In the most tragic event to take place in a ring since the death of Perro Aguayo Jr., luchador Silver King has passed away in London during a match featuring Juventud Guerrera. He was 51 years old.
Born César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón on January 8th, 1969 in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, Silver King was raised in a lucha family, consisting of his father Dr. Wagner Sr. and his brother, current AAA luchador Dr. Wagner Jr. He would initially debut in 1986 under the name El Invasor before changing his name to Silver King a year later. Under his iconic name, Silver King would go onto become one of the best all around luchadores of his generation, first becoming a star in the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) before eventually headlining for both AAA and CMLL. He also crossed over into Japan, where he worked for All Japan Pro Wrestling and then later New Japan, where he became the third wrestler to work under the Black Tiger gimmick. In later years Silver King became known as one of the few luchadors to wrestle under their mask after losing it, having previously lost it to El Hijo del Santo back in 1987. He would initially put the mask back on while working for All Japan, and wound up briefly wrestling under the name Silver Cain in order to avoid problems with the Mexican Boxing and Wrestling Commission.
American fans however will remember Silver King best for two things. First was his four year run in WCW from 1996-2000. While he was one of the many luchadores to never get a strong push by the promotion, Silver King became known as an unsung hero of the promotion due to his basing, most notably in matches with Rey Mysterio (who performed one of the first reverse hurricanranas on US TV on Silver King). Second was his role as the villain Ramses in the Jack Black film Nacho Libre; the popularity of the film would lead to Silver King occasionally wrestling under the Ramses name, which he reportedly used as recently as last year. Even after leaving WCW Silver King continued to work occasionally in the US, most notably for California lucha Pro Wrestling Revolution.
Lucha Central offers its condolences to Silver King’s family during this terrible time. He will be missed by all in the lucha community.