AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-18 (Aguascalientes)

Psycho Clown and a mass of people

Recapped: 07/18/2019

All matches were aired live from Palenque de la Feria, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes.


Freelance, Astrolux beat Impulso, Low Rider
(9:07, Astrolux 450 splash Low Rider, ok,

Latigo, Último Maldito, Lady Maravilla, Parka Negra beat Dinastia, Arkangel Divino, Eclipse Jr., Big Mami
(14:08, Lady Maravilla chair shot Big Mami, good,

Golden Magic & Lady Shani beat La Hiedra & Villano III Jr.
(10:10, Lady Shani jumping spinning DDT Villano III Jr., great,

Dave The Clown, Chik Tormenta, Tessa Blanchard beat Faby Apache, Niño Hamburguesa, Taya
(9:21, Tessa hammerlock DDT, ok,

Aerostar, Laredo Kid, Puma King beat Averno, Chessman, Eterno
(12:41, Puma King code red Eterno, good,

Daga & Taurus beat Cody Rhodes & MJF
(14:00, Daga & Taurus pin MJF, ok,

Dr. Wagner Jr., Pentagón Jr., Psycho Clown beat Blue Demon Jr., Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(15:39, Wagner Driver on Blue Demon, ok,

What happened:

Laredo Kid tornillo

Dr. Wagner cleanly defeated Blue Demon in the main event. The show actually opened with Demon declaring Wagner had made it personal and he’d beat him at TripleMania. Wagner ended the show saying the support of the Wagnermaniacos fans would help him get the win.

Taurus spent a lot of his match Cody Rhodes avoiding fighting him. He and Daga did manage to defeat MJF. Cody singlehandedly took Daga & Taurus out post-match until Texano & Escorpion ran in. Cody got revenge by beating up Escorpion & Texano after the main event, with Taurus ducking out on him again.

Monster Clown, not otherwise on the show, destroyed Aerostar after his match. Aerostar had about destroyed himself on a dive moments earlier and seemed a bit out of it.

Tormenta does a full somersault on a dropkick

Tessa, through the benefit of some questionable counting skills by Hijo del Tirantes, beat Taya in their trios match.

Villano III Jr. was clearly in the ropes for the finish of his match with Lady Shani, but that was also obviously the planned finish. The announcers didn’t ignore it, but it did not appear to be an angle.

Lady Maravilla won her match with a blatant chairshot to the head of Big Mami. An upset Nino Hamburguesa blew off Maravilla’s advances to check on Mami, then stormed off.

The announced Cage versus Kross match did not happen. Neither man was mentioned.


Arkangel and Maldito

The last show before TripleMania was a lot like many of them leading up to this point. The early matches were full of energy, some of it producing great results. The late matches were heavy on brawling and the crowd emotion even if the work itself wasn’t that impressive. Those last couple of matches suffered from the show being long and starting at a late hour, though the live crowd seemed to enjoy it. The audience generally seemed more into the show than previous Aguascalientes shows, with one noticeable extension.

The main event wasn’t quite as maniac as the previous matches. There was blood and punches, but it wasn’t as over the top as it had been in Zapopan. Wagner & Escorpion brawling over to the announce booth was fun, there just wasn’t as much fun moments in this one. The crowd loved Penta, he just had basically nothing to do here. I hope they got him to tape vignettes or something while he was there because otherwise this seemed like an under-utilization of finally having him in. The Cody/Mercenarios fight during the post-match felt artificially forced in and was rightly swiftly ignored to get back to the final Demon/Wagner match. Demon & AAA managed to turn the crowd against Demon and for Wagner, which was a good sign. Wagner works better as the tecnico and Demon as the rudo right now, so hopefully, they can get the same reactions at TripleMania.

The AEW/AAA match didn’t work at all. It was a repeat of the Young Bucks match at Rey de Reyes, where it came off as an AEW issue dropped into an AAA show. That’s despite this actually being something that was built up on an AAA show and Konnan trying to make it clear that Cody was the face in this feud. It didn’t work. Cody spending the first few minutes trying to get the crowd to chant for him also didn’t work. I enjoy MJF’s act generally and he did a good job of playing his character on this show, but the cute AEW bit of MJF being a heel while Cody is unaware actively harmed the chances of this match getting over. The crowd already didn’t know what to make of this match and they were even more confused with people on both teams playing heel and the only face being the foreigner. Taurus playing chicken from Cody seemed totally out of character too; that’s how Rey Escorpion might play it, but Taurus has always been a killer monster with a weakness of over aggression, not a chicken. Daga was fine, Daga didn’t use any knucks so I have no problem with Daga (except he probably shouldn’t have been involved with the pinfall.) The only good news here is none of this likely matters; Cody will be teaming with Psycho Clown at TripleMania and so the crowd will know what the story of the match is supposed to be. But they could’ve used Psycho Clown or someone like him in this match in MJF’s spot.

Aerostar would keep hopping up forever if there was enough ropes

The Aerostar match was good solid fun until his dive went very wrong at the end. It’s one he never has an issue with and seemed pretty shook up. Eterno probably needs a bigger win to have his credibility at this level, but he worked well enough to be that high up on the card. (And they’ve had Dave this high too, without ever giving him a win.) Laredo Kid was more in the background than usual this year.

The Tessa/Taya trios barely had any Tessa. She seemed to disappear for a long stretch in the middle and wasn’t getting in the ring for much of anything besides interacting with Taya. That doesn’t suggest much for the TLC match. Faby & Hamburguesa got over as much as usual and Tormenta had a lot of work bumping for them. The biggest problem with the match was it being a normal one after some insanity, but it was fine for the spot on the card.

Latigo ends Arkangel

Villano III had a performance for the ages. He took all the energy he usually uses to take silly bumps to instead make Golden Magic take silly bumps instead. He may have been a bit too rough – everyone seemed more concerned about Lady Shani early on than would be expected for just selling. At least Shani was more willing to fall into the crowd than Cody. Golden Magic still looked good despite being on the wrong side of most of the violence and Shani got a win she needed at the end.

The segunda had about as much action as the opener with a little bit more steadiness. Ultimo Maldito & Arkangel Divino did the same things they always do but, if we’re only seeing them every six months, they’re still pretty impressive. Latigo worked well with the smaller guys and continues to be the glue guy in these matches. Big Mami was super over, easily the most over character in this match. The finish was a bit lame after near 15 minutes, but at least it did serve an immediate purpose.

The opener had great energy, with all four guys trying for something memorable. It sure was memorable when Astrolux about killed himself a few times. It’s a hard match to recommend because there are spots so blown that the crowd laughs at them. That’s balanced out by the effort level; these guys were doing everything they could. And many things they could not. Freelance was the only luchador who looked exciting and didn’t have something go wrong, while everyone else could stand another shot at it.

Master of the spinebuster

Ciber/UG trios match (and Aniversario preview?) tonight, Dragon Lee/Super J-Cup,

Tonight’s CMLL show lacks the excitement of last week’s Lyger/LA Park visits. The quality of the matches appears nearly as good, though a dark cloud of an unappealing Aniversario main event hangs over the show. CMLL’s biggest show of the year is believed to be only 49 days away. There is no announced match for that show, so every week brings a different possibility of what CMLL may suddenly launch into the big spot. CMLL’s ability to draw a big house on expensive prices for the not-exactly-dream match of Matt Taven & Volador Jr. versus Barbaro Cavernario & Rush last year opens up the possibility of doing similar level matches this year.

Which brings us to the semi-main, where the Ultimo Guerrero versus Cibernetico match rears its very boring head again. They’re grouped with four other unmasked rudos – Rush & Bestia teaming with Ciber and old friends Bucanero & Casas teaming with UG – which might be part of a bigger plan. The Ultimo Guerrero versus Ciber singles match a couple of weeks ago proved that match alone as a main event probably wouldn’t work. If CMLL is still set on doing it, including a lot of other unmasked people in a cage match might work better. CMLL could still end up with a short Ciber/UG match at the end instead of going fifteen or more minutes on their own. It still wouldn’t be a super appealing match for an Aniversario but CMLL found out they don’t need to do one of those. LA Park & Rush didn’t get the mics last week, and we’ll know if something is up if these guys get the mics after the semi-main.

(Thinking too deeply about this: Bestia probably wouldn’t be allowed to risk losing his hair twice in six months, but people like Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja and Vangellys, and Felino could be thrown in to round out the numbers. If Felino was supposed to lose his hair in Ciudad Juarez before being moved to the Liger show, it is possible he could get his hair loss here instead. Also, this is just another in a long line of “maybe they’ll do this match?” bit this year. CMLL made it very clear when they were running the tag match at H2L and they’ll make it very clear again if this is the match.)

The actual main event is Carisitco, Mistico, and Volador against NGD, a generic good match. Valiente versus Cavernario should also be good and is interesting for the outcome. I think people are much higher on Cavernario now, but Valiente’s the tecnico and the larger luchador, so he’s probably the favorite. Titan, Soberano, and Audaz face Hijos del Infierno in the usual showcase. Fuego, Drone and Guerrero Maya face Misterioso, Kawato San, and Tiger, who will make this match interesting. Magnus & Magia Blanca open up against bicycle enthusiasts Akuma & Espanto Jr.

The show will air on Marca and YouTube at 8:30 pm, possibly both blocked in the US & Japan. I plan on streaming on YouTube.

Lucha Central has a preview of the show.

I was unaware who Luisito Rey was before yesterday; he appears to be a very popular YouTube vlogger who does a reaction videos. (He’s also got about 2 million followers on Twitter and YouTube.) He did a lucha libre reaction video, which was mostly focused on CMLL, and talked about the last AAA show in Aguascalientes on Twitch. AAA invited him on Twitter to come to TripleMania and they went back and forth on it.

El Grafico has an interview with Australian Suicide and Villano III Jr. about the TripleMania mixed tag title match. Suicide mentions he had a neck injury and personal problems in 2018 that left him low, but he now feels better than ever and credits his relationship with Vanilla for being a reason for that. Villano III Jr. & Lady Maravilla don’t seem connected on that level but Villano mentions he and Maravilla train in the same gym and ring every day so they’re coming up with ideas and surprises for the match.

MexaWrestling says Flamita will be on their 08/05 Arena San Juan show.

Dragon Lee, along with Sho & TJP, was announced for the 2019 Super J-Cup. Dragon Lee was on promotional art for the tour previously. So was Caristico. This 16 man tournament runs from August 22 to the 25th.

In a promotion email, Warrior Wrestling announced Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero vs Caristico for their 09/01 show in the Chicago area. The match will be announced on Twitter on Monday.

EMW says they’ll be back in Auditorio de Tijuana on September 27th with an AAA vs Tijuana Indies concept. I’m not sure what goes on in Tijuana in August but both EMW and The Crash are avoiding running shows next month.

Hijo del Santo and Dr. Wagner Jr., who is so definitely retiring if he loses next Saturday, are on the next Martinez Entertainment show on 09/28 in Fort Worth. I think Hijo del Santo is one of those people worth seeing live at least once while you can and there’s no telling how often you can (though he does seem to be working slightly more often than of late.)  The Martinez shows are long but generally good.

The Tuesday Arena Aficion main event was supposed to be Eterno versus Huracan Ramirez Junior. A non-dead Huracan Ramirez Jr., though I guess it doesn’t totally matter since he was replaced by a Mascara Sagrada Junior. The Eterno/Sagrada Jr. match is described going 10 minutes with few moves and ending in a double pin draw. Those Arena Aficion Tuesday shows seem to draw less than 10 people so a main event draw is weird but not really news. The semi-main, with IWRG’s Pumita de Oro, Stat Kind and Jeque against local clowns Niko, Harry, and IWRG’s Hausser, also went to a draw. Two draws sound like there’s a bigger story there.

Puma King posted his latest video.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

Segunda Caida writes about the Briscoes vs Dragon Lee/Rush.

Blue Panther Jr. wants a mask match with Polvora.


CMLL (TUE) 07/30/2019 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Amperaje, Mágico, Micro vs El Jabalí, Mr. Apolo, Thunder Boy
2) Fireman, Magnum, Star Jr. vs Cancerbero, Guerrero de la Muerte, Raziel
3) Drone, Pegasso, Tritón vs Kawato San, Pólvora, Virus
4) Blue Panther, Kráneo, Volcano vs Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
5) Dragón Lee, Místico, Rush vs Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero

Another Munoz family team up in the main event. If you listen to their interviews, it is very clear they would like to make this a regular thing.

Fireman is also family – Audaz’s younger brother – and has been wrestling on indie shows the last couple of years. He appears to be the next line in this Sangre Nueva 2019 project. This seems to be a project for a while. Fireman has a Facebook post hinting at this back on June 7th. CMLL takes a while to get anything rolling around this looks like a direction picked before Sofia Alonso became in charge.

Zona 23 (SUN) 08/11/2019 Av. Lopez Portillo, San Francisco Chilpan, Tultitlán, Estado de México
1) Mr. Hardboy vs Venganza
2) Sadika vs Sadik Maiden
3) Phoenix Kid vs Ovett Jr.Osiris
4) Epitafio, Terremoto, Tóxico vs Abortex, Ángel Azul, Ciber Payaso
5) Yakuza vs Chucho el Roto
6) Demoledor vs Juan el Ranchero
7) Black Terry vs Pirata MorganMr. Cóndor [super libre]
8) Toxin vs Fly Star [tlc]
9) Drako vs Joe Lider [Zona 23 CHAMP]

The last show for Zona 23 was said to be the last show in this junkyard with the next show on 08/04. The next show is now 08/11 and they’re back at the junkyard. It is dumb that I listed a match as super libre, all the matches are really super libre.

CMLL Martes: 2019-07-16

this was a safe idea

Recapped: 07/22/2019


Magnus & Retro beat Akuma & Espanto Jr.
(11:17 [5:10, 2:48, 3:19], 2/3, n/r,

Drone, Fuego, Magia Blanca beat Disturbio, Misterioso Jr., Sagrado
(11:39 [5:12, 3:02, 3:25], 1/3, n/r,

Black Panther, Blue Panther Jr., El Audaz beat Dark Magic, Okumura, Virus
(12:49 [4:15, 6:25, 2:09], 1/3, ok,

Felino beat Blue Panther in a lightning match
(8:04, reverse figure four, ok,

Kráneo, Stuka Jr., Titán beat Hechicero, Rey Bucanero, Vangellys
(11:13 [3:42, 2:51, 4:40], 1/3, ok,

Ángel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Valiente beat Euforia, Gran Guerrero, Mr. Niebla
(8:11 [2:55, 1:55, 3:21], 2/3, ok,

What happened:

The main event was building towards a tag title match, though no one knew enough to make challenges yet.



The main event was a by the number match with Mr. Niebla acting a bit weirder than usual. I don’t know that he was in no condition, but the sequence where he climbed to the top rope, basically crotched himself, got chopped to the mat and got pinned off that was weird. Someone needs to let the Guerreros know they don’t have to force in the double press slam in every match.

The semi-main had a few second of Hechicero/Stuka fun in an otherwise generic match. Hechicero trios matches are rarely good because he’s rarely in with anyone good, just immobile rudos. This featured Kraneo comedy and not much more.

Everyone was very excited when Blue Panther did his tope in the lighting match, mostly because it was six minutes in and something mildly exciting had occurred. The match was competent but not very exciting. It was more competent than the referee, who seemed to allow Felino say the match was over when he was applying his hold. Pompin was looking at Felino to give up when Felino had the hold applied, and Felino might have tricked him into calling the submission.

The tercera was an ordinary trios match with not much excitement on the rudo side. Audaz looked great in his 40-second run and he needs to get more than 40-second runs. Blue Panther Jr. having to shove Dark Magic in the direction he was supposed to go is not a great sign. Dark Magic will get to tell everyone for the rest of his life that he was a luchador for CMLL and have that’ll be a technically true but I’m not sure if it is true in spirit.