On the latest “Reffin It Up” podcast, referee Brian Hebner talked about Eddie Guerrero’s wrestling career.
Hebner and co-host RJ talked about Eddie beating Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at No Way Out 2005, Eddie’s backstage ribs, and more.
Hebner talked about Guerrero being a ratings draw in 2004:
“I remember this because I was friends with the guy who was involved with this. They were doing a lot of research picking up who was watching and where they were watching from. Eddie was a huge draw for that Latino audience and it was in some huge markets. A lot of that played into the fact that this is going to be the guy because this guy is bringing in ratings. I know people say they don’t want it to be about race. It wasn’t. It was about ratings. It wasn’t what he was or wasn’t. It was about what he was doing to multiple cultures of people. So it made sense to want to lean towards putting the belt on Eddie at this time.”
Brian said he doesn’t think Eddie would be happy with the business the way it is today:
“No, I don’t (think he would be happy with it.). I think Eddie would like it, but not love it. I think the current style that’s used is not something he would be particularly happy about, in my opinion. What I’m talking about is the crash and burn, crash and burn, no sells, no sells. Everybody kicks out of everybody’s finish. I just don’t think that’s Eddie Guerrero.”