AAA on Twitch: 2018-06-03 (Jarrett wins title at Verano de Escandalo)

just Fenix

Recapped: 06/03/2018

All matches aired live from Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León, 06/03/2018

Matches:

Arkángel Divino, Dinastía, Hijo Del Vikingo, Star Fire beat Arez, Belial, Lady Maravilla, Último Maldito
(9:00, Arkangel Divino tornado Mistica on Último Maldito, great)

Lady Shani, Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata beat Keyra, Black Danger , La Hiedra
(6:28, Lady Shani bridging cradle La Hiedra, ok)

Juventud Guerrera, Killer Kross, Texano Jr. beat La Máscara, Máximo, Pagano
(7:00, Kross back suplex Máximo, ok)

Aerostar beat Drago, Sammy GuevaraAustralian SuicideDarby AllinGolden Magic
(8:28, Aerostar handspring cutter, Sammy Guevera, ok)

Brian Cage, Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpión beat Extreme Tiger, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown  
(15:25, Cage Drill Claw on Laredo Kid, good)

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana in a triple hair match
(17:14, Super Fly pin Carta Brava, great)

Jeff Jarrett beat Dr. Wagner Jr. © and Rey Mysterio Jr.,  for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
(16:20, Jarrett foul Wagner, below average)

What happened:

coffin drop

A winding and at times confusing story ended the night with Jeff Jarrett returning to AAA become Mega Champion for the second time, Konnan (under a Parka mask) counting the pin, and Rey Fenix also appearing to attack the MAD folks.

The show included a lot of MAD related skits. As part of unannounced pre-show, Vampiro explained he thought the leader of MAD was (not named) Konnan, but was so upset at the thought that he didn’t want to actually say the name. Early in the show, Juventud Guerrera did a pro-MAD in-ring promo, only to be beaten up by Vampiro. La Parka later did his own speech saying he’d stopped people from taking 20+ years and would do the same again. Texano worked with MAD in their trios match without seemingly joining the group.

Midway during the show, Guerrera and Killer Kross lead out a third masked member of the group to Konnan’s music. The announcers were finally free to say Konnan’s name, with everyone being certain it was him under the mask. As everything needs to be a swerve, it of course wasn’t Konnan but actually the returning Jeff Jarrett declaring himself leader of the MAD group. Jarrett mentioned Teddy Hart as (still) in the group, but Hart was not seen on this show again. He called out Dr. Wagner Jr., and argued his way into being added into the main event. Hijo del Tirantes worked rudo/pro-Jarrett in the main event until he was finally taken out by Dr. Wagner. (Wagner immediately got a visual pinfall on Jarrett. It had been fairly likely Jarrett was going to win the title as soon as he showed up, but that spot totally gave it way.) A man in a La Parka mask and a referee shirt implied to be La Parka ran in to make the count for Wagner, but also held up instead of three. Wagner argued with “Parka”, Jarrett fouled Wagner, and quickly got the pin. Vampiro came out to confront the fake Parka, who unmasked as Konnan. Kross and Guerrera quickly came to the ring to take out Vampiro. It appeared Konnan was meant to be the true leader of MAD, but there was no time to find out – they cut to a Rey Fenix entrance video as he ran in as well, taking out Guerrera, Kross and Jarrett. Konnan and Fenix had a brief staredown, which seemed to end with them being closer to being on the same page than enemies. Fenix seemed happy to let Konnan walk away unhurt. The MAD team left the ring and the show ended before any of this could be resolved or explained.

I only bothered to make GIFs for match 1 for the rest of this recap, but it was a really good match

Piero, freshly bald, repeatedly tried to stop both OGT & Poder del Norte from using beer bottles in otherwise no DQ match. As it always seems to happen, Piero was taken out before the finish. Cota got the bottle, but hit Carta Brava by mistake, and Super Fly capitiliazed with a chair shot to win the brawl. Averno recognized the quality of the Poder del Norte team as they were getting their head shaved. This seems to be the end of the feud, though that’s been said before.

The Fantasma/Psycho match would’ve been the most chaotic match of pretty much any other show. Psycho Clown was limping even more than on Thursday and was announced as being unable to wrestle. That seemed like a good thing, as Fantasma appears to have firmly turned rudo and argued with Psycho before the match. Psycho & Fantasma ended up fighting, with Cage & Escorpión quickly taking Fantasma’s side. Extreme Tiger & Laredo Kid, wearing ELITE 2018 shirts, ran in for the save. It was never explained, but the match was changed to a trios match at that point and Psycho was allowed to wrestle after all. The power in the arena went out just a few minutes into the match. The two teams groped around in darkness for a couple minutes, and then tried to resume their match as the lights started to come back up in the following five minutes. Cage beat Laredo Kid for the win. The significance of the ELITE shirts was never explained (and mostly was forgotten) by the end of the night. Black Taurus never appeared during the show. Laredo & Tiger were definitely técnicos, so perhaps ELITE is not meant to be a strictly rudo invasion force – no one really knows what’s going on.

Likewise, Golden Magic was added to the five way match wearing an ELITE shirt. The ELITE shirt was noted but never really explained, and Golden Magic wrestled the same ways as always. The finish confused the fans: either Golden Magic broke up a pin he was not supposed to, or Tirantes counted three when on a spot that was not supposed to be the finish. Others also tried to break up the pin and looked confused at the match being over. It was not a spot Aerostar has ever won from before. Guevera at first shook hands with Aerostar and then attacked him, which turned into a very real looking brawl. Drago disappeared from the match after trying to catch a Guevera dive, which may have played into the strange ending.

welcome back to fun matches Maravilla

Pagano had a leg wrapped up to sell the beating of Thursday’s matches. He was sent awkwardly thru a table by Kross during the closing stretch of their match.

Keyra was the surprise luchadora in the segunda. She and Mamba had a standoff at the start of the match. The Twitch/Space brought up their social media based rivalry, but they didn’t do much together and it wasn’t a focus of the match. Keyra herself wasn’t much of an impact on the match. Shani pinned Hiedra, then confronted Faby Apache in the aisle. Faby easily beat her up, took Shani’s mask, and said that would happen again at TripleMania.

No storyline happened in the opener, thankfully.

The Twitch stream itself started nearly 15 minutes late, and started with an additional 15+ minute preshow. It was clear the real start time of the show was meant to be a little bit after 7pm and the people who made that decision hadn’t let the people running the stream know in adequate time. The pre-show came off as if it was a last minute time filler to get the stream started close to the announced time instead of having people annoyed for a half hour. The streaming went over 3.5 hours as a result, ending quickly after the main event like with Rey de Reyes (though it’s possible it may have been by design this time.)

Not a lot actually happened that mattered outside of that big angle. OGT defeated Poder del Norte in the three versus three hair match, a lot of people debuted,

Thoughts:

Star Fire has a brief moment of glory before being murdered

The main event was the same Jeff Jarrett match we get every time he comes in, full of stalling and rudo referee bits to cover up what he couldn’t do. It might have not just been that – the two técnicos versus one rudos structure didn’t make any sense and they were probably looking for a way to handle it – but it made this latest Jarrett run feel like all the same garbage we’ve got the last few times. If you do believe there’s value left in anti-Mexican Jeff Jarrett, then it’s hard to know why him winning the title (especially in such worthless circumstances) is going to get him any more heated up than the last few times this has been tried. If they had to give someone a title, it probably should’ve been Kross or Guerrera to justify their existence as more than goons for old men. I do not understand the big emphasis on Kross if he’s going to be (at best) the third man on the totem pole – third men on the totem pole don’t seem to have big matches in AAA.

The Mysterio/Wagner parts of the match had some promise, but Wagner not being able to do a tapatia was a sad sight. Mysterio was otherwise wasted on this, a big name completely forgotten by the end of the match when five other things had happened. The bait and switch of promising Wagner/Mysterio and then not delivering it – when making a change was probably the plan all along based on the original poster – sure isn’t a positive. Not being able to trust AAA to give you the main events they’re advertising is a bad spot to go in to the biggest show of the year.

The OGT/PdN match actually seemed to start slow, and the repeated bottles teases distracted at first. It all built into insanity, somehow topping the last brawl to be even more violent. They built to that big bottle shot as death in a match where everything else could cause great harm but not finish someone else. This was so unlike anything ever on the show and really stood out for it, with these guys destroying each other in a way unlike any spot fest. That was intensity bloody and the near falls seemed to mean something. Everyone contributed a lot, and it was neat to see the finish come down to Super Fly and Carta Brava rather than one of the more established guy. I didn’t have it quite as MOTYC level but can see other people having it there; I’m just happy the power didn’t go out during this match

this is just a thing they do

The Psycho/Fantasma trios was a confusing mess early made worse by the power outage, and a minor miracle that it turned it as well as it did. The power outage at least forced them to slow down to a near stop, giving everyone a moment to process what was meant to be going on. Once they started getting going again with the lights coming up as Cage & Laredo did spots, it started to improve into something enjoyable. Those two were really consistently good, Psycho & Tiger hit big spots, and they built towards a nice finish. It was definitely an event and maybe something not watchable on a replay but was an experience live. The effort was there, and they probably can have a better match if they just had a match instead of a strange voyage.

I think it’s probably possible to fashion the six way into a good highlight package. It certainly would take care some of the problems: the spots that took too long to set up can be edited into smoothness and the lack of crowd reaction can be overridden with a music track. It still wouldn’t fix the finish, which was an absolute mess that turned a crowd who was apathetic to this into hating it. We’ve seen this with the Lanzelot four way in Tijauna too: it’s really hard to get the fans to care about a multiman spot fest match with no clear story after the show has already led off with an ultimatum spot fest type of match. The closest thing to getting personalities is Guevera telling off everyone before the match and that’s not enough. This was not good – Golden Magic had a rough night by my eyes, up to going to the wrong apron to do a dive – but the crowd didn’t care much even at the good parts. Allin got in his Coffin Drop to the floor, which was good because he got just about nothing else; it felt like he got more time in the video packages leading up to the match than the actual match. There are worse matches but it was completely forgettable.

MAD versus Alvardos was the usual sort of lukewarm matches the Alvarados are becoming synonymous with AAA. The beatdown was not much, and the last portion of the match was not nearly good enough for the rest. MAD probably should be having dominating matches and they’re just having matches at this point; these were the opponents because there’s not many better alternatives but it produced an expected result. Pulling out the table so soon hurt the drama, but so did Kross trying to send Pagano thru it before Pagano was ready to go.

The second match was similarly forgettable, and seemed only to exist to spread out other segments. Keyra & Mamba did a couple of spots to play off their issue, but they didn’t build the match around it or Keyra was any big deal being in this match. It was a waste of a return if she’s meant to be a big deal, but maybe she’s not. Black Danger worked very hard to make Pimpinela look good. Match seemed to be either cut on time or just have an abrupt ending. It didn’t add up to a lot.

The opening matches continue to be a lot of fun. Star Fire has been wrestling for the last year, but really hasn’t been on anyone’s radar since blowing out her knee in Stardom almost three years ago. It’s hard to tell if anything that early in a long show is really going to be a star making performance, but Star Fire absolutely looked like the best luchadora on a show with Maravilla, Keyra and Shani on it. And she lived after Belial crushed her with a tope. It felt like this opener got a little less time, thought the clock differs with that – maybe it was a function of having more people than those other matches, leaving some (Arez?) not to be able to stand out as much. It was more indisputably a little more sloppy than the other ones: Dinastia was looking better and faster than he has in a while but he and Último Maldito had some awkward moments. Still, he and Dinasita showed that existing AAA guys fit right in with the indie guys in the high speed openers and there’s lot of possibilities if they mix them in. Arkangel Divino looks like every bit of the star they were pushing him as in The Crash, and it just remains to be seen if he’ll get over that same way in this suddenly jam packed AAA roster.

Heroes of Lucha Libre, Rush/Volador in Coliseo, Dragon Lee/NJPW

photo by Black Terry Jr. from the Pura Raza show

Verano de Escandalo is tonight at 6:30pm on Twitch. Psycho Clown is maybe off tonight’s Verano de Escandalo show. He missed Thursday’s show in Arena Aficion in what seemed like a strange angle because Psycho didn’t visibly look hurt. He also missed a show last night in Torreon, so he probably really is injured. Tonight’s show will probably be filled with surprises and changes anyway, so it might not be as simple as a single person sliding in to his spot.

My preview of the show is still good. I think the show is going to be worth watching early on for casual fans since there’s a lot of guests they might know, and will be interesting for any one who follows lucha libre closer with the names expected to show up.

Next news update is probably Monday afternoon.

HOLL (SAT) 06/02/2018 USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California[@chirpingbluejay, So Cal Uncensored]
1) Chemist & Voando b Blood Eagle & Mogul
2) Pierrothito b Mini Rey Mysterio
3) Lady Maravilla b Chik Tormenta
4) Fishman Jr. b Canek Jr.
Fishman Jr. & Canek Jr. under slightly different names.
5) Hijo De Wagner & Rey Wagner b Hijo de LA Park & LA Park
straight falls
6) Ocelot & Rey Horus b Bestia 666 & Damián 666
7) Huracán Ramírez Jr. & Tinieblas Jr. b Oriental & Sam Adonis
8) Rey Mysterio b Trumposo
Rey took 2/3 with Bestia and Ocelot getting involved.

SCU has this show as about 3000 people, which is a good number out of context and probably a disappointing number given what they were hoping for. It looks like they had full scale video production, including each person getting an entrance graphic with their fatality (finishing move.)

LA Park & Wagner working their match while one is headlining CMLL and the other headlining AAA is the current level of weirdness.

CMLL (SAT) 06/02/2018 Arena Coliseo
1) Bengala & Leono b Camorra & Cholo
2) Arkángel de la Muerte, Príncipe Odín Jr., Yago b Magnus, Robin, Sangre Imperial
rudos took 2/3.
3) Gallito, Guapito, Microman b Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Guerrero Maya Jr., Stuka Jr., Valiente b Ephesto, Luciferno, Rey Bucanero
Rey Bucanero replaced Hechicero (triple booked). Tecnicos took 2/3.
5) La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible b Kráneo, Soberano Jr., Volador Jr.
Soberano replaced Diamante Azul on Friday. Ingobernables took 1/3, Rush beating Volador using the ropes. Volador wants a singles match.

Promos: Stuka & Guerrero Maya (looking ahead to ROH), Rush (blowing off Volador’s challenge; wants Volador stop looking like a girl.) It’d be weird to be building to two different singles matches with Rush in any promotion beside CMLL.

Dragon Lee finished up the 2018 Best of Super Juniors with 3 wins, 4 losses, and one late arrival for the bus if Chase Owens slight dig was to be believed. He lost to Desperado on the final group day, but he was already out of it by then. It does suggest that if Hiromu Takahashi wins the tournament and the following championship match, Desperado is ahead in line to get a title shot than the CMLL luchador. Dragon Lee won 4 matches last year and seems no closer to being in the top mix after this tournament and it would take big movement to get him there even next year. His matches with Desperado, SHO and Takahashi are worth seeking out (maybe the KUSHIDA match too, haven’t heard much either way.) Dragon Lee also seems to be in relatively good health coming out of the tournament, though I still wouldn’t count out a break.

Ultimo Guerrero did not get a shot at the ROH Championship on Saturday night. Dalton Castle has not been wrestling on some recent shows due to injury and he was held off from the NYC show as well. Ultimo Guerrero lost to Matt Taven instead. Titan took the loss to Cody in their match, with some cheating involved.

Black Terry Jr. has photos from the Pura Raza show.

Rayo de Jalisco is asked about his career, still hopes to have a mask/mask with Canek and Hijo del Solitario.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

LA Park wants a super libre match, Rey Fenix in Arena Mexico next Friday, HOLL & AAA shows this weekend

this looked deadly but he lived

CMLL (FRI) 06/01/2018 Arena México [ClaroLucha CentralOvacionesRecordthecubsfan]
1) Disturbio, Metálico, Sangre Azteca b Astral, Eléctrico, Príncipe Diamante LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:42. Rudos took 1/3.
2) Okumura, Puma, Tiger b Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:15. Rudos took 2/3.
3) Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker b Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:23. Blue Panther Jr. replaced Diamante Azul. Rudos took 2/3.
4) Cuatrero b Ángel de Oro [CMLL MIDDLELUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:41. Cuatrero took falls 2/3, the last by reversing the campana into his own. First defense.
5) Carístico, Flyer, Mistico b Forastero, Sansón, Último Guerrero LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:14. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. b La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 1 DE JUNIO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
16:27. Team Park took falls 2/3, the last by DQ when Rush threw a backboard at LA Park. LA Park asked for a super libre match. Rush blew him off.

This was not as hot as last week. It wasn’t bad, with Angel de Oro/Cuatrero as the standout match. The main event felt like both Rush & LA Park agreed to largely color inside the lines after last week’s chaos. That’s good for long term though not as much for a random Friday.

Post match promos: Cuatrero & Los Ingobernables. +Lucha also has interviews with Terrible, Mistico, Flyer & Caristico, Angel de Oro, Cuatrero,

Black Taurus teaming with Caristico to take on Volador & Hijo de LA Park last night in Neza feels a pretty good example of how weird things are getting at the moment. AAA called him Black Taurus (the name he uses on his own) and not just Taurus (the name they own) in their recap, which suggests he’s still an indie guy and they’re OK with that. It’s becoming harder to figure out which people in AAA are actually AAA people.

+Lucha has a lot of promos from the AAA taping in Arena Aficion, including Black Taurus declaring himself 1000% Liga Elite. I think that’s the only way to be. Also, Lanzelot is looking for another title shot. He lost twice now and they’ve got a million people in that division, back of the line for you.

Shows this weekend (or what’s left  it)

 

Lucha Underground Season 4 is on sale on iTunes if you’re in the US. The only video up right now is the same trailer seen elsewhere. That is listed as track #23, which seems to match the report that this season will be only 22 episodes. It’s $40US for that amount of episodes, the same price it was for the 40 episode previous season. I think it’s probably still cheaper as a season pass than the individual episodes, but by near as much.

Lucha Central has a preview of Verano de Escandalo.

Lucha Sorpresa picks the best CMLL matches of May 2018.

Mi Morelia has an interview with Chico YeYe, who’s now running a school in the area.

Alberto el Patron created some children’s soccer scholarships.

Lineups

CMLL (FRI) 06/08/2018 Arena México
1) Oro Jr. & Star Jr. vs Cancerbero & Raziel
2) Drone, Fuego, Tritón vs Puma, Tiger, Virus
3) Audaz, Soberano Jr., Titán vs Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
4) Stuka Jr. vs Hechicero [lightning]
5) Carístico, Mistico, Rey Fénix vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
6) Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

That video was the tip off that Rey Fenix would be debuting this week (though it would’ve been more mindblowing if they had just said nothing and then there he was.) It’s obviously going to be an interesting deal in how he’s used and how the fans react to him. There’s a strong belief that the lucha libre fan who follows all lucha libre is a minority and most follow one promotion/area and are oblivious to anything else. I don’t think that’ll be the case with Rey Fenix.

Main event seems to be holding off the super libre match for 06/15. If CMLL wanted a reason to give LA Park a break during the world cup, he could easily do something that’d get him fake suspended for a while in a super libre match. But we don’t know if the actually watch it.

Stuka/Hechicero should be solid. Audaz getting a higher spot would be notable if there wasn’t so much else going on. He’s getting a little bit of the rookie tournament winner elevation without them remembering to have him win one. (Templario is MIA.) The cats are owning the segunda right now. The openers on these shows are not so good.

CMLL on ClaroSports.com: 2018-06-01

Park (who grabs his thigh on both dives)

Recapped: 06/01/2018

Matches:

Disturbio, Metálico, Sangre Azteca beat Astral, Eléctrico, Príncipe Diamante 
(17:42 [9:24, 3:18, 5:00], 1/3, below average, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Okumura, Puma, Tiger beat Drone, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa  
(14:15 [3:34, 2:20, 8:21], 1/3, good, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat  Blue Panther Jr., Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. 
(13:23 [3:57, 4:55, 4:31], 2/3, ok, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Cuatrero beat Ángel de Oro to keep the CMLL World Middleweight Championship
(16:41, 2/3, great, 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Angel de Oro reverse figure four with armbar (3:55)
  2. Cuatrero inverted bear hug (1:43)
  3. Cuatrero campana (11:03)

Carístico, Flyer, Mistico beat Forastero, Sansón, Último Guerrero
(10:14 [3:33, 2:07, 4:34], 2/3, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Volador Jr. beat La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible
(16:27 [2:12, 5:29, 8:46], 2/3 DQ, good, via 
VideosOficialesCMLL)

What happened:

Puma saw this one coming

The second fall of the main event was full of unseen fouls both ways, with the técnicos coming up on top. LA Park teased giving a martinete to Bestia at the end of the third fall (for an extended period of time waiting for the next spot), and Rush threw a backboard at him to cause the DQ. Rush threw the board at Edgar for the DQ too. LA Park asked Rush for a super libre match, with Rush blowing it off.

Thoughts:

This week wasn’t last week. The main event was still good, but not on the same epic level. The chaos was traded in for more fouls and some mic time. Hijo de LA Park wasn’t as good as Flyer (that double corner plancha spot took excruciating long to set up) and there wasn’t the same energy. It was still fun to see LA Park all over the place and Rush being loathsome, but it did came off as if it might not be a great idea to do these matches every week for the next 14 Fridays.

Angel de Oro

Semimain was the expected técnico showcase. There was enough there to make it worth checking out in an all star match kind of way, though it never came off all that big. I thought it was fun enough to be good, just nothing extraordinary. Flyer didn’t seem out of place, but also didn’t do enough stuff to separate himself from the other two guys. They gave him the last slot in the showcase and it still felt like he was either doing Volador spots or just in and out quick. It’s going to be hard for him to stick at the top level without adding more.

Angel de Oro & Cuatrero had a strong title match. This is the only feud that will have a bear hug reversal spot be a hot spot in 2018, and that wasn’t even the biggest reversal spot of the match. Poor Angel de Oro needs a new finisher after getting so defeated by his own one tonight. The match had solid action leading, the usual smoothness from Oro in his actions. Cuatrero still seems a better trios guy than a singles guy, but he did enough here to keep it interesting. The drama of the finish brought this up, though the Dos Leyendas match is obviously better.

Forastero dropkick

The tercera had no life outside of the Soberano/Hechicero exchanges. They’re pretty good together. Rey Bucanero and Shocker were their usual selves, and Panther Jr. & Roja aren’t nearly good enough to make them worthwhile. The crowd made little noise during this match, and the participants didn’t seem to mind.

Rey Cometa & Puma had some really great exchanges in the segunda. They managed to be a little bit inventive and surprising despite having fought so many times. Everyone else was a notch or so behind, and this didn’t have the speed or excitement of past weeks. It wasn’t bad, but it was a more normal Friday segunda than one where they were allowed to go all out.

I spent the first half of the opener trying to get the YouTube stream to work right. That was more intense than this match, controlled with boring mat wrestling and uninteresting rudo domination. When they finally got around to doing things, it looked sloppy. Skip.

Flyer

Taurus returns in AAA, ELITE/AAA?, more LA Park/Rush tonight

Freelance

AAA TV (THU) 05/31/2018 Arena Aficion [AAA, Lucha Centralthecubsfan]
1) Dragón Bane, Freelance, Iron Kid (Estado de México) b Draztick Boy, Impulso, Low Rider
7:54. Dragon Bane beat Draztick Boy with a 630 splash.
2) Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa © b La Hiedra & Villano III Jr. [AAA MIXED TAG]
8:20. Hamburguer splash Villano III Jr. Originally listed as Hiedra/Hamburgeusa vs Mami/V3. Second defense, first on TV (other was in same building against same opponents)
3) Faby Apache © b Ashley [Reina De Reinas]
6:35. 1st defense. Faby won via German suplex. Lady Shani ran in to attack Faby post match. Taurus made his return to AAA to attack Shani, seemingly allied with Faby in this moment.
4) Australian Suicide b Lanzelot [AAA CRUISER]
5:57. 2nd defense. Suicide won with a twisting shooting sta press.
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka b Dave The Clown, Joe Lider, Parka Negra
6:27. Parka submitted Dave with an armscissors.
6) La Máscara & Máximo b Histeria & Psicosis
9:29. Maximo beat Psicosis.
7) Murder Clown b Pagano
17:33. Murder pinned Pagano after Taurus attacked Pagano.
8) Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. © NF Hijo del Fantasma & Pagano [AAA TAG]
9:54. 3rd defense, 2nd on TV. Samoano was with the rudos and interfered freely. Earlier, Psycho Clown & a doctor announced Psycho couldn’t wrestle due to knee injury. Fantamsa revealed he’d gotten this changed to a title match and would have a surprise partner. Taurus appeared and attacked Psycho for a second time. Pagano, wrestling two matches in a row, was Fantamsa’s pick as partner – but Fantasma walked out on Pagano at the end of the match. (Fantasma teased a rudo turn all night.) Referee Piero stopped the match after Fantasma left with no clear ending. The camera cut backstage, where OGT & Poder del Norte got in a fight (PdN had beaten up OGT earlier), Fantasma & Psycho brawled, Pagano came back to fight Murder Clown, and the rest of the AAA roster tried to break up the fights. A masked MAD person (possibly Konnan) stood unnoticed backstage with a guitar.

The opener is worth tracking down. The rest of the show was either not good, stuff being set up for Verano de Escandalo, or stuff that’ll be repeated on Verano de Escandalo when more people are paying attention. If you have time for only one AAA show this weekend, it’s definitely they Sunday one.

The building didn’t appear completely full for an AAA taping in small-ish Arena Aficion. It wasn’t far off from being full, but this seemed like it should be an easy sell out as it has been in the past.

It’s tough to get a read on the Psycho Clown injury bit. He didn’t seem all that hurt (and it wasn’t helped by Super Fly selling a knee injury much bigger a couple segments before.) Still, the angle they ran in the main event would’ve made a lot more sense with Psycho instead of Pagano, and Pagano wrestling twice felt like something they were stuck doing (though they still made a poor choice there.) I’d assume he’ll be fine on Sunday. He’s also doesn’t seem to be in a key position yet, so he probably should sit out if it’s actually serious.

Taurus wearing an ELITE shirt for all his run-ins is probably going somewhere. Teddy Hart wore one in Tijuana, which came off like it was a fake out to hide him joining MAD later on in the night. Taurus too may end up in MAD, but it can’t be a coincidence he’s also reminding us of ELITE. Zona Ruda passes along a fun rumor: AAA may have bought the name right to ELITE and will be producing a show under that name for Azteca. There’s definite red flags with that rumor (is Televisa going to be happy with AAA producing a show for their rival network?) On the flip side, AAA’s roster has suddenly gotten a lot larger – all the kids working openers, all the people debuting at Verano de Escandalo, some more names that are said to be debuting soon but haven’t even been hinted at ye. Maybe they have more people to fill out two different promotions, setting up a WWE-like brand split. (AAA tried this idea once before, and it was quickly dropped.) It’s not the easiest logistical deal with a company who has very obvious problems with logistics, but it’s also a promotion who aspires for big plans without being all that concerned about how they might work.

This is all based on a flimsy rumor that I wouldn’t put a lot of weight in normally and am still a little skeptical about now. This is suddenly a very weird time in lucha libre and It’s increasingly hard to rule out crazy theories. I do recall Konnan on Twitter pushing back hard on the idea that LA Park showing up in CMLL would outdo anything AAA could do. It seemed like hype, but something like this would be a LA Park level move for AAA too.

LA Park himself main events Arena Mexico tonight once again. He teams tonight with his son, Hijo de LA Park, and Volador Jr. against Los Ingobernables. LA Park & Rush have teased having their mask versus hair match but have not yet formerly agreed to it. They may get that closer to it tonight; a press conference to announce it would make sense for next Wednesday, but CMLL hasn’t said they’d have one yet.

Flyer appears to a better chance to show what he can do tonight the last week, teaming with Mistico & Caristico against Forastero, Sanson and Ultimo Guerrero. The rudos and the structure of the match fit more for a flying exhibition – unless Caristico & Mistico’s issues in Guadalajara carry over here.

Cuatrero and Angel de Oro have their first singles match since their Homenaje a Dos Leyendas main event. Cuatrero has won the three singles matches they’ve had so far and would seem to be the favorite to stay the CMLL Middleweight champion. Angel de Oro told Reporte Indingo that, since Cuatrero seems to be breaking La Campana, he’s worked on a new strategy for tonight’s match. The singles matches between these two have beat expectations in the past, so this should be pretty good.

The tercera has Hechicero, Rey Bucanero and Shocker against Niebla Roja, Soberano Jr. and maybe Diamante Azul. More on that in a few paragraphs. Puma & Tiger’s weekly segunda fiesta includes Okumura, Drone, Guerrero Maya and Rey Cometa this time. Astral, Electrico and Principe Diamante, a trio of ex-minis looking for a team name, face Disturbio, Metalico and Sangre Azteca in the opener.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show. The show should air at 8:30pm on Facebook and Marca. It’s possible Marca may geoblock their show again. I’m probably skipping most of this show live, but I’m working on having a YouTube feed ready to go if needed.

CMLL posted lineup updates this morning which remove Diamante Azul from all cards beyond today. He already missed Tuesday’s show in Guadalajara, so I’m skeptical he’ll even work this show. Soberano is now in the Saturday main event. Niebla Roja is on Tuesday in Guadalajara (so the feud with Furia Roja continues.) Atlantis replaces Diamante Azul on Father’s Day. This usually happens without explanation when Azul returns to France.

CMLL announced Puebla’s Arkalis will get an Arena Mexico appearance on June 10th. That’s a Sunday show, so almost all of the people reading this will not be able to see it, but it’s a rare opportunity for a Puebla local. Arkalis fits in the “promising but rarely gets to show it” category.

CMLL/ROH says the Atlantis/Maya/Delta trio will face So Cal Uncensored on 06/15 in San Antonio, and the Kingdom for the ROH Trios titles on 06/16 in Dallas. That means they couldn’t do a one day title switch.

Flamita & Bandido were announced as heading to Dragon Gate this month. No date is mentioned. Flamita & Bandido are working in Mexico thru the 06/16 The Crash show, and disappear from lineups after them. (They were listed on a 06/30 show, but an updated card no longer includes them.) There was some question if Flamita & Bandido would be sticking with Dragon Gate itself or go to China’s OWE with CIMA, and this clears it up.

El Hijo del Santo writes about “cuaz” matches; Arena Mexico used to have post main event singles matches with preliminary wrestlers, to get some people to stick around and make sure everyone didn’t flood out of the building at once.

Lost in Lucha watches LA Park vs Fenix.

+LuchaTV has the latest edition of Aqui esta la Lucha.

Lineups

DTU (WED) 06/13/2018 Tropidisco la Revuleta, Cuernavaca, Morelos
1) Hermes vs Jitsu
2) Corsel Del Diablo & Fuego Dorado vs Falkho & Perseo
3) Elektro, Fénix, Fusion vs Drako, Eufóriko, Nahual
4) Draztick Boy vs JimmyTiburón
5) Brilly Gamer & G-Raver vs Aero Boy & Pesadilla
6) Crazy King vs Cuervo vs Miedo Extremo vs Shlak
7) Joey Janela vs Cíclope

DTU’s stop in ANLL’s home building – those are their luchadors in the 2nd and 3rd matches. No idea what will and won’t be taped for Powerbomb.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-05-31

Taurus returns violently

Recapped: 05/31/2018

Matches: 

Dragón Bane, Freelance, Iron Kid (Estado de México) beat Draztick Boy, Impulso, Low Rider
(7:54, Dragon Bane 630 splash on Draztick Boy, good)

Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa © beat La Hiedra & Villano III Jr. to keep the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship
(8:20, Hamburger splash Villano III, good)

Faby Apache © beat Ashley to keep the AAA’s Reina de Reinas championship
(6:35, Faby Apache German suplex, ok )

Australian Suicide beat Lanzelot to keep the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
(5:57, Suicide tornillo SSP, ok)

Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka beat Dave The Clown, Joe Lider, Parka Negra
(6:27, Parka arm scissors Dave, ok)

La Máscara & Máximo beat Histeria & Psicosis
(9:29, Máximo kiss + elbow driver Psicosis, ok)

Murder Clown beat Pagano
(17:33, Taurus interference→ Murder Clown pin, below average, )

Hijo del Fantasma & Pagano went to a no contest with  Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. © for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(9:54, ref stop after Fatnasma walked out, ok, )

What happened: 

Pagano misses badly

(Black) Taurus returned to AAA, making multiple unexplained run-ins on the night. He attacked Lady Shani following the Faby Apache/Ashley match, attacked Psycho Clown in a segment explaining Psycho wasn’t cleared to wrestle tonight, and attacked Pagano at the close of his match with Murder Clown. Taurus wore an ELITE shirt during his appearances.

Psycho Clown & doctor appeared in the ring during the show to explain Psycho Clown wanted to wrestle but was not being allowed due to a knee injury. Psycho was not heavily showing sign of a knee injury and it appears as if he’ll still be wrestling on Sunday.

The rest of the show as building up Verano de Escandalo and TripleMania matches. The OGT did an in-ring promo solely to destroyed by Poder del Norte again. Shani attacked Faby Apache after her title match to continue the build towards TripleMania. Fantamsa argued with Psycho Clown and walked out on replacement partner Pagano in the main event (which ended with no finish.) The broadcast ended with Hugo as interviewer backstage, watching these people restart fighting backstage with the rest of the AAA roster trying to separate them. A masked MAD wrestler stood off to the side watching, very visible on screen but ignored by the other wrestlers.

That was the old MAD live appearance. A vignette, implied to be from this show but clearly taped at another building, had Kross & Guerrera & masked accomplices harrassing workers at a show. A hype video for Kross aired, as well as the videos for Sammy Guevara and Darbin Allin shown recently. There was also a profile video of Drago.

Thoughts:

Iron Kid dive

This lineup looked like a flashback to the AAA shows early this year and played out the same way: there was some really good stuff early, and the last few matches were not any good. The overall show seemed good for a while when watching it, though it doesn’t really hold up when I look back at everything.

The main event was an ill considered way to end the night. Even if Psycho Clown was legitamately unable to wrestle, the fans had seen Pagano just wrestle for 15 minutes in an unimpressive fashion and weren’t eager to see him come right back out again. Pagano himself couldn’t seem to decide if he should be selling the previous match, and understanable didn’t have much to do in this match. I’m unsure why they made it a title match, since Fantasma walking out on just made those titles seem not that important. A non-finish is a really hard way to end a show too.

Pagano/Murder Clown was a sloppy mess, with embarrassingly bad moments. Pagano is over with enough of the crowd and seems to be a made man in AAA, and no amount of bad matches are going to change how he’s being used. If this happened in a match where Pagano didn’t have that equitiy, he’d be mocked forever for the moonsault that missed terribly. Pagano’s not lazy when it comes to wrestling, but he just seems techinically poor at it. They gave these guys all the props they wanted to make the match workable, and they instead tended to just to find ways to make it less safe for them. This was exactly what it looked like it was going to be. The good part was it meant they wouldn’t be working with anyone else, but then the main event came.

careful with your arm

Vipers/Alvarados was the same match as the last taping, only with more chair spots. Máximo might have cared less too. I cared less. The crowd didn’t care at all. The Vipers are clearly trying to make a good impression on new management but suffer from not being all that good at this point in their career. It was obvious time filler match and it filled about 10 minutes.

Same Dave/Parka trios match as always. There was some half decent stuff for the others, Dave not being much good, and Parka getting the win. This is a garbage feud that only exists to keep Parka happy. The OGTs put Poder del Norte at every occasion and it’ll look like a bigger win for Averno’s trio for it. Parka beats Dave the Clown pretty much all of the time, so he’s really just locked himself into a feud with a loser. At least it was short.

Australian Suicide & Lanzelot’s rematch wasn’t near as good as their first match. They seemed sloppy at times – the moonsault that was blocked but not sold as blocked was no good – and the level of the action wasn’t as good as previous matches. There were a few ok spots but it was overall a disappointment. There were far worse matches on this show, but these guys have had better matches at pretty much every taping.

Dragon Bane 630

Ashley’s weak dropkicks were a rough way to start of her title match with Faby Apache. It got better, and Faby gave Ashley a lot more than she had to. The crowd just didn’t buy into Ashley at all, and weren’t much into this match. Faby’s one of the best of the world and looked in this match, so there was no way it was going to be bad. It still didn’t work as well as it given the long lead up.

The mixed tag match was probably the best these two teams have had, a borderline good match that made the most of what they could do, and unexpectedly was the second best match on the show. It’s not an exceptional lucha libre match but it was perfectly fun one with more wrestling than they’ve done in the past. It had the comedy of the previous matches, but the rudos also got to show more of what they can do beyond stooge around for the champs. V3’s probably can do more than he’s showing in these but these also wouldn’t be close to good without him.

The special opener on this show was not quite at the level as the last two, but still would’ve been a standout match in the first quarter of the year. They may a lot of the lesser amount of time they had, and it was generally another match built around a lot of spots where the spots all looked really good. Freelance looked as great as usual in his once every few years cameo in this promotion. His dives and his partners were the highlights of this match despite not much room to do them.

lucha TV preview for weekend of June 1st, 2018

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AAA has another taping Sunday night, which should start about 6:30pm and last way too long. It should be better than the one I just watched. The first half of the Tijuana show also airs on Televisa, which means that opener will be up on YouTube Saturday night.

CMLL has title matches Friday (Cuatrero/Angel de Oro) and Monday (Infernals/NGD).

IWRG has a bloody title match.