DVD Review: Viva La Raza – The Legacy of Eddie Guerrero

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Youâ<80><99>ll learn a great deal about Eddie Guerrero in the Viva La Rasta: The Legacy of Eddie Guerrero. For example, are you aware that his first â<80><9c>opponentâ<80> in his â<80><9c>debut matchâ<80> was against a stuffed monkey.

Safe to say that he won.

The three-disc â<80><9c>Valentineâ<80> to Latino Heat features those anecdotes and more. This is a loving, yet realistic tribute to the former WWE champion told the way these stories should be told. With matches interspersed with personal reflections of Guerrero. You wonâ<80><99>t find revisionist history here. From the blind date with Vicki to the battles with demons, you get the â<80><9c>total packageâ<80> that is Eddie Guerrero.

Referred to by his peers as magic, smooth and good, if not better than anyone in the world, Eddie Guerrero is a classic example of how a supposed lack of size can overcome the muscle obsession of many promoters. The DVD follows Guerrero from his days with Art Barr to his reign as WWE champion.

You see him in ECW, WCW and WWE. Who made Eddie a star? He did. He had the natural ability and charisma that WWE shined a bright spotlight on.

You learn new things about Latino Heat. You remember things that you may have forgotten. The brief teaming with Chris Jericho in WCW, nicknamed the â<80><9c>North and South of the Border Connectionâ<80> and referred to by Y2J as the â<80><9c>best tag team that never existed.â<80>

WCW was a microcosm of Guerreroâ<80><99>s professional struggles. He struggled with his fellow cruiserweights in a â<80><9c>second WCW,â<80> outside of the bright spotlight of the larger and more well-known stars. Rey Mysterio claimed to have actually created moves with Eddie while they were down in Atlanta. Sadly, few in the upper echelon noticed.

But, seriously, did we have to hear sn*ppets of commentary from Steve McMichael and Lee Marshall.

His WWE days are covered in great detail, save for the omission of his â<80><9c>Radicalzâ<80> days, which is understandable, but sad. The Latino Heat character truly evolved into a fun-loving, but aggressive and supremely talented wrestler. He poked fun at others. He poked fun at himself and his heritage. Winning the WWE title was a career hallmark. His reaction to the victory is a real moment. The belt was not a prop.

If you are a fan of Eddie Guerrero and/or a fan of good wrestling, pick up this highly recommended DVD. Simply put, Eddie Guerrero was vastly talented, respected and, most importantly, loved. Seriously, if you donâ<80><99>t shed a tear at the end, you have a heart of stone or have had your tear ducts removed. His loss is still so fresh.

The Particulars:

Disc 1

The Complete Package

Vickie Guerrero – Early Eddie

ECW World Television Championship Match

2 Cold Scorpio vs. Eddie Guerrero

Hardcore TV April 8, 1995

Dean Malenko – A New Style in ECW

ECW World Television Championship Match

Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko

Hostile City Showdown April 15, 1995

Jim Ross – Arrival in WCW

Eddie Guerrero vs. Shinjiro Otani

Starrcade December 27, 1995

Ric Flair – US Title

United States Heavyweight Championship Match

Ric Flair vs. Eddie Guerrero

Hog Wild August 10, 1996

Chris Jericho – Battling for Respect

United States Heavyweight Championship Match

Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Jericho

SuperBrawl February 23, 1997

Rey Mysterio – Striving for Perfection

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match

Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero

Nitro November 10, 1997

Dean Malenko – Rivalry Renewed

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match

Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko

Starrcade December 28, 1997

Chavo Guerrero – Adapting Wrestling Styles

Eddie Guerrero vs. Ultimo Dragon

Slamboree May 17, 1998

Chavo Guerrero – Ring General

Juventud Guerrera vs. Eddie Guerrero

Nitro August 3, 1998

Vickie Guerrero – Car Accident

Psychosis vs. Eddie Guerrero

Thunder June 24, 1999

Disc 2

Chris Jericho – Latino Heat

European Championship Match

Chris Jericho vs. Eddie Guerrero

RAW April 3, 2000

Matt Hardy – Master of Psychology

King of the Ring Qualifying Match

Eddie Guerrero vs. Matt Hardy

SmackDown! June 8, 2000

Jerry “The King” Lawler – Frogsplash

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

Rob Van Dam vs. Eddie Guerrero

Backlash April 21, 2002

Jeff Hardy – The Perfect Wrestler

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

Eddie Guerrero vs. Jeff Hardy

RAW April 29, 2002

Edge – The Conclusion

No Disqualification Match

Edge vs. Eddie Guerrero

SmackDown! September 26, 2002

Chavo Guerrero – Los Guerreros

WWE Tag Team Championship Match

Team Angle vs. Los Guerreros

Backlash April 27, 2003

John Cena – Low Rider

Latino Heat Parking Lot Brawl

John Cena vs. Eddie Guerrero

SmackDown! September 11, 2003

Chavo Guerrero Sr. – Family Rivalry

Eddie Guerrero vs. Chavo Guerrero

Royal Rumble January 25, 2004

Vickie Guerrero – Champion

WWE Championship Match

Brock Lesnar vs. Eddie Guerrero

No Way Out February 15, 2004

Extras:

Los Guerreros Vignettes

Baby Carriage

Pool

Low Rider

Golf

Vale

Outtakes

Disc 3

Rey Mysterio – True Champion

WWE Championship Match

Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio

SmackDown! March 18, 2004

JBL – Heated Rivalry

WWE Championship Match

Eddie Guerrero vs. John “Bradshaw” Layfield

Judgment Day – May 16, 2004

JBL – Wrestling a Live Wire

Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship

JBL vs. Eddie Guerrero

SmackDown! July 15, 2004

Michael Cole – Entertaining

WWE Championship Series

Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle

SmackDown! April 14, 2005

Rey Mysterio – Born with Charisma

Steel Cage Match

Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero

SmackDown! September 9, 2005

Batista – Losing a Friend

World Heavyweight Championship Match

Batista vs. Eddie Guerrero

No Mercy October 9, 2005

Remembering Eddie

Extras:

Chris Jericho Meets Eddie for the First Time

Eddie’s Final Match

Eddie Guerrero vs. Mr. Kennedy

SmackDown! November 11, 2005

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