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Fans remember Eddie Guerrero - Page 2


Eddy Guerrero in Mexico backstage with Canada's Vampiro.
- photo by Mike Lano, wrealano@aol.com





READER FEEDBACK: Send in your memories of Eddie Guerrero, and we'll collect them into a story to be shared with others. Email: goliver845@gmail.com.
I have seen it and still don't believe it. No one is supposed to die at 38 years of age. A man, who was battling personal demons and had finally gotten his life straight was still taken away from us. Life is not fair. Eddie had the two things that make a wrestler great, athleticism and great microphone skills. He was the perfect talent, I think the greatest wrestling moment in his life was when he stood in the ring with Chris Benoit at Wrestlemania XX with both of the World Championships. I'm sure that moment will be played in wrestling fans minds over and over again over the next few days. The only good news is that we all know he is in a better place. The matches that him and Owen are putting on right now have to be 5 star matches. Too bad we can't see them. Rest in Peace Eddie, may God bless you, and thank you for all the great memories you have left us.
Longtime Wrestling Fan
My memories? When he won the WWE Championship @ No Way OUT.
soledad raygoza
I got back into religiously watching wrestling when Rey Mysterio first appeared. I would watch with my friends and make fun of Eddie and the mullet he so proudly wore. I didn't like him at first, that hair just bothered me but I recognized that he was a very talented wrestler. Then at last came the day when I cheered when I saw Eddie come out from behind the curtain with his music going and I knew I was a fan! I started to imitate his hand gestures everytime he came out for his match. I absolutely loved it when he came out with the low-riders. I even cried watching WrestleMania XX when Benoit won, and started crying even harder after seeing the genuine friendship and admiration Eddie showed when he came out to shake Benoit's hand.

I was in Heaven when Rey-Rey and Eddie teamed up. I figured though that the Lie, Cheat, & Steal persona would come back and I was furious when he betrayed Mysterio:) It was fun to watch, the "adopted son" story was deep for WWE, I thought. I never met him, but he was one of the SuperStars I did want to meet, and he was one of the reasons to go to the Live Events. Something was always bound to happen when he was lurking about!

My deepest condolences go out to his whole family, thank you Eddie for showing us that even in the darkest hour there is light, and you can make it through anything.
Casey Kuntz
I will never forget Eddie Guerrero, he was a great wrestler and was one of my favorite superstars in the WCW and WWE an I really respected him for what he did and what he stood for but I can't believe he's gone and it hurts knowing he isn't around anymore to do what he does best is entertain the fans. I want send out my best wishes and thoughts to the Guerrero family and hope they get through this difficult time.
Twistedone432
I never really met Eddie in person but have always respected him. I've seen him live about 4 times and was always amazed by his talent and heart. He always put everything he had into every match and left the fans feeling fufilled. He will be greatly missed by me and many others.
This is truly a sad day in wrestling as we say goodbye to another legend.
Heber Fodo
Five months ago my family saw Eddie and the Smackdown superstars at a Sunday night house show in New York. It is just so shocking to learn of his death. He was always entertaining, always giving his best for WWE fans. We made some posters for that house show. At the time Eddie was in a feud with Rey Mysterio. When Eddie came out I held up a sign in large letter "WHY EDDIE WHY" ... WWE fans asked this during Eddie's runs as a heal character. Eddie looked over and acknowledged the sign with a nod and a sly grin. But that same question sticks tonight -- Eddie why did you have to leave us so soon?
We will definitely miss him.
Steve Lessard
I would like to share with you my memories of the late great Eddie Guerrero. I saw him in person about a year ago to the day. Eddie was such a great performer in the ring. He had the skills to do any type of match. At the time I saw him he was going up against Booker T, and JBL for the World Title I think in a Triple Threat match. I was really hoping that Eddie was going to win. I always loved to see him joke around in the ring. I always thought it was funny when he cheated to win his matches. It was great to see him win the Championship in 2004. I was thought he would make a GREAT champion and he did. I enjoyed watching him against Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XX that was such a great match. I will always remember him. I pray for his soul and for his loving family. God Bless You Eddie Guerrero. I know I will never forget you.
Your Fan, Kelly Edwards
I just wanted to say that my family and I are saddened by the sudden passing of Eddie Guerrero. Being avid watchers of Raw and Smackdown, it just won't be the same without Eddie. He WILL be sorely missed. It's just so hard to believe he's gone. Thank you Eddie for all you've done for the sport of wrestling. You've given fans many hours of enjoyment watching you perform, you will never be forgotten, rest in piece. Condolences to the Guerrero family.
Gdreece88
The first day I met Eddie, he was a funny, active and a well-mannered man.
He made everyone laugh,
He made everyone cry,
He made a name for himself with everyone!
We will never forget you Eddie.
Peace out!
ps: I'm so sorry for Vickie and her kids.
Peace be with you at all times, never worry, you will never be alone, Eddie will be there to look over and protect you at all times through the good and bad times. Love all wayz, Rhiannon Todd
I first remember seeing Eddie in WCW in 1996. Aside from his skills there was nothing memorable. Once the "powers that were" started letting him do a little more, he instantly became a favorite.

His character got better when he jumped to WWE and I'll never forget how happy I was when he beat Lesnar for the title and got to run with it for more than a week.

Eddie Guerrero was a truly great performer and a strong man for being able to defeat his personal demons. Everyone who got to know him personally as friend, met him in passing, and saw him perform in the ring are all the better for it and future generations will be all the poorer because his legacy has ended early.
-Craig Moore
I had the chance to meet him at an autograph signing where he signed my WCW U.S. Heavyweight title. He said, "oh, it's an old one!" I told him that I got it because I watched him win the same title, and I thought it looked great on him. He laughed and thanked me for the support. I really am stunned. I can't believe that he's gone. I know that he should have won the WWE title tonight. All of this does not matter though. A great man, a great entertainer is gone. I will always be grateful for the chance to meet him and shake his hand. It is my favorite memory of all time, and I will not forget him ever. Rest in Peace.
James McDermott
WOW, still sitting here looking at the screen, not knwoing what to believe, Eddie Guerrero has gone, following his career over these last few years and knwoing about the demons he had, to be taken so young, Eddie was an inspiration that you could turn your life around. Godspeed Eddie, Thanks for the memories.
Sunny Lotay
My deepest condolences to Eddie's wife and children. Smackdown or RAW will never be same again without "VIVA A LA RAZA, MY BRO". He was, and will always be my favourite. He always brought so much fun in the ring. Will miss him, but he's now resting.
From Margaret, South Africa
Eddie, you left us as a champion.... forever we will remember you as a champion that you really are because you managed to fight out the demons inside of you... we will miss your "Viva La Raza" and your lowriders walking down the aisle... you deserve a great spot up there, and we all know you have it because you very well deserved it.
William OCHOA
Like many of you, I grew up and avid wrestling fan and I continue to be a die-hard fan to this day. However, as an adult I have a better respect for professional wrestlers and what they do. No other entertainers sacrifice and go through more politics than these sports entertainers. The ridicule of their art combined with the constant demands of 300 days a year on the road with the harmful physicality is a burden that most humans can't pull off or understand. But why do they do it? For us. And that's what qualifies these men and women to be considered heroic. I am a production asst. for a cable news network and not only did I inform them of the story and tell them why it was important to put him on the show tonight, but I challenged the "Powers That Be" a second time after I saw the generic write-up they originally put in the script, and suggested they acknowledge him as a star and former wrestling champion and not just a "popular wrestler". Bottom line, you really get the feeling that by following these wrestlers show to show, DVD to DVD, appearance to appearance, that you get to know these larger than life characters as real people. No other wrestler embodies that sentiment anymore to me than Eddie Guerrero.

As a dedicated fan, Eddie Guerrero has been a fixture in my weekly television routine. And from Mexico, to Texas, to Japan, ECW, WCW, and WWE, his consistency as a consummate performer was easy to see. I've seen him live a few times this year and was lucky enough to be in attendance at Madison Square Garden last year for that magical moment at the end of Wrestlemania 20. Underrated and overlooked throughout the majority of his career, Guerrero was still one of the only wrestlers that can make a great promo/entrance out of anything, make a great match with anyone, and make any storyline work. When most promoters gave him any shot, it was more because he was one of the best and he deserved it, and less because of politics or revenue. And how did he do it? By staying dedicated to doing what he loved to do and by staying true to himself. Beyond just his transcendent talent, his resilience and diligence he not only forced people to respect him and give him a chance, but he brought his culture along for the ride. He is the greatest wrestler of Hispanic Heritage ever not just because he was a great performer, but because he forced so many other people around the world to learn about and see his Heritage. And that's the legacy he leaves with me. That he proudly represented, spoke for, and succeeded for an entire race of people that were cheering him and brought some much needed culture to the world of wrestling. And knowing of how he also had to overcome his addictions to drug abuse that nearly cost him his career, family and life numerous times just to overcome it all, makes him that much more of an inspiration to so many other groups of people. That's why we laughed at his antics, cheered for his lying cheating and stealing, cheered "EDDIE EDDIE" no matter what he did, got so excited to see him as WWE Champion, and why his passing affects all this much. The fact that he is only the 2nd Latino Heavyweight Champion in WWE history and only 1 of 5 WWE superstars to ever be a tag team champion, European champion, Intercontinental champion, and WWE Champion is more than enough to ensure his rightful place as one of the all-time greatest performers the industry. But we are here because we know that he means so much more than that. Eddie Guerrero has a rightful place as one of the all-time greatest people to the industry, and to most of us. My deepest condolences go out to the Guerrero family and to all the people he loved and loved him. RIP Eduardo Gory Guerrero 1967-2005.
G.K. Williams
First of all, I say rest in peace EDDIE GUERRERO, you are the best man. I will not forget. You were a good friend of REY MISTERIO. I feel realy bad because I was his number one fan which cries for his death.
Sincerely, Jonathan Camino
Just wanted to add my bit too...
I never met Eddie. I was (& am) just a fan. I was a fan of Eddie in his WCW days & continued to be so when he moved back to WWE. To overcome the demons he did & go on to even greater heights... It's an inspiration the likes of which may never be seen again. Eddie loved the business & this was obvious every time he was in that ring. He entertained with his antics, his facial expressions & his plain enthusiasm. Some of his promos, when spoken with such passion from his heart, always had me in tears. There was always such raw emotion. This was a man who had been to the bottom & made his way back to the top.
Gracias por las memorias, Eddie. Le faltarán. Resto en la paz, mi amigo
Rob Bailey
One of my favourite memories of Eddie is when he won the WWE Championship at No Way Out and when he did a Frog Splash onto JBL from the top of the steel cage.
R.I.P Eddie, I'll never forget you.
Josh Low
All that I can say is that I'm really saddened to hear about Eddie's passing.

The memory I will always have of him is when me and my mother met him for a show in Vancouver in 2004. It was 6 days before Eddie's match with Brock Lesnar at No Way Out. Like many of the fans, we loved Eddie. Eddie arrived and signed autographs for the fans. I had really wanted to meet him because to me, he was number one in my eyes. He signed my photo and I shook his hand. I told what an honour it was to meet him. He thanked and went on to greet my Mom. My Mom didn't like Brock Lesnar too much, so she rooted Eddie on his quest for the title. He went to my mom, she shook his hand. She said she wanted to say something to him. She leaned forward and she said. "I really hope you beat Brock. I don't think too much of him." Eddie smiled and said that is his plan. He went off to continue greeting the fans. Six days later at No Way Out, Eddie won the WWE Champion. My Mom said, He said he was going to and he did. That minute that me and my Mom had speaking to Eddie is going to be my most lasting memory of him.
Will DeConto
May his soul be blessed by our savour and his family watched over by our angels.
Ka kite e hoa i nga wa ka pouri to whanau i te kitenga a koe i nga tupuna me nga atua.
Ko koe nga tangata rangatira mo nga tangata katoa me he tangata tu meke. Kei te pirangi au i te kitea a koe naa ka haere atu koe ki tenei ao marama.
Heoi ano e hoa.

Translation:
This is a sad time for your family to see you go, but yet a happy time for your ancestors and saviour to take you home. You are a man who was a respected leader for everyone. I wished I could have seen you at Wrestlemania 22 in Wellington, New Zealand but you went to the world of light instead. See you again my friend.
Wikitoria Haimona, Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
I was just surfing along the net, and checking news through "My Yahoo" when I saw that Eddie passed away. I can only say I hurried up and clicked on it, hoping that I was not seeing what I was seeing. Here I am thinking of his match I laughed my tail off on Friday Night Smackdown, and he's gone two days later. I can't believe that he's gone, it's still not sinking in right now... the only thing I keep thinking also is he's only a year older than me. It makes you think of how precious life is, and I will miss Guerrero big time, since he's one of my favorites of all-time. He put the fun into the show, giving the crowd a moment to not think of our problems we had before we came to see him, but to forget things for a moment and smile, putting on a great show everytime, and of course making sure you got what you paid for. To say Eddie was a good wrestler is a serious understatement, he was one in my mind, one of the most gifted athletes to ever put on a pair of tights. At 38, he seemed to only get better, not slower, staying in great shape, and shedding his demons for over four years. People will talk, talk that he may have been on something, but I believe that will not be the case, but that the Lord decided it was time for him to come home. I pray for his wife and children, as well as the rest of his family & the WWE organization. Eddie, you gave us a great part of your life, blessing us with just your performaces...we love you & miss you...it's time to rest Eddie....
Horace
I awoke this morning just like any other. I brushed my teeth, showered, had breakfast, got dressed and walked out the door to meet with some friends and family. It was around eleven PM when my brother called and shared the tragic news with me. I could not believe what he just finished telling me. "Eddie Guerrero was found dead this morning". I felt as if someone just punched me in the gut. Suddenlly an empty feeling like when you loose someone close to you came over me. Even now as I type this, there is a painful sensation in my heart and I never even met the man in person. How can someone I never met make me feel as if I just lost my best friend. Mr. Guerrero has brought laughter into my life more times than I can count. Every time he snuck a chair in the ring and threw it at his opponent and then pretended to be struck by it so that the referee could award him the winner by disqualification almost made me pee in my pants. "Latino Heat" had some rough times throughout his carreer. He almost lost it all to his addictions. But you have to admire a man who stands up each time he falls. He did not quit, no matter how hard it got. He found his strength through the Lord and overcame his demons and the Lord saw it fit to bring him home by His side. I pray for peace and strength for the Guerrero family. I for one will surely miss one of the greatest superstars to ever step into the ring. And I envy him. For he has obtained the greatest award mankind could ever achieve. Eternal life through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. See you soon Eddie. My Hero. "Viva La Raza".
Your Fan, Miguel Cortes (AKA CFDLatinoHeat), NJ Firefighter
Hi, my name's Francesco from Venice Italy.
I will remember EDDIE for ever like the number one!!!
HI EDDIE YOU WILL LIVE FOREVER FOR YOUR FANS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Francesco
EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE!!!!
Without you, and I say this with all honestly, the WWE will just be an o.k. average somewhat boring wrestling promotion. On the mat, you were great. In the air, you were fabulous. During your speeches, you were the best. Let's see Hulk Hogan accomplish all 3 things with flying colors like you had done Eddie. Nobody worked harder than you, and I mean NOBODY! You are an inspiration to me, and to all of your fans around the globe. You will be missed, and the wrestling world has lost a true great.
*pounds chest near the heart 3 times*
Peace
EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE!!!!!
skmagan
I'll always remember Eddie as one of the best entertainers in all my years watching wrestling. Whether in the ring or setting up a storyline with the mic, he was always excellent. This is a truly sad day for all wrestling fans.
R.I.P. Latino Heat
Thom Dennis, Norristown, PA
I briefly met Eddie after a Smackdown show some years back before Chris and him really "made it big" with the WWE. Before they were utilized to their fullest. Both sat behind us at a local restaurant, and were more than respectful and kind to their fans. Instead of mobbing them for autographs, we ate our food and let them be. We were sure it had been a hard night. But when they got up to left, they were happy to shake our hands, and give us autographs. I still have mine, on a cheesy little napkin. I will have to get it framed, a keepsake of a great wrestler, and two people who shared a great friendship, Chris and Eddie. I haven't watched wrestling in some time, having fallen out with it through lack of time to watch. But I'll never forget enjoying his matches, and the humble airs about him.
-A fan from times past.
I am really saddened by his death. Eddie was a great wrestler, when I read about his death I was like wtf, at first it didn't register but then various newssites confirmed it and I was saddened by it. Eddie was the reason I watched Smackdown, during his feud with Rey mysterio the emotions he brought to his face was way stronger than a promo. A sad sad day indeed, 13th November is indeed a sad day. My condolences go out to his wife and three daughters.
-frankhardy450 from Bombay,India
In a time when pro-wrestling is savaged by lack of true wrestling talent and over-run by over-sized meat-heads, Eddie Guerrero was one of the last of a dying breed. He was a true performer and was a great wrestler. Everytime he would hit his patented suplex, the fans acknowledged his technical ability. Eddie is more of a loss to the WWE than people think. He can make anyone look good or bad on any given day. Love or hate his in ring persona, Eddie was a genuine brilliant guy. We will all miss you Eddie, but I'm sure the true pain comes to your family. I feel really sorry that they have to experience this great loss first-hand. I'm sure you are in God's hands now.
John, Ireland
How fitting it is that he won his last match being adored by all those who truly appreciate the man for all that he was...an amazing entertainer. I am so happy that I got to see him come down in the low rider and showcase an excellent match with a very mediocre wrestler. To me that's what made him amazing, he made anyone that went in the squared circle with him look better. After Owen Hart's death, this feels like another untimely death. And that's just an understatement. You will be sorely missed papi.
-Grieving in Vancouver-
I know that I share the same shock and sadness that thousands(if not millions) of others are feeling on this day.

I had clicked on Slam Omaha to do my routine updating as I do from time to time to check on new possible angles and/or injuries when I saw the headline that Eddie had died. Needless to say, when it comes to the shock I felt, only Owen Hart's death hit me anywhere close to as hard.

While Owen's was in the ring, and his out of the ring, that is no matter. Eddie was truly one of the great ones, and not just in the ring but out of it. Unlike many others responses that I read, I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but he is and will always be the type of man I model myself after. Loyal, caring, hardworking...who cannot wish to ever strive to become that?

My words cannot nor will not EVER be able to describe the man that he was. He gave everything 100 percent. We as fans could connect to him because we saw him as one of us. We saw him, with his troubles that he talked openly about as just like each and every one of us, no bigger than anyone and a true human being in every sense of the word. He was flawed, as are all of us, and for that, he had the love and admiration(even if from afar) of fans that never had the chance to tell him so.

Eddie, I know you probably cannot see what we, your fans can say right now, but just know this...we will always admire you for who you were and that you were never anything but YOU. You were an original. I don't care what anyone ever says or does, you will NEVER be replaced. If you are looking down at us from Heaven right now, know that even though we are shedding tears at your passing, we are also smiling brightly at the joy you gave us in your 20 years in the business.



Rest In Peace Eddie, and may you forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of EVERYONE that you ever came into contact with. I know you will never be forgotten....
Nick Randolph, Ames, IA
A legend in the making, Eddie resembled his Home Town, El Paso. Hard working and after things seemed to be thrown off track he would always find a way to steer in the right direction. Did the man have demons? Yes. Was the man one who never made mistakes? Of course not, who is. And maybe that is why many of us not only became fans but related to his persona. Bottom line, he was a success and a hard working wrestler. A direct reflection of what El Paso and its people are. Eddie will be missed, the mark he left will be a defined one, one of success and perseverance. Viva La Raza! Long Live Latino Heat.
jaime sanchez
My biggest memory was when he came out with the RAW Tour a couple of years ago and I touched his hand at the entrance way and he was just so happy and smiling so much and just loving being here in Australia. Eddie we love you. May God treat you like you treated your fans. Much love from all your millions of fans. We will miss you so very much
Graeme Bowen


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