AAA TV (SUN) 10/02/2016 Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León [AAA]
Heroes Inmortales X
1) Aerostar & Drago © b Laredo Kid & Súper Fly and Damián 666 & Nicho el Millionario and Monsther Clown & Murder Clown [AAA TAG, Ladder]
2) Pimpinela Escarlata b Zorro, El Elegido, Niño Hamburguesa, Bengala, Lady Shani, Dark Scoria, Dark Cuervo, Octagoncito, Big Mami, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pirata Morgan [Copa Antonio Pena]
Zorro, Elegido, Pimpinela, and Nino started. Hijo del Pirata Morgan and Pirata Morgan both returned to AAA as surprised. Hijo del Pirata threw out his father. Pimpinela snuck in a foul on Zorro to win.
3) Averno, Chessman, Ricky Marvin b El Apache, Faby Apache, Mary Apache
Faby was apparently locked in the dressing room to start the match, ran out to join the math late, and Averno faked a foul from her to draw the DQ.
4) El Mesías, Hernandez, Marty Casaus b Hijo del Fantasma, La Parka, Texano Jr.
Marty (as Casuas, not Martinez) & Hernandez were surprise Team Trump partners. La Parka appears to have taken the loss. A tribute to Antonio Pena was held after this match.
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. b Psycho Clown, Pagano
Alberto did not appear, so this was changed to a three way. Psycho Clown was outnumbered 2 to 1. Murder & Monster ran out to help out, but instead betrayed Psycho Clown and allied with Pagano, apparently ending the Psycho Circus. Wagner beat Psycho Clown.
6) Daga b Australian Suicide [mask, hair, street fight]
Argenis & Joe Lider were seconds. Daga defeated Suicide, who was announced as Broderick Shepherd, from Melbourne, Australia.
7) Garza Jr. b Johnny Mundo © [AAA LA]
Taya seconded Johnny Mundo, TV host Ernesto Chavana seconded Garza. Moved to the main event. Taya snuck in a foul, which Garza blamed on a Chavana distraction. First defense.
Air Date: 10/08 & 10/15
This did not air on iPPV. When the biggest story from the show is the guy who didn’t appear, it’s probably okay we’re not paying to see it. (For what it’s worth: crowd seemed decent though not full and some areas were obviously taped off, there were light Fraude chants for the no-show but less than you’d expect, and it says something not positive about Alberto’s actual star power if the people weren’t that upset about him being off the show.)
AAA’s statement said they were in contact with Alberto as recently as that morning about him coming to the show. Alberto still hasn’t said anything. The story I’ve been told, which I have not been able to confirm yet, is that Alberto got into legal problems Friday night, and may have been unable to leave the US as a result. That fits with Alberto disappearing from social media since Friday.
Murder & Monster Clown turning seems shortsided. The Psycho Circus is still going to be booked together as a tecnicos on most house shows, and are listed together on the 10/28 taping. Konnan mentioned there’s been thought to do this split for two years, but I kinda wonder if they pulled the trigger simply to give the match some big development to distract from Alberto. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to heat back up Psycho/Pagano on the surface when Psycho should be moving onto Wagner.
There’s not a lot of notes on the rest. The Garza/Chavana thing seems like an angle to play locally (maybe on TV, maybe on the next Llaves y Canados event), but probably doesn’t factor in AAA much. Daga & Suicide sounds like the best match on the show, but there’s a lack of clips from it – there’s more floating around from the opener (which always was a ladder match and I just blanked on) than the latter matches.
You’d have to be a diehard lucha fan to know Hijo del Pirata Morgan fan to know he quit AAA. As it was, the only thing he really did was go to Arena San Juan instead of the beach. Arena San Juan has it’s charms and that was a fun four way match and maybe he got his father back in (for the first time in AAA in seven years) by walking out for a little bit, but the beach is nice. Hijo del Pirata Morgan actually threw his father out of the ring in the battle royal, with a tease of a feud that probably wouldn’t help either guy all that much.
The battle royales are essentially replacements for the Relevos AAA matches, but I did not expect them to be such dedicated homages to have the same women and minis included and have Pimpinela win in the end. I feel like I’ve been watching Pimpinela taking victory laps for her career for the entire time I’ve been watching lucha libre, and I wish they would’ve set up something new to come out of it, but relentlessly honoring people whose best days were (at least) a decade ago seems ingrained in the fabric of lucha libre. Can’t take the rest without that.
Interesting that Marty the Moth is specifically listed as “Marty Casaus”, not his Lucha Underground name. I’d think AAA would have free reign to use the LU characters – maybe it’s an oversight, but maybe it’s a story.