We are sad to report the passing of one of lucha libre’s most memorable names, biggest draws, and greatest heels – the legendary Perro Aguayo,
Born in 1946 in the state of Zacatecas, Pedro Aguayo Damian grew to be one of Mexico’s most important stars across multiple decades. He was best known throughout the late 70s and 80s for his work in the Universal Wrestling Association, and in the 90s for the emerging AAA.
He was one of the last great rivals of the iconic El Santo, trying and failing on multiple occasions to take his mask like every top heel of that era. He did succeed in taking the masks of several notable lucha names including Stuka, the Texas Rangers Sergio River and Joe Rubio, El Globo Humano, Konnan and Mascara Ano 2000.
Aguayo was a 7-time WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, a one-time UWA World Heavyeight Champion, World Lightweight Champion, and World Light Heavyweight Champion, as well as a two-time UWA Jr. Heavyweight Champion, and tag team champion with Gran Hamada.
Later in his career working in AAA he became a two-time Mexican National Tag Team Champion with his son, Perro Aguayo Jr., and a one-time AAA Campeon de Campeones, IWC World Heavyweight Champion, Mexican National Heavyweight Champion, Mexican National Middleweight Champion, and was inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame in 2012.
His son, Perro Aguayo Jr. was also a top star in Mexico throughout the 2000s and into the 2010s, until his tragic in-ring death in March 2015, at just 35-years-old. Perro Aguayo Sr. passed away on July 3rd at the age of 73.