Sammy Guevara has remained one of the staples of AEW television since his debut back in 2019. In fact, he competed in AEW Dynamite’s first-ever match where Cody Rhodes defeated him. He went from a beloved babyface to a hated heel for the past year or so. Now, Guevara claimed that fans hated him because he was too successful.
2022 proved to be a challenging year for Guevara. Despite starting as a beloved babyface, his continuous success with the TNT Championship and the revelation of his relationship with Tay Conti led to a shift in AEW fan perception, turning him from a fan favorite to a detested figure.
While speaking on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Sammy Guevara acknowledged the crowd’s shift and attributed it to his rapid success, claiming that fans hated him for being too successful.
Despite understanding the reasons, Sammy Guevara expressed some frustration with the change in fan perception. Nonetheless, Guevara eventually accepted how fans treated him in the end.
“Before I got the TNT Title, everybody loved me,” Guevara said. “And I knew once I got the title, it was going to change. And then I got the title again, I got the title again. It was like too much success in a way, the people were like ‘Whoa whoa, we wanted you to win, but not that much. Oh, and you got the girl? You’re married now? Whoa whoa whoa, we don’t like this!’
What you just said is a perfect thing. They want to see you win, but they don’t want to see you do better than them. That’s how I felt it was, and I said it was going to happen. And then it did. And it was just like ‘I don’t know what you guys. You guys want to see me win, right, but then once I start winning, it’s all of a sudden like ‘Whoa, why are you winning?” You wanted me to win! You said you wanted me to win. Now I’m doing it. Why am I a bad [guy]?”
Guevara also made his return on this week’s episode episode of AEW Dynamite, reuniting with Chris Jericho. Sammy is poised to join forces with Chris Jericho, Sting, and Darby Allin in a match against Powerhouse Hobbs, Konosuke Takeshita, Ricky Starks & Big Bill at AEW Worlds End on December 30th. All eyes will be on Guevara’s performance, as this marks his first bout since recovering from a concussion.
What’s your view on what Sammy Guevara had to say? Do you feel he got too much needless hatred from fans? Sound off in the comments section below!