Black Destiny beat Skalibur, Fantastik, Rayo Star, Drake, Genio del Aire to win the EMW Middleweight championship
(5:53, Black Destiny top rope Canadian Destroyer on Skalibur, good, 00:21:00)
Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa beat Jonathan & Lady Maravilla
(9:06, stereo middle rope splashes, ok, 00:37:18)
Hijo del Tirantes & Chik Tormenta beat Faby Apache & Taya
(8:59, DQ; Hijo del Tirantes faked foul, 00:56:28)
Hijo Del Vikingo beat Golden Magic, Villano III Jr., Flamita in a Number One Contenders for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
(16:39, great, 01:16:13)
- medical stop Villano III Jr. (8:57)
- Flamita superbomb Villano III (11:57)
- Hijo del Vikingo inverted 450 splash Flamita (16:39)
Daga & Taurus beat Brian Cage & Laredo Kid
(11:01, Taurus Rosa Driver Laredo Kid, good, 01:43:18)
Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Australian Suicide, Daga, Jack Evans
(11:35, Mocho Cota Jr. splash Australian Suicide, good, 02:06:36)
La Parka, Psycho Clown, Puma King beat Chessman, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(17:53, Psycho Clown torito Rey Escorpion, good, 02:26:53)
After about 8 minutes of the main event, Taurus arrives to take out La Parka with a spear, which leaves La Parka injured and out of the match. Laredo Kid runs in for the save and takes him out with a dive. Poder del Norte attack Lareod and take him out. Vikingo shows up with a stick but the numbers get the better of him, and they all quickly brawling to the back. Murder Clown shows up next and – much like happened six weeks ago in Sinaloa – he substitutes for La Parka’s place in the match. Kross shows up about 16 minutes in, pulls Puma King out, and powerbombs him thru a table. It really doesn’t matter, because Psycho beats Rey Escorpión clean a moment later with a torito and Puma celebrates with this team. Puma is in the middle of challenging Kross to a singles match when Texano attacks him from behind. Taurus comes back out to help and is now wearing a Rey Escorpión shirt. Escorpión and Taurus come over to the announce desk later to scream about. Konnan points out that makes him a new Mercenario.
Killer Kross replaced Daga, who moved into Guevera’s spot in the next match. Daga is anti-Perros del Mal but using the Perros del Mal music. For AAA reasons, Jesus Zuniga introduced the Poder del Norte trios match before the Taurus tag match. Poder del Norte came out seemingly randomly to distract Laredo Kid at the finish. Vikingo makes the save after the match, and it sets up a trios title match.
The cruiserweight match was temporary stopped just about 9 minutes in when Hijo del Villano suffers a right shoulder injury. It is treated with grave seriousness, though it also looks like it might have been a work.
The mystery person is never given a name but is someone wearing Averno’s gear and mask. It becomes quickly clear it is Hijo del Tirantes, and Faby unmasks him by about six minutes in. Hijo del Tirantes has Faby Apache seemingly defeated with a Devil’s Wings, but holds up the count. Faby immediately gets up and cradles him, but referee Copetes holds up the count for no apparent reason. (It is possible Chik Tormenta was supposed to grab him from outside the ring; Copetes turns to her to react to nothing we see.) Hijo del Tirantes fakes a foul to draw the DQ.
Jonathan does not keep up with the show, because he seems wrongly concerned when Maravilla starts flirting with Niño Hamburguesa. Big Mami is rightly concerned. Again, Niño Hamburguesa & Big Mami are almost enough to win despite Hamburguesa refusing to hit Maravilla, but Mami is violently annoyed with Hamburgesa’s refusal to hit the woman who definitely is not her girlfriend. Hamburguesa checks on Maravilla after the match, so Big Mami fakes a fainting spell to get attention instead. Hamburguesa catches her, but then dumps her off on Jonathan and carries Maravilla off.
A video from Drago (who is in Australia) airs before the match, announcing he has to give up the EMW Middleweight Championship due to being so busy elsewhere. This was the championship he was originally to defend on the previous taping in Tijuana.
Neither Hugo nor Vampiro is around. I didn’t catch an explanation. Jesus Zuniga replaces Hugo for most of the show, with Konnan kicking him out and taking over for the last two matches. Konnan starts doing impressions of Hugo’s catchphrase, which is funny the first couple times but as much not the dozen or so that follow.
The May 2nd Elite show was promoted.
The main event had at least seven run-ins and was chaos, though better than usual La Parka main event chaos. He wasn’t really involved much when he was around. Chessman wasn’t much good either, but the waves of people getting involved kept a long match more fun than a standard match would’ve been. Murder Clown does well in técnico offense runs, which still seems weird. Psycho Clown was good as usual. Puma vs Kross is a weird use of both those guys but better than the no use they’ve been on.
The semi-main wasn’t good enough to overcome being a rudo versus rudo match where the two teams didn’t have much reason to fight. (They really needed to come up with a reason, even if just for one night.) It’s tough to have matches just for matches sake when you get this late into an AAA card and have seen just about everything. There was some iffy-ness here – Jack Evans didn’t have a strong night – through the Poder del Norte being a machine helped make this at least worthwhile. This was not bad by any means but it may be one working better out of context on its own because it didn’t have much of one on this show.
The 2v2 match was about doing a big man Cage/Kross standoff, which got a little reaction. Taurus & Laredo Kid were the more interesting pair. Cage & Laredo worked well for a makeshift team and Taurus destroying people is always fine. The Rodeo Driver on Laredo looked especially brutal. There finish of Laredo Kid diving onto people who just showed up at ringside was a bit cheesy but the match they’re setting up should be as good fun as always. Not sure when they’re going to do all these matches though.
The four ways stupendous, strong use of elimination rules to give some great chaotic action early and a good back and forth at the end. All four men had strong nights. Golden Magic had a positive night, looking on point with his flying before being powerbombed out of the match. Villano III Jr. was fighting out of his experience class and fitting in fine before his demise. Flamita had one of his best individual showings in AAA, really making the ending series with Hijo del Vikingo really come together. His offense looks great and he probably is the only one in this match with the experience to lean into the Vikingo reaction and switch to leaning more rudo at the end to make the finish a bigger deal. This Flamita is a luxury as an extra midcard person in AAA. I have no idea how long he’ll be happy just working the middle of the card matches, but he’s so the right guy to work the AAA young guys who have only faced each other so far, and I hope we get more of him and Vikingo somehow. The Villano injury bit derailed the match and there was a double cutter spot that was quite bad, but the match entirely is something you should go out of your way to see.
The (mostly) women’s match was fine, though it couldn’t help but think it would’ve been better with an actual fourth woman. Tirantes wrestles and was fine as a base, but he didn’t do much early. Chik Tormenta looked impressive with what was basically a showcase for her, but it limited the match. It also meant nonsense to end it. The finishing sequence is very unsatisfying, with Hijo del Tirantes passing up a deserved win for an undeserved win for no particular reason. Faby and Taya was fine, though it didn’t seem like Taya was hitting well with everything.
The mixed tag story needs to move on to another chapter already. Hamburguesa & Mami aren’t as fun right now and they’ve been hitting the same beats with this for three months. It doesn’t even really make sense right now: Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa are actually so dominant, they win when Hamburguesa is not even trying half the time. Lady Maravilla has definitely been successful in seducing Hamburguesa but she’s still losing every match so it seems like a dumb plan. There’s drama but no movement and everyone is looking silly (and not the good kind of silly) by standing in the same spot. Jonathan was fine but I think I came away glad he was being used in this match rather than replacing anyone in the opener.
The opener was almost a replay from Tijuana, with Skalibur taking Jonathan’s spot. It seemed less frantic than that match. Everyone got a moment early on without a rush or without as much time as the last match. The last minute or so was just typical Baja California lucha libre insanity, where the AAA cameras couldn’t totally capture it but it would’ve been tough for anyone. Drake finally got caught on a dive and it didn’t end up going any better for him. Genio del Aire remains super smooth in everything; in another era, he’d be under some weird Antonio Pena gimmick and working openers every year for a year. Skalibur is a crazy person.