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Mexican Wrestler Perro Aguayo Jr. Dies in match with Rey Mysterio

The details in this incident are still a bit unclear. But as a person who has watched wrestling over 20 years and has been in a wrestling ring there are a few things I would like to be clear on using the video below as a clear example. And please know I am going with has been reported to me is that Perro Aguayo died from an apparent spinal injury. Ernesto Franco, identified as a wrestling commission doctor, was quoted by Mediotiempo.com as saying: “I was with [Aguayo] for about an hour trying to revive him.” Injury to his cervical spine region made resuscitation difficult. An MRI examination was done to help determine the cause of death.

Aguayo went limp on the ropes after being struck by Rey Mysterio Jr., real name Oscar Gutierrez, a former WWE performer making his return to Mexican wrestling. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to reports. It was Mysterio’s first match in Mexico’s Asistencia Asesoría y Administración LLC, or AAA, since 1997. Mysterio recently had a falling out with WWE and was not retained after his most recent contract expired.

The match was a tag team match with Mysterio teaming with Xtreme Tiger while the other team consisted of current TNA talent Manic teaming with Perro Aguayo Jr. Known as “El Hijo del Perro,” Pedro Aguayo Ramírez was a Mexican champion and son of legendary performer Perro Aguayo.

By watching the video you can clearly see several things. The head scissors take-down looked awkward. Perro is actually facing the wrong way at first and as he turns his body to take the pre-planned bump, his right arm gets tangled in the move. He still executes the bump, but Mysterio watches and only continues when Perro dives back in the ring. The next move is also pre-scripted as Manic joins Perro on the ropes to take a 619, one of Mysterio’s signature moves. When Manic is beside him he notices that something is wrong with Perro and yells at Rey not to hit him, and Rey does not. He performs the move to sell it to the crowd, but he whips his legs over the head of Perro. Then to not make it look so obvious they spill the action to the outside. At this point former TNA and current Lucha Underground talent Konnan comes into the picture and tries to help with Perro. And if you watch close enough he literally throws a white towel in the ring, which usually signals to people watching in the back that they need medical attention. Rey also tries to help and you can tell from his body language that he knows something is wrong.

The match is then quickly and Perro is shown being attended to by medics. One last thing of note, when the person walks in front of the video obviously being taken by a person in the crowd, Perro also does a roll that looks sort of awkward, but is partially blocked by the person in front of the camera.

The injury was more than likely sustained on the bump to the outside and Perro just simply tried to continue not knowing exactly how devastating the injury was. This does not appear to be malicious or negligent on Mysterio’s part. But the AP is reporting Mexican authorities reportedly will investigate the death as possible manslaughter.

We here at Cleat Geeks send our heartfelt condolences to the Aguayo family and everyone involved in this accidental yet tragic incident.

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