This TV preview is pretty much question marks. AAA didn’t put up an episode on YouTube, didn’t explain why an episode didn’t go up on YouTube any place I saw but maybe I missed it. My hunch is Azteca is starting off with the first taping from Mexico City this week and perhaps it’ll go up on YouTube after. We’ll have a better idea after tomorrow, including if I need to keep track of Azteca in the first place.
AAA proper is back on Twitch Saturday night with what’s set up to be an all trios match show. Sammy Guevera’s promo last week seemed to suggest he’d be defending the cruiserweight title here as a make good, so perhaps the card is going to get shuffled.
I really enjoyed Laredo Kid & Taurus when I got to watch it without distraction. The opener was good from that AAA show in Mazatlan, though the rematch two nights later was much better. Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero might not work as well if you are expecting Niebla Roja to win.
Laredo Kid vs Taurus
AAA on Twitch: 2019-02-08
Audaz vs Tigerin a lightning match
CMLL YouTube: 2019-02-05
Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa vs Lady Maravilla, Lanzelot, Villano III Jr.
AAA held another media event at a TV network – the third in less than a week – at Azteca’s studios last night. This one was for Azteca’s commercial sponsors, obviously trying to make them feel good about spending money for ads during AAA’s show. The commercials during Televisa lucha shows were never impressive – even during the height of Mistico, there’d was a lot of cheap text message service bits during every break – and getting advertisers willing to put their messages in between AAA matches is the key here. Ratings are always good but they only matter if they mean something to advertisers. It is a good sign to see Azteca make this extra effort to try and make that work.
MedioTiempo has an interview with Dorian Roldan, talking about AAA’s alliances. Like a lot of AEW stuff, there’s not a lot of details about future plans. He says he’ll be having a face to face meeting with Tony Khan in a couple weeks to discuss plans. Roldan says they have more surprises for future months, teasing the idea of the Elite appearing on TripleMania without saying it. The AAA/Impact agreement also continues, with Roldan revealing there will be AAA surprises as part of WrestleMania weekend. I believe the plan is for a couple of AAA luchadors to appear on Impact’s show, though the exact wrestlers is not certain until something is announced.
Konnan’s Keepin’ It 100 had a random segue into clarifying Konnan’s role in AAA. He explains himself as the writer, though Disco tries to trump it up to Head of Creative. Konnan makes the (TV) cards, the Roldans may make changes, and then Konnan writes TV. It’s implied Konnan has full control of the writing at that point. Konnan was very happy with how the weekend went, especially in elevating guys like Laredo and Vikingo and keeping people guessing with Puma beating Fantasma. Konnan & Disco gush over Killer Kross, sure he’s going to be a giant star in AEW or WWE. This leads Konnan to offhandedly mention MAD does still exist, though it’s not mentioned by name. The AEW/AAA partnership is mentioned with no new details. Disco is concerned it is going to affect Konnan’s relationship with Impact & MLW but Konnan says that everything is staying as it is.
There’s been no more mention of AAA having English commentary on Saturday since the taping. AAA has bigger priorities at the moment – 200x people (at least) will be watching the Azteca show over any English language Twitch stream – but it leaves the announcers still as a mystery. Matt Striker did RT AEW’s post about AAA & AEW working together, which is truly not proof of anything but enough for me to reaffirm my strongly held fears. I’ll probably end up listening to English anyway if only because my Twitter mentions turn into “did you hear what [X]” all night any time there is an English language AAA commentary and I might as well hear it myself first.
Goya Kong is headed to Stardom from 03/03 to 03/06. Goya has not had a TV match with AAA since breaking her leg in December 2017, though she’s continued to work spot shows and was in some vignettes as part of the Mascara/Maximo feud. She’s previously wrestled in Japan for REINA.
In obvious articles, El Hijo del Santo thinks lucha libre is in poor shape. This was the anniversary celebration of the World Boxing Council, who had given him a wrestling championship many years ago that he still claims is a real thing. Santo blames promoters and commission for letting wrestlers use tables and chairs and stones, making a mockery of it all, and says now it takes 40 wrestlers for shows where before Blue Demon or El Santo crowd draw a full house. Interestingly, Santo says the one people who are upholding the dignity of lucha libre is CMLL. Santo hasn’t had much nice to say about CMLL in many years.
People who were surprised by Niebla Roja making it to the final of the Universal tournament include Niebla Roja himself. Niebla Roja wants a clean fight, having no problem if Terrible cleanly proves he’s better, but he’s ready for some Los Ingobernables style cheating. Roja is proud of beating Ultimo Guerrero after being kicked out Guerrero’s group.
CMLL micro Chamuel changed his mask yesterday on Informa. It is now something looking like a micro member of Los Infernales than the clown mask he had before. The discussion about it came off like CMLL doesn’t think the latex style masks look professional enough for their promotion, so I guess the Psycho Circus will not be making their way to AAA any time soon.
Lucha Underground writer Chris DeJoseph posted a few things about Lucha Underground this morning. I believe Celebrity Big Brother, another show he works on, wrapped up last night so I’m sure he’d like to have something else to work on right now. Unfortunately, It is probably months away from a LU S5 starting if it were to happen. DeJospeh reiterated a concept he mentioned on some podcasts: the writers see Season 5 as the end of their story, which in theory means everyone goes their separate ways after the next season finished and the 7 season contract length doesn’t matter. A season has to happen first and there’s no guarantee the people in charge of the writers will share those same feelings about ending everything. Looking back at it, it was incredibly daring – one might even say foolish – for Lucha Underground Season 4 to be an “Empire Strikes Back” season of evil winning to set up a tecnico comeback in season 5 when there’s never been any great confidence of LU having a fifth season.
The el Planchitas column has XMW scoops. The show this Saturday has a Caifan/Ultimo Guerrero match. The column says they’ll set a rematch with hair on the line for March, which sounds pretty good. Less good is many of the women advertised not actually planning to appear. In some cases (Metalica & Star Fire mentioned), they were never actually contacted before they were advertised. Other women have not received the normal booking deposit and don’t trust they’re going to be paid. The column also talks about a wrongly (?) imprisoned Mini Apache and vague plans to run a benefit show for him in jail.
ROH announced Rush versus Bandido for their 03/15 PPV in Las Vegas. Neither man has lost in ROH yet – I think Bandido has even picked up the pin in all the tag matches – and it is surprising to put them in a spot where one person has to lose. Or maybe they won’t lose. That’ll be the first Friday Rush will miss in CMLL to work in Ring of Honor.
The Atlantis & Villano kids are even main eventing legends show. Sometimes booking seems less about marketing and more about a monarchy. Negro Casas hasn’t been since November and surgery, so perhaps this means he’s returning to CMLL soon.
Solar & Negro Navarro used to have that singles match seemingly every weekend (for a title which only exists for them to pass back and forth on the rare chance where they don’t go to a draw.) It hasn’t happened as much lately due to Navarro’s reduced schedule.
Blue Demon Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara beat Dr. Wagner Jr., Máximo, Puma King
(11:40, Blue Demon foul Dr. Wagner, ok,01:50:56)
Killer Kross & Rey Escorpión beat Hijo Del Vikingo, La Parka, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown
(14:37, Killer Kross back suplex, good,02:14:57)
The main event saw La Mascara trap/distract Piero while Fantasma gave La Parka a martinete, ending his participation in the match. Laredo Kid came thru the crowd and replaced him, but was eventually taken out. Hijo del Vikingo than ran into replace Laredo, nearly beat Kross, and was pinned.
Blue Demon snuck in a foul to beat Wagner in the semi-main.
Taya got a shoulder up on the German suplex, but Hijo del Tirantes forced the shoulder back down and quick counted three.
Nino let himself get distracted by a Lady Maravilla hug, causing his team to lose. Lady Shani was very unhappy with him after.
An in-ring bit included Fantasma challenging Fenix (not there) again and Rey Escorpión boasting about his tag title reign. Vampiro introduced a Lucha Brothers promo from Vegas where they said they’d be challenging for the tag titles at Rey de Reyes. A fight involving Los Mercenarios, Konnan, Vampiro, Psycho Clown, Laredo Kid, Faby Apache, and Taya ensued.
The main event felt long, but it had a lot of different sections to break it up. The Vikingo run at the end was the best. He took the pin but got to look cool beforehand, while poor Laredo Kid doesn’t get in much before he’s vanished out of existence. I’m not quite sure why he was even there. Kross got more out of throwing Vikingo around then selling for Parka. Rey Escorpión did well with Psycho Clown, saving him on one dive and taking his tope armdrag well. I like that feud better than whenever the Parka stuff is going.
The semi-main was fine, no more. Fantasma is in this tough spot where he can play off the comedy of Máximo & Puma King well, but he sort of needs to be taken more seriously. Dr. Wagner still knows how to get sympathy, though Blue Demon didn’t show enough aggression to make it worth it. La Mascara knows where he’s supposed to be, he just doesn’t seem like he cares to be there.
The chaos of the fourway match didn’t really benefit. They packed in lot of stuff, but it didn’t have much of a direction outside of needing Flamita & Jack to disappear for the finishing stretch. There were cool move sand Vikingo getting a lot of offense to offset him taking the pin. Jack looked good and Flamita did well with what he did, but the structure of the match caused him and Drago to just disappear for a while. I liked the match but it looks better in names than what it turned out to be.
Most of the Aerostar/Taya vs Faby Apache/Monsther Clown match was built on getting heat for Monsther Clown. Watch a match about Monsther Clown unmasking and cutting open Aerostar is not really the most exciting thing, and the técnico comeback spots weren’t interesting enough to make it worth the time. Nothing fundamentally went wrong with the execution, it just wasn’t an interesting story.
Laredo/Taurus was a match with no story, only exists because the card had to be shuffled around, featuring one guy who hasn’t had any purpose since coming back to AAA and another one who is just suddenly getting a main event push. It worked perfectly because they’re both really good. Laredo Kid was good all the way thru the Lucha Capital, and this was Taurus showing he could go at the same level if given the chance. He looked impressive in the big moments, with his pounce and Taurus Driver looking super. The tornillo to the floor going a little bit off was funny, but he showed more than basing, come off as a real threat. Laredo Kid continues to be on fire, looking super with everything he did here. They completely had the crowd by the 450 splash and with everything that followed it in the last minute. I’d like something with more to it than this, but this near as good as you’re going to get for a match coming out of nowhere.
The opener had some fun action in front of the crowd who was very into Niño Hamburguesa drama. The six worked fit well together. Villano III Jr. is eager but maybe the guillotine legdrop to the floor is not his best move. Dinastia’s dropkick bump to the floor looked even worse and clearly was worse since Lanzelot had to hold up on a dive. There were some slight timing issues, though nothing that prevented this from being a pleasant xperience.