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Tragedy struck Mexican wrestling promotion, Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) after Perro Aguayo Jr died in the ring. He was just 35 years old.
Perro was involved in a high profile tag team match which saw former WWE Champion, Rey Mysterio, make his return to the company.
Mysterio was competing in a tag team match with Xtreme Tiger taking on Perro Aguayo Jr and Manik. Towards the end of the match, Mysterio went to set-up his well-knock 619 sequence on Aguayo, a move combination that Mysterio often used millions of times throughout his WWE and WCW careers. Just after hitting the ropes to get into position, something appears to happen to Aguayo. What happened exactly still is not clear. The original belief was that Aguayo possibly suffered some kind of whiplash following a dropkick from Mysterio that sent him into the ropes, but the media is now speculating that Aguayo could have suffered some type of brain hemmorage or cervical spine trauma. Video footage shows that Aguayo appears to be unconscious when Mysterio’s 619 sequence begins.
There is a video of this match which I’m not going to post here. I’ve seen it and believe me, it’s pretty disturbing. It reminds me so much of when Owen Hart died at Over the Edge back in 1999. It’s crystal clear from the video that Manik is aware something is wrong almost instantly when he dodges Mysterio’s 619 attempt, but his partner, Aguayo, does not move. Mysterio quickly glances at the team and realizes something is wrong. Manik is then dropped kicked out of the ring by Mysterio’s partner, Xtreme Tiger, and Tiger follows that up by executing a twisting plancha over the top rope on to Manik on the outside. Following that sequence, Mysterio is left alone with Aguayo in the ring. Rey goes to check on his fallen adversary, and Aguayo appears to be unresponsive in the video. Mysterio looks to inform the stunned referee of something being wrong as Konnan checks on Aguayo from ringside.
Perro Aguayo Jr. is a massive wrestling star in Mexico, and he has wrestled for both major promotions (CMLL and AAA) during a 20 year career that included winning several championships in both promotions. His father, Perro Aguayo Sr., was as big of a star in Mexican wrestling as one can be. Aguayo Jr. was the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Rookie of the Year in 1995. Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked him number 7 in the PWI 500 in 2007.
On behalf of everyone here at RIF Rasslin, I want to send my deepest condolences to Perro’s family and to assure them that Perro is in our thoughts and prayers.
RIP Perro Aguayo Jr