Eddie Guerrero's Championship Win Is One Of The Greatest Moments In WWE History
It's exactly 14 years to the day that Eddie Guerrero passed away and the El Paso native is still sorely missed.
14 years ago today, wrestling sadly lost a true hero as Eddie Guerrero passed away.
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- R.Dream (@WWERDream1) November 13, 2019
14 years ago today we said goodbye to one of the best to ever do it Eddie Guerrero. #VivaLaRaza pic.twitter.com/lEhPPZujJ3
- Suplex City Limits :microphone2: (@SuplexCityLimit) November 13, 2019
Guerrero, loved when he was a good guy but equally as detestable when he was playing the villain, will forever be viewed as one of the greatest of all time and his influence on today's generation of WWE superstars could not be more evident.
Eddie gave us so many wonderful memories in between the ropes but nothing will ever top his only world title win back in 2004.
After winning a battle royal to earn the right to challenge a young, but physical specimen of a man in Brock Lesnar, for the coveted strap at the event on 15 February, Guerrero produced the performance of a lifetime to win the gold in what was a massive upset.
The 30 minute match largely consisted of the physically superior Lesnar decimating Guerrero but "Latino Heat', who had travelled the globe honing his craft before getting to WWE, was not giving up easy.
And though he needed a bit of assist from Goldberg, who, with the referee knocked down, interfered and hit Lesnar with a brutal spear, this was all about Eddie Guerrero.
Ever the opportunist, Eddie looked to capitalise and cover his opponent but the Beast kicked out at two.
When Lesnar went to put his opponent away with a second F5, Guerrero produced one of the greatest counters ever seen in professional wrestling when he reversed the maneuver into a DDT onto the championship belt - the referee still out and oblivious to what was going on.
Guerrero then climbed to the top rope and with the rabid fans on their feet, delivered his tried and trusted Frog Splash and got the referee to count the pinfall, picking up the most unlikely victories and cementing his place as one of the very best in-ring performers in history.
His infectious personality, charisma and sheer wizardry in the ring helped Eddie become a real fan favourite - and watching his only world championship win back after all of these years gives goosebumps galore.
His first walk to the ring as the champ is equally as emotional. Eddie had such an incredible connection with WWE fans and was taken from us far too soon.
He lied, he cheated, he stole and he won the WWE Championship.
RIP Eddie. Viva La Raza.