Lucha Libre’s Silver King Dies In Ring Following Heart Attack at 51

Silver King

The wrestling was shocked by another death on Saturday night, but this time it wasn’t an aged veteran at the end of his life. At an event for Lucha Libre World in London, England, in a match against fellow luchador Juventud Guerrera, Silver King suffered what is believed to be a massive heart attack in the ring. Paramedics arrived at the venue quickly, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. For the match, Silver King was wearing a mask as his villainous Ramses character he portrayed in the 2006 Jack Black film, Nacho Libre.

Silver King as Ramses in Nacho Libre

Lucha Libre’s Silver King Dies In Ring Following Heart Attack at 51

César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón was a second generation luchador, following his father, the original Dr. Wagner, into the family business at the age of 18 in 1985, alongside his older brother, Dr. Wagner Jr. He worked primarily for the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA), gaining early success as part of the tag team Los Cowboys with Texano, winning the UWA World Tag Team Championships as well as being 2x World Wrestling Association (WWA) World Tag Team Championship in Mexico as well.

He would make his US debut with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1992, in a one-off tag team match with Los Cowboys in a match for the NWA World Tag Team titles at WCW Clash of Champions. In 1993, he joined Consejo Mundial De Lucha Libre (CMLL), where he captured the CMLL World Tag Team titles with Texano once again, and in July of 1994, captured the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship.

In 1997, he joined WCW full-time as part of the companies newly revitalized Cruiserweight Division, joining other top lucha stars like Rey Mysterio Jr., Eddie Guerrero, Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis and more, where he competed until 2000. His biggest moment in WCW was challenging Juventud unsuccessfully for the WCW Cruiserweight title at WCW Fall Brawl in 1998.

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In 2001, he debuted with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he took up the mantle and mask of the new Black Tiger, becoming the third man (behind Mark Rocco and Eddie Guerrero) to assume the role. During his time with NJPW, he competed in and made the semi-finals in back to back NJPW Best of the Super Juniors at VIII (2001) and IX (2002).

In 2008, he switched his Japanese affiliation to All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) and that March won the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight title. A year later, he jumped from CMLL to Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA), winning AAA World Tag Team gold in 2010.

Since 2015, he had worked primarily as a freelancer with various Mexican independent promotions, as well as international bookings around the world.

Silver King

The staff of Last Word on Pro Wrestling offers its condolences to the entire Barrón family and Silver King’s peers and fans around the globe.


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