Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Ryan Frost
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Frost
The Gobbledy Gooker in WWE
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Pro Wrestling Consulting Company Owner
1990, - 2001
October 1, 1954
The Gobbledy Gooker in WWE
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Professional wrestling has had some ridiculous gimmicks in the past, but perhaps none more memorable than one that came in 1990. Leading up to the 1990 Survivor Series, the WWF kept bringing a giant egg to their events, saying that it would finally hatch at the pay-per-view which was held on Thanksgiving Day. When the big day finally came, the fans were expecting something amazing, but left disappointed. Advertisements:
When the egg hatched, a man in a turkey costume popped out, leading the fans to boo while the on-air talent tried to save face and play it off as genius. The WWF tried to incorporate this character named The Gobbledy Gooker into storylines, but it failed miserably. In fact, the gimmick is considered to be both the worst gimmick, worst storyline and most disappointing payoff in pro wrestling history.
What many people might not know is who was behind the turkey costume, and that he’s part of a famous wrestling family. His name is Hector Guerrero, the son of Gory and brother of Chavo, Sr., Mando and the legendary Eddie Guerrero. Even Hector’s nephew and niece, Chavo, Jr. and Raquel Diaz, are part of professional wrestling to this day.
Before becoming The Gobbledy Gooker, Guerrero had wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance, and even held a championship there alongside tag team partner Dr. D. Once his turkey gimmick was scrapped, so was Guerrero from the WWF. He then went into the independent circuit, appearing in Smoky Mountain Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling. He even had a short stint with brother Eddie in WCW, but both would ultimately leave because of how Guerrero was treated in his brief time with the company.
Guerrero would end up wrestling independently for years, and the WWE didn’t even acknowledge that he was ever part of the organization. That was, however, until WrestleMania X-Seven (17) when he returned as The Gobbledy Gooker for a Gimmick Battle Royal, but didn’t pull off the win. The company has made reference to the character in the years since then, but Guerrero hasn’t wrestled any other matches.
After turning 50 years old and with the loss of his brother, Guerrero decided to start wrestling less and focus on a career in pro wrestling that was easier on the body. With that, Guerrero announced that he was hired in 2007 as a commentator with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, working with the Spanish broadcast. Shortly after starting, Guerrero also became a manager for the Latin American Xchange faction.
There was even a match that Guerrero participated in, which was a six-man tag team match where if he lost, he had to go back to commentary. Needless to say, Guerrero would find himself back at the Spanish announce table and remained there for several more years while also making some on-screen appearances. Then, in April 2015, Guerrero announced that he was leaving TNA Wrestling.
Since wrestling is in Guerrero’s lifeblood, though, you knew he wouldn’t fully retire from professional wrestling. These days, he’s working as a consultant in pro wrestling, helping young hopefuls achieve the success they want. On his official website, Guerrero says that he watches DVDs of those that want help, charging $100 along with a performance report and giving feedback.
The 63 year old is happy with the way things have gone in his life, even if he didn’t get the fame and recognition in the WWE like his brother did. Looking back at The Gobbledy Gooker gimmick, Guerrero maintains that the right audience would have loved it, but not at a pay-per-view event where the hardcore fans had paid top dollar for tickets. “It was always for the children,” Guerrero said years later. “It was not a kid crowd.”
Because of the massive physiques that wrestlers had around the time, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon auditioned Guerrero and thought he’d be perfect for the turkey gimmick instead of on his own. Guerrero was able to make The Gobbledy Gooker look more athletic, running around the ring and jumping off of the top rope with ease. There were rumors that the man who would become The Undertaker was supposed to be The Gobbledy Gooker, but that Guerrero was better suited for the role.
When asked if The Undertaker was going to get the role, Guerrero said “Not that I know of...I started seeing the people that were going to make the outfit for me and this and that. They actually did it to my body. When they did all that I got picked up by the same limo that picked up Undertaker...I think his deal was completely different. He was going to be The Undertaker and they were going to do that with him. The Gobbledy Gooker, that was me. How can you put that beautiful bigy guy...he’s very tall and very strong...how can you put (Undertaker) in the turkey outfit?”
He knew that the gimmick wasn’t getting over with the crowd as he could hear the booing, but Guerrero said that while wearing the costume that “I worked pretty hard. I put my 110, 115 percent, like all of my matches. I put all of my ability into it.” He added that “My body, my thoughts, my mind and every time I wrestled, I wrestled with my heart. I gave it all.”
People have noted that those in the Guerrero family could make anybody look good in the ring, and Hector credits that to his father. “My dad taught us to wrestler like if we were wrestling with brooms,” he said. “If we could wrestle with a broom, you could have a match...So it’s something we grew up in. It all depends on the circumstances of how life evolves.”
Guerrero is retired from the ring these days, but still enjoying life to the fullest. Of the four brothers in his family, he and Mando Guerrero are the only two remaining, but the Guerrero family legacy has lived on in professional wrestling...even if it included one of the worst gimmicks that sports entertainment has ever produced.