Ten years ago, the great Eddie Guerrero was taken away from us far too soon. Rather than writing up a memorial post, I wanted to focus on a particular party of his career that’s rarely discussed. That said, let’s go back to 1993 (where Eddie’s career really started taking off), when he turned on his tag partner El Hijo del Santo (the son of the legendary Mexican folk hero, El Santo) and allied with Art Barr, Konnan and Louie Spicolli (under the name, Madonna’s Boyfriend) to form a full-on heel stable, Los Gringos Locos.
Originally starting off with just Eddie and Barr as La Pareja del Terror (The Pair of Terror), Eddie still identified with his Mexican heritage as he did for most of his career. However, in his time with Los Gringos Locos, that would change. He’d play a born-Mexican living in the U.S., Barr was ACTUALLY a white guy from Oregon, and they’d fly the American flag and attack Mexican heroes El Hijo del Santo and Octagón, and the crowds hated them for it. I mean throwing rocks, feces and mace kind of hate; and all of that would happen regularly.
Los Gringos Locos worked in not just developing characters, but also resulted in acclaimed, high-quality matches in the ring. In fact, one tag match between great Eddie and Art Barr versus El Hijo del Santo and Octagón redirected a rare five-star rating from the Wrestling Observer. It was at this point that American promotions started taking notice as Los Gringos Locos were setting the wrestling world on fire!
[Thanks SLAM! Sports]