Los Guerreros

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"Los Guerreros" can also refer to Los Guerreros del Infierno.

Los Guerreros (The Guerreros) are 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.[1] 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, the American Wrestling Association, New Japan Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.[2] The name “Los Guerreros” is also often used when two 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 the late Eddie Guerrero, his nephew Chavo Guerrero and after Chavo was injured, Yoshihiro Tajiri.[3]

The Guerrero family[edit]

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.[1] Gory married Herlinda Llanes, whose three brothers Enrique, Mario and Sergio Yañez were all professional wrestlers (Enrique’s son Javier was also a professional wrestler).

Together Gory and Herlinda had six children, two girls and four boys – the boys would all end up in professional wrestling.

Guerrero family tree[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gory Guerrero
(1921–1990)
 
Herlinda Llanes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maria Guerrero
 
Chavo Guerrero, Sr.
(born 1949)
 
Mando Guerrero
(born 1952)
 
Héctor Guerrero
(born 1954)
 
Linda Guerrero
 
Vickie Lara
(born 1968)
[12][13][14]
 
Eddie Guerrero
(1967–2005)
 
Tara Mahoney
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
(born 1970)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shaul Guerrero
(born 1990)
Sherilyn Guerrero
(born 1995)
 
Kaylie Guerrero
(born 2002)

Wrestling as a family[edit]

The Guerreros (1976–1998)[edit]

The Guerreros
Stable
Members Gory Guerrero
Chavo Guerrero
Héctor Guerrero
Mando Guerrero
Eddie Guerrero
Name(s) Chavo and Gory
Hector and Chavo
Hector and Mando
Chavo and Mando
Hector, Chavo and Mando
Hector and Eddie
Chavo, Mando and Eddie
Debut 1976
Disbanded 1998
Promotions AWA
CWF
PWF
UWC
NWA Hollywood
WWA (Mexico)

NWA Hollywood Wrestling (1976–1982)[edit]

Gory Guerrero, a legendary luchador, 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 NWA Hollywood Wrestling 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 NWA Hollywood. 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.[15] 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.[15] 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.[15] 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.[15] 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)[edit]

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.[16] 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 the American Wrestling Association, 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 did not win the tag team titles. At SuperClash III, representing 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.[17]

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.[18] 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.[8][9]

Eddie and Chavo Jr. (1995–2004)[edit]

Los Guerreros
Tag team
Members Eddie Guerrero
Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
Vickie Guerrero (Leader & Manager)
Name(s) Los Guerreros[3]
Heights Eddie:
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[10]
Chavo Jr.:
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[6]
Vickie:
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[13]
Combined
weight
555 lb (252 kg; 39.6 st)
Debut 1998
Disbanded 2004
Promotions WCW
WWE

World Championship Wrestling (1998)[edit]

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 episode of Nitro, Chavo lost to Booker T in a match. After the match, Eddie suplexed Chavo to teach him a lesson.[19] On the March 12 episode of WCW Thunder, he defeated his nephew Chavo in a match and forced him to become his "slave".[20] 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.[21] Eddie and Chavo then feuded with Último Dragón. Chavo lost to Dragón at Spring Stampede.[22] At Slamboree, Eddie defeated Dragón despite interference from Chavo.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25] Eddie saved Chavo from beatings by Stevie Ray, seeming that he would align with Chavo but he wanted his release.[26] 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."[27] This led to a feud with Norman Smiley in which Pepé was thrown into a woodchipper by Smiley.[28] 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)[edit]

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.[29][30]

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.[31][32] 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,[33] and Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas). They would lose the tag titles to Team Angle on the February 6, 2003 episode of SmackDown!.[34]

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 episode of SmackDown!, they defeated World's Greatest Tag Team for their second WWE Tag Team Championship.[35][36] They would lose the belts to the Basham Brothers about a month later,[37] 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.

Tactics[edit]

This version of Los Guerreros became extremely over with the crowd using the gimmick and motto "We lie. We cheat. We steal."

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.

Following the breakup of this team, both would retain the gimmick. While Chavo became more of a classical heel, Eddie's utilization was generally used during his face status.

Chavo and Chavo Jr. (2004)[edit]

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 (2005-2011)[edit]

Main article: La Familia

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 then General Manager of SmackDown, Theodore Long. Chavo then began supporting Vickie and her new storyline lover, Dolph Ziggler. In 2011, Chavo was released from WWE, ending Los Guerreros. However, Vickie remained with the company until June 2014.

Raquel Diaz[edit]

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. She made her debut in December 2010 in an appearance ringside for FCW Divas Championship match. She made her in-ring debut at FCW on February 11, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida under the ring name "Raquel Diaz". She began managing Alexander Rusev, then joined Ricardo Rodriguez's faction known as "The Acension" along with Conor O'Brian, Kenneth Cameron and Tito Colon. On the December 18 episode of FCW television, Diaz became the Queen of FCW by defeating Aksana.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2011- )[edit]

Chavo Guerrero, Jr.[edit]

Chavo joined up with Ring Ka King in India, a sister federation of Total Nonstop Action. He became a Tag Team champion alongside Bulldog Hart.

On July 19, 2012, it was announced via YouTube and television that night that Chavo would join Total Nonstop Action.

Hector Guerrero[edit]

Hector was hired in 2007 to be the Spanish-speaking color commentator for live television events. In 2008 he would spend a brief stint as the manager for the stable/tag team of the Latin American Xchange. Currently Chavo Jr. is in a tag team with former LAX member Hernandez.

On November 1, 2012, on an edition of TNA Impact Wrestling, Hector and his broadcast partner Willie Urbina were called out by Christopher Daniels and Kazarian on Open Fight Night and were attacked.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • All-California Championship Wrestling
    • ACCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - Mando
  • Atlantic Coast Championship Wrestling
    • ACCW Heavyweight Championship (2 times) - Chavo Sr.
  • California Pro Wrestling
    • CPW California Championship (1 time) - Hector
  • Eastern Wrestling Federation
    • EWF Heavyweight Championship (2 times) - Chavo Sr.
  • Hollywood Heavyweight Wrestling
    • HHW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) - Chavo Sr.
  • International Wrestling Federation
    • IWF Heavyweight Championship (2 times) - Mando (1), Chavo Sr. (1)
  • Latin American Wrestling Association
    • LAWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time) - Eddie
  • Pro Wrestling Federation
    • PWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Hector and Eddie
  • Western States Alliance
    • WSA Western States Tag Team Championship (1 time) - Hector and Mando
  • World Organization of Wrestling
    • WOW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) - Hector
  • World Wrestling Association
    • WWA Welterweight Championship (1 time) - Eddie
    • WWA World Trios Championship (1 time) – Chavo Sr., Mando and Eddie

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