but Danny pulled the switch, then rolled-up Chavo for the victory, keeping the belts from Los Guerreros.
On the next Smackdown, Los Guerreros had to face the World's Greatest Tag-Team (formerly known as Team Angle), who had a beef with the Guerreros since they were the ones who had injured Benjamin's knee. Los Guerreros won the match, but got attacked by Haas & Benjamin afterwards, knocking Eddie from the ring, then attacking Chavo's leg with a chair. Eddie eventually came back in and made the save, but it wasn't quick enough for Chavo, who accused Eddie of not being there when he needed him. A week later, Eddie took on Charlie Haas, with Benjamin and a crutch-using Chavo at ringside. Eddie used Chavo's disadvantage to his own advantage, hitting Haas with the crutch to get the win. But after the match, Benjamin & Haas again attacked Chavo, until Eddie could make the save, causing more bad feelings between the two family members. Later that night, Eddie competed in a "#1 Contenders Battle Royal", lasting until the final 3, when he was thrown out by Chris Benoit. Benoit & John Cena 'both' won the match, falling out at the same time.
Chavo got a match against Benjamin on the next SD, and asked Eddie not to get involved, wanting to get his revenge on his own. Eddie still came to the ring, though, sitting in a lawn chair and reading a magazine. But when Haas tried to interfere, Eddie became involved as well, taking an opportunity to Frog Splash Benjamin so that Chavo could get the win. Although Eddie helped his nephew, Chavo was furious at his 'interference', accusing him of trying to steal the spotlight from Chavo. The two got a tag match against the World's Greatest Tag-Team the next week, with problems still brewing between the two Guerreros, as Chavo tagged himself in at one point, to keep Eddie from winning with the Frog Splash. Eddie still had the major effect of the match, though, using an air filter from his low rider to knock out Benjamin for the win. It was later rumored over the web that Eddie had separated his shoulder during the match, then came to blows with Haas in the back, since Haas had kept wrestling 'stiff' with him. Haas said that he just didn't know that Guerrero's shoulder was hurting. This rumor, as far as I know, is unconfirmed.
A week later, Los Guerreros joined the World's Greatest Tag-Team, Rikishi & Scotty Too Hotty, and the Tag Champs, the Basham Brothers, in a "Fatal Fourway" Match for the belts. Chavo's ego once again got the better of him in this match, allowing the Bashams to pull their usual tricks to stay the champs. Eddie finished out the year by going with the Smackdown roster to Iraq, in a taped show that was shown on Christmas Day '03. Guerrero was motivated before his match with Chris Benoit by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and it seemed to work, as Guerrero was able to take down Benoit in a great match in front of the U.S. Armed Forces, ending the year on a high note.
On New Year's Day '04, after Rey Mysterio won the Cruiserweight Title from Tajiri, Eddie was one of the first to congratulate him, as well as announcing that he would be involved in the 30-Man Royal Rumble match coming up later in the month. Chavo took offense to that, saying that Eddie was concentrating on himself, rather than the Los Guerreros team, which had a match later that night with the World's Greatest Tag-Team. Chavo tried to wrestle the whole match, avoiding opportunities to tag, but when he was down and out at one point, Eddie quickly dragged him over to his corner, then 'tagged' him, getting into the match. However, just as Eddie had the win, setting up the Frog Splash, Chavo demanded and got the tag, then did his own Frog Splash. But it missed, as Chavo got pinned instead. Afterwards, Eddie tried to help Chavo, but Chavo got furious at him, saying that it was all EDDIE'S fault that they had lost. He talked about how there were always Eddie chants, but no Chavo chants from the fans. He then said that he was sick of it, slapping Eddie across the face! The two almost came to blows, with Kurt Angle running out to the ring to separate them.
Surprisingly, Angle seemed to be taking Chavo's side in the matter, saying the Eddie indeed was being selfish in entering the Rumble. Angle also tried to get Chavo to apologize for the slap, but Chavo refused, saying that it was just "tough love" for his uncle Eddie, and that he would do it again. This prompted a hot-tempered Eddie to come to the ring, but Angle again kept them separated, then talked them into reuniting, shaking hands. Los Guerreros got a "Tag-Team Title" Match against the Bashams that night, with the two Guerreros seemingly on the same page again. But it wasn't enough, as the Bashams were able to pin Chavo to keep the belts. After the match, the Bashams began beating down Eddie, with Chavo surprisingly taking a seat at ringside to watch, rather than save his uncle. Eventually, once the Bashams were through and had left, Chavo entered the ring to help his uncle up, but then attacked him, violently bloodying Eddie to the boos of the crowd. Chavo then got in the low rider and drove away, leaving his uncle behind.
A week later, Angle apologized to Eddie for his involvement in the betrayal, also mentioning that Eddie was signed to face Chavo at the next PPV, instead of Eddie being in the Rumble. Eddie replied that he didn't want the match, and that he wanted Angle to stay out of his business. Later that night, Eddie's brother, Chavo Sr, came to the ring, apparently to apologize to Eddie for the actions of his son. But it was all a swerve, as Chavo Jr appeared and came to the ring, even as Chavo Sr attacked his own brother from behind! The two Chavos beat down Eddie until Angle came out to make the save. Guerrero later told Angle that he now wanted a piece of his nephew, as the family feud exploded. Eddie & Angle faced off against the Chavos in a tag match on the next Smackdown, but miscues between Eddie & Angle led a blinded Angle giving Eddie an Angle Slam, allowing the Chavos to capitalize for the victory.
At the '04 Royal Rumble, Eddie got his chance to take on his nephew, Chavo, and he didn't waste the opporunity, basically dominating a good portion of the match, then finishing it with the Frog Splash on Chavo Jr for the win. Afterwards, though, Latino Heat wasn't done, as he took out Chavo Sr and tied him to the ropes with Chavo's tie, then went back to beating on Chavo Jr, bloodying him badly even as Chavo Sr screamed about it being his own nephew. It was a violent display from Eddie, who was letting out a lot of frustration. A few days later on Smackdown, when Chris Benoit (who had won the Rumble) opted to take his title shot to Raw, a special Smackdown 15-Man Rumble was set up by GM Heyman to decide who would get the Smackdown World Title shot. Eddie was entered into the match as Benoit's replacement, but was brutally attacked before the match in his locker room. The Chavos denied the attack, even as Eddie was taken to the hospital. However, at the end of the night, Eddie returned, coming in as #13. He would eliminate A-Train, join everyone left in tossing the Big Show, then threw out Charlie Haas and Billy Gunn to be in the final two against Angle. The two went back and forth for a long while, until Guerrero was able to reverse a superplex to eliminate Angle, winning the #1 Contenders spot!
Guerrero feuded with the Smackdown World Champ, Brock Lesnar, for the next few weeks, with Lesnar mocking Guerrero's size compared to his own. It seemed like David vs. Goliath going into No Way Out '04, as Eddie fought for his chance to finally become a World Heavyweight Champion. It was an exciting match, with Guerrero pulling out all the stops against his much-larger foe, utilizing various submission holds to wear Lesnar down. The match went back-and-forth until near the end, where Lesnar seemed to be gaining momentum against the challenger, catching Eddie with the F5. But the ref was caught as well, keeping Lesnar from getting the pin. Brock then went for the title, to do some real damage to Guerrero, but Lesnar's rival from Raw, Bill Goldberg, suddenly charged the ring (he was arrested earlier in the night, but was wearing broken handcuffs) and nailed Lesnar with the Spear, evening things up again. Guerrero tried for the pin, but Lesnar kicked out of the slow count. Eddie then swung the title at Lesnar, but missed, allowing Lesnar to pick him up for another F5. But Eddie reversed it into a DDT onto the title, then got the Frog Splash, improbably becoming the Smackdown World Champion!
Eddie celebrated with the fans on the next Smackdown, but the celebration was short-lived, as it was announced that Chavo Jr, who was upset that Eddie was stealing attention away from the fact that he had won the Cruiserweight Title, would be facing Eddie for the Heavyweight Title that night. Chavo Jr also let Eddie know that GM Paul Heyman had made Chavo Sr the special referee! This didn't happen, though, as Chavo Sr was mysteriously attacked and beaten down in the back, with Heyman putting Kurt Angle, the #1 Contender to Eddie's title, as the ref instead. During the match, Chavo Sr tried to come down to interfere, but he was taken out by Rey Mysterio, dispatching with the interference. In the end, Eddie got the Frog Splash on his nephew, then went for the pin. However, Angle refused to count, surprising the crowd. He then attacked Eddie, getting Guerrero with the Angle Slam. Angle also took out Mysterio when he tried to make the save again, before bashing Guerrero with the World Title.
On the next Smackdown, Eddie tried to get revenge on Angle, but during the melee, he accidentally knocked down Heyman's aide, Dawn Marie, causing Heyman to have Guerrero arrested and taken out of the building. Angle later explained his attack on Guerrero, saying that he thought that Guerrero's morals of "lying, cheating, and stealing" made him a bad role model for young fans, saying that a former drug addict should not be someone to look up to. As Angle talked, though, Guerrero appeared again, finally getting his hands on Angle. Heyman, though, again brought out security, taking Guerrero away to jail. A week later, Heyman asked Guerrero to apologize for his actions, with Guerrero surprisingly saying he was sorry. But when Heyman accepted the apology, Guerrero said he had forgotten to mention one thing: he lied! He said he wouldn't apologize for being a proud father, a proud husband, and a proud WWE champion. Heyman then arranged for Eddie to face him in a match, with Eddie's hands tied behind his back. This was all a set-up, as Angle came out to beat down the tied-up Guerrero, knocking him out with a belt shot to the head.
The two wrestlers faced off at one of the biggest shows in history, Wrestlemania 20. It was a very competitive match, with lots of back-and-forth action. In the end, Angle got the Ankle Lock on Guerrero, torturing him with all his might. But Eddie didn't tap, eventually throwing Angle from the ring with a reversal. Guerrero's ankle seemed to be badly hurting him, though, as he loosened his shoelaces to 'relieve the pressure'. Angle saw this, though, and charged back into the ring, reapplying the Ankle Lock. But it was all a trick by Guerrero, who slipped his foot out of the shoe, then rolled up the off-balance Angle for the victory, staying the Smackdown Heavyweight Champion. Later that night, Guerrero came out after his long-time friend, Chris Benoit, had won the Raw World Title, celebrating with him in the middle of the ring, as confetti rained down from above, creating one of the most memorable moments in WWE history.
A Gauntlet was set up on the next Smackdown to decide Guerrero's challenger for the night, with Rey Mysterio winning (via countout) over the Big Show to earn the shot. The two friends had a terrific match, with Guerrero retaining the WWE Smackdown Title. Afterwards, though, GM Heyman came to the ring, saying that his ideas for Smackdown didn't include Guerrero or Mysterio, basically insinuating that he hoped both were drafted the next week onto Raw. Heyman was interrupted by the Undertaker, who came to the ring, with Guerrero & Mysterio throwing Heyman into his arms, allowing the Undertaker to Tombstone him. Guererro wasn't affected in the draft, but Heyman was, as he was 'drafted' to Raw and quit, rather than working for Eric Bischoff. Guerrero, meanwhile, wrestled to a No-Contest against Triple H (who had been drafted, temporarily, to Smackdown) on Raw, when both organizations turned out for a brawl.
While the departure of Heyman seemed like a good deal to Eddie, it turned out to be a major disadvantage, as Kurt Angle, Eddie's rival, was put in charge as the new General Manager. Guerrero also had to deal with new arrival Booker T, who insulted the Smackdown roster, leading to a match between Eddie and Booker. Late in the bout, Guerrero scored the Frog Splash on Booker T, but was then attacked by John Bradshaw Layfield (who had just changed his image from an APA member to a "Millionaire" style), leading to the DQ. A few days later, Eddie had another altercation with a fan at a house show, as the fan threw a can at his younger daughter while Eddie was celebrating with his family in the ring. Eddie protected his family, getting them to the back, then came back out and had to be restrained from going after the fan, showing his love for his family.
Guerrero launched into a major feud with JBL in the coming weeks, at one point pouring beer into JBL's cowboy hat, then stomping on it. When JBL won Kurt Angle's Great American Award, earning the #1 Contendership (due to a video showing him apprehending illegal immigrants from Mexico), Guerrero attacked again, smashing the trophy. In the middle of April '04, Guerrero was put into a match against the Big Show by GM Angle, to try to wear him down for JBL. The Big Show was so confident, he put his career on the line. But Guerrero managed to get the win with a Frog Splash, causing the Big Show to be out of the business. A furious Big Show later threw Angle off of a ledge, badly injuring him and forcing Angle to appear in a wheelchair for the next few months.
On the next Smackdown, Eddie was put into a match against D'Von Dudley by one-night GM Paul Heyman, with Bubba Ray Dudley causing a lot of interference. With Bubba Ray holding Eddie's legs from the outside, D'Von got the pin. Afterwards, JBL came down to the ring to beat down the tired champion. A week later, Guerrero saved Rob Van Dam when he was being attacked by the Dudleys, leading to a match between Guerrero and Bubba Ray. Even with D'Von trying to interfere, this time Guerrero got the win with a roll-up. The Dudleyz attacked after the match again, though, with RVD returning the favor with a save. An annoyed Angle immediately booked a match for the next week, putting Guerrero & RVD against the Dudleyz in a tag match.
Going into May '04, Guerrero appeared at a house show, celebrating "Mother's Day" by bringing his mother (and the rest of his family) to the ring. However, JBL then attacked, knocking down Eddie. When JBL then moved towards Eddie's mother, she fell, having an apparent heart attack. On the next Smackdown, Guerrero was beside himself, looking more and more unstable after JBL had hurt his mother. Worried about Guerrero's instability, Angle pulled Guerrero from the tag-team match, instead putting in Rey Mysterio. JBL, also concerned, stayed in New York, away from the arena. After the main-event match took place, with RVD & Mysterio winning, the Dudleyz attacked the faces, beating them down. A wild Guerrero then came to the ring, swinging a chair. He took out both Dudleyz, then nailed referees and Van Dam as well, going completely postal on them. Eddie tried to get at JBL on the next Smackdown, despite Angle's warnings, and damaged JBL's limo with a lead pipe. This led to JBL getting Guerrero arrested for damaging his property, then taunted him when he was handcuffed, causing Guerrero to run at him. JBL knocked him down, then added "Assault" to the list, watching as Guerrero was carried away.
At Judgment Day '04, Guerrero put the Smackdown World Title on the line against JBL, with Guerrero intent only on hurting his rival. But JBL was just as willing to inflict some damage, as Guerrero was badly cut open during the match, wearing a crimson mask for the latter part of it. Guerrero didn't stop, though, and when JBL brought the World Title into the ring to use on the champ, Guerrero blocked it, then used the belt himself, smashing JBL but costing himself the match via DQ. When the ref made the call, though, Guerrero seemed to get even worse, using the belt repeatedly on JBL, then shoving down the ref as well. JBL started bleeding badly as well from the assault. After the show, though, Guerrero was the one who was rushed to the hospital, due to loss of blood.
A few days later on Smackdown, Guerrero was put into a six-man tag-team match by GM Kurt Angle, despite his massive blood loss. Guerrero was fine with it, wanting a rematch with JBL. JBL, meanwhile, wanted Guerrero to just hand over the title, since JBL had, officially, won the match at Judgment Day. When Guerrero refused, JBL attacked him in the back, nailing him with a chair shot while Guerrero was talking with the doctor about his blood loss. Angle didn't cancel the match, though, saying that if he could wrestle with a broken neck, Guerrero could wrestle now. Guerrero's partners, Rey Mysterio & Rob Van Dam, were by themselves during the majority of the match, wrestling against JBL & the Dudley Boyz. Eddie came down near the end, managing to make the tag to Mysterio. He cleaned house with the Dudleyz, but then suddenly staggered and passed out. Everyone, even the Dudleyz, stopped, seemingly concerned about the champion, but JBL tagged himself in and made a quick pin on Eddie to win the match.
A week later, Guerrero was set to wrestle against Danny Basham, with JBL claiming that Eddie had 'lied' about passing out. Before the match could begin, GM Angle came out and stopped it, saying that, since he was legally responsible for Guerrero, the champion could not wrestle until he signed a release form. The match took place a week later, with Eddie using his "Cheat To Win" tactics to first get rid of Doug Basham by tossing him a chair (the ref saw it and ejected Doug from the ringside area), then caught Danny with the title, then dropped to the mat himself, staying there until the ref's count reached 7, before rising and getting the Frog Splash for the win. Meanwhile, JBL announced that the rematch between the two wrestlers would be a "Bullrope" Match at the next PPV. This didn't bother Eddie, who got JBL in his limo and took him for a drive, crashing the limo and basically knocking JBL senseless. He promised to do the same thing to JBL as he did to the limo.
At the '04 Great American Bash, Guerrero and John Bradshaw Layfield went at it in a "Bullrope" Match, with Guerrero's World Title on the line. The rules were that you had to touch all four corners in succession, while dragging your opponent, via the bullrope attaching the two wrestlers together. It was a bloody match, thanks to Guerrero cracking JBL with a chair shot. JBL retaliated later on by putting Guerrero through the Spanish announcers' table. Several times, both men came close, with the other wrestler managing to put on the breaks and disrupt the count. In the end, Guerrero and Bradshaw both had 3 corners, with JBL struggling to make the final corner. Guerrero leaped high in the air, though, and seemed to touch the last corner first, with the ref awarding him the win. However. GM Angle then came out and reversed the decision, saying that JBL had been knocked into the corner by Guerrero's leap, and, thus, JBL was the new Smackdown Heavyweight Champion!
Guerrero didn't rest any after the loss. He appeared on the next Smackdown, chasing JBL from the ring after his match with Spike Dudley, then announced that his contract had a rematch clause, and that it would happen 2 weeks from that night in a "Steel Cage" Match! Going into July '04, Guerrero played some mind games with JBL, disrupting his match with El Gran Luchadore by coming down in a mask himself, causing the switcharoo. A confused JBL soon caught on and ran, leaving the match, as "El Gran Luchadore" talked about how his friend, Eddie, would win the WWE Title again. The "Steel Cage" Match was a good one, taking place in the middle of July '04. Both men worked hard to either pin their opponent or escape the cage. Near the end, Eddie was looking at a win, having climbed to the top of the cage, but he couldn't resist coming off with a huge Frog Splash onto JBL. Guerrero was too hurt, though, to make the cover. Later on, both men climbed the cage, fighting on the top, when another El Gran Luchadore ran to the ring, grabbing Eddie's leg and preventing him from stopping JBL from escaping. A furious Guerrero went after the masked man, trying to keep him from escaping as well. He was only partially successful, pulling off the man's mask to reveal a walking Kurt Angle!
Angle was fired as General Manager by Vince McMahon once it was revealed that he could walk (Angle was replaced by Teddy Long). McMahon also booked Angle to face Guerrero at the next PPV, which made Guerrero happy enough to give McMahon a ride in the low rider, complete with hydralics. On the next Smackdown, Eddie came out with a bunch of Angle's old stuff, having stolen it from Angle's office. He auctioned them off on wwe.com, from Angle's wheelchair (which Eddie volunteered to have his cousin put hyralics on) to a picture of Angle (with a mustache drawn on by Eddie). Angle came out soon after, deciding to steal Eddie's low rider, since Eddie had stolen his stuff. Guerrero tried to warn him, but Angle didn't listen, getting into the car and turning the key. An 'anti-theft' device went off, spraying Angle with powder and blinding him, even as Guerrero gloated in the ring, getting the crowd to chant "You Suck".
As Smackdown entered August '04, the feud between Guerrero and Angle continued to intensify, as Guerrero continued to sell Angle's stuff, even getting some of the Smackdown Divas to sign them. The two men had a verbal confrontation a week later, with Angle wanting the money raised by selling his stolen goods. GM Long, however, held his ground, saying that the money went to a good cause. The two wrestlers met for the first time since Wrestlemania at Summerslam '04, in another very competitive match. Both men went for their finishers, without success. In the end, though, Angle was able to remove Guerrero's shoe and apply the Ankle Lock straight to the ankle, causing Guerrero immeasureable pain. Eddie fought hard, but finally had to tap out, as the pain became too great.
Guerrero came out looking for a rematch on the next Smackdown, saying that they needed to have a tie-breaker bout. But Angle disagreed, saying that he had nothing to prove after making Eddie tap out. Eddie then asked Angle to come into the ring and shake his hand, but this was another trick from Latino Heat, as he attacked Angle when he got in. Angle then brought out Luther Reigns for the double-team, but Rey Mysterio made the save, leading to a tag-team match between the two teams. When Angle was chased to the back during the match, Guerrero & Mysterio double-teamed Reigns, getting the win. But Angle came back for some revenge, pouring paint onto Eddie's stylish low rider, ruining it, much to Guerrero's frustration. A week later, Eddie chased Angle and attacked what he thought was Angle's car, smashing parts of it. But Angle was setting Guerrero up, as it was actually GM Theodore Long's car, who had Guerrero ejected from the building.
Guerrero got his next shot against Angle on the first September '04 Smackdown, as a "Three Falls" Match between the two was set up. Guerrero's Latino Heat got the best of him at one point, as, after taking a low blow from Angle earlier, Guerrero returned the low blow. Unfortunately, the ref saw it, calling for the DQ. Later on, though, Guerrero tied things up, reversing the Angle Slam into a pinfall. During the final fall, the referee got knocked down, giving Eddie a chance to cheat by getting Angle a chair, then laying down like he'd been hit. But while the ref was confronting Angle, Luther Reigns hit Eddie's leg from the outside with another chair, injuring it and allowing Angle to grab the Ankle Lock Grapevine on Eddie, causing him to once again have to tap out. Not satisfied, Angle had Reigns attack Eddie after the match.
The two wrestlers faced off again the next week, this time in a "Lumberjack" Match. The heel wrestlers on the outside continued to try and take out Eddie, with the face wrestlers trying to help him out. It eventually erupted into an all-out brawl, which featured the return of the Big Show, who Chokeslammed almost everyone, including Guerrero. Eddie & the Big Show were able to patch things up the next week, though, when they were put in a tag match against Angle & Reigns. Just as Guerrero looked to win the match, nailing Reigns with a high-flying Frog Splash, Mark Jindrak surprisingly came to the ring and attacked Guerrero, causing the DQ. Jindrak joined with Angle & Reigns, beating down both wrestlers, with the Big Show getting shot by a tranquilizer gun, then shaved bald. While the Big Show concentrated on Angle, Guerrero turned his sights on Reigns, feuding with him (as well as Jindrak) for the next few weeks.
At No Mercy '04, Guerrero faced Reigns in a singles match, with Jindrak at ringside, ready to interfere. But Guerrero was able to deal with the interference, taking Jindrak out of the equation, then using a policeman's nightstick (possibly a tribute to the Big Bossman, who had passed away a few weeks before) to knock Reigns out. Guerrero easily got the Frog Splash after that, winning the match. The two wrestlers faced in a rematch on Smackdown, with Eddie enjoying the company of the Page3 girls. Guerrero had the upper hand again in the match, leading to Jindrak interfering, causing the DQ. Kurt Angle also came down with scissors, preparing to cut Eddie's hair, but the Big Show made the save. For the next few weeks, Eddie continued the feud against Angle and his allies, joining with Rey Mysterio & Rob Van Dam. This led to an "Elimination" Match being signed for the next PPV, with Guerrero, Mysterio, & RVD being joined by the Big Show, while Angle, Jindrak, & Reigns signed up Carlito Carribean Cool. But when Mysterio got a Cruiserweight Title match instead, Eddie found himself a very willing replacement in John Cena, who wanted a piece of Carlito.
The two teams clashed at the '04 Survivor Series, with Guerrero leading his team against Angle's group. Carlito was the first eliminated, as he ran away from a fighting-mad Cena and drove away from the arena. Cena came back, though, making it 4-on-3 early on. Later, after Guerrero managed to make a tag, Van Dam scored his Five Star Frog Splash on Jindrak, but was then rolled up by the legal man, Angle, bringing it to 3-on-3. This didn't last long, as Guerrero rolled up Jindrak to eliminate him as well. The Big Show took care of Reigns with a Chokeslam, leaving Angle against 3 men. Angle tried to leave, but was stopped by RVD, who sent him back to the ring, where the Big Show caught him and tossed him in. Cena then got the FU on Angle, followed by a Guerrero Frog Splash. The Big Show then made the cover, ending the match, with Guerrero, Cena, & Show all 'surviving'.
Guerrero quickly moved into his next feud on the next Smackdown, as he joined Booker T and the Big Show in challenging for John Bradshaw Layfield's Smackdown Heavyweight Title. GM Theodore Long made them all happy (except for JBL), setting up a "Fatal Fourway" Match for the next PPV between the four wrestlers. The faces stuck together for the next few weeks, as JBL fought against them with his Cabinent (Orlando Jordan & the Basham Brothers). But it soon became clear that, although each man hated JBL, each man also wanted that title around their waist. The fight took place at Armageddon '04, with the faces working on JBL to begin with, then breaking down into Guerrero & Booker T against the biggest threat, the Undertaker. Soon, though, even that alliance was gone, as it was every wrestler for himself. Eddie got some momentum going late in the match, hitting consecutive Frog Splashes on the Undertaker, including one off of a ladder, but the last pin was broken up by JBL. Later on, the Undertaker Chokeslammed everyone, but was then surprisingly taken out of the match by Heidenreich, who came out of the crowd. This allowed JBL to recover and get the Clothesline From Hell on Booker T for the victory, keeping the belt.
Guerrero stayed a team with Booker T as the year wound down, beating Rene Dupree & Kenzo Suzuki in a tag match on the next Smackdown. Eddie was also still staying close with Rey Mysterio, teaming with him on the Christmas trip to Iraq. Guerrero & Mysterio worked together to defeat Angle & Reigns, much to the joy of the Armed Forces still serving overseas. On the final Smackdown of the year, a "Night of Champions" was set up by GM Theodore Long. Guerrero & Booker T campaigned to Mysterio & Rob Van Dam, the reigning Tag Champs, for a shot, eventually getting their way. The two teams had a great match, but Guerrero & Booker T couldn't keep it up, as Mysterio & RVD retained the titles, with Mysterio getting the pin on Eddie.
Going into the new year, Guerrero wanted another crack at Mysterio, and got his wish, with the two facing in a singles match. Although Guerrero was able to avoid the 619, Mysterio was able to reverse a small package, getting another pinfall victory on Eddie. Guerrero & Booker T were involved the next week in a "Tag-Team Title Elimination" Match with Mysterio & RVD(c), the Basham Brothers, and Mark Jindrak & Luther Reigns. Guerrero worked with Mysterio to get rid of Jindrak & Reigns, then went at it again with his friend. Unfortunately, the same result as the last few weeks went down, with Guerrero getting pinned by Mysterio. Booker T was furious with Guerrero after the match, wanting to know what was going on in his head. Meanwhile, the Bashams managed to cheat out a win, winning the Tag-Team Titles from Mysterio & RVD.
Guerrero, Booker T, & Mysterio all seemed to still be friends going into the '05 Royal Rumble. Eddie tried to make himself even happier at one point, trying to steal Ric Flair's number and replace it with his own. Flair found out about it, though, and got Theodore Long to return the number... as well as Flair's wallet. Due to this, Guerrero had to enter as #1, a very unenviable position, especially when his friend, Chris Benoit, was entry #2. The two wrestlers went at it at first, but soon turned on the third entrant, a very boastful Daniel Puder. The two friends beat him down, then turned him over to entry #4, Hardcore Holly, who beat him some more before throwing Puder out. As Holly turned his back, though, Guerrero & Benoit quickly eliminated him as well. Guerrero & Benoit teamed up again to eliminate the Hurricane, then went at it, until the next man, Kenzo Suzuki, came down. Finally, the Rumble started filling up with wrestlers, as Guerrero worked to stay in. At one point, the Raw and Smackdown wrestlers paired off, going at it, until Muhammad Hassan came to the ring. Everyone attacked him, throwing him out without giving him a chance. Guerrero later double-crossed his partner, Booker T, working with Mysterio to eliminate him. Guerrero didn't have much time to feel bad about it, though, as he was later tossed out by Edge, ending his Rumble hopes after almost 30 minutes. Batista went on to win the event.
On the next Smackdown, it was announced that a Smackdown #1 Contenders Tournament would be set up to decide who would face JBL (and possibly Batista) at Wrestlemania. Guerrero was paired up against Booker T in the first round, with Booker T still upset at Guerrero for tossing him at the Rumble. It was every man for himself, with both men looking to move on in the tournament. Guerrero, at one point, faked an injury, but Booker T caught his act on the Titon Tron and was ready for him, enabling him to pin Guerrero, ending Guerrero's chance to get back to the big time. A disappointed Guerrero kept working, defeating Kenzo Suzuki in the Smackdown in Japan the next week. Guerrero also rejoined Rey Mysterio (whose partner, RVD, was out with an injury), with the two challenging the Basham Brothers for the Smackdown Tag-Team Titles.
At No Way Out '05, the two tag-teams went at it, with Eddie hoping that joining with the man who kept beating him would work to his advantage. It worked, as Guerrero & Mysterio worked well as a team, even as they fought the champions in the Bashams. At one point, when Mysterio was in trouble, Guerrero stretched out for the tag, going a long way, since he had tied two tag ropes together. The ref caught him at it, though, sending him back to his corner. Near the end, Doug Basham tried to get Guerrero disqualified, throwing him one of the Tag Titles. Guerrero quickly tossed it back to the Basham in the ring, as the referee turned around. The ref grabbed the belt and went to remove it, even as Mysterio slid Guerrero the other belt, which he used on Doug and got the pin, winning his 4th Smackdown Tag-Team Championship, his first with Rey Mysterio.
Guerrero & Mysterio retained the Tag Titles on the next Smackdown in a rematch with the Bashams, despite a miscue that saw Mysterio catch Guerrero with the 619. The duo came back, with Guerrero getting the Frog Splash for the victory. The tag-team continued to defend the belts almost every show for the next few weeks, always managing to keep the belts. At the same time, though, Chavo Guerrero, still a heel, was trying to get between the two partners, telling Mysterio that Eddie was only teaming with him to keep his enemy closer. Chavo also confronted Eddie, telling him that he shouldn't even call himself a Guerrero for taking the coward's way out. Late in March '05, Eddie seemed to succumb to some of the talk, as he challenged Mysterio to a friendly match at the next PPV. After beating Hardcore Holly & Charlie Haas to stay the Tag-Team Champions, Rey agreed, setting up a Friend-vs-Friend match at Wrestlemania 21. The two wrestlers had another terrific bout, but once again, Mysterio came out on top, rolling up Guerrero for the victory. A down Guerrero shook hands after the match with Mysterio, keeping the team alive.
A #1 Contender Series was set up on the next Smackdown, to decide who would get the first shot at John Cena's recently won Smackdown Heavyweight Title. Problems continued, meanwhile, between Eddie & Rey, as Eddie's temper helped cost Mysterio's series match against JBL. On the next Smackdown, Mysterio came to the ring during Carlito's Cabana to talk about the recent problems, as well as to say that he and Eddie would work them out. The Cabana was a set-up, though, as M-N-M (Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, & Melina) came out and beat on Mysterio. Eddie showed up in the back to check on Mysterio, saying that he had had car trouble, which is why he didn't make the save. Later in the night, Guerrero took on Kurt Angle in the #1 Contender Series, with Mysterio coming down to stop Angle from using a chair. But Guerrero only saw Mysterio with the chair, and thought that his partner was going to hit him instead. As the two tried to work it out, Angle came up from behind, shoving Mysterio (and the chair) into Guerrero. Angle then pinned Guerrero, eliminating him from the tournament.
Guerrero & Mysterio seemed to work out their differences on the next Smackdown, hugging after talking it out on Carlito's Cabana. The two were then challenged by M-N-M, who vandalized Guerrero's low rider with their spraypaint. The two teams faced off later in the night, with Eddie getting distracted by an attack from Melina. This allowed M-N-M to double-team Mysterio, getting the win and taking away the Tag-Team Titles! Guerrero and Mysterio each blamed the other after the match, with Mysterio slapping Guerrero across the face. The partners were placed in a rematch with M-N-M a week later, with Chavo trying, once again, to stir things up even more between them. Eddie wouldn't hear of it in the locker room, but when a miscue allowed Mysterio to hit him, Eddie's will seemed to go, as he started to walk away from the match. He eventually came back, but refused the tag from Mysterio, instead watching as M-N-M beat down Mysterio and won, keeping the belts away. After the match, Eddie simply walked away, leaving his former partner on the mat.
An angry Mysterio confronted Eddie on the next Smackdown, even smacking him in the face to try to encourage a fight. Instead, Eddie just walked away again. Chavo, though, was unhappy with Eddie letting Mysterio get away with that, and brawled with Mysterio, eventually leading to the two having a great "Street Fight" Match, with Mysterio winning despite the interference of M-N-M. After the match, though, M-N-M & Chavo beat down Mysterio, until Eddie surprisingly ran out. Chavo ran, while Eddie took out both members of M-N-M, then helped his partner up. But as they rose, Eddie then started to brutally attack Mysterio, including ripping his mask and suplexing him onto a set of steel steps! The horrified crowd watched in silence as Eddie taunted the downed Mysterio, asking him if he wanted to fight now.
This started a dark period in Eddie's wrestling life, as he seemed tormented at what had gone down. He brought Rey's battered mask with him to the ring, yelling at the mask that he didn't want to do it, and why did Rey make him do it? Eddie also accused the fans of taking away his Latino Heat, but that they would never do that again. Eddie destroyed Jimmy Jacobs later that night, forcing the torn mask onto Jacob's head and giving him a brainbuster onto a chair, causing Eddie to be DQ'ed. Guerrero didn't seem to care, telling the world that if Mysterio showed up at the next PPV, Mysterio's kids would not have a papa. At Judgment Day '05, Mysterio did show up, with the two former partners having a violent match. When it seemed to Eddie that Mysterio was getting the upper hand yet again, though, Eddie lost it, nailing Mysterio with a steel chair when he was in mid-air, again causing a DQ. With Chavo watching, Eddie went ballistic, destroying Rey with several chair shots, again leaving him in a heap.
When Mysterio turned up on the next Smackdown to enter the "Winner's Choice Battle Royal", Eddie again lost it, attacking Mysterio as he was coming to the ring with another chair. Mysterio was taken away, as Guerrero walked around the ring, technically part of the Battle Royal, but not participating. He looked like a wild man, with his nose bleeding down his face. Guerrero eventually entered the ring, helping to eliminate some of the wrestlers. But Mysterio then returned, furiously attacking Eddie, eliminating him, then jumping over the ropes to get some more of him! Kurt Angle went on to win the match. Neither Eddie nor Rey appeared on the next Smackdown, with both recovering from their injuries. Going into June '05, though, the feud quickly heated back up, with Guerrero making a statement by attacking both Akio and Paul London during one of their matches, saying that no one at Smackdown respected him, since he couldn't beat Rey.
A special event was held soon after, as old ECW wrestlers came together for the ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view. Guerrero faced off against his old friend, Chris Benoit, with the two putting on one of the best matches of the night. In the end, though, Benoit came out on top, catching Guerrero in the Crippler Crossface and making him tap out. On the next Smackdown, Guerrero returned to business, facing off against Paul London and making him submit to the Lasso From El Paso. Guerrero refused to release the hold, wanting to get some respect, but he was soon forced to by Mysterio, who came out swinging a steel chair into Eddie! The two fought to the back, where Mysterio tried to trap the two behind an automatic door. But Eddie escaped at the last second, rolling underneath, even as Mysterio yelled Eddie's name and slammed against the door. The two wrestlers had another match on the next Smackdown, an epic 30-minute affair with Eddie coming oh so close to that must-have victory. But Mysterio still came out on top, causing Guerrero to look completely stressed out.
Guerrero came out with a new strategy on the next Smackdown, as he began to talk about a secret he had regarding Mysterio's son, Dominic. Mysterio pleaded with Eddie not to reveal the secret and hurt his family, as the issue was just between them, but Eddie wasn't buying it. Eddie even black-mailed Mysterio into being his partner one night, allowing him to get beat up by M-N-M and even hitting him himself. A week later, Eddie prepared to reveal the secret, but was stopped by his own family, including his wife, Vicki, causing Eddie to take them to the back instead. When Hardcore Holly mentioned his own concerns in the back about Eddie and his family, Guerrero attacked him, leading to a match later that night with Eddie forcing Holly to submit to his Lasso From El Paso.
It all came to a head at the '05 Great American Bash, where Guerrero and Mysterio once again met in a match. This time, if Guerrero won, he could reveal the secret, but if Mysterio won, Guerrero promised never to tell. It was another wild back-and-forth match, with Mysterio obviously worried about his family, especially Dominic, who was at ringside for the match. Guerrero seemed to have it all wrapped up in the end, leaping off with a Frog Splash onto Mysterio. But Mysterio countered the splash with a roll-up, somehow winning the match at the last second! On the next Smackdown, Eddie came to the ring talking about the promise. He also said that he had lied. Guerrero then revealed the big secret: he was Dominic's father, not Rey. Dominic asked his dad if it was true, which, from Rey's face, it apparently was (at least for the storyline). Dominic then ran off, with Eddie acting like a worried papa.
Guerrero got himself a social worker to come with him going into August '05, having her watch and take notes about Rey Mysterio's parental ability. Apparently Eddie was setting up for a custody fight for Dominic, just to hurt his adversary! However, the social worker soon figured out that the fight between them had nothing to do with Dominic, as she ruled that Dominic would actually go into foster care, rather than be with either dad! A compromise was then quickly reached between Eddie and Rey, setting up a Ladder Match for Summerslam '05, with the Custody Papers hanging above the ring. Before the match, Eddie had another confrontation with his wife, Vickie, who was upset that Eddie didn't care about Dominic, but was only doing this to hurt Rey. The match was another furious fight, with Eddie doing all he could to come out on top. Near the end, though, Eddie was 'betrayed' by both his 'son', Dominic, and then Vicki, who shoved over the ladder with Eddie on it to keep him from getting the contract! Vicki held Guerrero down while Mysterio made the climb, winning the match and keeping Dominic.
A steely-eyed Eddie got a promo on the first Smackdown of September '05, talking from behind a steel mesh about how he would be facing Mysterio in a "Steel Cage" Match a week later, on the first Friday Night Smackdown. Eddie spoke about how he had lost everything, which meant he had nothing to lose in the match. The "Steel Cage" Match was the closing chapter in the two wrestlers' epic feud, with both men again pulling out all the stops to get the victory. Late in the match, Mysterio went for a Flying Crossbody off the steel, but Eddie moved, causing Mysterio to injure his knee. This gave Eddie the opporunity to leave the cage and get the win that way, but Eddie hesitated, then finally turned back and came back to his foe. He landed the Frog Splash on Mysterio, then got the victory with the pinfall, finally conclusively defeating his nemesis.
On the next Smackdown, GM Theodore Long came to the ring, apparently intent on naming Rey Mysterio the new #1 Contender to Batista's Smackdown Heavyweight Title. But the Network Representative, Carson Palmer, took the mic and instead quickly announced Eddie Guerrero as the #1 Contender instead! Eddie gladly accepted the honor, thanking both men for the chance to show that he was turning his life around after the victory over Rey. Guerrero also told Batista that they could be best friends, with Batista turning it around on Eddie, giving him a hug. The two wrestlers continued their strange feud for the next few weeks, with Eddie acting as if he was a changed person, although few seemed to believe it. On one Smackdown, with Guerrero & Batista were supposed to fight the Tag-Team Champions, Eddie claimed that he had food poisioning and couldn't wrestle. Guerrero did have a sexy nurse come in and work on him, but Batista soon changed him up by bringing in a proctologist (complete with rubber gloves) to 'clear him up'. Batista basically wrestled alone against M-N-M, while Eddie painfully walked around on the ramp, holding his back side. However, late in the match, Eddie came down and tagged himself in, leaping over with the Frog Splash and stealing the pin from Batista.
A week later, Eddie & Batista were again put in a match together, this time against the Legion of Doom '05. At one point in the back, Eddie was eating some real Mexican food (since the show was in Laredo, Texas), but Batista took it away, saying that Eddie had to watch out for a relapse of what had happened last week. Batista ate the food instead, with a pained Eddie watching. The two men wrestled well together against the LoD '05, but an attack by M-N-M ended the match with a No Decision. As the brawl broke out after the match, Eddie seemed to be swinging at Joey Mercury with a chair, but hit Batista instead! In a funny moment, Eddie turned to Mercury and said "Why'd you move?!?" Eddie then tossed the chair to Mercury and fell down, as an angry Batista turned towards them, intent on destroying Mercury, who seemed to be the one who had swung at him. Mercury tried to protect himself with a swing, but Batista took him down anyway. The faces celebrated after the match.
Guerrero was scheduled to appear in a special Smackdown match on WWE Homecoming (Raw's return to USA Network), teaming with JBL & Christian against Batista, Rey Mysterio, & Chris Benoit. But Eric Bischoff killed the match, shutting off the lights so that they couldn't wrestle. On the next Smackdown, Batista confronted Guerrero about the hit from the last week's show, showing the video footage that Guerrero had been the one to hit him. Batista showed his distrust in Guerrero, while Eddie seemed disgusted that Batista wouldn't trust the new and improved Eddie. The match that had been scheduled for Homecoming took place on that Smackdown, with the same teams going at it. During the match, Eddie betrayed his teammates, instead attacking them and helping Batista get the pin on Christian! Afterwards, both JBL & Christian attacked Guerrero, trying to get some revenge, but Batista came in to make the save, apparently now buying Eddie's convictions.
Guerrero and Batista met for the Smackdown World Title Match at No Mercy '05, with everyone wondering if Eddie truly was a changed man. The match was an excellent bout, with Eddie having the chance at one point to use a steel chair on Batista, bringing it into the ring. But Guerrero looked around, then seemed to change his mind, throwing the chair away. Unfortunately, this left him open to a Spear from Batista, who then took it to Guerrero and eventually got the win with the Spinebuster. After the match, the two men shook hands, still staying friends afterwards. On the next Smackdown, Randy Orton (with his dad, "Cowboy Bob" Orton) laid down a challenge, saying that he wanted Batista's title. But Eddie then interrupted, saying that he wanted one more shot. Batista came out as well, basically setting up a "#1 Contenders" Match between the two men. Guerrero went at it hard with Orton, but when Guerrero went for the Frog Splash, Cowboy Bob pushed him off the turnbuckle, causing the DQ. The Ortons attacked Eddie after the match, with Batista making the save.
Batista & Guerrero were set to team up against the Ortons on the next Smackdown, but "Cowboy Bob" claimed to be injured, so Randy was able to substitute in Mr. Ken Kennedy. The four men had another good match, but it ended when Kennedy hit Guerrero with a chair shot (Guerrero was trying to protect Batista at the time). Kennedy & Orton, with "Cowboy Bob", who came to the ring apparently not injured after all, then took out both men, with Theodore Long coming out to announce that Kennedy & the Ortons would have to face Guerrero, Batista, & their new partner, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, on the next show. The match went down, with all six men going at it. In almost a tribute to the past, Piper got the victory, knocking "Cowboy Bob" out with the sleeper while Guerrero & Batista stood guard.
Going into November '05, Guerrero & Batista stayed a team, facing off against the new Smackdown Tag Champs, M-N-M, with the gold on the line. It seemed like Guerrero & Batista couldn't help but win the gold, but M-N-M had Melina helping them. Near the end of the match, Guerrero prepared for the Frog Splash on Mercury, when Melina crawled into the ring. Guerrero decided he could splash her instead, taking her out. But what he hadn't seen was Melina giving Mercury some brass knuckles, which knocked out Guerrero, allowing for the roll-up pin, keeping Guerrero & Batista from getting the gold. A week later, a series of matches were set up to decide who would be on the Smackdown Survivor Series team with Batista (they would be facing a Raw team). Guerrero came through with his old sneakiness against Ken Kennedy, sliding in a steel chair, then throwing it to Kennedy before falling backwards, causing the ref to see it and call for the DQ, getting Guerrero into the match. Afterwards, though, Kennedy actually did use the chair, flattening Guerrero, then shouting "Disqualify This!" to him. Guerrero seemed concussed, and wasn't able to help Batista later that night against an assault from Raw's Kane & The Big Show. It seemed that a feud between Guerrero and Kennedy was on the horizon. Tragically, though, it was not meant to be.
On Sunday, November 13th, 2005, Eduardo Guerrero passed away in his Minneapolis hotel room while preparing for another day of wrestling. His nephew, Chavo Guerrero Jr, was the one to find him, along with hotel security. It was later announced that Guerrero had had heart failure, possibly due to his earlier problems with drugs and alcohol abuse. A massive tribute show was held that night, as a Raw/Smackdown super taping had been planned (RoH also did a tribute show later in the week). Both Raw and Smackdown held tearful memorials for Eddie Guerrero, remembering him as a great father, a great husband, and a great friend to all of them. Wrestlers like Batista, Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio, the Big Show, and others all broke down, crying, when trying to talk about their lost friend, in two of the most emotionally-run shows in wrestling history. Eddie Guerrero will be remembered for his accomplishments both in and out of the ring, including his ability to battle off his demons and stay clean and sober for the last four years of his life. Guerrero will always be thought of as a champion, and he will be greatly missed.
Viva la raza.
Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (64 - 73, 1 Draw, 1 NC)
- EMLL 54th Anniversary Show (September 18, '87) = Guerrero & El Hijo del Santo defeated Ed Dandy & El Gladiator Jr.
- WCW WrestleWar '91 (February 24, '91) = In a dark match, Guerrero & Ultraman defeated Huichol & Rudy Boy.
- NJPW Top of the Super Junior '92 (April 16-30, '92) = Guerrero competed in the League, which was won by Jushin "Thunder" Liger.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (April 30, '92) = Guerrero & Negro Casas were beaten by David Finlay & the Pegasus Kid.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 2, '93) = Guerrero fell to El Samurai.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 5, '93) = Guerrero was defeated by Jushin Liger.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 7, '93) = Guerrero, Jushin Liger, & the Black Cat beat Wild Pegasus, Negro Casas, & El Engendro.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 8, '93) = Guerrero won over Shinjiro Ohtani.
- AAA La Revencha (August '93) = Guerrero, Fuerza Guerrera, & the Love Machine lost a Three Falls match to Octagon, Blue Panther, & El Hijo del Santo.
- NJPW Top of the Super Junior '93 (May 25 - June 15, '93) = Guerrero lost to Dean Malenko in the Semis. The League was won by the Pegasus Kid (Chris Benoit).
- AAA La Lucha del Honor (November '93) = Guerrero, Jake Roberts, & the Love Machine defeated Konnan, Perro Aguayo, & the Blue Panther in Three Falls.
- AAA Tag-Team Tournament (February '94) = Guerrero & the Love Machine lost in the first round to the Latin Lover & Heavy Metal, who eventually won the tournament.
- NJPW Super J Cup Tournament '94 (April 16, '94) = The Black Tiger defeated Taka Michinoku, then lost to Wild Pegasus, who went on to win the tournament.
- AAA Triplemania II-A (April 26, '94) = Guerrero, Black Cat, & the Love Machine lost, via DQ, to Octagon, El Hijo del Santo, & Perro Aguayo.
= AAA Triplemania II-B (May 15, '94) = Guerrero, Psychosis, La Parka, & the Blue Panther lost a "3 Falls" Match to Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Tiger Mask, Octagon, & El Hijo del Santo.
- NJPW Best of the Super Junior '94 (May 26 - June 13, '94) = The Black Tiger competed in the League, which was won by Jushin "Thunder" Liger.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June 15, '94) = The Black Tiger & Wild Pegasus defeated Dean Malenko & Brad Armstrong.
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament (September 27, '94) = The Black Tiger beat El Samurai, but lost to Wild Pegasus. Norio Honaga won the Tournament.
- NJPW Junior Heavyweight Super Grade Tag League (October 9-18, '94) = The Black Tiger & the Great Sasuki lost to Shinjiro Otani & Wild Pegasus in the Finals.
- AAW When Worlds Collide (November '94) = Guerrero & the Love Machine lost a "Three Falls Mask vs. Hair" match to Octagon & El Hijo del Santo.
- ECW "Three Way Dance" (April 8, '95) = Guerrero defeated Too Cold Scorpio for the ECW Television Title.
- ECW Hostile City Showdown '95 (April 15) = Guerrero fought Dean Malenko to a draw. Eddie retained the ECW Television Title.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June 14, '95) = The Black Tiger & Dean Malenko were beaten by Gran Hamada & Shinjiro Ohtani.
- NJPW Best of the Super Junior '95 (June 23 - July 13, '95) = The Black Tiger lost in the Semis to Wild Pegasus, who went on to win the League.
- ECW Heat Wave '95 (July 15) = Guerrero & the Tasmaniac fell to Dean Malenko & Too Cold Scorpio.
- ECW Wrestlepalooza '95 (August 5) = Guerrero & the Steiner Brothers were beaten by Dean Malenko, Too Cold Scorpio, & Cactus Jack.
- WCW Fall Brawl '95 (September 17) = In a dark match, Guerrero fought Alex Wright to a No-Contest.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '95 (October 29) = In a dark match, Guerrero defeated the Disco Inferno.
- WCW World War III '95 (November 26) = Guerrero competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
- WCW Starrcade '95 (December 27) = Guerrero was defeated by Shinjiro Ohtani.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXII (January 23, '96) = Guerrero was pinned by Flyin' Brian Pillman.
- WCW Uncensored '96 (March 24) = Guerrero lost to Konnan, who retained his WCW US Belt.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (April '96) = The Black Tiger, El Samurai & Gran Hamada beat Shinjiro Ohtani, Koji Kanemoto & Dean Malenko.
- WCW Slamboree '96 (May 19) = Guerrero & Arn Anderson lost a "Lethal Lottery" Match to Ric Flair & Randy Savage.
- NJPW Best of the Super Junior '96 (May 24 - June 12, '96) = The Black Tiger defeated Wild Pegasus in the Semis, then pinned Jushin "Thunder" Liger to win the League.
- NJPW Skydiving J (June '96) = The Black Tiger lost to the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion the Great Sasuke.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '96 (July 7) = Guerrero defeated Steve Regal in a dark match.
- WCW Hogg Wild '96 (August 10) = Guerrero lost to then-US Champion Ric Flair.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIII (August 15, '96) = Guerrero defeated Diamond Dallas Page.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '96 (October 27) = Guerrrero was pinned by Diamond Dallas Page.
- WCW World War III '96 (November 24) = Guerrrero competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by the Giant.
- WCW United States Heavyweight Title Tournament (November/December '96) = Guerrero took down Konnan and Chris Benoit to reach the finals at Starrcade.
- WCW Starrcade '96 (December 29) = Guerrrero defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win the vacated WCW United States Title.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIV (January 21, '97) = Guerrrero defeated Scott "Flash" Norton.
- WCW/nWo Souled Out '97 (January 25) = Guerrrero retained the United States Heavyweight Title, winning a "Ladder" Match over Syxx.
- WCW Superbrawl VII (February 23, '97) = Guerrrero defended the WCW US Title by defeating Chris Jericho.
- WCW Uncensored '97 (March 16) = Guerrrero lost the WCW US Title to Dean Malenko.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXV (August 21, '97) = Guerrero lost to Chris Jericho, who retained the WCW Cruiserweight Belt.
- WCW Fall Brawl '97 (September 14) = Guerrrero won the WCW Cruiserweight Title from Chris Jericho.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '97 (October 26) = Guerrrero lost the WCW Cruiserweight Title to Rey Mysterio, Jr., in a "Mask vs. Title" Match.
- WCW World War III '97 (November 23) = Guerrrero retained the WCW Cruiserweight Title by defeating Rey Mysterio, Jr. Later in the night, Guerrrero competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Scott Hall.
- WCW Starrcade '97 (December 28) = Guerrrero held onto the Cruiserweight Belt by defeating Dean Malenko.
- WCW Boston Brawl (January 31, '98) = Guerrero lost to "The Crippler" Chris Benoit.
- WCW Uncensored '98 (March 15) = Guerrrero lost to Booker T, who retained his WCW TV Title.
- WCW Slamboree '98 (May 17) = Guerrrero defeated the Ultimo Dragon.
- WCW Great American Bash '98 (June 14) = Eddie was beaten by his nephew, Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '98 (July 12) = Eddie defeated his nephew Chavo Guerrero, Jr, in a "Hair-vs-Hair" Match.
- WCW World War III '98 (November 22) = Guerrrero competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Kevin Nash.
- WCW Brian Hildebrand Tribute (November 29, '98) = Guerrero & Chris Jericho fell to Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko.
- WCW Starrcade '98 (December 27) = Guerrrero lost to the Cruiserweight Champ, Billy Kidman.
- Curtis Comes Home (July '99) = Guerrrero won over Billy Kidman and Shark Boy in a Triangle match.
- WCW Road Wild '99 (August 14) = The Filthy Animals (Guerrero, Billy Kidman, & Rey Mysterio Jr) defeated El Vampiro & the Insane Clown Posse.
- WCW Fall Brawl '99 (September 12) = The Filthy Animals (Guerrero, Kidman, & Mysterio Jr) again beat Vampiro & the ICP.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '99 (October 24) = Guerrero won, via DQ, over Perry Saturn.
- WCW Mayhem (November 21, '99) = The Filthy Animals (Guerrero, Billy Kidman, & Torrie Wilson) fought an Elimination match against Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn, & Asya. Guerrero was forced to submit by Saturn, who was the sole "survivor".
- WWF Wrestlemania 2000 (April 2) = The Radicalz (Guerrero, Perry Saturn, & Dean Malenko) were beaten by Too Cool & Chyna.
- WWF Backlash '00 (April 30) = Guerrero retained the European Title, defeating Esse Rios.
- WWF Insurrection (May 6th, '00) = Guerrero beat Chris Jericho to stay the European Champion.
- 3rd Annual Brian Pillman Memorial Show (May '00) = Guerrero & D'Lo Brown defeated Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn.
- WWF Judgment Day '00 (May 21) = Guerrero won a Triangle Match over Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn, staying the European Champion.
- WWF King of the Ring '00 Tournament (May/June) = Guerrero defeated Matt Hardy and Chyna to reach the quarter-finals at the PPV.
- WWF King of the Ring '00 (June 25) = Guerrero was beaten by Val Venis in the quarter-finals of the KOTR tournament. The European Title wasn't on the line. Kurt Angle won the tournament.
- WWF Fully Loaded '00 (July 23) = Guerrero lost the European Title to Perry Saturn.
- WWF Summerslam '00 (August 27) = Guerrero & Chyna defeated Val Venis & Trish Stratus. Chyna won the IC Title.
- WWF Unforgiven '00 (September 24) = Guerrero won, via DQ, over Rikishi Phatu, retaining the Intercontinental Title.
- WWF Survivor Series '00 (November 19) = The Radicalz (Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn) fought in an Elimination match against Chyna, Billy Gunn, K-Kwik & the Roaddogg. Guerrero was eliminated by Gunn. Saturn & Benoit were the 'survivors'.
- WWF Rebellion (December 2, '00) = Guerrero & Dean Malenko lost to Chyna & Billy Gunn.
- WWF Armageddon '00 (December 10) = The Radicalz (Guerrero, Perry Saturn, & Dean Malenko) fought an Elimination match against Lita & the Hardy Boyz. Guerrero was eliminated by Jeff Hardy. Malenko was the sole 'survivor'.
- WWF No Way Out '01 (February 25) = Guerrero lost a Fatal Fourway to Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho. Chris Benoit and X-Pac were the other participants.
- WWF Wrestlemania XVII (April 1, '01) = Guerrero defeated Test to win the European Championship.
- WWF Backlash '01 (April 29) = Guerrero was beaten by the European Champion, Matt Hardy, in a Triangle match. Christian was the other participant.
- WWF Insurrextion '01 (May 5, '01) = Guerrero pinned Grand Master Sexay.
- USPW Queens Show (January 11, '02) = Guerrero defeated Devon Storm.
- EWF Houston Show (January 26, '02) = Guerrero fell to Mike Thunder.
- MCW (Maryland) Glen Burnie Show (January 30, '02) = Guerrero was beaten by Adam Flash.
- WWA Lynn Show (February 16, '02) = Guerrero took down Mike Quackenbush.
- Alaska Superslam II (February 17, '02) = Guerrero defeated Christopher Daniels.
- RoH Era of Honor Begins (February 23, '02) = Guerrero lost to Super Crazy, who became the first-ever IWA Puerto Rico Intercontinental Champion.
- WWA "Revolution" (February 24, '02) = Guerrero won the WWA International Cruiserweight Title by beating Psicosis and Juventud Guerrera.
- PCW (Premiere) Winnipeg Show (March 3, '02) = Guerrero beat Will Damon.
- WWE Backlash '02 (April 21) = Guerrero defeated Rob Van Dam to win the WWF Intercontinental Title.
- IWC Monroeville Show (April 26, '02) = Guerrero defeated C.M. Punk in an "WWE IC Title vs. IWC HW Title" Match.
- RoH Night of Appreciation (April 27, '02) = Guerrero & the Amazing Red won over the Spanish Announce Team.
- WWE Insurrextion '02 (May 4) = Guerrero lost, via DQ, to Rob Van Dam. He kept the IC Title.
- WWE Judgment Day '02 (May 19) = Guerrero retained the IC Championship, winning over Rob Van Dam.
- WWE King of the Ring '02 (June 23) = Guerrero was beaten by Ric Flair.
- WWE Vengeance '02 (July 21) = Guerrero & Chris Benoit lost a "Tables" Match to Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley.
- WWE Summerslam '02 (August 25) = Guerrero fell to Edge.
- WWE Unforgiven '02 (September 22) = Guerrero won over Edge.
- WWE Smackdown Tag-Team Title Tournament (October '02) = Los Guerreros (Eddie & Chavo Guerrero Jr) defeated Mark Henry & Rikishi, then fell to the eventual winners, Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit.
- WWE Rebellion '02 (October 26) = Los Guerreros were beaten by the WWE Smackdown Tag Champs, Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit.
- WWE Survivor Series '02 (November 17) = Los Guerreros won the WWE Smackdown Tag-Team Titles, beating Rey Mysterio Jr & Edge and Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit.
- WWE Armageddon '02 (December 15) = Guerrero was forced to submit to Chris Benoit.
- WWE Royal Rumble '03 (January 19) = Guerrero competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Brock Lesnar.
- WWE Wrestlemania X-9 (March 30, '03) = Los Guerreros lost a "Triple Threat" Match to the WWE Smackdown Tag Champs, Team Angle. Chris Benoit & Rhyno were the other participants.
- WWE Smackdown Heavyweight Title #1 Contenders Tournament (April '03) = Guerrero lost in the first round to the eventual winner, John Cena.
- WWE Backlash '03 (April 27) = Los Guerreros fell to the WWE Smackdown Tag-Team Champions, Team Angle.
- WWE Judgment Day '03 (May 18) = Guerrero & Tajiri won the WWE Smackdown Tag Titles from Team Angle in a "Ladder" Match.
- WWE United States Heavyweight Title Tournament (June/July '03) = Guerrero defeated Ultimo Dragon and Billy Gunn to reach the finals of the tournament.
- WWE Vengeance '03 (July 27) = Guerrero won the vacated United States Heavyweight Title, beating Chris Benoit.
- WWE Summerslam '03 (August 24) = Guerrero stayed the US Champ, winning a "Fatal Fourway" Match over Chris Benoit, Tajiri and Rhyno.
- WWE No Mercy '03 (October 19) = Guerrero lost the United States Championship to the Big Show.
- WWE Survivor Series '03 (November 16) = Los Guerreros lost to the WWE Smackdown Tag Champs, the Basham Brothers.
- WWE Royal Rumble '04 (January 25) = Eddie pinned his nephew, Chavo Guerrero.
- WWE No Way Out '04 (February 15) = Guerrero won the WWE Smackdown Heavyweight Championship, beating Brock Lesnar.
- WWE Wrestlemania XX (March 14, '04) = Guerrero retained the WWE Smackdown Title, winning over Kurt Angle.
- WWE Judgment Day '04 (May 16) = Guerrero, as the WWE Smackdown Champ, lost, via DQ, to John Bradshaw Layfield.
- WWE Great American Bash '04 (June 27) = Guerrero lost the WWE Smackdown Heavyweight Title in a "Bullrope" Match to John Bradshaw Layfield.
- WWE Summerslam '04 (August 15) = Guerrero was forced to submit to Kurt Angle.
- WWE No Mercy '04 (October 3) = Guerrero defeated Luther Reigns.
- WWE Survivor Series '04 (November 14, '04) = Guerrero, John Cena, Rob Van Dam, & the Big Show fought in an "Elimination" Match against Kurt Angle, Luther Reigns, Mark Jindrak, & Carltio Caribbean Cool. Guerrero, the Big Show, & Cena 'survived'.
- WWE Armageddon '04 (December 12, '04) = Guerrero lost a "Four Way" Match to the WWE Smackdown World Champ, John Bradshaw Layfield. The other participants were Booker T and the Undertaker.
- WWE Royal Rumble '05 (January 30) = Guerrero competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Batista.
- WWE Smackdown Title Contenders Tournament (February '05) = Guerrero lost in the first round to Booker T. John Cena won the tournament.
- WWE No Way Out '05 (February 20) = Guerrero & Rey Mysterio won the WWE Smackdown Tag Titles from the Basham Brothers.
- WWE Wrestlemania 21 (April 3, '05) = Guerrero was pinned by Rey Mysterio.
- WWE Judgment Day '05 (May 22, '05) = Guerrero lost, via DQ, to Rey Mysterio.
- ECW One Night Stand (June 12, '05) = Guerrero was forced to submit to Chris Benoit.
- WWE Great American Bash '05 (July 24) = Guerrero was beaten by Rey Mysterio. Due to prematch stipulations, Guerrero was unable to reveal his 'secret' (although he did it anyway on the next Smackdown).
- WWE Summerslam '05 (August 21, '05) = Guerrero lost a "Custody Ladder" Match to Rey Mysterio.
- WWE No Mercy '05 (October 9) = Guerrero lost to the WWE Smackdown World Champion, Batista.
- WWA World Trios Champion w/ Mando and Chavo Guerrero, Sr. (89 - 7/28/89)
- WWA World Welterweight Champion (92 - 8/29/92)
- AAA/IWC Tag-Team Champion w/ Art Barr (1993)
- ECW World Television Champion (4/8/95 - 7/21/95)
- ECW World Television Champion(2) (7/28/95 - 8/25/95)
- WCW United States Heavyweight Champion (12/29/96 - 3/16/97)
- WCW World Cruiserweight Champion (9/14/97 - 10/26/97)
- WCW World Cruiserweight Champion(2) (11/10/97 - 12/29/97)
- PWF Tag-Team Champion (??/??/??)
- WWF European Heavyweight Champion (4/03/00 - 7/23/00)
- WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion (9/04/00 - 11/21/00)
- WWF European Heavyweight Champion(2) (4/01/01 - 4/24/01)
- WWA International Cruiserweight Champion (2/24/02 - 3/02)
- IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion (3/01/02 - 3/02/02)
- WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion(2) (4/21/02 - 5/27/02)
- WWE Smackdown World Tag-Team Champion w/ Chavo Guerrero Jr (11/17/02 - 2/04/03)
- WWE Smackdown World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Yoshihiro Tajiri (5/18/03 - 7/01/03)
- WWE United States Heavyweight Champion(2) (7/27/03 - 10/19/03)
- WWE Smackdown World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Chavo Guerrero (9/16/03 - 10/21/03)
- WWE Smackdown World Heavyweight Champion (2/15/04 - 6/27/04)
- WWE Smackdown World Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Rey Mysterio (2/20/05 - 4/18/05)
PWI Achievement Awards: (4 wins, 1 1st RU, 3 2nd RUs, 3 3rd RUs)
- 1999 Comeback of the Year
- 2002 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Guerrero vs. Rob Van Dam)
- 2002 Most Inspirational Wrestler
- 2002 Comeback of the Year, 1st Runner-Up
- 2003 Tag-Team of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Los Guerreros)
- 2004 Wrestler of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2004 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle)
- 2004 Most Inspirational Wrestler
- 2004 Most Popular Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2005 Feud of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio)
- 2005 Stanley Weston Lifetime Achievement Award