It's been over a year since El Cuervo De Puerto Rico was hit over the head with a concrete block courtesy of Angel o Demonio. The incident put El Cuervo in the hospital, where he had to have surgery to remove a blood clot. Demonio was suspended indefinitely following the incident but was wrestling the following month.
Cuervo had been working towards a comeback, but despite being cleared, posted a message on Facebook on Dec. 3, where he announced his retirement.
I officially announce my retirement from wrestling, of which I dedicated 15 years with much passion, but I’ve lost a lot during those 15 years. This past November 19, 2018, God gave me a second chance at life. During the past year that I wasted, I’ve focused solely on a persona and an illusion and although it’s been three months since I was discharged thanks to my specialists in order to go back to do what I’m passionate about. But now there are a lot of personal things that I lost that I wish to recover. Today December 3, 2019, I made the decision to no longer continue and close this long chapter of my life. I thank all my followers for believing in me. You guys were always part of my adrenaline needed to execute all that I’ve executed. I believe that God has a purpose for me in life.
Despite reports of his retirement, the message was deleted. The following day, he posted on his fan page a follow-up message, clarifying his retirement.
Yesterday, a bad decision was made on our end that was completely precipitated without giving me the opportunity to dialogue with my work team, promoter and agent Mr. Victor Arroyo before it happened. Once again, the news in question going viral and seeing the vast amount of positive and sad comments from my followers that had the experience to watch me in the ring as I had promised them my rebirth, I understand that my announcement was not correct and that is why, as a man, I want to apologize to everyone. I understand that life did give me a second chance and it is to achieve my goals and execute what I am so passionate about.
I honestly want to clarify something. To this server as a 'fighter,' I do not withdraw as some are expressing with sadness. I always took the tragedy as a stop in my career. We know that it was totally unprofessional but, you must understand that I am full health and out of danger thanks to certified specialists, despite the process being long and tiring. I never lost faith and I will not quit so cowardly. I've suffered and I am scarred physically and mentally, but I am a warrior and if you, my fans, permit me, I will stand on top once again without letting you down."
Fightful reached out to Cuervo's agent Victor Arroyo to get clarity on the situation. Arroyo stated to us that Cuervo made "a rash decision without talking to me" when the initial post was made. After they talked and Cuervo saw the "good wishes of his fans we decided that he will continue in the wrestling business."
Upcoming bookings for Cuervo will be announced soon.
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