Eddie Guerrero was one of the best technical wrestlers to ever grace the squared circle. His in-ring skills were so good, and he possessed the rare ability to turn heel or babyface in an instant.
Although Eddie had no problems wrestling in the ring, he faced a problem outside the ring. The WWE Hall of Famer’s problems with alcoholism is well documented. It was these problems that probably held the Mexican star back.
One instance where his demons came back to haunt him was in 2001 when Guerrero was sent to rehab due to an addition to pain medication. However, after being arrested for drunk driving later in the year, Jim Ross had no choice but to let the former WWE Champion go.
On a recent episode of his Grilling JR Podcast, Jim Ross opened up about the firing and stated that it was the toughest decision of his career.
“It probably was because I saw greatness. I saw one of the greatest pro wrestlers in the world that we’re about to lose if we don’t get our arms around his problem. But in order for us to get our arms around his problem, he’s gotta cooperate with us. He’s gotta allow us to hug him. That’s what we kept waiting on. So, yeah, that was probably the toughest because I had such an emotional investment in him.”
Eddie Guerrero returned to WWE in April 2022 and even won the WWE Championship from Brock Lesnar at No Way Out 2004. He continued to wrestle with the promotion until his sad demise in 2005.
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