Within the WWE locker room, Eddie Guerrero is still remembered fondly.
Sin Cara is one of many who still admire his work ethic and craft. He spoke to Sports Illustrated recently on his influence, saying that in the Latino culture, Eddie was admired for working all over the world in order to hone his craft, and in turn influenced many of those who saw him work.
Growing up in El Paso, Texas, which is where Eddie grew up, I spent time as a young kid watching Eddie wrestle. I was about 8 years old when Eddie started wrestling at 18, and I got a first-look when he began to wrestle. It was awesome to see him evolve as a performer through the years and see what he became as a WWE world heavyweight champion.
In the Latino culture, Eddie is still remembered. In the case of some of my coworkers, like Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Kalisto, we still talk about the impact Eddie had and certain things he used to do in the ring. He was one of those guys who went through the whole indie scene, also coming through Mexico City, AAA, ECW, New Japan, WCW, you name it. Eddie went all over the world trying to improve his craft. He influenced a lot of us through the years. In the case of myself, I was able to do a lot of things throughout my career admiring Eddie Guerrero. I’ve always worked hard and tried to be the best, and that’s the legacy Eddie has left behind.
Eddie Guerrero passed away in 2005 after suffering a heart attack at 38 years old. In the year following his death, Rey Mysterio was given a push on the Smackdown brand, leading to him winning the World Heavyweight title at WrestleMania 22.