MAD in invades AAA in Tijuana, Dragon Lee injury, Crash next TJ lineup

I have about 8 GIFs from this show that I liked but couldn’t put i the recap.

CMLL (FRI) 04/20/2018 Arena México [CMLLESTOMedioTiempoOvaciones]
1) Espanto Jr. & Yago b Astral & Oro Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 20 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
11:44. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Puma, Templario, Tiger b Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 20 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:00. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora b Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 20 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:07. Rudas took 1/3, Seductora defeating Sugehit before their hair match next week.
4) Carístico b Dragón Lee [lightningLUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 20 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2:45, though action had stopped a minute earlier when Dragon Lee suffered a non contact injury. Referee waved off the match and gave it to Carsitico. Dragon Lee could not stand and had to be strechered to the back.
5) Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero b Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 20 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:25. Rudos took 1/3
6) Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo b La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 20 DE ABRIL  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
4:43, straight falls, both by DQ. Rush fouled Kraneo, setting up a singles match next week.

A disappointing show. You really only need to see the second match, with everything else being not as good as you might hope. The Seductora/Sugehit feud was more over than Kraneo/Rush, though I’m not particularly interested in either one.

CMLL has post match interviews with Kraneo, Rush, Princesa Sugehit, La Seductora and Yago & Espanto. In the general press interview room, Rush also went back to building up a match with LA Park, which doesn’t appear to be happening.

Dragon Lee’s injury was the biggest news of the night. Ovaciones has quotes from CMLL’s doctor, who also briefly appears in a video explaining the same thing: Dragon Lee felt a tear in his leg, should rest for a few days, and then they’ll do a further exam to see severity. A tear sounds bad, but the doctor also says he expects a full recovery so maybe not. No one exactly says where the tear is; the closet they say is it’s a muscle tear, which seems better than a ligament tear, but there’s no mention of what muscle it is.

It would be disappointing to see Dragon Lee out hurt for an extended period of time. CMLL’s not done much with him, but an injury of any length would threaten his involvement in next month’s New Japan Best of Super Juniors. The field for that tournament is usually announced during NJPW’s last big show before the tournament, scheduled for May 3rd and 4th. I’d write about how this affects CMLL, but CMLL doesn’t seem to have big plans for him (and so I wish he was taking it easy instead of wrestling with so much tape on.)

so I found a way to squeeze in two here

AAA TV (FRI) 04/20/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [AAAthecubsfan]
1) Arcángel Divino, Black Destiny, Genio del Aire b Black Danger, Mirage, Último Maldito  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:01. Divino beat Maldito with the high speed mistica.
2) Ashley, Estrella Divina, Faby Apache b Big Mami, Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
8:09. Faby beat Mamba with a German suplex, but Ashley stood up to her and walked out her after Faby hit her during the match.
3) Lanzelot b Hijo Del VikingoMáscara de BronceDinastía [#1 Contenders, AAA CRUISER (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
6:32. Lanzelot beat Bronce with a top rope double stomp to get a rematch with Australian Suicide.
4) Aerostar & Drago b Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. © [AAA TAG (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
1st defense. Escorpion won via mask pull.
5) Pagano b La ParkaDark CuervoJoe LiderHijo del FantasmaParka NegraDark ScoriaHisteriaPsicosisTeddy Hart [TLC]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
13:46. Teddy Hart was announced as the surprise wrestler, but did not appear until the end of the match, helping Pagano beat Joe Lider. Teddy then attacked Pagano as well. Teddy was wearing an ELITE shirt.
6) Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly b La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:00. Moved down a spot. OGT won via fousl and mask pull.
7) Dr. Wagner Jr. © b Hernandez [AAA HEAVY (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
7:08. Originally a tag match with Hijo del Wagner & Vampiro, changed by Vampiro when he said he was busy with an attack in the back. Vampiro still showed up about 3 minutes into the match to count Hijo del Wagner and Rey Wagner won clean with the Wagner Driver. The lights went out post match, and a video teasing Konnan’s return aired. MAD masked wrestlers were in the ring when the lights went out, attacking the tecnicos and then the rudos. They revealed themselves to be Teddy Hart, Kevin Kross and Juventud Guerrera, who said they were going to win all the titles.

I have nits to pick about this show, but that shouldn’t overshadow that it still was AAA’s best show of the year. The best stuff was better than the Guerra de Titanes show, and it didn’t completely fall off the cliff. The opener Tijuana match is the best AAA match of the year and would get worldwide match of the year consideration if it had more visibility. Both the tag title match and the four way match would be the best match on many of the AAA Twitch shows this year. Even the TLC match, which I was predisposed to not like going in, included some remarkable spots. The show has it’s flaws, but it’s definitely worth the $5/month fee to watch it on Twitch (or the $0/month if you’re an Amazon prime subscriber.) It’s a Tijuana show, so there’s handhelds floating out there in YouTube land. Just find a way to watch that opener.

The MAD angle was good though something less than a full success. They definitely created an environment of chaos, of no one knowing what was going on. It didn’t get quite get their in menace. The only people really beat up were opening card people, and Wagner wasn’t selling much of a beating after the main event. Kross, Teddy and Juventud against an entire promotion doesn’t add up, but we probably should’ve actually seen them take out more people to get them over. This was a fair start but they need more.

The Konnan stuff was peculiar. The most effective way to get the angle over would’ve been to have Konnan on screen. AAA both when out of their way to not say his name but to make sure everyone saw a clip of what appeared to be Konnan walking thru the tunnel to the ring. Konnan hasn’t said anything about the angle, which is not like Konnan with a big angle. Even that clip was a little strange; I don’t know what his recovery is like from hip surgery, but I would guess he might still be needing a cane to get around at this point and he didn’t have one in that video. I’m a little suspicious Konnan didn’t make it to the show for whatever reason and they used some old video cover up for it. But I have no idea for sure, and AAA making sure to draw attention to the idea of Konnan being there suggests everything is all right.

Assuming everything is OK, AAA might as well keep teasing Konnan coming for now, and just make it obvious the big reveal is going to be in Monterrey. That’s the big show and Konnan with a microphone is the biggest thing they have to sell right now. The MAD group should definitely make some noise even before the next taping – they have social media, there’s a Twitch channel they could takeover for an hour – but if they didn’t do the Konnan reveal right away, then they migth as well save it for the big moment.

I’m most curious about how MDA feels all about this; no doubt The Crash is unhappy with how things have gone, but this “MAD” stable was created for the MDA promotion. They’ve used the same sort of surprise invasion bit here in AAA that they used in MDA, only now it’s part of a promotion that’ll be running against MDA in Monterrey. (AAA usually partners with KDNA promotion in that city.) Zorro & Sexy Dulce were part of the MAD group in Monterrey, and I’m not sure who they’ll end up with. MDA also recently added local El Divo to the group, something Konnan seemed strangely annoyed with on Twitter when it happened – he must’ve been planning this storyline then and didn’t want any one to mess with it.

AAA’s recap retells the main event angle as Vampiro appearing after the match to award Wagner his title. That’s not what happened, but perhaps it was what was supposed to have happened. (Vampiro was otherwise presented like nothing had changed with his job, and I have no idea what’s going on there.) Likewise, there’s probably a way for the “live” segments backstage to work, but they came off as very incongruousness with the rest of the show the way they were presented. maybe Joe Lider wasn’t originally supposed to be taken out at the end of his match, then the planned changed for him to do so, and they moved some skits that were supposed to air later in the show to earlier where they didn’t fit.

This was strangely produced shows they’ve had all year. The second and third match had the wrong entrance video playing for people. It made the Teddy Hart bit for the TLC match even weirder, because it was impossible to tell if someone had hit the wrong button again and Teddy wasn’t actually supposed to be there, or if it was part of a storyline, or if Teddy had just disappeared. Teddy’s music starting with Jack Evans’ old theme further confused things. Later, during the main event, Teddy’s music played again for a few seconds for no reason. The stream itself seemed to have transmission problems, declining in quality as the show went on and especially noticeable during the tag team title match. I expect it’ll look smoother when it airs on Space and then YouTube – but it won’t turn there until the end of next month.

Nothing was said about Verano de Escandalo the whole night. You can figure some of it – Lanzelot gets his title shot, more Alvarados/OGT – but they’re not really close to a card so far and it’ll probably end up MAD centric when it does happen.

AAA TV today listed a slightly different upcoming lineup than they’ve advertised before

  • 05/18 FRI Tehuacan, Puebla (was 05/21)
  • 05/28 MON Contla, Tlaxcala (new!)
  • 05/31 THU Pachuca, Hidalgo
  • 06/03 SUN Monterrey – Verano de Escandalo

That 05/28 week will have 3 tapings in seven days. They’re still taping too much for a normal schedule; if you don’t want Verano de Escandalo live, it’s not going up on YouTube until mid-July. Everyone’s probably figured this out by now, but you pretty need to subscribe to the AAA Twitch channel to be able to watch theses shows anything close to current.

We don’t have lineups for any of these shows, and might be able to fit in the missing pieces when we do. For what it’s worth, if you do subscribe to AAA Twitch channel to see last night show, you’ll also get see that Tehuacan show too after the fact. That’ll be a 9pm start, so you may want to watch it later instead.

Prior to the TLC match, the AAA announcers said we’d soon be hearing news about AAA going to Colombia. A tour for that country was announced earlier this year, scheduled for August/September, but we haven’t heard any more details.

The Crash put out cards for upcoming shows. We’ll probably never see this Aguascalientes lineup, but it’s notable Arcangel Divino & Ultimo Maldito aren’t working a rare show in their home state. They’re not on the next TJ show either, which certainly suggest they, Black (Boy) Destiny and Black Danger are done with The Crash for now.

Aerostar was on this week’s Zona Ruda.

Lucha Memes put up the Kawato/Ricky Marvin match.

Segunda Caida reviews LA Park vs Fenix.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 04/27/2018 Arena México
62nd Arena Mexico Anniversary
1) El Audaz, Titán, Tritón vs Okumura, Tiger, Virus
2) Dragón Lee, Soberano Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
3) Princesa Sugehit vs La Seductora [hair]
4) Ángel de Oro, Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Rush vs Kráneo
6) Atlantis, Mistico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

The women’s hair match is a little lower than usual, but La Seductora hasn’t been treated seriously as a threat before this feud and there’s no reason to accept her in a higher position than this. I thought Rush/Kraneo would end up on the Kid’s Day show because I assumed they were planning for the Kid’s Day show, my mistake.

The non-built match seem like more fun then the ones they’ve set up. Someone will have to fill in for Dragon Lee, but that should still be pretty good.

The Crash (SAT) 05/19/2018 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
1) El Bandido vs Laredo Kid vs Dezmond Xavier [The Crash CRUISER]
vacant title
2) Lacey Lane © vs Tessa Blanchard [The Crash WOMEN]
first defense
3) Flamita vs Hijo de Pirata MorganÚltimo NinjaBúfalo AyalaScorpió SkyJonathanDouglas James [Copa Hector Garza]
4) Rey Horus & The King (Rey Fenix) vs El Mesías & PJ Black
5) Daga & Masada vs Bestia 666 & Garza Jr. and Brody King & Joey Janela
6) Penta Zero M vs Carístico

Not sure why they vacated the Cruiserweight title to have in an opener. That is the entire problem with that title, and most of the titles in The Crash: people win titles, The Crash sees title matches as not important things so the champions are slotted lower on the card than the non-title matches, and so the champions want to do whatever it is to get rid of them. It’s happened with Rey Horuz, it’s happened with Rey Fenix, and it’ll probably happen with Bandido if he wins the title next – his strong performances in PWG are probably going to get him booked higher everywhere else. It probably doesn’t matter for The Crash at this point.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-04-20 

this is actually MAD

Recapped: 04/20/2018

Matches:

All matches aired live from Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California.

Genio del Aire, Arcángel Divino, Black Destiny beat Mirage, Ultimo Maldito, Black Danger
(9:01, Arcangel Divino high speed Mistica Último Maldito, excellent, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Ashley, Estrella Divina, Faby Apache beat Big Mami, Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata 
(8:09, Faby Apache German suplex Mamba, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Lanzelot beat Hijo Del Vikingo, Dinastía, and Máscara de Bronce, to become the Number One Contenders Match for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
(6:32, Lanzelot double stomp Mascara de Bronce, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. beat Aerostar & Drago for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(11:08, Rey Escorpión pin Aerostar after a mask pull, great, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Pagano beat Joe Lider, La Parka, Cuervo, Escoria, Hijo del Fantasma, Parka Negra, Histeria, Psicosis, Teddy Hart in a TLC match
(13:46, Pagano pin Joe Lider, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown
(9:00, mask pull and fouls, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Dr. Wagner Jr. © beat Hernandez for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
(7:08, Wagner Driver on Hernandez, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

What happened: 

file name for this one is “everyone’s dead”

The MAD rudo faction, previously only seen in Monterrey based MDA, invaded the AAA show and revealed themselves after the main event. Vignettes showed opening card wrestlers laid out in the back with the MAD logo displayed on the walls. The logo as seen in the arena during the main event, and masked men representing the group attacked both the técnicos and rudos involved in the main event. The masked men revealed themselves as Juventued Guerrera, Teddy Hart and Kevin Kross, with Guerrera acting as spokesperson for the invaders. Konnan, who had lead the MAD group, was not seen in person or mentioned by name, but was teased to be in the arena and part of this invasion in a very brief video clip.

The final match on the show had been scheduled as Rey Wagner/Vampiro vs Hernandez/Hijo del Wagner. Vampiro appeared on the big screen before the match, explaining he was too busy with the (unseen) invasion to participate and changed the match to a Rey Wagner/Hernandez title match. Hijo del Wagner interfered frequently until Vampiro – suddenly not so busy? – came down to counter him after about three minutes. Rey Wagner won cleanly before the MAD angle started.

Earlier, Teddy Hart was introduced as the mystery wrestler in the TLC match but did not appear. The match started without him, with Teddy Hart only appearing in the last moment to help Pagano beat Joe Lider, then to attack Pagano with a chair afterwards. Teddy Hart was wearing an ELITE shirt for this segment, presumably to disguise the idea he was with MAD.

OGTs cheated to beat the Alvarados, and Escorpión & Texano did the same to keep the tag titles.

Faby accidentally hit Ashley during their match. Ashley stood up to Faby and walked out on her afterwards.

Thoughts:

Aerostar toss

Hernandez & Dr. Wagner were put in an unwinnable situation. It’s a match that was unlikely to be good, a match no one had been clamoring to see, and a title match where the title was unlikely to change hands. Even if it had things going for it, it was overshadowed by the big angle obviously coming after the match, and by Vampiro running out during a match he said he was too busy to participate in. They might as well have done the angle a couple minutes into the match for all it meant.

The semimain was almost a standard CMLL match on an AAA card. A CMLL match would’ve have a finish with two guys being fouled and a third getting their mask pulled at the same time, that would be too much for even the blind CMLL referees, but the action was similar to what the Hijos del Infierno would’ve done. They started the match hot, and having a relatively normal match in the midst of a lot of abnormal stuff was a helpful contrast, but the match itself wasn’t anything special.

The TLC match had the same problems as all of AAA’s matches of this type. There’s no reason to have the match, there’s no direction during the match, it’s just a lot of prop violence with no meaning to it. The effort was there, Psicosis & Escoria trying to commit suicide mid match was a thing, but it was unclear why some guys were killing themselves and not actually trying to win the match in any way. These matches do not do much for me.

Arcangel moonsault

In their first real defense, Texano & Escorpion immediately found the groove as a rudo tag team and gave Aerostar & Drago a strong title match. Escorpión was the great base both técnicos have lacked of late, catching Aerostar’s craziest dives without a problem. They pulled off the Mistico catch spot just as good as Mistico & Euforia do. Texano got to look more threating and powerful by beating up the two smaller guys. Tirantes was referee, but his role was significantly played down from recent shows; it was Texano who got to look like the dangerous one this time. His powerbomb on Aerostar looked like it ended him. The finish was cheap, but perfectly fine if it sets up a rematch.

The #1 contenders match would’ve stuck out more as a crazy action match on a show that didn’t have an even crazier action opener. They packed about ten minutes of spots into six and half minutes of time. No time was wasted; there was some good planning here to keep the action going with all four guys almost all of the time, trying to maximize the opportunity. Like the opener, it was so frantic that it was tough for any one to stand out, and Lanzelot seemed like he won just because he was the last man surviving at the end. The Spanish Fly to the floor spot here seemed more risky the one earlier, and it’s amazing there were two of those on the same show.

Texano grounds Aerostar

The usual Pimpinela/Mamba tag match isn’t something I like to see in normal occasions. It was in a worse spot to follow the opener, though nothing was going to follow that. It was fine by it’s own standards, and at least they moved along the Ashley/Faby storyline (far quicker than I was expecting.)

The guys in the opener have been doing crazy matches for a while. The Crash adding foreigners and trying to move up some of these guys has meant the four core guys haven’t worked as much in the last years as they were before. Putting them back together created some incredible magic, exceeding the high expectations people had for that match. Even the stuff they’ve done before, like the doomsday tope, came off bigger here. (Getting to see it on actual cameras helps a lot.) The volume of big spots were incredible; I think Arcangel & Maldito had the best night of everyone, but there was so much stuff that I might have missed someone being even more incredible. This is a match you need to go out of your way to see.

Fantasma tope

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-04-20 

Templario gutwrench powerbomb

Recapped: 04/20/2018

Matches:

Espanto Jr. & Yago beat Astral & Oro Jr.
(11:44 [4:22, 2:56, 4:26], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Puma, Templario, Tiger beat Blue Panther Jr., Pegasso, The Panther
(16:00 [5:04, 4:59, 5:57], 1/3, great, via VideosOficialesCMLL )

Amapola, Dalys, La Seductora beat Kaho Kobayashi, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit  
(13:07 [3:48, 5:11, 4:08], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Carístico beat Dragón Lee in a lightning match
(2:45, ref stop due to injury, n/r, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero beat Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Volador Jr.
(10:25 [5:16, 1:54, 3:15], 1/3, ok, via VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Kráneo beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible 
(4:43 [2:22, 2:21], 1 DQ/2 DQ, below average, VideosOficialesCMLL)

What Happened:

Niebla Roja can’t stop forearming

Kraneo’s team beat Rush’s team in the main event in straight falls. Kraneo had Rush pinned in the second fall, but Tirantes refused to count for unclear reasons. Rush got up and immediately fouled Kraneo to end the match. Kraneo challenged Rush to a singles match next week.

Dragon Lee suffered a non-contact right leg injury about a minute into his match with Carístico. He collapsed in the middle of the ring and was unable to stand. The referee waved the match off and gave the win to Carístico, who made it clear he didn’t want to win that way. Dragon Lee’s leg was taped up coming into the match.

Seductora beat Sugehit cleanly before their hair match next week.

A fan tried to get in the ring during the semifinal, but was caught by ringside photographer Alexis Salazar.

Review:

Yago got a better finish!

The main event was nothing much. The Kraneo/Rush stuff seemed hotter when they first started it then when they’re getting to the singles match, and it hasn’t been that long of a build. It felt like Tirantes screwed up the finish so the improvised but who knows and I’m not sure it even matters. The idea of Rush throwing around Kraneo (and Mije) next week sounds fun but I don’t have confidence it’ll go that well.

This show needed a really good semimain to make up for the Dragon Lee/Caristico match being cut short. It got a semimain which was worse and shorter than usual. There were some dives, the técnicos did some of their offense, the rudos had some control, but there was just less of everything than usual. It was still entertaining but forgettable.

The lightning match was too short to mean anything before the injury. It did come off like Dragon Lee & Carístico weren’t on the same page during those first few moments, but that didn’t have much to do with the injury.

don’t try to out surprise dive The Panther

The women’s match was the usual angry brawling match before an apuesta match. It feels even more common for a women’s feud, since the brawling seems to cover up what they can’t do. Seductora can’t do much. Her feud with Sugehit works best when she’s beat up Sugehit because Sugehit can actually move around and fall down, and Seductora isn’t great on that. This women’s match had more energy than usual and the crowd reacted. It still wasn’t much more interesting, and it was disappointing when it was revealed to go three falls.

The second match stood out, even by the standards of the usual Puma/Tiger versus Panther action. I was struck by how much the Casas cats went out of their way to integrate Templario into their own usual team offense. Templario came off more as star for it, with all his big moves fitting into the flow of the match. I think this is the first match where Templario did the Sasuke Special splash in and the dive out, though not back to back. He was just as good as setting up others for big moves. The action was really fast, and felt more fresh than expected for two team who’ve fought so much. Pegasso struggled at portions during this match and didn’t seem the level of the other guys; this could’ve been even better with someone else.

I didn’t have my full attention on the opener because I was trying to get my sound to work, but it seemed better than average for that position. Yago getting the win was a slight surprise, but he looked like the best guy in the match. He worked well with Astral, his offense made more sense than Espanto. Astral was fine.

Templario out

MAD invasion: what happened in the big angle on AAA’s Tijuana show Friday night

what we saw of Konnan

The AAA taping in Tijuana featured vignettes thru the show chronicling a violent attack by unseen mystery people. The vignettes revealed the logo of the “MAD” faction, a group lead by Konnan who had been invading Monterrey’s MDA group this year. More MAD signs were seen around the ring before the main event. After the match ended, the lights went out and a shot from behind of Konnan walking thru a Auditoro de Tijuana tunnel was shown. Three men in MAD masks were in the ring when the lights came back up, destroying both técnicos Vampiro & Dr. Wagner Jr., and then rudos Hijo del Wagner & Hernandez. Teddy Hart, who had returned to AAA earlier in the night, & Kevin Kross, who was part of the MAD faction in Monterrey, unmasked themselves. A MAD video played, and Juventud Guerrera revealed himself as the third man. Guerrera talked about wining all the titles, masks and money to a bewildered crowd. Dr. Wagner Jr. got up, seemed to shrug it all off, and talked with the crowd on his way out.

AAA’s social media made a point of showing a still of Konnan from the video. However, he was never in front of the crowd and never mentioned by name – only by the shock that he would be back in AAA. The announcers treated the whole thing like they had no idea what was going on, and the fans seemed equally confused. Juventued Guerrera had the Mega championship in his hands when the show came to an end, though it wasn’t clear if he was meant to be keeping it going forward.

In reality, it seems like Konnan’s back – except Konnan never appearing before the crowd and Guerrera doing the promo that would go to the leader of the group was odd if Konnan was actually there. Vampiro still is very much in AAA and was positioned on screen as if his role had no changed, even doing the Vampiro in a box segment early on the show before the angle kicked in. Vampiro didn’t wrestle after all, but they didn’t write him out as they have on the previous tapings. Wagner walking off undersold the seriousness of the angle. The fans seemed to better understand this was a big deal, but had no idea what to make of it as most of them hadn’t seen MAD before.

The backstage were absurdly billed “as live”, which was funny when Joe Lider was running around scared backstage one moment and then walking out for his match fine ten seconds later. There were numerous production glitches during the show; some may have been intended pieces of the story, but it was more than that. It would’ve brought down a show a lesser show.

This show did have some really good matches. The card was changed around a bit, leaving a 2v2 tag team match which would’ve been the best match on a lot of these Twitch shows. The four way #1 contenders match was also very strong. Those matches were blown out of the water by the opener. The Crash (or maybe the ex-Crash) wrestlers had one of the best match of the year. Do whatever you have to do to watch it. It’s on AAA’s Twitch channel for subscribers. The whole show was worth watching. It was AAA’s best show of the year, even if you can’t make any sense out of the big angle.

I’ll write more about this – and the other big story of the night, Dragon Lee’s injury in Arena Mexico – later on Saturday.