Former WWE Writer Recalls Shawn Michaels-Eddie Guerrero WrestleMania Idea
A former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) writer recently took a trip down memory lane, and it involves Shawn Michaels, Eddie Guerrero and WrestleMania.
Court Bauer, who was now the owner of Major League Wrestling (MLW), participated in an interview with AdFreeShows.com’s “The Insider” podcast, where he would talk about his past as a WWE writer during the mid-2000s.
One of the topics that Bauer would speak about a potential WrestleMania 22 match in 2006 between Shawn Michaels and Eddie Guerrero.
“It was discussed the weekend that Eddie passed away. That Friday and that Saturday morning, we had conference calls. It was just like a general call, like the business is quiet. We were now mapping out the road to WrestleMania 22. That was also the call, one of those two calls was the call with Bret, where the (Wrestlemania) 22 match was set. He called Bret on the other line as we were waiting, listening, and pitching him the match.
We heard Vince, ‘Hey, Bret’, and heard Vince do the pitch to one of the legends. It was fascinating to hear him do it. The other matches, like, alright, what’s our other feature for this show? We started kicking around the idea. I don’t remember who introduced the match Shawn versus Eddie, but I remember the room was like, ‘Wow, that’s a great match’.
Then Bruce chimed in, I vividly remember saying, ‘Well you got these two Texas guys. Heartthrobs from different eras. Great workers from different eras. Never wrestled. This could be huge.’ When he said that, Vince was like, ‘Put it in there. Let’s put it down’, and that match was made official.”
Even though the Michaels-Guerrero dream match was pitched, it sadly never came to fruition because Guerrero shockingly passed away in November 2005.
“I just remember thinking, man, you got Bret versus Vince, Bret Hart coming back to the company. Then you have Shawn Michaels versus Eddie. Punch my ticket, man, that’s an instant sellout. That’s a hot show. Here we go. If you think about where Eddie was going here, he had done some stuff with Batista that fall. He was doing stuff with Rey. What was next for Eddie?
Just thinking of a long term, like a long form story and rivalry with Shawn Michaels like, man, that’s the easiest match you could book. How’s it not been booked? Well, Shawn Michaels had been away for a bit. Eddie had been away. Then he came back in a big way. They both had been on different brands for so long that, you know, it just never happened, and unfortunately, it didn’t. I know that would have been a great match and people would have been talking about it for years.”