All matches were taped at Paleqnue del Centro Expositor, Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala on 04/29/2017
Averno & Pimpinela Escarlata beat Mamba & Ricky Marvin (4:05, Averno Devil’s Wings, below average)
Big Mami defeated La Hiedra, Goya Kong, and Lady Shani (4:27, Mami splash Goya, below average)
Australian Suicide & Bengala beat El Mesías & Pagano (9:03, Bengala senton con giro Pagano, ok)
Kevin Kross beat Psycho Clown (8:05, exploder suplex, bad)
The main event goes a (solid!) two minute and eleven seconds before the run-ins start. Pimpinela runs out for no reason, and doesn’t make it to the ring before Mamba attacks for some really bad hair pulling. Lady Shani comes out for no reason – look, everyone comes out and brawls for no reason, I’m going to spare you reading it a half dozen times. It’s Mamba & Pimpi, Shani & Hiedra, Nino Hamburguesa & Dalton Bragg, Joe Lider, Big Mami, Monster & Murder, Goya Kong, the other referees, Bengala and Suicide (who just get beat up), Pagano & Mesias & Cuervo & Scoria (who don’t even make it out of the back before they’re fighting), Argenis & Ricky Marvin, the OGTs, La Parka (gets his music played! Both a spot immediately!), Poder del Norte, and Hijo del Fantasma. Fantasma at least ends up with Kevin Kross, who spent most of this time standing outside brawling slightly with Psycho Clown. Fantasma goes to dive, but Suicide attacks him (for no reason) and lands his finish on Fantasma. It doess’t come off as a heel turn, just another random moment in a segment of randomness. There’s no connection to Kross and Psycho coming in to finish, Suicide just steps out of the ring as Kross gives Psycho his suplex.
Everyone keeps fighting because whatever. Faby Apache appears from nowhere, 100% fine after being murdered last week, and fouls Kevin Kross. All the técnicos attack Korss, who now is too invincible to be knocked down until many of them try. Hiedra & Goya end p with the faces, which seems like a mistake. Kross tries to leave, but the rudos toss him back in to get stomped. And then they stomp Piero for comedy’s sake.
We’re told Vampiro made Suicide/Bengala vs Pagano/Mesias a no DQ match when the match starts (but everything seems to be no DQ tonight.) Tecnicos get off to a hot start, rudos turn it around, then Pagano and Mesias argue over who gets to choke Suicide for no reason. This continues on for a little while until the técnicos use it to make a comeback, mostly keeping Pagano out and working of Mesias. Pagano makes the save after Suicide lands a 450 and clears house, but Mesias won’t tag him. Cuervo & Scoria walk slowly to ringside (it’s tough to walk fast down all those steps), and Pagano gets whipped into a distracted Mesias. Pagano shoves Mesias off the apron, Bengala boosts Suicide into a – uh, double shove because they come up short on the move. A following dive onto Bengala works better. Scoria slides in a chair to Bengala, but Pagano kicks it into his face. Pagano goes for a chair assisted moonsault, which predictably fails. Pagano turns over, places the chair on his own chest, and Bengala lands a top rope senton con giro on it for the win. Jesus Zuniga reacts to Bengala’s big win by yelling “Pagano! Pagano!” Mesias walks out on Pagano.
Niño Hamburguesa came to ringside to watch the women’s match, since the winner would team with him. Arturo Rivera makes a point in not shaking hands with him. The other announcers try to ask Niño who he’d like to team with and Arturo talks right over him. Niño at least sounded impressed with Big Mami after the win.
OGT are arguing to start the show about getting beat last week and who’s fault that was, when they’re interrupted by Pimpinela. Pimpinela informs them that Vamprio made her and Averno partners this week. Chessman & Super Fly laughing at Averno at least breaks the tension. During the intro, another Averno/Pimpinela vignette is wedged it, when Averno demanding Pimpinela be serious . That doesn’t take, Pimpinela gets Averno to dance before the match even starts, but they do use it to get the jump the other team.
The graphic for this match lists it as a four way tag match with Chessman & Super Fly and Argenis & La Parka as teams. Maybe that’s to justify the run-ins which start about 2m30 in, with the rest of OGT coming into beat up Marvin without their being DQ. La Parka & Argenis are not long behind them. I think maybe they would’ve been better just deciding it was no DQ or something. Averno beats Ricky Marvin clean after everyone’s cleared out, but a few moves later – it’s not like the run-in seemed like it caused into the outcome.
Averno gets to taunt Ricky Marvin for about three seconds in before Kevin Kross turns up, has a face of with him, fakes help Ricky Marvin, and suplexes Marvin. Averno bails like he’s seen a monster. Hijo del Tirantes tries to break it up, but Kross ignores him and throws Marvin out. Kross demands Tirantes lift his arm, but Tirantes refuses. Tirantes decides it’s a good side to stay in the ring at that point. Kross overs him a handshake, and Tirantes confirms his switch to AAA tecnico by being dumb enough to take it. A back suplex knocks out Tirantes. Tirantes is stretchered out while Kross spends a lot of time standing in the ring. This seems to has nothing to do with anything that happens with Kross later on.
Noti AAA featured part 2 of the third La Lave de la Gloria tryout. He’s never identified, but you can clearly see Ricky Marvin hanging out in the background of the tryout, sometimes with Stephanie Vaquer. Muneca de Plata is among the many who are interviewed, and she mentions her father Super Porky and trying to return to AAA. They announce the winners, though they don’t really identify them.
This entire taping, the last week and this show, was just a disaster. The matches on this show were not worth watching and, as I tried to put my thoughts in to words after the main event, I realized this is a show no one should be watching in it’s current state. I can’t believe a promotion that had a match as good as the Taya/Ayako match just a couple weeks ago has descended into total unwatchable garbage, but that’s what this Tlaxcala taping has been.
The main event was like so much of the rest of AAA right now, a hot mess. What do I even say? The brawl was unfilmable – there was a moment where Ricky Marvin was heading for a dive, and they cut away because there were so may things going on at once – and didn’t make any sense and was much more dumb than it was exciting. It was exposed as a complete joke, a “haha, we don’t even care any more” moment when they sent referees out there to be part of it. It exposed the booking as being nonsense: they spent last week’s episode and part of this week’s episode and the Texano match building up Kevin Kross as this cold killer so he could just be beaten up by the entire roster in a comedy segment. They had Faby take a crazy bump just to come back an hour later. This is a promotion that isn’t taking itself seriously and it impossible to take seriously. I hope it works out for them, but I’d give up on the show at this point if there was anyone else writing a recap of it on a weekly basis so I could find out when it got good again.
The Suicide/Bengala vs Pagano/Mesais match was better than everything on this show, which isn’t saying much. They had more to work with, they got time and they got a story to play off. The work just was a little bit too iffy for me and it was a bit boring at times, but I appreciated the effort. Pagano & Mesias seemed to no sell a lot of the técnico’s offense, but they rallied back to get in key shot that matter. It just would’ve meant more if Bengala & Suicide weren’t made clear to be the third most important team in the segment even after the win – they needed a moment to be clear they wanted in line for the tag titles at least before being brushed aside. The Mesias/Pagano break up going on forever with no real reason explain why they’re together (or even the root of why they’re mad at each other, now that Dave has become a non-person) is a drag, and feels like something that should’ve been addressed in one of the many skits they have now. The comedy of the one night Pimpinela/Averno team up was more important, I guess.
The women’s match never developed into anything, felt like two different matches taking turns happening (Shani/Hiedra and Mami/Goya), but it at least felt like there was start, beginning and end. That’s not really the minimum to have a good match or even OK one, but that’s better than the opener. I couldn’t imagine ever willing watching this again, so it gets a low grade, but it really doesn’t matter.
Everyone actually in the mixed tag had good energy for the time they were wrestling, and we even got a glimpse of a rudo Pimpinela while it lasted. Maybe they had a lot of energy because they knew they were only going about two minutes before the run-ins came anyway. This was lame. Averno seems to be one of the few guys doing well in this new environment, excelling on the promos, but I get the sense he’ll be telling stories about this era to his friends for the rest of his life. The match being a setup to get Kevin Kross over is a weird choice for a guy who doesn’t have a feud; it’d be interesting if it got people more interested in the main event, but I’m not sure we (or maybe even they) will even know. Post match went 5:00, longer than the actual match.