Top Ten In-Ring Workers of All Time- Number Six
Our sixth-best was the pride of El Paso, Texas, "Latino Heat" himself Eddie Guerrero. The youngest of Gory Guerreros sons, Eddie rose through the ranks from his days in Mexico's Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) before being signed on to Paul Heyman's Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). Guerrero will go down as one of the premier technical wrestlers in professional wrestling history.
In search to find something to separate World Championship Wrestling from World Wrestling Federation in the Monday Night Wars, Eric Bischoff created the Cruiserweight division and recruited the best wrestlers from Mexico, Japan, Canada, and the United States to fill it out. Eddie Guerrero was one of his first recruits, along with Dean Malenko. Both had a great feud during their days in ECW and was continued in WCW.
After years of success as a heel in WCW, Guerrero created the Latino World Order in trying to give Cruiserweights and all up-and-coming wrestlers a bigger spotlight as Bischoff relied heavily on the Heavyweights he signed from WWF. By the end of the '90s, Guerrero-- along with Malenko, Perry Saturn, and Chris Benoit-- became tired of the politics in WCW and signed with WWF as the Radicalz. In 2001, Guerrero was released due to problems with alcohol and drug abuse.
By 2002, he was clean and back in now WWF (now known as WWE) and became "Latino Heat." Though he was supposed to be a heel, his "I Lie! I Cheat! I Steal!" persona became increasingly popular with the fans and quickly became a face. In 2004, Guerrero reached the top by winning the WWE Championship. Guerrero defeated Brock Lesnar at No Way Out to win the title. At Wrestlemania, he successfully defended the title against Kurt Angle while his friend and former Radical Benoit beat Triple H for the World Heavyweight Champion. Both men celebrated together in the ring.
Throughout his career, even when he was a heel, Guerrero was always a fan favorite and cheered for whenever he wrestled in his hometown of El Paso. On November 13, 2005, he was found tragically dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2006, he was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. In his career, Guerrero became WWF/E's eleventh Triple Crown Champion and sixth Grand Slam Champion by the WWE title, WWE Tag Team Championship, United States, European, and Intercontinental titles.