Juventud Guerrera Comments On "Difficult" Relationship With WWE's Vince McMahon
Juvi was briefly part of WWE in 2005
Juventud Guerrera has a very storied career, which includes a brief spell in WWE in 2005.
Whilst in WWE, Juvi headed up The Mexicools alongside Super Crazy and Psicosis, and as revealed in conversation with The Wrestling Inc. Daily, Juvi wasn’t the biggest fan of the gimmick:
“I never liked it,” revealed Guerrera. “I respect it, I know that was what they wanted to do, that’s what they were paying for, right? They were the bosses. They were in charge. That’s their company. As a talent, I was just following the rules. And that’s cool, but I wanted to do something different.
“I wanted to give more credit to the Mexican guys, I wanted to give more [of] the style to the Mexican people. And we, as Mexicans, we are more than just gardeners. We are more than that. And I wanted to do something, perhaps, like Andrade, [and] what he did in his character. He was glamorous, he was showing something different. And I wanted to do that with the Mexicools. That’s why I came up with that name.”
The entire WWE experience was not a great time for Juvi, and his relationship with Vince McMahon wasn’t exactly stellar:
“It was difficult, my friend,” admitted Guerrera. “I was looking for that platform. Being in a major company, being in the major leagues. After what I had accomplished in WCW, breaking the mould of this big guy, Superstar, and they’d never seen a lucha guy. And then finally the lucha guy is 5’7”, which is super small compared to the big guy. And I think we did it, we [broke] the walls of wrestling. Because we trusted ourselves, and in this case, Rey Mysterio and myself. We [trusted] in our talent, not just the size, we trust in our talent. And as long as they put us on TV, we were just taking over. We were just the best match of the show, every show, every pay-per-view. And I wanted to do the same thing in WWE, that was like my main thing, right?
“So, when I got there, I saw two or three managers going over a match, and I was trying to be comfortable, but they never let me be loose. They never let me be me. So, I was like, when they don’t let you be you, it’s not you. So, what I was doing there wasn’t me, it was just what they wanted me to do with my character, with my talent.”
“I was frustrated. I was frustrated I couldn’t be myself in WWE. After what I [had] accomplished, I would [go to do something], I wanted to this Frankensteiner from this side or that side, and they were like ‘No, no, no, Rey Mysterio is doing that.’ I was like, ‘Well, I [taught] Rey Mysterio how to do it! How come I can’t do it right now?!’ Could you believe how frustrating it was for me to be there? It was awful. It was awful. And I don’t take it against anybody in particular or against the company. I think it wasn’t the right moment at the right time.”