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Remembering Eddie Guerrero on his birthday
By Scott Fishman
Eddie Guerrero may be gone, but never forgotten.
His spirit and mark left on sports entertainment carries on through every time someone hits the Frog Splash, Three Amigos or plays possum in the ring.
Guerrero's memory is also kept alive by his widow Vickie, who has paved her own way in WWE over the years. His daughter Raquel Diaz has also already spent some time in the family business.
Guerrero helped raise the bar for not only Latin American WWE superstars and proved size doesn't always matter. There was so much joy from the wrestling world when he took home the WWE championship.
Even almost a decade later, it's remembered as one of those magical moments in the industry. These are moments that don't come around very often. Then there were his classic battles with the likes of Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit and even John "Bradshaw" Layfield.
I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Latino Heat at a local Kmart he was appearing at months before he won the gold and made history.
He was gracious and talked openly about the struggles he had through his life. It's an inspiring story, and one I was happy to tell.
I will never forget having that opportunity to talk to the great Eddie Guerrero. He was among the first WWE personalities I have shared a conversation with and is still a favorite article of mine.
It actually made the cover story of the last issue of Total Wrestling Magazine (still waiting on that check Bill Apter ;)).
The tragedy today is that many wrestling fans of today won't get to experience the greatness of Eddie Guerrero live. This is where DVDs and other video archives come in.
I think I share the same sentiments of other members of the WWE Universe by saying Happy Birthday Eddie. Thank you for all the years you entertained us. You will never be forgotten.