A legendary member of the well-known and respected Guerrero wrestling family, Chavo Guerrero, continues to wrestle around the world. Staying true to his wrestling heritage, Guerrero’s wide variety of experience and history within professional wrestling has given him every feeling from the glory of championship gold to a seemingly never ending loss of those closest to him.
In a recent interview with Review Fix, Guerrero spoke about his legacy within wrestling, the loss of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, his new podcast, and more.
Having spent his entire life in the business, losing those close to him has been a part of the journey. From his uncle Eddie Guerrero to the controversial death of Chris Benoit, Guerrero’s experienced his share of emotional pain.
But recently, the wrestling world lost the legendary Roddy Piper. Having known Piper since the age of 5, Guerrero has nothing but fond memories of the “Rowdy” one.
“This guy was really good at his craft at a young age. After becoming a wrestler, I reconnected with him a lot. He became like a mentor to me, he helped me out with a lot of aspects in life. We had a really cool relationship, he used to call me his son.”
Not only did Piper and Guerrero have a close relationship, Guerrero is the last person to have interviewed Piper prior to his passing. Guerrero recollected how the interview came about.
“I did his podcast and when I did his podcast and I was like ‘Hey man, you wanna do mine?’ And he said ‘Absolutely.’ It was just talking to my friend. But looking at it now with the events that transpired, it’s gold, it’s a gem.”
At one point, Piper and Guerrero were both members of the now-defunct WCW. The company gave the WWE (WWF at the time) a run for its money, putting tremendous pressure on the company to compete. It became known as the Monday Night Wars.
Ratings were soaring, interest in wrestling was high, and despite WCW’s best efforts, the company eventually went out of business. A decade and a half later, Guerrero thinks it would have been ideal for wrestling if WCW could have stayed in business and be legitimate competition.
“I almost think that if we didn’t fold and kept strong, it would have been better for the business because we would have had something other than WWE. After it folded, there was no choices anymore. It would have been like Coca-Cola taking over every other Cola company and you only have Coke now. Which is fine, at times but sometimes you want something other than Coke. If you don’t want Coke, you have Diet Coke, if you don’t want Diet Coke, you have Cherry Coke. But it’s all Coke. And if you don’t like it, then drink water. That’s kind of how the wrestling business felt for a while. Everybody thrives great under competition, including WWE. I think it would have been great if WCW stuck around and been able to compete.”
As touched upon in the interview, Guerrero was able to evolve in WCW, playing several different characters. When he made his way to WWE, Guerrero did the same thing. From being Eddie Guerrero’s tag team champion partner to portraying a white man known as Kerwin White, Guerrero showed his versatility all the time.
Now a seasoned veteran, Guerrero hopes that his legacy is being able to be good at whatever he was asked to do. Or, as mentioned by interviewer Patrick Hickey Jr., the “Kevin Bacon of wrestling.”
“I want people to remember that I gave it all out to them. I tried to make them laugh, I tried to make them cry, I tried to make hate me, love me. If they look back at it, a lot of characters in wrestling did one thing very well but only remembered for one thing. Maybe being a great heel, that’s it or great babyface and that’s it. But with me, I want people to remember that I did everything. I was a tag team wrestler, tag team champion, I was a singles wrestler, singles champion, I was a big guy, I was a bad guy, I was a funny guy, I was a white guy, I rode a horse. I did everything.”
Now, after all these year’s acting in the professional wrestling arena, Guerrero says it’s helping him in Hollywood.
“It’s something that works for me in Hollywood. Hollywood people are getting savy about the wrestling business and that wrestler’s are so talented, not just in the ring. They see my stuff and see that I did everything.”
Not only has Guerrero branched out to Hollywood but his new podcast, the Chavo Show, diverts from a typical podcast and Guerrero says “I wanted to do something different.” Not just being “another wrestler’s podcast,” the Chavo show will interview everybody, from former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to John Morrison, and more.
The premise of the show will be to ask unique questions that do not follow the cookie-cutter formula of several other interview styles. Fans can view it now on GeekNation.
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