Rey Mysterio made more comments on Instagram regarding the freak passing of his friend Hijo del Perro Aguayo Jr, after their match on Friday.
I had the privilege to share a ring for the first time with Hijo Del Perro Aguayo in his debut as a professional wrestler & an Honor to be in the Ring with this great Legend for the last time! You will be missed Perro:: RIP Perro Aguayo Jr.
The official cause of death was a cervical spinal stroke, brought on by severe whiplash. There may have been a combination of factors, including rough bumps moments before the incident, though the point he lost conciousness was when he took the dropkick from Rey and landed awkwardly on the ropes.
Like a lot of wrestlers Perro may have also been dealing with years of wear and tear going in to the match, which could have been a contributing factor.
A lot has been made of the slow reaction from both the performers and the medics. It was not immediately apparent that Perro was hurt, because the slumping over the rope is part of the 619 sequence. When he didn’t “sell” the move, wrestlers clearly recognized something was wrong, with Manik and Tiger taking the action to the outside to give some space and Rey looking to the ref to check on him. Konnan then removed him from the rope but erroneously tried to shake him awake, thinking he was just knocked out.
It should be noted that doctors had already been dealing with two injuries from earlier in the night and the stretcher literally had another wrestler on it. They deemed bringing out a sheet of wood to carry Perro out was faster than setting up the stretcher a second time.
The authorities have opened up a manslaughter investigation, which would would be classed as “involuntary.” This is when a death has been caused by accident with no intent. Whether Mysterio is the target, or the promotion for not acting quicker, the prosecution would have to prove recklessness or criminal negligence. An accident in the context of a physical performance is not on its own “recklessness or criminal.” But failing to act might be.
The CRASH company that was promoting the match will be covering Perro’s funeral costs. At last word his legendary father, the original Perro Aguayo, has not yet been informed of his son’s death because he is of ill health.