AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-28 (Nogales)

Psycho tope armdrag

Recapped: 04/28/2019


Chik Tormenta beat La Hiedra, Faby Apache, Lady Maravilla
(9:27, Chik Tormenta Styles Crash Lady Maravilla, good,

Jack Evans beat Villano III Jr., Australian Suicide, Taurus
(7:44, Jack Evans 630 senton Villano III Jr., good,

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Flamita, Hijo Del Vikingo, Golden Magic
(11:04, Mocha Cota frog splash Golden Magic, good,

Killer Kross beat Puma King
(9:56, powerbomb, ok,

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,

What happened:

He lived.

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.


Villano III Jr. just got over

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.

this is a pretty sure way to win

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.

IWRG, Lucha Libre Real, Puebla, Lucha Bros, Coliseo hair match


IWRG (SUN) 04/28/2019 Arena Naucalpan [+LuchaTV, The Gladiatores]
1) Ángel Estrella Jr. b Celestial Boy
2) Avisman, Dragón Fly, Marado b Atomic Star, Saruman, Shadow Boy Campeonato de parejas IWRG (posted by Internetv Deportes)
3) Auzter, Máscara Sagrada Jr., Multifacético DQ Fly Warrior, La Mosca, X-Fly Campeonato de parejas IWRG (posted by Internetv Deportes)
Dragon Fly & Marado ran in for the DQ.
4) Ángel Tormenta, Rokambole Jr., Villano V Jr. b Demonio Infernal, Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme Campeonato de parejas IWRG (posted by Internetv Deportes)
win via unseen foul
5) Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Sinn Bodhi b Hijo De Dos Caras, Internacional Pantera, Ovett Campeonato de parejas IWRG (posted by Internetv Deportes)
a moment of applause was held for Maria de la Luz Madrid, the life companion of Arena Naucalpan founder Adolfo Moreno.
6) Aramis & Imposible © b Dragón Bane & Hijo de Canis Lupus [IWRG IC TAG] Campeonato de parejas IWRG (posted by Internetv Deportes)
second defense

The main event here was said to be excellent, well worth watching.

Lucha Libre Real (SUN) 04/28/2019 Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México [+LuchaTV, Black Terry Jr. (Flickr)]
2) Mexica & Warrior Jr. b Lunatik Fly & Ovett Jr.
Lunatik Xtreme wrestled as Ovett Jr. Money thrown in.
3) Bengalee & Lady Pink b Lilith Dark & Reyna Obscura
4) Felino & Xendu b Akuma & Drako
Drako & Akuma had problems. Terremoto helped Drako and teased a trio with Ovett.
5) Metaleón, Mr. Leo, Tiger b Epitafio, Leviatham, Tormento
Tiger suffered a knee injury early on. Mask match challenges followed.
6) Hijo del Fantasma b El Bandido

Bandido/Fantasma was said to be pretty good as well. Tiger lost to Vangellys and then hurt his knee, which is probably worse than losing to Kevin Kross but a rough weekend. I think Felino won in Arena Neza.

Tonight’s CMLL Arena Puebla show includes a first-time challenger for the CMLL Women’s Championship. Metalica challenges Marcela for the main women’s championship. A title change is unlikely, but it still is an interesting match in a division without many of them. This will be the first streaming three fall Metalica match in CMLL. She’s the national women’s champion, but that match was a Saturday night Arena Coliseo show, and she hasn’t had a defense yet. Metalica has a good reputation on the indies and has shown glimpses of it in trios matches. This is a chance for her to do more.

The main event is a rematch. Mephisto & Volador (teaming with Ephesto) cheated Caristico (w/Cuatrero & Sanson) last week, and there’s a match coming with some combination next week. Gran Guerrero, Hechicero and Ultimo Guerrero take on the Atlantis family & fellow blue aficionado Soberano. That might be good. Newly bald Policeman teams up with possibly soon bald Disturbio and Virus to take on Drone, Fuego, and Tigre Rojo. The show opens with two 2v2 matches with all locals. It’ll stream on CMLL’s YouTube at 9 pm.

Fenix & Pentagon Jr. lost the Impact Tag Team Championship on their PPV last night. Fenix had an injury scare but was said to be alright. On his podcast, Dave Meltzer believed this might be the Lucha Brothers wrapping up in Impact. I’m not sure is about if it’s that quite yet, though it is coming before long. From an Impact perspective, it was time for LAX to win the tag titles back, but they can keep finding this for Penta & Fenix to do in the short term. They’re signing with AEW once that becomes an option – that’s been obvious since they started the feud with the Young Bucks – but they’re still stuck under Lucha Underground contract for maybe a few months long. I’m working with the assumption that they’re stuck until August. It might be slighter sooner, and they might stop taking bookings in advance of that date (and have informed promoters of that), but I think they’re around indies for a little while longer.

The interesting thing here, at least to me, is the person enforcing those LU contracts appears to be Dorian Roldan. (You’ll be hearing more about LU contracts this week.) Dorian Roldan is also a person who wants to sign Fenix & Penta to Mexico-exclusive deals with AAA. It seems theoretically possible that Roldan could allow Fenix & Penta out of their LU contracts to sign with AEW a few months early, and in exchange, they agreed to sign a deal with AAA. I don’t know if that sort of trade would hold up legally, but it is also wrestling.

The Lucha Brothers are scheduled to be on The Crash show Saturday. They’re not really working there any more than they’re working on AAA TV shows this year. It’ll only be their second appearance, compared to just working AAA Rey de Reyes. Still, the Crash seems happy to use them whenever they can, so any sign that the Lucha Brothers won’t be coming back to The Crash any time soon – a tag title change, a farewell speech – would probably indicate the wheels in motion with those other deals. Adam Brooks & Mecha Wolf showing up on Friday in Arena Mexico is interesting, but what happens on The Crash’s own show on Saturday might be more meaningful.

The Monterrey June AAA TV taping is now listed as taking place on the 9th. It did not have a specific day when it earlier announced.

Dragon Lee is on the Mucha Lucha Atlanta show on June 30th.

Box Y Lucha #3382 has Canelo Alvarez on the cover.


CMLL (SAT) 05/04/2019 Arena Coliseo
1) Halcón Suriano Jr. & Retro vs El Coyote & Inquisidor
2) Átomo, Gallito, Microman vs Chamuel, Mije, Perico Zakarías
3) Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Volcano vs Hechicero, Olímpico, Shocker
4) Disturbio vs Metálico [hair]
5) Atlantis, Atlantis Jr., Titán vs Hijo del Villano III, Rey Bucanero, Villano IV
6) Ángel de Oro, Carístico, Niebla Roja vs Euforia, La Bestia Del Ring, Terrible

There’s been plenty of apuesta matches in the history of Arena Coliseo. Just not this decade. The last apuesta match in Arena Coliseo was on the 71st Anniversary show in 2014, where Pequeno Halcon lost a cage match. The last 1v1 apuesta match was, incredibly, Hajime Ohara defeating Brazo de Platino on a March 2009 Toryumon Mexico show. The last CMLL one was Loco Max defeated Tony Rivera in 2008.

Anyway, doing Disturbio versus Metalico on a two-week build in Arena Coliseo is a reminder that CMLL programmers have a lot of freedom to do what they want and decide it is a better idea to do as little as possible.

IWRG (SUN) 05/05/2019 Arena Naucalpan
1) Shadow Boy vs Neza Kid
2) Atomic Star & Auzter vs Fulgor I & Fulgor II
3) Black Dragón, Dinamic Black, Hijo Del Ángel vs Canibal Jr., Dragón Fly, Marado
4) Eragón, Toscano, Zumbi vs Capo del Norte, Capo del Sur, Diablo Jr.
5) Demonio Infernal, Eterno, Lunatic Xtreme vs Ángel Tormenta, Rokambole Jr., Villano V Jr. [super libre]
6) Fly Warrior, Metaleón, Ovett vs Dragón Bane, Hijo de Canis Lupus, X-Fly
7) Aramis, Carístico, Imposible vs ?, Trauma I, Trauma II

This is the first Los Traumas match on an IWRG Arena Naucalpan show since sponsored show since August. (They wrestled on the Cuervo benefit show and a Montanez sponsored show in November.) R de Rudo’s El Hacker column wrote this weekend that the Traumas had been frozen out from IWRG & PALL promotion bookings after refusing to sign a contract with PALL. Something’s been worked out.

The main event should be good. Please, someone, challenge Caristico for his IWRG title. You might not get another chance for a year. Fulgors and Dinamic Black are back working undercards here.