Should Rey Mysterio Be Charged in the Death of Perro?
On March 20, 2015, during a match in AAA wrestling, Perro Aguayo Jr. sustained a traumatic brain injury, which later led to his death.
I don’t normally post on news topics, but this is one that is very close to me. I have been a sports entertainment fan most of my life. I watch it religiously every chance I get. Nobody expects to see a tragedy like this in this business because people take for granted that the moves and matches are scripted. While most everything is scripted, these are real athletes and sometimes even the professionals make mistakes.
I’ve watched the match from several angles and read other articles written on the subject. There are a lot of articles that draw the reader in with words like “Rey Mysterio kills Perro Aguayo” and actually after Googling it tonight it took until the 19th news post to find one that had the word “accident” in the title. Despite what the news stories want to use to draw in the readers, anyone with half a brain who has seen the video knows this was definitely an accident.
Rey Mysterio has been reported to be receiving death threats and there are several stories saying that he could face manslaughter charges. Personally I don’t think that needs to happen. This was a tragedy, but it was also an obvious accident. The guy that set up the rafters that Owen Hart fell from didn’t face manslaughter charges because ultimately the death wasn’t his fault. Ultimately that was a freak accident. After watching the video I can easily say that this was not Rey’s fault. It was an accident. From my point of view, Rey did everything he was supposed to. He used the same moves he’s used for years against countless competitors. These moves never caused serious injury in the past and obviously were not expected to here. The move that is said to have caused the problem was a dropkick. In the 20 seconds leading to that dropkick, there were 3 dropkicks delivered, one of which was a missile dropkick, which would have more effect usually than a grounded dropkick. Wrestlers choreograph their moves and work together to make sure the moves don’t actually hurt each other. Watch some old cruiserweight matches from WCW… you’ll definitely see what I mean by work together. In this case though, something went wrong. There are too many factors to pin this on one person. Wrestlers are usually told what kind of moves should be used. The 20 seconds leading up to the dropkick were obviously choreographed as the wrestlers were all working with each other too well for it to have been spontaneous. Somebody, likely not the wrestlers themselves, came up with that set of moves to be done around that time in the match. Is that person responsible? It’s rude to say and I’m probably going to get some negative comments for bringing this up, but was Perro responsible? As I mentioned before, these wrestlers were working together to make sure the moves went as planned. Why did that move not go as planned? Did Perro do something that accidentally caused the move to lead to tragedy or was Rey the one who made the mistake that caused the move to lead to tragedy? Did Perro have an unknown medical ailment that caused the move to result in TBI? This move has been done to countless superstars. Why was he the only one who has been given a death causing injury from it? There are just too many factors to consider and I don’t believe pinning this on one person solves anything. Rey showed concern and even got the crowd chanting Perro’s name while the trainers were getting him out of the ring. That to me was a very good show of sportsmanship. After the 619 that didn’t go as planned, Rey stopped wrestling for a moment. A few seconds later Rey is shown checking on Perro to see if he is okay and if there is anything he can do. In my view Rey did everything he was supposed to professionally. From the looks of things nobody specifically did anything wrong. This was an obvious accident and I don’t see where holding someone responsible is going to help anything.