Saturday, June 25, 2011

Adios, Chavo

Edge, Me, & Chavo Wrestlemania 24 Axxess
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

The WWE has released former ECW, Cruiserweight, and tag team champion Chavo Guerrero.  This news is hardly shocking.  The WWE typically starts cutting members of the roster in the weeks after Wrestlemania, I was kind of surprised  the process didn't happen sooner.

However, Chavo says he asked for his release.  He wrote a pretty lengthy statement about it saying that the WWE has always used the Guerreros to put other guys over and make others look good.  

In part he wrote, "...I was just tired of not being used correctly. Just cuz u can make other ppl look good, doesn’t mean they should just have u lose to them. The same thing happened to Eddie. After being champ, they still had him working mid card status. Being a Guerrero, we’ve been taught since diapers to get the most out of ppl & matches. It’s our gift, but also our curse. WWE has always used us to make other ppl look good."  

I don't totally agree with Chavo's statement, at least not the part about Eddie.  Sure, after he dropped the title, he floundered for a while.  And I would have much rather seen him hold the belt instead of losing it to JBL, but that's another blog.  Right before his death in 2005 though, Eddie was back on the fast track to the top.  He was rumored to get another run as champion.  I'm pretty sure he was working a program with Batista or about to start one.  I'm having trouble remembering all the specifics, but I know he was one of SmackDown's top guys.

Back to Chavo now, yes he never got higher than the midcard status.  For some reason, he just didn't seem to click with the fans.  But I think that goes back to even the WCW days.  Some of his gimmicks and feuds were entertaining, but he was never someone that I could really get behind.  He seemed to lack "it", in my opinion.  And I don't mean that as disrespect.  Maybe part of the problem was people compared him too much to Eddie, and Chavo was never able to be Chavo.  He was always "Eddie's nephew" or a "Guerrero".  I think sometimes that's the curse of being a second or third generation star (David Flair, Ted DiBiase, Jr., and Lacey Von Erich, are you reading?)

Even when they tried that silly Kerwin White gimmick, I cringed.  I just could not get into the character.  I did enjoy Chavo's run in ECW and his feud with CM Punk.  I also liked Los Guerreros when he and Eddie "lied, cheated, and stole" their way to the WWE tag team titles.  

Chavo vs. Santino, with Hornswoggle nearby (2009)
I will agree with Chavo in some respects.  I thought it was ridiculous what they did with him in the feud with Hornswoggle.  If I remember correctly, Chavo didn't get the upper hand one time in that program.  He really was made to look like a fool.  

Someone posted on Facebook today, who would have thought Vickie Guerrero would be the only Guerrero working for the WWE?  I have to agree.  I do find her character more entertaining than Chavo's though, so like I said before, this release comes as no surprise.

What's next for Chavo?  He's almost 41 years old.  Probably too young to retire, too old for a major push as a main eventer anywhere else.  My gut tells me he'll end up in Impact Wrestling.  TNA has a way of finding a place for former WWE superstars, and if they can play off the Guerrero name, I'm sure they'll do that.  Plus, Uncle Hector works for the company.  Whatever Chavo ends up doing, I wish him the best though.  He always seemed like a good guy, and I'm sure he is.

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