Salvador Guerrero III (January 7, 1949 – February 11, 2017), better known as Chavo Guerrero or Chavo Guerrero Sr., and also known colloquially during the 21st century as "Chavo Classic", was a professional wrestler. He was best known for his work in Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF), American Wrestling Association (AWA) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and for being the father of third generation wrestler Chavo Guerrero Jr. He was the oldest son of Salvador "Gory" Guerrero, and part of the Guerrero wrestling family. He was the oldest WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
Professional wrestling career
In the 1970s, Guerrero moved his family to California so he could compete in Los Angeles's NWA Hollywood Wrestling. He also feuded with Roddy Piper for the NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship. Guerrero held the title 15 times between 1975 and 1980.
He usually teamed with his brothers, Mando and Héctor wherever he wrestled. In the late 1980s, he teamed with his brother Mando to go after the AWA World Tag Team Championship held by Diamond Dallas Page's team of Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka).
World Wrestling Entertainment (2004)
In 2004, Guerrero began working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), joining his son Chavo Jr. in a feud with the younger Chavo's uncle and the older Chavo's brother Eddie. While with WWE he competed as Chavo Classic and became the oldest WWE Cruiserweight Champion in history, defeating Chavo Jr. and Spike Dudley in a triple threat match. On the April 1 episode of Smackdown, Classic and Chavo Jr. lost to Spike Dudley and Rey Mysterio. In the April 22 episode of Smackdown, Classic and Chavo Jr defeated John Cena in a 2-on-1 handicap match. On the May 11 episode of Smackdown, Chavo Classic defeated Jacqueline thanks to outside help by Chavo Jr. On the June 3 episode of Smackdown, Chavo Classic retained the Cruiserweight Title against Funaki thanks to outside help from Chavo Jr. He eventually lost the title to Rey Mysterio less than a month later. On June 15, 2004, he was fired by WWE for no-showing multiple SmackDown! house shows.
On the November 15, 2010, "Old School" episode of Raw, Guerrero returned as Chavo Classic, driving Alberto Del Rio to the arena.
Lucha Underground (2016)
Chavo Classic first appeared on Lucha Underground talking with Rey Mysterio about the upcoming match of the latter against his son Chavo Guerrero Jr. in a Loser Leaves Lucha match. During the match, Classic, who was in the attendance, turned on Mysterio and attacked his son, helping him win the match, but Dario Cueto ordered to restart the match, and Mysterio hit the 619 on Classic and defeated Chavo Guerrero, leaving Lucha Underground the Guerreros.
In July 2016, Guerrero and his son were named part of a class action lawsuit filed against WWE which alleged that wrestlers incurred traumatic brain injuries during their tenure and that the company concealed the risks of injury. The suit is litigated by attorney Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against WWE.
On February 11, 2017, Guerrero died due to liver cancer, aged 68.
In 1978 he co-starred with Henry Winkler in the movie The One and Only as a wrestler called Indian Joe.
He is the subject of the song "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero" by The Mountain Goats and is featured in its music video.
- Finishing and signature moves
- Moonsault Press
- German Suplex
- Wrestlers managed
- Wrestlers trained
Championships and accomplishments
- AJPW International Junior Heavyweight Champion (2 time)
- EWF Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship (15 times)
- NWA Americas Tag Team Championship (11, w/ Raul Mata twice, w/ John Tolos, w/ Gory Guerrero, w/ Butcher Vachon, w/ Victor Rivera, w/ (Roddy Piper), w/ Hector Guerrero, w/ El Halcon, w/ Black Gordman, w/ Al Madril)
- NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
- NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion (2 times)
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion (1 time)