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Raw: Giving it up for Eddie
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling




Monday night was not a regular episode of Raw, it was a tribute to a man who inspired and touched the lives of many. It was for Eddie Guerrero.

Throughout the night, wrestlers took the time to share their thoughts in pre-taped interviews. Everyone from Chris Benoit to Rey Mysterio to Batista to Triple H took a turn, explaining just how much Guerrero meant to the wrestling business and to his family. Guerrero was a true asset to the business.

Those tributes were accompanied by many classic Guerrero clips as well as a music video, displaying both the "Wrestling" side of him, as well as the "Family Man." Guerrero spraying The Big Show with sewage was shown, followed by some of his classic vignettes with Chavo Guerrero, as well as his Championship win and moments with Chris Benoit, Triple H and others.

To open the show, Vince McMahon and the entire WWE roster stood by for a ten-bell salute, as well as a commemorative music video, scored to Johnny Cash's version of Hurt, highlighting Guerrero's illustrious career.

*NOTE* (All storylines were pushed to the wayside and rightfully so, making this night a series of mostly Inter-Promotional matches.)

Match Results:

Match One - The Big Show and Kane vs MNM w/ Melina

Glorified squash match here. The Big Show and Kane just demolished the SmackDown! Tag champs. Show even got a little action from the lovely Melina. A Double Chokeslam to Nitro finished things off, earning the Raw champs a big victory.

Winners Via Pinfall - The Big Show and Kane

Match Two - Kurt Angle vs Shelton Benjamin

A more mat-based match between two men who know each other very well. Angle used the German belly to-belly suplex to great success, while Benjamin tried to use his speed to his advantage. The Angle Slam only garnered a two count, but when Angle shifted in midair during a suplex attempt, the Ankle Lock was locked in, forcing Benjamin to submit.

Winner Via Submission - Kurt Angle

Match Three - Rey Mysterio vs "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels

Match got off to a slow pace, but quickly elevated in intensity. Mysterio showed his inner Guerrero a little bit during the match, doing a little salsa dance. Mysterio was able to dodge the bullet on Sweet Chin Music, allowing him to take down Michaels and execute the 6-1-9, followed by a drop of the dime for the one-two-three. Post match, both men hugged.

Winner Via Pinfall - Rey Mysterio

Match Four - Divas Battle Royal - Melina vs Maria vs Ashley vs Victoria vs Christy Hemme vs Jillian Hall vs Candice Michelle vs Trish Stratus vs Mickie James

All the divas came out wearing Eddie Guerrero T-shirts that they threw to the crowd before the match got underway. Typical divas battle royal, with Trish Stratus and Melina outlasting the other seven combatants. Stratus went to hit Stratusfaction, but was thrown over the top rope and to the floor by Melina.

Winner - Melina

Match Five - Eugene vs Simon Dean

Comedy match for the crowd. Eugene mocked a few wrestlers, paying homage to Guerrero, The Rock and The Junkyard Dog. Dean worked himself into a frenzy and was met with a Rock Bottom for the three count. In a Guerrero-inspired move, Eugene took off on Dean's scooter after the match.

Winner Via Pinfall - Eugene

Match Six - "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs William Regal

This was a pro Flair match, in which Flair went to town on the legs of Regal, tearing them apart. After applying many submission holds, Flair went to his bread and butter, applying in the Figure Four Leg Lock for the submission win.

Winner Via Submission - "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair

Match Seven - WWE Championship Match - John Cena (C) vs "The Legend Killer" Randy Orton w/ "Cowboy" Bob Orton

Back and forth start to the match, Cena got the better of Orton, hitting him with his Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena went for the F-U, but "Cowboy" Bob got involved, leading to a disqualification. The Ortons double teamed Cena, but he fought back, getting an F-U into the mix and clearing ring.

Winner Via DQ and STILL WWE Champion - John Cena

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  • Our Eddie Guerrero biography


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  • Best of Eddy Guerrero in Japan VHS

    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and would like to send his heartfelt condolences to the entire Guerrero family.