A Mexican wrestling star was fatally injured during a match Friday night, but the show continued for a full two minutes before the other wrestlers and the thousands of fans in attendance realized something was wrong.
Pedro Aguayo Ramirez, 35, better known by his wrestling moniker El Hijo del Perro Aguayo, was fatally injured after taking a flying kick to the head from American wrestling legend Rey Mysterio Jr. during a match in Tijuana, Mexico, reports the Daily Mail. Video taken at the event shows Aguayo laying motionless on the mat for at least 2 minutes before the referee and the other wrestlers became aware of his injury.
The California state prosecutor’s office in Baja told the Mail that Aguayo was taken to a hospital one block away from where the wrestling match was being held, where he died around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Prosecutors have reportedly opened a manslaughter investigation.
“I have no words for this terrible news,” AAA Wrestling Federation director Joaquin Roldan tweeted Saturday. “My sincerest condolences for the Aguayo Ramirez family.”
According to the Mail, Aguayo was a three-time Mexican National Tag Team champion, a Mexican National Atómicos champion, and a former Mexican National Light Heavyweight champion who had wrestled professionally for 20 years. Aguayo was the son of legendary hall of fame Mexican wrestler Pedro “Perro” Aguayo.
Pro Wrestling Magazine tweeted its condolences for the fallen luchador:
Our deepest condolences to the loved ones of El Hijo del Perro Aguayo, who reportedly passed away earlier this morning. #km
— PWI (@OfficialPWI) March 21, 2015
Watch footage of the kick that led to Aguayo’s death below (WARNING: Graphic Content):