Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Super Star

I hope these last editions have been inspirational and informative. This will be the last part of Eddie Guerrero’s Championship titles with the WWE. This list did not even include all the many other championship belts he won with the various promotion companies he worked for, which totaled to 10 belts.

The last belt Eddie won was the WWE World Heavyweight Championship title, on February 15, 2004 in Daly City, CA at “No Way Out”. He held this belt for 133 days combined. This belt was first awarded to Buddy Rogers on April 25, 1963 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The record holder for most combined days with 4,040 as champion was Bruno Sammartino. The following list shows the Legends that held this belt.

Wrestler/Days Combined:
Hulk Hogan 2,185
John Cena 1,240
Pedro Morales 1,027
Bret Hart 654
Randy Orton 609
Triple H 539
Brock Lesnar 532+
Steve Austin 529
Macho Man Randy Savage 520
CM Punk 462
Shawn Michaels 396
Diesel 358
Kurt Angle 297
Ultimate Warrior 293
Yokozuna 280
The Undertaker 238
Sheamus 161
Edge 139
Ric Flair 118
Chris Jericho 98
Sycho Sid 97
Alberto Del Rio 84
Big Show 78
Daniel Bryan 65
Sgt. Slaughter 64
Mankind 47
Jeff Hardy 42
Batista 37
Kane 1
Rey Mysterio 1
Andre the Giant 1

Another mile stone in celebration of Black History Month, was on November 15, 1998 in St. Louis, MO at “Survivor Series”, when “The Rock”, son of the great “Rocky Johnson”, became the first African American to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt. “The Rock” won the belt on 7 other occasions, and held it for a total of 367 days combined in 3 reigns.

Grand Slam Champions:
Eddie Guerrero has been one of the three latinos out of the 25 total champions to achieve this accomplishment. The first ever Grand Slam Champion was a latino wrestler from Puerto Rico named Pedro Morales on December 8, 1980. Eddie made this list by winning the WWE World Heavy Weight belt on February 15, 2004. This distinct accomplishment consists of winning 4 specific championship belts or all available belts within the WWE. The following list below consists of the Greatest Legends who have achieved this title.

Bret Hart
Shawn Michaels
Stone Cold Steve Austin
The Rock
Triple H
Chris Jericho
Kurt Angle
Chris Benoit
Rick Flair
Rob Van Dam
Booker T
Randy Orton
Jeff Hardy
CM Punk
John Bradshaw Layfield
Rey Misterio
Dolph Ziggler
Big Show
The Miz

WWE Hall of Fame:
On April, 1 2006, Eddie was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Eddie made history for his family, and most important for latinos because there are only 4 latinos in the WWE Hall of Fame. This list includes the famous Mexican wrestler, Mil Mascaras, who was inducted in 2012 by his own son Alberto del Rio. Mil Mascaras was the first masked wrestler to ever perform at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 18, 1972. Because Eddie was very competitive, dedicated, and hard working, he gained the acknowledgement needed from the WWE and was given the opportunity to compete and win all 4 of his championship belts. Eddie won many more belts with various companies, but the WWE is the company every wrestler strives to compete in, at least once in their tough careers. There have been many wrestlers and even less Legends. Not everyone gets to achieve what Eddie Guerrero achieved as a wrestler in the WWE.

Another Black History Month moment in the WWE, was in 1994 when Bobo Brazil became the first African American to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Eddie Guerrero’s last match was against Mr. Kennedy on November 8, 2005, and almost a week later on November 13, 2005 his nephew Chavo Guerrero found him dead in his motel room in Minneapolis, MN. An autopsy revealed he died as a result of ASVD acute heart failure. It is sad to see such a great person and wrestler leave so quickly, but he taught us that unbelievable heights and achievements can be gained or won even with terrible lows and weakness in our lives. No matter what circumstance, failures, or hardship we can impact our families and communities, so we can all grow and become better. Like Dr. Myles Munroe once said,

“The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation.”

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