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I dont know what to say.....What a shock.  Seems like he was given a good tribute on the RAw/Smackdown show.  It must have been pretty emotional for the likes of Benoit and co to have to wrestle and talk to the fans on the same day as this tragedy.

Rest in Peace Eddie.

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Quote The news of deaths in pro wrestling are usually confined to pro wrestling news sites such as this one, but that's most certainly not the case this time around as several news outlets are covering the untimely passing of Eddie Guerrero. There is currently a headline of Guerrero's passing on the front page of Yahoo.com. There is also a headline on the front page of MSNBC.com and FOXNews.com. Here are some news outlets that care covering Eddie's passing.

On a side note, many more articles will be coming out today and we'll be sure to report on them. We are trying to give you as much informatyion as possible on this story and we hope you are all reading our continued coverage.

One WWE source says Eddie died with his toothbrush in his mouth or hand so it happened suddenly. Chavo, Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio, and Dean Malenko all visited Guerrero's hotel room to pay their respects. Batista was visibly upset walking from the hotel lobby to his car headed towards the arena. He had sun glasses on and held his head low. Chris Benoit was also very upset and bawling during his segments which you will see tonight on RAW. It's really going to be an emotional time this week for sure. Fans at the Target Center last night were silent and stayed silent through the 10 bell salute and chanted Eddie numerous times. John Cena referred to Eddie as a "father figure" to him at the tapings as well. It'll be interesting to see who stays behind from the European tour to attend Eddie's funeral which will be done in Phoenix by Billy Graham.

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Unlike many of his peers, Eddie Guerrero did not hide from his demons. They were upfront and in the public consciousness, and an often-talked about subject by his peers.

He'd been through a horrific car crash, the death of his best friend and tag team partner Art Barr in 1994, battled an addiction to pain killers and alcohol, dislocated his elbow in his second WWE match, and so much more.

The car crash was on New Year's Eve 1998, and doctors did not expect him to live, let alone wrestle again. But there was Guerrero, back in WCW as a part of the Filthy Animals faction, in late 1999. "I'm dealing with a reconstructed ankle and three fractured vertebrae that I'll have for the rest of my life. I have constant pain," he told SLAM! Wrestling's John Molinaro in 1999.

The painkiller and alcohol addiction were to follow, to combat the pain from the accident.

In her book, Lita: A Less Traveled R.O.A.D., Amy Dumas talked about being paired with Essa Rios against Guerrero and his "mamacita" Chyna during the depths of his battle with drugs:

"Unfortunately, there were moments during our angle together that he was pretty out of it. The day of Backlash, we were talking over that night's match with our agent, Michael Hayes, and Eddie was basically unconscious. The four were sitting there in catering-Eddie was passed out and Essa barely spoke English-but Michael just went on talking about the match as if nothing was wrong. Chyna and I kept exchanging looks, like, 'Is this really happening?' It was a very weird scene."


At just 5-foot-8, and 220-pounds, he had to fight to convince promoters he was big enough to compete.

Terry Funk was always a believer in Guerrero's work, and has known the Guerrero family for decades. "I remember Eddy Guerrero running around backstage in diapers, but he grew up to be a man I have a lot of respect for, as far as his work is concerned," wrote Funk in his autobiography.

Later, while a member of the booking committee in WCW, Funk brought Guerrero in for a tryout match during Jim Herd's reign there. "I knew he was a hell of a worker, because I had watched his early matches, and I told Herd and the rest of them, 'This guy's got it. He's really good.' I thought the world of his work, and I was shocked that he didn't get an offer after our match."

In an August 2003 interview with his hometown newspaper, the El Paso Times, Guerrero said that his battle with drugs and alcohol was "the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life ... but by the grace of God, I'm going on two years now, clean and sober."

In June 2001, WWE sent Guerrero home to address his demons, and WWE VP Jim Ross explained the situation to SLAM! Wrestling. "We're standing behind Eddie. He's getting his cheques so his family can support themselves while he is unable to work. We are providing the care for him, so I think we're standing solidly behind Eddie Guerrero."

He made his return to the WWE after four months in a rehabilitation centre, which was paid for by the WWE. Just when it appeared he was ready to return, he had an alcohol-related relapse in November.

Guerrero then took to the independent circuit. To promote an appearance in Winnipeg, he talked to the Winnipeg Sun in March 2002. He addressed his termination by the WWE and his plans for the future. "I need to deal with it. I'm not ashamed of it. If anything, I'm trying to become a better person from it. ... I thought my life was coming to an end. It made me stop and take a look at myself and realize I can't do this without the power of God working in my life."

Upon his WWE return, Guerrero ascended to the top of the card by defeating Brock Lesnar for the WWE World title in February 2004. His recovery was the subject of a UPN special (and now a DVD), entitled Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story.

The documentary on the DVD is very open about Guerrero's battles outside of the ring. He came all-too-close to self-destruction on numerous occasions, losing his job, his wife and, almost, his life.

Guerrero often cited his faith when talking about his recovery, saying that wrestling was not his number one priority.

"Everything I have or accomplished in wrestling is because of our Lord Jesus Christ," Guerrero told SLAM! Wrestling in 1999 for a feature titled todays stars wrestle with there faith. "It's not everything to me in life, Jesus Christ is my saviour and what I live for," he told The Sun newspaper in England in early 2005. "But he's blessed me by putting the fire within my heart to wrestle. So every time I get that opportunity, I give my body and life. When I'm wrestling I personally carry the responsibility and challenge in my heart to live or die in the ring. And If I were to die in the wrestling ring - I'd die a happy man."

There was talk of an Eddie Guerrero autobiography following the success of the TV special/DVD.

yeah the european tour kicks off this week leading into raw and smackdown at sheffield  next week. it will be very interesting to see how many stay behind to pay there respects at eddies funeral. on the other hand the tour will have watered down talent if people miss. and people will turn up to eddies funeral to see the superstars. be good if eddies family bury him and then when the superstars get back have there own service behind closed doors to not draw publicity from a tragedy.



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Im still in a state of complete and total shock. I was on me wap lookin at the tna results and then noticed the post on their news. I was so excited at christian going to tna and then this. Why? Even owen's death didnt affect me as much.

 

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its things like this that when we're arguing in this forum about stuff - makes that stuff look stupid in comparison to whats happening like eddie dying. we're all fans of the same product so can we atleast for this week just not argue about petty stuff peeps.

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Quote Preliminary reports are that Eddie Guerrero's autopsy performed today came out inconclusive and further tests will be performed and a report should be out in several weeks.

Funeral service for Eddie Guerrero will be held this Wednesday at 1:30PM, while most of the WWE Superstars will be in Europe for a loaded tour. Not all WWE Superstars went on the European tour which starts tomorrow in Italy, and the show, although will go on as scheduled, will not have all the advertised Superstars. They will mix in some RAW guys on the SmackDown! shows to equal the star power for the shows. Many are staying for the funeral and then they leave for the rest of the tour. Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit - two of Eddie's closest friends - flew with the body from Minneapolis. Superstar Billy Graham, who is a close friend of Guerrero as well and lives nearby in Phoenix, will be conducting the funeral service along with a friend at Billy Grahamís church.

Molly Holly posted the following on Eddie Guerrero: I will miss Eddie very much. My favorite professional moment of his was his match with Rey Mysterio at the 1997 Halloween Havoc. A personal memory I will never forget, is one time on a tour bus overseas, he shared some Bible verses with me and we had a good discussion about life. I am so thankful I was able to know Eddie personally, and am especially thankful I got to give him a hug the night before he passed away. Nora Greenwald

New York Newsday has an interview up with WWE's John Bradshaw Layfield regarding the passing of Eddie Guerrero. In the article, JBL notes that Guerrero was a groomsman in his wedding earlier this year and how working with Guerrero was like being out there with "electricity."

ESPN has added the AP article involving Eddie Guerrero's death that has gotten coverage in many other markets.

As noted earlier, "The Herd With Colin Cowherd", and Colin Cowherd said some rude comments about Eddie Guerrero's passing. He accused Eddie and other wrestlers of steroid use. Cowherd said, "who cares that he died" and that Guerrero's death was not "newsworthy." He also started speculation on the "unknown causes" of his death. Colin Cowherd has a subsite on ESPN.com.

so called professionals still dont know why eddie died. thats pathetic because they should know. what this loser colin cowherd said about eddie is not right and he should be fired. talk about insensitive. the good people of england will remember him next week on raw and smackdown. he meant alot to people all over the world.

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I still can't believe it, it is such a shock. He was always one of my favourites, and he will be missed by all. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

RIP Eddie Guerrero



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the segments on RAW were so awesome,It just goes to show how much everyone loved Eddie 
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Quote Some people have been arguing as to whether or not Colin Cowherd's comments on ESPN radio yesterday where tasteless, although, it goes without saying that the following comments made on a Boston radio show earlier this morning were most definitely tasteless as the host(s) made crass comments on not only Eddie Guerrero, but Owen Hart as well. Here is what was said on that radio station. Thanks to PhoenixofZion for tipping this off.... On Denis & Callahan on WEEI out of Boston this morning they mentioned Eddie's death, ragged on him for probably doing steroids, and then said "Well, at least he didn't fall out of the rafters like some of them do...SPLAT!" WEEI 850 AM Sports Radio out of Boston has a phone number you can call at (617)779-3500 if you'd like to voice a complaint. The site also has a e-mail form which you can fill out if you have to something to tell them online. The "contact us" link is below. http://www.weei.com/contactus.asp

The mood backstage in the locker-rooms is still somber. The guys left yesterday and are now in Europe. Several of the guys who stayed behind will be flown out later this week after the funeral.

Quote An autopsy was performed on Eddie Guerrero on Monday. The local coroner's initial autopsy report on Guerrero was inconclusive in revealing a cause of death. A more detailed autopsy report will be released in the coming weeks.

Shane Helms posted the following: Yesterday the wrestling world lost one of its finest and brightest stars. Eddie Guerrero was one of those rare few that was admired and respected by everyone in the entire industry. From fans to friends to peers, universally, Eddie was regarded as simply one of the absolute best! I was honored to have worked in the ring with him and I'm humbled at this loss. My thoughts and sympathies go out to his family, and my love goes out to my presonal friends Chavo, Rey and Juvi, who along with Malenko, Benoit and Jericho knew Eddie the best of all. R.I.P. Eddie! You will be missed! Gregory Shane Helms

As far as ESPN Radio Host Colin Cowherd is concerned, I'm not exactly sure what will happen, if anything. I know the customer service line was shut down last night for a short time citing "all lines are busy". The feedback form has also experienced problems due to excessive traffic. The decision is not up to me to make but your feedback is being heard. Wrestling fans can call ESPN Radio at (860) 766-2000 and ask to speak to a customer service person or e-mail directly at theherd@espnradio.com, and radio@espn.com and let them know that as listeners of ESPN Radio, YOU care about Guerrero's passing and that Cowherd needs to be disciplined for these uncaring and inappropriate remarks. You can also use the feedback form on ESPN's website located at

Quote WWE.com posted the following:

After the untimely passing of Eddie Guerrero, WWE and the entire sports-entertainment community is steel reeling from the devastating loss of a champion. The initial autopsy reports on Guerrero have come in. WWE.com spoke with Eddieís widow, Vickie Guerrero, earlier today.

ďIt was heart failure. It was from his past Ė the drinking and the drug abuse. They found signs of heart disease. She (the examiner) said that the blood vessels were very worn and narrow, and that just showed all the abuse from the scheduling of work and his past. And Eddie just worked out like crazy all the time. It made his heart grow bigger and work harder and the vessels were getting smaller, and thatís what caused the heart failure. He went into a deep sleep.

As soon as they saw his heart, they saw the lining of his heart already had the heart disease. There was no trauma, and Eddie hadnít hurt himself in any way. It answered a lot of questions. I knew Eddie wasnít feeling very good for the last week. He was home and kept saying he wasnít feeling good and we thought it was just ďroad tired.Ē So we thought he just had to rest. It answered a lot of my questions, too, because he was just so exhausted. She said it was normal because the heart was working so hard.

When he didnít call me last night and the night before I knew it was for real, because he would call me every night. I miss his phone calls. I cried through the whole thing (last night).

I loved his laugh. His laugh was the best.

We just celebrated his four-year sobriety last Thursday. We just thought we had life by the handful. We thought we had it all figured out. He worked so hard to make a better life for us.

Iím just overwhelmed by how people are coming out. Itís touched my heart a lot.

Everybody was just in awe last night in how beautifully everything was put together.

All my life was wrestling. All he did was take care of them and live for that. And I donít know what to do now.Ē

the comments colin cowherd amongst others said were completely distasteful. how can people make fun of a tradgedy ? i am glad vickie realises how many of us loved her husband. he made us smile and gave us great matches. something like heart failure should have been found sooner so something could have been done about it. it doesnt just happen overnight.

 

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WWE drops the Kerwin White character



In the wake of Eddie Guerrero's passing, it seems Chavo Guerrero will get to continue wrestling with the famous surname.

WWE.com quietly removed the "Kerwin White" biography from its RAW website and replaced it with a Chavo Guerrero bio that makes no reference of the character.

The new biography also features photos of Guerrero with black hair, as opposed to the lighter color he sported as Kerwin White.

Chavo Guerrero began playing the Kerwin White character in July. The basic gimmick was that Guerrero, in denouncing his Hispanic heritage, wanted to portray an upper-middle class Caucasian American. The character, while typically making racially-charged promos, would simultaneously serve as a self-deprecating image of a white American.




I think thats one sensible thing wwe doing this time..........
chavo now needs to carry forward the gurrero legacy...
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