Cesar Barron (51), known in Mexico and on WCW as Silver King, died in the ring with Juventude Guerrera in London. The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre at the Roundhouse in Camden was the site of the continuing feud between these two long-time Mexican wrestlers.
Fans in attendance saw Barron collapse to the mat in what was supposed to be the middle of their match. Fans thought that it was part of the match, especially when Guerrera kicked Barron while he was down, but then the referee and several others tried to revive him to no avail. Finally the audience was asked to leave as Barron was tended to.
It was said that it only took five minutes for the paramedics to arrive after they were called, but they were not immediately called, and there wasn’t medical staff on hand for the show. Normally wrestling shows have either a doctor or paramedics on hand for professional wrestling shows, but that was not the case and a life was lost.
Barron, as Silver King, was a fixture in WCW with numerous other Mexican and Japanese wrestlers in their Cruiserweight Division. He also appeared in the 2005 Jack Black film Nacho Libre.
We will continue to follow this story as information becomes available.
QD – I remember Silver King quite vividly from rewatching WCW on the WWE Network and I found him quite endearing. I was shocked when I saw this pop up in my news feed, to the point that I went to see what Meltzer had to say, which I almost never do, but I’ll admit I agree with him this time. In this day and age there should never be a wrestling show with medical staff on hand. As of this point we don’t know if having medical on hand would have changed anything, but it might have, and that’s all that matters. We have seen how important it is to have medical staff on hand. Most of the time people are not injured in the ring, but when things happen, both in and outside the ring, medical staff needs to be on hand. Throw the X and medical is there without the downed wrestler getting kicked in the back! Now, I’ve never been a Guerrera fan and I’ve not seen video of this, but from what I’ve read the kick was after Barron dropped and wasn’t moving. I get that they had a long-standing feud, but that kick really upsets me.
Everyone at WR sends our love to the family, friends, and fans of Barron. Rest in peace.