One of the most infamous moments of WWE programming was when Randy Orton made the statement that Eddie Guerrero was in Hell. The angle was panned by critics and fans alike because of its tastelessness.
“[I] 100% was not comfortable with it. Rey [Mysterio] assured me that it’s something Eddie would have wanted, and even still, Rey and myself went to Vickie, and Vickie gave us her blessing. She said the same thing, ‘Eddie would have wanted to help you guys in this manner.’ If he could have used his death in some way to help the business, as morbid as that sounds, he would have wanted us to do it.
Although it was a horrible tragedy and we all lost our friend, it was kind of something that helped me along the way in my career, and a lot of people, you know, as a bad guy talking about that. That was heat, and it worked. It helped with the angle between Rey and me. But looking back, it will always be something that was a little — there are a lot of things that I’ve done in my career that have made me uncomfortable. I think we can all agree on that, but that, in particular, was something that I’d put at the top of the list.”
The angle led to a Triple Threat match at WrestleMania 22 for the World Heavyweight Championship. In the match, Rey Mysterio was able to get revenge and win the title by pinning Randy Orton.