Mexican wrestler, Pedro Aguayo Ramirez, collapsed during a match. It was at least two minutes before medics realized the wrestler was seriously injured and that his non-movement was not part of the show.
State prosecutors said that Aguayo Ramirez died on Saturday after receiving a blow in the ring during a match in Baja California.
Video from the Tijuana auditorium showed Pedro Aguayo Ramirez, who was known as Hijo del Perro Aguayo, fell unconscious against the ropes after a flying kick from fellow wrestler, Oscar Gutierrez, known as Rey Mysterio Jr.
After the kick, the match continued on for nearly two minutes before others, including the referee, realized Aguayo Ramirez was seriously hurt.
Prosecutor’s spokesman, Raul Gutierrez, said that Aguayo Ramirez was taken to a hospital where he died around 1:30 a.m.
“I have no words for this terrible news,” Joaquin Roldan, director of the AAA wrestling federation, said through his Twitter account. “My sincerest condolences for the Aguayo Ramirez family.”
Based on an autopsy, state prosecutor’s office said the cause of death was trauma to the neck and a cervical fracture. The incident has opened a possible manslaughter investigation.
The Crash, the company that reportedly organized the event, were not available for comment, however, the Tijuana Boxing and Wrestling Commission called the death an unfortunately accident, comparing it to other deaths that occur in high-risk sports.
Commission President Juan Carlos Pelayo said the doctor in charge was not at ringside when Aguayo was hit because he was treating another injured wrestler.
“The reaction for medical attention was quick, in my opinion,” Pelayo said in a news conference Saturday.
Mexican wrestling is famous for its colorful costumes and daring aerial moves inside and outside of the ring.
Aguayo, 35, had wrestled for 20 years and was the son of the legendary Pedro “Perro” Aguayo, now retired and a member of the Aztec lucha hall of fame.
“It makes me very sad because he was a professional colleague and I have great affection for his father,” the wrestler Hijo del Santo said in a telephone interview. “I think the fans in Japan, the U.S. and Mexico, of course, where he was very popular, must be in mourning, especially because of his youth. He had much ahead of him.”