More than a year ago Chavo Guerrero Jr. entered TNA Impact Wrestling after spending the better part of a decade in WWE.
For the third generation veteran who has performed all over the world, it was a change and exciting chance to help a company grow by working with new talent. He believes the company is at a turning point.
“When TNA went live, it was either going to take off or it was not going to take off,” Guerrero said. “It’s a crucial time right now in TNA, and I really hope it takes off because it’s better for the business, better for the wrestlers, better for the fans, better for everybody. They got the right players in place, but they have to tweak it all…You can’t beat our wrestlers. Our roster is incredible.
“The wresters, we are all doing our part. We are all trying. You can only do so much.”
The last few months TNA has been met with criticism for recent departures and other behind the scenes scuttlebutt. Amid the constant scrutiny, Guerrero believes that’s when your professionalism is tested.
“I’m going to go out there and bust my #$% no matter what because I do it for the fans,” Guerrero said. “The fans who pay money to see us, they deserve good matches and for us to go out there to tear it down. So that’s where my motivation comes in. As far as the releases go, that’s the company protecting themselves and their best interest. No matter how much you think wrestling is family, deep down it’s a business.
“It’s a business. I’ve seen that exact same thing in every other company I’ve been in. It’s the nature of the beast. They are making what they think are the best decisions for the company. That’s the way it is. That’s in any business. I know people that are teachers, and they are let go. They are great teachers, but for some reason they are let go. It’s just the way it is.”
During much of the talented athlete’s stay in TNA he has been teaming with Hernandez. Guerrero is no stranger to tag team wrestling, having formed a successful duo with the likes of his uncle Eddie as Los Guerreros. With this in mind, he has nothing but praise for “Super-Mex”.
“Hernandez is great,” Guerrero said. “We’ve become really good friends. He is a beast, so strong. That’s something from a partner I’ve never really had. It was similar with Eddie or Rey Mysterio where we are doing the same stuff, but me and Hernandez do totally different things.
“Not that he can’t fly or I can’t throw somebody around, but I let him do the big man stuff where I’ll do the cruiserweight stuff. I think we complement each other, and we have great matches. He is a great guy and partner.”
Despite his success with Hernandez, Guerrero wouldn’t mind having a go for the X Division or world heavyweight championships. Being a part of TNA, he has seen the changes the promotion has made. One has been its reduction of pay-per-view events on the schedule. Guerrero believes less is more.
“I think it’s great,” Guerrero said. “I like the fact we went down to four pay-per-views. You see when you have 12 or 13 pay-per-views a year, it’s watered down. Unless it’s a big one like a WrestleMania or something like that, a lot of them are watered down.