From The Shelf- Viva La Raza: The Legacy of Eddie Guerrero (Disc One)
Posted by Dylan Diot on 02.26.2014
Eddie Guerrero establishes himself as one of the best in the business in ECW and WCW....
Viva La Raza: The Legacy of Eddie Guerrero
Before we start, I’M TAKING REQUESTS!!!! With the WWE Network launching, I’m going to be reviewing the crap out of anything available and with the plethora of PPVs on demand, going forward in the comments section feel free to make requests who what you guys want me to review going forward.
Throughout the set, there are small talking segments about Eddie’s career but there is nothing worthwhile about them so I’m going to focus on the matches in this series of reviews.
Shinjiro Otani w/Sonny Ono vs. Eddie Guerrero from WCW Starrcade 1995
Both men look for control to start and they reach a standstill. Enzuigiri by Guerrero and he steps on the face of Otani. Otani takes Eddie down and goes to work on the leg of Guerrero. Monkey flip by Otani and Eddie comes back with a hurricanrana forcing Otani to bail. Back in, Eddie dropkicks Otani and hits a slam. Hilo by Eddie and he grabs the Boston Crab. Otani makes the ropes to break and Eddie hits a powerbomb for 2. Brainbuster by Eddie gets 2 as Otani gets his foot on the ropes to break. Corner clothesline by Guerrero and he charges in the corner but misses. Springboard dropkick by Otani and Eddie bails. Springboard crossbody to the floor by Otani and back in, Otani hits a dropkick. He chokes Eddie in the ropes and goes to the chinlock. Eddie fights out and hits a Saito suplex to Otani for 2. Otani escapes a Brainbuster attempt and he hits a German suplex for 2. Springboard spinning heel kick by Otani and he hits a slam. Otani goes up but Eddie stops him and follows up. Frankensteiner off the top by Guerrero gets 2. Splash Mountain by Guerrero gets 2. Otani catches Eddie in the Grapevine but Eddie makes the ropes to break. Otani charges but Eddie low bridges him sending him to the floor. Eddie follows and he slams Otani on the floor. Guerrero hits a springboard crossbody to the floor and back in, Eddie goes to suplex Otani to the floor but he blocks and reverses into his own. Springboard dropkick to the back by Otani and he goes for the Dragon suplex but Eddie blocks. Hurricanrana by Eddie but Otani rolls through for 2, leading to a roll-up exchange where Otani actually gets the 3!!! Winner- Shinjiro Otani ***1/2 ( Really good match. The crowd wasn’t into it to start due to the unfamiliarity with Otani but the faced pace, exciting action got the crowd into it by the end.)
Ultimo Dragon vs. Eddie Guerrero w/Chavo Guerrero Jr. from WCW Slamboree 1998
If Ultimo Dragon wins, Chavo wins his freedom from Eddie. Feel out process to start and they reach a standstill. Snapmare by Dragon and Eddie bails. Back in, Dragon takes Eddie down into the cross armbreaker but Eddie escapes into the test of strength. Dropkick by Eddie and he stomps away in the corner. Eddie chokes Dragon with his boot in the corner and Dragon comes back with a headscissors. Monkey flip by Dragon and he sweeps the leg of Guerrero. Spin kick by Dragon and Eddie bails. Back in, Dragon snap mares Guerrero and throws some kicks to the back. Half crab by Dragon and he converts it into the inverted bow and arrow. Eddie pokes the eye of Dragon and he snap mares Dragon. He steps on Dragon’s face and hits a clothesline to come back. Brainbuster by Guerrero gets 2 and he goes to the chinlock. Eddie dumps Dragon to the floor and follows out. He sends Dragon into the railings and he chokes Dragon with a cable. Back in, Eddie puts Dragon on top and follows up. Dragon crotches Eddie and he hits a kick to the head knocking Eddie to the floor. Asai moonsault to the floor by Dragon and back in, Dragon hits the After Shock for 2. He hammers Eddie on the mat and he goes up. Moonsault off the top by Dragon gets 2. Dragon puts Eddie on top and follows up. Eddie shoves him off and hits the Tornado DDT. Eddie goes up for the Frog Splash but misses. Inside Cradle by Dragon gets 2. Dragon grabs the Dragon Sleeper but Eddie uses the ropes to counter into one of his own. Eddie uses the ropes for leverage but Chavo takes his feet off the ropes. Eddie slaps Chavo and Dragon goes for a spinning heel kick but misses Eddie and nails Chavo. Brainbuster by Eddie and he goes up. Frog Splash by Eddie gets 3. Chavo attacks Ultimo Dragon for not winning the match. Winner- Eddie Guerrero ***1/4 ( Really solid match but unfortunately the crowd could not have cared less about the match which killed any potential this match had at being great. )
Eddie Guerrero vs. Juventud Guerrera from WCW Nitro 8-3-98
Eddie slaps Juventud to start and Juventud chops away on Eddie. Dropkick by Juvi and Eddie hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Chops by Eddie and Juvi comes back with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Eddie puts Juvi on top and he follows up. Juvi shoves him off the top and Juvi hits the spinning heel kick. Eddie bails and he hits a Suicide plancha to the floor. Back in, Eddie snake eyes Juvi in the corner and he goes for a powerbomb but Juvi counters into a DDT for 2. Springboard dropkick by Juvi and he goes for the Juvi Driver but Eddie counters into a shoulder breaker. Eddie goes up and hits the Frog Splash for 3. Winner- Eddie Guerrero **1/2 ( Nice little sprint but I question why Eddie won considering Juvi was getting a title shot at Chris Jericho just five days later at Road Wild.)
Psychosis vs. Eddie Guerrero from WCW Thunder 6-24-99
This is Eddie’s second match since his car accident in 1998 and the crowd is chanting his name. Clothesline by Psychosis and he hits a hurricanrana. Psychosis crotches Eddie and he goes up. Spinning heel kick to the back by Psychosis and he hits a slingshot pescado to the floor. Back in, Eddie hits a hurricanrana and he hits a basement dropkick. Eddie chokes Psychosis in the ropes and they go to the floor where Eddie sends Psychosis into the railings. Eddie sends Psychosis into the steps and he dropkicks the steps into Psychosis. Back in, Eddie hits the Hilo into the ring and he sends Psychosis chest first into the corner. Abdominal stretch by Eddie as we go to break.
Back and Eddie has the grape vine on Psychosis. He releases and Psychosis presses Eddie to the mat. Rights by Psychosis but Eddie takes him down and goes back to work on the leg of Psychosis. Eddie dumps Psychosis to the floor and he follows out. Psychosis sends Eddie into the railings and he dropkicks Eddie on the floor. Back in, Eddie hits a back elbow to Psychosis and he hits a slam. Eddie goes up and leaps but Psychosis catches him with a reverse atomic drop on the way down. Rights by Psychosis and he hits a spinning heel kick forcing Eddie to bail. Slingshot moonsault press by Psychosis to the floor and back in, Psychosis goes up. Spinning heel kick off the top by Psychosis gets 2 as Eddie grabs the ropes to break. Psychosis puts Eddie on top but Eddie tries the Tornado DDT. Psychosis blocks and he puts Eddie on top again. Frankensteiner off the top by Psychosis gets 2. Psychosis goes up for a crossbody off the top but misses. Eddie goes up and hits the Frog Splash on the back of Psychosis for 3. Winner- Eddie Guerrero *** ( Solid match that gave Eddie a strong win as he is slowly ushered back into the main roster after his injury. )