(maybe a series? trying to figure out how to make this work)
AAA airs TV tapings on Twitch for free. Those shows are (usually) edited into two TV episodes, air on TV, and then those TV episodes are uploaded on to AAA’s YouTube channel.
AAA streams live events on Twitch on an irregular schedule. All live shows are free with commercial breaks for all. Those breaks can happen during matches. A $5/month subscription will give you a commercial-free version and VOD capabilities.
AAA has separate Spanish and English language channels. Both channels now broadcast every live event. The Spanish feed broadcasts a never-ending stream of old AAA TV episodes. The English channel is dormant between events.
There is no set schedule for AAA events. In 2020, they’ve aired on alternate Saturday nights on at 8 pm CT and appear to be staying on that slot for a while to come. It probably won’t stay that way for all year. AAA will mention the show dates among many other dates on their social media. I have also started a Twitter account (@aaanextshow) that focuses only the next AAA show start time. The first match usually begins about 20 minutes after the listed start time and run between two and three hours.
If you pay for Amazon Prime, there is a (complicated) process to get VOD free for a Twitch channel of your choice. It could be either AAA one, though not both. The free subscription lasts for 30 days and does not auto-renew. You can change channels, or even just want until the next time you want to see VOD free.
AAA also posts an episode of their show on their YouTube channel most Sunday nights. It includes three or four matches and may include character content not shown on the live stream. The matches are also uploaded individually later in the week.
The YouTube show is always well behind the Twitch live stream. It’s always at least three weeks and can greatly increase during the year. Some matches may be cut from live shows and not-safe-for-YouTube entrance music will be removed or dubbed over.
AAA has aired a limited run series called Lucha Capital on their Facebook page. The series usually airs Wednesday nights in the Fall. AAA has said the series will return in 2020 but has not announced a date.
An AAA stream airs on Pluto TV Channel 218. This airs old episodes of AAA TV similar to the Twitch stream, though they show different episodes at different times. It does not show live events.
If you live outside of Mexico, you can not currently watch AAA on your TV. It is not on Galavision in the US and has not been for many years. It is not on any other US-based network.
AAA airs on three networks in Mexico
- Azteca7: Friday afternoons at 4:30 pm CT
- Space: Friday evenings at 6:30 pm CT
- Multimedios: Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm CT
Space also airs in many South American countries. Multimedios is available on some US cable systems.
AAA staggers the TV episodes, so each channel is getting a different show each week. Matches will generally air on Azteca7 the first week, Space the following week, and Multimedios (& YouTube) the third week.
- Following AAA storylines is a double edge sword. AAA expects you to remember everything that happened and also forget everything when they do too. You need a lot of forgiveness or little investment.
- no matter what is hyped, the only match guaranteed to actually happen is the main event at TripleMania and even that is only after they’ve done a public contract signing
- There will be giant evil groups formed. Those first shows will be fun. There will be many more shows. The group will wither away without the good guys doing anything. Accept that going in.
- Titles are very important when they’re on screen and might as well not exist when they’re off-screen. Personal feuds take precedence.
- AAA does spotfests and hardcore matches very well. They have no interest in technical matches. They do encourage everyone to have the best match they possibly can, which means the openers are sometimes the best matches for the disregard of their own safety.
- the underlining theme of AAA is to get the crowd to react. If that is done with a cool move or a satisfying finish, great. If they can accomplish it by a referee refusing to count, that works for them just as well. AAA covets having an internet/worldwide fan base but the product is almost all directed at the live audience. They’re going with what works for those folks and the rest of us are along for the ride.