AAA TV (FRI) 11/28/2014 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA]
1) Bengala, Drago, Niño Hamburguesa b Carta Brava Jr., Eterno, Hijo de Pirata Morgan
10:47. Dark match? Nino Hamburguesa/Bengala piggy back top rope splash on Pirata & Eterno.
2) Faby Apache & Ivelisse b Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie
10:33. Ivelisse was introduced last by Faby Apache as a new AAA tecnica. Taya struggled in this match. Tirantes went down, Ivelisse has Sexy beat with an exploder, and Piero ran in to count the pin. The two teams continued to brawl after the match and had to be pulled apart.
3) Mini Charly Manson & Súper Fly b Aerostar & Dinastía
Ref is Maya, who worked slightly heel as in Leon. Lots of mask ripping between Super Fly and Aerostar. Super Fly limped around after taking a big salida de bandera. Aerostar got dropped hard on the two powerbombs to finish it. Super Fly was ripping up Aerostar’s gear even as he was pinning him, came off as if the pinfall was maybe not supposed to be at that moment. Super Fly said the same would happen in Zapopan. Rudos left the tecnicos laying.
4) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown b Averno, Chessman, Cibernético
7:28. brawl, and not awlays a clean one. Chessman was done after the match, and the doctor was out (really immediately after 3, sooner than any help could’ve been called.) the doctor didn’t help Chessman quick enough and the rudos attacked him.
5) Fénix & Myzteziz b Pentagón Jr. & Zema Ion
9:07. Spanish Fly on Zema Ion after a good match. Joe Lider ran in thru the crowd after the match to beat up the tecnicos. Rudos said they’d win the tag titles at GdT, tecnicos recovered to say the same, everyone pretty much pretended Angelico & Jack didn’t exist.
6) Texano Jr. b El Patrón Alberto [street]
18:00. Perros (without Lider, so he was a surprise later on) came out to the ring after the third match and said pretty much nothing of note. Perro was Texano’s second. (The ex-)Ricardo Rodriguez debuted as Alberto’s ring announcer, same as in WWE. Both guys wore street clothes for the fight. Hijo de Tirantes is referee. Ricardo left before the match and Alberto has to fight off Perro and Tirantes while dealing with Texano. Alberto kicked out of a powerbomb thru the table and a belt shot before Perro came in the ring to help stomp him more. Ricardo made the save (or tried to, slipping in dress shoes) and eventualy took Texano with a dive. Alberto got the best of Perro and got the Rompe Destinos armbar on Texano, but Texano escaped, fouled him and beat Alberto again (much like Guerra de Titanes.) Texano said he’d still be champ after Guerra de Titanes. Alberto disagreed, then cleaned house on the tencios. Pentagon and Joe Lider ran in so they could get beat up too.
Air Date: 12/06, 12/13 and, uh, last night. We’ll circle back to that.
Ivelisse debuted as the mystery woman, which was the most likely outcome. She and Sexy Star are basically playing the opposite roles here as they do in Lucha Underground. They’re meant to be different universes, which won’t be changing soon, but I still have this feeling that they’ll end up switching sides in Lucha Underground before long.
Dr. Lucha had been saying that AAA was attempting to bring over a woman from CMLL for this spot. If that’s the case, it went how it usually goes, but might mean Ivelisse was not who was originally in mind for that spot. This doesn’t seem like great news for Jennifer Blake, who’s now the third most important tecnica (a mostly non TV spot in AAA; think La Jarochita) and the third most important foreign woman (in a company that’s tended to only employ two.) Jennifer got really good this year and now looks to be on the fringes.
The only thing I could figure out about the Perros speech is they were trying to get the crowd to boo him when he came out later. Crowd was really into Alberto at any rate. Texano got the win in almost exactly the same fashion as Heroes Inmortales, but it was also made clear that Perro vs Alberto is the much bigger feud and Texano’s just an obstacle to that. Still, Texano winning all these times and then just losing once at Guerra de Titanes doesn’t seem like a feud ender (but a rematch at Rey de Reyes would mean pausing the Alberto/Perro feud for three more months, it’s an issue problem.)
Last two matches were the best two. Opener was fun too. AAA mentioned it in their recap so there’s a good chance it’ll air on TV (and that this is a two week taping.) 2 & 3 were more build up matches for Guerra de Titanes than good matches on this show. Not that I’m sure Psycho Circus/Hell Brothers is ever really going to be good (but at least it’s over.) Taya should destroy all recordings of the women’s match.
The big news was this show streamed live on http://internetvluchalibreaaa.com (and was still available there at last check.) Internet.TV, a streaming sports video site, is owned by the same people who own the AYM and LAS cable networks. (Commercials starting our amiga Elisa are shown on those channels about 10 times an hour.) It’s been going for at least a year as a paysite and regularly transmits baseball games from Mexico and Puerto Rico among various other sports. They have various subscription models, where you could get everything the offer or just a certain league, and they have prepaid subscription cards at OXXOs and other convenient stores if you don’t use credit. A lot of the AYM/LAS onscreen seems a little shaky, but it appears they have a better handle on the internet stuff. There’s just no way of telling how many people actually use it and what load it can handle.
Until last night, I guess. Not a lot of people knew this stream was happening: I found out about 3 hours by the show and AAA announced it about 30 minutes before the 9pm listed start time. My hunch is AAA was a little concerned about hurting walk up ticket sales by announcing the show as free. (They’re now claiming a sell out.) I’m also assuming AAA didn’t want to hype this up and deal with people complaining to them about a failed stream again. This was almost AAA doing an internal test run but letting people diehard/random enough to be around late on a Friday night look in on it.
It seemed to go okay. There was some buffering issues when everyone was jumping on at the beginning, which resulted in some people being minutes behind until they manually refreshed it. The buffering circle popped up a couple times for me during Ivelisse’s entrance but otherwise never came back. I watched it at the middle quality to play it safe but others were having it on high and having no issues. I’d guess no more people saw this than a typical Sunday afternoon Terra show – and so far less than an AAA major show – but the stream seemed to pass the test.
AAA had said, many months ago, that they’d like to air Guerra de Titanes on iPPV. (They were hopeful but not definite about doing the same for Heroes Inmortales, and that didn’t take place.) It’s only 8 days away and there’s been no announcement to of an iPPV, but this looks like an obvious trial to see if they could that iPPV successful. The big difference is this is in Mexico City and Guerra de Titanes is in Zapopan, but even may not be so big. Again, the internet.tv people are a TV company, so they’re probably beaming the signal via their existing TV equipment to a central (DF?) headquarters and streaming out there; being in Jalisco wouldn’t seem to matter for this any more than the non-Mexico City baseball games they already cover. AAA might again wait to the last minute to announce anything about a stream for the same reasons as this, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for it next Sunday.
AAA travels to Tuxtla Gutirrez for a taping on Sunday with Pentagon & Joe Lider vs Myzteziz & Fenix on top. That reminds me of another takeaway from this show: Texano beating Alberto would not be the biggest upset at Guerra de Titanes. The completely dismissed Angelico & Jack Evans actually keeping the tag titles would be.