Eddie Guerrero 'Might Have Been The Best Pro Wrestler Of All Time,' Says Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho has argued that WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero could be the finest professional wrestler of all time ahead of legends like Ric Flair and Bret Hart.
Guerrero, 38, climbed to the top of WWE in 2004 with his stunning victory over Brock Lesnar and captured the WWE Championship at No Way Out.
But his time in wrestling was tragically cut short after he was found unconscious in his hotel room in 2005 and passed away at the age of 38 as a result of acute heart failure.
Speaking on his Talk Is Jericho podcast in 2018, WWE legend Jericho opened up about his old pal and how highly he thought of 'Latino Heat.'
He explained: "Who might be the best of all time? Everyone says [Ric] Flair. Everyone says Shawn [Michaels]. Agreed. Agreed. Bret Hart. Agreed.
"Deep down inside, I think Eddie Guerrero might have been the best pro wrestler of all time.
"He checks all the boxes; acting, character, work, creativity, fearlessness, calling it in the ring.
"Who calls sh*t in the ring now?"
Jericho, 49, left WWE in 2018 and enjoyed a successful return to Japan with New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
The ex-WCW superstar is currently signed with WWE rival promotion All Elite Wrestling and is the current and inaugural AEW world champion.
While he might have left WWE, 'Y2J' dropping a fitting tribute to Guerrero during a segment on AEW: Dynamite last month.
Jericho took to the centre of the ring and shouted down the microphone Guerrero's iconic "Viva La Raza" catchphrase.
The AEW champ also recalled on the podcast how he ended up meeting Guerrero, who was drunk and "wearing tighty-whities and nothing else."
He explained: "Hector Guerrero, Eddie's brother, was in charge of taking care of me [while in CMLL]... all I ever heard was, 'Eddie Guerrero, nicest guy. Best guy. Such a good worker. Cool guy. Best guy.'
"So, I'm with Hector and after a show we come back and he says, 'Hey, Eddie's in my room. He's staying with us and Eddie was working for AAA with you guys. You want to come meet him?' I'm like, 'Yeah. Eddie Guerrero, he's like a super nice guy, everyone's told me.'
"I go up to the room, open the door. Eddie's standing there just wearing tighty-whities and nothing else and he's loaded. He's drunk, which I never got to meet Eddie Guerrero the first time. I got to meet 'Eddie The Giant.'
"'Eddie The Giant' is what we called Eddie when he was loaded. I go in the room. Hector goes, 'This is my brother Eddie.' Eddie's standing there. Eddie had this almost hunchback, but the biggest latch you'd ever seen [...]. 'What's your name?' My name is Corazon de Leon, but that's just Spanish for Lion Heart.'
"'My real name is Chris.' He goes, 'I'm Spanish. I know what Corazon de Leon means.' [laughter] He goes, 'You think your s**t don't stink? [laughter] That was a big Eddie line, 'You think your s**t don't stink?' I'm like, 'No! My s**t stinks.'
"He was so mad at me because when he asked me what my name was, I didn't know if he meant my wrestling name or my real name. About 5-10 minutes later, he's passed out.
"Next morning, I'm downstairs eating breakfast. He comes downstairs, 'Hey, Eddie.' He goes, 'Hey, I just want to apologise for what I did. I don't remember what I did, but I'm sure I did something bad, so I apologise.' I was like, 'Apology accepted. Sit down.'
"We were friends ever since."
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