taped 2014-03-16 @ Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León
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taped 2014-03-16 @ Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León
Daga vs Argenis, Australian Suicide, Súper Fly for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship: Good opener and good job giving Daga something to do. This had good action all the way thru, and (almost) no dumb pinfall broken spots. Argenis was the weak link but had a couple of okay spots. Super Fly looked better than I was expecting, though there’s no way you would’ve known he was meant to be a rudo at this point. Australian Suicide didn’t get a lot to do early but was showcased strongly by the end of the match. Daga held it together and was the right man to get the wins. If they knew how good the discus clothesline spot was going to look, I bet they would’ve ended the match with it. Still, the interference spot was not much and the match still kept going for long enough that Daga seemed impressive for going thru all three opponents.
Fénix vs Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa, Último Gladiador, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain, Eterno in a domed cage match: A lucha libre hardcore cage match. There were some big spots, they largely didn’t mean anything, people climbed out at random intervals and I was generally bored. I’m pretty certain I would’ve lost my mind had I watched it live after a 45 minute delay, but it was fine enough for what it was on TV much after the fact if way too long. Niño had no problem climbing the ladder to escape, and might have been able to climb down on his own, but AAA sent help even before he tried (at least as we saw it on TV) and it was a very slow descent. He wasn’t the only one who needed the ladder; Crazy Boy made sure to climb up right away before they could destroy it, and Joe Lider struggled escaping too. I couldn’t tell if Pentagon actually lost his grip or meant to do a move from the top of the cage onto Fenix – his later teasing of death via falling off the cage makes me think he meant to do it. It’s almost as if this stipulation made it unnecessarily difficult for the performers. I’ll give the cage one thing, it was pretty hilarious to see Pentagon just easily crawl back in thru on of the wide gaps on the bottom to help out the table spot. He should’ve thought of that sooner!
Cibernético, Electroshock, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.: Usual Jarrett goofery. Belts were found and used to slap people in the back. Roldans had issues with each other. Bad wrestling sequences occurred. Karen shrieked a lot, and then less so when I hit the mute button and then got something thrown in her face again. Texano got nearly beat a half dozen times. The whole end game didn’t seem to go right and took longer than normal, but they ended up where they wanted at the end. Jeff losing to Cibernético by guitar shot would make it seem like this was over, but it was actually Jeff losing to Joaquin guitar shot. That means six more months of Roldan/Jarrett feuding.
taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Jinzo, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Fresero Jr., Súper Fly: Typical opening match has different connotations when referring to AAA and CMLL. This was a typical AAA opening match with young guys – a billion spots, some of which got lost in the mixed but an overall entertaining package. Super Fly looked strong and got the win in the end. Jinzo looked sloppy, especially early – but if the idea was to the two AAA regulars were supposed to look like bigger stars, they did accomplish that. Probably could’ve skipped the post match beating since there’s already plenty of those on this show.
Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Chessman, Daga, Pentagón Jr.: EXCELLENT. There’s plenty of reason to expect a super man with this lineup, but this surpassed that. Rudos were great taking over the match for the first half, and then it was just an amazingly level of action the rest of the way. The técnicos doing the same sequence to finish of guys for a few months now has me ready for anything to happen when the rudo disrupt it. Everything after it got disrupted this time was controlled insanity, and there were a lot of convincing near falls. Pentagon was super throughout and he and Suicide worked well together in their frequent late match fights. Daga seemed invisible for the first half of the match, except helping out with moves, but then had some great moments later on like the duck under the clothesline, jumping kick, dive sequence.
Cibernético vs El Elegido, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Electroshock in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes semifinal match: really a nothing match; an eight minute that was slow to actually start and didn’t have much to do it. It did give me Cibernético and Electroshock exchanging holds, but not nearly for enough to be real comedy. Even the Perro/Cibernetico segment at the end wasn’t much, not even a minute before the run-ins. The crowd was more into the tease of fighting then the actual fighting at points, so maybe doing little was the way to go. This finish felt more like Perro getting past Cibernético to go do something else rather than reheating their feud – I have no idea what they point was of the doing the Perro/Cibernetico teased friendship then breakup outside of filling TV time, because there doesn’t seem to be any payoff going. I don’t need to see that match again so I guess that’s fine.
(Two weeks later edit: obviously, they’re not ending this, so I don’t know why this happened. More than usual!)
taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Aerostar, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs El Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie: a good mixed quick trios match. The dives were the roughest parts; Taya’s moonsault usually goes better than it did here, and I’m not totally sure even what move Ludxor was going for in the post match triple dive. Taya and Sexy had a bunch of double team moves to get in and Aerostar and Gran Apache work well together.
Crazy Boy & Joe Lider vs Juventud Guerrera & Steve Pain: Another Mexican Powers weapons filled slow unathletic brawl that got the crowd chanting for lucha extrema but didn’t do much for me. This would seem to be a feud ending outcome but storylines aren’t going to advance in Ecatepec. Camera work was not so great, missing the hamburger power up spot and getting an unimpressive shot of Pain going thru the fire table – they showed it from an angle that hide the fire, and never went to a replay (so maybe the fire went out quick and they were actually doing a good job of hiding it? Hmm.) I was much more interested in Niño and Crazy Boy’s attempts to hide the lighter fluid bottle than the end game. Don’t know about pouring thumbtacks in the ring, setting a table on fire, and then bringing in kids in the ring to dance.
Fénix, La Parka, Monsther Clown, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Parka Negra, Texano, Zorro: The most about of rudo bumbling you’ll see in a match. I kept waiting for the comedy to stop and the rudos to take over the match, and it never really happened. The rudos just kept on hitting each other and dong comedy and then suddenly there was chair shot and it was almost over. It was an odd match to for how serious they apparently want us to take this issue. Crowd not reacting at all for Jarrett’s music was amusing, and so they did everything they could to get him a reaction after the fact. Unsure why Hijo del Tirantes was doing normal counts when Texano was pinning Psycho, despite doing a slow count when Psycho was pinning Texano for the finish. Crowd was way behind Psycho. I guess they’re going to do the drink spot on every show ever. There were about 30 things going on at the end, so I don’t think it even registered. Psycho beating Texano after the guitar shot was also probably supposed to be a big deal, but they completely neutralized it after the fact. Konnan’s the only guy who gets to talk.
These were good for a ton of gifs.
taped 2014-01-30 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México
Drago & Faby Apache vs Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache: The never ending Faby feud continues – not versus Mary or Cuervo, but Hijo del Tirantes. Crowd was so hot for this show and so into this match, they were just doing stuff to make them react early and got into a better match later on. Drago seemed to work better with Mary than Cuervo, and I want to see what Cuervo will show in a title match. The Hijo del Tirantes stuff is what it is, but I’m actually semi-okay with it here if it really means he’s not in the title match.
Angélico, Fénix, Psycho Clown vs Daga, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.: I have no idea if Psycho botched whatever dive he meant to do on Pentagon or if the cameras just totally missed it, but it looked like a wild uncontrolled fall to the floor from the far away angle we saw and how the fans nearby reacted. Pentagon worked the best with Psycho, because Pentagon is great and because they could turn it into a slap fight. Fantasma has got the rudo personality down and the last minute or stretch with Fenix was well done. Rudos had a lot of nice team work spots during their section of the match. Announcers debating whether the finish was a piledriver or a martinete was the nadir; AAA needs to run any angle where the martinete is just now legal because the debates aren’t helping anyone.
La Parka vs Blue Demon Jr., Parka Negra, Chessman in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match: Actual unaltered sequence of events
- Parkas are on the floor.
- Chessman spears Demon off the apron
- Hijo de Tirantes starts counting everyone out
- Blue Demon returns first (?!?!)
- Hijo de Tirantes stops the count
- Blue Demon topes Chessman, who is looking away from the ring (?!?!)
- Parkas beat up Demon & Chessman lightly
- Parkas make it back in the ring
- Hijo de Tirantes does not stop this count this time (???)
- Demon and Chessman fight, and even get back up on the apron so they can do a bad looking fall off the apron spot, but are still counted out (?!?!) while Parka pins Parka Negra forever
- lucha libre may be fixed (!?!?)
I think I’ve touched on this before, but it’s pretty clear that Blue Demon’s only going to lose about once by pinfall per year (either by his decision or AAA’s choice) and they’re not going to waste on this, but that finish doesn’t hold up to the slightest bit of logic. Not the tiniest. Not to mention the six other times guys were outside the ring during the match and Hijo del Tirantes didn’t even consider counting them out. I know I’ve said they really need to make these one fall and I’m kind of saying again in a bullet point form, though I think this one was even worse than they intended it to be. Hijo del Tirantes used normal speed counting them out, instead of the fake looking double speed counts normal for countout finishes, and Chessman & Demon had to stall longer than they were prepared too. This looked absolutely terrible. (And yet, the crowd still went crazy for the finish because the Toluca fans are the best.)
History will also recall this match as the first one where La Parka decided to do the Roman Reigns Superman Punch. It could’ve been better. I seriously could not understand why Parka Negra was shaking around at first and had to rewind to realize La Parka’s previous punches were meant to be connecting. (I think it’s possible they’ve switched Parka Negra’s again; this guy was acting differently.) The match itself was a numbing collection of usual four way spots – hitting people by accident, not being sad, randomly turning on people, fighting with no brain – and didn’t do much for me.
Cibernético & Electroshock vs Texano & Zorro: Unbelievably short main event. In the land of stretched out 20 minute tags, this was under four minutes if you start counting from the moment Argenis was mysteriously dragged away and under six if you count hit bit. I guess they did all they needed to do in the time they had, but it was so very strange – right thru the undercard rudos running down for no reason except to give the técnicos someone to beat up after their loss (instead of just having them win.) I’m not going to complain about this match being very short because it’s not like I would’ve liked a long one, but it was ever so strange, as if they found out the show had to end in 8 minute and raced thru as much of their planned spots as they could. This felt like AAA in a hurry, a rare thing. (It even over shadowed the Argenis main event bit being a super obvious appeal to his brother; no chance that happens otherwise.)
taped 2014-01-25 @ Estadio de Beisbol, Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur
Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita vs Mary Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie: OK womens’ match. Good effort and they were trying a lot of stuff they had not tried before with most of it going okay, but just looking very robotic or not smooth at time. The Canadians were especially ambitious and sometime it looked like they were thinking thru the moves instead of just doing them. You could do a lot worse, and they’ll be better if they keep trying this for a while.
Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Psicosis, Texano Jr.: Another Psycho/Consejo match, with Psicosis as a special guest star. I have nothing useful to say about this match but neither did they, since there wasn’t any real story to it until Psycho made his heavyweight challenge after it. (They’ve gone from having a bad story to no particular story for this feud, which might be an improvement.) It was basically the house show match except for the part where Monster Clown became Ultimo Guerrero and Psicosis nearly found a new way to go head first into the mat.
El Mesías vs Fénix, Zorro, Silver King in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament semifinal match: One of AAA’s big advantages over CMLL is it rarely looks dated. Zorro got a hair cut sometime since his last appearance and every picture of him is of that new look. Over in CMLL, Euforia is still coming out to an entrance video that’s from when he was in the Infernales, two groups ago. Anyway, AAA’s back to another round of elimination matches where people stupidly break up pins which would definitely help them, joy. This match also demonstrated the power in numbers of the Nuevo Sociedad by having their two members constantly accidentally hitting each other. This match was also the second time they’ve teased a fun looking Mesías/Fenix singles match which is obviously never going to happen. Fenix did the Mr. Niebla comedy spot of slipping and crotching himself on the top rope, except it was so definitely not supposed to be a comedy spot. His one pinfall looked good. The Zorro & Mesías segment was longer than the other two guys were in, slow paced, and ended awkwardly when Mesías hurt his arm on the missed splash. (He was too hurt too lay on his back and get pinned, from the looks of it.) Crowd was into to it – this outdoor crowd was sounded much louder than the outdoor Hard Rock show – but the match leading up to the injury wasn’t too exciting to me and the injury is a sad way to end it.
Cibernético, Jack Evans, La Parka vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Ozz, Dark Scoria: Usual main event match until the rudos somehow managed a second beatdown and then just won clean at the end of it. No foul, not evil referee, no distraction, just beat the guy. I think La Secta must’ve been thrown off by actually winning, because they still did the traditional stomping of Jack for winning a match he didn’t even win. Match was alright, best in Jack’s first run off offense after the beatdown where everything looked good. It slowed right down after that for Parka’s comedy and never really got rolling at high speed again but it was about what I’d expect. This did seem short; all the matches did, but it didn’t feel like the Teleivsa version was heavily edited and I’d see longer stuff on UTDN. (Maybe that’s wrong?) It was just a quick show.
taped 2014-01-17 @ Arena Naucalpan
Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita vs La Magnifica, Mary Apache, Sexy Star: This was OK like the mixed tag on the Hard Rock show was OK – the same bit of an extra woman (Taya this time) strolling down to the ring during the match for no apparent reason, distracting the crowd, and interfering freely to lead to the finish. (Though, did Sexy Star really need a distraction to beat La Jarochita? Not sure if Magnifica and Jennifer Blake have faced each other a lot, but they looked off when in together, and the rudas seemed a bit disorganized. There was nothing really bad but nothing really great.
Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker: A match with no particular flow and forced setups to big spots which didn’t always work. Something got completely screwed up in the moments leading up to Niño Hamburguesa’s first try at a dive, and it led to a lot of people standing around and looking at each other. They really needed some editing (or some better wrestling.) The chair parts was where they really lost me, because it just seemed like randomness; same thing with Demon and Crazy’s German suplex back and forth out of nowhere and going nowhere. It seemed impossible no one got hurt on the double suplex spot to the outside. Crowd liked chanting for lucha extrema, was less concerned with the other portions of the match.
Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu for the AAA World Trios Championship: Bizarre ending to a title match – Cuervo’s in a little trouble, but it makes no sense for him to commit two fouls after begging for the title match. (And it’s weird to put Hijo del Tirantes in the position of forced to call a DQ when they’ve been half building a Psycho/Tirantes feud.) Most of the match was just a normal Psycho Circus match we’ve seen a hundred times, though it did get a little more than that by the end. It was a long way to go for that finish.
Cibernético, El Mesías, Fénix vs Daga, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Texano Jr.: A brawl after two other brawls, though maybe a bit better. (Not good enough to be memorable; you can skip this taping easily.) This building has always been pro-Perro, but usually there’s loud support for the técnicos. Not so much this time. The tecnicos were booed for existing and for having any offense. Which is a shame, because they clearly built a few minutes of this match to elevate Fenix, but the crowd wasn’t accepting of it. Right idea, wrong building to try it. (The bit where Perro holds up a box full of bottles so Texano could throw Fenix into them would’ve been ludicrous in any setting.) Crowd did turn around a bit later on and might have reacted well to Fenix getting the main event win, but AAA cut away from it so quick (and Fenix was getting beat up by Texano anyway), it had absolutely no impact.