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Like has been aforementioned, when you're the champion in WWE, you are expected to outshine the rest of the roster and bring it all to the table. Yes, it's scripted entertainment that's choreographed, we all know this, but it still takes a toll on your body and mind.

In this instance, you have to remember that Eddie was still battling his past addictions and suffered with back problems. When he had his feel good moment at No Way Out and WrestleMania in 2004, it set in for him that the press demands, appearances, and the huge weight on his shoulders of actually being the champion was very streneous. It's not that he wasn't physically or mentally able to perform as champion, it's that he had enough respect for the sport, company, brand, heritage and himself more than anything that he personally requested he lose the title to JBL at The Great American Bash to save falling back into his old habits.

Of course, WWE would put him in the limelight once more when both parties mutually agreed it was the right time, and we know the sad outcome of all this. The world lost a fantastic human being, one who struggled and overcomed his demons, and someone who had enough passion for wrestling that even when entrusted with the privilege of being the face of a brand/company, he turned the opportunity down and dropped the title to someone more confident and willing to take on the big task.
 

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They had to build up a long term heel champion so that he could drop the strap to Cena at Mania anyway so it was the right decision.
 

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In Hardcore Holly's book, he says that Eddie's body was hurting at the time. Specifically, Holly said that he would always see Eddie screaming as he got treated on the trainer's table, complaining of his back. Eddie was begging for time off, but WWE couldn't give to him, as he was champion.

So there you go. It was his health.
 

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Simply put, after Mania, he had nobody to work with. Lesnar left, Angle got hurt, Big Show got hurt, and the other names like RVD, Taker, and Rey were all faces.

Eddie was great, but it is pretty hard to make something out of nothing.
 

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even removing the bigger responsibility as champion, you have to think of the personal pressures such as knowing your being placed in the more important stories and knowing the eyes are on you, eddie clearly wasnt used to being put in such a position.

I remember reading somewhere that brock was supposed to go into another feud with taker but the difference being that taker would be the one winning the matches in order to make the returning deadman gimmick look strong (as he never beat him under the biker gimmick) but of course that course dropped which would account for the poor undertaker feuds with booker t and the dudley boyz post wrestlemania 20 plus to add to this maybe heyman was supposed to realign with brock which is why he got in involved with the dudleys instead.

if this was indeed true then taker mightve been pegged as champion in 2004 instead of eddie and JBL. Its quite likely the JBL character wouldve never existed had brock stuck around and eddie may not of got his push quite as quick if at all.
 

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The sad thing was Guerrero was injured and was in a lot of pain during that time period, but probably too scared to take any decent amount of pain killers since he might get hooked again...

As a side note Kurt Angle also said for a long period of time, he was in a lot of pain that he took a lot of pain killers and got addicted to pain killers.
 

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he never drew a dime, he admited himself that they were wrong to put the strap on him.
 
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