Mexican luchador Silver King passes away during event in London

Silver King

Tragedy struck in London last night as iconic Mexican wrestler Silver King died during a match at the Greatest Show of Lucha Libre event.

The luchador, who was also a movie star and appeared in Nacho Libre alongside Jack Black, was facing former ECW and WWE star Juventud Guerrera in the UK.

Sad footage which has been shared on social media shows Silver King collapsing in the ring during the match and becomes unresponsive.

Silver King competed in WWE's old rival, World Championship Wrestling, between the years of 1997 and 2000, and was a part of the late Eddie Guerrero's 'Latino World Order' group.

For the last 10 years, Silver King had competed in Mexico's biggest promotion - Lucha Libre AAA - winning their World Tag Team Championships once with Ultimo Gladiator.

But it is his stint in WCW where current and past WWE fans will know him from, and perhaps it's a coincidence that his highest profile match came against the man who he faced in his final battle.

An unmasked Silver King

At Fall Brawl in 1998, Silver King battled Juventud for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship and was ultimately unsuccessful, and over 20 years later it would be the same two men fighting, but with a devastating ending.

Several stars of the industry have paid their respects on social media, including the likes of Chris Jericho, William Regal and Mick Foley.

Rest in peace César Cuauhtémoc González Barrón; you will never be forgotten in wrestling circles.

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