Mexican wrestler El Hijo del Perro Aguayo has passed away, after a freak accident during Rey Mysterio’s 619 sequence on Friday evening. They were wrestling a tag match for the CRASH promotion in Tijuana, that saw Mysterio team with Tigre Uno, and Aguayo team with Manik.
The 35 year old reportedly suffered a cervical spinal stroke while being set-up for a double 619 alongside Manik. Instead of landing clean on the middle rope, he awkwardly landed on the right side of his neck after a dropkick from Mysterio. It’s not entirely clear whether it was the dropkick, the landing, the latter movements of the ropes, or all of the above that caused the damage.
The other wrestlers didn’t notice a problem until after Mysterio completed the sequence and Aguayo stayed motionless, before falling and slumping over the bottom rope. Konnan who was at ringside then tried to revive him, thinking he was knocked out. You can see footage of how it all went down below:
The match was quickly wrapped up and the luchadore was rushed to hospital, but he was pronounced dead in the early hours. It’s possible that there were other contributing factors before or during the match, but we don’t know for sure just yet.
The authorities have opened a manslaughter investigation, but this may just be a formality. The reason why it took several minutes for doctors to arrive is because they were already dealing with injuries backstage.
Rey Mysterio Tweeted the following after the tragedy: “I miss you and I will take with me the rest of my life, rest in peace HijoDelPerro.”
Manik who works for TNA wrote:
AAA where Aquayo has wrestled regularly also made a Tweet of condolence, which translates: “The grief overwhelms our hearts again. Rest in peace , Son of Perro Aguayo.”
Our thoughts are with Aguayo’s family and friends.