Invencible Jr. & Tiger Fly beat Corsario Jr. & Guerrero Galactico
(7:26, Invencible top rope huracanrana Corsario jr., good, 00:22:01)
Maximo & Mamba beat Hijo del Tirantes & Keyra
(14:00, Maximo kiss Tirantes, below average, 00:37:20)
Chik Tormenta, La Hiedra, Tessa Blanchard beat Lady Shani, Scarlett Bordeaux, Taya
(11:05, Tessa Buzzsaw DDT Taya, ok, 01:11:32)
Sammy Guevara beat Myzteziz Jr. and Puma King
(8:12, Sammy Guevara shooting star press Myzteziz, ok, 01:31:04)
Daga beat Laredo Kid
(16:28, Daga double stomp to the head, good, 01:48:12)
Hijo del Vikingo, La Parka, Aerostar beat Monster Clown, Chessman, Australian Suicide
(15:47, Vikingo reverse 450 splash, good, 02:13:21)
Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown beat Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(19:17, DQ Rey Escorpion for fouling Psycho Clown, ok, 02:42:10)
Puma King attacked Killer Kross in the main event, payback for an earlier attack. Rey Escorpion used one of the few ways you can get disqualified in AAA these days, a foul, to end the main event. Escorpion unmasked Psycho Clown as well and the collective rudo force left the tecnicos laying to end the show.
Hijo del Vikingo won the semi-main but suffered a chest or rib injury in the process. He was eventually able to refuse a backboard and walk off with help from his partners but he was clearly in pain.
Daga helped Tessa to win with a superkick to Taya. Tessa repaid the favor, first stopping a Laredo Kid pinfall count and then distracting from a foul to set up Daga’s win in the singles match. Taya ran out after, setting up the sides for tomorrow’s tag match.
Sammy shot footage for his vlog during this match and beat Myzteziz with a shooting star press. Kross attacked Puma and Myzteziz after, with Sammy electing not to get involved this time.
Tirantes wrestled in the second match (the first was all locals) but did not referee on this show.
Cody Rhodes and other AEW surprises were announced for Verano de Escandalo.
I watched this on the English feed and was left so frustrated by the experience that I’m probably shelling out $5 to switch back to a commercial-free version of the Spanish feed for Verano de Escandalo. I discovered I really need crowd noise to enjoy wrestling matches and the sound underneath the announcers was completely muted this time. The Cancun crowd was loud and rowdy (perhaps too rowdy) but you couldn’t get a sense of it watching on the English feed. I just could not get in most of this show and you may have a different experience watching it later on YouTube. The AAA English feed is a noble experiment to broaden AAA’s reach and I suspect it’ll keep going to MSG, but it remains a disappointing experience. Right now, it just checks off a box to sponsors and investors – “yes, we’re also in English now too” – but does no more than that.
Daga versus Laredo Kid was the best match on the night. It started a bit slow and got into some high action as it went along. Laredo Kid has been the best wrestler in AAA since the end of the Lucha Capital tournament and continued showing his consistent ability to have exciting matches. Daga again had his best performance so far, though this didn’t reach the levels of the Vikingo match (and the Daga/Drago match is going to be more of a challenge.) The problem with doing Daga versus Laredo Kid right now is neither guy really should be taking a pinfall at this moment. AAA felt the need to do something screwy with the finish to leave some doubt, but it also takes away from the match when people are running into the ring to get the referee to stop the count (and that’s not even the finish.) I wonder if a draw would’ve worked better, though I’m unsure if AAA crowd would’ve accepted that sort of finish. What they really could’ve used is two replacements for the people who were missing, so they could’ve changed a few matches around and made this a tag.
The rest of the show was alternating fine and forgettable. The locals opener probably was the second best match on the show, with the Quintana Roo luchadors trying to steal the show via every hot move they knew. Tiger Fly stood out for his movement most on the tecnico side. Corsario Jr. was the most enthusiastic of the two rudos, though also hilarious in having to attack the tecnicos afterward to protect his heat on whatever indie shows he works in this town.
Puma/Sammy/Myzteziz was a lot of moves that flowed well at times and did not at others. Puma’s outfit looked great. I’m not sure if Sammy vlog-ing works as a rudo bit for the Mexico crowd as much as it does for indie ones. The women’s trios match didn’t work as well as the previous one. Scarlett was not in that and got a lot of focus in this one, though she didn’t seem to be particularly the problem. It just felt like more of an off-night match outside of Lady Shani’s cool sequence of cradles. Parka/Vikingo/Aerostar vs Chessman/Suicide/Monster was two very different matches that happened to be occurring at the same time. It seemed like a complete waste of Vikingo & Aerostar for about half the match, then Aerostar was falling from 20 feet and Vikingo was doing quick back and forths with Suicide and crazy spots onto Chessman. There’s a story to be told about how Vikingo couldn’t beat Suicide last year and has easily surpassed him this year but I don’t think early 2018 AAA still counts at this point.
The main event was the usual AAA formula main event, with maybe a little bit longer match and a little bit more brawling. You have seen it on literally every AAA TV taping. I’m not sure how anyone would handle it if AAA put a singles match on last for a non-TripleMania card, it would be too weird. The exoticos vs Tirantes/Keyra match was not good at all, with the exoticos not looking good and not exactly set up to win by facing a woman and a referee. The more Tirantes is in these, the more exposed he gets; the only hope here is he’s been so exposed that AAA will decide they need Tirantes to put his hair up as a second versus Faby Apache instead of wrestling the match himself. There was no reason for him to wrestle here once Faby Apache wasn’t on the card except they needed someone to make up the numbers, but AAA should’ve known Faby (and Texano) weren’t going to be here long enough to find Villano III Jr. or Parka Negra and send them instead.