Lucha legend and former WCW star Silver King had a heart attack today in London during a match against Juventud Guerrera. He was part of a lucha tour of the UK. King was covering Guerrera, who kicked out, but King never got up. Wrestlers and crew rushed to the ring and tried to resuscitate him. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 51.
King was the son of Dr. Wagner and a star in Mexico, Japan, and the U.S. He played the third version of the Black Tiger character in NJPW and held the AJPW Jr. Heavyweight title. He was a perennial contender for the WCW Cruiserweight title and a member of the LWO. He achieved mainstream fame by starring in “Nacho Libre” as Jack Black’s nemesis Ramses. Of course his greatest achievements came in Mexico where he headlined for AAA, UWA, CMLL, and scores of indies over a 30 year career.
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Eric Bischoff was quick to tweet his condolences to Silver King:
“I am saddened to hear about the passing of Silver King. Like so many of the great Luchadores that helped Americans appreciate Lucha Libre and make Nitro the success it was, he will be missed. Thank you and RIP.”
Chris Jericho wrote the following on Instagram:
“Sorry to hear about the in-ring passing of #SilverKing in England today. I had so many great matches with him when I worked @cmll_mx in the early 90s ...and more importantly he always made me feel welcome. I was a stranger in a strange land and many locals didn’t want me there, but César and his partner Johnny (the amazing #Texano) always treated me like an equal. They worked stiff AF, but I loved it and always dished it back, which resulted in dozens of great matches w #LosCowboys vs me and my partner #ElDandy. Thank u for taking care of me and teaching me to become a better worker Cesar....and to me you upgraded to #GoldKing many moons ago. #hermanossiempre”
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I watched that video one time and wish I hadn't, it brought back memories from 7 months ago that I wish I didn't still have. The ref and everyone really messed up there but man, when you're in that situation and you realize what is happening, it's just a surreal experience.. RIP Silver King..
Looking at that video, it really is disgusting. It's one thing to react slowly in the heat of the moment, it's another thing to NEVER react. At no point does Juventud or the referee do anything at all. Eventually, after 3-4 minutes, help arrives. But help is never called for. These morons try to continue the match with a corpse. At one point Juvi actually tries to pin Silver King with this stomach on the mat, and the ref refuses to count, so Juvi tries to roll him over. Then the ref delays the 3 count waiting for Silver King to kick out. WTF? By that point, he had been unresponsive for ages. And then Juvi celebrates the victory! I don't know if the referee was part of the tour from Mexico or a guy from the UK, but he should never work again. I have no idea if quicker response time could've saved Silver King's life, but we'll never know now.
And the fans are clueless as usual. You can hear a fan laughing as juvi is trying to turn him over. Wow. How could these two not suspect something was wrong. We should all be glad our lives aren't in the hands of these two.
cdewar19 wrote: The ref was Black Terry, a veteran luchador. He and Juvi both clearly had no idea what was going on.
There have been stories that there were no paramedics, or an ambulance on site.
I don't understand how 2 people with a combined 60 years or so in wrestling couldn't see that something was wrong. It makes no sense. It's almost willful recklessness. Did they think he was ribbing them by playing dead?
In response to the tragedy that we saw with Silver King's death being mishandled, MLW became the first wrestling promotion to announce that all of its referees will be trained in CPR going forward, and will receive additional training in quickly recognizing potentially serious health issues so they can call for help quickly.
I think this is a good move. WWE officials seem to be pretty quick to get help, but I never heard that they were required to know CPR too. And I believe that almost every state athletic commission requires an ambulance and an EMT to be standing by backstage. I remember hearing that a few indy shows here and there were postponed for a few minutes while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. That did not seem to the case in England.
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