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Grappling back to big time
Guerrero 'cut own throat'

By DOUG LUNNEY -- Winnipeg Sun
Eddie Guerrero.

Eddie Guerrero is great at hamming it up in front of an arena full of rabid wrestling fans, but he's not acting when he talks about why the World Wrestling Federation cut him loose in November.

 "I cut my own throat," Guerrero, who'll wrestle in Winnipeg on March 3, told The Sun in a telephone interview from his home in Tampa, Fla.

 Guerrero was living a dream in the WWF after coming over from World Championship Wrestling, but it ended all too soon last fall.

 A knee injury that led to an addiction to prescription painkillers, a divorce, financial woes and alcohol abuse were all factors.

 ADDICTION

 Guerrero faced his addiction by spending four months in a rehabilitation centre, which was paid for by the WWF. Just when it appeared he was ready to return, he had an alcohol-related relapse in November.

 "That forced them (WWF) to terminate my contract," said the father of two daughters, aged 6 and 11. "I need to deal with it. I'm not ashamed of it. If anything, I'm trying to become a better person from it.

 "I thought my life was coming to an end. It made me stop and take a look at myself and realize I can't do this without the power of God working in my life."

 At 34, Guerrero is on the comeback trail. He's working independent shows and will do a tour of Japan from March 8-24. He's been talking with the WWF and hopes to return.

 "I would love the opportunity to go back, obviously, and prove myself because I let them down," he said.

 Guerrero isn't pouting about performing in front of smaller crowds with raw talent. Instead, he's enjoying meeting up-and-comers.

 "I can take it as a bad thing and say 'Oh, God. Look where I'm at now' or say `Hey, I've got an opportunity to start my career over again,' " he said.

 "I see that hunger in these guys and I'm getting that hunger back, because I want it again."

 In a televised interview last week, WWF star Chris Benoit said Guerrero and Winnipeg's Chris Jericho were the two best heels in WCW. It warmed the heart of Guerrero, who said Benoit is like a brother to him.

 "And Jericho works his ass off," he said of the WWF champ. "I'm proud of him and proud to be his friend."

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