November 13 marked the fifteenth anniversary of Eddie Guerrero’s passing. For the anniversary, many wrestlers paid tribute to the late superstar on both social media and inside the squared circle.
Bruce Prichard spoke about Guerrero on his latest edition of the Something to Wrestle podcast, sharing tales and views on Latino Warmth. Prichard recalled a automobile wreck Eddie was in on New 12 months’s Day in 1999, saying that incident modified his life for the higher.
“Properly I do not know if it was the catalyst,” Prichard mentioned. “However I additionally do not know should you may take away this second in time of Eddie’s life, which was considerably self-destructive in how the remainder of his profession would have turned out. So it is pivotal so far as what occurred within the outcomes after the very fact, as a result of it just about did change his life eternally, and also you all the time get unhappy while you see this occur to somebody. And you might be helpless for some time when somebody will get hooked on tablets.
Earlier than his career-defining run in WWE, Eddie Guerrero was a well-liked cruiserweight in WCW, the place he fashioned a powerful bond with three particular males. Guerrero, alongside Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Perry Saturn, fashioned The Radicalz, a secure that rapidly grew to become pissed off with the political setting of WCW. The 4 males jumped to the then-WWF on the flip of the century, which Prichard mentioned was a needed reset for Guerrero and firm.
“Properly the 4 guys have been positively not pleased with WCW,” Prichard mentioned. “Of their thoughts, when Vince Russo got here, that is what they wanted to have a recent begin and to have the ability to do one thing completely different – non-traditional wrestling with Russo on the helm.
“So it was a second of hope, after which they rapidly got here right into a second of dread after they realized what precisely they’d there, or did not have. So WCW I suppose made the change to Kevin Sullivan, and there was some private warmth with Sullivan the place these guys didn’t really feel that they’d be handled pretty shifting ahead, so that they requested for his or her launch they usually known as me. It was really Perry Saturn that initially known as me after which talked to Chris Benoit, talked to Eddie, talked to Dean [Malenko], and bought them up. The Radicalz episode we have now within the archives explains it and lays out the complete story.
“There is a hilarious story with Konnan that we have gotten over since then, and the truth that the 4 guys coming over solely wished to return as these 4 guys. It doesn’t matter what anyone says, thinks, or what have you ever, that’s the way it occurred and what occurred.”
After Guerrero broke into WWE with The Radicalz, he started a singles profession the place he pursued the affections of Chyna. The 2 labored collectively as a pair for a lot of months, with Chyna even serving to the irresistible Latino Warmth seize the European Championship. Stress brewed between the 2 in the direction of the tail-end of their storyline, and finally, issues boiled over on an episode of RAW. Guerrero bought himself inserted into Chyna’s Intercontinental Title protection in opposition to Kurt Angle, the place he swore he was solely there to guard her. Prichard recalled the wild end of that match, saying what went down was very a lot sudden.
“He was simply taking place to verify on her,” Prichard started, “ensure she was okay and let her know that he beloved her. He sort of gave her a hug and simply wished to be affectionate. The referee, being the a-hole referee, counted the autumn, and subsequent factor you knew, s–t, historical past was made.”
Guerrero and Chyna had an on-screen partnership for a few 12 months, and whereas it elevated each superstars, Prichard mentioned the pairing finally ran its course.
“You need Chyna to go on her personal with the playboy stuff, and Eddie in lots of respects was stealing the present there,” Prichard mentioned. “So it was time to maneuver on with Eddie as effectively. They did not want one another anymore.”
Whereas Guerrero received world titles and had show-stealing WrestleMania matches in WWE, his first run with the corporate left so much to be desired. In November 2001, Guerrero was arrested for drunk driving and was launched by WWE three days after. There have all the time been rumblings of Guerrero being scheduled for an enormous match in opposition to ‘Stone Chilly’ Steve Austin at King of the Ring 2002, however any potential plans have been scrapped after Guerrero bought his pink slip. Prichard revealed the segments between Austin and Guerrero doubtless would’ve led to some type of in-ring payoff, however the nature of these segments have been so much for Guerrero to deal with personally.
“Properly they did do stuff on TV main as much as it,” Prichard mentioned. “We did the horrible bar room karaoke factor, the place Steve sang and Eddie was there to heckle. That was a hell of an ordeal due to Eddie’s addictions and all the pieces. Eddie was uncomfortable being within the bar. It was, ‘Look, Eddie, you are both a performer otherwise you’re not.’ He bought over it fairly rapidly.
“I feel we did it in Nashville… It was most likely among the worst TV that I ever did, as a result of I do not suppose Steve was actually into it. I do not suppose Vince was actually into it and Eddie was a bit apprehensive. So, it was an concept that Steve had that was solely half thought out, and it was a scenario the place Vince actually wished to do it as a result of Steve actually wished to do it. In hindsight, I would not have accomplished it as a result of it simply didn’t work.”