Court Bauer Recalls Shawn Michaels Vs. Eddie Guerrero Being Set For WWE WrestleMania
The dream match was going to become a reality on The Grandest Stage of Them All
Former WWE writer Court Bauer has seemingly confirmed that WWE intended to book a dream match between Shawn Michaels and Eddie Guerrero at WrestleMania 22.
Speaking on The Insiders podcast for AdFreeShows.com, Bauer noted that the match was discussed internally on the very weekend that Guerrero died:
"It was discussed the weekend that Eddie passed away. That Friday and that Saturday morning, we had conference calls. It was just like a general call, like the business is quiet. We were now mapping out the road to WrestleMania 22. That was also the call, one of those two calls was the call with Bret, where the (WrestleMania) 22 match was set. He called Bret on the other line as we were waiting, listening, and pitching him the match. We heard Vince, 'Hey, Bret', and heard Vince do the pitch to one of the legends. It was fascinating to hear him do it.
"The other matches, like, alright, what's our other feature for this show? We started kicking around the idea. I don't remember who introduced the match Shawn versus Eddie, but I remember the room was like, 'Wow, that's a great match'. Then Bruce chimed in, I vividly remember saying, 'Well you got these two Texas guys. Heartthrobs from different eras. Great workers from different eras. Never wrestled. This could be huge'. When he said that, Vince was like, 'Put it in there. Let's put it down', and that match was made official".
Despite being a natural match-up between a pair of performers considered two of the greatest wrestlers of all-time, it had never been made for various reasons.
Continuing, Bauer said:
"I just remember thinking, man, you got Bret versus Vince, Bret Hart coming back to the company. Then you have HBK versus Eddie. Punch my ticket, man, that's an instant sellout. That's a hot show. Here we go. If you think about where Eddie was going here, he had done some stuff with Batista that fall. He was doing stuff with Rey. What was next for Eddie? Just thinking of a long term, like a long form story and rivalry with Shawn Michaels like, man, that's the easiest match you could book. How's it not been booked? Well, Shawn had been away for a bit. Eddie had been away. Then he came back in a big way. They both had been on different brands for so long that, you know, it just never happened, and unfortunately, it didn't. I know that would have been a great match and people would have been talking about it for years".
Guerrero passed away on November 13, 2005, at the age of 38.
Michaels would go on to defeat Mr. McMahon in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania 22 instead. Guerrero was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before.