**Edited on October 1st 2018. Removed broken videos.**
Yoshi Tatsu Takes The Styles Clash Wrong.
This recent example shows Yoshi Tatsu taking the Styles Clash completely wrong. The neck injury occurred in late 2014 during a NJPW PPV, and was so bad he’s only just returning to active competition. AJ felt bad for Yoshi, but also said it wasn’t his fault as many wrestlers had taken the move properly for years.
Some were saying the Styles Clash should be banned as it’s a “dangerous” move, but it’s hard to imagine any promoters banning it seen as it’s largely down to the guy taking the move to ensure their safety. Yoshi was on commentary at Wrestle Kingdom X during AJ and Nakamura’s singles match, and he didn’t have anything nice to say about Styles. During his recovery, Yoshi was made to wear a halo, and had four holes in his skull which he’d occasionally bleed from.
But while Yoshi went through rehab, he once tweeted “I wanna die” on Twitter. The pain was so excruciating Yoshi felt the need to share his dark thoughts with us. Whether he meant it or not .. nobody knows.
Oro Passes Away After A “Kobashi Bump”.
In 1993, 21-year old Jesús Javier Hernández Silva AKA Oro was booked to work a six-man tag team match at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. While planning the match with the other wrestlers, Oro said he wanted to take a “Kobashi Bump” (head first backdrop driver which Kobashi took in a match in AJPW) to add tension to the match.
During the contest, a wrestler called Kahoz clotheslined Oro, who sold it by spinning and landing on his head. Kahoz tried to pick him up, but Oro was weak and collapsed. He was soon put on a stretcher as his brother told him “Don’t fall asleep!”. He died before being placed in an ambulance. As he died at such a young age, the news of his death was a major shock to the Lucha Libre world .. so much so the rival promotion AAA paid tribute to Oro as well.
Every year the Lucha Libre community organizes a religious mass to tribute Oro and other major names who had passed away in the previous year. While the family didn’t want an autopsy, it was believed he died of a brain aneurysm.
In the video below, you will see Oro (black/yellow mask) challenge Kahoz (white mask) to get in the ring. While the Wiki entry says he took a clothesline, span, and landed on his head .. there’s no footage of that here. The only thing I could find was Kahoz punching Oro at the 4-minute mark, and Oro bumping quite hard on his head. Oro still managed to get up and scare Kahoz away .. but after returning to the ring he didn’t take any further offense. You can see he slumps down on the outside as the match continues.
Moondog Spot Suffers Heart Attack In The Ring.
The news reporter explains the situation in the video. Jerry Lawler and others give their thoughts as well.
Perro Aguayo Jr.
Such a tragic loss. The cause of death was announced as cardiac arrest, due to a cervical stroke caused by three fractured vertebrae. Autopsy results showed that Aguayo broke his C1, C2, and C3 vertebrae. The coroner stated that the fractures took place at two different moments of impact and that Aguayo died almost instantly.
Owen Hart’s Final Entrance.
What can I say? Owen’s tragic fall remains lodged in the memories of wrestling fans around the world. A man who was bound to be in the Hall Of Fame, Owen had so much more to give. But tragically .. incidents happen, and on May 23rd 1999 we lost one of the greatest of all time. WWF gave the Hart Family $18 Million as part of a settlement in court, and Martha Hart used the money to form the Owen Hart Foundation.
There’s not much more I can say, other than it was an incident which may never be forgiven. Because of that fact .. his career may never be celebrated, and we may never see him inducted in to the Hall of Fame. And I don’t blame Martha for refusing; she has every right to block a Hall of Fame induction as long as she, and Owen’s children, live their lives without a Father.
Thanks for reading everyone. As I said before, the next volume will be (x4) bigger, and will be the end to this little series of articles. See you soon.