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Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

REAL NAME: Chavito (Salvador) Guerrero III
5' 10", 210 pounds
BORN: El Paso, Texas
NICKNAMES:Lt. Loco, Kerwin White

For years, Chavo Guerrero, Jr. has been known as one of the most talented, if underrated cruiserweights in the industry. With an enviable pedigree and the talent to match, Chavo Guerrero could be counted upon to put in a solid effort and deliver equally solid matches, even if they weren't main events.

Chavo Guerrero, Jr. was born into one of the greatest wrestling families in history of the industry. His father, Chavo Guerrero, Sr. was a legend in Mexico and Los Angeles, holding many titles including fifteen reigns as NWA Americas Champion and his uncle, Eddie Guerrero would go on to hold the WWE Championship.

Trained by his family, Chavo would debut in 1994 and spend much of his early career on the independent circuit, both in the United States and Mexico. He would also cross the Pacific to compete in New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1996.

1996 would also see him sign with World Championship Wrestling, where his uncle Eddie was already an established superstar. On May 20, 1996, Chavo made his WCW debut in a dark match against William Regal.

In addition to wrestling for WCW, Chavo returned to Japan, competing in the Super Junior tournament in a field that included Jushin Liger, Tajiri and Chris Jericho.

For much of his early WCW career, Chavo was active in the organization's vaunted Cruiserweight division. However, when he didn't succeed right away, he found himself falling under the tuteledge of his uncle, Eddie. Eddie did little to help raise the self-esteem of his nephew, instead making him little more than a lackey and intentionally costing him matches.

By the time that Chavo finally faced his uncle Eddie in a "hair-vs-hair" match at Bash at the Beach, Chavo had begun to lose his mind. First, after losing the bout, he shaved his own head. Then, he began coming to the ring with a wooden horse he had named Pepe.

After losing Pepe to a vengeful Norman Smiley and saddled with a horrid catalogue salesman gimmick, Chavo's career seemed to have hit rock bottom. A name change and the formation of a new stable changed that. Teamed with Hugh Morrus, Van Hammer and Lash Laroux as the Misfits in Action, Chavo became Lt. Loco.

On June 6, 2000, in the midst of feuding with the Filthy Animals (Konnan, Billy Kidman et al), Lt. Loco won a three-way dance that involved Daphne and Filthy Animal member Disco Inferno to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. (Loco would lose the title to Lance Storm on July 30th.)

The Cruiserweight Championship was not the only gold that Lt. Loco would win as part of MIA. He and Lash Laroux (aka Cpl. Cajun) would defeat Mark Jindrak and Shawn O'Haire to (briefly) win the WCW Tag Team titles, only to lose them seconds later, thanks to WCW Commissioner Mike Sanders.

Lt. Loco became disenchanted with MIA soon after and left the group, returning to being Chavo Guerrero. He would regain the Cruiserweight Championship on December 6th from Mike Sanders, and retain it until March 19, 2001 when he was defeated by Shane Helms (later known as the Hurricane).

With the demise of WCW, Chavo made his way to WWE, debuting in July 2001, defeating Scotty Too Hotty during the Sunday Night Heat broadcast prior to the Invasion pay-per-view. Chavo was part of the WCW/ECW Alliance and seemingly lost his job with the WWE victory at the 2001 Survivor Series.

Chavo would return to the WWE in the spring of 2002. After working in Smackdown's Cruiserweight division (including an unsuccessful attempt to unseat Rey Mysterio, Jr as Cruiserweight Champion), Chavo began teaming with his uncle Eddie. Instead of being Eddie's lackey, however, Chavo teamed with his uncle to form the successful Los Guerreros tag team.

Although they would lose to eventual winners, Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle, in the Smackdown Tag Team Title Tournament, Los Guerreros would rebound to defeat Benoit/Angle and Edge/Mysterio at the 2002 Survivor Series and win the Tag Team titles.

Los Guerreros would retain those titles until losing them to Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas on February 24, 2003. Even after the title loss however, Eddie and Chavo would remain in the tag team title picture on Smackdown, wrestling for the belts at Wrestlemania 19 and Backlash but losing to Team Angle on both occassions. After the latter match, Los Guerreros stole the tag team title belts, returned them, then stole Kurt Angle's medals.

Before Los Guerreros had another chance to regain the belts, Chavo tore his bicep during a dark match and was out of action for several months. He would make his return on September 11, 2003, interfering in Eddie's match against John Cena. A week later, Los Guerreros would finally defeat Team Angle and regain the Tag Team titles.

Following the loss of those titles to the Basham Brothers on October 23rd, Chavo began berating Eddie for not pulling his weight as part of Los Guerreros. Finally, on the January 8, 2004 edition of Smackdown, Chavo turned on his uncle after a loss to Benjamin and Haas. A week later, Chavo received some help in the form of his father, Chavo Guerrero, Sr. or Chavo Classic as he was called.

Chavo Jr. and Classic would battle Eddie Guerrero, but Chavo Classic would also help his son defeat Rey Mysterio, Jr. for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at No Way Out. While continuing to team with his father, Chavo would retain the Cruiserweight Championship until an open challenge on May 6th would result in Jacqueline defeating him for the belt. Ten days later at Judgment Day, Chavo would regain the title, only to lose it four days after that to Chavo Classic when the elder Guerrero accidentally pinned his son as part of a Triple Threat match (also involving Spike Dudley) on Smackdown.

After the departure of Chavo Classic from WWE, Chavo Jr. would continue to be a part of Smackdown's Cruiserweight division. For a while, it seemed as if Chavo might be lost in the shuffle, but on February 5, 2005, Chavo regained the Cruiserweight Championship and defended it until losing a battle royale that saw Paul London win the title on March 31, 2005.

Chavo meanwhile was more interested in the tag team between Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio, Jr. In addition to challenging London for the Cruiserweight title, Chavo was doing his best to add to the dissention between Eddie and Mysterio.

But as the Guerrero/Mysterio team fell apart, Chavo found himself traded to Raw where he debuted, not as Chavo Guerrero, talented Cruiserweight but as Kerwin White, wanna-be white middle-class yuppie, who had denounced his Hispanic heritage.

White's first opponent with the new gimmick was Shelton Benjamin, who defeated White at Unforgiven. With the addition of Nick Nemeth as his caddy, Kerwin White's luck changed, as he picked up victories over Shelton Benjamin and Val Venis in both singles and, with caddy Nemeth as his partner, in tag team action.

Then, on November 13th, Chavo's uncle Eddie was found dead. With Eddie's death, the Kerwin White gimmick disappeared and Chavo Guerrero went back to wrestling under his own name and in tribute to his fallen uncle.

Chavo spent the next few months battling the likes of Rob Conway although he also took on Triple H the night after the Royal Rumble in part due to Triple H's desire for revenge against Rey Mysterio Jr's use of Eddie as guidance and inspiration in the Rumble the night before.

Chavo helped Mysterio and Chris Benoit induct Eddie Guerrero into the WWE Hall of Fame, then congratulated Mysterio on his World title win at Wrestlemania 22. Chavo did not have the same luck the next night, losing to Shelton Benjamin. Chavo was so distraught he announced he was quitting the business.

Chavo has returned, if not in a wrestling role, to aid Mysterio on Smackdown, only to be injured at the hands of Mark Henry.

--- compiled by John M. Milner

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