Ahead of this Sunday’s Survivor Series, Vickie Guerrero spoke to DirecTV about her favorite moments in the career of her late husband Eddie Guerrero, serving as General Manager, the origins of her “Excuse Me!” catchphrase and more:
Favorite moments from Eddie’s career: “Gosh, there’s so many. I think my favorite moments were when he worked with Chyna. When he vied for her affection and they “fell in love” and went to prom. I just loved it! He treated me like that in real life, so I related. He was always so fascinating to watch by just being who he was. He really believed in what he did and I think that showed in his work in the ring. His work was just genuine. He cared about it. He had a lot of respect for the fans and gave 100% to make the match everything they wanted it to be when they walked into that arena. They knew Eddie was going to give them his whole heart. It meant a lot to him. I respected him for that.”
Her favorite role to play: “General Manager. You get to manipulate the whole roster. That’s a high for me. I may not be on the level of the McMahons or The Authority but to work with them side-by-side, I’m honored. Of course, being the older woman and having these young guys to work with, that’s something that’s always fun. I know the fans enjoy it too because they hate me more when I have that power.”
Her favorite Superstars to manage: “I would love to manage Dolph Ziggler again. We have a great chemistry. AJ Lee got in our way, but we had a lot of fun out there. Dolph is really entertaining and one of my favorites. And then Edge I will always respect. He showed me psychology, how to work in the ring, helped with my promos, and how to work with the cameras. He took me under his wing and made me feel like I was his partner. He really built my confidence and made me believe that whatever I did out there would be great. He really believed in me and I think that’s why we got to stay together for so long.”
Being impressed by Tamina: “Tamina Snuka has really proven herself as AJ’s bodyguard. Her matches are getting stronger and I see her becoming the Divas Champion one day. I’d hate to be splashed by her. I want to keep her as my friend.”
How her “Excuse Me” catchprhase came about: “One night I had this long promo to do and in the middle of it I forgot my lines. I had a deer in headlights look so the crowd got loud because they knew there was something wrong. I just kind of needed to regroup so I said ‘excuse me’ to them to buy some time. But the more I said it, probably two or three more times, the crowd just went insane. Afterwards, I kind of thought ‘OK that’s done and over with.’ But we decided to try it again the next night and now it’s something the crowd expects from me. There were a few times that I didn’t say it and people let me know on Twitter that they were disappointed. It was their one night a year they got to see a WWE show and to see me and not hear me say it, it was disappointing to them. Now I always try to incorporate it into a show to help make it that one special night for a fan. The more they hate me, the more I get a kick out of it. It makes me feel good.”
You can read the full interview on DirecTV.com.