AAA on Twitch: 2019-01-19 

Vikingo

Recapped: 01/19/2019

Matches:

Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa beat Lady Maravilla, Lanzelot, Villano III Jr.
(10:27, Niño Hamburguesa splash Villano III Jr., ok, 00:33:25)

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Myzteziz Jr.
(7:15, Carta Brava mask pull→spear Laredo Kid, good, 00:56:43)

Máximo, Murder Clown, Taya beat Chessman, Faby Apache, La Máscara
(8:37, Máximo triple kiss→cradle Máximo, ok, 01:17:12)

Killer Kross beat Dave The Clown and Parka Negra
(6:13, Kross choke Dave The Clown, ok, 01:36:51)

Brian Cage & Pagano beat Joe Lider & Texano Jr.
(10:22, Pagano super legdrop Texano Jr., below average, 01:50:28)

Blue Demon Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpión beat Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown
(13:08, Fantasma foul → martinete La Parka, below average, 02:08:10)

What happened: 

whoops

Hijo de LA Park came out to do commentary in the main event, and of course got attacked in the process. Fantasma got to do the honors. After a long ref bump, Fantasma fouled Parka and gave him a martiente for the win. Parka was stretchered out and the rudos unmasked the younger Parka and Psycho. No one made the save.

Keyra and Lady Maravilla attacked Lady Shani after the opener match, wanting a title shot. Lady Shani shrugged off the attack and said she wouldn’t give up the title that easily. Shani attacked both women and got the worse of it.

La Parka introduced Hijo de La Parka after the second match. Vampiro interrupted to say he had a surprise for Los Mercenarios and to reiterate his challenge for a loser leaves AAA match with Konnan. There was no surprise for Los Mercanarios or response to Vampiro’s challenge.

Brazo de Platino seconded Máximo, interfered in the match randomly, and got taken out by a chair to the head by La Mascara. Mascara and Máximo brawled to the back after their match, passing Averno on the way. Averno was set up on beating up Murder Clown for some reason. It didn’t work until the combined efforts of Averno, Chessman and Faby Apache was able to get it done and unmask him. Taya tried to help out her Murder Clown but it didn’t work.

welcome back to the land of spinning DDTs

The show started out with Demon calling out Wagner, and Demon criticizing Wagner (in a lot of the criticism that could be thrown at Demon.) They brawled until Konnan and Los Mercenarios attacked Wagner. Konnan threatened Fenix and assigned Fantasma to get the title back. Fantasma blew off the loss to Drago as insignificant and was talking about becoming chocolate champ when Psycho Clown made a save. It was going well until, as always, they went after Konnan and got attacked from behind.

Hugo & Jose Manuel seemed to have a new emphasis on explaining the backstory to each match in English and sometimes explaining what happened early. If you were a curious English speaking fan watching, you’d at least have some understanding now.

There was no Televisa commentary booth. Televisa wasn’t mentioned among the outlets where AAA airs.

Thoughts: 

Dinastia and Lanzelot

AAA is back and back with the same meandering main events. I think the semi-main was actually worse, but they didn’t have a referee die about 30 seconds too soon in that one. One of the goals of the night appeared to be to rehab Hijo del Fantasma, and he did end up strongly taking out both Parkas at the end. Demon/Wagner as a feud still looks important on a poster and fails to translate in the ring. I have no idea if Escorpión & Psycho are really feuding. The camera work was a struggle all night long, but there was a chop fight between Demon & Wagner where it seemed like they were doing their most to miss every chop and coming really close. They missed Fantasma fouling Parka too.

The first about 30 seconds of the semi-main was good fun of Cage throwing people around. It was a lot from there. Pagano hits the Volador Spiral correctly about half the time, and this was not the good half. Cage struggling with his reg leg might have affected the match, but it was just the usual Pagano randomness. Pagano taking a chair shot in the head and standing up so he could catch the chair for the next spot was pure Pagano. Cage & Lider seemed to be confused that the finish was happening while they were still doing things.

Kross should’ve cleaned Dave the Clown & Parka Negra’s clocks. Instead, they had sequences where Kross got beat up and sent out so Parka Negra & Dave the Clown could do sequences not a single person cared about except for them. They tried to make it up for it by having Kross take out both guys at the end but it was a bit too late. I guess I can’t say Kross is pushed much harder than he’s over because this wasn’t much of a push. This was a fine enough match in execution but it was a dumb idea.

cage is strong

Maximo/Mascara had another match. It was whatever. Taya’s offense went well. Crowd was less into her old rivalry with Faby than I thought; they reacted a bit for the dives and kisses at the end but weren’t into the match. Murder remains more fun as a técnico at this point but you don’t need to go out of your way to see Murder Clown matches.

The second match was another all-action match between the two teams, though a bit hurried. They blew through everything, including Laredo Kid getting a mask pulled off to have another one underneath, so quick that it was tough for any of it to sink it. They could’ve used a couple more minutes here to let something settle or to let Poder del Norte show more before the finish. Vikingo came back out of the holiday break with new crazy ideas and pulled them off well. This was a lot of fun, just wanted it more.

The opener had some good action but didn’t totally come together. Villano III Jr. shows some flashy moves and seems to be the guy keeping these matches together, but also seems to exist just to the pins. Dinastia & Lanzelot had one of their usual good sequences during the match and not a whole lot the rest of the time. Camera work couldn’t keep up with the match, which hurt the big spots. The crowd seemed to like it, as they do with anything Niño Hamburguesa. At least this isn’t CMLL, where Piero screwing up the three count would’ve ended the match after about two minutes.

doom!

Rush breaks Euforia, AAA back tonight on Twitch, Fantastica Mania tomorrow morning

Rush is leaving

CMLL (FRI) 01/18/2019 Arena México [CMLL, Lost in LuchaLucha CentralMarcaRecordThe Gladiatoresthecubsfan]
1) Akuma, Espanto Jr., Metálico b Arkalis, Astral, Magnus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO  DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:05. Rudos took 1/3. Akuma debuted a new facepaint look.
2) La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys, Metálica LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO  DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
13:44. Tecnicos took 1/3.
3) Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa b Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO  DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:46. Tecnicos took 2/3.
4) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano DQ Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO  DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
10:30. Vangellys replaced Shocker. Tecnicos took 1/2, the last by DQ when Bucanero unmasked Stuka (on a second attempt.)
5) Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja, Valiente b Ephesto, Gilbert el Boricua, Mephisto LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO  DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
14:14. Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Rush b Euforia LUCHA LIBRE VIERNES ESPECTACULAR DE ARENA MEXICO 18 DE ENERO  DE 2019 FUNCION COMPLETA (posted by VideosOficialesCMLL)
17:10. Rush took 1/3, only losing the second by mask pull DQ. Rush gave Euforia the Rush Driver for the win. Rush attacked Euforia after he was put on a stretcher and until Edgar tackled him.

CMLL Promos: Rush, Gilbert, Akuma. The Gladiatores interviews: Rush, Gilbert.

The main event was pretty good and really the only thing worth watching on that show. The stuff with Bucanero & Stuka was transparently just a way to end a not good match early. Announcers seemed to think the crowd was up but it didn’t feel that way. Gilbert looks as immobile after his knee surgery as before it; I hope he makes his money and gets a hair match payoff but he’s going to be tough to watch.

CMLL, who barely can ever be bothered to promote their TV shows, made a point of saying they’re on MVS (52MX) on Saturdays and Sundays over the air. Maybe this is some response to the AAA/Televisa/Multimedios situation?

For no real great reason, I found the old Rush Knows Many Moves post. It’s still great.

AAA has their first TV taping in 25 days tonight, live from Mexico City on Twitch. Just a reminder: you’ll be getting ads during the show and probably during matches unless you pay the $5/month fee or get it free thru Amazon. There are less ads sometimes if you login, but there probably still will be ads.

AAA left off teasing a Demon/Wagner apuesta match while being careful to avoid saying it was replacing the announced Park/Wagner match. There wasn’t a lot else going on.

  • Maximo and La Mascara continue to have a boring feud that may or may not lead to a hair match someday.
  • Aerostar & Monsther Clown are feuding, based on Aerostar wanting to be a top guy and Monsther Clown appointing himself gatekepper (and also a top guy?!?)
  • Vikingo, Laredo Kid and Myzteziz formed a team and won the trios titles.
  • Laredo Kid is owed a title shot – both from asking Fenix for one and from winning Lucha Capital – and will be getting it (sorta)
  • Hijo del Fantasma made his own challenge for a title match, but also then lost to Drago and hasn’t really accomplished anything since losing his mask.
  • Brian Cage randomly turned tecnico in Juarez and then disappeared the rest for the rest of the year, missing his one scheduled match due to illness.
  • Killer Kross continues to beat up people, as he has for two years now, with no purpose or end point in sight.
  • Taya returned on the Lucha Capital shows to set up a match with Lady Shani which doesn’t appear to be happening, but appears to have somehow turned her tecnica in the process.
    • Lady Maravilla & Star Fire also have challenged Lady Shani
    • Faby Apache seemed to turn tecnica herself, but that appears to have now not happened.
  • Rey Escorpion & Psycho Clown are either feuding or Rey Escorpion is working his own angles with the most popular guy in the promotion who has nothing to do.
  • Joe Lider & Pagano and Miedo Extremo & Ciclope are still occasionally feuding.

Wagner & Deon meet again in the main event tonight. Wagner teams with former rivals La Parka & Psycho Clown against Demon, Fantasma, and Escorpion. Brian Cage forms an incredible team with Pagano, against Pagano’s usual tag partner Joe Lider & Texano. The Maximo/Mascara feud continues with old enemies Taya & Faby on opposite sides and Murder Clown & Chessman fill out the match.

Killer Kross was flown all the way to Mexico City to have a match with Dave the Clown & Parka Negra, excellent use of everyone’s time and jet fuel. The new trios champions Los Jinetes del Aire (VIkingo, Laredo and Myzteziz) have a rematch of the title change against Carta Brava, Mocho Cota, and Tito Santana in what should easily be the best match of the night. The opener should be fun too, with Dinastia, Lady Shani and Nino Hamburguesa taking on Lady Maravilla, Lanzelot and Villano III Jr.

AAA is insistent this show is starting at 8:00 pm. Maybe the stream will, but I still think you’re safe to wait until 8:30-ish to tune in.

La Parka’s Record column mentions the AAA TV deal on Multimedios. AAA’s not really mentioned it much. Perhaps they will tonight. Multimedios has a press release announcing AAA as running 3-5 every Sunday.

The Crash is back from an even longer hiatus, not having run a show since the start of December. Their show is very The Crash randomness: Lucha Bros versus Traumas, Ultimo Dragon versus Rebelion Amarilla, Swoggle for some reason – but there’s no indication they’re going to stream it or make it available later.

In an interview about the new OWE relationship, The Crash says they’re going to run 17 events this year. They mention getting approval from the commission, so that might be 17 events just in Tijuana. The Crash seems to do their best when they run once a month, so I hope it’s not just 17 events in Tijuana.

The second night of Fantastica Mania in Korakeun Hall takes place early Sunday morning. It’s a 3:30 AM start in the Central Time. It’s the only card on a weekend morning, but it’s also the weakest looking of the three. The highlight match should be Hermanos Lee (Dragon Lee & Mistico) taking on Los Guerreros (Ultimo & Gran). The spotlight singles match is Kojima versus Terrible, which Kojima has built up as a big personal goal for him but isn’t that interesting otherwise. The rest is tag matches. There’s somehope with Angel de Oro & Titan versus Cuatrero & Templario, since those same tecnicos did well with a seemingly lesser Okumura & Forastero team. Audaz gets a big chance in the fifth match, teaming with Soberano & Volador against Caristico, Cavernario, and Namajague. It should be a fine enough show, but nothing but that match I’m excited about.

This will be the first of two shows with English commentary. I don’t think this is as much a CMLL thing as NJPW World deciding to do commentary on every show they can. English language announcing for lucha libre show – or even lucha libre matches in other promotions – is rarely that good so I don’t have high expectations. I do know the announcers were reaching out for help and information before the shows. Hopefully, the preparation pays off. I think I’ll probably check it out just to see.

Juventud Guerrera and Fuerza Guerrera are teasing doing a match. It is weird that teasing the possibility of fighting each other suggests an improved relationship but there we are.

El Hijo del Santo’s column today is presented as an anecdote about a young man who he thought highly of and used as a last minute fill in for one of his trips to London. It really is El Hijo del Santo saying he knew Bandido was going to be great before most anyone else. And he’s right.

Puma King has another video from Japan.

Lady Flammer says she wanted to be a luchadora from the age of 4. She was a luchador almost from the age of 4.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 01/25/2019 Arena México
1) Eléctrico & Oro Jr. vs El Coyote & Grako
2) Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., Rey Cometa vs Misterioso Jr., Sagrado, Universo 2000 Jr.
3) Audaz, Flyer, Titán vs Felino, Shocker, Vangellys
4) Soberano Jr. vs Templario [lightning]
5) Atlantis, Carístico, Volador Jr. vs Cavernario, Gran Guerrero, Último Guerrero
6) Diamante Azul, King Phoenix, Penta 0M vs La Bestia Del Ring, Rush, Terrible [Relevos Increíbles]

Fenix & Penta are back for real this time. I feel like Diamante Azul was being a jerk towards them last time and doesn’t make sense as a partner to anyone but CMLL. It’d also be nice if Atlantis got a nice long vacation after Fantastica Mania instead of being thrown into a semimain. Soberano & Templario should be great and should’ve happened in Japan. The tercera will be better when Shocker is inevitably replaced but it’s still not that good.

CMLL on Marca: 2019-01-18

Rush

Recapped: 01/18/2019. Video links will be added later.

Matches:

Akuma, Espanto Jr., Metálico beat Arkalis, Astral, Magnus  
(14:04 [5:15, 3:50, 4:59], 1/3, ok, )

La Jarochita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit beat Amapola, Dalys, Metálica
(13:55 [5:55, 3:21, 4:39], 1/3, ok, )

Esfinge, Guerrero Maya Jr., Rey Cometa beat Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora, Virus
(14:46 [6:30, 3:48, 4:28], 2/3, ok, )

Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano beat Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
(10:20 [6:40, 3:40],
1/2 DQ, ok, )

Diamante Azul, Niebla Roja, Valiente beat Ephesto, Gilbert el Boricua, Mephisto
(14:14 [4:41, 3:25, 6:09], 2/3, ok,
)

Rush beat Euforia
(17:10, 1/3, good, 
)

  1. Rush corner dropkick (4:15)

  2. DQ Rush unmasking Euforia (2:7)

  3. Rush Driver (10:48)

What happened: 

Virus at work

Rush so destroyed Euforia’s mask that he had to leave to get a new one before the third fall. He also destroyed the second fall card over Euforia’s head. Euforia was stretchered out after taking the Rush Driver, only Rush attacked him on the stretcher and threatened to do more until Edgar tackled him.

Hechicero & Kraneo were pinned at the same time in the second fall. Stuka and Rey Bucanero were left to finish it. Stuka tried the splash, Rey Bucanero stood up to and tried to pull off Stuka’s mask as he fell to the mat, but missed. He got it after Stuka was on the mat.

Akuma, in his first unmasked match, had white face paint on resembling his brother Demus.

Thoughts: 

The third fall of the main event turned into a really fun match, with Euforia keeping up with Rush’s brawling and more moves in the ring than you’d normally get from Rush. Rush gave it more effort than he has in some of these other singles matches, and Euforia did well enough to survive the corner dropkick even though he never actually won a fall. Everyone seemed to like this much more than me, so don’t let my grade stop you from watching. I think it might play even better if you haven’t watched a largely boring two-hour show prior to it.

haven’t seen this one before

Gilbert isn’t moving any better than the last time we saw him, so having him battle Diamante Azul all match wasn’t ideal from an excitement standpoint. Both men would’ve been better off throwing around the smaller wrestlers and only got to do in the third fall. The finish, Azul pinning Gilbert clean with a German suplex, suggests there’s no great plans for this going forward.

The fourth match was boring, as expected with this rudo side. Hechicero trying to do mat work with Volcano was at least a little funny, though I wish he had better things to do this night. The messed up finish was enough to knock this down a level.

I could not get into the tercera at all, though there were moments where the técnicos were doing some impressive things in the third fall. Maybe it’s been too long of a day for me because the crowd seemed to appreciate it after the match. Cometa’s Brillo Cometa looked good, Virus had a nice submission at the end of the first fall, Esfinge’s timing seemed off a lot, cameras didn’t do a great job of catching Maya’s dive at the end.

brillo cometa

The women’s match was quiet even by their standards. They weren’t messing things up, but it wasn’t interesting.The ruda section felt like it went on forever, then the tecnicas were back in control for about 30 seconds before Dalys tries a double suplex that didn’t really fit. They gave Metalica a second fall pinfall over Marcela that normally would go to Dalys, the though tradeoff was Dalys not taking a pin at the end.

Opener had good moments and trouble keeping the pace up between them. Metálico works a lot faster dancing then he does in the ring nowadays. Akuma & Espanto seem motivated to make an impression as a team, which seems unlikely to go anywhere but at least thought is nice. The técnicos all did a couple things well without having a completely impressive match.