R.I.P EDDIE GUERRERO – 1967-2005
The show starts with every superstar out on the stage with black armbands. Many wearing Eddie shirts. Most wrestlers were in tears, most notably Angle, Chavito, Rey Rey, HHH, Flair, Shane and of course Benoit.
Vince came out and gave a small speech about Eddie. There was a 10 bell salute and a low rider set up on stage.
They showed a brief Eddie video. The crowd chanted, “thank you Eddie, thank you Eddie.” There was not a dry eye in the house.
Vince yelled, “Viva La Raza!” Which from him sounded strange, but was beautiful.
They then show close ups of many wrestlers. HHH is bawling, as are Angle, Chavito, Rey Rey and Benoit could noly stand he was so torn up.
Cena was the first to speak about Eddie. He spoke about how Eddie showed Cena how to find and embrace his heat. That is what Eddie was, pure heart. “But, selfishly, we will all miss him.”
Old clip of Show in the ring. Eddie and Chavito covered Show in sewage.
Show walks out laughing and crying. Show is having a hard time dealing with this. Kane comes out next, but due to the red lights you can’t see his eyes well.
MNM come out to face them. Melina is obviously ‘not there’ mentally, her eyes are blank.
N takes a belt to the head of Kane. N goes fort he cover of Kane – yea, right. M gets tagged in and they double team Kane. They try to Suplex Kane together, but Kane reverses and Suplexes them both. Show comes in and takes them both down.
– Winners: Kane & Big Show
Lillian talks about how they got along so well and got to speak Spanish together. She spoke about how they went to Iraq together. They were together in a small group touring and talking to the troops. She spoke about how humble he was – that was the true Eddie. She said something in Spanish and broke into tears.
Angle comes out to muted “you suck” chants. His eyes are red and worn.
Angle hits a Belly to Belly on Benjamin. Angle traps him in a corner and stomps him down. Then another Suplex and two quick covers. Angle locks in a Waistlock. Benjamin gets vertical and uses his elbow to get out.
A Back Breaker give Angle another cover. He then locks in a Necklock. Angle then tears at Benjamin’s face.
Benjamin climbed. Angle tried to pull him down, got knocked off, then Benjamin hit a hard Flying Clothesline. Angle recovered and hit a couple of Germans and an Angle Slam, but didn’t get the three.
Angle climbs, but Benjamin catches him and hit a German from the top. Angle just about landed on his head – in a bad way. Benjamin went for the cover, but Angle kicked out.
Angle locks in the Ankle Lock on Benjamin who finally taps.
Both men are drained as they put everything into the match. Angle takes off his Eddie armband and hold it high
– Winner: Angle
HBK says he never wrestled Eddie. Everything he knows of Eddie is all about religion. They had some amazing talks about being Born Again Christians. It was a quite religious bit, but so heartfelt that it brought tears to my eyes. “God Bless You , and I will see you again my friend.”
Old Los Guerreros bits of Eddie and Chavito. The whole Lie, Cheat and Steal thing – so well done. Little comments from his family – old comments from the Eddie special.
Chavito talks about how they were more brothers than uncle and nephew due to there only being 3 years between them. How they wrestled each other during intermissions when they were quite young. Their first matches were together. They always wanted to be tag team champs. “Chavito says he will never have another partner like Eddie. They knew what the other was doing int the ring. They knew how each other thought. You are my brother and will always be my brother. You are a great inspiration to me… Thank you… I will see you again… I love you.” Chavito held his tears in until the end, but it was obviously just a short time since he had been in tears when he started speaking.
HBK comes out wearing an “I’m your Papi” shirt. It is obvious his prayer on the ramp is for Eddie – reading his lips. In the ring he takes of the shirt, kisses it and tosses it to the crowd.
Rey Rey comes out wearing the same “Papi” shirt. He tosses his shirt to a young kid in the front row.
They chain wrestle beautifully with a little high flying that was amazing. Back to the Hammerlock on Rey. Side Headlock Takeover on Rey into a Headlock. Rey gets to his feet and away. Catapult of Rey over the top, he Springboards back onto HBK. What a fast match.
(I have never seen HBK wrestle like this – it is great. He usually wrestles bigger guys and has to rely on strength. He needs to wrestle more small guys. I did not realize that HBK had such speed and agility. I am extremely impressed with this match.)
Sleeper Hold on Rey in the center of the ring. Rey fights to his feet and out. HBK Chops Rey to the mat. Back Breaker to Rey. HBK keeps dropping knees on Rey’s lower back. HBK locks in a Head Lock on Rey, immobilizing him in the center of the ring. Rey fights out with elbows. Head Scissors on HBK followed by a Springboard High Cross Body and a Clothesline. Rey Dropkicks HBK’s left knee then a quick cover.
HBK hits a flying forearm leaving them both on the mat. Nip Up, but Rey sets up fort he 619, but HBK drops out again.
– Winner: Rey Rey – dedicated to Eddie
Rey helps HBK up, they shake hands, kiss and hug. They hold each other and talk.
Batista talks about the phone call telling him Eddie died. Eddie helped him out of some tough spots. Eddie would sit down with him, pull out a bible and help him through personal problems. He says Eddie is so funny and so easy to work with because he was so funny. He says it amazed him how funny Eddie was because he always seemed to be in so much pain. But then Eddie went through the curtain and he changed – no one would believe Eddie had any troubles because he loved the fans so much.
Dave was in tears through the whole thing. I read yesterday that they had become very close recently.
– Commercial – they f***ed up locally here in Maine. They advertised Eddie in a match in December here in Lewiston. I know there was a lot to take care of, but the local station should have taken care of that and not shown it.
Clips of Eddie’s life set to music.
Ashley, Maria, Christy, Victoria, Melina, Jillian, Mickie, Candice and Trish all come out for a Diva Battle Royal in ‘Papi’ shirts. They all took their shirts off together and tossed them to the crowd.
Everyone starts fighting but Maria who stands off to the side. Mickie gets tossed first, then Jillian. Maria is still not fighting – hiding in a corner.
Christy got tossed next, and Maria is still hiding. Candice gets tossed. Maria boots Victoria in the bum and tosses her. Maria decides she likes this, hits Trish and Melina. Trish tosses Maria. Melina and Trish go at it and Trish gets tossed.
– Winner: Melina
Melina acts like she wants Trish’s belt.
Rey talks about Eddie. Wrestling aside Rey has a lot of good memories. Both families bonded, are close. He misses Eddie and wishes Eddie was still here. Wishes it was a dream. “I love you Eduardo.” He then speaks in Spanish and breaks down. He un-velcros his mask. “We’re going to miss you Eddie, you are a big inspiration to everybody… you had a great presence. I love you.” He puts his head in his ands and takes off his mask. His face does not look up before going to commercial.
(I was kind of surprised he had the mask on for that, but his contract might have something to do with it. Though I doubt anyone gives a damn about that stuff right now. He did not have in his light blue contacts. I did not figure he would due to the tears.)
Recap of WMXX when Benoit won and Eddie was there.
Eugene comes to the ring – in character. Simon Dean comes out on his little scooter thingie.
Dean pulls out a bar for Eugene who doesn’t like it. Dean attacks, then does push ups. Eugene mimic him.
Eugene goes out and plays with the scooter. Dean attacks from behind, rolls him in the ring and goes for the cover. Dean lock in a Headlock, poorly. Eugene fights out. Dean bounces Eugene’s head off the corner a couple times. Eugene gets pissed. Airplane Spin leaves them both dizzy. Dean wraps an elastic workout thingie around the turnbuckle. Eugene pulls him back across the ring and lets go. Dean flies into the turnbuckle, then hits the mat. Eugene covers for the win.
– Winner: Eugene
Benoit says Eddie is his best friend. He is a beautiful, kind hearted person. They laughed together, cried together. Eddie led by example. He could go to Eddie and pour his heart out – Eddie is the only one he could do that with. He could talk Benoit down. Eddie led by example because of everything he went through. They never left each other without telling each other they loved each other. He says he can truly say he loves Eddie. His heart goes out to Vicki and the girls. “Eddie, I know you are in a better place… I love you… I miss you.” Chris starts bawling his eyes out. “I want to thank you for everything you’ve ever given me… I love you Eddie”
(I knew Chris would be the one to make me cry myself, and he did. I never thought of one without thinking of the other.)
Eddie walks out to face Brock for the title. DDT, Frogsplash and then the win. Eddie then hugs his mom.
HHH says he will remember Eddie being one of the best. He was technically great, but was fun and funny. He could make you run through every emotion. Eddie will always be an inspiration. HHH brings up Eddie’s demons and how he overcame them to become who he was. “Eddie succeeded in life, where so many others would have bailed. I miss you man.” HHH tears up here. Wants Vicki and the kids to know how much they mean to Eddie. He would have wanted everyone to be there working the show the way they are. “Eddie’s up there right now. He’s lying to somebody. He’s cheating somebody, and he’s stolen all our hearts.” He gets up and walks out.
Flair comes out, but the camera is on the low rider. Flair looks like shit too. He is in character, but his eyes are red.
Regal traps Flair in a corner and hits a bunch of Upper Cuts. Regal covers, but no three. Another Upper Cut sends Flair over the top and out. Outside Flair hits a bunch of Chops.
Back in the ring Flair hits a Chop Block on Regal. Flair locks on the Figure 4 and Regal taps out giving Flair the quick win.
Steph says she met Eddie when he came to see Vince when he wanted to jump to WWE from WCW. She says she didn’t know what to expect, but loved him. She got to work with him behind the scenes. He could send you through every emotion and loved to go out and entertain the fans. They spoke on Friday. He told Steph that he was going to be champ again and just wanted to make sure Steph knew that.
(When I saw them all out on stage in the beginning I flashed back to the first RAW after Owen’s death. Someone gave me a copy of that show on tape. The things that stick in my mind from that night was Steph’s face, and Mark Henry’s face. She was so young and so torn up by the loss. That was the look she had on her face when she spoke about Eddie. She looked like that lost little girl again.)
Eddie winning the IC title from Chyna. Then the fallout from it and how he was a shit about it behind her back.
Cena comes out in a “Papi” shirt. He gets pop, but not the usual pop. The crowd just doesn’t have it in them it seems.
They exchange blows until Orty gives Cena a thumb to the eye. Side Headlock on Cena who fights out but runs straight into a Dropkick. Orty covers, but no three.
They collide leaving them both on the mat. They get to their feet at the same time. Cena hits a Shoulder Block then Clothesline and Sit Down Powerbomb. 5 Knuckle Shuffle and Cena pumps up the sneakers.
– Winner: Cena
Cena takes off his “Papi” shirt. He lays it flat in the center of the ring with Eddie Guerrero, Latino Heat facing up. Cena then lays his belt across the waist of the shirt and leaves the ring.
The last shot of the night is Eddie’s shirt with the belt on it.