Both AAA & CMLL drew big crowds and loud to their TV tapings Friday night. Neither had the big events I was expecting, though there still was some news.
The biggest thing to actually happen was Rush & Terrible becoming tag team champions in CMLL. The title match came down to Rush and Volador. Volador had an apparent win off a Spanish Fly, Terrible pulled Edgar away from the pin, Rush fouled Volador, and then covered him for the win. No challenges followed.
No challenges was actually the big news on the CMLL night. The Atlantis tribute proceeded like a normal nostalgic lucha libre match, with everyone wearing their masks and doing their old spots and nothing in particular after. Atlantis got Ultimo Guerrero up in the Atlantida for the win. There was no special interaction between him and Fuerza Guerrera, nothing that would suggest a mask match was coming. LA Park & Rush still seems the most likely option, because CMLL continues to present no other options.
AAA presented a lot of options for TripleMania matches, though nothing seemed more than idea. A mid-show MAD segment going nowhere (but getting a lot of crowd reaction) was interrupted by La Parka, who challenged Konnan to a fight. That didn’t go well for Parka, who was beaten up by the MAD members on hand until OGT (as defenders of AAA) made the save. Later, a taped Jeff Jarrett promo threw out the idea of taking Vampiro’s hair. Vampiro himself was only seen on the show once, wearing a neck brace in his usual box segment, and having a phone call with a mystery person. That went nowhere on this show, but might be picked up on the ELITE show next week.
The two surprise people on this show were ELITE people, or at least will be ELITE people next week. Jack Evans made his official return, teaming with Taurus and Juventud Guerrera to beat Aerostar, La Mascara, and Maximo. (Both that match, and a pre-taped vignette, showed La Mascara getting frustrated with Maximo. Mascara’s clearly going rudo by the time TripleMania ends.) Later, Golden Magic was the surprise partner of Rey Escorpion and Texano Jr., only for those rudos to repeatedly attack Magic during the match. OGT took advantage to win.
Nothing new was really set for TripleMania yet, but the two matches that are set got some attention. Lady Shani earned a rare pin over Faby Apache in their trios match, only to be taken out via Taurus spear after. It remains unclear why Taurus is helping Faby. Hijo del Fantasma used Jarrett’s guitar on Psycho’s head to win the no disqualification main event (where Juventued pretty much worked the match for Jarrett, in the same way Teddy Hart & Jack Evans would for Konnan during his last in-ring days.) Fantamsa is full a rudo going into the mask match.
AAA seemed like it had the better matches, but both shows were pretty good. I’ll have the normal recaps of both over the weekend. I may add timestamps to this later on tonight.
00:10:39 Dragón Bane, Lady Maravilla, Starfire vs Arez, Chica Tormenta, Keyra
00:28:37 Arkángel Divino, Hijo Del Vikingo, Joe Lider vs Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
00:54:48 Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa vs Australian Suicide, Faby Apache, Parka Negra
01:13:59 Aerostar, La Máscara, Máximo vs Jack Evans, Juventud Guerrera, Taurus
01:35:27 Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly vs Golden Magic, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
01:56:43 Pagano & Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett
00:00:48 Príncipe Diamante & Súper Astro Jr. vs Metálico & Sangre Azteca
00:29:20 Audaz, Fuego, Star Jr. vs Kawato San, Okumura, Universo 2000 Jr.
00:52:50 Dalys vs La Jarochita in a lightning match
01:02:30 Carístico, Dragón Lee, Mistico vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Negro Casas
01:29:15 Atlantis, Octagón, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Fuerza Guerrera, Máscara Año 2000, Último Guerrero
02:00:30 Valiente & Volador Jr. © vs Rush & Terrible for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship