Thrust into the limelight after the untimely death of her late husband Eddie Guerrero, Vickie Guerrero has become one of the most prominent characters of the past decade.
Rather remarkably, considering her unlikely route into the WWE, she has gone on to construct her own Hall of Fame career, and odds are that one day, she will be able to sit alongside her dearly departed as one of the WWE’s greatest figures.
Vickie has certainly been one of the most talked-about figures in WWE over the last few years. Her relationships with Edge, Big Show and, more recently, Dolph Ziggler have all been the subject of much—well-designed—gossip.
Her marriage to—and subsequent rejection by—Edge dominated SmackDown for the best part of 18 months from 2007 to 2009.
At that time, Vickie played the dual role of wife to the champion—as Edge held the title for much of their run together—and General Manager of SmackDown. This position allowed her to manipulate countless situations in her—and her companions’—favor, where she played the perfect foil to faces like The Undertaker and Jeff Hardy.
Vickie has also reinvigorated the role of manager in her time with the WWE.
Before her, there had barely been a manager who stayed around for longer than a few months since the beginning of the decade, and the manager role appeared to be a dying art.
From her time standing by the side of Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero through to her support of Edge and the rest of La Familia and beyond, Vickie reinforced the notion of how effective a manager can be by ringside.
Her distraction techniques were the perfect setup for Edge’s lightning-fast spear, and the pure noise and disruption that she could cause at ringside was often the reason attributed to an outside wrestler’s loss against one of her charges.
The notoriety of Vickie’s “Excuse Me!” catchphrase is so acute that those two words can garner a bigger negative crowd reaction than 90 percent of the dastardly deeds that most heels do.
Three years on, and managers have returned in force to the WWE locker room. Legendary manager Paul Heyman is with CM Punk and Brock Lesnar, Rosa Mendes comes out with The Colon Cousins, and AJ Lee has had a stellar year jumping from the management of one Superstar to another.
Most significantly of all, Vickie has provided the only character who has consistently drawn heat from the audience over a long period of time. This talent of hers has been a major asset to the WWE at a time when heroes are booed and villains are cheered, irrespective of the story being told.
Entire feuds have been saved by the addition of her—whether as an authority figure or as the ambassador for another Superstar—as her support for the heel will always draw hatred toward that character.
Edge could well have come back as a face judging from the immediate crowd reaction—the reaction after his music hit rather than the first cheer given when the crowd expected Jeff Hardy to return—that he received when he reemerged at the 2008 Survivor Series.
The audience’s realization that Edge was still in cahoots with Vickie saw the crowd go from excitement to see him back, to dismay that he had become the new champion.
This made his rejection of Vickie all the more sweet when it came about some months later, and his doing so, in turn, laid the groundwork for him to be the respected good guy that he became by the end of his career.
Vickie Guerrero has been one of the most consistent and productive characters on the WWE roster for the past five years and has made the careers of several Superstars along the way.
No one else can come close to that achievement in the modern era, so Vickie will truly deserve her place in the WWE Hall Of Fame when the time comes.