Former WWE agent and WCW legend Dean Malenko recently appeared on the official AEW Unrestricted podcast. The ‘Man of 1000 Holds’ would discuss a number of topics from his illustrious career, with notable time being dedicated to talking about Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero. One of the topics discussed involved November 13th 2005, the day that Eddie Guerrero sadly died due to heart failure at the age of 38.
Malenko would discuss finding out that Guerrero had died, whilst he was working in a backstage capacity for WWE. “I’m at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Minneapolis” Malenko began on the podcast. “Finley was downstairs and I said, ‘you want to walk over to the building?’ It was about three blocks to the Target Center. We walked out the building and I saw Fit. I’ve known Fit for many years and he didn’t have to say anything.”
‘The Man of 1000 Holds’ would then elaborate further, saying how it hit him when he found out his long time friend had passed. “I just go, ‘something’s wrong.’ Finlay said ‘Eddie passed last night.’ I was just…I couldn’t say anything. I was like, just in shock. It was total shock. It still says something that it’s 15-16 years ago. And [yet] it’s still sometimes fresh you know? He’ [Guerrero] such a funny guy. Such a great guy and a very impactful person.”
A tribute show was dedicated to ‘Latino Heat’ that week in 2005. Vince McMahon would say the following about the former WWE Champion. “Eddie Guerrero has passed away. Eddie was in the prime of his life, 38 years old, the prime of his career. So tonight, we celebrate the life of Eddie Guerrero. Eddie Guerrero loved this business, he loved it, he had a passion for it like no-one else. Eddie loved to perform, more than anything else, whether he was booed or whether he was cheered, he loved to perform for all of you. Eddie’s goal every night was to steal the show. So tonight, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Eddie would want the show to go on, and so it shall. Tonight, as we pay tribute to the memory of Eddie Guerrero. At this time, I would ask you all to stand in silence as we toll the bell ten times, after which, there will be a special video presentation. So if you would all please stand. Thank you. VIVA LA RAZA!”