10 Fascinating WWE SummerSlam 2002 Facts

6. Edge Initially Had Reservations About Working With Eddie Guerrero

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One of many great laments about the young death of Eddie Guerrero is that less than four years earlier, he'd made a Herculean comeback from serious addictions that had all but destroyed both his personal and professional lives. Guerrero's return to the rigorous WWE life in 2002 seemed to be a gamble, given that less than a year earlier, he was sent home from a TV taping, in no condition to work.

The gamble paid off, as Guerrero was laser-focused on beating those demons. Though many in the WWE locker room were happy for Guerrero, there were skeptics. Guerrero's SummerSlam opponent, Edge, was apparently one of them, according to Guerrero's autobiography.

He noted that Edge wasn't sure that Guerrero was going to be a team player in their storyline, that he might only be out for himself. Guerrero demonstrated to Edge that he was willing to do all he could to benefit him, and the two soon warmed to each other. Their work together went a long way in establishing the value of the SmackDown Six.


Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.