Last night Rey Fenix (under the name King Phoenix) battled Cavernario in a legendary battle for CMLL’s Leyenda de Plata tournament. Unfortunately the grueling match, which featured Fenix doing a dive right onto the floor, has come with a cost. Just moments ago, the CMLL, AAA, Crash, Lucha Underground, Impact, MLW and AAW star announced on Instagram that he suffered a groin injury in last night’s match, an injury that will keep him out a month and effectively end his 2018 campaign.
On the one hand the news is somewhat a relief considering Fenix will only miss a month and the brutality of last night’s match, which ended with Fenix in a neck brace being stretchered out. Even still this is an unfortunate development for arguably the best luchador in the world right now. Ironically it’s less a blow for CMLL than it is AAA and MLW. While Fenix was likely to appear with CMLL before the end of the year, his most notable bookings for December were defending the AAA Mega Championship against Brian Cage at AAA’s Guerra de Titanes and an MLW Tag Team Championship defense with his brother, Pentagon Jr., against Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Teddy Hart at MLW’s Miami tapings. Both of those matches are surely off and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Fenix stripped of both titles. This is also the first major injury a luchador working both AAA and CMLL has suffered this year, and it’ll be interesting to see how AAA views this considering it was their top champion injured.
Lucha Central will keep you updated on Fenix’ condition, and wish him a full and fast recovery.