Lucha Underground 4×10: A Snake Scorned

bad things happen to Rick O’Sheas on this show

Matches

Matanza beat Saltador
(0:40, Wrath of the Gods, NA)

Dragon Azteca Jr. beat Killshot to win the Gift of the Gods Trios championship
(6:51, DDTJ, good) – second defense

Kobra Moon, Daga, Jeremiah Snake beat Killshot, Son of Havoc, The Mack to win trios championship
(8:53, Snake double underhook shoulderbreaker Havoc, good) – ninth champions

Status Check

Kobra Moon as a weapon

Champion: Pentagon Dark (3 defenses)

Gift of the Gods: Dragon Azteca (2 defenses)

Trios Champions: Reptile Tribe (Kobra Moon, Daga, Jeremiah Snake) (0 defenses)

Died This Season (10): Jeremiah Crane (casket)*, Fenix (casket/lifeforce absorbed), Mr. Pec-tacular (sacrificed), Cortez Castro (sacrificed), Máscarita Sagrada (murdered by Rabbits), Vinnie Massaro (sacrificed), Pizza Guy (sacrificed), Vibora (beheaded), Mala Suerte (sacrificed) , Saltador (sacrificed)

Resurrected (1): Jeremiah Crane

Developments

Killshot double stomp

It’s a rare Lucha Underground episode which includes two different titles on the line. Tonight appears to have been a first time ever where one person was involved in title matches for two different titles on the same episode. It could’ve been the greatest night ever for Killshot. It instead went very badly.

It really wasn’t Killshot’s choice to be in two title matches. He was only going to get a shot at Dragon Azteca for the Gift of the Gods title. The trios championship defense was added after Kobra Moon demanded the rematch her team never got after losing at Ultima Lucha 3. (All the members of that title-winning team being dead or out of the Tribe didn’t seem important.) Antonio mocked the idea at first but appreciated Kobra Moon fighting for it and granted the trios title match for tonight.

That gave Killshot a second title match, which didn’t make his partners too happy. Mack & Havoc slightly leaned on Killshot to abandon the singles title match, which aggravated an already angry Killshot. He explained his anger at Son of Havoc was for being handed a title, not earning it, and his anger at Mack for taking Havoc’s side. Killshot ended up angry at himself when he lost the Gift of the Gods match to Dragon Azteca cleanly. Killshot seemed to kick out right at three on Azteca’s flashy DDT, but the announcers didn’t make much of a fuss about it.

Killshot didn’t appear at the start of trios title match, which was suddenly announced as being tornado rules. It worked out fine, Killshot showed up right about when it would’ve been his turn to be in the match. The lack of team cohesion was the bigger problem: Havoc hit Killshot by mistake with a tope, and Killshot very much on purpose tripped up Havoc when he went for the shooting star press. Jeremiah Snake took advantage for the win, bringing the trios titles back to the Reptile Tribe. Killshot mocked and double stomped Havoc after the match.

It seemed like Mack was still trying to play it neutral post-match. A later bit in Antonio’s office revealed Mack was done teaming with Killshot, and wanted a match with him. Antonio refused because he’d already set up a match for Mack next week. (Maybe that’s why the two title matches had to happen this week?) Catrina demanded a Mil Muertes/Mack match, and it would be the first ever Haunted House match. Mack was scared of Muertes before, and now just seemed eager to fight anyone.

maybe it wasn’t time to do a headstand

Everything else was subplots setting up future bits. Cage & Pentagon Dark fought around the arena as a prelude to a last man standing match they’ll have next week. Big falls were teased, not yet delivered. A priest (“Father Rick O’Shea”) in the audience, shown a half dozen times during the episode, thanked Pentagon Dark for saving him from an accidental Cage attack. Pentagon broke his arm in a transparent attempt at a viral moment.

The Rabbit Tribe is down to just being Paul London. London insisted to Antonio Cueto that Saltador would do better against Matanza than Mala Suerte did. Saltador did not, despite wearing a lucky rabbit’s foot. (Wasn’t this group horrified by that concept previously?) There were no cartoon sound effects or much to do about Matanza in this match. It was more about making it clear Paul London had gotten his men sacrificed by design and was pleased about it working, though it’s totally unclear what that design might be.

Aerostar caught up with Drago on the roof top. Drago’s been in hiding since being freed, ashamed of what he did while under Kobra Moon’s control. Aerostar tried to convince Drago it wasn’t his fault. Drago could not forgive himself and decided he needed to leave the Temple for the time being. Aerostar told Drago they would meet again. Drago wasn’t sure as he flew off, but Aerostar’s a time traveler so he might know something.

To open the show, Antonio Cueto got an invite to the Taya/Johnny wedding. He didn’t express confidence about that marriage lasting. We’ll be seeing more about that wedding to come.

Thoughts

Dragon Azteca > Sin Cara

Hey, they got rid of the trios champions I was sick of seeing together, this week can’t be that bad. Havoc/Killshot might end up being good, but getting there took up half a season with a storyline that required you to just accept a major character change for no explained reason (and quickly swept under the rug another character vanishing with no explanation.) At least it’s maybe better from here? The two matches they had tonight were better. Killshot/Azteca was the strong Azteca performance that he needs to start stacking to get people to take him seriously, helped by being given much more time than last week’s blip. They had some good chemistry, built well to the finish, and made Azteca surviving the double stomp feel like it meant something. If Azteca has a few more of these, he’ll get something out of this reign even if it’s not the big title.

The trios title match got better as it went along. Though they gave no reals reason for it to be tornado rules, it did allow the match to flow thru unending sequence of people just coming in and out. Snake & Moon did the same double team headscissors here to the outside as they did last week, and then had a whole bunch more unexpected double teams. It doesn’t really make sense they’d be so good working together early, but it made the match fun. This felt like it a had a little more to it than the atomicos last week, even if the finish took away a bit from it too. The priority was on making sure Killshot came off as the rudo in all of this over the titles. It’s not a great use of the trios titles, but I suspect there’s another crazy Killshot gimmick match coming.

Everything else was fine. The Cage/Penta brawl was weirdly more exciting than the Cage/Penta title match. Hopefully they can find this groove again next week. Matanza squashes are happening too often for nothing to be happening with them. They made it work this time by at least having something going on with Paul London in the background. Antonio wearing a wacky Halloween hat to announce the Haunted House match was something spectacularly goofy that wouldn’t have worked with Dario and maybe didn’t actually work here either. This Haunted House match seems likely to be a response to WWE’s House of Horror’s disasterpiece. I’m fearfully expecting the goofiness next week to be much worse than Antonio’s hat.

CMLL Puebla: 2018-08-06 

no one has been more excited doing a moonsault

Recapped: 08/07/2018

Matches:

Espíritu Maligno, Joker, Mercurio beat Astro, Meyer, Shockercito
(9:14 [3:47, 2:19, 3:08], 1/3, good, VideosOficialesCMLL)

Rey Samuray, Stigma, Súper Astro Jr. beat King Jaguar, Templario, Universo 2000 Jr.
(14:06 [6:28, 1:24, 6:14], 2 DQ/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Shocker beat Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Valiente  
(12:33 [4:48, 2:53, 4:52] 1/3, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Atlantis, Matt Taven, Octagón beat Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón
(7:51 [1:54, 2:27, 3:30], 1/3 DQ, ok,
VideosOficialesCMLL)

Volador Jr. beat Carístico
(16:56, 2/3, ok, VideosOficialesCMLL)

  1. Carístico torito (2:22)
  2. Volador backcracker (3:21)
  3. Volador Canadian destroyer (11:13)

What happened:

Sansón ripped off Atlantis’ mask for the DQ in the semimain

The segunda second fall DQ was for the rudos staying in the ring as a team too long. It did not seem like it was a planned spot, and it also seemed to come after a 10 count instead of a 20. A Universo/Samuray double pin spot in the third fall did look planned.

Shockercito atypically has his title belt, which makes it easy for Joker to challenge for it after his win.

Thoughts:

this whole bit went much, much longer

Volador & Carisitco came off as Volador screwing around thru a main event match, rather than Volador attempting to be a rudo. There were moments, like the long one where he talked to the crowd for about 20 seconds while Carístico motionlessly waited for him to get in position for a move, where Volador seemed like he ‘d rather be any place but there. Carístico wasn’t clean, but he was at least into the match. Volador did just about nothing for the first couple falls, and went thru a couple of his standard finishes to win in the third. Some of the fooling around was fun, the extended moonsault tease amused the crowd, but it’s also tough to care about a match when half the people in it visibly do not. Volador has been pushed to the side with the indie guys coming in, and maybe this was thought to give him a chance for something to do, but he seemed to want nothing to do with it. Maybe enough with Volador/Caristico matches for now.

The semimain left the tecnicos in one piece, and that was good enough. Matt Taven meshed well with the young rudos, though the crowd really had no idea what to make of him and the referee was so slow at moving out of his way on his moonsault. The rudos had a harder time with Octagon’s armdrag spots, and two guys doing the non-moving tosses is odd. Having Octagon do a dive a night seems like a bad idea.

Second and third match didn’t give me much to write about. I have so little to say about Rey Bucanero & Shocker matches in general that we’re getting close to me ranking Rey Bucanero’s bandanas. Hechicero trying to set up Angel de Oro for something Angel de Oro doesn’t do in every match and Angel de Oro failing at it was the definitive Angel de Oro moment.

The minis match wasn’t a fantastic match, and I sort of just want to endorse the thought. CMLL B-show trios matches tend to be the worse the longer they go because no one wants to (or is allowed to) do a lot in them. They just kill time doing the most basic or useless stuff, and it drags matches down into boredom. This wasn’t a long much, but it was a fun one because they cut out all the stuff the filler and just speed thru the important stuff. (The semimain was tolerable in the same way; it was never going to be anything good, so they just got it over with quickly.) It’s so much better than twenty-minute snoozefests and they seemed to be enjoying doing it. Not even match needs to be long and many CMLL b-show matches are probably all longer than they need to be.

Stuka dethrones Hechicero, TripleMania press conference next Tuesday, LU

Stuka

CMLL (TUE) 08/14/2018 Arena México [CMLL, Lucha Central]
1) Pequeño Nitro & Pierrothito b Acero & Aéreo LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
2) Pegasso, Star Jr., Stigma b Espíritu Negro, Hijo del Signo, Nitro LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Black Panther, El Audaz, Tritón b Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr. LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
tecnicos took 1/3
4) Blue Panther, Soberano Jr., Titán DQ Ephesto, Luciferno, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Staright falls. Mephisto unmasked Titan.
5) Stuka Jr. b Hechicero © [NWA LHLUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
Stuka takes falls 2/3 to win the title, his first national or world singles championship in CMLL. Stuka is the 7th (or 72nd) champion. Hechicero falls on his 7th defense
6) Cuatrero, Forastero, Sansón b Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja LUCHA LIBRE MARTES DE NUEVOS VALORES DE ARENA MEXICO 14 DE AGOSTO  DE 2018 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
NGD took 1/3.

CMLL has a post-match promo with Stuka and The Gladiatores has a press room interview with Stuka. I thought it was strange The Gladiatores and Estrellas del Ring were going to a lot of Tuesday Arena Mexico shows but it paid off last night.

There’s also a CMLL update confirming Hechicero is fine after taking the finish, so they’re going to do medical updates for obviously worked spots too now. The title match looked great, and it was a strong show overall. It’s more surprising Stuka won than Hechicero lost, because Stuka seemed slotted into the perennial singles challenger who never wins role.

CMLL (TUE) 08/14/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [CMLL]
1) Maléfico, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno b El Divino, Luminoso, Tigre Blanco
Rudos took 2/3.
2) Astral, Eléctrico, Guerrero Samurai Jr. b Difunto, Espanto Jr., Príncipe Odín Jr.
tecnicos took 2/3.
3) Dragón Rojo Jr., Kawato San, Pólvora b Blue Panther Jr., Fuego, Rey Cometa
rudos took 2/3.
4) Diamante Azul, Flyer, Valiente b Felino, Gran Guerrero, Rey Bucanero
tecnicos took 2/3.
5) Carístico, Matt Taven, Mistico b Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
Diamante Azul was double listed, and replaced by Caristico. Tecnicos took 2/3, with Caristico submitting UG to set up a title match next week.

That title match has to be a late change since neither guy was originally on this show.

CMLL Informa says Kraneo will be introducing a new collaborator. The internet is going to be shut down if he’s splitting up with Mije.

Lucha Underground has it’s tenth episode of this season, “A Snake Scorned”. There’s only a single match announced so far

  • Reptile Tribe (Kobra Moon, Daga, Jeremiah Snake) versus Killshot, Son of Havoc and the Mack (c) for the Lucha Underground Trios championship

If this trio defeated the rebooted Rabbit Tribe and then loses the trios titles to a reeling Reptile Tribe, it’s going to be weird. Speaking of, the preview teases Paul London/White Rabbit (Kross) issues, as well as Cage & Penta having issues. That title match is coming, just not on this week’s show.

Been thinking a little bit about ol’ Jeremiah Snake. I think it was a MMM Show interview with LU’s Eric Van Wagenen where the executive producer, talking about the work visa issues, mentioned they’d been hoping every week that they’d get the new wrestlers in from AAA and it just wasn’t happening. I wasn’t not sure how literally “every week” should be read into at the time. Maybe it makes sense super literally, like every Monday/Tuesday thought thought this was the week some paperwork was going to be OK-ed, and every Wednesday/Thursday was a new scramble to find a US indie replacement when that paperwork didn’t go thru. Like, when they needed a new Reptile Tribe member, maybe the plan was to debut noted dinosaur Raptor in that spot, and they had to adjust when that couldn’t happen. Or the very mysterious Dezmond X in “Xavier” trunks shows up with no backstory because they had a spot going to a Hijo del Vikingo or a Dinastia and they couldn’t take that spot. I don’t know if any of this is true, I’m 100% just guessing, but I’m also trying to put myself in LU’s shoes and find a place where “Jeremiah Snake, a zombie Sami Callihan doing snake stuff” seemed like the best solution. It takes a lot of work to get there.

Still, if the show isn’t good, the show isn’t good. It’s frustrating that Lucha Underground was dealt a bad hand, but you’re evaluated on what you did, not what you could’ve done if everything went right.

ESPN Nacion had a typical “learning lucha libre” segment with Kobra Moon, King Cuerno, and Dragon Azteca Jr. It was obviously taped back during the Season 4 episodes and I’m uncertain why it happened to air yesterday. There are some things Lucha Underground is not good at but one thing they definitely are good at is getting on ESPN programming.

AAA will apparently be announcing their TripleMania lineup on Tuesday. A press invitation has gone out for a 10 AM conference at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. AAA held a smaller press conference to focus on Dr. Wagner & Psycho Clown only before last year’s show and it’s still possible this is something similar. Still, with no other set date for the full lineup to be announced, four days before the show seems like when AAA is most likely going to announce their full card.

TripleMania is being sold on the fourway mask match and Faby/Shani. Which nine people Australian Suicide is defending his Cruiserweight championship again and which guys are being shuffled into a Copa TripleMania doesn’t really make a huge difference in selling tickets. Waiting until so late to announce those matches is strange but not a huge problem. The bigger issue is the stuff that usually gets announced alongside the lineup, like the broadcasting plans (Twitch? TV? English?), as well as just giving hyping something to talk about the show so they remember it exists. AAA is drawing well – Veracruz looked around a full house – but seems like it’s a little bit it’s own world. They’re always going to need more attention to fill Arena Ciudad de Mexico. Maybe they’ll get that attention over the next 10 days – Faby Apache & Lady Shani talked up their match in an interview with ESTO, Psycho Clown seems to be headed to Los Angeles today to do some press and they’re getting daily full page articles in Record (which aren’t posted on line.) It still seems like they could be doing a lot more and waiting until Tuesday to make a big push seems late.

(also, it’s the underinformed theory of this website that AAA has not figured out the final lineup for TripleMania and that’s why we’re not seeing it. Big on random theories today.)

Taya said she’d see Konnan soon on Twitter. She could mean the next set of Impact shows. She could also mean TripleMania. Taya & Johnny Mundo directed most of their AAA anger at Vampiro, who is still around AAA but does not have the same power he once did. AAA’s made peace with Konnan, Fenix and Penta this year, and Dorian Roldan had earlier this year mentioned a hope to see Taya return to AAA. Taya has in-ring history with Faby Apache and seemed to be Lady Shani’s out of the ring mentor during her last year there, so there’s stories they can tell if Taya wants to come back. No guarantee this is that though.

Two of RIOT’s shows – the 11/04/17 Legalicen el Martinete show with Rey Horuz vs Ultimo Ninja and the 02/03/18 No Sabes Quien show with Rey Horuz vs Laredo Kid vs Ultimo Ninja – have been added to Powerbomb.TV. More are said to be coming soon. They also have a coupon code – RIOTLUCHA – that’ll give new subscribers 20 days free to the service and gives RIOT some money if you stay a subscriber after. If you’re going to sign up to watch those shows (or anything on the service), use RIOT’s code or someone else’s code, just make sure you use a code.

Putting together a couple of mystery tweets, Lucha Memes and other promotions are running a show in Arena Naucalpan, probably on August 31st. (Or maybe October 31st.) It looks to have LA Park on it. This is notable because Memes had earlier said they were done running Naucalpan this year. Plans change.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

+LuchaTV has a sit-down interview with X-Fly & Hijo del Mosco X-Fly.

Friends of DTU are very upset Oaxaca’s Flecha Mortal is walking around wiht a fake DTU title. People need to aim higher with their fake titles; you could probably get away with a CMLL title one for years before anyone was sure you weren’t champ.

Morelos luchador Fussion talks about debuting on a DTU show.

The Nuestro Lucha Libre show which aired on public TV in Mexico a few months ago is now on Netflix. It seemed good from what I saw, though I didn’t ever get to see the full minis/women episode.

Lineup

AAA (SUN) 08/19/2018 Palenque Feria de México, Dallas, Texas
1) Arez & Lady Maravilla vs Draztick Boy & La Hiedra
2) Aerostar & Drago vs Darby Allin & Teddy Hart
3) Argenis, La Parka, Máximo vs Averno, Mr. Águila, Texano Jr.

Did you know AAA is running the US this weekend? They’re being brought in for a fair, not sure it totally counts, but surprising. (Poster also features Hades instead of Maravilla.)

CMLL (SUN) 08/19/2018 Arena México
1) Príncipe Diamante & Robin vs El Coyote & Grako
2) La Maligna, Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Comandante, Reyna Isis
3) Drone, El Audaz, Flyer vs Templario, Tiger, Virus
4) Valiente vs Ephesto [lightning]
5) Hechicero, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush vs Euforia, Felino, Gran Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]
6) Matt Taven vs Último Guerrero

Matt Taven will (probably) have no balloons to aid him against Ultimo Guerrero this time. Singles matches have typically been the end of the run for foreigners, but Taven is around longer.

CMLL (SUN) 08/19/2018 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Eclipse Jr. vs Paymon
2) Avispón Negro Jr. & Micro vs Destructor & Frenético
3) Neutrón & Principe Daniel vs Demonio Maya & Demonio Rojo
4) Joker, Luminoso, Magnum vs Difunto, Guerrero de la Muerte, Maléfico
5) Tigre Blanco vs FugazGuerrero Samurai Jr.ExplosivoMágicoRelámpago AzulThunder BoyCarlo RoggiQukaDestello [OCCIDENTE WELTER, cibernetico, semifinal]
final two advance

Domingo Guadalajara is worth mentioning this week for title tournament. It appears it’s a final 2 advance to a title match next week situation. Star Black is the former champion, gave up the belt some months ago, but still is around on most shows.

IWRG , FILL (SUN) 08/19/2018 Arena Naucalpan
1) Águila Oriental, Biosferia, Eddy Santos vs Chico del Barrio, Ciber Punk, Dinámico
2) Cheff Benito, Shalom, Voltrex vs Black Puma, Holocsauto, Vardeus
3) Chicanito, Dranzer, Puma de Oro vs Ángel De La Tormenta, Carnicero, Voltar
4) Arquero, Black Shadow II, Toto vs Diablo Jr., Guerrero 2000, Power Bull
5) Leo, Mike, Rafy vs Ra-Zhata, Shil-Kah, Teelo
6) Ángel Estrella Jr., Death Metal, Guerrero Palma, Marduk, Taurino vs Atomic Star, Black Dragón, Kanon, Mexica, Shadow Boy and Eligro, Flayman, Neza King, Pandemónium, Quetzal and Baggera, Jhon Tito, Payachucho, Stone Magic, Último Conde [cage, mask, hair]
Gym Zeuz (Marduck/DT Oficial 911) vs Gym FILL (Mexica/DT Mexica) vs Gym Zaetas del RIng (Flayman/DT Freelance) vs Gym Arena 23 de Junio (Stone Magic/DT Angel o Demonio)

Someone you’ve barely heard of will lose their mask or hair in a cage match. Turtles versus Evil Turtles is more exciting. It’s a rare Sunday FILL show because the bigger show on Thursday.

Camalucha (SUN) 08/19/2018 Centro Civico de la Colonia el Chamizal, Ecatepec, Estado de México
1) Momia Mx I & Momia Mx II vs Antrax & Magneto
2) Garlik, Rey David, Yiko vs Jesdro, Karma, Súper Karma
3) Coquito Amarillo & Pequeño Jaque Mate vs Panterita & Pequeño Skayde
4) Rayo Tapatío vs Cachetada
5) Príncipe Odín, Súper Comando, Yago vs Bengala (CMLL), Leono, Retro
6) Cholo (CMLL), Euforia, Pólvora vs Flyer, Magnus, Rey Bucanero

Camalucha, promoted by former CMLL opening match wrestler Camaleon, is my favorite tiny promotion to look at the lineups. It’s probably because I’ve watched too much CMLL, and seeing the guys who are forever in the openers being in top matches is just weird. This is a Cholo 25th Anniversary celebration, which means he’s been wrestling since 1993. He’s been on the fringes of CMLL since 2004.

CMLL (MON) 08/20/2018 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano, Centella Roja, Millenium vs Ares, Espíritu Maligno, Sombra Diabólika
2) Shockercito vs Joker [lightning]
3) Lestat, Pegasso, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Nitro, Policeman
4) Ángel de Oro, Matt Taven, Niebla Roja vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Templario
5) Cavernario, La Bestia Del Ring, Rush vs Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero [Relevos Increíbles]

Main event seems like a trios title set up, except Terrible isn’t back yet. It might be two weeks away, since Shockercito/Joker still isn’t happening yet.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-10 

more painful than a YouTube strike

Recapped: 08/10/2018

Matches: 

Angelikal, Dinastía, Vanilla vs Draztick Boy, La Hiedra, Villano III Jr.
(6:32, Dinastia Spanish Fly Villano IIII Jr., good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo Del Vikingo, Iron Kid, Niño Hamburguesa beat Black Danger, La Parka Negra, Low Rider
(8:58, Niño Hamburgesa splash Low Rider, great,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Ciclón Ramírez, Joe Lider, Juventud Guerrera 
(12:36, Carta Brava frogsplash Ciclon, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo de LA Park & Taurus beat Aerostar & Drago
(5:09, Taurus Driver on Aerostar, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. beat La Máscara, Laredo Kid, Máximo
(7:37, Fantasma Thrill of the Hunt Mamba, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Psycho Clown beat Dr. Wagner Jr.LA ParkPagano
(18:57, Psycho Clown casita LA Park, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened: 

shocking that the table held up before the powerbomb

Prior to the match, LA Park tells Wagner he’s only here because he (Wagner) couldn’t defend his mask, and that he’s going to avenge it from Psycho Clown. Wagner, who’s painting his eyes like NJPW Chris Jericho, says the same thing will happen to LA Park. Late in the match, Fantasma came out and hit both Park & Psycho with a chair. He superkicked Tirantes, who recovered in no time to count the pin when Psycho got Park with a casita a moment later. Fantasma didn’t seem particular in caring who lost.

In a stage bit, Hijo del Fantasma refused to acknowledge a young Hijo del Fantasma fan with a sing, because he’s now evil. La Mascara punches Máximo four seconds into the match and works with the rudo team the rest of the way. Mamba runs in after about four minutes, attacking everyone with a chair and apparently becoming a legal person in the match. Texano and Fantasma made peace after the match, which feels like it should’ve been a bigger deal.

Parka Negra and Hijo de LA Park fought after Hijo de LA Park’s match.

Ciclon Ramirez, representing Elite, made his AAA debut in the tercera. Juventud didn’t get along with his partners, and eventually attacked Ciclon to give Poder del Norte the win.

The feed dies during the entrances for the opener, and starts working a few seconds into the match. Vanilla bails back into the ring when on the top rope a plancha to the floor, grabs her leg, waits for Angelikal to do his dive, then clips her knee on the ropes on the way thru. She’s limping the rest of the match, though it’s not clear if she hurt her leg on the tope or abandoning the plancha.

Picudo was honored before the show.

Thoughts: 

Angelikal

The Main event started insane and slowed down a little bit as it went on so long. LA Park destroyed Psycho Clown something fierce. Psycho is as willing as Rush to just get beat up by Park in these matches. Rush’s offense just looked a bit more impactful, where Psycho tries to do stuff he can’t quite pull off (like the shiranui here.) This match lost a little bit something rewatching it, but it was still a strong brawl and the cloest AAA seems to be getting to a straight up Psycho/Park match – Wagner/Pagano were non-factors. Pagano is a goofball.

There was a fun comeback sequence the crowd was really into, with cool dives and such. There was also someone not in the match getting pinned, and the crowd kind of flatly reacted to that. I couldn’t look past it either. There were ways to do this whole sequence the same – Laredo could’ve be pinned and that led to Mamba coming out, and maybe even Fatnasma lays out Mamba at the end – that this just felt like a lazy finish. It was also a weird nontraditional way to end a match that otherwise felt like it stuck with a traditional structure. If five people can’t win against two people, then I’m not even sure what the point of having the number advantage is. The dives were cool at least.

Fantasma tope

The 2v2 match was good while it lasted, though it didn’t last nearly as long as you’d hope. Not sure if other matches went long and this got cut. Taurus with these técnicos is always going to be a good idea. Aerostar’s ideas weren’t quite working, and yet he still did enough of his usual weird flying to remain interesting. Taurus seems to really love being Taurus and plays the character well in small moments. He’s good and yet I don’t think he’s yet been in a match to see the best out of him. Parka Negra fit in well. Drago may or may not be 100%; they kept him outside a lot in this match.

Tercera felt like it went long for a match where the result was made clear the moment Juventud refused to tag in. Poder del Norte had been destroying teams actually working together faster than this, and this seemed more lasting just to allow people to get their moves in. Ciclon Ramirez looked like a major league caliber luchador, while also being less impressive than a lot of the técnicos who appeared on the show prior to him. Taking the pinfall in his first match doesn’t suggest big plans for him anyway. Joe Lider was almost tripped up by Joe Lider’s shirt early on. He did better from there.

Guerrera did not like that dropkick

The segunda was fantastic. This was the most mixed up lineup they’ve used for one of these – some Llave a la Gloria, some ex-Crash, some indie guys who came in recently, and Hamburguesa who’s been around a long time now – and they all really meshed together well. Vikingo has fit in like a glove with the Tijuana crew. Everyone fitting in suggests someone’s doing a really good job getting these guys on the same page. This one had a good build to a spectacular finish, and also crazy moves all the way thru. I’m not clear what Low Rider is supposed to be now with his new gear, and I’m mostly happy he was able to be a person still in his match after amazingly overshooting a dive. Parka Negra might have been a slightly better rudo than Black Danger. That’s a hard accomplishment, but Negra does some amazing jobs basing for people. The finish felt like the end of a fireworks show, with the only downside being more things going on than you could watch at one time. This is an easy recommendation.

The match times on the openers seem to be cut down on the recent shows, but they’re still fitting in a good amount of action with the time they have. They did some interesting mixing up of usual pairs too. Villano III & Dinastia were really good together, especially for a pair that’s barely worked together on TV to this point. V3 Jr. seems like he’s lost his TV spot for the moment with the Elite guys all coming in; he made the most a rare appearance here. Angelikal & La Hiedra doing a sequence was surprising and Hiedra did well with they laid out. It did contribute to the match in itself feeling a little bit too much as rehearsal, which was evident when Vanilla hurt herself on her dive and had to keep on going because they needed her to set up the comeback. She was definitely intended to be a star of the match and couldn’t pull it off; they may be trying too much with her too fast and it all caught up when she bailed on the first dive. Vanilla did well to finish, but this is another rough performance.

Park Driver