“The ride has come to a halt….I’m so grateful for the wonderful blessings in the last 9 years! live, love, and laugh. Heading home to begin a new chapter in my amazing life! Thank you Jesus! #empowered”
And with that, Vickie Guerrero bade farewell to WWE after a tenure of nine years – two months after rumours started about her departure. A woman who was never the template of what would be accepted as a Diva, Guerrero carved out a very successful niche with a catchphrase guaranteed to draw nuclear heat, and by being involved in positions which would allow her to flex her muscles on the microphone, rather than in the ring. Playing the role of the antagonistic authority figure, she wound up fans to the nth degree, favoured heels, moved the goalposts to suit her and whoever she was backing and generally made life unbearable for the wrestlers the fans were behind. She was the quintessential heel on a power trip.
Having said all that, the 46-year old departed WWE on a positive note, as she was given the chance to really get her hands on boss lady Stephanie McMahon, who had been toying with her since last summer – placing her future as Raw General Manager in the hands of the fans, relegating her to the GM role of SmackDown, forced her to step into the ring to face her long-running rival AJ Lee and threatening to fire her for last week’s coffee-ipecac-puke situation which saw Roman Reigns get into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship ladder match at Sunday’s Money in the Bank. Forced on last night’s Raw to beg on her hands and knees to save her job, Stephanie then said she would be spared if she could win a match between the two of them later on in the show, which saw Vickie turn full babyface by standing her ground for once. As it turned out, McMahon selected it to be a contest where the loser would be the one who was thrown into a pool of brown goo, and enlisted the services of Layla, Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes to do her dirty work. One by one, the heels were thrown into the slop before Stephanie took advantage by shoving Guerrero into the pool and getting the win. With nothing to lose, Vickie then got hold of McMahon and lobbed her into the gunk, leaving to the them music of her late husband Eddie.
Following Guerrero’s departure, Stephanie thrashed around in the goo, pulling in one of the referees and hamming it up to great hilarity. She was brilliant in receiving her comeuppance – though one would imagine that Brie Bella’s return and revenge at some point will have a diluted effect as someone has already forced a big helping of humble pie down Stephanie’s throat.
You can also argue that no man would be asked to fight around a paddling pool full of goop and that it is sexist to think it’s okay for women to do it. Fair enough, but it’s preferable to having non-wrestlers Guerrero and McMahon in a bona fide match, and if that’s the best way for Vickie to leave on a happy note, then so be it. After all, she could have been humiliated Lita-style on her way out, though that would be a disservice to someone who worked hard for WWE – though she’s received her fare share of just desserts in the past.
Initially a babyface supporting Rey Mysterio against her husband in mid-2005, she carried on cheering him on following Eddie’s death from heart failure that October, and was by his side when he won the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 22 the following year. She turned heel and sided with Chavo Guerrero in August before becoming then-GM Teddy Long’s assistant in May 2007, ascending to the full role in September when Long suffered a heart attack during his wedding to Kristal and then starting a relationship with Edge, which became the defining storyline of her career. She politicked and manipulated to give him opportunities to win the World Heavyweight strap or to help him retain the belt – though his dalliance with one wedding planner by the name of Alicia Fox saw her briefly turn babyface in July 2008. The couple would reconcile later in the year and later marry on-screen.
Vickie became the interim Raw GM in early 2009 but was the butt of many jokes and quit in June, with Edge declaring that he wanted a divorce as she was no longer any use to him in his title hunt, and she left the company for four months.
Guerrero returned as the manager of Eric Escobar (remember him?) and then sided with Layla and Michelle McCool before getting her WrestleMania moment by getting the pin at WMXXVI in 2009 following a frog splash in tribute to her late husband. June saw her enter into a relationship with Dolph Ziggler which became the catalyst for her feud with her NXT season 3 protege Kaitlyn, and she became SmackDown GM again in early 2010 when Long was found knocked out. From there, she set her sights on Kelly Kelly and a babyface Edge, stripping him for the WHC and giving it to Ziggler – though Long fingered Dolph and Vickie as his assailants and Ziggler lost the belt back to Edge.
Vickie’s role was scaled back after that as she continued to manage Ziggler (and Jack Swagger briefly) before getting AJ fired from her Raw GM role in late 2012 and taking the position of Managing Supervisor, though Triple H and Stephanie McMahon started their Authority role in mid-2013, and it seriously diluted the GM role.
Over the years, Guerrero has taken her fair share of lumps. She’s been beaten up when she has stepped into the ring for matches – par for the course for a heel authority figure who is getting some comeuppance. She’s been speared by Edge, suffered two Tombstone Piledrivers from The Undertaker and has been wheelchair-bound for large periods of time to sell the injuries. She has also been the victim of cruel jokes about her weight both by wrestlers like John Cena and The Rock, though these were never funny and became stupid when she got herself into great physical condition. Sure, she’s not going to be in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition but most people aren’t, and her tireless work on her body should be commended. It can’t be easy to be put under the microscope like that, and when you factor in how WWE’s most popular names were encouraging everyone to laugh at her, it must have been rough going.
Having said that, Guerrero was seemingly well-liked backstage and was given a sweet reception from her fellow Divas when she came through the curtain last night – though she urged them to keep back so their clothes weren’t soiled by the brown slop.
Her screechy voice and tantrums made her the perfect pantomime villain, and while she is the antithesis of the current boss lady McMahon, she certainly did her job to rile up fans, and worked to forward the careers of Edge and Dolph Ziggler, and did her level best to try and transfer her heat to Lay-Cool, with varying levels of success.
Life after wrestling is already underway. Guerrero moved from El Paso, TX to Houston last year, is studying medical administration and will have more time to spend with her daughters. Incidentally, this is the first time since January 2000 that WWE does not have a Guerrero on its payroll. It’s the end of an era.
Gracias Vickie. Muchas gracias.
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The Countdown show on the WWE Network last week ran down the top 10 Dangerous Divas. Lita won… Naomi defeated Paige in a non-title match on last Tuesday’s Main Event in what is Paige’s best main roster match to date. Cameron celebrated like she had personally won and shoved the Divas Champion after the match – though was battered as a result, and Naomi didn’t help her increasingly-obnoxious tag team partner. Naomi and Paige shook hands afterwards… Alexa Bliss defeated Sasha Banks on last week’s NXT. Summer Rae and Charlotte were bickering on the outside which distracted Banks, and allowed Bliss to get the win with an O’Connor Roll… Nikki Bella beat Alicia Fox on Superstars with the Rack Attack. Fox threw her boots at Bella afterwards… Summer Rae approached Fandango on SmackDown and kissed him, which he seemed to enjoy. She and Layla continued their spat during Fandango’s match against Bo Dallas… A backstage worker who revealed that AJ Lee and CM Punk quietly got married earlier this month is now claiming that she is pregnant… Charlotte defeated Bayley and Becky Lynch & Alexa Bliss beat Sasha Banks & Carmella at an NXT house show in Lakeland, FL on Friday. Both matches were said to have been well received… NXT Divas Kendall Skye (broken wrist), Dana Brooke (knee) and Veronica Lane (knee) are all injured at the moment… Former TNA Knockout Rosita (Thea Trinidad) worked as a Rosebud over the weekend. We missd them at the time, but Taeler Hendrix and Ray Lyn have also been part of Adam Rose’s entourage… Paige v Naomi will take place at Money in the Bank this weekend with the former’s Divas Championship on the line. Naomi got the shot by beating Alicia Fox on Raw, and the pair shook hands after the match. During the contest, Cameron and Paige were on commentary with the Funkadactyl forwarding her implied slow heel turn while Paige was concentrating on the match. Jerry Lawler took a lingering look at the champ’s rear end as she got out of her chair too, and called it “the best seat in the house” on a later tweet… Former WWE, WCW and TNA writer Vince Russo was also live tweeting during Raw. One of his updates was “These Divas just don’t seem as well schooled as many as I’ve seen in the past”… Michelle McCool was at the Performance Center yesterday.
Bully Ray was interviewed by Opie and Anthony, and he claimed he was dating Velvet Sky. Presumably, she and Chris Sabin are no longer together… Gail Kim welcomed Taryn Terrell back to TNA on last week’s Impact Wrestling, saying that Terrell earned her respect in their Last Knockout Standing Match at last year’s Slammiversary. The pair hugged, and the Beautiful People came out to throw some lame insults. They attacked the faces but Terrell helped Kim to rid the ring of them.
Congratulations to Celeste Bonin (FKA Kaitlyn) who got married to PJ Braun on Friday. She revealed that she wore a special pair of socks for every WWE PPV she appeared on, and she also wore them to tie the knot… NCW Femmes Fatales has announced that Allison Danger is working with the promotion as an agent, similar to her role in SHIMMER… Randi West defeated Thunderkitty in a No Holds Barred Match on Pro Wrestling All Stars of Detroit’s show on Friday… Heidi Lovelace was wrestling intergender matches in Illinois over the weekend. She lost to AAW Heritage Champion Matt Cage in Berwyn on Friday, then was defeated by Ophidian on CHIKARA’s show in Chicago the following day… Seleziya Sparx will make the first defence of her Conflict Wrestling Women’s Championship against Jewells Malone on August 16… Sassy Stephie retained her Remix Pro Women’s Fury Championship on Saturday, beating Allysin Kay… There has been some rejigging for this weekend’s IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament. Jewells Malone is replacing Mickie Knuckles, while Mistress Burgandi is substituting for Rebecca Payne. The opening round matches have been rearranged too… Mia Yim & Leva Bates came to the ring ahead of the match between Ivelisse Velez & Candice LeRae at Full Impact Pro on Sunday, saying they wanted to defend their SHINE Tag Team Championship, so it became a tag team match, playas. The Lucha Sisters successfully defended their title when Yim pinned LeRae following a Package Piledriver.
Ladybeard won the Fly To Everywhere Championship from Cherry on Thursday’s UNION show… Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe successfully retained the Diana Tag Team Championship on Sunday, beating KAORU & Mima Shimoda… Wrestling New Classic has been swallowed up into WRESTLE-1. The female members of the WNC roster like Syuri and Makoto will wrestle as part of REINA. Koharu Hinata has announced that she is leaving… Sachie Abe has announced that she will retire after 18 years of wrestling. Her final match will be on August 17.
Penelope challenges Blue Nikita for the German Stampede Wrestling Women’s Championship on July 12… Jezabeth suffered a concussion during her match with Mia at Total Action Wrestling on Friday… Get well soon to Bellatrix’s Amy-Lee Kramer, who has shattered one of her toes, but will avoid surgery… LCW Roses’ Shauna Shay has been wrestling with a loose body in her knee, which would explain why her contribution at last month’s Mayday show was so brief.
Australia & New Zealand
Harley Wonderland tried to get under Demi Bennett’s skin at Saturday’s Riot City Wrestling show, to no avail. She came out at the start of the show saying she disliked the Women’s Champion and then mocked her by dressing up as Bennett – though Demi responded by sending up Harley. Later on, Wonderland challenged Bennett to an arm wrestling contest, which she won by distracting the referee and then raking Demi’s eyes, then claimed that she was the Women’s Champion before flipping the tale over and storming off when she was told that wasn’t the case. Not done for the evening, Harley came out again, challenging Demi to a game of Musical Chairs which ended up with Wonderland taking a swing at Bennett but ate a big boot for her troubles. Elsewhere on the card, Blair Alexis became the number one contender to the title by beating Izzy Shaw and Savannah Summers in a 3-way.
June 17: WWE Main Event (Columbus, OH) – Naomi b Paige
June 17: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, Dalys & Zeuxis b Estrellita, La Vaquerita & Marcela
June 18: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi & Manami Kanda b Hamuko Hoshi & Meari Naito; Rabbit Miu b Akane Fujita; Neko Nitta v Tsukasa Fujimoto went to a time limit draw; Mio Shirai & Yuuka b Miyako Matsumoto & Risa Sera
June 18: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Lufisto, Tom McClane & Ganger b Mikael, Kyle Maverick & Austin Bradley
June 19: UNION (Tokyo, Japan) – Mio Shirai & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kaori Yoneyama & Sareee; Ladybeard b Cherry to win the Fly To Everywhere Championship
June 19: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Sasha Banks
June 19: WWE Superstars (Cleveland, OH) – Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox
June 20: Total Action Wrestling (Milton Keynes, England) – Jezabeth b Mia
June 20: FutureShock Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Xander Cooper b Lana Austin, Fearn Wai, Don Meacho, Dave Rayne, Nordic Warrior, Zack Gibson & Ryan Hendricks in a gauntlet match
June 20: Great Bear Promotions (Middlewich, England) – Lana Austin b Nixon
June 20: Fight Factory Pro Wrestling (Kildare Town, Ireland) – Danger Dawn b Katey Harvey & Siren in a 3-way
June 20: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Matt Cage b Heidi Lovelace
June 20: WWE (Providence, RI) – Emma, Paige & Santino Marella b Layla, Alicia Fox & Fandango
June 20: WWE NXT (Lakeland, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley; Becky Lynch & Alexa Bliss b Sasha Banks & Carmella
June 20: Maryland Championship Wrestling (Baltimore, MD) – Reby Sky b Jessie Kaye
June 20: Xcite Wrestling (Binghamton, NY) – Cherry Bomb b Brooke Danielle
June 20: Fighting Spirit Pro (Atwater, CA) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b The Perfect Kings
June 20: Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit (Melivindale, MI) – Randi West b Thunderkitty
June 20: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Seductora, Princesa Blanca & Tiffany b Dark Angel, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugheit
June 21: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Mio Shirai b Kyuri; Maki Narumiya b 235; Kurumi & Mochi Miyagi b Hamuko Hoshi & Ami Kanda; Risa Sera & Neko Nitta b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yuka
June 21: Riot City Wrestling (Wingfield, Australia) – Blair Alexis b Savannah Summers & Izzy Shaw in a 3-way
June 21: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Beith, Scotland) – Bete Noire & Sammii Jayne b Debbie Sharpe & Viper
June 21: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Sassy Stephie b Allysin Kay
June 21: WWE (Long Island, NY) – Emma, Paige & Santino Marella b Layla, Alicia Fox & Fandango
June 21: WWE (Reading, PA) – Nikki Bella b Rosa Mendes
June 21: CHIKARA (Chicago, IL) – Ophidian b Heidi Lovelace
June 21: Alternative Wrestling Show (Simi Valley, CA) – Hudson Envy & Ruby Raze b Crystal White & Datura
June 21: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany b Blake Archer
June 22: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Nanyang, Japan) – Tadahori b Rydeen Hagane; Megumi Yabushita b Kaho Kobayashi; Mask de Sun b Sareee; Kaoru Ito b Keiko Aono; Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe b KAORU & Mima Shimoda
June 22: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Yuu Yamagata & Kana b Moeka Haruhi & Tomoka Nakagawa; Hamuko Hoshi b Fairy Nipponbashi & Risa Sera in a 3-way; Shu Shibutani & Cherry b Mio Shirai & Mika Iida; Sumire Natsu b Rina Yamashita; Misaki Ohata v Hikaru Shida went to a time limit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Yumi Ohka
June 22: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Hatsuhinode Kamen b Koguma & Miho Wakizawa in a 3-way; Alpha Female b Kaori Yoneyama; Yoshiko b Mayu Iwatani; Takumi Iroha & Io Shirai v Kairi Hojo & Nanae Takahashi went to a time limit draw
June 22: JWP (Kawaguchi, Japan) – KAZUKI b Yua Hayashi; Kayoko Haruyama v Sachie Abe went to a time limit draw; Arisa Nakajima & Command Bolshoi b Hanako Nakamori & Rabbit Miyu
June 22: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Nonoko b Chikage Kiba & Shoko Nakajima in a 3-way; Yuka Sakazaki b KANNA; Miyu Yamashita b Erin
June 22: Great Bear Promotions (Manchester, England) – Nixon Newell b Toni Storm
June 22: House Of Pain: Evolution (Derby, England) – Ruby Summers b Violet Vendetta
June 22: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Violet O’Hara b Kay Lee Ray
June 22: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Viper & Cobra Carr b Sammii Jayne & Mr Bryers; Nikki Storm & Bete Noire b Courtney & Debbie Sharpe
June 22: WWE (Philadelphia, PA) – Emma, Paige & Santino Marella b Layla, Alicia Fox & Fandango
June 22: Full Impact Pro (Maitland, FL) – Mia Yim & Leva Bates b Ivelisse Velez & Candice LeRae
June 23: WWE Raw (Washington DC) – Naomi b Alicia Fox
June 27: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Lana Austin
June 27: SHINE 20 (Ybor City, FL) – Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb v Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Su Yung v Justine Silver; Leah Von Dutch v Amber O’Neal; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Nevaeh v Candice LeRae; Jessicka Havok v Allysin Kay; Leva Bates & Mia Yim v TBA; Ivelisse Velez v Serena Deeb
June 28: Warzone Wrestling (Wendouree, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Siren Monroe v Harley Wonderland
June 28: IWA Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches (New Albany, IN) – LuFisto v Jordynne Grace; Ludark Shaitan v Kiki Rose; Heidi Lovelace v Hudson Envy; Jewells Malone v Thunderkitty; Randi West v Mistress Burgandi
June 29: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Austin, TX)
June 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott v Gregory Iron
June 29: WWE Money in the Bank (Boston, MA) – Paige v Naomi
July 1: Pure Wrestling Association (Cambridge, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Beautiful Beaa
July 5: Impact Pro Wrestling (Lynfield, New Zealand) – Evie v Carmen Rose; Britenay & Liam Fury v Olivia Shaw & Brook Duncan
July 5: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Demi Bennett v Blair Alexis
July 6: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Toni Storm v Kasey Owens
July 12: German Hurricane Wrestling (Nauheim, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova v Stella
July 12: German Stampede Wrestling (Marburg, Germany) – Blue Nikita v Penelope
July 12: Empress Pro Wrestling (High Wycombe, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Rhia O’Reilly
July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mickie Knuckles
July 19: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Kimber Lee v Cherry Bomb; La Rosa Negra v Nevaeh; Davienne v Mistress Belmont
July 20: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Sara Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob; Kay Lee Ray v Nikki Storm
August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray
August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush
August 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jewells Malone
September 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Ruby Summers
September 7: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Lana Austin
September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita
October 3: 4 Front Wrestling (Swindon, England) – Shanna v Hikaru Shida
October 18-19: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax
– Lee Burton
– Photos by WWE (1,2,6), Vickie Guerrero (3), Riot City Wrestling (5), Darren Potts (7)
– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, Ringstars, PWInsider, NHB Girls, North Starz, WrestlingData