AAA in Morelia, The Crash/MLW w/Dragon Lee, CMLL weekend results

Iron Kid

AAA TV (SAT) 10/05/2019 Palacio del Arte, Morelia, Michoacán [AAA, Lucha Central, thecubsfan]
1) Eclipse b Iron KidMr. Iguana  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
9:52. Eclipse beat Iron Kid with a sprigboard moonsault
2) Cíclope & Miedo Extremo b Aramis & Toxin [TLC]  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
8:44. Toxin was injuried early on and Aramis worked 1 vs 2 until he was beat by a Miedo Extremo 450 splash.
3) Dinastía & Lady Shani b La Hiedra & Látigo  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
8:41. Lady Shani won via headscissors backcracker on Latigo.
4) Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana b Faby Apache, Octagón Jr., Pimpinela Escarlata  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:00. Mocha Cota beat Faby Apache after the usual Poder del Norte sequence and Tirantes attacking Faby. Faby attacked him post match.
5) Aerostar, Murder Clown, Niño Hamburguesa b Abismo Negro Jr., Monsther Clown, Texano Jr.  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
11:58. Aerostar beat Monster Clown with a top rope tijeras after mask ripping.
6) Blue Demon Jr., Chessman, Rey Escorpión b Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown  (posted by Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))
16:02. Chessman fouled Pagano for the win. Blue Demon was wearing joker facepaint under his mask for whatever reason. The lights went out during this match and came back late.

I liked the opener, I liked the mixed tag, but this show felt designed as a show to fill time. If you didn’t watch it live, wait for it to turn up on YouTube or wait to subscribe for Heroes Inmortales. It didn’t seem like a strong turnout for this show; this is a decent size building (5,000 seats) but it felt more empty than most AAA TV tapings lately. Most have been good so this might have just been the exception.

On Instagram, Toxin said he got seven stitches for his injury and was planning on making today’s show in Monterrey.

AAA’s posed highlights of the taping the next day, which is a nice addition.

There was no mention of the LA show being postponed/canceled/taken to a farm upstate. The only indication that it was off was Heroes Inmortales show mentioned as the next show. I may have hit the point too often already but I feel like asking for AAA to send out a message along the lines of “sorry Los Angeles fans, our return is going to be delayed a bit, thanks for your patience” is not too much to ask for out of AAA. I’m wrong, apparently.

The Crash (SAT) 10/05/2019 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California [SoCal Uncensored, Zona Ruda]
1) Próximo & Terror Azteca b Ovett Jr. & Torito Negro
2) Oráculo b Black DangerRicky Marvin
3) Animal, Demencia, Silver Star b Arandú, Star Boy, Zarco
the 3v3 apuesta match was agreed to, with Peluche putting his hair on the line instead for the bald Arandu.
4) Mjf & Richard Holiday b Hijo de LA Park & LA Park Jr.
5) Jimmy Havoc b Damián 666Savio Vega
6) Brian Pillman Jr. & Davey Boy Smith Jr. b Dragón Lee (Munoz) & Extreme Tiger
7) Rey Horus © DQ Hammerstone [The Crash HEAVY]
8) Bestia 666, LA Park, Mecha Wolf b Ikuro Kawn, Josef Samael, Simon Gotch
Ikuro Kawn replaced Fatu.

This seemed like a sellout with the positive reviews for the show overall though no standout match. A plus side to the CMLL guys being pulled off the show is MLW can use pretty much any of the matches and they did indicate they’re airing the full show.

Rush did appear to set up a tag match (keep reading), and Dragon Lee & Bestia del RIng attacked LA Park after the main event to tease the Rush/LA Park match once again. Bestia 666 made the save for his father after the Havoc match, so they’re back to being on the same page here. Rebelion Amarilla have essentially become the home team who cheat occasionally and not true rudos, so that makes sense.

This show might be better remembered for the people who missed it. I’ve got the list as Minoru Tanaka, Mance Warner, Teddy Hart, Soberano Jr., Barbaro Cavernario, Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, Marshall Von Erich, and Ross Von Erich. That’s a lot even by Mexican wrestling standards. The Crash decided to stay with the Munoz family and CMLL responded by pulling their four wrestlers, something that was announced just at bell time. Warner is out injured. Fatu ended up working another show. I’m not completely sure about the rest.

This seems to essentially mean the end of The Crash/CMLL alliance. The Crash is going to keep using Dragon Lee & Rush as long as they’re available to them, which means CMLL won’t send talent and will dissuade their own wrestlers from working those shows. “Dissuade” doesn’t appear to mean prohibit; Caristico and Dragon Lee teamed Sunday in Naucalpan, on a show that must’ve been booked directly thru Caristico and so CMLL wouldn’t have a role in stopping it.

matches announced for The Crash 11/01 Anniversary show

Dragon Lee being announced on 11/01 is vastly interesting because Dragon Lee figured to be in Osaka on 11/01, the last stop on the Power Struggle tour before NJPW’s major show on 11/03. Titan & Dragon Lee are on the posters for that tour, so Dragon Lee being free to work The Crash show would suggest he’s been dropped from the tour and potentially that NJPW has decided to pick CMLL over Dragon Lee in this messy divorce. My impression today is Dragon Lee is still likely to be on the NJPW tour and so there’s probably some change coming with The Crash match. The Junior Tag League teams should be announced soon, maybe even on tonight’s NJPW show, so we’ll know more than too.

Note that Fenix & Penta are headlining this same building a week prior for EMW too.

CMLL (SAT) 10/05/2019 Arena Coliseo [CMLL]
1) Inquisidor & Príncipe Odín Jr. b Bengala & Sangre Imperial
rudos took 1/3
2) Cancerbero, Hijo del Signo, Raziel b Eléctrico, Príncipe Diamante, Sonic
Sonic replaced Halcon Suriano Jr. Rudos took 1/3.
3) Átomo, Gallito, MicroÁngel DQ Chamuel, Guapito, Mije
Guapito replaced Zakarias, MicroAngel replaced Microman, which left no micro to referee. An unidentified short (but not micro short) young man worked as referee. Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Chamuel unmasked Gallito.
4) Black Panther, El Audaz, Guerrero Maya Jr. b Olímpico, Pólvora, Vangellys
tecnicos took 2/3
5) Dulce Gardenia, Valiente, Volador Jr. b Felino, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas
tecnicos took 2/3
6) Mephisto b Ángel de Oro
Mephisto took 1/3, the last with an unseen foul

Gallito and Chamuel tease a match, though that may have only happened because Microman wasn’t supposed to be there. That match was MicroAngel’s first match in a year; he’d basically been switched to being a referee without the retirement match against Virus. CMLL’s photos thoroughly avoid any photos of the referee of that match.

CMLL (SUN) 10/06/2019 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Acero & Aéreo b Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Universo 2000
tencicos took 2/3
2) Oro Jr., Star Jr., Stigma b Disturbio, Espanto Jr., Nitro
tecnicos took 2/3
3) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. b Okumura, Pólvora, Universo 2000 Jr.
Okumura replaced Misterioso. Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Ángel de Oro, Kráneo, Niebla Roja DQ Felino, Rey Bucanero, Terrible
tecnicos took 1/3, the last by DQ with Terrible fouled Kraneo.
5) Templario DRAW Soberano Jr. © [MEX WELTER]
Templario took fall 1, Soberano took fall 2, the third fall ended in a double pin. 9th defense
6) Gilbert el Boricua, Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Diamante Azul, Místico
rudos took 1/3.

Soberano talks about retaining his title. He wasn’t happy with the draw and offers Templario a title match (but still wants a mask match.) It’ll air  next week if you want to find out if you’re not happy with it too.

Dalys and Templario both mentioned the CMLL bodybuilding contest is on 11/27. There was thought it may go away without Paco Alonso around. It lives, at least one more year.

Soldado del Muerte won HIjo de Mr. Andoride’s mask in Guadalajara. Hijo de Mr. Andoride is Jose Angel Guerrero, 3 years a wrestler.

LuchaWorld has the latest news update.

AAA on Twitch: 2019-10-05 (Morelia)

Iron Kid, ascending

Recapped: 10/05/2019

Matches:

Eclipse beat Iron Kid and Mr. Iguana
(9:52, Eclipse springboard moonsault Iron Kid, good, 00:23:06)

Cíclope & Miedo Extremo beat Aramis & Toxin in a TLC match
(8:44, Miedo Extremo 450 splash, below average, 00:43:06)

Lady Shani & Dinasita beat La Hiedra & Látigo
(8:41, Lady Shani headscissors backcracker Latigo, good, 01:01:51 )

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Octagon Jr., Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata
(11:00, Cota frog splash Faby Apache, ok, 01:19:43)

Aerostar, Murder Clown, Niño Hamburguesa beat Abismo Negro Jr., Monsther Clown, Texano Jr.
(11:58, Aerostar top rope tijeras, ok, 01:39:34)

Blue Demon Jr., Chessman, Rey Escorpión beat Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown
(16:02, Chessman foul Pagano, ok, 02:01:05)

What happened:

Escorpion is a beer magnet

Not all that much plot-wise. Everyone who has been feuding is kept up their feud with nothing important changing. The show was full of mentions of Heroes Inmortales coming up next, but the only attempt to build anything up was Kenny Omega sending in a promo. (Strange to have an AEW promo but no AAA ones.) This event seemed to exist because it’d been a while since they had taped TV, and for no other reason.

Chessman got in a foul on Pagano to win, though the director missed the shot the first time. Blue Demon wore Joker facepaint under his mask so it could be shown off for a second when Wagner unmasked him mid-match.

Aerostar & Monster Clown ripped up each other’s masks.

Tirantes behaved fairly until a Faby Apache dropkick took him out. He was unable to count a bridging pin, then slow counted her later. They fought, with Tirantes throwing her in position for the Poder del Norte finishing sequence and fast counting the pin.

Toxin was hurt within the first couple of minutes of the second match, possibly suffering a jaw injury and bleeding from his head. Medics took him away. Aramis was stretched out after the match.

Argenis destroyed the tecnicos than complained about Myzteziz using his name on Exatlon as disrespect and said he’d go after all the Jinetes. No Jinetes were actually on this show, so maybe that’s why he never appeared again

Thoughts: 

nice assist by Tirantes

The main was about what we’ve seen from Wagner & Demon when they can’t bleed. The same sort of format to the match, the same sort of brawling and tecnico run off offense at the end. There have been better versions of it before. The finish here was obscured by Dr. Wagner deciding to incite fans into throwing drinks at the ring, and cameras picking that over Chessman getting in a foul.

Monster Clown/Aerostar fighting hard in the closing minutes of the semi-main was the highlight of an otherwise unmemorable match. The tecnicos hit the usual highspots, the crowd was into Hambrugesa (even with him being less of the match than usual), but it didn’t come across anything as memorable. Eterno was doing better under his name then in the new gear and isn’t pushed any stronger.

The Poder del Norte match, much like their new music, wasn’t as good as the past one. It had a slower pace than they’re using to going to accommodate Pimpinela. Pimpinela wasn’t as over with this crowd as other, so it didn’t quite work. The Tirantes/Faby stuff made more sense than usual and got into it logically, and I still checked out when it happened. Octagon Jr. is Golden Magic wrestling the same way with no attempt to adjust his character to the gimmick or add something new. It doesn’t seem to be taking anything away from Golden Magic, either. These new characters feel as if they exist because AAA needed for legal reasons, and they couldn’t come up with a creative reason to match.

Aerostar wanted to get this one over

The mixed tag was the best match on the show, with every combination working well. Latigo and Dinastia is strong pairing, Latigo understandably doesn’t want to be labeled a mini, but he’s good with working them. Shani’s new Maestra spots came thru nicely in this match. She and Hiedra had a fun sequence, which made me angry with Dinastia for breaking it up. He did a flip later, so it was fine.

The TLC was a waste. AAA gets away with taking a lot of these sorts of risks. What derailed this one wasn’t any more serious than in other matches, because AAA does a lot of chair shots to the head and face. Toxin got caught bad in this one, couldn’t continue, and it left a match that kind of fell apart. Maybe that particular chair shot wouldn’t have happened in a non-TLC match. The bigger problem with the stipulation is they still had to go through their props after the injury despite being very thrown off by missing one of the guys meant to go through them. Aramis had a couple of cool dive spots, he and Ciclope took the big plunge through a table, and they got to a finish, so this will look fine when they cut it down for highlights. It was the long moments in between the highlights that didn’t go well. This injury stinks for Toxin, just back from a different one and getting hurt in a match AAA will never mention again. The promotion took advantage of having young wrestlers willing to do anything for their first taste of being in a major league group, and I hope they take care of them after.

The opener has plenty of Creative moves with Iron Kid being the standout. His flying looked the most impressive, and he had the biggest moves. I didn’t love the Iguana stuffed animal spots on this type of show, but it didn’t hurt anything. The bulldog spot looked better. Eclipse’s finish was pretty good, though it seemed unnecessary after the super Michinoku Driver. Iron Kid was very much dead already.