11 years ago… The tribute to Eddie Guerrero
November 14, 2016
11 years ago today, WWE presented a special episode of RAW (WWE Network link) from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The show was a tribute to Eddie Guerrero, who was found dead a day earlier in a hotel room in Minneapolis. Like the Owen Hart tribute show back in 1999, storylines were put on hold in favor of straight wrestling matches. The show was the first half of a supershow taping that took place just hours after Guerrero had passed. Unusual for the time, both RAW and Smackdown wrestlers appeared on the show. The show opened with a ten-bell salute, and Eddie Guerrero memories were inserted between matches. In an unusual coincidence, this show would be the first main roster pairing of two longtime rivals: John Cena and Randy Orton.
- World Tag Team Champions Kane & The Big Show defeated WWE Tag Team Champions MNM (Mercury & Nitro) in a non-title match.
- Kurt Angle defeated Shelton Benjamin.
- Rey Mysterio defeated Shawn Michaels.
- Melina defeated Ashley, Candice Michelle, Christy Hemme, Jillian Hall, Maria, Mickie James, Trish Stratus and Victoria in a battle royal.
- Eugene defeated Simon Dean.
- Ric Flair defeated William Regal.
- John Cena defeated Randy Orton by disqualification.
That week’s Smackdown (WWE Network link) was also taped from the Target Center that evening and also served as a tribute to Eddie Guerrero. Like the RAW tribute show, storylines were put on hold in favor of one-off matches.
- Matt Hardy defeated Carlito.
- The Legion of Doom (Heidenreich & Animal) defeated Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch.
- Chavo Guerrero defeated John Bradshaw Layfield.
- Juventud Guerrera defeated Brian Kendrick, Funaki, Gregory Helms, Kid Kash, Nunzio, Paul London, Psicosis, Scotty 2 Hotty, Super Crazy, and Tajiri in a Cruiserweight battle royal.
- Chris Benoit defeated Triple H.
Mac, The Notorious Eddie. “This Day in Wrestling History (Nov. 14): A Tribute to Eddie Guerrero.” Cageside Seats. N.p., 14 Nov. 2016. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.