Lucha Underground 1×20: The Art of War

Angelico corner tope con giro

the matches

Son of Havoc b Angelico (6:39, shooting star press, good)
Alberto el Patron (c) b Texano Jr. to retain the AAA World Mega Heavyweight Championship (8:22, armscissors over the ropes, great)
Prince Puma (c) b Son of Havoc to retain the Lucha Underground Championship (12:13, 630 senton, great)

the developments

Ivelisse, in an angrier mood than usual, spent the match yelling at Havoc (and occasionally the referee.) Announcers pushed that Havoc was showing marked improvement and wondered if Ivelisse’s behavior was causing it. Son of Havoc didn’t think so, pausing to dump Ivelisse before hitting the shooting star press for the win. Ivelisse couldn’t believe it, and took out her anger with a kick to Angelico when he tried to flirt again after the match.

table explodes

The rules for the bullrope, as explained by Striker, were victory by pinfall, submission or touch all four corners. Neither man attempted to touch the corners, but they did take advantage of the lack of disqualification. Texano brought a chair and table into play, and both men used the cowbell in the center of the rope on each other. Alberto won by using his cross armbreaker while hanging backwards over the ropes, a move which would not be legal in a normal match.

In his office, Dario signed Hernandez to a deal and noted he would not be limited to a tag team in Lucha Underground. Dario also told Hernandez that Konnan convinced Dario on the merits of Hernandez. Hernandez seemed satisfied but not completely on the same page as Dario. Later, Hernandez happened on Puma and Konnan while they were warming up for the title match. Konnan greeted him warmly, bringing up their time to get as part of LAX, but Puma seemed a little wary. Hernandez watched the main event from the front row. (Striker and Vampiro were surprised to see him and not sure why he was there; it’s clear they haven’t been seeing the vignettes.) Dario presented a new Lucha Underground championship belt before the match.

crazy SSP (and great angle too)

Cage and Puma brawled and used weapons in the street fight main event. Puma impressed, but missed the 630 senton. Much like their last match, Cage powerbombed Puma into oblivion and rained punches from the mount. Konnan did not throw in the towel, but could not as Cage had knocked Konnan down prior. Cage could’ve gone for the pin, but instead beat up Puma more, and seemed to pick a fight with Hernandez. (Hernandez had not gotten involved in anyway, Cage just saw him and challenged him too.) Herandnez got on the apron, allowing Konnan to sneak in and hit Cage with the new cane as he turned around. Puma recovered, landed the 630 senton, and remained champion.

Stray Thoughts

No tribute to Perro.

I actually read the Art of War last summer. Figured I’d heard enough wrestling promos about it, might as well just read it myself. It’s not that long; it’s the background pieces and scholarly discussion about what the words actually were supposed to mean at the time that take forever to get thru. It’s all about convincing your army they have no choice but to win, and put it in the best position to win. Putting Prince Puma and Cage in a street fight didn’t figure to be the best situation for Cage to win a street fight, but maybe Konnan figured all along that he’d eventually have a shot to use that cane at a key moment. It seemed like Cage beat himself in the end; Hernandez wasn’t going to get involved until Cage prompted him.

The dynamics of the Angelico/Son of Havoc/Ivelisse triangle seemed very changed even to start. Son of Havoc was an underdog cult favorite tecnico from the start of the match, and only solidified by dumping Ivelisse and winning. Ivelisse was much more antagonistic than in past matches. Angelico was neutral, but kind had the rudo role in the match.

Puma goes a long way on the springboard 450 splash

Alberto and Texano was good and different than the other matches they’ve done in Mexico. One constant in Lucha Underground is the stipulation matches always emphasis the aspects making it different from other matches. The bull rope match had a ton of rope spots (Bruce Dickinson would be happy with the amount of cowbell) and a finish that wouldn’t happen in a normal match. Kind of the same thing in the street fight too.

Announcers pushed the finality of the matches – the two title matches were going to settle the issue. They gave the impression that Havoc and Ivelisse were done with each other too. And sure enough, next week is something slightly different…

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CMLL results, Lucha Underground notes, Mexicans losing in Japan

CMLL (TUE) 03/24/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) El Rebelde & Espanto Jr. b Metatrón & Molotov
2) La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany b Goya Kong, La Vaquerita, Skadi
3) Arkángel de la Muerte, Okumura, Virus b Hombre Bala Jr., Pegasso, Súper Halcón Jr.
4) Misterioso Jr. b The Panther [lightning]  (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Blue Panther Jr. was listed as replacing his brother, but The Panther ended up in the match. Panther slipped on a springboard and was beaten by Gori Specail.
5) Blue Panther, Tritón, Valiente b Boby Zavala, Hechicero, Luciferno
Valiente replaced Super Porky on Monday.
6) Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas b Dragon Lee, La Sombra, Stuka Jr.
Dragon Lee replaced Dragon Rojo (still injured). Casas cheated to win.

CMLL would have a better case about how great they are about taking care of their wrestlers if they weren’t knowingly advertising injured Dragon Rojo in matches all week. (Also, the commissions would have better cases about how serious they are about things if they weren’t letting it go.)

Arena Coliseo Guadalajara had a moment of applause for Perro Aguayo Jr.

Rey Bucanero said Perro Aguayo Jr.’s death was an accident, but better ring conditions and medical help is needed.

El Hijo del Santo, who got himself into a dumb controversy when he posted a photo of himself and Perro Sr. from the wake and then was offended people were critical of him for taking the photo for the purely altruistic reason of “I needed a photo for my column” (that’s actually his defense), has also been on news shows complaining about promoters (CMLL) forcing wrestlers to work thru injuries and not protecting luchadors himself. I can only assume this means Santo is never wrestling again, by his own reasoning.

Apolo Valdes writes a column about changes that should be made: referees should be trained in first aid, there should always be a doctor at ringside (no matter how many other people are injured) and there should be better regulation.

Lucha Underground

Tonight’s the 20th show, the midpoint of the first season. The matches scheduled

  • Alberto el Patron (c) vs Texano Jr. for the AAA Heavyweight Championship in a bull rope match
  • Angélico vs Son of Havoc
  • Cage vs Prince Puma © for the Lucha Underground Championship in a Boyle Heights Street Fight

They’ve posted a commercial for the show, as well as Dario making a new signing: Hernandez. Tonight’s the debut of the new Lucha Underground Championship; it’s a decided improvement.

Other News

IWRG has no Wednesday show this week, and this IWRG article says they only Sunday ones these two weeks.

Black Terry Jr. has highlights of Hechicero & Belial vs Okumura & Centviron vs Skyade & Fly Star vs Valiente & Fly Warrior, which he said was one of the best matches he’s seen this year.

RobViper has a music video of 11/28 & 12/05 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

+LuchaTV has a lot of ChilangaMask highlights: the Aerial AssaultImpulso vs Jason Gory and Violento Jack vs Herodes Jr., plus interviews from Draego, Jason Gory, Impluso and Herodes and this week’s Leyendas Inmortales and this week’s +LuchaTV TV show.

Segunda Caida stumbles upon Sangre Chicana vs Satanico.

Rudy Valentino was remembered in San Luis Potosi.

The Xalapa show included a mixed trios match where a woman (Karina Duval) teamed with her son (Vengadorcito Radiactivo). Can’t think of that happening much if it at all.

SuperLuchas looks back at past March 24th shows.

Kamaitachi still wants to be the best Japanese luchador ever in Mexico.

Terra has an bio of Marcela.

Lucha Libre in Japan

03/24 Dragon Gate: Akira Towaza b Flamita [BRAVE GATE]
Flamita loses in challenging for the title he never lost.

03/25 REINA:
Narumiya b Amapola (c) [CMLL REINA INTL] – title change
Syuri (c) b Silueta [CMLL WOMEN]

With Zeuxis out hurt, that title change means CMLL’s roster has zero active champions. (Correction: Silueta is still REINA Junior Champion.) Syuri’s coming to Mexico soon to fix that. Amapola and Silueta are still in Japan thru the 04/05 REINA show (and Silueta is working an 04/04 Ice Ribbon show.)

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 03/31/2015 Arena México
1) Aéreo & Angelito vs Pequeño Nitro & Pequeño Universo 2000
2) Goya Kong, Marcela, Syuri vs La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany
3) Pegasso, Soberano Jr., Starman vs Boby Zavala, Okumura, Sangre Azteca
4) Titán vs Misterioso Jr. [lightning]
5) Delta, Dragon Lee, Tritón vs Kamaitachi, Puma, Tiger
6) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Hechicero, Negro Casas, Vangellys

Dragon Rojo is going to be healthy one of these days.

Semimain could be very good.

CMLL (TUE) 03/31/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Bengala & Robin vs Furia Roja & Mr. Trueno
2) Esfinge, Gallo, Omar Brunetti vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
3) The Panther vs Sagrado [lightning]
4) Blue Panther, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
5) Mistico, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto

Sky Team versus Hijos del Infierno.

Lightning match might mean four matches make TV.

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03/22 Lucha Underground results (episodes airing 06/10 & 06/17)

These are episodes 31 and 32.

There’s some big, slightly spoiler news: episode 39, the last of the original order, appears to be named “Ultima Lucha.” It comes off as the first season finale. It’s not clear if that means there will be a hiatus, but they are moving to a big event at the end. That end isn’t until August 5th, you’ve got this show for a lot longer.

You can see the match listings. Tomorrow’s episode is 20, so this is now about 3 months away from what you’re seeing on screen.

Someone new popped up in a dark match.

(more…)

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Perro Aguayo Jr. funeral, other notes, Alberto el Patron kickboxing?

Perro Aguayo Jr.

The funeral was yesterday. The church was overfilled, with what looks to be at least hundreds of people standing outside, just wanting to be there. (R de Rudo has a video of what the scene outside looked like.) The service was a a celebration of Perro’s life. Rey Misterio, Konnan, Latin Lover, Rayo de Jalisco were among those who stood as ceremonially guard next to the casket the entire time. There were many wrestlers in and out of masks at the service, but Konnan and Latin Lover being on opposite sides of the casket was striking. Those are two men who’ve not gotten along at times, and very much not gotten along at other times. Perro Aguayo Jr. was friends with them both. Rayo’s knew Perro Jr. since he was child. I believe I saw Terrible at the service in another picture; his biggest break was teaming with Perro Aguayo Jr. in a hair match. X-Fly’s visible in the second row with his blond hair; Perro Jr. knew him since he X-Fly was a kid hoping to get in the wrestling business and hoping to find a home. The lucha libre world can be a fractious, divisive place, but Perro had a connection with everyone and was friends with many. He reached so many very different people.

Hijo del Santo voiced a theory, one that others have brought up, that Perro Aguayo Jr. was already dealing with a back or spine injury prior to the match. The Aguayo family doctor told the press yesterday that, as far as he knows, Perro Jr. did not have any pre-existing spine or back injury. The doctor does not that luchadors often have at least two doctors. The doctor continued to absolve everyone involved of blame. A Yahoo article quotes an AAA spokesman as saying “they could’ve had 50 doctors in the arena” and it wouldn’t have helped.

Rayo de Jalisco Jr. took solace in Perro Aguayo Jr. dying doing what he loved. Rayo pushed for better protection for luchadors generally, in both insurance and medical services, but does not believe anything different could’ve been done in this case. Rayo was one of a few people noted as talking to Rey Misterio Jr. at the service; Rey (who did not wear his mask) is reported as being completely devastated. Rey’s friends surrounded as he left, to protect him from the media. The Tijuana commission has talked about wanting to talk to Rey to get his statement about what happened – they only talked to him briefly that night – but the lucha libre commission has repeatedly said they do not expect any charges to be filed.

El Universal has a video interview with Negro Casas, Blue Panther and Vaquerita about Perro’s passing. Casas is very emotional.

The next AAA TV taping is April 1st in San Luis Potosi. The local promoters have asked all their fans to wearing their Perros del Mal gear as part of a memorial.

Masked Republic will be releasing a special Perro memorial t-shirt, with the profits benefiting the family.

Boxer Jhonny Gonzalez, who been associated with AAA for a while, said he’s dedicating his fight on Saturday to Perro. There was a moment of applause for Perro in Arena Puebla.

Kcidis says goodbye to Perro Aguayo.

Related News

This is a lot of fallout, what’s next, and tangential items.

A photographer at the Tijuana show noted that all three men involved in that crazy Spanish Fly spot on the Tijuana show ended up taken to the hospital. A commentator on the photo claims Super Nova fractured his clavicle, Star Boy had an unspecified injury, and Tony Casanova had a lumbar injury. Lumbar is lower back, the type of injury you’d keep on a stretcher. Nova’s confirmed the shoulder injury. If that rest of the story is true, it matches the story the commission has been giving. (Also, if it’s true, it shows what a drastically ill considered spot it was.)

A senator will propose a bill on Thursday calling for establishing protocols for medical care in lucha libre and boxing, and establishing compensation for families when a luchador passes away or is permanently disabled in a match.

Dr. Alfonso Morales ripped the authorities for their post injury medical situation. A member of Mexican Red Cross listed all the mistakes the medical team made in treating Perro Aguayo Jr.

CMLL’s Miguel Reducino said it’s referees are instructed to stop a match immediately if there is a severe injury. Reducino says the DF commission requires a medical test to renew their license and says CMLL conducts periodic tests and random doping tests at events. Reducino also says medical insurance is impossible – no one would offer it to the luchadors – but the union does pool money together as fun to support luchadors, and CMLL itself has an relationship with two nearby hospitals in case of an injury. Reducino goes onto say CMLL has specifically banned the usage of chairs, tables and other weapons to avoid greater injury and because it doesn’t fit with their seriousness. Reducino says luchadors are examples for children and it’s not a good thing for children to see luchadors use weapons and bleed.

The licensing thing has a loophole – a license in any state is valid in all of them, and there’s been plenty talk in the past of wrestlers traveling to commissions with lax or no standards to be renewed to avoid tougher standards elsewhere. I don’t know if that’s the situation with Brazo de Plata, but any commission that’s found Super Porky OK to wrestle for most of the last ten years is conducting some strange medical tests. I know of no story of anyone being denied of a wrestling license because they failed a medical test. It has to have happened, but it’s never been talked about as happening. Same thing about the drug tests; they do come up when these sorts of stories are written but there’s never any talk about anyone being suspended (which may just be a private issue) or what is actually being tested for (which ought to be public knowledge.)

The insurance bit is confusing, since AAA talked a lot about getting it’s wrestlers insurance over a year ago.

Psicosis (II) actually inadvertently pokes a hole in the idea of the commission doing it’s job. He does say the commission will have doctors at shows, conduct testing and require a yearly medical checkup (which he feels should happen more often, but he also goes onto say there wasn’t actually an ambulance on hand at a recent show he worked in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. That would have to be the Vamper Revolution show. If the commission isn’t mandating an ambulance at a building that size, they’re hardly ever doing it.

AAA posted the TV show from last week. I’m not sure what will end up on TV next week; they aired the tease of the Mesias turn, but the match where he actually turned in Mexico City did not air. It’s possible they may have been planning on airing two weeks from Mexico City despite having less matches than usual. It’s also possible it just becomes a Perro Aguayo tribute and his Rey de Reyes appearances are never shown.

This death has journalists digging into lucha libre who wouldn’t normally pay much attention to it. Judging form Twitter, this has resulted in an immense amount of idiotic things being said on TV channels. It’s also brought to light things which would be interesting under other circumstances. Universal has an article talking about how little luchadors are actually paid. The story says they’re usually only getting 50-75% of what the local promoter is paying for them, with CMLL or AAA keeping the rest the promoter is getting 50-70% of the booking fee, and the luchador is keeping the rest. I’m skeptical of all the numbers in this story – there’s a list of prices that places indy Rayman working small Jalisco shows at the same price as Volador Jr. & La Mascara – but the general concept mentioned is what I’ve been told in the past. Those on top still do very well; Dr. Lucha mentioned on Sunday’s Wrestling Observer Live that Perro Aguayo Jr. was actually making more money on his merchandise sales than wrestling for a number of years.

An interview with the commission in Puebla says all shows are required to have medical personal and an ambulance. Promoters should already be following their local rules, but this is obviously a moment for promoters to be sure they’re following all regulations. Other people will be checking.

Results

IWRG (SUN) 03/22/2015 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Hip Hop Man b Electro Boy, Atomic Star, Alfa, Dragón Celestial
2) Liderk, Rayan, Spector b Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina, Miss Gaviota
3) Golden Magic, Hijo de Mascara Sagrada, Veneno b El Hijo del Diablo, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Rayan
First Sagrada appearance here in nearly 3 years. Rayan worked double, replacing Eterno. Money thrown in.
4) Eterno, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr., Negro Navarro DQ Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000 Jr., X-Fly
Eterno replaced Pirata Morgan. Wagner refused to get along with his partners, since he had feuded with Navarro the previous week. Wagner even stopped to hug X-Fly at one point. Navarro team took 2/3. Match came to an end with X-Fly, Wagner and Navarro in the ring. Wagner tossed his mask to Navarro (to cost himself the match?), but Navarro tossed it to X-Fly, and X-Fly had it in his hands when the referee turned back around. Perro Aguayo Jr. was honored after the match.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras © b Pirata Morgan [IWRG IC HEAVY]
Original plan was Super Nova defending IWRG Juniors championship against Dos (Dos had won the title shot a couple weeks previously.) Nova suffered an arm injury taking a Spanish Fly in Tijuana and could not wrestle. Instead, Hijo de Dos defended his own heavyweight championship against what was ruled to be his #1 contender – Pirata Morgan. Pirata submitted Dos in the first, but would not let go and was DQed. Pirata had Dos beat again in the second fall after a powerbomb, but the referee belatedly noticed Pirata’s feet were on the ropes. Dos wrapped Morgan in a rana for a three count, but Pirata argued he had his shoulder up and the match continued. The referee was soon knocked down and Hijo del Pirata Morgan interfered. Veneno (Dos’ second) made the save with karate chops and Dos submitted Pirata as the referee recovered. Straight falls. Fourth defense.

Super Nova’s injury messes up plans here – Dos seemed sure to beat him for the title, he wins all his other big matches – and they might actually not strip him of the title and delays things so Dos can get that win later on. It also comes at a poor time for Nova himself. He had seemed to make it into AAA as a regular, and it’s no sure thing he’ll have the same chances when he gets healthy.

CMLL (MON) 03/23/2015 Arena Puebla [El Popular, Periodico Enfoque]
1) Artillero, Policeman, Súper Comando b Arkalis, Meyer, Zaeta Roja
Zaeta Roja’s debut in a loss.
2) Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany b La Vaquerita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit
3) Kamaitachi, Okumura, Puma b Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr.
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush b Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, Thunder
Rush got away with a low blow and a mask pull on Thunder.
5) Último Guerrero DQ Mistico
Tecnico took 1/3. Ultimo Guerrero took Mistico’s mask for the DQ. He kept the mask and left.

That’s a strangely flat way to end that program.

Other News

Today’s Wrestling Observer Radio clarified the Alberto el Patron situation. Alberto is hurt, and Dave Meltzer revealed it actually came in training for a kickboxing match against Bill Goldberg for the Glory promotion. (This is a real story.) Alberto probably said he got hurt in a match in Mexico because he didn’t want to give away he was training yet. It’s unclear if the injury means the fight is off; Alberto’s claimed it wasn’t as bad as originally reported. I’ve got no idea how his matches in Australia went, but those would probably indicate his condition. There’s no reported date of when that fight would take place.

CMLL updated Sunday’s lineup. Mistico vs Casas is now the main event. Gran Guerrero replaces Barbaro Cavernario in what’s now the semimain. Niebla Roja replaces Virus in the fourth match; that seems to throw off the Virus vs Dragon Lee feud. CMLL continues to list Dragon Rojo on Sunday, and even pushes him as part of the preview for tonight’s show, so maybe there’s something they know about his injury status that they’re keeping quiet. A promotion insisting they take the best care of their luchadors probably shouldn’t be pushing someone into the ring too early.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update, this week’s Poster-Mania, and a recap of the Lucha Libre VIP show with Sombra vs Volador Jr.

SuperLuchas looks back at past March 23rd shows.

Tercera Caida added Keira vs Impulso to it’s 04/12 Coacalco show.

DJ Spectro looks back at Black Man & Blue Panther vs Sombra de Platas and Mascara Roja.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena Naucalpan
1) Araña de Plata vs Atomik Star, Hip Hop Man, Alas de Acero, Aeroman
2) Diva Salvaje, Estrella Divina, Miss Gaviota vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, Liderk [lumberjack strap]
3) Chicano & Danny Casas © vs Rayan & Spector [IWRG IC TAG]
Rayan & Spector previously won a #1 contenders match. Chicano & Casas’ 2nd defense.
4) Hijo de Pirata Morgan © vs Veneno [IWRG IC MIDDLE]
Pirata’s 4th defense.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras & Máscara Sagrada vs Negro Navarro & Pirata Morgan

Eh.

Guessing that’s actually not the 2010 Aeroman in the opener.

CMLL (MON) 03/30/2015 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Paris, Rey Samuray vs Disturbio, Espíritu Maligno, Inquisidor
2) Dark Angel, La Vaquerita, Syuri vs La Seductora, Skadi, Tiffany
3) Stigma, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Puma, Sagrado, Tiger
4) Ángel de Oro, Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Shocker
5) Rush, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión, Thunder

Rush/Thunder feud here as well in DF. Maybe a dry run?

Syuri starts here again on Sunday. Skadi’s been moved to the ruda side – an experiment with Zeuxis out? Women of Skadi’s size are usually rudas.

DTU (MON) 04/06/2015 Auditorio Municipal, Pantepec, Puebla
1) Artikus, Lanzeloth, Rocky Lobo vs Jimmy, Kevin (DTU), Tony
2) Hormiga & Yuriko vs Chica Ye-Ye & Príncipe Halcón
3) Lady Apache, Lokillo, X-Fly vs Drastik Boy, Keira, Paranoiko
4) Hijo De Dos Caras & Súper Nova vs Black Fire & Slayer Pack and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
5) Crazy Boy, Dr. Wagner Jr., Pesadilla vs Aero Boy, Hijo de Máscara Año 2000, Violento Jack

The Wagners on a DTU show is pretty surprising, but it seems to be sponsored by the town as part of their fair, so they could be footing the bill.

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some Perro Aguayo thoughts

There’s not much news left at this point.

This week’s MLW Radio didn’t include Konnan, of course, but Court Bauer mentioned he had talk to Konnan in the last couple of days. There’s been a criticism directed at Konnan for moving Perro after he was injured. Court relays that Konnan, in that moment, believed Perro had been only knocked out and was trying to revive him. Konnan wasn’t even thinking about a neck injury. “In that moment” is the key – it’s much easier to have to think things thru when you already know the outcome and can watch it on infinite loop, it’s a lot a harder when a person you care about has just suddenly fallen unconscious right in front of you. Konnan did the best he could in the moment, and nothing he could’ve done would’ve changed the outcome.

That’s the problem. Everyone’s understandable very emotional about the situation and wants to direct that emotion at something. The Rey stuff is just utter garbage and blaming Konnan is just as misguided. It’s a situation where people want to, need to, find something the doctor did wrong or the commission did wrong so all that emotion can go towards them. There are a lot of problems with lucha commissions and doctors, but, from what we know what right now, there’s no medical treatment which would’ve stood much of a chance saving Perro once he was hurt. There’s a lot of problems with extreme wrestling and criticism of wrestlers taking too many big risks. That’s just not what happened here. This was a man falling out of the ring, and falling into the ropes, two things which have been done since the start of wrestling, things that could’ve easily have happened in a safe sterile WWE match or a 40 year old ring on a dirt floor in the tiniest show in Mexico.

Perro’s death just appears to be a freak accident that could’ve happened any time, any where, and nothing about the context of the rest of the world really mattered. It’s a completely unsatisfying answer. It’d be so much better if there was just someone or something we could just get angry at, and maybe new information will come out in the next few days to give us that. This answer we have today doesn’t give us a solution so we can go on believing (pretending) this sort of thing won’t happen again. Unless you’re willing to ban lucha libre – and there are columnists asking for that today – it’s going to remain just dangerous enough that this danger exists. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again for a long time, but everyone lives with the knowledge that it might again some day.

The one missing piece is the state of Perro Aguayo’s neck prior to the match. There’s been speculation that maybe he had neck problems, but no one close to him has come out and said Perro had neck issues. It might be that no one does. Neck examinations, as part of actual medical exams to license luchadors, would be a nice forward step no matter the circumstances, but it seems unlikely to happen unless someone close to Perro specifies that as the issue.

The funeral service is happening as I write this. It looks like there’s a massive amount of people who could not even getting in. There are people covering it with more detail; Info_AlanR has pictures and video from the ceremony.

Silver King led a tribute to Perro Aguayo Jr. at a show in Satillo. Silver King talked about all those he had lost – Perro, his old tag partner Texano Sr., his father among them. Gronda XXX noted to the reporters that if everyone knew how many injuried wrestling had caused him, no one would ever want to do it.

Matt Farmer has a look back at Perro Aguayo Jr.’s career.

Cronicas and Leyendas looks back at Perro Aguayo Jr. breaking the Leyenda de Plata trophy in 2004. That was really the moment where he became the Perro del Mal character he’d be known as for the next ten years. That incident introduced the personality, that match where he utterly destroyed poor Rey Bucanero set up the wrestling style. SuperLuchas reprints it’s article naming Perro as wrestler of the year in 2004, right when that ascension was happening and just before the Perros del Mal name become official.

Other Links

Black Terry Jr. has a ton of photos from Sunday’s ChilangaMask show.

CMLL has highlights of Dos Leyendas.

Segunda Caida continues it’s Hechicero review with a Monterrey trios.

A show in Veracruz is listed as being taped for TV – in Japan. Because it’s a main event Japanese trio (Kamaitachi, Dowki, Hanaoka) and probably not because it’s actually airing.

Muneca de Plata wrestled in the main event of a mixed trios match in Puebla; she replaced Goya Kong and appears to have wrestled unmasked. A Tiffany led trio won.

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Perro Aguayo Jr., Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, results from the last few days

Perro Aguayo Jr.

A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 10 AM in Guadalajara. The public is invited, but are asked to have respectful behavior (no autographs, no pictures.) The line of fans and friends taking part tonight appears to have remained long well into the night. At the wake, Perro Aguayo Jr.’s mother thanks the public for their support. Perro Sr. was at the ceremony. He did not speak to the public. Reports say Perro will be cremated.

KrisZ and El Pancracio both has great obituaries.  The Gladiatores, who produced a lot of Perros del Mal content for the internet once they took off as their own promotion, thanks Perro Aguayo Jr. for working with them. Los Colisenos talks about Perro’s CMLL career, in usual fashion.

There were tributes to Perro Aguayo Jr. at every lucha libre show this weekend. Lucha Underground had a tribute to him before Saturday’s show. If the Observer report is accurate, it sounds so emotional that it’d be understandable not to want to show it. There will definitely be some acknowledgement. CMLL held a moment of applause on Saturday and at Sunday’s show in Arena Mexico. Black Terry Jr. posted video of the one at the XMW show, where one of the Perros del Mal championships has recently been disputed. Extreme Tiger spoke to the crowd before a similar moment in Coacalco. He was honored on Saturday’s DTU showHe was honored on AULL’s show in Mexico City. Puerto Rico’s WWL had a moment for him. There was applause for Perro in Monterrey. Many US and Japanese wrestlers posted messages on Twitter expressing their sympathy.

Joaquin Roldan said Rey Misterio has his and AAA’s full support and decried the sensationalism in the reporting of this story.  R de Rudo talks to Myzteziz, who calls Perro a great rival and a great friend.

Jeque Mate offered sympathy for Rey Mysterio Jr.. Jeque Mate was in the ring when Oro died, and says fans chanted “asesino” (murder) at him for the next five weeks. It died down, but he’ll never forget it. Like everyone else, Jeque does not think Rey is at all fault. Heavy Metal wrote a Facebook post also noting that any luchador could see Rey had nothing to do with what happened.

Dr. Mario Garcia Orozco, who the article lists as friend of the Aguayo family, says the cause of death listed on Perro Aguayo’s certificate is “traumatismo a nivel de columna cervical y que esto produjo lesión medular” (translates to “trauma to the cervical level which caused a spinal cord injury”.) He calls it an accident and urges not rush to judgment on the medical team.

Super Nova missed tonight’s IWRG show, due to injury. He instead appeared on Televisa Deportes show La Jugada talking about his injury and the conditions at the Tijuana show. I haven’t seen the show, but all the usual Mexico Sunday sports wrap up shows were discussing the situation. Atlantis appeared on TV Azteca in a similar segment.

Nova was the (silly) person who took a double spanish fly thru a table/wood to the floor. He did make it to the back, but perhaps was still hurt. The Tijuana commission has claimed 2 or 3 other wrestlers were hurt on the show, and he’d be one.

Gerardo Velázquez de León, the man in charge at TVC Deportes, wrote lucha libre should be banned after seeing the Perro Aguayo Jr. video. Lucha libre is not going to be banned. It’s also not going to be back on TVC Deportes any time soon.

There’s so much content on the internet about this – sites that don’t cover lucha libre including articles, sites that do writing nine. It’s been all over TV. Some of that attention will switch to whatever viral thing happens on Monday, but it’s going to remain a Mexican national story for a while. All that attention is going to put pressure for something to do be done, even if everything was truly done properly to begin with. There are going to be changes, and there’s no telling what they’ll be at this point.

Homenaje a Dos Leyendas

The results are a few posts down, though you can guess the basic results if you care about this subhead at all. Dragon Lee/Kamiatachi was said to be the best match, and the main event was pretty good.

The semimain, the Guerreros vs Ingobernables match, pushed a Rush/Thunder match for the second straight week. Rush keeps talking about wanting mask. Thunder has a mask. Thunder also is not someone who belongs in a singles match (and flinched as much as anyone in taking Rush’s corner dropkick in recent memory.) A Rush/Thunder feud would be an interesting test of Rush’s drawing power from an academic standpoint, but a struggle in pretty much every other way.

I haven’t gotten an attendance estimate; this whole show just stopped mattering within hours of taking place, so no one’s really thought much about it. The pictures seemed to indicate they drew less the show last year, though not sure how much left. Anything between 8 and 11,000 would seem credible to me.

NJPW’s website is shocked to find out their young lion was in Mexico all this time. Kamaitachi should be expected to be around the rest of the year, even unmasked. He had a big head of hair, which would seem to suggest another apuesta match to come. No one on his level comes to mind to face him. (Someone book Kamiatachi vs Negro Casas.)

As expected, there are YouTube videos floating around of people recording the movie screen while watching H2L in a theater. The one I’ve seen was awful quiet, as if there weren’t many people in that theater.

Maximo & Volador would like to keep teaming and challenge for the tag titles.

CMLL results

CMLL (FRI) 03/20/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Brillante & Meteoro b El Piraña & Satara
2) El Gitano, Gran Kenut, Thunder Boy b El Alteño, El Tapatío, Índigo
3) Exterminador, Furia Roja, Sádico b Frezzer, Javier Cruz Jr., Leo
4) Flash I, Flash II, Forastero b El Cuatrero, Ráfaga, Sansón
5) Gallo, Omar Brunetti, Pepe Aguayo DQ Gran Eku, Jocker, Maléfico
Exterminador & Sadico ran in for the DQ. Xavier Cruz & Leo made the save, setting up a cage match for next week.

Cage match is what was expected here once the run-ins started. It doesn’t figure to draw anything special, but establishing that big matches will happen on the non-DF shows can be helpful.

CMLL (SAT) 03/21/2015 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Pierrothito b Último Dragoncito
2) Hijo del Signo b Molotov
3) Okumura b Oro Jr.
Okumura replaced Canelo Casas; recap notes Okumura is on a lot of these shows.
4) Raziel b Starman
5) Cancerbero b Stigma
6) Misterioso Jr. & Pierroth b Fuego & Tritón
7) Dragon Lee, Mistico, Valiente DQ Ephesto, Kamaitachi, Mephisto
Perro Aguayo Jr. was honored before the match. Kamaitachi fouled Dragon Lee and took his mask.

CMLL (SUN) 03/22/2015 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Bengala & Metatrón b Camorra & Espanto Jr.
2) La Comandante, La Seductora, Tiffany b La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit, Skadi
3) Dragon Lee, Fuego, Pegasso b Boby Zavala, Okumura, Virus
Dragon Lee won, defeating Virus. Dragon Lee challenged Virus to a title match. Virus did not respond.
4) Kráneo b Super Porky [lightning]
Perro Aguayo Jr. was honored before the match. Kraneo won, and Kraneo & Mije celebrated with a victory dance.
5) Ángel de Oro, Blue Panther, Titán b Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Rey Escorpión
Titan replaced Dragon Rojo (injury)
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Mistico DQ Euforia, Mephisto, Negro Casas
Negro Casas pulled Mistico’s mask for the DQ. Mistico demanded a singles match.

Didn’t sound like either singles match was for sure next week, but Mistico/Casas sounds more likely for next week and Virus/Dragon Lee for some weeks down the line.

Other Results

DTU (FRI) 03/20/2015 Autolavado VM, Tulancingo, Hidalgo [Funcion Estelar]
1) Mazicito vs Veguetita
2) Dany Latino b Rey Capricornio
3) Loquillo b Masivo, Imperio Negro, Génesis
Genesis was a surprise wrestler. No idea if it’s the ex-CMLL one.
4) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo b Jimmy & Kevin
The Masizos won with heavy chair usage.
5) Jonathan Gresham b Lanzeloth, Drastik Boy, Atrikus
Hormiga was listed but not in the match. Non-title, but Gresham won again. Crowd liked his match this time.
6) X-Fly DRAW Crazy Boy
Crowd did not like this ending in a draw.
7) Histeria II, Paranoiko, Psicosis II b Black Fire, Rocky Lobo, Slayer Pack
Vipers continue their DTU success.

The Vipers have won a lot here.

DTU (SAT) 03/21/2015 Gym Hercules Moderno, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Tercera Caida]
1) Leo, Rafy, Teelo b Jimmy, Kevin, Tony
2) Lokillo b Angel Jr., Psique
Angel Jr. replaced Alas de Acero
3) Black Fire & Slayer Pack b Alas de Acero & Chicano and Artikus & Lanzeloth
Alas de Acero replaced Hormiga.
4) Jonathan Greshman © b Drastik Boy, Rocky Lobo [DTU AI]
Gresham used the ropes to win. Gresham threatened to take the title back to IWA-MS.
5) Crazy Boy & Rey Capricornio b Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
Good match.
6) Psicosis b X-Fly, Ovett
No Angel o Demonio, so it was a triangle match with Psicosis winning. Continue build to the cage match.

Kind of want to go to IWA-MS if they actually hold a DTU title match. I am the only person this applies to, and it’s mostly for the novelty.

XMW (SAT) 03/21/2015 Gimnasio Gloria, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [@TKD_117, Black Terry Jr. (flickr), Estrellas del Ring]
1) Draego b Centella, Azgar, Smaker, Dragon, Hahastary, Anuro, Ekuz
2) Kilvan, Shadow, Yoruba b Chicayeye, Core, Rayo Star
La Resistence vs Okama Power. Core & Rayo Star replaced exoticos Demasiado & Estrella Divina.
3) Disturbio b Mr. Leo, Tanque Infernal, Principe Diamante, Toxin Boy, Obscuro, Metaleón, Magnetico, Luzbel
Disturbio pulled Toxin Boy’s mask and rolled him for the win.
4) Metaleón b Guerrero Mixtico Jr., Big Boy, Legendario
Bonus match. Metaleon replaced Guerrero Mixticos.
5) Arez, Fly Metalik, Impulso b Electro Boy, Emperador Azteca, Imposible
XMW vs IWRG.
6) Arkángel de la Muerte b Wasson, Tornado
Arkangel replaced Virus and beat Tornado.
7) Fly Warrior & Valiente b Fly Star & Skayde and Centvrión & Okumura and Belial & Hechicero (CMLL)
Valiente did appear, despite some drama earlier in the week. Excellent match.
8) Demoledor © b Toxico, Hellspawn (Chile), Wotan [XMW HEAVY]
Toxico beat Demoledor for the win.

Chilanga Mask (SUN) 03/22/2015 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [TerceraCaida, TKD]
2nd Anniversary Show
1) Draego b Astro Rey Jr., Dragón Celestial, Electro Boy, Emperador Azteca, Freelance, Mike Segura, Toxin Boy, Fly Warrior
Aerial Assualt. Kriminal Boys were added to the match. Very good match.
2) Impulso b Jason Gory
Impluso won with a figure four leglock (!!)
3) Herodes Jr. b Violento Jack
Not nearly as hardcore as would be expected.
4) Mr. Maldito & The Platino b Trauma I & Trauma II
Mr. Maldito, eliminated, snuck back in to foul Trauma II. Crowd like the Tijuana pair.
5) David Star, Keira, Latin Dragon b Arez, Belial, Chik Tormenta
JT Dunn & Kimber Lee were supposed to be in this match, but replaced by Latin Dragon and Chik Tormenta (with some changes to sides.) Keira accidentally removed Belial’s mask, but the referee decided to let the match continue. Latin Dragon won with a piledriver variant on Arez.
6) Negro Navarro b Fulgor I
7) Guerrero Maya Jr. b Black Terry, Rey Hechicero, Aero Boy
Hechicero out first by DQ for pulling Maya’s mask. Aeroboy submitted Terry. Maya submitted Aeroboy for the win.
8) ACH b Extreme Tiger
Great match. ACH won with a double German suplex. Money thrown in. Extreme Tiger led the match in honoring Perro Aguayo Jr. Show was held up because so many people wanted ACH autographs.
9) Masada b Pagano

Completely full crowd, as usual for these shows. ACH/Tiger sounds like the standout match with other good matches.

A Thursday tag match between Canek, Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero and Dr. Wagner Jr. ended with everyone disqualified at once.  It looks like a finish where no one wants to lose and so everyone is protected, but it seems more and more to me like this generation of luchadors believes this sort of controversial finish is what the fans wanted to see. Which is another level of delusion.

Other Links

A 87 page picture book about exoticos is being sold on Payhip for only 25 Mexican Pesos. It won’t take US Dollars, but that’d be about $2 US.

Rob has a music video of 11/25/14 CMLL.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update from Friday.

SuperLuchas has looks back to shows on March 20th and March 22th.

Aerostar explains he did the dive from the top of the light tower at Rey de Reyes specifically because the show was postponed twice and he wanted to make it to the fans. He’s not the only person who had that thought on that show, though his act was the most dramatic.

Dr. Alfonso Morales column mentions AAA TV producer Raul Villarreal suffered a double foot fracture in the AAA bus accident.

Proyeccion Luchistica returns with a magazine style update on some recent shows.

CMLL announced Shocker & Estrellita are in Costa Rica for a show today, which is perhaps why Estrellita missed H2L.

AYM Sports has an article about 10 top inmortal moments in AAA.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 03/27/2015 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Explosivo vs El Piraña
2) El Tapatío & Meteoro vs Demonio Rojo & Relampago
3) Metatrón & Virgo vs Pitbull I & Pitbull II
4) Esfinge, Gallo, Magnum vs Great Eku, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
5) Omar Brunetti vs Pepe Aguayo, Javier Cruz Jr., Jocker, Maléfico, Leo, Sádico, Évola [hair, cage]

There’s a non-zero chance they brought Pepe Aguayo (Perro’s uncle) back to lose. He absolutely can not lose that match.

CMLL (SAT) 03/28/2015 Arena Coliseo
1) Leono vs Cholo
2) Robin vs Akuma
3) Soberano Jr. vs Metálico
4) Star Jr. vs Nitro
5) Tritón vs Arkángel de la Muerte
6) Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther vs Sangre Azteca & Tiger
7) Ángel de Oro, Fuego, Mistico vs Misterioso Jr., Ripper, Sagrado

Like Okumura, Misterioso is a Sabado Retros veteran.

Next week, the first of April, is traditionally the Arena Coliseo Anniversary show with a big card. There’s been no sign of that at all so far. Guess it’s always possible that Virus vs Dragon Lee gets moved to here.

CMLL (SUN) 03/29/2015 Arena México
1) Robin & Sensei vs Apocalipsis & Camorra
2) Acero, Shockercito, Último Dragoncito vs Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Olímpico, Pequeño Universo 2000
3) Goya Kong, Marcela, Syuri vs Dalys, La Comandante, Tiffany
4) Dragon Lee, Dragón Rojo Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero, Kráneo, Virus
5) Mistico vs Negro Casas
6) La Máscara, Titán, Volador Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Ephesto, Mephisto

There’s no earthly reason to put Mistico & Negro Casas in the semimain. None. There’s also no reason to keep listing Dragon Rojo when no one expects him to be wrestling yet.

Toryumon Mexico (SUN) 03/29/2015 Domo del Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Distrito Federal
1) Chapulin vs Chokma
2) Lady Boricua & Lluvia vs Reyna Isis & Xena
3) Fiero & Íkaro vs Daisuke Hanaoki & Douki
4) Hijo de Kendo, Kendo, Super Ciudadano vs El Patan, J.c. Navarro, O.t. Fernandez
5) Pantera I, Shocker, Último Dragón vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Euforia, Rey Bucanero

This is listed as Copa Yamaha, which used to be a tournament but now appears just to be a name.

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03/21 Lucha Underground results (episodes airing 05/27 & 06/03)

If you’re going to the tapings today – or any time in the near future – put your phone in your car before the taping starts. Not bringing your phone has always been in the rules, it’s been treated like speeding in the past, but now they’re cracking down. If you’re not a VIP and they simply see a phone in your hand, you may be thrown out. They were on people for using their phones even during intermission, it’s that strict.

The show began with a tribute to Perro Aguayo Jr. Vampiro explained what had happened, and Konnan and Fantasma are mentioned as talking about Perro Aguayo Jr. Sexy Star led the ten bell salute. This segment was taped, and could air as part of this week’s TV show. The show asked the fans to not show their Perro Aguayo Jr. signs during the show. Wrestlers and fans were clearly shaken by what happened. It gave the show a weird atmosphere, though the luchadors still put forward strong efforts in the matches.

You can see the match listings, but these are tapings airing two months from the last episode you saw. It’s not even spoilers if you’re unsure how they got there, it’s just a bit confusing.

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03/20 CMLL Results (2015 Dos Leyendas)

CMLL (FRI) 03/20/2015 Arena México
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, 2015 (El Faraon)
1) Dark Angel, Goya Kong, Marcela b Amapola, Dallys la Caribeña, Tiffany
straight falls. Goya Kong replaced Estrellita.
2) Hechicero, Vangellys, Virus b Blue Panther Jr., Stuka Jr., The Panther
Rudos took 1/3.
3) Mistico, Titán, Valiente b Bárbaro Cavernario, Felino, Negro Casas
Tecnicos took 1/3, Mistica on Negro Casas
4) Dragon Lee b Kamaitachi [mask]
Dragon Lee took falls 2/3. Kamaitachi was unmasked as Hiromu Takahasi, 25 years old, 4 years a luchador, from Tokyo, Japan.
5) Euforia, Thunder, Último Guerrero DQ La Máscara, La Sombra, Rush
Straight falls. Ingobernables were DQed first for excessive violence, and second for Rush unmasking Thunder.
6) Máximo & Volador Jr. b Rey Bucanero & Terrible [hair]
Tecnicos take 2/3. Maximo avenges his hair loss to Terrible & Texano from four years ago and is now 2-2 in Arena Mexico hair matches. Volador Jr. wins an apuesta match in Arena Mexico for the first time. This is Terrible’s second straight hair match loss after winning his first five. Rey Bucanero loses an apuesta for the fifth time overall.

El Faraon was honored before the fifth match.

Next week’s lineup

CMLL (FRI) 03/27/2015 Arena México
1) Astral & Eléctrico vs Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
2) Flyer, Soberano Jr., Stigma vs Cancerbero, Canelo Casas, Raziel
3) Delta, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Bárbaro Cavernario, Kamaitachi, Negro Casas
4) Titán vs Vangellys [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Terrible
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Rey Escorpión, Thunder, Último Guerrero

Normal news service will return on Sunday. I’ll update the posts if there is any new information.

 

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Perro Aguayo Jr. has passed away

Pedro Aguayo Ramirez, Perro Aguayo Jr., passed away early this morning. He was 35. Perro suffered fatal injuries during Friday night’s match in Tijuana. Reports indicate a ring rope snapped into his throat or head, and he fell to the mat unconscious.  It was originally believed he was just selling, but he’d actually been knocked unconscious. Perro was rushed to the Del Padro hospital, and pronounced dead early Saturday morning.

There is video. I’m not going to be watching it or linking to it.

Perro is the second AAA employee to pass away tragically within days. Perro was a lynchpin of AAA, the led heel, the man all the big feuds for the future were built around and leader of the biggest heel group, a group that had spanned both CMLL and AAA. Perro was a person who had way too much life left for him to leave now – as a individual, as a family man.

This is a nightmare.

Update (11:48): MedioTiempo has an article with quotes from the Tijuana lucha commission doctor. Everyone watching the video, and watching live, observed there was no doctor’s aid right away and a makeshift stretcher. (In the video, Konnan appears to be the first to notice something’s horribly wrong.) The doctor explains there had been two other injuries on the card, including a spinal one, and the doctors were still treating them. The doctor says there were two ambulances present. It sounds like the spinal injury person was still on the stretcher, so the idea was to get Perro out of the ring as quick as possible with whatever they had. Perro was moved onto a stretcher before they got him into the ambulance.

Perro was worked on for an hour at the hospital, with a team of doctors trying to figure out what they could do, before they declared him dead. The official cause of death is “raíz de un golpe que tuvo en la región cervical”, which I believe translates to a spinal stroke.

Updated (2:00): Wrestling Observer says the doctor at the hospital called the injury as “cervical spine trauma”, believed to come from one of the two impacts of the rope into his throat. The doctor was unsure which one, though it appears it’s more likely the first.

Updated (3:30): A fan in attendance says he never saw someone taken to the back on a stretcher, which would dispute the commission’s claim about having adequate medical coverage. It’s still possible someone could’ve made it to the back and then put on a stretcher due to an injury.

This story has understandably gotten mainstream and worldwide attention, largely due to the videos of Perro’s death being available. There’s a lot of people looking into this; I think we’ll know the truth of the medical situation quickly.

Updated (4:00): Record reports the Baja California Attorney’s General has announced an investigation into the death. It’s exactly what you’d expect for this high profile of a death.

Updated (6:30): AAA’s TV show was preceded by a news report from Televisa Deportes, talking about Perro Aguayo Jr.’s life and death. Footage for the Tijuana was used. The show led off with a brief tribute to Irma. Perro Jr.’s match is still scheduled to air as the TV main event.

The Crash promoter says Perro Aguayo Sr. has not been informed of his son’s passing, for concerns of his own health. There has been a consistent rumor for months that Perro Aguayo Sr. is in bad physical and especially mental shape, and this would be the first time someone’s acknowledged the situation publicly.

The Crash also maintained that what happened an accident, and had nothing to do with the wrestlers. The promoters expect to be interviewed as part of the investigation, but believe everyone did their job properly.

The funeral will take place tomorrow in Guadalajara, by request of the mother. The Crash says they are paying all expenses to transport Perro’s body.

An ESPN medical doctor, observing the situation only from video, believes Perro died instantly on hitting the ropes, his vertebrae dislodged by the impact.

Updated (7:00): The Tijuana commission laid out a timeline claiming it Perro Aguayo Jr. was taken to the hospital within six minutes of the injury. The hospital is two streets away from the arena. That report says Perro technically died of cardiac arrest. I assume that came about because of his other injury, but I’m not a doctor.

The commission also says, previously on the show, three luchadors had previously been taken to the hospital.

Updated (9:10): MedioTiempo’s latest report includes the doctor stating Perro Jr. still had vital signs when he was taken to the hospitals. Theories from others about Perro being instantly dead when the rope hit him appear to be incorrect.

The confirms the commission report that the Perro Jr. officially died in the hospital of a cardiac arrest, likely brought on by the neck injury. (The article also mentions respiratory arrest. I’m unsure if there’s meant to be difference.)

The attorney general has ordered an autopsy, which includes standard drug tests. It’s unknown how this affects plans to transport his body back to Guadalajara ASAP.

Updated (Sunday 12:30): The funeral wake was held earlier this morning. Perro Sr. was in attendance. Contrary to earlier reports, luchador Medico Asesino Jr. says he tried to contact Perro Sr. to tell him about Perro Jr.’s injury during the hour he was being treated in the hospital, looking for advice on what they should do, but saying he only got as far as Perro’s secretary.

Miguel Fonesca, while explaining that the Crash was an independent show which had nothing to do with AAA outside of using two of it’s wrestlers, said there will be a tribute show to Perro Aguayo Jr. at some point. It’s too soon to say when that’ll happen.

Universal has a story with Perro Sr.’s half brother, Juan. He talks about the death, and says Perro Jr. wanted to be a luchador since he was seven. His father tried to push Perro Jr. in other directions, but he was set on it.

Lawyers are trying to get involved. Even regional politics at this point; the Tijuana newspaper is carrying the word of the commission that everything was done as it should, and the Guadalajara papers are bringing in experts to talk about all the things which were done wrong in Tijuana.

There are various infographics and pictorials of Perro’s death, with so many people weighing in on what happened. It’s reached the point of diminishing returns.

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