Last Friday (Oct. 9) would have been Eddie Guerrero’s 53rd birthday.
The legendary wrestler was on a lot of people’s minds, and remembrances and tributes could be found all over social media.
A particularly heartfelt one came from Randy Orton:
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I knew eddie for a couple years. I was so young and knew that I shouldnt approach him but had the unimaginable job of wrestling in the main event on TV, so I had to. There has always been attitudes egos or whatever backstage, that will never change. But when I met eddie I forgot everything that I was supposed to know about the wrestling business. Here was this top talent, that cared enough to give me the time of day. When I thought that a simple word would bother him, or he would tell me to F off, I quickly realized that I was dead wrong and that he gaf. He saw a young newcomer to the biz who was excited to work with him and he took the time to make me feel comfortable. I take that with me these days, the understanding that the new guys aren’t anything more then exactly how I USED to be. He made me feel welcome. He made me feel important. I will forever miss him, and can say without a doubt that he was one of the greatest to ever lace up a pair of boots. RIP #eddieguerrero
In addition to being a great Eddie story, Orton’s caption was also our latest piece of evidence of Randy’s maturation. From all accounts, the 13 time WWE World champ has grown from a young man who thought his third generation status gave him free rein to run wild backstage into a locker room leader & mentor for younger WWE wrestlers.
AEW’s Chris Jericho, who’s made trolling WWE part of his gimmick since signing with Tony Khan, replied to the Viper’s post. Not to share memories of his dear friend Eddie, but to remind Randy what a pain in the ass he used to be.
The kiss emoji are a nice touch.
I suppose if you squint just right you can take Jericho’s comments as a further tribute to Guerrero: that he persisted in working with Orton despite the newcomer’s attitude issues, and continues to make a difference in the WWE locker room almost 15 years after his death through guys he influenced.
Or it could just be wrong time, wrong place from Le Champeon.
Hey, they don’t call him the #TactGod.