This week marks ten years since the tragic passing of Eddie Guerrero. Eddie left us way too soon. As wrestling fans, we will always honor his legacy and look back on all of the great matches and moments Eddie gave us throughout his career.
Eddie reached the pinnacle of his success in the WWE, where he won the WWE Championship. But Eddie had a lot of success in the early part of his career. In my re-watching of WCW and Nitro, I really believe that Eddie Guerrero was one of the un-sung heroes of the company during his time there. Early on, it seemed like WCW wanted to push him as a big star. But Eddie was never able to crack the main event scene, which at the time was filled with some of the biggest stars in wrestling.
What Eddie ended up being in WCW was the same thing his friends Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio and Chris Benoit were: the workhorses of the company. They were the guys who went out to the ring and busted their asses every night, constantly putting on great matches with one another. While WCW’s main eventers were big names, they often put on less than stellar matches to close the show. That is why Eddie and Company were key to WCW’s success in 1996 and 1997.
Eddie Guerrero put on so many great matches in WCW that it is tough to come up with any type of Top 5 list. With the WWE Network, it is easy to search Eddie’s name and find some of his classic matches.
Halloween Havoc 1997: Eddie Guerrero (c) vs Rey Mysterio for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
This is probably Eddie’s best match in WCW. It might be the best match of his entire career. Eddie had just come back from injury a few months earlier, and he had been showing a much more vicious personna. He had won the Cruiserweight Title the month earlier at Fall Brawl. What results is a fast paced, action-packed bout between two wrestlers who stole the show that night. The main event of this show was Hollywood Hogan vs Roddy Piper. Legends? Sure. But they couldn’t follow this one on their best day.
Starrcade 95: Eddie Guerrero vs Shinjiro Ootani
I would probably guess most of you either forgot about this match or never saw it. But I would go out of your way to watch it. This was part of the International Series that WCW did with New Japan. It was a best of seven series at Starrcade. I found it weird to do something like that at your biggest event of the year. These two had a very good technical match with each other. This was near the start of Eddie’s career in WCW and it looked like he was on his way to big things.
Souled Out 97: Eddie Guerrero vs Syxx Ladder Match for the Cruiserweight Championship
The only gem at an otherwise awful show. This was WCW’s first attempt to market the nWo as its own brand. It was a test PPV to see what people thought of it. And it was awful. The nWo angle really doesn’t hold up well today. There are so many things that worked then but wouldn’t work nowadays. But this ladder match was a good one. Again, Guerrero shows here that he had the backing of the crowd. But he never broke through more than the upper mid-card.
Eddie Guerrero vs Dean Malenko or Chris Benoit: Pick Your Match
Seriously, go ahead and pick any match from WCW and it is worth your time.
This is Day 1 of Eddie Guerrero Week. More to come tomorrow.
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