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Hector Manuel Guerrero Llanes (born October 1, 1954) is a Mexicanmarker-Americanmarker professional wrestler, better known simply by his paternal name, Hector Guerrero. He is currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a Spanish color commentator and a road agent.

Career

Guerrero Llanes was born in Mexico Citymarker, Mexicomarker, but his family relocated to El Paso, Texasmarker in the United States of Americamarker when he was young. Guerrero attended the University of Texas at El Pasomarker, graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He trained one of the most famous WWE wrestlers of all time, his brother Eddie Guerrero.

Early career

Hector Guerrero Lleras trained as a wrestler under his father, Gory, and debuted in 1973 as Hector Guerrero. Early in his career, he wrestled primarily in Californiamarker, often teaming with his brothers Chavo and Mando.

In the mid-1980s, Guerrero wrestled for NWA: Jim Crockett Promotions as the masked Lazer-Tron. Guerrero teamed with Jimmy Valiant and feuded with the New Breed. Guerrero went on to feud with Denny Brown for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, and teamed with Manny Fernandez as "The Latin Connection" until Fernandez turned on him to join Rick Rude and Paul Jones.

After leaving the NWA, Guerrero joined the United States Wrestling Association, where he became known for throwing a compound (supposedly extracted from jalapeño) in the eyes of his opponents to temporarily blind them. Guerrero teamed with Dr. Diablo until inadvertently throwing the extract in Diablo's eyes and blinding his own partner, causing the team to split.

In the late 1980s, Guerrero wrestled in the American Wrestling Association, winning the AWA World Tag Team Championship with Dr. D.

World Wrestling Federation: The Gobbledy Gooker

In 1990, Guerrero appeared in the World Wrestling Federation at the Survivor Series, wearing a turkeymarker costume and performing under the name Gobbledy Gooker.

The Gobbledy Gooker "hatched" from an oversized egg, which had been on display at WWF events prior to the Survivor Series, and heavily hyped on television. However, crowd reaction was very negative, with fans booing as the costumed Guerrero danced in the ring with announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund (play-by-play announcers Gorilla Monsoon and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper tried their best to be enthusiastic).

Critics were universal with negative reviews, and the character was quickly retired, receiving very few mentions afterwards, and leaving it a mystery if the character was ever even intended for more than short term use, although the gimmick did lend its name to the annual WrestleCrap Gooker Award for worst gimmick, storyline, or event in wrestling.

After the character was shelved the WWF didn't mention it for years, until it became fashionable to mock mistakes made in the past. At this point The Gobbledy Gooker was revived for WrestleMania X-Seven to participate in the "Gimmick Battle Royal". Though the costume was very different from the original, Hector Guerrero did again don the costume, being the second person eliminated in the match, with Repo Man being the first.

When "Mean" Gene Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, he recalled some of his famous interviews and he acknowledged the fact that it was Hector Guerrero in the costume, saying that "Hector, we had a lot of fun, but all of this is forgotten," as the camera took a shot of a shy Hector Guerrero.

Later career

Guerrero appeared with the Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker-based Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion in 1995, unsuccessfully challenging 2 Cold Scorpio for the ECW Television Championship at Return of The Funker.

Guerrero appeared in World Championship Wrestling in 1997 to confront his brother Eddie about his onscreen behavior. He left the promotion after losing to his brother in a singles match on an episode of WCW Saturday Night. Eddie Guerrero stated in his autobiography that Hector left WCW because he was unhappy with the way he was treated.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

On March 1, 2007, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling announced that Guerrero had been hired by TNA as a Spanish color commentator and road agent. On March 8, 2007, he was presented with an award for "achievements in the sport of professional wrestling" by TNA and the Hispanic Legacy Foundation.

On May 1, 2008, Guerrero accepted an offer from The Latin American X-Change (LAX) to become their new (on-screen) advisor and mentor. On May 11, 2008, Guerrero managed LAX to three victories and the TNA World Tag Team Championship. He interfered in the second and third matches, first helping Homicide pin A.J. Styles, and then helping remove Johnny Devine from Team 3D's corner.

On the Sep. 25 2008 edition of Impact! Guerrero, Homicide and Hernandez fought Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode, James Storm and Jacqueline) in a six person "Loser's Manager Leaves Town" match. The match ended when Roode pinned Hernandez. As a result of the match Guerrero was no longer able to manage Homicide and Hernandez in TNA.

After leaving LAX, Guerrero returned to color commentating. On the September 10, 2009 edition of TNA Impact!, Guerrero confronted Eric Young and the other members of The World Elite during an in-ring promo when Young tried persuading Hernandez to join their group.

In wrestling









Championships and accomplishments













  • Pro Wrestling Federation






Personal life

Guerrero is the son of Salvador "Gory" Guerrero Quesada and a member of the Guerrero wrestling family. His uncle, Enrique Llanes, was a wrestler, as were his brothers, Chavo, Mando and Eddie, and his nephew, Chavo, Jr.. He is a Christian. Hector is also married to his long time sweetheart Penny.

References

  1. Guerrero, Eddie with Michael Krugman, Cheating Death, Stealing Life: the Eddie Guerrero Story (Pocket Books:2005), p.144
  2. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling " Hector Guerrero Joins Total Nonstop Action Wrestling"
  3. Bonham, Chad, Wrestling With God (2005), pp.123-138


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