Our project started many months ago, and for the last two and a half months, we’ve been counting down who we believe are the greatest wrestlers of the WrestleMania era. We talked about how we ranked them in the introduction.
I want to thank Duan, Alan, Big D, Jason, and Cadillac Don for all of their help in putting together the list and writing the short bios. It was a tremendously fun project and I’m happy with the way it turned out.
Here is the final ranking along with a link to every write-up:
Eddy Guerrero is the greatest “all-rounder” in the history of pro wrestling. Considered in the 90s to be one of the premier in-ring workers in the world, due to his seamless fusion of lucha libre, puroresu, and old school US psychology, Eddy took his game a step further during his WWE career when the character and personality side of things became as big an asset for him as his imperial technical ability. He could be a beloved babyface, a hero to a community or he could flip a switch and be the lowest of lowlife heels. What’s more is that he could play either role with the charisma of a thousand men. While injuries and non-stop pain were a fixture in his life in 2005, he was still one of the most entertaining performers in all aspects of the game when he was tragically taken from us in November of that year. With all his knowledge, and with the type of great guy he was (always willing to help others) – losing Eddy was a massive blow to the future of wrestling.
Beginning his career in Mexico, Eddy did well as the babyface son of Gory Guerrero, but his career there took off when he turned rudo and formed Los Gringos Locos with the late Art Barr. An early highlight of his career was the sensational AAA “When Worlds Collide” PPV where he and Barr got their heads shaved in front of a rabid crowd that they had built into a frenzy. Donning the Black Tiger mask in New Japan, Eddy took on the likes of Jushin Liger, Chris Benoit and Shinjiro Ohtani in classic bouts. It was in 1995 when Eddy was finally given his shot in one of “the big two” and did well for himself during a run in WCW but injuries and mis-management prevented him from reaching his potential. Glimpses of his amazing charisma were seen during his first run as “Latino Heat” in WWE before a stint battling addiction put him on the sidelines. He rebuilt himself from rock bottom, both as a wrestler and as a man. After touring the indies and Japan, he was picked up once by WWE and his career went to new heights. Getting over as an icon to Latin fans, he was rewarded with a historic title win over Brock Lesnar in 2004. It was a match and a moment that no wrestling fan will ever forget and it was the undoubted high point of an amazing career.
Defining Match Of The WrestleMania Era: Eddy Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio at Halloween Havoc 1997
While the Lesnar match may be the most special of Eddy’s career, he had another match which may be the ultimate showcase of his talents – the classic Halloween Havoc 1997 encounter with his career rival Rey Mysterio. A textbook rudo performance by Eddy and perhaps the best match of WCW’s peak era.