May 29, 2004
Guerrero still recovering from blood letting
By TJ Madigan - Calgary Sun

Eddie Guerrero is still working a reduced role on WWE after losing a sick amount of blood at the Judgment Day pay-per-view earlier this month. Realizing his main event with John Layfield was gearing up to be a stinker, Guerrero bladed heavily at the PPV, turning the match into a blood-soaked train wreck.

The audience bought into the carnage but as soon as the cameras stopped rolling, Latino Heat collapsed in the ring and was rushed to a downtown Los Angeles hospital. He had gone into shock from blood loss.

According to Wrestling Observer scribe Dave Meltzer, Guerrero required 16 stitches to close the deep gash in his forehead and doctors even recommended he get a blood transfusion. The WWE champ declined and was released from the hospital later that night.

WWE bosses pulled Guerrero from the lineup for the following night's house show in Palm Springs. He was still feeling woozy for the Tuesday night Smackdown tapings.

The storylines were rewritten to give Guerrero an easier workload -- a backstage beatdown was scripted so he would be in no condition to take part in the scheduled six-man tag.

After a few days off, Guerrero's house-show matches were kept under the five-minute mark as a precautionary measure. Even on this week's Smackdown, taped Tuesday in Milwaukee, Guerrero stuck to interviews and angles, keeping his ring time to a minimum.

WWE execs are clearly taking no chances with the champ's health, so expect Guerrero to take it easy until he's back at 100%.


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