Eduardo Gory Guerrero Llanes (October 9, 1967 – November 13, 2005),
better known by his ring name,
was an American
professional wrestler of Hispanic descent. Born into a legendary Mexican
wrestling family, Guerrero managed to maintain the storied Guerrero family
legacy. Through the 1990s, he had a distinguished career, working for every
major professional wrestling promotion in the United States during that period:
Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling
Guerrero's in-ring character was that of a crafty, resourceful wrestler who
would do anything to win a match. His famous mantra became "Cheat to Win."
Despite, or possibly because of, being a heel for much of his career, he became
extremely popular because of his charisma and the fact that his character seemed
to largely be a reflection of himself.
Throughout his career, Guerrero encountered various substance abuse problems
outside of wrestling, including alcoholism and an addiction to pain killers. His
problems outside of the ring were sometimes integrated into his professional
wrestling storylines. Despite all these issues, Guerrero managed to be extremely
popular, winning numerous titles during his career, including the WWE
Championship. Guerrero became a born again Christian in 2002.
Guerrero came from a legendary wrestling family. His father, Gory Guerrero,
was a founding father of Lucha Libre, a prominent wrestling trainer and an
influential figure in Mexican professional wrestling. His three brothers Chavo
Guerrero, Hector Guerrero and Mando Guerrero all followed in their father's
footsteps and became professional wrestlers. Guerrero's nephew, Chavo Guerrero,
Jr. also became a wrestler. Guerrero's uncle Enrique Llanes and cousin Javier
Llanes are popular wrestlers in Mexico.
Black Tiger II,
||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
||228 lb (103 kg)
||October 9, 1967
El Paso, Texas
||November 13, 2005
Guerrero was raised in El Paso, Texas and attended the University of New
Mexico as well as New Mexico Highlands University on an athletic scholarship,
where he wrestled collegiately, before returning to El Paso to train as a
professional wrestler. He debuted in 1987 in the Mexican Empresa Mexicana de
Lucha Libre promotion. He became a star in Mexico long before he main evented in
the United States.
In 1993, Guerrero began wrestling in Japan for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where
he was known as Black Tiger II. In Mexico, he wrestled mainly for
Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion, teaming with El Hijo del Santo as the new
version of La Pareja Atómica (The Atomic Pair), the legendary tag team of Gory
Guerrero and El Santo. After Guerrero turned on Santo and allied with Art Barr
as La Pareja del Terror (The Pair of Terror), the duo became arguably the most
hated tag team in lucha libre history. Along with Barr, Konnan, Chicano Power
and Madonna’s Boyfriend, Guerrero formed Los Gringos Locos (The Crazy
Americans), a heel stable. Guerrero later said that no matter how many people
joined Los Gringos Locos, the stable was all about Art. Los Gringos Locos feuded
mostly with El Hijo de Santo and his partner Octagón, eventually ending in a
Hair vs. Hair match at the first lucha pay-per-view in America, When Worlds
Collide, which they lost.
Guerrero and Barr's first break would come when they were noticed in late
1994 by the owner of Extreme Championship Wrestling, Paul Heyman, and were
approached about wrestling for him in 1995. However, Barr died before he could
join ECW with Guerrero. As an homage to his fallen friend, Guerrero adopted his
friend's finishing move, the Frog Splash.
Guerrero won the ECW World Television Championship on his debut and went on
to have a series of acclaimed matches with Dean Malenko before they both signed
with World Championship Wrestling later that year. After their last match at the
ECW arena, the locker room emptied and the two were carried around the ring by
their fellow wrestlers while the crowd chanted "Please don't go."
World Championship Wrestling
In WCW, Guerrero found considerable singles success, winning the WCW United
States Heavyweight Championship in late 1996 and the WCW World Cruiserweight
Championship twice in 1997. One such title match was against Rey Misterio, Jr.
at Halloween Havoc. He lost the match, but called it his favorite match
in the February 2004 edition of SmackDown! magazine and his autobiography
Despite Guerrero's success and popularity, he was one of many wrestlers who
were frustrated at never being given a chance to be main event stars in WCW.
These frustrations came to a head when Guerrero requested that WCW President
Eric Bischoff either push his character or give him a raise for family reasons.
Bischoff responded by throwing coffee at Guerrero. The wrestler, furious,
demanded Bischoff release him from his WCW contract on a live episode of WCW
Monday Nitro. Guerrero then left the company for a period of months, angry
at Bischoff for what he had done. However, Guerrero later returned to WCW,
leading to the belief that maybe Guerrero's angry speeches against Bischoff were
actually a work (Guerrero later confirmed it to be a worked shoot). Guerrero
would later rebut this on WWE's DVD Monday Night War claiming that he
tried to put personal differences aside for the good of the company, yet found
himself angry and outraged once more because of Bischoff's continued refusal to
elevate Guerrero and other similar wrestlers.
Guerrero responded to Bischoff's actions by forming the Latino World Order
(or LWo), which was understood by the fans to be a mockery of Bischoff's New
World Order. The group was an answer to Bischoff's refusal to push Latino
wrestlers in ways they deserved. The group eventually grew to encompass almost
all the Mexican wrestlers working for WCW at the time. However, Guerrero was
involved in a serious car accident in 1999 that cut short the lWo storyline.
Guerrero survived the accident and returned to wrestling in a matter of months.
After his return, he continued to be displeased with WCW management and
signed with the WWF in 2000 along with top WCW stars Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko,
and Perry Saturn.
World Wrestling Federation
Guerrero and the other WCW wrestlers debuted in the WWF on January 31, 2000
as The Radicalz, appearing on RAW and interfering in a match including the New
Age Outlaws. In March 2000, Guerrero began pursuing the affections of Chyna, who
he referred to as his "Mamacita." Chyna initially rejected his advances, but
allied with him following WrestleMania 2000, declaring that she "couldn't
resist his 'Latino Heat'".
Guerrero won his first WWF title by defeating another former WCW wrestler,
Chris Jericho for the WWF European Championship with help from Chyna. He and
Chyna began a feud with Essa Rios and Lita, which culminated in a European title
defence at Backlash 2000, which was also billed as the night of
Guerrero's prom (he was said to have just earned a GED). Guerrero defeated Rios
after arriving at ringside in a 1957 Chevrolet, even wrestling in his tuxedo
pants and a bow tie. Guerrero successfully retained the title in matches against
Saturn and Malenko before finally losing the title to Saturn on July 23.
Over the next few months, friction began to build between Guerrero and Chyna.
Chyna was upset when Guerrero pinned her to advance in the King of the Ring
tournament. On August 27, Chyna won the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
Guerrero claimed to not mind and then begged Commissioner Mick Foley to let him
take part in a title defense between Chyna and Kurt Angle, claiming he was
afraid that Angle would injure Chyna. After Angle knocked Chyna down with the
title belt, Guerrero "accidentally" pinned her while trying to revive her.
Chyna became visibly uncomfortable as Guerrero began to cheat in order to
retain his title, while Guerrero was upset that Chyna was posing for Playboy
magazine, even trying to invade the Playboy Mansion to stop the photoshoot. Just
when it appeared that Chyna would leave Guerrero, he proposed to her and she
accepted. The engagement was called off when Guerrero was caught showering with
two of The Godfather's hos claiming that "Two Mamacitas are better than one!"
Guerrero turned heel once again as a result of the incident and was later
defeated for the Intercontinental Championship by Chyna's friend Billy Gunn.
The Radicalz reunited in late 2000, assisting Triple H in his match with
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin at Survivor Series. In early 2001, Guerrero
feuded with Test, winning the European Championship for a second time at
WrestleMania X-Seven with help from Saturn and Malenko. Guerrero eventually
left the Radicalz, siding with The Hardy Boyz and Lita. At this point, Guerrero
developed an addiction to pain medication stemming from his 1999 car accident
and in May 2001 was sent to rehabilitation. On November 9, 2001 he was arrested
for drunk driving and was subsequently released by the WWF three days later.
After overcoming his addictions, Guerrero appeared with numerous independent
promotions, including World Wrestling All-Stars, IWA Mid-South and Ring of
Honor. Following a number of highly acclaimed matches, such as his bout with
Doug Williams during Frontier Wrestling Alliance's King Of England
tournament and his series of matches with CM Punk, Guerrero was rehired by the
WWF (renamed "WWE") in March 2002. When he signed, he was committed to appearing
on one more ROH and IWA Mid-South show. WWE permitted him to fulfill the
obligations, and on April 19, 2002, he wrestled CM Punk and Colt Cabana in
Dayton, Ohio. Just over a week later on April 27, Guerrero teamed with The
Amazing Red to defeat The S.A.T. at A Night of Appreciation, an ROH show
dedicated to him.
While wrestling on the independent circuit, Guerrero won the IWA Mid-South
Heavyweight Championship on March 1, 2002 in Indianapolis, Indiana, defeating CM
Punk and Rey Misterio, Jr. in a three way dance. He lost the title to Punk on
the following day in Morris, Illinois. He also held the WWA International
Cruiserweight Championship from December 8, 2001 to April 2002, when he vacated
World Wrestling Entertainment
Guerrero returned to RAW on April 1, 2002, attacking Rob Van Dam and
reuniting with Chris Benoit. On April 21 at Backlash 2002 he defeated Van
Dam for the Intercontinental Championship. He lost the belt to RVD a month later
in a ladder match which was plagued with problems, including the ladder breaking
twice to a fan interfering in the match. Guerrero then started a feud with Stone
Cold Steve Austin, but Austin left WWE before a match could take place. Guerrero
then went on to feud briefly with The Rock, challenging him for the Undisputed
Championship after The Rock sang a version of "La Bamba" with the words changed
to insult Guerrero.
On August 1, Guerrero and Benoit began to wrestle exclusively for WWE's
SmackDown! brand. With Benoit starting to focus on Kurt Angle, Guerrero
aligned himself with his nephew Chavo, forming the tag team Los Guerreros. In
contrast to a previous WCW storyline with his nephew, Chavo fully adopted his
uncle's policy of "Lie, Cheat and Steal" to win matches, and to push the new tag
team vignettes were produced, which included things such as the two finagling
their way into a rich lady's house and throwing a pool party. The duo entered
the eight-team tournament for the new WWE Tag Team Championships and began a
feud with the newly formed tag team of Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit. In one of
the team's definitive moments, Chavo told Benoit that his former friend Guerrero
was assaulted by his tag team partner Kurt Angle. Benoit ran to make the save,
only to have himself locked inside a room. Guerrero then materialised in the
room and assaulted Benoit with a steel chair.
Benoit and Angle managed to overcome their differences and eventually
defeated Los Guerreros in the tournament semi-finals. Later on, Benoit and Angle
won the WWE Tag Team Championships. Benoit and Angle then fought for a trophy
for being the first WWE Tag Team Champion. Much to Benoit's surprise, Los
Guerreros helped him win the match.
Los Guerreros would then be given another shot at the WWE Tag Team titles and
the new champions, Edge and Rey Mysterio. At Survivor Series 2002,
Guerrero made Mysterio submit to The Lasso From El Paso. With this victory, Los
Guerreros began their reign as the WWE Tag Team Champions, a reign that lasted
until they were defeated by Team Angle. Los Guerreros participated at
WrestleMania XIX as contenders for the Tag Titles, along with the team of
Chris Benoit and Rhyno. Prior to Judgment Day, Chavo tore his biceps.
This forced Guerrero to look for another partner. He chose Tajiri. They won the
Tag Titles at Judgment Day in a ladder match. The following week,
Guerrero and Tajiri managed to retain their titles by cheating. In addition,
they also defeated the legendary Roddy Piper and his protegè Sean O'Haire. After
Guerrero and Tajiri lost the titles to Team Angle on July 1, Guerrero turned on
Tajiri, slamming his partner through the windshield of his low-rider truck.
In mid-2003, Guerrero competed in a tournament for the WWE United States
Championship. He managed to advance to the final round, defeating Ultimo Dragon
in the process, where he would meet Chris Benoit. In this match, Guerrero turned
to his cheating tactics, hitting Benoit with the belt at one point in the match.
Guerrero tried to get Benoit in trouble by placing the title belt on top of the
unconscious Benoit. It did not work, however, since he knocked out the ref
earlier with a belt shot to the kidneys. The match ended with interference by
and a Gore from Rhyno, Benoit's own partner, who was furious at the team's
failure. Guerrero himself said that this was a major point in the character of
Latino Heat, since he himself realized that the fans wanted to see him lie,
cheat and steal. Guerrero pinned Benoit and won the United States Championship.
At SummerSlam, Guerrero retained his title by defeating Rhyno, Benoit
and Tajiri in a four way match. He turned face again by engaging in a rivalry
with John Cena. Guerrero challenged Cena to a "Latino Heat" Parking Lot Brawl
Match for the WWE United States Championship, which Guerrero won. Chavo made his
return in this match, assisting Guerrero in executing his Frog Splash on Cena.
On September 16, 2003, Los Guerreros defeated The World's Greatest Tag Team to
regain the WWE Tag Team Championships. Eddie Guerrero thus held the United
States Championship and one-half of the Tag Team Championships concurrently.
Guerrero lost the United States Championship to The Big Show at No Mercy
2003 in October after a feud which involved Guerrero poisoning the Big Show
with some laxative laced burritos and then later spraying the Big Show with a
sewage truck. Four days later, Los Guerreros would lose the WWE Tag Team
Championship to the Basham Brothers. As Los Guerreros attempted to regain the
tag team titles, things began to go downhill between Chavo and Guerrero, and the
two fought one another at the 2004 Royal Rumble in a match that was won
by Eddie Guerrero.
As Guerrero's popularity grew, he began seeking the WWE Championship. In a
storyline, Guerrero's singles success made Chavo jealous and Chavo broke from
During the summer of 2003, Guerrero had begun driving a customized lowrider
to ringside as part of his ring entrance. Guerrero would also capitalize on his
"Lie, Cheat, and Steal" anti-hero image by brazenly using illegal tactics behind
the referee's back to win matches on occasion. He was well known for hitting
someone with a steel chair (or handing the opponent the steel chair and then
pretending to be knocked out himself, just as the referee turned around), or
using illegal weapons during the match. Despite (or possibly because of) his
immoral tactics, Guerrero continued to increase in popularity.
On February 15, 2004 Guerrero won the WWE Championship at No Way Out 2004,
defeating Brock Lesnar following interference from Goldberg. He would enjoy many
months of success as champion, which included a win against Kurt Angle at
WrestleMania XX as well as victories over the Big Show and Rey Mysterio. He
would later lose the title to John "Bradshaw" Layfield in a texas Bullrope
Match, after Angle (who was General Manager of Smackdown at the time) reversed
the decision after Eddie Guerrero appeared to have retained the title. At
SummerSlam, Angle made Guerrero submit to the ankle lock. Guerrero then
allied himself with the Big Show, who also despised Kurt Angle for firing him
while Angle was still SmackDown! general manager.
Each week Angle and his new allies Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak began
targeting Guerrero and the Big Show. General Manager Theodore Long booked a
Survivor Series Elimination Match between a team led by Guerrero and a team led
by Kurt Angle. Guerrero's team consisted of himself, Big Show, Rey Mysterio and
Rob Van Dam. The following week, Guerrero was forced to find another member for
his team because Rey Mysterio had just been given an opportunity to regain the
WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Guerrero selected John Cena, who was feuding
with Carlito, a member of Angle's Survivor Series team. At Survivor Series,
Guerrero landed the Frog Splash on Kurt Angle for the victory.
Guerrero, along with Booker T and The Undertaker, then challenged John
"Bradshaw" Layfield for a WWE Championship rematch. Along the way, Guerrero
found a partner in Booker T. Despite losing two matches in a row as a tag team,
Guerrero and Booker managed to get along. At Armageddon, Guerrero and
Booker worked as a unit, taking down both Bradshaw and Undertaker. However,
during the match, the two broke away from the team and made it clear that it was
every man for themselves. Guerrero would then be taken out by The Undertaker
while Bradshaw pinned Booker following the Clothesline From Hell. Afterwards,
Guerrero and Booker briefly and unsuccessfully attempted to win the WWE Tag Team
Feud with Rey Mysterio
On February 20, 2005, Guerrero once again became a tag team champion, this
time with long time friend and sometimes rival Rey Mysterio when they defeated
the Basham Brothers at No Way Out 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Many expected the new champions to defend their titles at WrestleMania 21,
but after encouragement from Chavo, instead Guerrero challenged Rey to a
one-on-one match so they could "bring the house down." The two wrestled a match
at WrestleMania with Mysterio getting the win. Although visibly frustrated,
Guerrero congratulated his partner. After several mishaps in the weeks following
WrestleMania, the growing tension between Guerrero and Mysterio finally
erupted when they lost their tag titles to new team MNM on the April 21 episode
of SmackDown! Although they received a match to regain the titles,
Guerrero turned heel once again by abandoning his partner, whom he had dubbed
"his family" earlier in the show.
Guerrero then adopted a new, somewhat sociopathic gimmick. During this time,
he also stopped driving his low-riders down the ring and walked to the ring with
a frown on his face, and reverted to using the Lasso from El Paso as his
finishing move. At the end of one episode of SmackDown!, he viciously and
emotionlessly beat up his former tag team partner, Rey Mysterio, leaving him
bruised and bloody after suplexing him onto a set of steel steps. At Judgment
Day 2005 on May 22, Guerrero lost to Mysterio by disqualification.
Several weeks after the match at Judgment Day, Guerrero threatened to
reveal a secret about Rey and Rey's son Dominik. The storyline (which involved
equal parts of work and truth, and had Rey's full approval) grew to involve the
families of both men, with both sides pleading for Guerrero not to reveal the
secret. Rey defeated Guerrero at the Great American Bash, a match with a
stipulation that if Guerrero lost, he would not tell the secret. Yet Guerrero
revealed the secret any way on the following episode of SmackDown! -
telling Dominik and the audience that Guerrero was his real father. The
following weeks had Guerrero revealing the details of the secret in a series of
what he called "Eddie's Bedtime Stories". He claimed that he had a child out of
wedlock (Dominik) while his marriage was going through hard times. He claimed he
then allowed Mysterio and his wife, who were "having trouble conceiving", to
adopt the child as their own.
At SummerSlam 2005, Guerrero lost a ladder match over Dominik's
custody to Mysterio. Their emotional feud ended at the premiere of Friday
Night SmackDown!, where Guerrero finally gained a victory over Mysterio in a
steel cage match.
Feud with Batista
Following his feud with Rey Mysterio, Guerrero was named number one contender
to the World Heavyweight Championship and given a title match with Batista at
No Mercy 2005 on October 9, 2005. Despite this, Guerrero quickly proclaimed
himself to be Batista's friend. However, Batista was wary of Guerrero and a
series of matches with MNM only supported his suspicions, as Guerrero appeared
to have reverted to his cheating ways. In response to Batista's suspicions,
Guerrero helped Batista win a match against his tag team partners, John
"Bradshaw" Layfield and Christian.
Batista defeated Guerrero at No Mercy to retain his World title.
During the match, Guerrero struggled with a decision about whether or not to use
a steel chair to secure the victory, eventually opting not to use it and losing
as a result. Though the two demonstrated mutual respect after the match,
Guerrero seemed displeased by the loss. Eventually, Batista and Guerrero would
become allies against Randy Orton, Bob Orton and Ken Kennedy. Guerrero would
tell Batista that he realized how low he had sunk since being WWE Champion in
2004, having attacked his best friend Rey Mysterio. Guerrero told him that
Batista shaking his hand at No Mercy had returned his respect to him.
On the November 11, 2005 edition of Friday Night SmackDown!, Eddie
Guerrero wrestled what turned out to be the final match of his life, a victory
by disqualification using his trademark cheating tactics over Ken Kennedy. This
was a Survivor Series qualifying match which would have put Guerrero on
the SmackDown! team of a brand-war Survivor Series match.
On November 13, 2005, Guerrero was found dead in his hotel room in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Marriott City Center Hotel by his nephew, Chavo.
He was thirty eight years old. Several hours later, WWE.com released the
- "WWE is deeply saddened by the news that Eddie Guerrero has passed away. He
was found dead this morning in his hotel room in Minneapolis. Eddie is survived
by his wife Vickie and daughters Shaul, 14, Sherilyn, 9, and Kaylie Marie, 3."
The same day, WWE held a press conference with a speech from his nephew
Chavo, who spoke of Guerrero's four years of sobriety that would have come on
November 15 of that year. Chavo adamantly defended his uncle, saying he had
defeated his "personal demons." WWE Chairman Vince McMahon declined to speculate
on the causes of Guerrero's death, and both men said that Guerrero would have
"wanted the show to go on."
An autopsy revealed that Guerrero died as a result of acute heart failure,
caused by undiagnosed arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease and enlargement of
the heart as a result of prior anabolic steroid abuse. Although Guerrero had not
taken alcohol or illicit drugs for over four years, his past excesses
contributed to his heart failure. At the time of his death, he had recently used
Guerrero's wife Vickie said that he had been lethargic and unwell in the week
preceding his death, but that this had been attributed to the stress of
continuously traveling and performing. She added that the doctors had told her
that Guerrero's blood vessels had shriveled and weakened owing to undiagnosed
heart disease, and that he had simply dropped into a deep sleep.
On the November 30, 2005 edition of WWE Byte This!, Chavo Guerrero, Jr. said
that Guerrero had been working very hard and was at peak physical fitness as a
result, doing cardiovascular and weight training exercises every day. There had
been no symptoms or cause for concern. Guerrero, Jr. noted that, while many
people abuse drugs for over ten years with no ill effects, Guerrero, despite
having ceased to abuse drugs four years earlier, had suffered heart
complications that were not detected in time to prevent his death.
Events following Guerrero's death
On the day of his death, Guerrero was set to face Batista and Randy Orton in
a triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship on the November 13
taping of Friday Night SmackDown! (which would have aired on November
18). Stephanie McMahon hinted, and other sources confirmed, that Guerrero had
been scheduled to defeat Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, which
would have begun Guerrero's first reign as World Heavyweight Champion.
The episodes of RAW on November 14, 2005, and Friday Night
SmackDown! on November 18, 2005, each aired as a tribute to Eddie Guerrero.
No WWE employees were compelled to perform, although several matches took place,
including one featuring Chavo. RAW started off with all the superstars
and several personnel on stage, as Vince McMahon addressed the live crowd. A
video was then shown featuring many clips of Guerrero in and out of the ring to
"Hurt" as performed by Johnny Cash. A similar video was shown on Friday Night
Smackdown to "Here Without You" by 3 Doors Down. These shows were similar in
format to the RAW is Owen special edition of RAW, which paid
tribute to the late Owen Hart, and the SmackDown! special in Houston,
Texas two days after the September 11, 2001 attacks. In addition to the RAW
and SmackDown! tribute shows, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling dedicated the
pay-per-view TNA Genesis (which aired the evening of his passing) to
Eddie Guerrero's funeral took place on November 17, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona
at Green Acres Cemetery. The private service was performed by retired wrestler
"Superstar" Billy Graham. Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Chris Jericho, John
"Bradshaw" Layfield, Vince McMahon, Tom Prichard, all of Guerrero's brothers,
one of his sisters, Chavo Guerrero, Jr. and Valerie Coleman Graham all spoke at
the funeral. Dozens of wrestlers and wrestling personalities were also in
As a direct response to Guerrero's death, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon
announced the implementation of drug testing for WWE wrestlers, which began in
March 2006. Guerrero was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on
April 1, 2006 by Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio, and his nephew Chavo Guerrero in
Chicago, Illinois on the night before WrestleMania 22. His wife Vickie Guerrero
accepted the honor.
Finishing and signature moves
- Frog splash
- Lasso From El Paso (Elevated Texas cloverleaf hold)
- Hilo (Slingshot senton)
- Splash Mountain (Sitout crucifix powerbomb)
- Three Amigos (Combination three vertical suplexes)
- European uppercut
- Gory Special
- Spinning boot scrape to the face
- Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker
Finishing moves as Black Tiger
- Super Black Tiger Bomb (Second rope crucifix powerbomb)
- Black Tiger Bomb (Sitout crucifix powerbomb)
Championships and accomplishments
- Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion
- 1-time AAA/IWC World Tag Team Champion (with "Love Machine" Art Barr)
- Extreme Championship Wrestling
- 2-time ECW World Television Champion
- Independent Wrestling Association: Mid-South
- 1-time IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion
- Latin American Wrestling Association
- 1-time LAWA Heavyweight Champion
- 1-time NJPW Junior Heavyweight Super Grade Tag League Champion (with The
- 1-time PWF World Tag Team Champion (with Hector Guerrero)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI named him # 81 of the 500 best wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003
- PWI named him # 18 of the best tag teams of the PWI Years, with Art
Barr as Los Gringos Locos
- PWI Comeback of the Year Award (1999)
- PWI Most Inspirational Award (2002)
- PWI Most Inspirational Award (2004)
- PWI Editor's award (2005)
- World Championship Wrestling
- 1-time WCW United States Champion
- 2-time WCW Cruiserweight Champion
- World Wrestling All-Stars
- 1-time WWA International Cruiserweight Champion
- World Wrestling Association
- 1-time WWA World Trios Champion (with Chavo Guerrero and Mando Guerrero)
- 1-time WWA World Welterweight Champion
- World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
- 1-time WWE Champion
- 2-time WWF/E Intercontinental Champion
- 1-time WWE United States Champion
- 2-time WWF European Champion
- 4-time WWE Tag Team Champion (2-time with Chavo Guerrero, Jr., 1-time with
Tajiri, 1-time with Rey Mysterio)
- WWE Hall of Famer (class of 2006)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- 1994 Feud of the Year (with Art Barr, versus El Hijo del Santo and Octagón)
- 1994 Tag Team of the Year (with Art Barr as Los Gringos Locos)
- 1995 Feud of the Year (versus Dean Malenko)
- 2002 Tag Team of the Year (with Chavo Guerrero, Jr. as Los Guerreros)
- 2004 Most Charismatic Wrestlerrr
- 2005 Best Interviews
- 2005 Most Charismatic Wrestler