Eddie Guerrero Vs JBL: The Story Behind One Of The Most Violent WWE Matches Ever

thesportster.com 62 days ago

When Eddie Guerrero and JBL faced off for the WWE Championship, an accident caused one of the scariest looking scenes in the promotion's history.

Professional wrestling can be a dangerous sport despite it being performative conflict. On some occasions, wrestlers can get hurt and injured, even though the moves aren’t necessarily “real”. Back in 2004, a match occurred in which there were real-life health repercussions for those involved, because at times, wrestling matches can become far too brutal and violent. WWE fans witnessed one of the most violent matches in the company’s history at the 2004 Judgment Day PPV, in a WWE Championship match between JBL and Eddie Guerrero, with it living on in infamy due to what occurred.

The Feud Between JBL And Eddie Guerrero Was Very Heated

By the time 2004 rolled around, JBL had gone through a resurgence under a new gimmick, dropping the character from his APA days and opting for an arrogant entrepreneur. It led to him being pushed to a main event status, with the WWE Champion at the time, Eddie Guerrero, very much in his sights. It was a very quick ascent for JBL, but there is no denying how well he did in this unfamiliar role.

In the case of Eddie Guerrero, he was on a fantastic run as WWE Champion, defeating the likes of Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle in classic matches, finally getting the acclaim he deserved for a career full of great character work and in-ring performances. On the very first night in which the former “Bradshaw” became “JBL”, he immediately posed a threat to Guerrero’s title reign, being made the number one contender in next to no time after attacking the champion.

JBL and Eddie Guerrero

Their rivalry became very personal, with JBL causing Guerrero’s mother a kayfabe heart attack at an event in El Paso, and the feud even causing some very real threat to JBL’s safety. In an interview with The Metro, JBL revealed that he needed a police escort in case of genuine backlash, making him one of the most authentic and real heels for perhaps over a decade. Their bad blood led to a match at Judgment Day. This match would raise the animosity in their feud, but it would also become an infamously violent and grotesque display.

Eddie Guerrero Vs JBL Was One Of The Bloodiest Matches In History

During their match, which started in a heated manner with some back and forth heavy blows and brawling, the referee was taken out, meaning that shenanigans were sure to take place. It wasn’t long until JBL decided to cheat, taking a steel chair and hitting Guerrero over the head. Guerrero would take a moment to blade, cutting himself open to sell the shot, but he cut too deep, causing one of the most distressing and horrifyingly bloody scenes in WWE history.

JBL vs Eddie Guerrero WWE Judgment Day 2004 Blood

Guerrero legitimately bled in bucket loads, with it pouring out of his head as JBL continued an attack. As the match went on, the ring apron was covered in blood to an extent which hadn't been seen in quite some time - perhaps not even ever to this extent under the WWE banner. Whilst the blood undoubtedly added some serious tension to this match, it was very uneasy to sit through. Even after the match had ended, with Guerrero getting himself disqualified with a title belt shot to JBL, the pair continued fighting until the show went off air.

Eddie Guerrero Collapsed On The Following Episode Of WWE SmackDown

When they got to the back, Guerrero collapsed and was immediately rushed to hospital due to the severity of his blood loss, with him needing to take some days off in order to recover. WWE decided to capitalize on what had happened by booking a scary angle on the next episode of SmackDown. During a tag team match, Guerrero would collapse in the ring, selling the effects of his blood loss. At the time, the lines were blurred between fiction and reality, until it became clear that this was in fact a work.

Eddie Guerrero WWE SmackDown Collapse

Whether or not this angle was done in bad taste is up to the discretion of the viewer, but it was very effective nonetheless. It would lead to a Bullrope Match at the Great American Bash PPV, with this being one of the few decent things on what was an awful edition of The GAB, in which JBL would win, starting his record-breaking reign as WWE Champion. Thankfully, whilst their subsequent matches were physical, they didn’t reach the same level of bloodshed as their initial match did. Their match shows the dangers that blading can pose, and even though WWE has firmly stopped blading from taking place, it still happens elsewhere in the professional wrestling world, and likely always will. However, fans can hope that no blade-job reaches the gruesome nature of Eddie Guerrero vs JBL.