César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón, who wrestled in World Championship Wrestling during the 1990s as Silver King, died on Saturday after collapsing in the ring.
The news comes from Figure Four Online.
Silver King was working a match with Juventud Guerrera at a Lucha Libre World show in London, England. After hitting a flying clothesline on Guerrera, F4Online said witnesses noted that King appeared to have difficulty moving. Guererra followed up with a kick to King’s collarbone, and King was “unresponsive as Guerrera tried to roll him over.” The referee made the three count to end the match.
Figure Four reports that the remainder of the show was canceled following the match. The Camden New Journal reported the cause of death as cardiac arrest.
King was best known to American wrestling fans as part of the influx of cruiserweight wrestlers in WCW. He made his debut with WCW in 1997. Also notable to American fans is his appearance in the 2006 Jack Black film Nacho Libre, where he appeared as Ramses.
The wrestling world was quick to react to the loss of their comrade. Former ECW superstar and WWE wrestler and producer Tommy Dreamer took to Twitter to call for prayers for Silver King’s family.
Terrible news of Silver King passing away in the ring tonight
He was a star in Mexico, Japan & WCW
He was Ramses in movie Nacho Libre
Pray for strength for his family pic.twitter.com/FYVk4i59qo
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) May 11, 2019
Chris Jericho also took to social media to comment on Silver King’s passing, posting his thoughts on Instagram.
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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 #ElTexano) 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
During his 27-year career, Silver King worked in WCW, New Japan Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and Lucha Libre AAA World Wide. He also worked in CMLL, where he was a former World Heavyweight Champion and twice won the CMLL World Tag Team Championship.
He was trained in the business by his father, Manuel Gonzalez, who wrestled under the ring name Dr. Wagner.
Silver King was 51-years-old.
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