By Ryan Clark | November 19, 2005
Lash LeRoux on Eddie Guerrero: "Any attempt to eulogize Eddie Guerrero in a manner that will do him justice is impossible. It simply can't be done. Many of his wrestling brothers who love him will try, but we will fail miserably. How can you sum up the fire and passion behind Eddie's eyes in just a few feeble words? However, anyone who knew him well cannot help but try. Eddie had that effect on you. It would be extremely conceited for me to claim that Eddie and I shared an intimate friendship, or that he regarded me as highly as I loved and respected him. Any such pretense on my part would do a disservice to the bond Eddie shared with his most cherished friends like Chris Benoit, Dean Melenko and Chavo Guerrero. Any yet, if you shared any personal time with Eddie, he made you feel like you were the most important person in the world to him at that moment. He gave his sincere undivided attention to you as a person, and as a result you felt genuinely loved. Eddie cared about other people's problems as much as he cared about his own. That is why so many in the wrestling community feel an emptiness in their heart without Eddie around. Warriors can be replaced on the battlefield. Many superstars will step up their game and try to fill the entertainment void left by Eddie. Some will succeed in helping us cope with our loss, and the wrestling world will go on. However, the void that can't be filled is that left by Eddie Guerrero the man. He was more than a colleague. To many of us, he was a teacher, a mentor, a brother and a friend. This leaves a hole in my heart no one can fill. I can only hope to aspire to be half the man Eddie Guerrero was."
Scott Hudson on Eddie Guerrero: During the entire run of WCW when he, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio, Jr., and the others brought a redefinition of wrestling to the masses, Eddie, singularly, stood out as a humble, respectful man. I have vivid memories of Eddie walking up on those Monday afternoons and sincerely thanking us for putting him over in the commentary; recognizing a subtle furtherance of a storyline he had worked into his match; spotlighting an intricate new spot that he and his opponent had worked on for an hour. He understood that every aspect of wrestling (the wrestlers, the announcers, the referee, the camera operators, the director, etc.) was integral to a successful product and would help to, to coin a phrase, "put asses in seats." He never once took the star trip (even though he deserved to). His ego did not register with anyone (even though no one would have begrudged him that). He was always smiling (even though we knew what he was smiling through.) And most of all he loved the sport and those who loved it with him (even though sometimes it didn't love him back.) In many ways wrestling does not need anymore Eddie Guerrero's. You know the ways I'm referring to. But in many, many more ways, wrestling cannot have enough Eddie Guerrero's. From his mid-70's elementary school-age brawls with Chavo, Jr. to his current run at the top of the WWE, he never once left it backstage. He always left it in the ring each night. I didn't cry when my parents died. I cried watching Chris Benoit talk about his best friend. Hard. Good-bye, my friend. I'm glad you found your peace. Scott Hudson
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