Chik Tormenta beat La Hiedra, Faby Apache, Lady Maravilla
(9:27, Chik Tormenta Styles Crash Lady Maravilla, good, 00:22:46)
Jack Evans beat Villano III Jr., Australian Suicide, Taurus
(7:44, Jack Evans 630 senton Villano III Jr., good, 00:45:14)
Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Flamita, Hijo Del Vikingo, Golden Magic
(11:04, Mocha Cota frog splash Golden Magic, good, 01:04:26)
Killer Kross beat Puma King
(9:56, powerbomb, ok, 01:29:32)
Murder Clown, La Parka, Niño Hamburguesa beat Averno, Chessman, Dave The Clown
(17:00, Hamburguesa splash Dave the Clown, ok, )
Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown, Puma King beat Rey Escorpión, Taurus, Texano Jr.
(15:45, Laredo Kid powerbomb Rey Escorpión, good, 02:30:45)
The main event started as Psycho Clown & Laredo Kid versus the three rudos. Psycho Clown explained that originally scheduled partner Puma King was unable to wrestle after being beat up by Killer Kross earlier but they’d go it 2v3. Hijo del Vikingo ran out to turn the tide a few minutes in, continuing his staple of running in every main event that way. It was still 3v4 with La Hiedra getting involved with no problem. The rudos attacked Laredo about five seconds after he got the win, only for La Parka to walk out and hit each rudo with a chair to run them off.
Lady Maravilla did distract Nino Hamburguesa in the semi-main. It worked as a distraction but his team still rallied to win.
Killer Kross had been talking about becoming the Diablo of Monterrey – his nickname when he came back to Mexico as part of MAD’s beginnings. He wore white facepaint and had some Undertaker flourishes, including the pin.
Poder del Norte repeated their challenge for a trios title match after the their win.
The second match was originally a three way and originally for a cruiserweight title shot. It did not appear the title shot was still on the line, though it is possible Jack Evans will get one anyone.
Lady Shani, who is wrestling but not on TV cards for the next few weeks, did appear before the opener to offer a title shot to the winner. Chik Tormenta got the win.
I have no notes for the main event, which kind of many want to throw out the whole recap and just handle it differently. This Nogales show was a slightly different iteration from the Mexicali show two days prior. Most of the matches were pretty good, though it lacked something with the emotion or performance to feel must see. There was a match where someone won a title shot, with no explanation of when that match would be (and reasonable doubt that it would ever be a singles title match.) Both had really good Poder del Norte matches and Vikingo making main event run-ins. The Nogales show had a little less star power, with most of the Impact crew heading to Tornto, but slightly better overall matches. None of the matches which happened were advertised that way; AAA appears compelled to release lineups before they actually have decided what matches they’re going to run, and so this is going to keep on happening until they decide to release updated lineups when they figure it out.
This was a relatively small roster for these shows, but it was pretty much the right people. I have no idea why Taurus worked twice, but Taurus was good twice, just being a great base in both matches. Los Mercenarios never win, all the post-match attacks they do can’t really hide that, but they’re good opponents for the brawling & weird flying Psycho Clown wants to do. Laredo Kid & Vikingo are good and better off for being around Psycho; Vikingo especially seemed over earlier in the show, and teaming with Psycho earlier probably has helped break him out as much as the moves.
Poder del Norte had a better match this time out, the best match of the night, with Flamita, Golden Magic and Hijo del Vikingo fitting better as opponents. They were on fire on offense and also setting up the tecnicos. Vikingo appeared to have springs for legs at times. Both four ways were good, though it was truly odd to have two four ways back to back. Chik Tormenta is a surprising pick for a title match, but she’s been good in her most recent matches. There’s also almost no chance Chik Tormenta is facing Lady Shani one on one; most of the women are probably going to be involved.
The La Parka match is Not For Me, but the crowd seemed to like. More this La Parka’s moves, they always seem twice as long as they need to be. More than the young flyers, Parka seems to do more than he needs to do in every match. I think he just likes being cheered out there and I can’t blame him for that. I’d just prefer shows closer to two hours rather than three.
Killer Kross probably should’ve lost. It does seem like a waste for a multi-year undefeated streak to end on a random AAA TV taping, but the streak and Kross are not over – they know it, he wouldn’t be trying out a new look if he was over – and it’s hard to imagine it turning around enough that someone ending his streak is going to mean anything more than a single loss. This was just another instance of Kross giving some power moves and looking mean at the camera. It was fine, Puma did a better job of seemed outmatched by Kross than most people but my patience is long exhausted on this one.