Hector Guerrero recently spoke with SI.com about various topics. Here are the highlights.
SI.com: There were 13 years separating you and your younger brother, Eddie. Despite the gap in age, how do you describe your relationship with Eddie?
“I didn’t care about the difference in years. Eddie was my brother and I loved him. A lot of people think of Eddie as family. My father, Gory Guerrero, had Eddie on a Monday night. He was announced on a Monday night, and he was pronounced dead to the public on a Monday night. My brother Eddie was a beautiful person. He had a beautiful heart. He went through some rough spots in his life, but his family was with him. Eddie made his mark, and now, in wrestling, he’s like a martyr. People still chant his name, and I love that they still chant his name. Eddie was a little bit of all of us. He had my dad’s command and ring presence, Chavo Sr.’s tenacity and aggressiveness, Mando’s creativity, and my charisma—and then he had his own and added to that to make himself his own man. I remember him so much, and I know he’s in heaven—I’ve communicated with him in dreams—and I miss him.”
SI.com: The Gobbledy Gooker is remembered for all the wrong reasons. What went wrong? And, during your debut, you hatched out of an oversized egg – how long were you in that egg?
“The Gobbledy Gooker is called the biggest flop in professional wrestling history, but it wasn’t meant for the adults. It was for the children. Vince wanted to do something noble, which I take my hat off to and respect. But the circumstances were not favorable. I couldn’t see. The eyes were outside and they were bubbled out—it was almost like they drilled holes through golf balls. I had to get in the egg early before the show. There was a box under the egg, and I had a fan down there to keep me cool. I had a light, I had a monitor, and that’s where I was. As soon as I came out, you heard the boos—the real bad ones, and a lot of them. Gene Okerlund went through our routine, and he worked really hard, even going in the ring with me. I was flawless and didn’t miss a cue, but the stares and looks from the crowd made me feel like the biggest flop in the history of wrestling. That’s just the way the people reacted. I was in a bad situation, and you don’t blame the boss. You blame the performer.”