AAA (WED) 04/16/2014 Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
1) Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs El Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
2) Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker
3) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Eterno, Steve Pain, Pentagón Jr.
4) Alan Stone, Electroshock, Psycho Clown vs Chessman, Silver King, Texano Jr.
5) Cibernético, Fénix, La Parka vs Black Warrior, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Jeff Jarrett
Air Date: 04/26 (Wednesday taping means it won’t air until the following Sunday.) That leaves that two week period unaccounted for, and another taping around 04/25.
Both shows in one day! SLP local promoter is not good at keeping his lineup quiet, might as well announce it very early.
I’m dumb for not realizing “Black Barrio” = “Black Warrior”, and for missing his name the first time. This is his first regular announced TV appearance here and seems set up against Fenix. If the idea is for Warrior to face Sin Cara again, he really should beat Fenix – maybe even for his title – sometime in this period to continue to build him up. That’d also be a depressing turn of events to people who’ve followed Fenix the last few years (not to mention the man himself!); it’s something that makes logical business sense but I don’t want to actually see happen. Conflicted and all.
Sin Cara doesn’t appear on any of these cards; I guess they’re going to wait out both the non-compete and whatever Sin Cara thinks is happening with the name. They’re going to have to hope the buzz is still there three months later. It should be. Going with my guess of a 04/04 DF taping to be announced, maybe the taping following this one (04/25-27) is also out in the provinces, and AAA comes back for to DF in early May – timing it whenever the non-compete is up to do the big debut.
The opener (and a Pentagon Jr. intrusion) could set up the mixed tag title match, if it hasn’t happened already. Second will have the Rockers being amusing. Tercera, with that group of guys, could end up being the best match AAA does all year. There’s eight more months, I hope there’s even better stuff down the pike, but that’s a collection of six guys who’ve had really exciting matches with nothing to detract from the match. They even have a reason to have the match, with the Pentagon Jr./Australian Suicide stuff, which could lend some actual weight to the outcome.
Alan Stone returns! He disappeared of AAA spot show lineups in October, returned February and makes a TV return here. Meanwhile, Toscano seems to be working every indy show he can and not much with AAA. If Texano’s the reason a CMLL luchador might want to jump to AAA, Toscano is currently the other side of the argument. Twenty years from now, when we’re all watching old episodes of the TV on the AAA Network (while sitting in our flying cars), that stretch where AAA spent good portions of their TV time to build up Los Mirreyes only to give up on them almost immediately is going to be so weird. They appeared to be over with the people they were supposed to be over with. They were not having great matches but that wasn’t the design. Konnan’s strong dislike (to put it politely) of that gimmick is well known, but it seems like there has to be something else beyond that for it to get tossed in the waste basket so quickly. At least Alan gets new chance here.
As much as I’m tired of certain semifinal feuds, the Cibernetico/Perro one has gone on longer and has no prospect of ever concluding. I’m willing to believe AAA actually thought their AAA US stuff was happening early this year and they’ve got nothing planned until that happens, because everything just keeps those feuds running in place. There’s a lot of staleness here, and no obvious sign of big TripleMania matches. They’re also a long way away from TripleMania, and everything that matters happens at about 8 tapings of the year – this doesn’t appear to be one of those 8.