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Juventud Guerrera in 1998 with a fan
|Birth name||Eduardo Aníbal González Hernández|
|Ring name(s)||Fighting Youth
El Hijo de Fuerza Guerrera
|Billed height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Billed weight||77 kg (170 lb)|
November 23, 1974 |
Mexico City, D. F.
|Billed from||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Trained by||Fuerza Guerrera
Eduardo Aníbal González Hernández (born November 23, 1974 in Mexico City, D. F.), better known as Juventud Guerrera, is a Mexican professional wrestler who is best known for his work in many wrestling promotions worldwide, including all the major American wrestling promotions, such as World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, as well as the major Mexican wrestling promotions Asistencia Asesoría y Administración and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 Other media
- 3 Personal life
- 4 In wrestling
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Professional wrestling career
Early in his career Guerrera was a mainstay in the Asistencia Asesoría y Administración promotion. He had a very lengthy feud with Rey Mysterio, Jr. in which they traded the AAA Welterweight Title back and forth. The pair also had several tag team matches in which Guerrera would team with his father Fuerza, while Rey, Jr. would tag with uncle and trainer Rey Misterio, Sr.
Guerrera wrestled in many Mexican independent promotions as a masked wrestler but he first gained American exposure in Extreme Championship Wrestling alongside fellow luchadores Rey Misterio Jr., Psicosis, Konnan and La Parka, all of whom were also wrestling for Konnan's Promo Azteca in Mexico at the time. When Konnan left for WCW, Guerrera and the rest followed.
World Championship Wrestling (1996–2000)
In WCW, Guererra made his debut on August 26, 1996 edition of Monday Nitro in a victory over Billy Kidman. Prior to signing with WCW, he competed briefly in ECW. He would compete throughout 1996 and 1997 under a mask, like the one he wore in Mexico and ECW. His most remembered matches of 1996 and 1997 were clashes with fellow masked luchadores Rey Misterio, Jr. and Psicosis. Beginning in 1998, Guerrera pinned Último Dragón to win the Cruiserweight Championship on the inaugural edition of Thunder on January 8, 1998. However, he would then lose the title to Rey Misterio, Jr. one week later on the following edition of Thunder. At SuperBrawl, Guerrera challenged Chris Jericho for the Cruiserweight Title in a Mask vs. Title match, in which Guerrera lost forcing him to unmask. After unmasking Guerrera, Jericho would often berate Guerrera for his looks by referring to him as "Quasi-juice" which was in reference to "Quasimodo", the disfigured lead character in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Later in the year, Guerrera defeated Jericho at Road Wild to capture his second Cruiserweight Championship. He retained the belt at Fall Brawl against Silver King, before losing it to Billy Kidman the following night on Nitro.
Later on, Guerrera became an announcer on Thunder in order to remain on-screen while rehabilitating an injury. During this time, Guerrera often imitated World Wrestling Federation star The Rock by calling himself "The Juice" and imitating The Rock's catchphrases. After his injury healed, he joined former rival Rey Misterio, Jr., Konnan, Billy Kidman, and others to form the Filthy Animals. During the group's run, Guerrera and Misterio, Jr. became the World Tag Team Champions.
In October 2000, during a WCW tour of Australia, Guerrera was arrested at the hotel in which the wrestlers were staying, after an incident in which he was discovered naked and screaming in a hallway, and then attacking police officers who had arrived to detain him. According to the 2004 book The Death of WCW, Guerrera was reportedly under the influence of PCP at the time. Guerrera was expelled from the remainder of the tour and later released by WCW, and was ordered to pay nearly $1,800 in fines.
Independent circuit and TNA Wrestling (2000–2005)
After being released from WCW, Guerrera went on to wrestle for many other promotions including Xtreme Pro Wrestling, Asistencia Asesoría y Administración, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, World Wrestling All-Stars, Frontier Wrestling Alliance, and Xtreme Pro Wrestling (XPW). He also made a brief appearance in Pro Wrestling Noah as one of 12 participants in a championship tournament to crown the first GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion and lost to Yoshinobu Kanemaru at the tournament finals in Nagoya on June 24, 2001. While in CMLL, he frequently re-teamed with fellow WCW alum Rey Mysterio, who had left WCW due to its purchase by the World Wrestling Federation, in CMLL before Mysterio's signing with WWE. After Mysterio signed with WWE in 2002, Guererra joined the upstart promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
In TNA, Guerrera was joined by fellow AAA wrestlers Mr. Águila, Héctor Garza, Abismo Negro, Heavy Metal to form a group first known as Team AAA, then later renamed to Team Mexico to compete in TNA's World X Cup Matches. Guerrera would also take part in the 2003 Super X Cup, where he advanced all the way to the finals before being ultimately defeated by Chris Sabin. When TNA's working relationship with AAA came to an end, Team Mexico disbanded and Guererra was released to continue working for Lucha Libre promotions.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2005–2006)
In the spring of 2005, Guerrera had signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He debuted on television, wrestling simply as Juventud, on June 18, 2005, defeating Funaki on SmackDown!'s sister show Velocity. On June 23, he, Super Crazy and Psicosis (collectively called "The Mexicools") interrupted a match between Chavo Guerrero and Paul London by riding to the ring on a lawn mower and attacking both wrestlers.
This was followed week by week of The Mexicools interrupting matches and beating down seemingly random wrestlers and cutting promos. Juventud quickly established himself as the mouthpiece/leader of the group and began using his old nickname "The Juice".
After more weeks of interruptions and sneak attacks, The Mexicools were sent down to Velocity. The group feuded with Velocity main-stay and then-Cruiserweight Champion Nunzio and his tag partner Vito. Each member of The Mexicools picked up numerous pinfall victories over the champion during this time.
At the October 4 SmackDown! tapings for Velocity, Juventud (along with Super Crazy and Psicosis) faced Brian Kendrick, Paul London, Scotty 2 Hotty and Funaki in an over-the-top battle royal with the stipulation that the winner would receive a title shot at the Cruiserweight Championship at No Mercy. After finally eliminating London, Juventud won the battle royal and the title shot. At the event on October 9, he defeated Nunzio following a Juvi Driver to capture the Cruiserweight Championship, his first title in WWE and, due to the title being originally from WCW, his fourth Cruiserweight Title reign.
Juventud later went on to lose the title back to Nunzio at a live event in Italy. On November 25 however, Juventud regained the title on an edition of SmackDown! from England. Guerrera soon lost the title to Kid Kash at Armageddon on December 18, 2005.
On January 6, 2006, WWE announced that Juventud had been released from the company. His final match aired that evening on SmackDown!, a Cruiserweight Title rematch against Kash which Juventud lost. During this match, Juventud would use many high flying moves – despite WWE telling its cruiserweights to tone down those aerial moves – and the 450° splash, a move WWE outright banned due to an earlier match Juventud had with Paul London where he botched the move, resulting in London suffering several fractured bones in his face.
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
After being released from WWE, Guerrera returned to Mexico to compete with AAA. Guerrera returned to the promotion on April 30 and formed a new stable known as the "Mexican Powers" alongside Psicosis II, Extreme Tiger, Joe Lider and Crazy Boy, although Psicosis II and Extreme Tiger would later leave the group. During a TNA vs. AAA Mexico show, Juventud was one of the Mexican wrestlers who aided The Latin American Xchange and attacked A.J. Styles. This footage was later shown on the October 5, 2006 episode of TNA Impact!.
In August 2008, Juventud held a press conference to announce his departure from AAA to compete on the Mexican independent circuit. In September, he formed The Sexicools, a parody of his Mexicools group, with Intocable and Toscano. Despite rumors, Guererra did not jump to AAA's rival CMLL.
On March 15, 2009, Guerrera made a surprise return to AAA at the annual Rey de Reyes event. Juventud helped Charly Manson and D-Generation-Mex win their match and joined D-Generation-Mex. Shortly after his return to the company, Guerrera suffered bruising and a broken nose in a backstage fight with Konnan and Jack Evans. The fight started after Guerrera accused Konnan of defecating in his bag, which Konnan denied, and then Evans, with whom Guerrera had had a match that evening, allegedly grabbed Guerrera from behind, provoking the fight.
Return to the independent circuit (2006–present)
Since the incident in AAA, Guerrera has wrestled for Nu-Wrestling Evolution where he won their cruiserweight championship in a triple threat match involving PAC and Matt Cross. He has since defended it in many triple threat matches usually with PAC and Súper Nova and a few single matches with Súper Nova (all of which he has won so far).Juventud Guerrera lost the title on February 6, 2013 in Milan, being defeated by Giuseppe "King" Danza in 50 seconds.
In 2010, he made a special surprise appearance at Dragon Gate teaming with Dragon Kid in a match against BxB Hulk and Masato Yoshino. Juventud ended up losing the match for his team when he tapped out to Masato Yoshino. On May 20, 2011, he made a surprise appearance at Xtreme Italian Wrestling in a match against Thunder Storm and win the XIW Italian Championship.
Return to AAA (2012–present)
On February 23, 2012, Guerrera returned to AAA, losing to El Hijo del Perro Aguyao in a four-way match, which also included Cibernético and Máscara Año 2000, Jr. On March 18 at Rey de Reyes, Guerrera and Joe Líder, reforming the Mexican Powers, defeated the teams of Extreme Tiger and Fénix, Halloween and Nicho el Millonario, and Chessman and Teddy Hart in a four-way tag team match. As a result, Guerrera and Líder were granted a shot at the AAA World Tag Team Championship, but were defeated on May 6 by the defending champions, Abyss and Chessman. On May 19 at Noche de Campeones, Guerrera defeated Jack Evans, Psicosis and Teddy Hart in a four-way hardcore match to win the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship. On August 5 at Triplemanía XX, Guerrera teamed with Chessman for one night to take part in a Parejas Suicidas steel cage match. However, both Guerrera and Chessman managed to escape the cage and avoid having to face each other in a Hair vs. Hair match. On December 2 at Guerra de Titanes, Guerrera lost the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship to Daga in a six-way ladder match. Guerrera returned to AAA on August 30, 2013, joining the recently reformed Mexican Powers stable. He, however, ended up turning on the stable on October 18 at Héroes Inmortales VII, costing Crazy Boy and Joe Líder the AAA World Tag Team Championship. He then formed a new rudo stable named Anarquía with Eterno and Steve Pain.
Guerrera appears as himself in the 2000 film Ready to Rumble, although his name is misspelled in the credits (and in the closed captioning) as "Juventud Guerrero".
González Hernández is divorced and has a son.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Air Juvi (Suicide dive to the outside, sometimes by using aided elevation off the back of a crouched wrestler)
- Diving hurricanrana
- Frog splash
- Juicy Elbow (Running delayed high-impact elbow drop, with theatrics)
- Pumphandle sitout facebuster
- Sitout crucifix powerbomb
- Sitout facebuster
- Springboard dropkick
- Tornado DDT
- "The Juice"
- Entrance themes
- "Wherever I May Roam" by Metallica (ECW)
- "Summer Nights In Spain" by Non-Stop Music (WCW)
- "Filthy" (WCW) (used while as a member of the Filthy Animals)
- "Reason" (WCW) (used while as a member of the Filthy Animals)
- "Muy Loco by Jim Johnston (WWE; Used while a part of the Mexicools)
- "Si Senor" by Control Machete (AAA)
Championships and accomplishments
- Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
- Big Time Wrestling
- BTW United States Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- International Wrestling All-Stars
- IWAS Tag Team Championship - (1 time) with Jerry Estrada
- International Wrestling Association
- Nu-Wrestling Evolution
- NWE Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- Universal Wrestling Association
- UWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- World Championship Wrestling
- World Wrestling All-Stars
- World Wrestling Association
- World Wrestling Council
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Best Flying Wrestler (1998, 1999)
- Xtreme Wrestling Federation
- Xtreme Latin American Wrestling
- XLAW Extreme Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Xtreme Italian Wrestling
- XIW Italian Championship (1 time)
Lucha de Apuesta record
|Mask||Juventud Guerrera||Piloto Suicida||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Unknown|
|Mask||Juventud Guerrera||Salsero||Juárez, Chihuahua||October 20, 1997|||
|Mask||Chris Jericho||Juventud Guerrera||San Francisco, California||February 22, 1998||Mask vs. title match|
|Hair||Juventud Guerrera||Dr. Cerebro||Naucalpan, Mexico||July 2, 2009|
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