A chilling reminder that wrestling is not "fake", and that even the trained and skilled men and women whose work we enjoy week-in and week-out are one small move away from a dangerous or even tragic outcome.
Last night in Tijuana at a CRASH Wrestling event, Perro Aguayo Jr. (also known as El Hijo del Perro Aguayo, real name Pedro Aguayo Ramirez) died at the hospital after an injury sustained in a tag match with Rey Mysterio, Manik (TJ Perkins) and Extreme Tiger (Tigre Uno).
There are mixed reports of what went down, and we certainly don't want to intimate or allege that any one person or spot is to "blame" for Ramirez's death. There is a video making the rounds where you can see the aftermath of whatever move or bump caused the injury (fair warning should you decide to seek that video out, it is very hard to watch, especially in light of what we now know of the outcome) and Perro Aguayo Jr. is set-up for a 6-1-9 with Manik when it becomes apparent that he's at best unconcious in the ropes. Perkins, then Konnan - who is managing and serving as road agent for the show - and then Mysterio all check on him.
The remaining three wrestlers then improvise a finish, while Konnan and other staff attempt to revive Ramirez. He is stretchered out, and was then taken to Del Prado Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 1AM local time.
AAA released the following statement concerning his passing:
The grief overwhelms our hearts. Rest in peace, El Hijo del Perro Aguayo.
TJ Perkins tweeted:
Godspeed Perro— TJ Perkins/MANIK (@MaskaraManik) March 21, 2015
Life goes so fast man. I can't believe some of us pack our bags and don't make it home.— TJ Perkins/MANIK (@MaskaraManik) March 21, 2015
Aguayo was a second generation luchador; his father was the original Perro Aguayo.
Cageside Seats' thoughts and prayers are with the family & friends of the deceased, and the whole wrestling community, following his tragic passing.
We will have further information as it's available and appropriate.
Update by Keith Harris: According to f4wonline.com, the belief at the time of the incident was that he had "suffered a concussion and would be fine", but clearly the accident was much more serious than initially thought. The exact cause of death is currently unknown, but there is speculation that he died of either a brain hemorrhage or from cervical spine trauma (the latter being what Mitsuharu Misawa died from on June 13th, 2009, after taking a backdrop suplex in a major NOAH match).