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An Exclusive Interview with Chavo Guerrero Jr.

An Exclusive Interview with Chavo Guerrero Jr.

Chavo Guerrero Jr. arrived in IMPACT WRESTLING in 2012, bringing with him his amazing history, lineage and championship title run.  He is a third-generation wrestler who, perhaps more than any other wrestler, could be a world champion anytime he steps into the ring.

Guerrero will be spotlighted in the next TNA IMPACT WRESTLING trading card set from Houston-based TRISTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC., the official trading card licensee.  The next TNA card set from TRISTAR, titled TNA LIVE and set to release in March, will feature an exclusive 5-card series, called, The Guerrero Legacy.

Guerrero and veteran pro wrestling reporter Ross Forman spoke at length in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 13, 2012. Chavo Jr. talked about his arrival in IMPACT WRESTLING, growing up Guerrero, his late Uncle Eddie and much, much more.

Be sure to see the TNA LIVE trading cards from TRISTAR PRODUCTIONS in early-2013 for more about Guerrero, plus new collectible cards of Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and all of the Knockouts.

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By Ross Forman

On the biggest event of the year, one of the biggest names in pro wrestling history made his first true mark on IMPACT WRESTLING.  One can only imagine what’s next for this third-generation wrestling superstar.

Chavo Guerrero, Jr., it was announced in mid-July, had signed with IMPACT WRESTLING and, less than three months later – at Bound For Glory – he was a world champion.  Guerrero and Hernandez defeated Christopher Daniels and Kazarian on October 14 in three-way match also involving A.J. Styles and Kurt Angle to become the new TNA World Tag Team Champions.

Guerrero and Hernandez defended their titles at Turning Point on Nov. 11, defeating Daniels and Kazarian in a rematch.

“Winning the TNA Tag Team Championship so fast (after arriving in the promotion) proves that, yeah, I came here on a mission – to be a major player right off the bat, and I’m not done yet,” Guerrero said.  “Coming to TNA was something I wanted to do when I looked at the roster. It really is a great, great roster, without question the best roster of any wrestling company in the world.  

“There are so many people on the roster who I have never wrestled against, and I want to wrestle so many of them, such as AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, and even Sting.

“There are so many in TNA who I could have five-star matches against.”

Hailing from the famed Guerrero wrestling family of El Paso, Texas, Chavo Jr. has been a champion on multiple occasions, in numerous promotions.  He is the grandson of Gory Guerrero, one of the most famous wrestlers in Mexican wrestling history.  His father, Chavo Sr., also was a wrestler, as were his uncles: Eddie, Hector and Mando.

“The Guerrero Legacy means pride, hard-work, work-ethic, legacy and responsibility to uphold the Guerrero name and doing it for the Hispanic people as a whole,” Chavo Jr. said.

Is there pressure with the name?

Not as much anymore, he said, “but when I first started in the business, yes, of course (there was).

“Growing up a Guerrero was great; you got a lot of perks; everyone knew who you were.  I was signing autographs as a kid.  But it also led to jealousy at times.  Older kids often thought they could make a name for themselves just by beating up a Guerrero.”

Guerrero was born in El Paso and now lives in San Diego.  He made his pro debut on May 20, 1994.

“I knew I was going to be a pro wrestler my whole life.  There never was anything else I really wanted to be, other than a brief time when I wanted to be a player for the Dallas Cowboys and also a wrestler.  But never anything else,” Guerrero said.

In fact, in his sixth-grade yearbook, when asked what he wanted to do when he grew up, Guerrero answered:  Professional wrestler.

Yes, he clearly has made it.

Such that, legends in the business often come up to him after matches with their praise.

“When you have the respect of your peers, that’s when you make it in his business.  And also when you get in the ring with/against legends in this business,” Guerrero said.  “That said, I don’t think you make it and then are done.  I’m always striving to be better.  You’re only as good as your next match.  You can have a five-star match, go to bed with medals on your chest, but when you wake up the next day, you have to do it all over again.”

Guerrero often walks to the ring with the weight of the entire Hispanic population  across his muscled shoulders.  He walks with pride and seemingly always waves the red, white and green of Mexico.

“Wrestling is just something that I do, but people come up to me constantly, literally, 5,000 times over my career or more, Hispanics have come up to me to say thanks for what I do for the Mexican people, for La Raza,” Guerrero said.  “To represent the Hispanic people, it truly is an honor and a responsibility; sometimes you forget that.”

Chavo Jr. is now working alongside Uncle Hector, who is a Spanish announcer for IMPACT WRESTLING.  He calls Hector, “a mentor.”

The most famous Guerrero of all time was Uncle Eddie, who died seven years ago.

“Eddie was such a good performer.  So good, in fact, that he didn’t even know how good he was,” Chavo Jr. said.  “He just loved to compete in the ring; that was his home.  His addiction was being in that ring, in front of the fans.

“Eddie was a hard guy to get to know.  But once he knew you, and liked you, he’d give you the shirt off his back – and I saw it happen many, many times.  He wore his heart on his sleeve, and I think that came across on TV.

“Eddie wasn’t just my uncle, he was like my big brother to me.”

So who is the real Chavo Jr.?

Loyal, especially to his friends.  “But you cross me and you’ll see another side of me, that Guerrero monster,” he said.

Away from the ring, Guerrero enjoys camping, boating, water skiing, spending time with his dog, motorcycle riding, and more.  “I just love life,” he said.

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