Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Eddie Guerrero's first big American match

AAA has never been a stranger to trying new things. They made two attempts at major American pushes in the 1990s, once by teaming with WWE in 1996 & 1997, but before that they tried their hands at an independent pay-per-view. When Worlds Collide was an incredibly exciting pay-per-view, especially by the standards of 1994 professional wrestling, where excitement often wasn't a selling point.

The card was impressive with tons of future name stars on both sides of the border and only two known American commodities anywhere to be seen: 2 Cold Scorpio, the former WCW tag champion, and former WWE star Tito Santana, now past his prime. Rey Mysterio would also make his American debut on the card, but it was the semi-main event that stole the show.

Eddie (then Eddy) Guerrero was an unknown commodity in the United States in 1994, but was already a huge star in Mexico and a big name in Japan as Black Tiger II. He was at the peak of his success alongside his tag partner Art Barr, an incredibly talented American wrestler that never found any success in the States. Barr had convinced Guerrero to turn on his ally El Hijo Del Santo and after months of running roughshod with the rest of their unit, Los Gringos Loco, they were facing off with Santo and his new partner Octagon in a two-out-of-three-falls hair vs. mask match.

The results were nothing less than epic and a young Mike Tenay did his best to put it over in a twenty plus minute wrestling clinic. Sadly, Art Barr would pass away just over two weeks after the match. November 23rd will be the 21st anniversary of his death at the age of 28.

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