Cancún

Satellite photo of Cancún

Cancún is a coastal city in Mexico's easternmost state, Quintana Roo. It is the municipal seat of Benito Juárez municipality and a world renowned tourist resort.

Geography

The average temperature in Cancún is 27° C (80° F) with more than 240 days of sunshine, and rain is rare, with late August through early October being the rainy season. The beaches are almost 100 percent limestone; the porous quality of the limestone makes for cool sand even under the intense tropical sun. Cancún is divided into two parts: The narrow 23-kilometer-long (14-mile) island section (Cancún Island) is lined with modern beachfront hotels surrounded by the Bahía de Mujeres (Bay of Women), the Caribbean Sea, and the Nichupte and Bojorquez lagoons. The mainland downtown commercial section (Cancún City), connected to the island by two bridges, has broad avenues lined with whitewashed shops, restaurants, and hotels.

History

In the early 1950s Cancun was an almost unpopulated and undeveloped island just off the Caribbean Sea coast of the Yucatán peninsula, home to three caretakers of a coconut plantation and small Pre-Columbian ruins of the Maya civilization. The government of Mexico decided to develop a tourist resort on Cancun, which was originally financed by a USD $27 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank. A causeway was built to link Cancun to the mainland, and an international airport was built, along with what was at first a model city for workers, complete with housing, schools and medical facilities. On the opposite side of the island from the Caribbean Sea is Nichupte Lagoon, which is used for boat and snorkelling tours of the area.

Although many international publications now spell Cancun as Cancún, in the area itself it is usually Cancún in Spanish and Cancun in English. This is probably a result of the fact that English-language type faces available in the early days of Cancun did not have accented characters, or the operators did not know how to access them because the keyboard codes were different from the ones they were accustomed to using. The Spanish is not really correct either. In Spanish, the accent usually falls on the second syllable. In the case of a two-syllable word, you would only use an accent to indicate that the stress falls on the first syllable, as in López.

The earliest known reference to Cancun called it Cancuen. There's also a site in Guatemala called Cancuen. Cancuen refers to a snake totem, usually identified with Kukulcan or Quetzalcoatl (the Plumed Serpent). The romanization of Mayan words varies, but it is common to use an apostrophe to indicate a kind of glottal stop. It is probable that some Yucatecan or Mexican Mayanist wrote the name as Cancu'en, which was turned into Cancún by someone at the predecessor of Fonatur, the Mexican government tourism development fund that created Cancun. The belief that Cancun means "nido de viboras" (nest of snakes) is modern folklore, according to according to long-time resident Jules Siegel, author of the Cancun User's Guide.

Development of Cancun started in 1970 and grew rapidly in the 1980s. Unfortunately, the original very sensible master plan was repeatedly modified and, on the mainland, often ignored. Siegel who was the translator of Fernando Martí's "Cancun, Fantasy of Bankers," municipal authorities have struggled to provide public services for the constant influx of people, as well as to control squatters and irregular developments, which now occupy an estimated ten to fifteen percent of the mainland area on the fringes of the city, he says.

Despite initial skepticism that forced the Mexican government to finance the first eight hotels, Cancún soon attracted investors from all over the world, but approximately 70% of the Hotel Zone properties are owned by Mexicans, many of them local residents, Siegel says. The figure is close to 100% for the mainland. Some observers believe that the resort is foreign-owned because they are confused by the hotel operating companies, which are international companies that supply administration and marketing services. They do not usually own the hotels themselves. Even outlets of restaurant chains such as McDonald's and Domino's Pizza are Mexican-owned.

The city has grown rapidly over the past thirty years to become a city of approximately 750,000 residents, covering the former island and the nearby mainland. Most 'cancunenses' here are from Yucatán and other Mexican states. A growing number are from the rest of America and Europe.

The city Cancun and its flourishing tourism industry were heavily damaged by Hurricane Wilma, which hit the area on October 22, 2005.

Environmental concerns

Although some environmentalists claim that Cancún is an environmental disaster, Siegel says that is not true. There has obviously been environmental damage and the situation could deteriorate rapidly, he reports, but at present (February 2005) Cancún's main problem is a breakdown of garbage collection and disposal as a result of political conflicts that will hopefully be solved by a new administration elected February 6, 2005. Sewage treatment is another danger point, he says. Although approximately 75% of the city has public sewer lines, many homes rely on septic tanks. The underground water table is beginning to show symptoms of contamination, but by the standards of most populated areas in the United States the water is still relatively clean.

"You can see the bottom of the Caribbean off Cancún in satellite photographs," Siegel says. He discusses this and other issues at length on his website, http://www.cafecancun.com.

Tourism in Cancún

The beach in Cancún

In Cancún there are about 140 hotels with 24,000 rooms and 380 restaurants. Four million visitors arrive each year in an average of 190 flights daily. The hotel zone is one of the most exclusive internationally, with upmarket restaurants, bars, and the like which have catered for quite a number of the rich and famous. The hotel zone tends to be rather expensive as it is aimed at visitors and relies on the all inclusive hotels to keep them all in this area allowing prices to soar. Downtown is home to less expensive places to shop like Walmart, Comercial Mexicana and Soriana, not to mention several flea markets like the one in the hotel zone.

Around March and April, Cancún experiences a flood of college students (usually from the United States) who travel to Cancún to party. For just about all of these students, drinking alcohol is usually the reason why they come to Cancún. The drinking age in Mexico is 18; while in the United States, it is 21.

Downtown Cancún gives us a different aspect. There are also many clubs for all types of people, including gay clubs like Karamba or Glow, but the hotels are more accessible to all types of travelers, including some with lower rates. International brands in Downtown area are Radisson Hacienda Cancún, Best Western Plaza Caribe, Oasis America.

Ruins in Cancún

The temperature of the city is warm, moderated by the marine breeze which circulates through its avenues. The temperatures are typically between 26°C and 36°C (78.8°F and 96.8°F).

Cancún's hotel zone also has an interactive aquarium where visitors can see the marine diversity of the area, swim with dolphins and feed sharks. Here and there in the hotel zone are some ancient ruins.

The main language in Cancún is Spanish, although English is widely spoken throughout the tourist areas. Mayan dialects are also spoken between some workers and people born in the Yucatán peninsula.

Cancún is served by Cancún International Airport.

Hurricane Wilma

Wilma was the twenty-first named storm, twelfth hurricane, and sixth major hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It was also the third Category 5 hurricane of the season, beating the records set by the 1960 and 1961 seasons. At its peak, it was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin and the tenth most intense globally, with the lowest atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere of 882 millibars (26.05 inHg) at sea level, exceeding the record previously held by Hurricane Gilbert that also impacted the Peninsula of Yucatán some years ago.

Visible image of Hurricane Wilma near record intensity with a central pressure of 882 millibars. Image captured by satellite at 1315Z (9:15 EDT) on October 19, 2005.

On October 21, Hurricane Wilma made landfall on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, with winds in excess of 150 mph. The hurricane's eye first passed over the island of Cozumel, and then made an official landfall near Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo at around midnight on October 22 EDT with winds near 140 mph. Portions of the island of Cozumel experienced the calm eye of Wilma for several hours with some blue skies and sunshine visible at times. The eye slowly drifted northward, with the center passing just to the west of Cancún, Quintana Roo. Some portions of the Yucatán Peninsula experienced hurricane force winds for well over 24 hours. The hurricane began accelerating in the early morning hours of October 23, exiting the northeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula and entering the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 2 storm.

Wilma made several landfalls, with the most destructive effects felt in the Yucatán Peninsula, particularly in Cancun. At least three deaths have been reported, numerous people have disappeared, and the insured damage is estimated at between US$5 and US$8 billion. The devastation was almost total with many of the principal roadways from the Hotel Zone completely flooded and damaged. It has been estimated that 95% of the tourism infrastructure was seriously damaged. Once the storm left the peninsula, some of the beautiful beaches of Cancun had been washed away. Thousands of local and foreign tourists were hosted in improvised refuges. All the Airport and Harbor Operations were cancelled between October 21 to the 25 due to the worst weather conditions.

Photo taken from the balcony of a Cancún hotel at the height of the storm.

It is estimated that after Wilma left Cancun, the local tourist industry lost over US $15 Million daily. Many houses were devastated, and many jobs were lost. However, thanks to the aid and support of local and state governments, the federal government, the Red Cross, and civil associations. reconstruction has been possible. American actor Mel Gibson donated an important amount of money to help the people in distress.

There was an exhaustive campaign by the media that featured public figures, including the President Vicente Fox, actors, musicians, etc. to aid people who suffered. The people's response was immediate and impresionant. People from all social strata helped carry water bottles to donate money in special bank accounts that principal banks created. It was estimated that Cancun will be completely ready to face the demanding vacationist wave on December 2005.

Today, Cancun once more lives and remains an attractive option to local and foreign tourists from all over the world.

Sister cities

  • Miami, Florida, United States
  • Wichita, Kansas, United States

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to aid people who suffered. The private service was performed by retired wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham. There was an exhaustive campaign by the media that featured public figures, including the President Vicente Fox, actors, musicians, etc. Eddie Guerrero's funeral took place on Thursday, November 17 in Phoenix, Arizona at Green Acres Cemetery. American actor Mel Gibson donated an important amount of money to help the people in distress. In addition to the RAW and SmackDown! tribute shows, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling dedicated the pay-per-view TNA Genesis (which aired the evening of his passing) to Guerrero. reconstruction has been possible. These shows were similar in format to the RAW is Owen special edition of RAW, which paid tribute to the late Owen Hart, and the SmackDown! special in Houston, Texas two days after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

However, thanks to the aid and support of local and state governments, the federal government, the Red Cross, and civil associations. A similar video was shown on Friday Night Smackdown to "Here Without You" by 3 Doors Down. Many houses were devastated, and many jobs were lost. A video was then shown featuring many clips of Guerrero in and out of the ring to "Hurt" by Johnny Cash. It is estimated that after Wilma left Cancun, the local tourist industry lost over US $15 Million daily. RAW started off with all the superstars and several personnel on stage, as Vince McMahon addressed the live crowd. All the Airport and Harbor Operations were cancelled between October 21 to the 25 due to the worst weather conditions. No WWE employees were compelled to perform, although several matches took place, including one featuring Chavo.

Thousands of local and foreign tourists were hosted in improvised refuges. The episodes of RAW on November 14, 2005, and Friday Night SmackDown! on November 18, 2005, each aired as a tribute to Eddie Guerrero. Once the storm left the peninsula, some of the beautiful beaches of Cancun had been washed away. Stephanie McMahon hinted, and other sources confirmed, that Guerrero had been scheduled to defeat Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, which would have begun Guerrero's first reign as World Heavyweight Champion. It has been estimated that 95% of the tourism infrastructure was seriously damaged. On the day of his death, Guerrero was set to face Batista and Randy Orton in a triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship on the November 13 taping of Friday Night SmackDown! (which would have aired on November 18). The devastation was almost total with many of the principal roadways from the Hotel Zone completely flooded and damaged. noted that, while many people abuse drugs for over ten years with no ill effects, Guerrero, despite having ceased to abuse drugs four years earlier, had suffered heart complications that were not detected in time to prevent his death.

At least three deaths have been reported, numerous people have disappeared, and the insured damage is estimated at between US$5 and US$8 billion. Guerrero, Jr. Wilma made several landfalls, with the most destructive effects felt in the Yucatán Peninsula, particularly in Cancun. There had been no symptoms or cause for concern. The hurricane began accelerating in the early morning hours of October 23, exiting the northeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula and entering the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 2 storm. said that Guerrero had been working very hard and was at peak physical fitness as a result, doing cardiovascular and weight training exercises every day. Some portions of the Yucatán Peninsula experienced hurricane force winds for well over 24 hours. On the November 30, 2005 edition of WWE Byte This!, Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

The eye slowly drifted northward, with the center passing just to the west of Cancún, Quintana Roo. She added that the doctors had told her that Guerrero's blood vessels had shriveled and weakened owing to undiagnosed heart disease, and that he had simply dropped into a deep sleep. Portions of the island of Cozumel experienced the calm eye of Wilma for several hours with some blue skies and sunshine visible at times. Guerrero's wife Vicky said that he had been lethargic and unwell in the week preceding his death, but that this had been attributed to the stress of continuously traveling and performing. The hurricane's eye first passed over the island of Cozumel, and then made an official landfall near Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo at around midnight on October 22 EDT with winds near 140 mph. At the time of his death, he had recently used narcotic painkillers. On October 21, Hurricane Wilma made landfall on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, with winds in excess of 150 mph. Although Guerrero had not taken alcohol or illicit drugs for over four years, his past excesses contributed to his heart failure.

At its peak, it was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin and the tenth most intense globally, with the lowest atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere of 882 millibars (26.05 inHg) at sea level, exceeding the record previously held by Hurricane Gilbert that also impacted the Peninsula of Yucatán some years ago. An autopsy revealed that Guerrero died as a result of acute heart failure, caused by undiagnosed arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease and enlargement of the heart as a result of prior anabolic steroid abuse. It was also the third Category 5 hurricane of the season, beating the records set by the 1960 and 1961 seasons. Chavo adamantly defended his uncle, saying he had defeated his "personal demons." WWE Chairman Vince McMahon declined to speculate on the causes of Guerrero's death, and both men said that Guerrero would have "wanted the show to go on.". Wilma was the twenty-first named storm, twelfth hurricane, and sixth major hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. The same day, WWE held a press conference with a speech from his nephew Chavo, who spoke of Guerrero's four years of sobriety that would have come on November 15 of that year. Cancún is served by Cancún International Airport. Several hours later, WWE.com released the following announcement:.

Mayan dialects are also spoken between some workers and people born in the Yucatán peninsula. On November 13, 2005, Guerrero was found dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Marriott City Center Hotel by his nephew, Chavo. The main language in Cancún is Spanish, although English is widely spoken throughout the tourist areas. Kayfabe-wise, this was a Survivor Series qualification match which was to have Guerrero put in the Smackdown side of a brand-war Survivor Series match. Here and there in the hotel zone are some ancient ruins. Kennedy. Cancún's hotel zone also has an interactive aquarium where visitors can see the marine diversity of the area, swim with dolphins and feed sharks. On the November 11 edition of Friday Night SmackDown!, Eddie Guerrero wrestled what turned out to be the final match of his career, a victory by disqualification using his trademark cheating tactics over Mr.

The temperatures are typically between 26°C and 36°C (78.8°F and 96.8°F). Guerrero told him that Batista shaking his hand at No Mercy had returned his respect to him. The temperature of the city is warm, moderated by the marine breeze which circulates through its avenues. Guerrero would tell Batista that he realized how low he had sunk since being WWE Champion in 2004, having attacked his best friend Rey Mysterio. International brands in Downtown area are Radisson Hacienda Cancún, Best Western Plaza Caribe, Oasis America. Eventually, Batista and Guerrero would become allies against Randy Orton, Bob Orton and Ken Kennedy. There are also many clubs for all types of people, including gay clubs like Karamba or Glow, but the hotels are more accessible to all types of travelers, including some with lower rates. Though the two demonstrated mutual respect after the match, Guerrero seemed displeased by the loss.

Downtown Cancún gives us a different aspect. During the match, Guerrero struggled with a decision about whether or not to use a steel chair to secure the victory, eventually opting not to use it and losing as a result. The drinking age in Mexico is 18; while in the United States, it is 21. Batista defeated Guerrero at No Mercy to retain his World title. For just about all of these students, drinking alcohol is usually the reason why they come to Cancún. In response to Batista's suspicions, Guerrero helped Batista win a match against his tag team partners, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Christian. Around March and April, Cancún experiences a flood of college students (usually from the United States) who travel to Cancún to party. However, Batista was wary of Guerrero and a series of matches with MNM only supported his suspicions, as Guerrero appeared to have reverted to his cheating ways.

Downtown is home to less expensive places to shop like Walmart, Comercial Mexicana and Soriana, not to mention several flea markets like the one in the hotel zone. Despite this, Guerrero quickly proclaimed himself to be Batista's friend. The hotel zone tends to be rather expensive as it is aimed at visitors and relies on the all inclusive hotels to keep them all in this area allowing prices to soar. Following his feud with Rey Mysterio, Guerrero was named number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship and given a title match with Batista at No Mercy 2005. The hotel zone is one of the most exclusive internationally, with upmarket restaurants, bars, and the like which have catered for quite a number of the rich and famous. Their emotional feud ended at the premiere of Friday Night SmackDown!, where Guerrero finally gained a victory over Mysterio in a steel cage match. Four million visitors arrive each year in an average of 190 flights daily. At SummerSlam 2005, Guerrero lost a ladder match over Dominik's custody to Mysterio.

In Cancún there are about 140 hotels with 24,000 rooms and 380 restaurants. He claimed he then allowed Mysterio and his wife, who were "having trouble conceiving", to adopt the child as their own. He discusses this and other issues at length on his website, http://www.cafecancun.com. He claimed that he had a child out of wedlock (Dominik) while his marriage was going through hard times. "You can see the bottom of the Caribbean off Cancún in satellite photographs," Siegel says. The following weeks had Guerrero revealing the details of the secret in a series of what he called "Eddie's Bedtime Stories". The underground water table is beginning to show symptoms of contamination, but by the standards of most populated areas in the United States the water is still relatively clean. Yet Guerrero revealed the secret any way on the following episode of SmackDown! - telling Dominik and the audience that Guerrero was his real father.

Although approximately 75% of the city has public sewer lines, many homes rely on septic tanks. Rey defeated Guerrero at the Great American Bash, a match with a stipulation that if Guerrero lost, he would not tell the secret. Sewage treatment is another danger point, he says. The storyline (which involved equal parts of work and truth, and had Rey's full approval) grew to involve the families of both men, with both sides pleading for Guerrero not to reveal the secret. There has obviously been environmental damage and the situation could deteriorate rapidly, he reports, but at present (February 2005) Cancún's main problem is a breakdown of garbage collection and disposal as a result of political conflicts that will hopefully be solved by a new administration elected February 6, 2005. Several weeks after the match at Judgment Day, Guerrero threatened to reveal a secret about Rey and Rey's son Dominik. Although some environmentalists claim that Cancún is an environmental disaster, Siegel says that is not true. At Judgment Day 2005 on May 22, Guerrero lost to Mysterio by disqualification.

The city Cancun and its flourishing tourism industry were heavily damaged by Hurricane Wilma, which hit the area on October 22, 2005. At the end of one edition of SmackDown!, he viciously and emotionlessly beat up his former tag team partner, leaving him bruised and bloody after suplexing him onto a set of steel steps. A growing number are from the rest of America and Europe. During this time, he also stopped driving his low-riders down the ring and walked to the ring with a frown on his face, and reverted to using the Lasso from El Paso as his finishing move. Most 'cancunenses' here are from Yucatán and other Mexican states. Guerrero then adopted a new, somewhat sociopathic gimmick. The city has grown rapidly over the past thirty years to become a city of approximately 750,000 residents, covering the former island and the nearby mainland. After several mishaps in the weeks following WrestleMania, the growing tension between Guerrero and Mysterio finally erupted when they lost their tag titles to new team MNM on the April 21 episode of SmackDown! Although they received a match to regain the titles, Guerrero turned heel once again by abandoning his partner, who he had dubbed "his family" earlier in the show.

Even outlets of restaurant chains such as McDonald's and Domino's Pizza are Mexican-owned. Although visibly frustrated, Guerrero congratulated his partner. They do not usually own the hotels themselves. Many expected the new champions to defend their titles at WrestleMania 21, but after encouragement from Chavo, instead Guerrero challenged Rey to a one-on-one match so they could "bring the house down." The two wrestled a match at WrestleMania with Mysterio getting the win. Some observers believe that the resort is foreign-owned because they are confused by the hotel operating companies, which are international companies that supply administration and marketing services. On February 20, 2005, Guerrero once again became a tag team champion, this time with long time friend and sometimes rival Rey Mysterio when they defeated Doug and Danny Basham at No Way Out 2005. The figure is close to 100% for the mainland. Afterwards, Guerrero and Booker briefly and unsuccessfully attempted to win the WWE Tag Team Championships.

Despite initial skepticism that forced the Mexican government to finance the first eight hotels, Cancún soon attracted investors from all over the world, but approximately 70% of the Hotel Zone properties are owned by Mexicans, many of them local residents, Siegel says. Guerrero would then be taken out by The Undertaker while Bradshaw pinned Booker following the Clothesline From Hell. Siegel who was the translator of Fernando Martí's "Cancun, Fantasy of Bankers," municipal authorities have struggled to provide public services for the constant influx of people, as well as to control squatters and irregular developments, which now occupy an estimated ten to fifteen percent of the mainland area on the fringes of the city, he says. However, during the match, the two broke away from the team and made it clear that it was every man for themselves. Unfortunately, the original very sensible master plan was repeatedly modified and, on the mainland, often ignored. At Armageddon, Guerrero and Booker worked as a unit, taking down both Bradshaw and Undertaker. Development of Cancun started in 1970 and grew rapidly in the 1980s. Despite losing two matches in a row as a tag team, Guerrero and Booker managed to get along.

The belief that Cancun means "nido de viboras" (nest of snakes) is modern folklore, according to according to long-time resident Jules Siegel, author of the Cancun User's Guide. Along the way, Guerrero found a partner in Booker T. It is probable that some Yucatecan or Mexican Mayanist wrote the name as Cancu'en, which was turned into Cancún by someone at the predecessor of Fonatur, the Mexican government tourism development fund that created Cancun. Guerrero, along with Booker T and The Undertaker, then challenged John "Bradshaw" Layfield for a WWE Championship rematch. The romanization of Mayan words varies, but it is common to use an apostrophe to indicate a kind of glottal stop. At Survivor Series, Guerrero landed the Frog Splash on Kurt Angle for the victory. Cancuen refers to a snake totem, usually identified with Kukulcan or Quetzalcoatl (the Plumed Serpent). Guerrero selected John Cena, who was feuding with Carlito, a member of Angle's Survivor Series team.

There's also a site in Guatemala called Cancuen. The following week, Guerrero was forced to find another member for his team because Rey Mysterio had just been given an opportunity to regain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. The earliest known reference to Cancun called it Cancuen. Guerrero's team consisted of himself, Big Show, Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam. In the case of a two-syllable word, you would only use an accent to indicate that the stress falls on the first syllable, as in López. General Manager Theodore Long booked a Survivor Series Elimination Match between a team led by Guerrero and a team led by Kurt Angle. In Spanish, the accent usually falls on the second syllable. Each week Angle and his new allies Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak began targeting Guerrero and the Big Show.

The Spanish is not really correct either. Guerrero then allied himself with the Big Show, who also despised Kurt Angle for firing him while Angle was still SmackDown! general manager. This is probably a result of the fact that English-language type faces available in the early days of Cancun did not have accented characters, or the operators did not know how to access them because the keyboard codes were different from the ones they were accustomed to using. At SummerSlam, Angle made Guerrero submit to the ankle lock. Although many international publications now spell Cancun as Cancún, in the area itself it is usually Cancún in Spanish and Cancun in English. He would later lose the title to John "Bradshaw" Layfield, due to Angle's interference. On the opposite side of the island from the Caribbean Sea is Nichupte Lagoon, which is used for boat and snorkelling tours of the area. He would enjoy many months of success as champion, which included a win against Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XX as well as victories over the Big Show and Rey Mysterio.

A causeway was built to link Cancun to the mainland, and an international airport was built, along with what was at first a model city for workers, complete with housing, schools and medical facilities. On February 15, 2004 Guerrero won the WWE Championship at No Way Out 2004, defeating Brock Lesnar following interference from Goldberg. The government of Mexico decided to develop a tourist resort on Cancun, which was originally financed by a USD $27 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank. Despite (or possibly because of) his immoral tactics, Guerrero continued to increase in popularity. In the early 1950s Cancun was an almost unpopulated and undeveloped island just off the Caribbean Sea coast of the Yucatán peninsula, home to three caretakers of a coconut plantation and small Pre-Columbian ruins of the Maya civilization. He was well known for hitting someone with a steel chair (or handing the opponent the steel chair and then pretending to be knocked out himself, just as the referee turned around), or using illegal weapons during the match. The mainland downtown commercial section (Cancún City), connected to the island by two bridges, has broad avenues lined with whitewashed shops, restaurants, and hotels. Guerrero would also capitalize on his "Lie, Cheat, and Steal" anti-hero image by brazenly using illegal tactics behind the referee's back to win matches on occasion.

Cancún is divided into two parts: The narrow 23-kilometer-long (14-mile) island section (Cancún Island) is lined with modern beachfront hotels surrounded by the Bahía de Mujeres (Bay of Women), the Caribbean Sea, and the Nichupte and Bojorquez lagoons. During the summer of 2003, Guerrero had begun driving a customized lowrider to ringside as part of his ring entrance. The beaches are almost 100 percent limestone; the porous quality of the limestone makes for cool sand even under the intense tropical sun. In a storyline, Guerrero's singles success made Chavo jealous and Chavo broke from the team. The average temperature in Cancún is 27° C (80° F) with more than 240 days of sunshine, and rain is rare, with late August through early October being the rainy season. As Guerrero's popularity grew, he began seeking the WWE Championship. . As Los Guerreros attempted to regain the tag team titles, things began to go downhill between Chavo and Guerrero, and the two fought one another at the 2004 Royal Rumble in a match that was won by Eddie Guerrero.

It is the municipal seat of Benito Juárez municipality and a world renowned tourist resort. Four days later, Los Guerreros would lose the WWE Tag Team Championship to the Basham Brothers. Cancún is a coastal city in Mexico's easternmost state, Quintana Roo. Guerrero lost the United States Championship to The Big Show at No Mercy 2003 in October after a feud which involved Guerrero poisoning the Big Show with some laxative laced burritos and then later spraying the Big Show with a sewage truck. Wichita, Kansas, United States. Eddie Guerrero thus held the United States Championship and one-half of the Tag Team Championships concurrently. Miami, Florida, United States. On September 16, 2003, Los Guerreros defeated The World's Greatest Tag Team to regain the WWE Tag Team Championships.

Chavo made his return in this match, assisting Guerrero in executing his Frog Splash on Cena. Guerrero challenged Cena to a "Latino Heat" street fight for the United States Championship, which Guerrero won. He turned face again by engaging in a rivalry with John Cena. At SummerSlam, Guerrero retained his title by defeating Rhyno, Benoit and Tajiri in a four way match.

Guerrero pinned Benoit and won the United States Championship. Guerrero himself said that this was a major point in the character of Latino Heat, since he himself realized that the fans wanted to see him lie, cheat and steal. The match ended with interference by and a Gore from Rhyno, Benoit's own partner, who was furious at the team's failure. It did not work, however, since he knocked out the ref earlier with a belt shot to the kidneys.

Guerrero tried to get Benoit in trouble by placing the title belt on top of the unconscious Benoit. In this match, Guerrero turned to his cheating tactics, hitting Benoit with the belt at one point in the match. He managed to advance to the final round, defeating Ultimo Dragon in the process, where he would meet Chris Benoit. In mid-2003, Guerrero competed in a tournament for the WWE United States Championship.

After Guerrero and Tajiri lost the titles to Team Angle on July 1, Guerrero turned on Tajiri, slamming his partner through the windshield of his low-rider truck. In addition, they also defeated the legendary Roddy Piper and his protegè Sean O'Haire. The following week, Guerrero and Tajiri managed to retain their titles by cheating. They won the Tag Titles at Judgment Day in a ladder match.

He chose Tajiri. This forced Guerrero to look for another partner. Prior to Judgment Day, Chavo tore his bicep. Los Guerreros participated at WrestleMania XIX as contenders for the Tag Titles, along with the team of Chris Benoit and Rhyno.

With this victory, Los Guerreros began their reign as the WWE Tag Team Champions, a reign that lasted until they were defeated by Team Angle. At Survivor Series 2002, Guerrero made Mysterio submit to The Lasso From El Paso. Los Guerreros would then be given another shot at the WWE Tag Team titles and the new champions, Edge and Rey Mysterio. Much to Benoit's surprise, Los Guerreros helped him win the match.

Benoit and Angle then fought for a trophy for being the first WWE Tag Team Champion. Later on, Benoit and Angle won the WWE Tag Team Championships. Benoit and Angle managed to overcome their differences and eventually defeated Los Guerreros in the tournament semi-finals. Guerrero then materialised in the room and assaulted Benoit with a steel chair.

Benoit ran to make the save, only to have himself locked inside a room. In one of the team's definitive moments, Chavo told Benoit that his former friend Guerrero was assaulted by his tag team partner Kurt Angle. The duo entered the eight-team tournament for the new WWE Tag Team Championships and began a feud with the newly formed tag team of Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit. In contrast to a previous WCW storyline with his nephew, Chavo fully adopted his uncle's policy of "Lie, Cheat and Steal" to win matches, and to push the new tag team vignettes were produced, which included things such as the two finagling their way into a rich lady's house and throwing a pool party.

With Benoit starting to focus on Kurt Angle, Guerrero aligned himself with his nephew Chavo, forming the tag team Los Guerreros. On August 1, Guerrero and Benoit began to wrestle exclusively for WWE's SmackDown! brand. Guerrero then went on to feud briefly with The Rock. Guerrero then started a feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin, but Austin left WWE before a match could take place.

He lost the belt to RVD a month later in a ladder match which was plagued with problems, including the ladder breaking to a fan interfering in the match. On April 21 at Backlash 2002 he defeated Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship. Guerrero returned to RAW on April 1, 2002, attacking Rob Van Dam and reuniting with Chris Benoit. During this time, he won the IWA mid-south heavyweight title from CM punk, in a triple threat with rey mysterio, just days after winnning the cruiserweight title again in the WWE.

at A Night of Appreciation, an ROH show dedicated to him. A little over a week later on April 27, he teamed with The Amazing Red to defeat The S.A.T. WWE permitted him to fulfill the obligations, and on April 19, he wrestled CM Punk and Colt Cabana in Dayton, Ohio. When he signed, he was committed to one more ROH and IWA Mid-South show.

Following a number of highly acclaimed matches, such as his bout with Doug Williams at FWA British Uprising, as well as his series of matches with CM Punk, he was rehired by the renamed WWE in March 2002. He was also one of the original wrestlers in the Ring of Honor promotion. Guerrero appeared with numerous independent promotions, including World Wrestling All-Stars and IWA Mid-South. On November 9, 2001 he was arrested for drunk driving and was subsequently released by the WWF three days later.

At this point, Guerrero developed an addiction to pain medication stemming from his 1999 car accident and in May 2001 was sent to rehabilitation. Guerrero eventually left the Radicalz, siding with The Hardy Boyz and Lita. In early 2001, Guerrero feuded with Test, winning the European Championship for a second time at WrestleMania X-Seven with help from Saturn and Malenko. The Radicalz reunited in late 2000, assisting Triple H in his match with Stone Cold Steve Austin at Survivor Series.

The engagement was called off when Guerrero was caught showering with two of The Godfather's hos claiming that "Two Mamacitas are better than one!" Guerrero turned heel once again as a result of the incident and was later defeated for the Intercontinental Championship by Chyna's friend Billy Gunn. Just when it appeared that Chyna would leave Guerrero, he proposed to her and she accepted. Chyna became visibly uncomfortable as Guerrero began to cheat in order to retain his title, while Guerrero was upset that Chyna was posing for Playboy magazine, even trying to invade the Playboy Mansion to stop the photoshoot. After Angle knocked Chyna down with the title belt, Guerrero "accidentally" pinned her while trying to revive her.

Guerrero claimed to not mind and then begged Commissioner Mick Foley to let him take part in a title defense between Chyna and Kurt Angle, claiming he was afraid that Angle would injure Chyna. On August 27, Chyna won the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Chyna was upset when Guerrero pinned her to advance in the King of the Ring tournament. Over the next few months, friction began to build between Guerrero and Chyna.

Guerrero successfully retained the title in matches against Saturn and Malenko before finally losing the title to Saturn on July 23. Guerrero defeated Rios after arriving at ringside in a 1957 Chevrolet, even wrestling in his tuxedo pants and a bow tie. He and Chyna began a feud with Essa Rios and Lita, which culminated in a European title defence at Backlash 2000, which was also billed as the night of Guerrero's prom (he was said to have just earned a GED). Guerrero won his first WWF title by defeating another former WCW wrestler, Chris Jericho for the WWF European Championship with help from Chyna.

In March 2000, Guerrero began pursuing the affections of Chyna, who he referred to as his "Mamacita." Chyna initially rejected his advances, but allied with him following WrestleMania 2000, declaring that she "couldn't resist his 'Latino Heat'". Guerrero and the other WCW wrestlers debuted in the WWF on January 31, 2000 as The Radicalz, appearing on RAW and interfering in a match including the New Age Outlaws. After his return, he continued to be displeased with WCW management and signed with the WWF in 2000 along with top WCW stars Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Perry Saturn. Guerrero survived the accident and returned to wrestling in a matter of months.

However, Guerrero was involved in a serious car accident in 1999 that cut short the lWo storyline. The group eventually grew to encompass almost all the Mexican wrestlers working for WCW at the time. The group was an answer to Bischoff's refusal to push Latino wrestlers in ways they deserved. Guerrero responded to Bischoff's actions by forming the Latino World Order (or lWo), which was understood by the fans to be a mockery of Bischoff's New World Order.

Guerrero would later rebut this on WWE's DVD Monday Night War claiming that he tried to put personal differences aside for the good of the company, yet found himself angry and outraged once more because of Bischoff's continued refusal to elevate Guerrero and other similar wrestlers. However, Guerrero later returned to WCW, leading to the belief that maybe Guerrero's angry speeches against Bischoff were actually a work (Guerrero later confirmed it to be a worked shoot). Guerrero then left the company for a period of months, angry at Bischoff for what he had done. The wrestler, furious, demanded Bischoff release him from his WCW contract on a live episode of WCW Monday Nitro.

Bischoff responded by throwing coffee at Guerrero. These frustrations came to a head when Guerrero requested that WCW President Eric Bischoff either push his character or give him a raise for family reasons. Despite Guerrero's success and popularity, he was one of many wrestlers who were frustrated at never being given a chance to be main event stars in WCW. He lost the match, but called it his favorite match in the February 2004 SmackDown! magazine and his autobiography (published posthumously).

One such title match was against Rey Mysterio at Halloween Havoc. In WCW, Guerrero found considerable singles success, winning the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship in late 1996 and the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship twice in 1997. After their last match at the ECW arena, the locker room emptied and the two were carried around the ring by their fellow wrestlers while the crowd chanted "Please don't go.". Guerrero won the ECW World Television Championship on his debut and went on to have a series of acclaimed matches with Dean Malenko before they both signed with World Championship Wrestling later that year.

As an homage to his fallen friend, Guerrero adopted his friend's finishing move, the Frog Splash. However, Barr died before he could join ECW with Guerrero. Guerrero and Barr's first break would come when they were noticed in late 1994 by the owner of Extreme Championship Wrestling, Paul Heyman, and were approached about wrestling for him in 1995. Along with Barr, Konnan and Madonna’s Boyfriend, Guerrero formed Los Gringos Locos (The Crazy Americans), a heel stable.

After Guerrero turned on Santo and allied with Art Barr as La Pareja del Terror (The Pair of Terror), the duo became arguably the most hated tag team in lucha libre history. In Mexico, he wrestled mainly for Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion, teaming with El Hijo del Santo as the new version of La Pareja Atómica (The Atomic Pair), the legendary tag team of Gory Guerrero and El Santo. In 1993, Guerrero began wrestling in Japan for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he was known as Black Tiger II. He became a star in Mexico long before he main evented in the United States.

He debuted in 1987 in the Mexican Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre promotion. Guerrero was raised in El Paso, Texas and attended the University of New Mexico as well as New Mexico Highlands University on an athletic scholarship, where he wrestled collegiately, before returning to El Paso to train as a professional wrestler. Guerrero's uncle Enrique Llanes and cousin Javier Llanes are popular wrestlers in Mexico. also became a wrestler.

Guerrero's nephew, Chavo Guerrero, Jr. His three brothers Chavo Guerrero, Hector Guerrero and Mando Guerrero all followed in their father's footsteps and became professional wrestlers. His father, Gory Guerrero, was a founding father of Lucha Libre, a prominent wrestling trainer and an influential figure in Mexican professional wrestling. Guerrero came from a legendary wrestling family.

. Guerrero became a born again Christian in 2002. Despite all these issues, Guerrero managed to be extremely popular, winning numerous titles during his career, including the WWE Championship. His problems outside of the ring were sometimes integrated into his professional wrestling storylines.

Throughout his career, Guerrero encountered various substance abuse problems outside of wrestling, including alcoholism and an addiction to pain killers. His famous mantra became "Cheat to Win." Despite being a heel for much of his career, he became extremely popular because of his charisma and the fact that his character seemed to largely be a reflection of himself. Guerrero's in-ring character was that of a crafty, resourceful wrestler who would do anything to win a match. Through the 1990s, he had a distinguished career, working for every major professional wrestling promotion in the United States during that period: Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment.

Born into a legendary Mexican wrestling family, Guerrero managed to maintain the storied Guerrero family legacy. Eduardo Gory Guerrero Llanes (October 9, 1967 – November 13, 2005), better known by his ring name, Eddie Guerrero, was an American professional wrestler of Hispanic descent. Medical examiner's report says wrestling star died natural death. Other.

Wrestling Observer Newsletter. World Wrestling Entertainment. World Wrestling Association. World Wrestling All-Stars.

World Championship Wrestling. Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Pro Wrestling Federation. New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Latin American Wrestling Association. Independent Wrestling Association: Mid-South. Extreme Championship Wrestling. Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion.

Black Tiger Bomb (Sitout crucifix powerbomb). Super Black Tiger Bomb (Second rope crucifix powerbomb). Splash Mountain (Sitout crucifix powerbomb). Hilo (Slingshot senton).

Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Gory Special. Brainbuster. Three Amigos (Combination three vertical suplexes).

Lasso From El Paso (Elevated Texas cloverleaf hold). Frog Splash. Torrie Wilson. Mike Tenay.

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Jackie Gayda. Edge. Kevin Dunn. Tommy Drake.

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