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Former AAA announcer Arturo Rivera passes away at 67 years old

Rivera was the rudo announcer during AAA's run on Televisa.

Arturo Rivera, longtime announcer for Lucha Libre AAA, has passed away at the age of 67.

Marisela Pena and Lucha Libre AAA confirmed the news on social media Wednesday evening. Rivera had recently been hospitalized due to multiple health problems, and his family had recently requested blood donors.

Rivera first entered sports journalism in 1983, covering events such as the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and the 1990 World Cup in Italy, as well as boxing and Olympic events. When AAA started to air on Televisa following the promotion’s founding in 1992, he joined their commentary team, where he was paired with Dr. Alfonso Morales. The two would often argue, with Rivera supporting the rudos (heels) over the technicos (babyfaces) to the point that his nickname was “ El Rudo”. Morales passed away in 2020 at the age of 71.

Rivera’s run with AAA ended when the promotion left Televisa. Rivera continued to remain in professional wrestling, most recently working for Robles Promotions.