Saturday, June 25, 2011

Chavo Guerrero released

Big news today:

World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of WWE SmackDown Superstar Chavo Guerrero as of today, June 25, 2011. We wish Guerrero the best in all future endeavors.

To be clear, Chavo requested his release and went into detail about it on his Twitter account, which got him trending worldwide today. There are some rumors swirling as to why and why now, but what's important is Chavo was less than pleased about his current WWE role and decided to leave. He's made plenty of money and says he's going to spend some time being a dad; we call that a happy ending where I'm from.

People get way too invested in stories like these, it's what Chavo wanted, so if you're a fan, be happy for the guy. There's no need to over-analyze it, no reason to complain, everything seems to have worked out in his favor. People quit their jobs everyday to spend more time with their families or pursue other opportunities and it's seen as something to celebrate. Why does it become such an issue in wrestling? If the guy got fired, that's one thing, otherwise, it strikes me as selfishness; people who don't want to see this particular character leave their TV screen because it will affect their entertainment.

Chavo made some comments about being tired of making supposedly less talented people look good, which struck me as a little bitter, but I'm sure many of us know that feeling to a degree, so I can certainly sympathize. The fact of the matter is, at age 40, Chavo was never going to climb the WWE mountain, his position was to get guys acclimated to the WWE style and I wouldn't be surprised if he had a guaranteed job for life to be that guy. Apparently he didn't and that's totally cool, that's 100% his right. I'm sure he can be a bigger fish in a smaller pond if he's so inclined somewhere down the road, there's no law that says if you're a wrestler, you have to make your living in WWE.

I do have to take issue with people saying WWE never did anything with him though, that's simply not true. Was he John Cena? Obviously not. But Chavo had a really fun stint with Los Guerreros, a solid feud with Rey Mysterio after Eddie's death, got a nice run with the ECW Title and was a part of one of the biggest stories in the history of the Smackdown brand with La Familia. I'm sure there are worse ways to spend a WWE career, at least in terms of how your character is presented on TV.

In the grand scheme of what you see on WWE, Chavo's absence won't change much but he was the final active wrestler on the roster from the "WCW 24" when WWE purchased the company in 2001 and I feel like that's a pretty significant statistic. In the end though, all that matters is if this is what Chavo Guerrero wants and it sounds like the guy has a huge weight off his shoulders. Congrats to Chavo, and I wish him good luck on the next chapter of his life.

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