WWE.com has posted some photographs from the shows that have recently taken place in Italy. The photos features signs that fans have made in memory of Eddie Guerrero.
The WWE has also released a new Eddie Guerrero Tribute T-shirt. The proceeds made from the new shirt will go to the family of Eddie Guerrero. The shirt is available for order at WWEShop.com. There is also a youth version of the shirt available.
WWE posted an Eddie Guerrero tribute video this afternoon on WWE.com, a special video tribute with footage from ECW, AAA, WCW, as well as Guerrero’s youth and family footage; featuring the song “Here Without You” by 3 Doors Down.
Andrew Cannon sent this in: I just checked Google News to see if any of the media/tabloids have picked up on Cowherd’s comments and have found one site that has. It’s called American Chronicle. Granted, the writer seems to be a wrestling fan, but I do believe that more media outlets will pick up on Cowherd’s comments. For more, visit americanchronicle.com.
Hans Kooistra sent this in: When I was looking on the internet for things about Eddie Guerrero, I also found some thoughts about him from Percy Pringle (Paul Bearer). For more, visit http://percysposts.blogspot.com/.
An audio interview with Arn Anderson has been added where he give his thoughts on the passing of Eddie Guerrero. To visit the section that includes the clips, visit http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/arneddie.
A new CoachCast has been added where The Coach also reflects on Eddie Guerrero.
With the passing of Eddie Guerrero this past weekend, the lifestyle of WWE wrestlers have no doubt been put under the microscope a little more lately than ever before and has caused many to question how the company can allow a situation like this to operate and be deemed acceptable. With these questions come some answers that many people may not want to hear. It has been heavily documented in the past that WWE doesn’t have doctors on staff with the power to order a wrestler off the road if they are becoming over stressed with the road schedule they are on, thus playing a role with their health in turn. The problem many have with this statement is that the fear within WWE is that those who take time off will in turn be de-pushed and lose the spot they helped build for many months, or even years for some. In Eddie Guerrero’s case, some have argued that if expensive, elaborate tests were put into place that could help determine an individuals stress level, then it could help establish a ruling of giving a wrestler a month or two off to rest up and keep themselves healthy, possibly saving a career or even a life in the process. According to recent reports, there is said to be a top wrestler in WWE today who many consider to be on the “unofficial death watch” whose death, due to his credentials, would make news coverage of Guerrero’s death this past week look very minor in comparison. It is said to be no secret to those in WWE about this current top wrestler’s situation and if it isn’t something that has been made aware to Vince McMahon by now, many are lobbying to the higher-ups that the current system needs to be changed and changed fast. Says one WWE source, “It’s one thing to show how much you care about a colleague by crying on the air after he dies. It’s another to care enough about someone to do what it takes while he’s alive to keep him from dying – even at the expense of box office receipts, storyline interruptions, and being deemed pushy, nosy, or a nark.” Following the passing of Guerrero this week, former WWE star Andrew “Test” Martin issued a statement on his official website speaking of this situation and some of the things he was around while he was with the company. “I can remember hearing a conversation from some unnamed WWE head guys talking about how this certain person needs to go to rehab but they couldn’t send him because he was too important to the show,” said Martin. “That’s the reality people. That is how we are treated. Look at me. I break my neck in the ring and had to have two discs taken out of my neck and a steel plate put in and was told at the time by Johnny Ace when I asked if my job would be in jeopardy, ‘We don’t fire people with injuries like that.’ Hmm, that’s funny, because two months after surgery I got fired because I wasn’t working.” Either way, the current system within WWE has come to the forefront and it remains to be seen if any changes will take place.
Lash LeRoux on Eddie Guerrero: “Any attempt to eulogize Eddie Guerrero in a manner that will do him justice is impossible. It simply can’t be done. Many of his wrestling brothers who love him will try, but we will fail miserably. How can you sum up the fire and passion behind Eddie’s eyes in just a few feeble words? However, anyone who knew him well cannot help but try. Eddie had that effect on you. It would be extremely conceited for me to claim that Eddie and I shared an intimate friendship, or that he regarded me as highly as I loved and respected him. Any such pretense on my part would do a disservice to the bond Eddie shared with his most cherished friends like Chris Benoit, Dean Melenko and Chavo Guerrero. Any yet, if you shared any personal time with Eddie, he made you feel like you were the most important person in the world to him at that moment. He gave his sincere undivided attention to you as a person, and as a result you felt genuinely loved. Eddie cared about other people’s problems as much as he cared about his own. That is why so many in the wrestling community feel an emptiness in their heart without Eddie around. Warriors can be replaced on the battlefield. Many superstars will step up their game and try to fill the entertainment void left by Eddie. Some will succeed in helping us cope with our loss, and the wrestling world will go on. However, the void that can’t be filled is that left by Eddie Guerrero the man. He was more than a colleague. To many of us, he was a teacher, a mentor, a brother and a friend. This leaves a hole in my heart no one can fill. I can only hope to aspire to be half the man Eddie Guerrero was.”
Scott Hudson on Eddie Guerrero: During the entire run of WCW when he, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio, Jr., and the others brought a redefinition of wrestling to the masses, Eddie, singularly, stood out as a humble, respectful man. I have vivid memories of Eddie walking up on those Monday afternoons and sincerely thanking us for putting him over in the commentary; recognizing a subtle furtherance of a storyline he had worked into his match; spotlighting an intricate new spot that he and his opponent had worked on for an hour. He understood that every aspect of wrestling (the wrestlers, the announcers, the referee, the camera operators, the director, etc.) was integral to a successful product and would help to, to coin a phrase, “put asses in seats.” He never once took the star trip (even though he deserved to). His ego did not register with anyone (even though no one would have begrudged him that). He was always smiling (even though we knew what he was smiling through.) And most of all he loved the sport and those who loved it with him (even though sometimes it didn’t love him back.) In many ways wrestling does not need anymore Eddie Guerrero’s. You know the ways I’m referring to. But in many, many more ways, wrestling cannot have enough Eddie Guerrero’s. From his mid-70’s elementary school-age brawls with Chavo, Jr. to his current run at the top of the WWE, he never once left it backstage. He always left it in the ring each night. I didn’t cry when my parents died. I cried watching Chris Benoit talk about his best friend. Hard. Good-bye, my friend. I’m glad you found your peace. Scott Hudson
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