For those growing up in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the WWE and WCW had some legendary wrestlers. Some, of course, were more legendary than others.
Enter Javentud “The Juice” Guerrera. Born Eduardo Aníbal González Hernández, he started his wrestling career with the Lucha Libre (AAA) in Mexico. His stage name, ‘Javentud Guerrera’, literally means ‘Youth Warrior’.
Juvi, as he is also known, had his American debut in the ECW before moving on to WCW and, of course, Vince McMahon’s famous WWE.
Now, The Juice brings his legendary brand of wrestling to his legions of fans in the Canadian CWE, currently on a cross country tour.
Yorkton, well known as one of the CWE’s favourite stops, wasted no time in putting on a spectacular show as they always do when they come to town. Yorkton This Week caught up with Juvi during his Western leg of the CWE’s tour, to discuss the man, the legend, what was, and what happens next.
The decision to join CWE wasn’t a hard one to make for Guerrera.
“Actually, it was through a friend of mine -- Psicosis,” Guerrera said.
“He was doing this tour. [To join CWE] I was just trying to get the dates for the tour, and Danny got in contact with me. We agreed to do the tour, and now I’m here! I’m happy to be doing this tour, and with the cold weather...well, it’s still juicy,” he says with a laugh. Speaking of performing in Canada, he doesn’t hold back.
“The people, the kindness, and the juicy love I’ve been getting -- is very comfortable.
“I’m enjoying myself doing a big show -- a small show, a TV show -- you know, it doesn’t really matter. For me, I have the blessing to be able to perform in the ring, and getting contact with people -- with these shows, you just get more connected with the people. That’s one of the unique things I like about independent shows. It’s more intimate. I like that; you can see a lot of good performances from everyone involved with the company.”
The crowds are appreciative too, he says.
“They’re very juicy,” he said.
“Obviously, they remember my time in WCW -- for them, seeing a performance is like a dream come true, and that’s what it’s all about, wrestling, right? Making people happy, and dreams come true.
“I like that connection, you know? That’s the thing that gets me excited to wake up and perform every day. It’s gonna be tough but it’s gonna get juicy.”