AAA TV (FRI) 06/30/2017 Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo, Puebla, Puebla [AAA]
1) Ashley, Dragón Solar, Némesis b Black Fury, Mini Rocker, Royer Boy
Dark match, La Llave de la Gloria match. Dragon Solar, Nemesis and Mini Rocker were not listed as advancing in La Llave de la Gloria prior. Mini Rocker was listed as Mini Espiritu by non-AAA sources and that appeared to be the gimmick he was doing.
2) Australian Suicide b Bengala
Suicide wins the battle of ex-parnters.
3) Aerostar, Drago, Raptor b Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Soul Rocker
This is now a best of five series for the trios title. Raptor got the pin on Soul Rocker, so the tecnicos lead 1-0.
4) Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly b Argenis, La Parka, Lanzeloth
Ricky Marvin returned to attack the OGT, but it cost the tecnicos the match. The tecnicos were upset at Ricky and did not accept his apology.
5) Máscara de Bronce b Hernandez, Kevin Kross [briefcase]
Prior to this match, Johnny Mundo interrupted to ask why his bodyguard Kross was fighting for a title shot against him. (If there was answer, it wasn’t reported.) Mascara de Bronce won again, Kross took the briefcase from him afterwarwds anyway again
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. b El Mesías
Rematch of TripleMania XVII. Mesias was distracted by Pagano’s music.
7) Psycho Clown NF Pagano
Rematch of TripleMania XXIV. No finish when Wagner & Mesias attacked both men.
8) Johnny Mundo © b Texano Jr. [AAA HEAVY]
Mundo retained after Fantasma got involved. First defense
Air Date: 07/29 & 08/05.
And now a bunch of stuff on something that wasn’t even on the show.
This morning, after this show, AAA announced the Reina de Reinas championship is vacant. The AAA press release gives no reason but says the method of determining a new champion will be announced in upcoming days. On Facebook (and not referenced by AAA), Vampiro says he’s enforcing stricter rules around this title going forward where titles have to change hands on a pinfall or submission. Ayako passed out due to Taya’s chokehold, which is not a pinfall or submission, so Vampiro is ruling the title could not change hands and is taking it away from Taya. Vampiro says Taya will get a title shot later when she wanted it.
(Pause to note Vampiro’s explanation is really dumb. It’s dumb that passing out and the referee stopping the match is always a winning condition, it’s dumb in that it was street fight so a chokehold should be legal, it’s dumb that it would come three months after the title change when Vampiro was there and praising the match on screen, and it’s dumb in that Johnny Mundo and Mini Psycho Clown both won their championships by breaking the rules. It’s a storyline patch to cover up whatever they don’t want to talk about, but it’s a really ill thought out one that matches how ill thought out a lot of AAA is right now.)
Taya was scheduled to be on the 06/19 Nuevo Laredo taping, but missed it citing injuries from a recent car accident. She has not been on any future TV tapings, but was listed as defending the title on a 07/21 (non-TV) show in Tijuana against Faby Apache and Ayako Hamada. To the best of my knowledge, Taya has not wrestled since the injury. She could be back by that match, she could not, but it’s also not like AAA has been concerned about delivering scheduled matches.
It appeared Taya might have been informed of this last night, but says she was not told this was happening before AAA posted the announcement, has no idea why the decision was made, is annoyed the company isn’t supporting her as much as she’s supported them, and is playing around with the idea of going with The Crash guys. Taya is reacting not reacting like this is part of some storyline. This is a weekend where The Crash & AAA guys are going to be working together on a show, so it’s tough not to be a little suspicious AAA is doing some odd angle. It’s does seem more likely AAA is being weird, because AAA is always weird. It’s also a dangerous thing to do: they sort of need Johnny Mundo to still be around for TripleMania to lose all his singles titles and they seemed to have angered his fiance.
This show itself was the most normal wrestling promotion thing that’s happened in AAA for a while. All but one of the advertised matches happened. All the finishes generally made sense with the TripleMania matches in mind.
The Best of 5 trios series should conclude on TripleMania but, if they run one match per show, they’re only going to be on match 4 on that show. When this same crew did this bit on TripleMania, they’ve done two matches in one show along the way, and I suspect that’ll happen somewhere – maybe even on TripleMania itself.
The story thread I’m more interesting in seeing on TV is the Mascara de Bronce, because I have no feel about how it’s being played. He’s winning, but he’s losing the briefcase every time. Is he looking impressive while beating guys twice his size? Is he getting fluke banana peal wins and looking like a chump after? I don’t know. I have my guesses but it’s hard to tell from what AAA is saying.
Marvin’s disappearing act is being used as an AAA storyline, with La Parka pointing it out on Twitter. It’s another bit that hasn’t come across clear on results and maybe on TV, though it seems like they’ve cut down on doing vignettes to explain what’s going on. Which leaves us in the same situation as Taya, not really knowing what’s going on with AAA.
The next taping is two weeks from Sunday, July 16, in Monterrey.