Lucha legend Perro Aguayo has passed away at the age of 73-years-old.
AAA confirmed the unfortunate news not long after and Lucha Libre CMLL commented on the wrestling legend’s death, calling him “one of the greatest figures of this sport.”
Aguayo is one of the biggest non-masked draws in the history of Mexican wrestling. Perro also helped establish AAA in the ’90s. His feud with Dos Caras and Konnan was a major box office draw.
American wrestling fans might be more familiar with Aguayo for the appearance he made in the 1997 Royal Rumble. He appeared in the match alongside other famous luchadors.
Below are some Tweets from people around the industry paying tribute to the late luchador
Perro Aguayo Sr. just passed away. There are only a handful of men in history who drew more fans during their career and one of the hardest working and most charismatic wrestlers ever.
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) July 4, 2019
Sorry to hear the passing of Lucha Libre Legend Perro Aguayo
I was in awe when I 1st met him 1995#ECW ran a co show w/Triple A
Terry Funk turned on him and a complete riot ensued pic.twitter.com/UXXphg7xju
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) July 4, 2019
Perro Aguayo is one of the biggest stars in the history of Mexican wrestling, possibly the biggest drawing card ever among unmasked wrestlers. Every brawling rudo since him carries a bit of his style.
— luchablog (@luchablog) July 4, 2019
The very first Lucha Libre show I ever saw was the brilliant AAA When Worlds Collide show from 1994. Perro Aguayo headlined the show in a great Steel Cage match with @Konnan5150 and it was immediately obvious how much star power and presence he had. Rest In Peace.
— Ligero (@Ligero1) July 4, 2019
Perro Aguayo used to call me that all the time. Lol, especially when I first moved to Mexico and couldn’t speak Spanish. I would freak out because I couldn’t understand anyone and he would always shake his head and say “Pinche Wera loca” 🤦🏼♀️ https://t.co/ZdI0b1i7na
— Wera Loca (@TheTayaValkyrie) July 3, 2019
S.A.M.’s Spiel: As someone that grew up watching lucha libre, this really saddens me to see this news. Aguayo was one of my favorite luchadors to see wrestle during the 90s and he was incredible in the ring. If you get the chance, I would encourage you to seek out his work because he truly was one of the best. We all wish his family and friends our condolences during this time.