He took on the former WWE Champion on the November 11, 2005 episode of Smackdown, with a spot on Smackdown’s Survivor Series team on the line.
This would be Eddie Guerrero’s final match in wrestling, as he died just says later in his hotel room, after being found by his nephew Chavo Guerrero.
During the match, the famous spot occurred, where Guerrero threw a chair for Mr Kennedy to catch, before falling to the ground, feigning being hit.
The referee noticed this, and awarded the win to Guerrero, via disqualification.
During an interview with Chris Van Vliet, Mr. Kennedy spoke about the match and going out to dinner with Guerrero and Benoit afterwards.
“I remember him telling me to calm down in the beginning, there was some, we did some chain wrestling. I remember I was scrambling to get to the ropes quickly to break. And I remember him telling me like, just calm down, like, you don’t have to go so quickly there. And then I remember, we were talking through the match, I’m supposed to hit him with the chair at the end, and I remember he’s like ‘Bring it. Hit me with it.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, I’m gonna hit you with it.’ And then I hit him with it. And we got backstage and he was like ‘Maybe a little too much.’
“But then we went out to dinner that night, I was riding, I was actually riding with him and Benoit at the time, and we went to a steakhouse. And I remember they were talking because the next week after, it was like a super show in Minneapolis. It was Raw and SmackDown, I’m not sure if ECW was around at the time yet. But it was going to be a Raw SmackDown Super Show and then we were heading to the airport, we were going to fly out and doing my first international tour.
Eddie Guerrero’s Last Match
Eddie Guerrero’s last wrestling match was against Mr Kennedy on Smackdown. The match took place on the November 11, 2005 on Friday Night Smackdown, with the winner earning themselves a spot on the Smackdown Survivor Series team for that year.
The bout became famous for the ending, which has become one of the most iconic in WWE history – partly due to it being the final outing of the legendary Eddie Guerrero, but partly due to the genius and originality of the finish.
Guerrero grabbed a chair from the outside and brought it into the ring. At first, his thought was to hit his opponent in the head whilst the referee was down and win the match via cheating. However, he noticed the referee was starting to stir so instead banged the steel chair onto the ring mat.
This alerted the referee to the fact that a weapon was being used. Guerrero then quickly tossed the chair for Mr Kennedy, who caught it, and flung himself to the ground just in time for the referee to see.
Putting two and two together, he fell for the Mexican star’s tricks and disqualified Mr Kennedy and gave Eddie Guerrero the victory.
This would be his final match before his death two days later, and would be fondly remembered as one of the finest and funniest last matches of all time. A fitting end to a fantastic career, even if it was under less-than-ideal circumstances.
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