WWE Hall oF Famer JBL has reflected on his friendship with on-screen rival Eddie Guerrero and shares his favourite story about Latino Heat.
On-screen JBL and Eddie Guerrero indulged in some of the most brutal and bloody battles to ever grace a WWE ring. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield won the richest prize in wrestling from Guerrero when he defeated him at The Great American Bash to win his only WWE Championship.
Speaking with Inside The Ropes own Liam Alexander-Stewart, JBL discussed his relationship with Eddie Guerrero and says despite what happened on-screen, the two men were very close friends:
“You know, it’s amazing with Eddie. He’s was a groomsman in my wedding and I was part of his eulogy. We were really close friends, but the legacy of Eddie, people remember Eddie like it was yesterday, and that shows you how great a person and a character he was and how much people just loved Eddie Guerrero, and he was the right guy for me.”
JBL then shared his favourite story about the late star, and it includes how Eddie’s nephew Chavo wanted JBL to attack Eddie’s own mother as part of the show:
“Without Eddie, JBL would have never happened. A funny story I’ve told a few times was when he and his brother Chavo came up with a heart attack angle for his mother. Then they were backstage, and they knew that JBL character wasn’t getting over.”
“We needed something big to happen, and Chavo and Eddie pitched the idea to me. I thought it was magnificent and then Chavo realizes Eddie’s getting a little worked up. So just like typical brothers, Chavo starts telling Eddie and he goes, How about then John hits mom with the clothesline?”
“Eddie looks at me, goes mom’s seventy-four years old, he’s not hitting her with a clothesline, and then Chavo comes out with and then mom gets a little colour, Eddie. Now it’s they are about the fight, he goes, OK, OK, OK, OK. How about John just hits mom with a big boot? He wants me to big boot, a seventy-four-year-old lady. So which Chavo’s just ribbing Eddie?”
“They literally stand up like they’re going to fight. And I’m backstage with two brothers about to fight, about what do I do now? You know? And finally, Eddie kind of backed off.”
Eddie Guerrero sadly passed away in November 2005 at the age of 38. Both Guerrero and JBL were part of the same six-man tag-team on SmackDown just a month before Guerrero’s sudden death.
Elsewhere in the conversation, JBL discussed who some of the most feared stars were that he ever had to share a WWE locker room with.
JBL is part of the incredible Stories With Brisco and Bradshaw podcast available via Podcast Heat – their latest episode featuring an interview with WWE legend Al Snow is available to watch on YouTube or to listen to via iTunes, Spotify, and all good podcast providers.
Thank you to John for taking the time out to speak with Inside The Ropes and a huge thank you to Podcast Heat for facilitating our conversation.
If you use any quotes from this interview please provide a link back and h/t to Liam Alexander-Stewart of Inside the Ropes.