Nov. 13, 2005 will forever be imprinted on the minds of every wrestling fan as it was the day that a true great sadly passed from this world; that great was indeed Eddie Guerrero.
After scouring the Internet, I was both shocked and ashamed that very few of my fellow wrestling writers had remembered the fourth anniversary of the death of Eddie Guerrero.
Only one article has been posted on B/R so I was compelled...no, I was driven to change that and to make sure that everyone out there will take some time out to think about the career and life of Latino Heat.
I will not be talking about the death of Eddie Guerrero, not frowning upon the WWE Wellness policy but instead reminiscing back on the career of Latino Heat and oh my, what a career it was.
Eddie Guerrero was one of the greatest in-ring technicians of all time. Time and time again he thrilled us with matches that fused together mat-wrestling, lucha libre and American Cruiserweight style to form a tapestry of beauty.
Not only that but he was one of the few performers back then and now that can get us to laugh, get us to cheer him, to boo him, to empathise with him all with the power of his words and it would not be fitting to talk about Latino Heat without mentioning his signature low-riders, each fitted to suit a specific occasion.
Who can forget his 5* match up with Rey Mysterio at Halloween Havoc of 1997? Eddie, the cocky and arrogant heel, put his Cruiserweight Championship on the line whilst Rey, the underdog babyface, put his mask.
The debut of the Radicalz (Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn) was one of the great debuts in WWE history, laying out D-Generation X after being members of the crowd.
What about the antics of Los Guerreros? Every week they entertained the peeps out there with both their backstage shenanigans and also their sublime in-ring work; being a part of the legendary Smackdown Six (the others being Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Edge and Rey Mysterio). I mean, who didn't crack up when Latino Heat laced the Big Show's food with laxatives, causing the giant to spend his night literally on the toilet.
However the crowning moment of Eddie Guerrero's career is indeed his first and sadly only WWE Championship where he beat Brock Lesnar at No Way Out 2004 in the best big man vs. little man match that I have ever witnessed.
It had everything that a classic needed and then some; and the celebration of Eddie Guerrero with his fans brought a tear to mine and many others' eyes.
These matches showcased why Eddie was indeed one of the best in the world and looking back at this match, made me think of what the WWE would be like right now if he was still gracing our screens and providing us with endless entertainment. All I know is that it would most definitely be a better place.
With everyone knowing how big of a Peep I am, it was indeed Latino Heat who was the first wrestler that I truly marked out for.
Eddie Guerrero: A true great, a true legend and most importantly of all a true champion in the eyes of everyone.
Viva La Raza Eddie..... Gone but never forgotten.
" I lie!! I cheat!! I steal!!"