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Héctor Manuel Guerrero Llanes (born October 1, 1954) is a Mexican-born American professional wrestler. He is known by his paternal name Héctor Guerrero. He is a part of professional wrestling's Guerrero family along with his father Gory, brothers Chavo, Mando, and Eddie, nephew Chavo Jr., and niece Raquel Diaz. During his career, Guerrero has worked for most of the major North American wrestling promotions, most notably which is serving as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Spanish color commentator from 2007 to 2015.
|Birth name||Héctor Manuel Guerrero Llanes|
|Born||October 1, 1954|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Residence||Tampa, Florida, U.S.|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Héctor Guerrero|
The Gobbledy Gooker
|Billed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Billed weight||228 lb (103 kg)|
|Billed from||El Paso, Texas|
|Trained by||Gory Guerrero|
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Guerrero was born in Mexico City, Mexico, but his family relocated to El Paso, Texas in the United States of America when he was young. Guerrero attended the University of Texas at El Paso, graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education. Guerrero trained as a wrestler under his father, Gory, and debuted in 1973 using the shortened name "Héctor Guerrero". Early in his career, he wrestled primarily in California, often teaming with his brothers Chavo Guerrero Sr. and Mando.
National Wrestling Alliance (1980s)Edit
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. In the late 1980s, Guerrero wrestled in the American Wrestling Association, winning the AWA World Tag Team Championship with Dr. D.
World Wrestling Federation (1990, 2001)Edit
In 1990, Guerrero appeared in the World Wrestling Federation at the Survivor Series, performing under the name The Gobbledy Gooker and wearing a turkey costume. The Gobbledy Gooker "hatched" from an oversized egg, which had been on display at WWF events for months prior to the Survivor Series, and was heavily hyped on television. However, crowd reaction to the gimmick was extremely negative, with fans loudly booing as the costumed Guerrero danced in the ring with announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund. Play-by-play broadcast announcers Gorilla Monsoon and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper tried their best to be enthusiastic. The character made a handful of appearances in taped promos following the Survivor Series, but was soon dropped from television, leaving it a mystery if the character was intended to be an ongoing gimmick that was discarded due to the overwhelming negative response. A few years later, WrestleCrap would use the name for its "Gooker Award", presented for the worst gimmicks, storylines, or events in wrestling.
After the character was shelved, the WWF did not mention it again for more than ten years. On the WWE Legends show, Pat Patterson said that it was Vince McMahon who came up with the idea of The Gobbledy Gooker. In the early 2000s, the WWF started mocking mistakes made in the past. The Gobbledy Gooker was revived for WrestleMania X-Seven to participate in the "Gimmick Battle Royal", an otherwise normal battle royal that was populated entirely by older, mostly retired wrestlers with outlandish gimmicks as well as oddball one-offs like the Gooker. Though the costume was very different from the original, and the on-screen graphic misspelled the character's name as "Gobbly Gooker" that night, Héctor Guerrero again wore the costume, being the second person eliminated in the match. At the November 26, 2015 episode of SmackDown, The Gobbledy Gooker made a return, with Xavier Woods under the costume, acting as The New Day's mascot for the night, however it turned out to be Jey Uso when they "kidnapped" and tied up Woods before a match with the Lucha Dragons. On the November 21, 2017 edition of 205 Live, Drew Gulak dressed up as The Gobbledy Gooker, referring to himself as "The Gobbledy Gulaker".
When Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, he recalled some of his famous interviews and he acknowledged that it was Héctor Guerrero in the costume, saying that "Héctor, we had a lot of fun, but all of this is forgotten".
Independent circuit (1992–1995)Edit
Guerrero appeared in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling for a brief period of time in 1992 to 1993. Guerrero appeared with the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion in 1995, unsuccessfully challenging 2 Cold Scorpio for the ECW Television Championship at Return of The Funker. Hector also wrestled for AWA, NWA, Mid South and Japan along with numerous other promotions over his 45 years in the ring.
World Championship Wrestling (1996–1997)Edit
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 Héctor left WCW because he was unhappy with the way he was treated.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007–2015)Edit
On March 1, 2007, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling announced that Guerrero had been hired by TNA as a Spanish color commentator. 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 Xchange (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. On April 28, 2015, Guerrero announced on Twitter that he officially left the company after 8 years. His profile has been moved to TNA's Alumni roster. Guerrero has since started his own Pro Wrestling Consulting Company.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- American Wrestling Association
- California Pro Wrestling
- CPW California Championship (1 time)
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- Continental Wrestling Association
- Jim Crockett Promotions
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
- NWA Tri-State
- Pro Wrestling Federation
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 423 of the best 500 singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003.
- Western States Alliance
- World Organization of Wrestling
- WOW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
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 Christian. Héctor is also married to his longtime sweetheart Penny. Hector also worked as a PE teacher at Mintz Elementary in Brandon, FL from 2002–2009.
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