AAA on Televisa: 2017-12-16 

#porraHahastary

Recapped: 12/21/2016

Matches: 

All matches were taped in Arena Xalapa on 12/02

Eslabón Perdido, Poseidón, Rey Infierno beat Cosmos, Kid Lobo, Samuray
(9:28, good, via thecubsfan)

Ángel Mortal Jr., Chicano, Pardux beat Angelikal, Fetiche, Hijo Del Vikingo 
(6:21, Chicano gutwrench powerbomb Angelikal, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)

Argenis, Estrella Divina, Faby Apache, Lady Shani beat Australian Suicide, Goya Kong, Hahastary, Mamba
(10:19, Argenis Canadian Destroyer Suicide, ok, Lucha Libre AAA)

Bengala & Big Mami beat La Hiedra & Villano III Jr.
(5:21, Big Mami splash Villano III Jr., below average, via Lucha Libre AAA)

What happened:

Kid Lobo in action

Early in the show, Big Mami is looking for Niño Hamburguesa when Hernandez stops her. Hernandez hits on Big Mami, wanting her to team with him instead. Big Mami pretends to be interested for a second before turning him down and continuing her search. Checking another room, she’s jumped from behind by Villano III Jr. He suffocates her with a towel while La Hiedra takes Big Mami’s blue mixed title belt. She hands it to Hernandez, who calls someone, implies he or they took out Hamburguesa too, and tells the mystery person that they have the belt. It’s unclear who he’s talking to, though Hernandez’ only known friend in the promotion is Mundo.

The 2v2 match is billed as Hiedra & Villano III Jr. vs Niño Hamburguesa & Big Mami for the mixed tag titles, and Niño Hamburguesa’s music plays for his team. Bengala shows up instead, explaining Niño Hamburguesa is not there and no one can find Big Mami. Bengala proposes a triangle match with him and the rudos. They say no, then attack Bengala anyway, and they blow the whistle to start the match.

After about four minutes, when the rudos finally have their acts together, there’s a split screen to Hernandez finding and waking Big Mami backstage. Mami jolts to life, and Hernandez ushers her towards the ring. Big Mami hurrying to the ring is the first thing to get a reaction. Even thought his was a three way match, she’s allowed to get involved. She quickly takes out the rudos, and most of the time in the match involves her slow climb to the the rope for the finishing splash on Villano III.

best air Vikingo got all night

Faby remembers she hates Hijo del Tirantes during this match, but it goes nowhere. Late in the match, Goya does her usual dive, but oddly onto Mamba, Hahastary and Divina, which leaves Suicide 1 on 3. He fights off Argenis with a backdrop off the top rope, and somehow moves just in time for Shani to give Faby a backcracker by mistake. Argenis still gets in a Destroy for the win.

Faby gets back up, spins Shani around, and punches in the face for the backcracker She almost goes after Argenis too when he gets involved, but walks out as the announcers remember they have a title match coming up. Shani sells the one punch like she needs medical treatment (while the doctor actually checks on Suicide, who later appeared to be goofing around.)

Fetiche is a masked Llave de la Gloria finalist, but one who was had only been seen in TripleMania matches (and he was in the bad one) to this point. About seven minutes into the opener, Mr. Aguila & Kahn-Del-Mal come to ringside. Fetiche quickly betrays Angelikal, crotching him on the ropes as he goes for a moonsault, and points to the Perros del Mal. They’ve helped Pardux up on the outside, and wave for Fetiche to join them. Angelikal recovers enough to stand up, but is Chicano grabs him from behind and finishes him. Fetiche and Parudx come back in to stomp Angelikal and Vikingo, and Angle Mortal and Chicano join in. It’s unclear who, or if everyone, is supposed to be with the Perros del Mal at this moment- Chicano looks happily surprised in a way where I keep expecting the Perros to attack him too, but the rudos just leave vaguely together.

I think this is Eslabon Perdido mimicking a freight train

Vampiro’s interview this week is with Hahastary. Hahastary talks about the significance of her name (she’s a warrior.) Vampiro, who ends up on talking just about as much as the guest does in giving a long pep speech at the end, tells her not to set any limits for how he she can go (not settling for just having made it to AAA) and that she can be a good role model for girls even while being a ruda. This didn’t push anything forward but it did give fans something to know about Hahastary.

While most of the big names do not appear in action on the show, it does start with promos from Texano, Dave, Fantasma and La Parka to talk about what happened with them in Juarez and build to them facing off at Guerra de Titanes. The Texano promo is reused for a Guerra de Titanes promo going into every break.

This is likely Goya Kong’s last TV appearance for the time being; she broke her right leg on a dive out of the ring on the earthqauke benefit show, in a clip shown and then shown again in slow motion as part of Noti AAA. An update with her at home appears to show she’s had four screws put in her legs. She talks about her condition and AAA helping her. A full highlight package of the Luchando del Mexico show is shown afterwards, as well as Marisela Pena announcing the entire ticket proceeds would go to repair schools. There’s also video of the AAA celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Thoughts:

this was the best spot of the night and I’m leaving it all the way down here, sorry Angelikal

There was no heat for the mixed tag that wasn’t, with everyone just totally confused as what to was going on. The story as currently told on TV doesn’t make much sense: Villano & Hiedra wanted the mixed tag titles before (nearly breaking up over not getting them), want the title match when they get to the ring but in the meantime have taken out Big Mami and given the belts to Hernandez as if they didn’t want them. Their motivations don’t make sense and they look foolish during the action. It feels like half the match is Villano III Jr. hitting la Hiedra by mistake to no reaction. This is a pattern on this show: maybe this will make sense later when we get part two or three of this story, but AAA has dropped too many stories to care about them. The match itself wasn’t much.

The opening trios wasn’t one of the stronger Llave matches Hijo del Vikingo had a bad day, messing up his first big spot and coming down knees first on poor Angel Mortal. Angelikal outshined him here easily. The finish was random and only works if it they go somewhere. I think I’m not as concerned about harming the name of Perros del Mal as most – they had all sort of random people in when they were running their own group – but I think most will feel differently. In the bigger picture, it’d be nice to have any sort of direction for these guys, but I’m not trusting AAA to remember this direction when they next show up on TV two months from now. Pardux, walking around in Strong Style gear, is an amusing pick for a replacement Perros del Mal – they used to have one those strong style guys! He didn’t seem to get to show much strong style in this match, though the rudos were good at throwing the técnicos high up in the air.

Suicide takes the worst of this cutter

The dark match was an unexpected bonus. I almost gave up on uploading it after having problems on the first try, but I’m glad I figured it out. These Xalapa regulars worked well together, with the rudos – especially Poseidon – coming off as really good bases for the técnicos. The técnico showcase match to start is really the highlights, it slows a bit down with the rudos in control, but the dives are fun too. It felt like a more complete match that most regular AAA matches.

The mixed match was a very average match, but – just like the opener – they at least had a direction coming out of it. Australian Suicide stood out more with comedy than the highspots, but there wasn’t much way to work his highspots here. Actually, the ring that stood out most was Suicide wearing “ADIOS” shorts in a year where a lot of people have said ADIOS to AAA. Hahastary doing the Aerostar like springboard reverse tope to the floor was unexpected and cool. I’ve always believed Mamba is a person with good fashion sense but the blue hair going on in this match may cause me to reevaluate everything.

Tuesday CMLL show, full Crash 01/20 card, Flamtia & Bandido to DG

Triton

CMLL (TUE) 12/26/2017 Arena México [CMLL, Notimex]
1) El Coyote & Yago b Bengala & Retro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Flyer, Sangre Imperial, Sensei b Akuma, Artillero, Espíritu Negro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Espiritu Negro suffered a facial injury in the second fall when Sangre Imperial (replacement for Magia Blanca) forearmed him in the face. Tecnicos took 2/3
3) Drone, Fiero, Fuego b Disturbio, Nitro, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Virus b Universo 2000 Jr. [lightningLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Virus submitted Unvierso.
5) Hechicero, Máscara Año 2000, Pólvora b Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa, Tritón LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Triton’s return to Arena Mexico. Rudos took 2/3.
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Titán b Gran Guerrero, Mephisto, Shocker LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 26 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Tecnicos took 2/3.

I’ve watched two (2) matches of the show so far. It’s a whatever show, but it looks like it should get better. Sangre Imperial really screwed up, posted a photo looking sad about it.

Still no Puebla results, but the bit about Mistico missing that show seems to be important.  He’s off Friday’s show (Rey Cometa added, Niebla Roja moved up). Puebla announced a Mephisto/Caristico title match, which was likely supposed to be Mephisto/Mistico, and Valiente takes Caristico’s spot on the Arena Mexico show. Not sure if this is a Mistico vacation or injury.

An injury right before FantasticaMania would be a problem, but it would have to be very serious for him not to make those shows. CMLL still hasn’t put Atlantis in the ring since his knee injury as well; he’s been advertised for a handful of indie shows but I don’t have any reports of him actually wrestling on them.

NJPW World will be showing the 12/15 CMLL show (the second week of the Volador/Carisitco trios) early Friday morning. They’re back to showing more CMLL with some downtime between tours and FantasticaMania coming up.

Dragon Gate announced Flamita & Bandido will be on their January tour. I believe at least Flamita is going to be there for a while (so all my hope for Flamita/Fenix at WrestleMania weekend may be very dumb since he wouldn’t be in the right hemisphere). Bandido is good but could really benefit from this sort of experience, and this is the upteenth time something’s worked out better for him by not joining CMLL.

Arolucha is teasing Juventued Guerrera and Low-Ki for their shows next month. Juvy already said he’ll be there.

Pagano was named CIudad Juarez sportsman of the year. In an interview with MedioTiempo, Pagano mentions he was told not to do extreme wrestling when he started out.

The Gladiatores has a recap of Black Boy defeating Arkangel Divino on The Crash Junior championship.

Over on Voices of Wrestling, JR Goldberg writes about Pirata Morgan vs El Faraon.

La Aficion interviews Sam Adonis about the dangers of being Sam Adonis.

Mexicali luchador Llorona Jr. passed away.

Roshfrans put up a downloadable AAA calendar on their website.

A year in review of lucha libre in Cancun.

Lineups

CMLL (MON) 01/01/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Black Tiger & Millenium vs Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar
2) Astral, Asturiano, Robin vs Espíritu Maligno, Inquisidor, Templario
3) La Vaquerita vs Reyna Isis [lightning]
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Samuray, Stigma vs El Malayo, Felino, Hechicero
5) Marco Corleone, Rey Bucanero, Terrible vs Diamante Azul, Gran Guerrero, Pierroth [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Mephisto © vs Carístico [CMLL WELTER]
8th defense

This probably won’t be streamed.

It’s strange that Caristio is going to be challenging for both world welterweight titles within four days of each other (and probably won’t be winning either.) There’s not many alternatives given who is booked here. Maybe Maya?

Diamante Azul is back, or at least is scheduled to be back. That match might be mixed sides just because of the numbers.

IWRG (MON) 01/01/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) ? vs ?? [mask, hair, cage]
student apuesta match, names not announce until day of the show
2) Aramis vs Fly WarriorBlack DragónEmperador AztecaDinamic BlackAlas de AceroFreelanceSéptimo Rayo [IWRG Reyes del Aire, cage]
wrestlers will leave the cage after they’re elimianted, last one left is winner
3) Ovett vs Chico Che [hair, cage]
4) Trauma I & Trauma II vs Rokambole Jr. & Villano V Jr. and Danny Casas & Veneno and Capo Del Norte & Capo Del Sur [cage, #1 Contenders, IWRG IC TAG]
wrestlers will leave the cage after they’re elimianted, last team left gets a tag title shot
5) Imposible © vs Dr. Cerebro [IWRG Rey de Ring, cage, Ladder]
4th defense. The two will have to fight for ten minutes, then a ladder will be added to the cage, and the first preson to grab the belt is the winner.

Every match is going to be worse/dumber for having a cage. Nothing is stupider than doing a Reyes del Aire match in a cage. I guess the cage helps draw, but they’re also doing two different apuesta matches on the show so you think the would be fine. Anyway, this will provide weird GIFs.

Lucha Memes (SUN) 01/07/2018 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México
1) Pumita De Oro vs Danny Barrio
2) Corsario Negro Jr. vs Psique
3) Arez vs Diabolus
4) Romano García vs Príncipe Otomí
5) Aramis vs Sky Man
6) Keyra vs Ricky Marvin

Lucha Memes has been teasing giving unknown people chances, and this is listed as Luchando Por un Sueno 1 as if it’ll be a run of events. Pumita & Barrio are in based on Negro Navarro recommendations (he’s been training at Arena 23 de Junio, where both are based.) 2-5 are all vets versus rookies, though it’s weird to think of Aramis as being that much older than Sky Man.

The Crash (SAT) 01/20/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) Black Boy vs Aramis (Estado de México)AstroluxRayo Star
2) Christi Jaynes & Jonathan vs Baronessa & Último Maldito and ? & Látigo
3) Arkángel Divino, Keyra, M-ximo vs Black Danger, Lacey Lane, Último Ninja
4) Damián 666, Extreme Tiger, Jack Evans vs Charlie Haas, Douglas James, Joey Janela
5) Rey Horus vs Matt Riddle
6) Daga, Masada, Penta Zero M vs Bestia 666, Garza Jr., Mr. 450

Matt Riddle was moved out of the main event into a showcase singles, which seems like a better use for him and an interesting match. Haas & Janela are in the spots that have been  Mack/Cage/Cobb/Guevera in the past.

great match roundup, week of 2017-12-09

Fantasma tope

This is timely when I wrote it, but not by the time you read it. it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, you probably aren’t reading this at any time.

Fantasma/Escorpion was a pretty good AAA match, and it’s my preferences for drama via nearfalls instead drama via people running in which keeps it from being rated higher. The Friday show was generally good, though I liked The Crash show better.

Recommended matches

rating matches TV Show taped
good Hijo del Fantasma vs Rey Escorpión for the AAA Latin American Championship Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Ciudad Juárez Parte 2 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-12-09 2017-11-19
good Star Jr. & Starman vs Hijo del Signo & Templario LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-15 2017-12-15
good Shockercito © vs Mercurio for the CMLL World Pequeño Estrellas Championship LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-15 2017-12-15
good Carístico, Soberano Jr., Último Guerrero vs Mistico, Terrible, Volador Jr. in a relevos increíbles match LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-15 2017-12-15

Other matches watched

rating matches TV Show taped
ok Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Pagano vs Marty The Moth, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Ciudad Juárez Parte 2 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-12-09 2017-11-19
ok Hernandez & Johnny Mundo vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide en Ciudad Juárez Parte 2 (posted by Lucha Libre AAA) AAA on Televisa: 2017-12-09 2017-11-19
ok Astral, Asturiano, Pegasso vs Cancerbero, Espíritu Maligno, Raziel LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-11 2017-12-11
ok Ángel de Oro, Marco Corleone, Soberano Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-11 2017-12-11
ok Mistico vs PólvoraVolador Jr.MephistoDragón LeeRey BucaneroNiebla RojaGran GuerreroValienteFelino [Reyes del Aire VIP] LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-11 2017-12-11
ok Bengala & Sonic vs Espíritu Negro & Yago LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-12 2017-12-12
ok Fuego, Oro Jr., Starman vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-12 2017-12-12
ok Tiger vs Misterioso Jr. in a lightning match LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-12 2017-12-12
ok Marco Corleone, Stuka Jr., Titán vs Cavernario, Shocker, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-12 2017-12-12
ok Dragón Lee, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Johnny Idol, Okumura, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-12 2017-12-12
ok Lady Maravilla, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola, Dalys, Reyna Isis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-15 2017-12-15
ok Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Rey Cometa vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-15 2017-12-15
ok Cavernario, Mr. Niebla, Pólvora vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Sam Adonis LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 15 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2017-12-15 2017-12-15
below average Flyer, Magnus, Príncipe Diamante vs Arkángel de la Muerte, Metálico, Sangre Azteca LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES EN LA ARENA MEXICO 12 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-12 2017-12-12
not rated Arkalis & París vs Fuerza Chicana & Policeman LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-11 2017-12-11
not rated Lestat & Tigre Rojo Jr. vs Hijo del Signo & King Jaguar LA MEJOR LUCHA LIBRE EN VIVO DESDE LA ARENA PUEBLA 11 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2017 (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL) CMLL YouTube: 2017-12-11 2017-12-11