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Los Guerreros (The Guerreros) is a Mexican American family that has been involved with professional wrestling for three generations with the patriarch of the family Gory Guerrero making his debut on September 15, 1937. Members of the Guerrero family have worked for virtually all major wrestling promotions around the world including World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance, New Japan Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. The name “Los Guerreros” is also often used when 2 or more of the Guerreros’ team up in a given promotion. The most recent incarnation of the Los Guerreros team was in World Wrestling Entertainment on the SmackDown brand. This team was made up of Eddie Guerrero and his nephew Chavo Guerrero.
The Guerrero family
Gory Guerrero, the patriarch of the Guerrero wrestling family, was one of the early pioneers in Mexican lucha libre and has been credited with the invention of the Camel Clutch. Gory married Herlina Llanes who’s three brothers Enrique, Mario and Sergio Yañez were all professional wrestlers (Enrique’s son Javier was also a professional wrestler).
Together Gory and Herlina had 6 children, two girls and four boys – the boys would all end up in professional wrestling.
- Chavo Guerrero, Sr.: The oldest of the Guerrero boys who made his debut in 1974 and was active until 2004 where he was released by World Wrestling Entertainment.
- Mando Guerrero: The second oldest who also started in pro wrestling in 1974, worked mainly in California and with the American Wrestling Association in the 1980s.
- Hector Guerrero: started in pro wrestling in 1977 and is now working as on the Spanish announce team for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
- Eddie Guerrero: The youngest Guerrero brother by 13 years but also the most well known. He died in 2005.
Chavo's son Chavo Guerrero, Jr. made his debut in 1994 as the first third generation Guerrero to be a professional wrestler.
Wrestling as a family
The Guerreros (1976–1998)
World Wrestling Association (1976–1982)
Gory Guerrero, a legendary luchadore had four sons and all of them became wrestlers. His two elder sons Chavo and Mando debuted in the same year, 1974. Chavo wrestled the earlier part of his career in Los Angeles, California based World Wrestling Association (WWA) where he won Heavyweight and Tag Team titles many times. In 1976, Chavo formed a tag team with his father Gory and the duo wrestled in WWA. They were the first members of the Guerrero family to make a tag team. On February 27, Chavo and Gory defeated Karl Von Brauner and Senior X to win the NWA Americas Tag Team Championship. However, their reign was cut short as on the next day, they lost the titles to Roddy Piper and Crusher Verdu. Gory fell into semi-retirement, ending the tag team of father and son. Chavo began teaming with other wrestlers in WWA roster and exchanged titles with Piper and Verdu while Gory retired in the 1980s.
Chavo formed a new tag team with his brother Hector on January 13, 1978 when they defeated Black Gordman and Goliath to win the NWA Americas Tag Team Championship. This was the second tag team made up of Guerrero family members. This tag team version was better than Chavo's tag team with his father Gory. The two brothers, Chavo and Hector managed to hold the titles for a half month before losing them to Ron Bass and Dr. Hiro Ota on February 5. The two brothers teamed with separate wrestlers and exchanged the titles with Ron Bass and his partners before their team ended. Chavo continued his success in WWA. Hector formed a tag team with his elder brother Mando which debuted on June 29, 1979 when they defeated The Twin Devils for the NWA Americas Tag Team Championship. It was Hector's fourth individual reign and Mando's third individual reign while their first together. They lost the titles back to Twin Devils on July 6 before regaining the titles later that same month. On August 4, Hector and Mando lost the titles to Leroy Brown and Allen Coage. They won the titles with separate partners before defeating Ryuma Go and Mr. Toyo in their reunion on July 9, 1982 for their third Americas Tag Titles. The next month, they lost the titles to Timothy Flowers and Adrian Street.
They had a third and final reunion in the independent circuit where they won the UWC Tag Team Championship.
Championship Wrestling from Florida and American Wrestling Association (1984–1989)
Chavo and Hector reunited in Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) on July 14, 1984 when they won the NWA Florida United States Tag Team Championship by defeating Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham. They held the titles for three months before Chavo quit in September. On October 2, Cocoa Samoa substituted Chavo and teamed with Hector to defend the titles against Jim Neidhart and Khrusher Khruschev. This caused Chavo and Hector to lose the titles to Neidhart and Khruschev and the team of Chavo and Hector disbanded.
In AWA, Chavo and Mando teamed together to go after the AWA World Tag Team Championship held by Diamond Dallas Page's team of Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka) but never could win the tag team titles. At SuperClash III, reprensenting the AWA against the Continental Wrestling Association on December 13, 1988, Hector, Chavo, and Mando defeat the team of Cactus Jack and the Rock 'n' Roll RPMs.
Chavo then formed a six-man tag team with his brothers Mando and Eddie in 1989 in the Mexican World Wrestling Association (WWA). They won the WWA World Trios Championship on April 30, defeating American Mercenaries (Bill Anderson, Louie Spicolli and Tim Patterson) before losing the titles back to American Mercenaries on July 28. Hector and Eddie formed a tag team in May 1998 in Carolinas based-Pro Wrestling Federation (PWF). On May 22, 1998, they defeated Super Ninja and Black Angel for the titles.
Eddie and Chavo Jr. (1995–2004)
World Championship Wrestling (1998)
In World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Chavo and Eddie were not really a tag team as they were later on in WWE. Chavo had only a year of experience in contrast to Eddie's eight or nine years. As part of their angle, Eddie would continually try to make Chavo adopt Eddie's cheating tactics, but Chavo often refused to do so.
On the March 9, 1998 edition of Nitro, Chavo lost to Booker T in a match. After the match, Eddie suplexed Chavo to teach him a lesson. On the March 12 edition of WCW Thunder, he defeated his nephew Chavo in a match and forced him to become his "slave". At Uncensored, Chavo was forced to support Eddie when he faced Booker T for Booker's WCW World Television Championship. Eddie lost the match after receiving a missile dropkick. Eddie and Chavo then feuded with Último Dragón. Chavo lost to Dragón at Spring Stampede. At Slamboree, Eddie defeated Dragón despite interference from Chavo. After the match, Chavo kissed Eddie and began to display insane behavior. Eddie would leave Chavo during a match, and that would lead them to feud with each other. At The Great American Bash, Chavo got an upset victory over Eddie. They faced each other in a Hair vs. Hair match at Bash at the Beach which Eddie won. Continuing to show his crazy behavior Chavo would shave his own head while Eddie looked on in disbelief. Eddie saved Chavo from beatings by Stevie Ray, seeming that he would align with Chavo but he wanted his release. Chavo's treatment at the hands of Eddie drove him "crazy" and he adopted the gimmick of a psycho fixated with a hobby horse he dubbed "Pepé." This led to a feud with Norman Smiley in which Pepé was thrown into a woodchipper by Smiley. Another result of his insanity, was his inability to join Eddie's Latino World Order stable, which was a take-off of the nWo. The stable included nearly every Latino wrestler in WCW except Chavo.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2002–2004)
Los Guerreros was the official name of Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero when they were a tag team in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This Los Guerreros formed sometime during 2002 following Eddie Guerrero's jump to the SmackDown brand. Eddie had been Chris Benoit's tag partner on Raw, but Benoit turned face and moved into a feud with Kurt Angle while they were a tag team on the side. Eddie and Chavo ended up teaming up as a heel tag team when a tournament was announced to crown the first-ever Tag Team Champions, then a new belt just being introduced. Los Guerreros defeated Mark Henry and Rikishi to make it to the semi-finals where they lost to Angle and Benoit.
The tournament ended with Benoit and Angle beating Edge and Rey Mysterio becoming the first-ever Tag Team Champions. Edge and Mysterio won the titles afterwards. At Survivor Series 2002, Los Guerreros defeated Benoit and Angle and Edge and Mysterio in a 3-Way Tag Team Elimination match to win their first WWE Tag Team Championship. After facing makeshift teams consisting of Edge, Mysterio, and Benoit for a few months, they turned babyfaces to feud with John Cena and B-2, and Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas). They would lose the tag titles to Team Angle on February 6, 2003 edition of SmackDown!.
Eddie later teamed up with Tajiri to win back the belts due to an injury to Chavo. Team Angle, by now known as The World's Greatest Tag Team, won back the belts but Chavo returned a few months later. On September 18 edition of SmackDown!, they defeated World's Greatest Tag Team for their second WWE Tag Team Championship. They would lose the belts to the Basham Brothers about a month later, leading to a storyline spanning several months in which Chavo eventually turned on Eddie, breaking up the team. Eddie then ascended to the main event by becoming a WWE Champion. Eddie and Chavo were last seen at together at Judgment Day 2005 when Chavo tried to interfere in the match between Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero.
One of their most popular in-ring tactics was to toss an illegal weapon (Chair, belt etc.) to their opponent when the referee's back was turned and then drop to the canvas as if they had been struck with it. When the referee would finally turn around, the opponent would be caught seemingly red-handed.
Chavo and Chavo Jr.
Following the breakup of the prior Los Guerreros, Chavo Guerrero was soon joined by his father Chavo Guerrero, Sr. The elder Chavo, later to be known as "Chavo Classic", was primarily his son's manager throughout the run.
Following Chavo's loss to Eddie at the Royal Rumble, Chavo was jealous of Rey Mysterio in the storyline because Mysterio had sung the theme song of the upcoming Pay Per View event, No Way Out, and because Mysterio was Cruiserweight Champion. Guerrero would win the Cruiserweight Title at No Way Out. A few months later on Smackdown, Chavo Guerrero challenged anybody to a match for the Cruiserweight Title. Jacqueline accepted the challenge and won the Cruiserweight Title. At Judgment Day, Chavo regained the Cruiserweight Title with one arm tied behind his back, however Chavo Classic would win the Cruiserweight Title by accident on that week's Smackdown in a triple threat match when Spike Dudley knocked him onto Chavo. Chavo Classic would go on to hold the belt for about a month before he lost it to Rey Mysterio. Chavo Classic would later be fired by WWE for no-showing. He felt he should have been portrayed as a legend rather than a comedy act.
Chavo Jr. and Vickie
The latest version of Los Guerreros was Chavo Guerrero, Jr. and the widow of Eddie Guerrero, Vickie Guerrero (they are not referred to, however, as Los Guerreros). Vickie acted as the manager/valet for Chavo, who was upset about Eddie's name being used by non-Guerreros (namely Rey Mysterio, with whom they maintained their first feud with). The duo used the cheating tactics that made the Guerreros famous, though this time to the dismay of the audience instead of the delight. It wasn't long after the end of their feud with Rey that Chris Benoit (another close friend of Eddie) started questioning their motives, leading to them feuding with the Rabid Wolverine over the course of a few short months, with Chavo becoming the number one contender for Benoit's WWE United States Championship, though failing at each opportunity mainly because of Vickie's actions constantly getting him disqualified, leading to Vickie leaving Chavo (she soon after declared in late January in backstage interviews with Kristal Marshall that she would be returning to SmackDown soon, though disappeared off of WWE TV directly after). It wasn't until mid-February at No Way Out 2007 that Chavo became WWE Cruiserweight Champion after emerging victorious in a Cruiserweight Open, which saw him as a surprise entry, pinning Jimmy Wang Yang to eliminate him last and win the title from Gregory Helms, ending Helms' more than a year-long reign.
In 2008, Chavo and Vickie would form an "extended family" with Vickie's lover Edge, after interference by Edge allowed Chavo to win the ECW Championship. The stable was referred to on-screen as "La Familia," and also included the Rated R Entourage, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, and Chavo's then-bodyguard, Bam Neely.
La Familia broke up later in the year, after Vickie and Edge's relationship troubles led to the return of The Undertaker. Vickie and Chavo would then align with The Big Show to keep The Undertaker off of their backs. Later, Chavo and Vickie would also realign with the returning Edge.
In 2009, Vickie took advantage of Randy Orton's attacks on the McMahon family to take control of both RAW and SmackDown. Vickie would later leave SmackDown to become the permanent General Manager of RAW, leaving Edge on Smackdown although their marriage remains intact. Chavo would be subsequently drafted to RAW, continuing his role as his aunt Vickie's "gopher," although constantly overriding her authority by booking matches.
In 2010, Vickie became the "Official Consultant" to the current General Manager of SmackDown, Theodore Long. Chavo then began supporting Vickie and her new lover, Dolph Ziggler. In late 2010, Shaul Marie Guerrero (the eldest daughter of Eddie and Vickie) signed a developmental deal with WWE to begin training in Florida Championship Wrestling.
Championships and accomplishments
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (1 time) – Hector and Chavo
- Pro Wrestling Federation
- PWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Hector and Eddie
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- World Wrestling Association (Los Angeles)
- NWA Americas Tag Team Championship (5 times) – Chavo and Gory (1), Hector and Chavo (1), Hector and Mando (3)
- World Wrestling Association
- WWA World Trios Championship (1 time) – Chavo, Mando and Eddie
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- Independent circuit
- UWC Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Hector and Mando
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Tag Team of the Year (2002): Eddie and Chavo, Jr.