March 20, 2005
Guerrero's life back on track
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Cheating Death, Stealing Life. Words that Eddie Guerrero doesn't need to see on the cover of his DVD to remind him of the path he chose. It's his life story. Just 3-1/2 years ago, Guerrero was torn apart by drugs, alcohol and a separation from his wife and family ... and he didn't know where to turn.
"There was a time when I didn't want to live anymore. Every breath I took hurt," says Guerrero, a WWE tag-team title holder with Rey Mysterio. "I was in utter despair. I believe in God ... but I was having a hard time. I wanted to give up.
"I was out of work, going through a divorce, I wasn't living with my kids ... my whole world seemed to be falling apart.
"I asked my sponsor how I could get through the rest of my life. He said: 'You don't have to ... you just have to get through today.' That put things in perspective for me."
Guerrero is feeling better about himself now. He renewed his marriage vows, he's back with his three daughters and his connection with God has been renewed. But his battle with life's demons goes on.
"Every day is a battle. Some days are easy, some aren't," says Guerrero. "Some days you just want the night to come. You want to go to bed and get the day over with. But the sun always rises tomorrow.
"I'm not perfect. There are a lot of things I have to work out. I was a trash can. But I can say that I haven't drank in three years. I haven't gotten high in three years.
"Now, the positives outweigh the negatives. It feels good to wake up."
He's thrilled to have his family back in his life.
"They say when you're sick, the whole family gets sick -- spiritually and mentally. (My wife) needed her time to heal. If anything, it's a blessing. My relationship with my wife is stronger and greater now."
Guerrero says while he's popular with the fans now, that could change.
"One of these days, they may hate me again," he says with a chuckle.
There's talk he will soon feud with his partner. And that would be okay with him ... "anytime I've wrestled Rey, it's been a tremendous match, but we're tag team champions, we've got to focus on that."
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