All matches aired live from Arena Jose Sulaiman in Monterrey, Nuevo León
Draztick Boy beat Arez, Belial, Último Maldito
(9:56, reverse hip toss driver Belial, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )
Faby Apache beat Lady Shani
(7:36, german suplex, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Hijo de LA Park, Hijo Del Vikingo, Joe Lider
(12:36, Tito Santana top rope senton Vikingo, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. © beat Mamba & Máximo and Aerostar & Drago and Jack Evans & Teddy Hart to retain the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(9:29, quebradora Texana, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Jeff Jarrett, Killer Kross, Taurus beat Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Murder Clown in a no DQ match
(13:59, Jarrett Stroke Wagner, below average, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
Hijo del Fantasma beat Psycho Clown, LA Park
(13:51, Fantasma foul on LA Park, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
LA Park has decided he and Fantasma are great friends and demanded a mask match with Psycho Clown right now. He did not get it right now. Psycho Clown and Park argued, the whistle sounded, Park shoved Psycho and Fantasma kicked Parka right in the face. Fantasma explained to Psycho that they should beat up Park together. They stuck together until Park made a comeback. A very LA Park finish saw Fantasma tossed onto Copetes as he was counting a pin, LA Park unmask Psycho Clown, and Fantamsa fouled Park. Copetes reacted in time to count that pin. Rey Escorpion and Texano walked out to beat up Park & Psycho, but they were already pretty well beat up.
Wagner wrestles in a La Parka outfit to taunt Jarrett, I guess. Kross is wrestling in MMA shorts for some reason. Jarrett uses a blade, and Wagner bleeds a scary amount.
Máximo makes a really ill -considered attempt to attack Rey Escorpión & Texano post-match. He gets hit in the head with a chair and bleeds. Mamba tries to make the save. It goes no better. Los Mercenarios get their belts, Máximo makes his own comeback, and the rudos foul him.
Dr. Wagner came to the ring for a promo midway thru the show, wanting to take Jeff Jarrett’s hair for all the Mexicans he’s insulted. Jarrett & Hijo del Fantasma interrupt. Fantasma says Wagner is dumb for not being able to challenge Jarrett in English, and Jarrett says “basura.” Wagner challenges Jarrett to his face and they play the music. Fantasma stops the music so he can trash Wagner too.
Faby Apache is wearing a headscarf, which makes it look like Mary Apache has lost a lot of weight at first glance.
Match goes about 3 minutes before Shani pulls the covering off Faby’s head to exposed her shaved head. Faby goes down to cover up, Tirantes checks on her, and Taurus runs in. Shani is ready for him this time and takes him out with an armdrag and a dropkick, but Faby attacks her from behind. Taurus tripped up Shani about five minutes later and Faby got the win, then the rudos unmasked Shani after the fact.
Sometimes I think LA Park is meant to be a rudo in AAA. This was a time where he was the sympathetic outnumbered técnico for about eight minutes. That was a long time that didn’t amount to much, except the time I won’t have back. Making LA Park the hero was probably the correct plan, the Monterrey fans were anti-Psycho Clown from the start, but the match got much more interesting from the moment they went to everyone battling among themselves, and it would’ve been nice if that section got more of the time. Psycho Clown seems like he’s lost weight and got in better shape underneath the ever present t-shirt, and I think he’s moving around the ring better too. The little bit he did with Fantamsa here had more promise for a singles match then I would’ve thought otherwise.
The semi-main is worth watching only if you’re into seeing Dr. Wagner Jr. bleed buckets. It’s a walk and brawl and bleeds with him and Jarrett, with the other four getting little attention and contributing little more. Jarrett spends the first half of the match ducking out of every confrontation, so it’s not like he’s really doing all that much either. Kross suplexing Murder Clown after the match was more than he got in the match. Taurus did no better. The only reason this existed was to build Jarrett/Wagner for some unclear date, and so it could’ve happily ended when both Jarrett & Kross had Wagner in a submission hold at the same time. It instead drifted on for a long time after, just for the required but mostly pointless comeback. The actual finish, Wagner had no idea how to take the Stroke on the first try and Jarrett just doing it again, was not really worth the effort of extended the match so far.
The four-way tag match was all action on a show of all action matches, but the action was pretty good. Rey Escorpión & Texano got to do a straight tag match for what feels like the first time in a while, meshing well with the técnico sides. Nine minutes isn’t a lot for a four-way match, so this wasn’t Aerostar & Drago doing as much as they’ve done recently, but Aerostar still got to dive into the third row. Jack was very good at being annoying. Teddy is the right guy to be taking the pins at this point. The post-match went on far too long, the usual bit of doing many things when just one would’ve had impact.
The Poder del Norte match was good at points. Hijo del Vikingo looked absolutely brilliant, the kind of state of the art flyer that you kind of hope gets out of AAA and to some place that might do a bit more focused job of making him a star. Instead, this goes near 13 minutes to end with Hijo de LA Park turning on Vikingo for no reason. It would’ve been too long even without the turn, and it’s a lot of wasted time to get that point. Poder del Norte is at the best steamrolling teams, but this was too long for a stream roll or a match with a nonsensical team.
The Faby/Shani match was surprisingly cold once Faby’s head got exposed. The action in the ring was missing something as well, there wasn’t the spark there’s been there before. They were giving a good effort, and the moves were alright, but it didn’t seem to be headed to anywhere except killing time before the interference finish. Shani never seemed that close to winning, and Faby using the Devil’s Wings just didn’t feel like a big deal.
People seemed to be, if not down then not really enthused with the opener when it came up earlier. There is definitely a layout issue with it, in that there’s no layout and it’s just four guys doing spots until they’ve done all the spots. Outside of maybe Arkangel Divino & Hijo del Vikingo, AAA’s not doing anything to get these lower level guys over as individuals and it makes it more incumbent on them to do something to get over. That’s turned into everyone doing a lot of big moves, but it’s not always working – it didn’t really work here. It seems like it would’ve been easy to do something around normal partners Belial & Arez working together for most of the match, but telling those sorts of stories isn’t something most guys in Mexico even think about it, much less execute. Anyway, that’s a lot of words to say this match felt same-ish to a lot of other actions matches, but I still really liked the action. The wacky cradle battle to start the match felt like it came at the wrong time, but there sure were some wacky cradles. Belial did both his indian deathlock/bridging back suplex spot and his low tope spot, and that’s what I want in every Belial match. (I could’ve used some more selling.) Ultimo Maldito is better as a solo act than his brother and looked sharp with this Mexico crew. Draztick Boy’s run at the end was well done and his win came as a surprise. His blockbuster dive with Arez was the spot of the mathc in a match of spots.