Eddie Guerrero was undoubtedly one of the most iconic performers of the modern era. During his time in WWE, he played the character of the 'Latino Heat' Although born as a heel, the WWE Universe fell in love with that character thanks to the extraordinary charisma of the Mexican-born wrestler.
Eddie tragically passed away on November 13, 2005, leaving an unbridgeable void among fans and colleagues alike. WWE inducted him into the Hall of Fame the following year. Between WWE, WCW and ECW, Guerrero has won 23 titles, including the WWE Championship.
Recognized as one of the most beloved wrestlers of all time, he has won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter 'Most Charismatic Wrestler' and 'Best on Interviews' awards for two consecutive years. In the latest edition of the 'Refin' it up 'podcast, former WWE referee Brian Hebner wondered if Eddie would be successful in today's pro wrestling landscape.
Eddie Guerrero made history
“I don't think Eddie Guerrero would have been happy. He would have been successful because we are talking about a champion, but he would not have been comfortable with him in 2022 ”- began Hebner.
"The way superstars are used today and the development of rivalries would not have made him happy. Current wrestling gives little space to stories, we focus almost exclusively on the spectacularity of the sequences. Eddie conceived wrestling in another way" - he added.
Brian then went into detail: "Guerrero's character won over the fans because there was a cultural element within it. Eddie was a huge attraction especially to the Latino audience, having helped WWE breakthrough that market.
The situation is very different today and perhaps Eddie would not even reach the world title." WWE is preparing to host the pay-per-view WrestleMania Backlash, which will take place on May 8 at the Dunkin 'Donuts Center in Providence.
The Stamford federation received many compliments for organizing WrestleMania 38, which gave emotions and twists. In 2005, Rey Mysterio engaged in an intense rivalry with Latino Heat. A central point of the feud was Guerrero claiming that he was Dominik's real father.
The rivalry ended with a hard-hitting ladder match at SummerSlam where the two SmackDown stars fought for custody over Dominik. The critically acclaimed match was won by Rey Mysterio. Dominik Mysterio had known Guerrero since he was a child.
The young star found humor in the 2005 storyline because teachers were going out of their way to ensure he was having a good home life.