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A member of the venerable Guerrero wrestling family, '''Eduardo Gory "Eddie" Guerrero Llanes''' (October 9, 1967 -- November 13, 2005) started out his career in childhood, as he and his nephew Wrestling/{{Chavo|GuerreroJr}} were allowed by his father, legendary promoter Gory Guerrero, to wrestle matches during intermissions. From there, Eddie launched into the family business headfirst.

(A little note: Eddie was the youngest of four brothers. So young, his nephew Chavo is only three years younger than him.)

Eddie's early exposure to wrestling audiences was limited to Mexico, as most of his formative years in the business were spent as part of the AAA promotion; it wasn't until the famous ''When Worlds Collide'' event - co-promoted and co-presented by Wrestling/{{WCW}} - where Guerrero was exposed to a wider audience. At the event, he and partner Art Barr faced off against the team of Octagón and El Hijo del Santo in a Hair Versus Mask Match (Guerrero and Barr lost, and had their heads shaved).

Guerrero wrestled around the world for the next few years, traveling both to Japan (where he met up with Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/DeanMalenko) and Wrestling/{{ECW}}, where he started to gain a foothold in the American wrestling industry. When he arrived in Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Guerrero was made a part of the promotion's now-legendary Cruiserweight division, delivering solid matches with just about everyone he faced (including longtime friend Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr.). It was in WCW that the seeds were sown for Guerrero's "Lie Cheat and Steal" gimmick, as he pushed Chavo (who had also signed with WCW) into believing the mantra "Cheat 2 Win" (going so far as to force an unwilling Chavo to wear a shirt with the saying).

In early 2000, Guerrero was one of a group of wrestlers who jumped ship from WCW to the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] in protest of Wrestling/KevinSullivan being put in charge of the promotion's booking; he was one of the first to become a standout singles star, too. Working his natural charisma, Eddie became known as "Latino Heat" and wooed Wrestling/{{Chyna}}, entering into both a relationship and a feud with the powerful Diva as they spent the next year in the Intercontinental Title hunt.

In 2001, Guerrero was released from the company after an arrest for drunk driving, which happened following his being sent to rehab months earlier. Facing the loss of his career and possibly his family, Eddie started at rock bottom and worked his way back up. Eddie cleaned himself up and spent the first few months of 2002 wrestling for independent promotions (including the debut show of Wrestling/RingOfHonor) before returning to WWE in April of 2002; by then, his nephew Chavo had signed with the company, and the two became a tag team, banking on Eddie's old "Cheat 2 Win" gimmick in WCW and turning it into their gimmick ("We lie, we cheat, and we steal...but [[AtLeastIAdmitIt at least we're honest about it]]"). "Lie, Cheat, and Steal" became part of Eddie's repetoire for the remainder of his career, whether he was a face or a heel.

For the next two years, Eddie slowly climbed to the top of his profession, and at ''No Way Out 2004'', Eddie hit the top when he defeated Wrestling/BrockLesnar for the WWE Championship. He followed this up the next month at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 20'' by defeating Wrestling/KurtAngle to retain the title, then joined Wrestling/ChrisBenoit following HIS successful win of the World Heavyweight Championship in one of the most memorable images in wrestling history.

Over the next year-and-a-half, Eddie's career fluctuated from high to low: he helped build the credibility of Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield as a world champion over the summer of 2004, but he was also involved in one of the most tasteless and Website/{{WrestleCrap}}-worthy feuds of all time as he feuded with Rey Mysterio over the custody of Mysterio's son Dominick (who, kayfabe, was revealed to actually be the biological son of Guerrero).

In November of 2005, Guerrero was closing in on another world title shot, and was scheduled to be a part of a Survivor Series Match featuring members of the ''[=SmackDown=]'' brand (which Eddie was a part of) going up against members of the ''Raw'' brand. Tragically, however, [[{{WhatCouldHaveBeen}} Guerrero died of heart failure two weeks prior to the event]]. The Monday and Friday following his death, WWE held two special tribute shows in the vein of the Wrestling/OwenHart tribute show a few years earlier, in which storylines were thrown out the window and matches were put on for the sake of tribute.

This would normally be the end of the story, but pro wrestling has a way of dragging things out well past their expiration date; [[CrossingTheLineTwice Eddie Guerrero was no different.]] Just weeks following his death, WWE began a campaign of what came to be known as "[[FanNickname Eddiesploitation]]", where Guerrero's name and legacy were used in the most tasteless ways possible - from Wrestling/RandyOrton telling Rey Mysterio that Eddie was "in hell" to Mysterio acting as if he were receiving heavenly assistance from Eddie's spirt to Eddie's widow Wrestling/VickieGuerrero becoming an on-screen character (who later grew into a surprisingly effective villainous manager/authority figure in her own right). Strangely, the "Eddiesploitation" period heavily pushed Rey Mysterio as Eddie's successor, while Chavo Guerrero was largely ignored. Website/{{WrestleCrap}} gave this exploitation its annual Gooker Award in 2006, with RD Reynolds famously stating that while it was a necessary evil due to the site's mission, the induction was "the hardest induction he'd ever had to write".

Guerrero is fondly remembered to this day by fans as an excellent wrestler and a great human being.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Guerrero The Other Wiki]].

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!!! "Can you feel the tropes?":
* AbortedArc: A FaceHeelTurn where Eddie would turn on then-tag-partner [[Wrestling/YoshihiroTajiri Tajiri]] was aborted. Eddie believed his low rider's paint job was more important than Tajiri's wellbeing, but Eddie was so crazy popular that ''the crowd actually agreed with him''. Even after he put Tajiri through a windshield and tried to cut a selfish heel promo, the fans would have none of it:
-->'''Eddie''': From now on, I'm only looking after number one!
-->'''(audience roars in approval)'''
* [[AllAmericanFace All American]] [[ForeignWrestlingHeel Heel]]: Los Gringos Locos (Eddie and Art Barr) wore [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead jackets with American flag designs]] as heels in Mexico.
* AntiHero: To NominalHero levels, or would be if wrestling ever claimed to work on that kind of morality. He was cheered for so he was a face.
* ArchEnemy
** For most of his career, Eddie's was either Rey Mysterio Jr. or Dean Malenko.
** In WWE, Wrestling/KurtAngle managed to be his nemesis both in the ring and as GM throughout Eddie's banner year of 2004.]
** Tiger Mask as Black Tiger
* AshFace: The results of the "anti theft device" on Eddie's low riders, as Kurt found out
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Guerrero is Spanish for "Warrior"
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that it's actually his real name, unlike most wrestlers.
*** Kind of. After his father Salvador Quesada gained success as Gory Guerrero, all of his sons have Guerrero in their names.
* {{Badass}}
** Eddie was an effective enough cheater to win handicap matches with ease, even if it was against the champion Basham Brothers.
** Eddie at ''Judgment Day 2004'' after he'd been cut open; Eddie's literal crimson mask redefined the Muta Scale. His opponent Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield said, "I've been in car wrecks that were less painful than that match!"
** BadassBeard: Or goatee. It depends.
* BashBrothers: Art Barr, Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr., Chavo Guerrero Jr.
* BigNo: When he asked the audience if they blamed him for what he did to Tajiri, the answer was short but deafening.
* BilingualBonus: If someone speaks more than one language and Eddie was cutting a promo on them, his promo might be in a mix of both languages.
* BittersweetEnding
** Eddie's last match, against Mr. Kennedy on the ''[=SmackDown=]'' prior to his death, where he qualified for the ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' Match between ''[=SmackDown=]'' and ''Raw''. What makes it moreso is that Eddie used his famous winning trick: grab a chair while the ref's not looking, slam the chair against the canvas, toss it to his opponent, lie down, and get the other guy disqualified when the ref turns around.
** Eddie had recently cleaned himself up off drugs and become a born-again religious man in an attempt to recover his life.
** The scariest thing about the match was afterward, Eddie's last moments on WWE television, when Mr. Kennedy, after being disqualified for the above trick, hit Eddie in the head very hard with the chair, yelling for the referee to "Disqualify that!!"
* BlondGuysAreEvil: His last long heel run had him noticeably bleaching his hair.
* BloodIsTheNewBlack: Taken UpToEleven at Judgment Day 2004.
* BreakupBreakout: Whilst it's debatable whether Eddie or Chris Benoit was the first of the Radicals to find real singles success in WWE, Eddie was the first to be World Champion.[[note]]Benoit was the first to win singles gold (albeit 24 hours before Eddie) and the first to main event a pay per view; Eddie's initial singles run garnered more screen time than Benoit's, but Benoit received higher profile feuds. Outside the wrestling world, Benoit's death is far more recognized than Guerrero's so there's still that.[[/note]] Played perfectly straight with Eddie and Chavo, though the latter's been employed for a longer period of time.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: After Eddie lost the WWE title to JBL, he suffered this on occasion as both refs and opponents became more wise to his "family traditions". Refs caught him in the act, and opponents like longtime friend Rey Mysterio had known Eddie long enough to predict him and his bag of tricks.
* {{CatchPhrase}}
** ILied!
** ''Viva la raza!''
* CardCarryingVillain: To quote the ''Cheating Death, Stealing Life'' DVD, "I lie, I cheat, I steal, but hey - at least I'm honest about it."
* ColorCharacter[=/=]CoolMask: As Black Tiger
* CrazyJealousGuy: He invaded the playboy mansion to try and stop the photo shoot his girlfriend, Chyna, was doing.
** YourCheatingHeart: Chyna broke up with him for showering with the Godfather's hos.
** GreenEyedMonster: Both of them when the other was Intercontinental Champion, though they had just gotten over it before Chyna found and broke up with him.
* ClusterFBomb: During the infamous Dominic-custody-ladder match with Rey Mysterio, Vickie missed her cue, causing Eddie to be yanked from the hanging belt and fall square on his leg, nearly blowing out his knee. Despite being a Born Again Christian at the time, you can hear Eddie going positively livid in the ring, swearing up a storm while holding his knee in obvious pain, and actually yells "FUCK HER!!!" at one point. Vickie, of course, is his wife.
-->''GODDAMMIT! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis MOTHER! FUCK! ER!]] WHERE THE FUCK WAS VICKIE?! GODDAMMIT! FUCK HER!''
* CombatPragmatist: As a self-proclaimed cheater, he's not above using underhanded tactics to win a match (i.e. low-blows, thumb to the eyes, and more). And this is when he's a {{Face}}.
* CompanionCube: After ripping of Rey Mysterio's mask, Eddie would talk to it as if it were Rey Mysterio and force other people to wear it, then act is if ''they'' were Rey Mysterio.
* CoolCar: He was bringing out a new one, usually a convertible with hydraulics, nearly every week for a while. Sometimes he even got a CoolCar-intro at "dark" shows (wrestling matches that were not filmed for broadcast).
* DirtyCoward
** Averted in this case. Eddie was never portrayed this way, at least not as a face, because, even though he more or less consistently employed "cheating" tactics, most of his tricks were technically not illegal and his heel opponents were often using even more unethical methods (and the fact that they were total [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]] helped, too).
** Played straight as a Heel though, especially in WCW where he forced his nephew Chavo Jr. to do his bidding.
** There is also the fact that, as a {{Face}}, he had so much charm and charisma, and was so ''funny'', that the fans would condone anything he did.
* [[LukeIAmYourFather Dominick, I'm your Papi]]: Towards the end of his feud with Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr in the WWE, Eddie revealed that he was the biological father of Rey's son Dominick. Anyone who has ever seen Rey without his mask knew that Dominic is the spitting image of his father, and this detail has never been mentioned since the end of the feud. This was probably one of the reasons the feud became so creepy, many fans just couldn't respond to it. It's not that they didn't care (they cared enough for it to be his most famous wrestle crap induction, prior to the stuff after his death)
* FightingDirty: As a face, he makes it an art form that the audience supports. As his later ring entrances brings up, he is "honest" about it.
* FiveMovesOfDoom: Spinning headscissors, three amigos, lasso from El Passo or Frog Splash.
* FranchiseZombie The "Eddiesploitation" mentioned above. When the exploitation of his death received the dubious Website/{{WrestleCrap}} Gooker award, this was part of the introdution:
-->''On the marquee of this site, it says, "The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling." Truly, this induction is the very embodiment of that tagline. The seemingly never ending exploitation of the late, great Eddie Guerrero is the absolute worst of pro wrestling, bar none.''
* GlassJawReferee: His favorite wrestling trope to exploit when cheating in his matches.
* GuileHero: As a face.
* HeterosexualLifePartners
** With Chris Benoit, in one of wrestling's most infamous examples. Chris [[DownerEnding pretty much lost it]] after Eddie died.
** Also with nephew Chavo Guerrero, both in and out of the ring.
* {{Homage}}[=/=]FinishingMove
** The Frogsplash became Eddie's signature move, but it was his partner Art Barr who originally used the move; when Barr died, Eddie started using the move in tribute to his partner.
** And after Guerrero died, several wrestlers worked the Frogsplash into their movesets in tribute to Eddie. Including Wrestling/{{Christian}}, who debuted in TNA on the very same day as Eddie's death.
** Sunday Night Heat Jobber Wrestling/MercedesMartinez and OVW developmental talent Tracy Taylor used the Three Amigos (Amigas in the former's case)
** His widow, Vickie, also used her own variant at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XXVI'', to a nice reception from the live audience. The internet audience were not so accepting of it unfortunately.
** Eddie also used an elevated cloverleaf called the "Lasso from El Paso."
* HotBlooded: He wasn't called "Latino Heat" for nothin'.
* [[ILied I Lied, Homes]]: Nobody ever seemed to catch on. At one point he told Batista he was giving up his cheating ways and even did resist the temptation to cheat several times despite ample opportunity to do so but then when Batista embraced him for keeping his word Eddie had an evil smirk behind his back and soon enough did go back to cheating. (Batista's part in the story never finished because Eddie died)
* ImportantHaircut: Around the time of his rise to the main event scene.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn
** Eddie-- along with Chris Benoit, Wrestling/PerrySaturn, and Dean Malenko-- were dubbed the "Vanilla Midgets" by Wrestling/KevinNash in Wrestling/{{WCW}} due to their supposed lack of both size and charisma. Due to this, they were never given a real push in the company. They jumped ship to Wrestling/{{WWE}} where both Benoit and Eddie became world champions and where Eddie showed he had enough charisma to fill a sports arena... which he often did.
** A prime example of this ideology in WCW pops up in one match Eddie had against Chris Benoit. It was an incredibly solid match and the crowd was behind them, but the commentators spent the entire match talking about Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan, and barely commentated on the action in the ring. But that was typical of WCW during the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] era.
* {{Jobber}}: His WCW appearances up until 1996 Starrcade when he competed for and won the United States Championship or in other words, for seven years! Good thing for him most of those were dark matches.
* LargeHam
** Eddie had natural charisma on the mic, and he milked it for all it was worth. Chavo, who has enough charisma, came off as bland by comparison.
** It also helped to compensate for Benoit and Malenko's perceived lack of same, since he could handle the mic work and they could stand in the background.
** "[[LukeIAmYourFather I'M YOUR]] ''[[LukeIAmYourFather PAPI]]''!!"
* LovableRogue: When Eddie cheated it tended to be funny, as opposed to the four man beat downs Evolution was dealing out on Raw.
* MaskedLuchador: As El Grand Luchador
** LegacyCharacter: Eddie is one of the many men to take up the mantle of Black Tiger
* NoSell: During Eddie's crazed beating of Smackdown jobber Wrestling/JimmyJacobs, Jacobs ''did'' fight back. Eddie just ignored it.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Oh, yeah. Wrestling/RicFlair was proud. At least until Eddie swapped their Royal Rumble numbers in 2005 (Flair had #30, while Eddie had #1). Oh, and stole Flair's wallet while he was at it.
* OppositesAttract: His on-screen romance with ''Wrestling/{{Chyna}}!''
* PetTheDog
** Los Guerreros lured Benoit backstage on the pretense Eddie was being assaulted by Kurt Angle and then beat him down with a chair. They later helped Benoit out against Kurt Angle though to make up for it.
** Eddie patted Super Crazy in the face where he had slapped him earlier after they wrestled in Ring Of Honor for the IWA intercontinental championship.
* PowerStable
** The Latino World Order, or LWO; the only reason this stable didn't get MORE popular in its brief existence is because of Eddie's car accident in 1999 that cut the angle short.
** A more straight example of this trope was during The Radicalz' first weeks in the WWF, where they forged an alliance with Wrestling/DGenerationX to form a short-lived Super PowerStable. The most memorable moment of this short-lived alliance was the awesome 10-man tag in Dallas featuring The Radicalz teaming with Wrestling/TripleH and [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman X-Pac]] against [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]], Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}, and Too Cool, which also featured the return of Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/PaulBearer - and one of the single hottest crowds in ''Raw'' history.
** Los Gringos Locos in Wrestling/{{AAA}} along with Art Barr, Konnan, Madonna's Boyfriend and Chicano Power
** The Filthy Animals in Wrestling/{{WCW}}, with Rey, Wrestling/{{Konnan}}, Wrestling/BillyKidman and Wrestling/TorrieWilson.
** Team 2000, in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling
* PrejudicedForPecs: The reason he could not get a more prominent spot on WCW cards. He did a little better in [=McMahon Land=], where Eddie Guerrero was the first person of such a size and stature to win the WWE Championship and would pave way for the even smaller Rey Mysterio. More than anything this represents this represents the ridiculous size escalation wrestlers went through that Wrestling/VinceMcMahon was largely responsible for. The very first American Heavyweight Champion, Evan Lewis, was one inch taller and forty eight pounds lighter than the 228lbs Eddie!
* RealSongThemeTune
** Los Gringos Locos in Wrestling/{{AAA}} used Music/VanHalen's "Jump"
** (in Wrestling/{{ECW}}): Music/PearlJam's "Animal" and Music/GunsNRoses' "Live and Let Die"
** (in Wrestling/RingOfHonor): Music/{{Santana}} featuring Music/RobThomas' "Smooth."
* RuleOfThree: In the last years of his career, Eddie started using a series of three vertical snap suplexes that became known as the "Three Amigos".
* SelfProclaimedLiar: From Los Guerreros onward. "We lie, we steal we, we cheat. When we fight, you get beat!"
->"We don't ever get caught for nothing! You know why? Because we lie!"
* {{Spexico}}: Before the match where he defeated Wrestling/ChrisJericho for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-eu-h.html WWE European Heavyweight Title]] on the [[http://slashwrestling.com/raw/000403.html April 3, 2000]], ''Raw,'' he cut a promo where he told Wrestling/{{Chyna}} that he had to set her aside in order to focus on winning the European Championship to make all his ancestors in "Spain" proud. Wrestling/JimRoss said, "I thought he was from El Paso."
* {{Spicy Latin|a}}o: As if you thought he got the Latino heat moniker for some other reason, though Eddie's explosive temper was not always on display because he usually had things going is way. Still, Chyna so much as said she just could not resist his spicy Latino heat when she betrayed Wrestling/ChrisJericho for him.
* [[NWordPrivileges S Word Privileges]]: Let's face it: no non-Hispanic Superstar could have gotten away with exploiting all the worst cultural stereotypes for all they were worth. To quote one of his entrance themes: "You wanna be Latino? If you're not cheating, you're not trying!"
* TagTeam
** La Pareja Atómica con El Hijo Del Santo (a call back to the atomic pair between Gory Guerrero and Wrestling/ElSanto)
** Later La Pareja Del Terror after he turned on El Hijo Del Santo and joined Art Bar
** Los Guerreros with his nephew Chavo
* ToiletHumor: Eddie decided to {{bully|ing a dragon}} a giant by putting laxatives in the Big Show's burritos and spraying him with a sewage truck in the lead up the defense of United States Championship. Naturally, Big Show won.
* ThreeAmigos: His name for his sequence of three consecutive vertical suplexes.
* ToughLove
** An angle during his WCW days was that Eddie "mentored" his nephew Chavo by setting him up against massive opponents and humiliating him when he lost.
** TheCorrupter: This is because Chavito refused uncle Eddie's advice and instruction (cheat more, here is how to do it)
* {{Tweener}}: Initially what one would expect of his Smackdown run except that Eddie was far to over to be considered anything but a baby face, in spite of his antics. He later settled more into the role after the heel heat he gained from his feud with Rey Mysterio died down.
* VillainousBreakdown: When Eddie turned heel in the spring of 2005 because of his massive jealousy of Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr, the MoodWhiplash from his "Hispanic cool dude" act to that of a raving lunatic was truly something to behold. Eddie's psychotic rages during this period would have to make the list if one were to catalog the most disturbing gimmicks in wrestling.
* [[VillainSong Villain Rap]]
** Sample lyrics from Los Guerreros theme, ''Viva La Raza'': "We can't be beat/Comin' from the streets of the ghetto/At the end of the week/We get to keep your ''dinero''/You're fast asleep when we sneak in your ''casa''/Your life sucks 'cause you're bankrupt and we laughin'/You can't trust us, ''ese'', 'cause we ''Latin''!"(''Can You Feel The Heat'' [[UpToEleven is worse]])
** As most face/heel tropes involving Eddie, however, [[ZigZaggingTrope it's played with]], as that line was featured in all his themes from Los Guerreros up to his death, save for "Gangsta Lean", whether heel or face. His pre-Gangsta Lean heel theme though moves the line from third verse to first.
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and Rey Mysterio Jr have been portrayed as [[ArchEnemy worse of enemies]] and [[HeterosexualLifePartners best of friends]]
* WhatTheHellHero: PlayedForLaughs, such as his Christmas in Iraq match against Chris Benoit where Eddie tried to enter the ring in a flak jacket that the referee forced him to remove. Eddie eventually won the match and then retreated to obtain another flak jacket for protection against the understandably upset Benoit.
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: On Smackdown he insisted he was only attacking Rey Mysterio because Rey Mysterio wanted him to.
* WorkedShoot: Eddie famously asked for his release on an episode of ''Nitro'', and was out of WCW for a few months, because he was angry at Eric Bischoff's refusal to give him a bigger push; Guerrero offered contradicting statements about the promo and the events leading up to it, but many believe the bit was a worked shoot...especially when you consider that Guerrero's return was followed shortly by the formation of the Latino World Order.
* WorthyOpponent: Rey Mysterio Jr. and John Bradshaw Layfield.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: When the GlassJawReferee's back was turned, he'd slam a chair on the ground, throw it to his opponent, and then lay down like he'd just taken a chair shot. Ref turns around, sees the "carnage", and DQ's the opponent. And this was while he was a {{Face}}, mind you.
** IdiotBall: You'd think, after a while, refs would get wise to this trick and call him on it but it usually worked right up to his last match.
*** You're expecting ''refs'' [[EasilyDistractedReferee to get wise to ANYTHING]]?! Are you a wrestling fan or not?
*** Well, they did start to get wise right up until WWE realized the crowd ''liked'' Eddie cheating and the refs went back to being utterly clueless.
** This is how he retained the WWE title from Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania XX.
* WrestlingFamily: One of many members of the famous Guerrero family.
* YoungestChildWins: He is the youngest of his generation of [[WrestlingFamily the Guerreros]], and the most successful of the entire family.
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'''Viva la raza!'''
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