taped 2013-10-18 @ Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo de Puebla
El Elegido, Faby Apache, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Dark Cuervo, Mamba, Mary Apache, Mini Abismo Negro: Okay but not particularly exciting mixed tag match. These have become very familiar, but there was nothing technically wrong with this one. Maybe it’s just the same people too often. I don’t know that the Cuervo/Faby thing is really getting over, but they’re trying hard with it.
Crazy Boy & Joe Lider vs Angélico & Jack Evans and Dark Scoria & Dark Spíritu and Aerostar & Drago for the AAA World Tag Team Championship: Good moments at times, but also questionable moments. Action wasn’t strong enough to totally make up for it’s short comings, but there was still more good than bad. Usual dumbness of people breaking up pins in an elimination match, though I believe the champions were the only ones not to do it. That’s why they’re a winning team! Angelico & Jack were just loved enough to not get totally booed for how they won the tag team titles – the Juvi angle was the priority here (so much that Eterno & Steve Pain probably should’ve also been involved), but the new championship still got their moment in the sun. Aerostar & Drago got a better run than Drago & Fenix at TripleMania.
Psycho Clown vs Texano Jr. for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship: This match did an excellent job of building Psycho Clown versus Tirantes. I think Texano Jr. was also in the match. Seriously, this was yet another match where AAA doesn’t really trust the young guys to get over with the crowd on their own, so they throw in as many shenanigans as possible which end up overwhelming the match. I didn’t like the blood and the chair spots – partly because they came so soon without much of a build to it – but they were generally doing fine with need to turn into the rudo referee show. It didn’t make any sense, as usual. Tirantes was a happily count pinfalls before and AFTER the one he stopped early, it was just the one time he decided to not count because – uh, reasons.
Tirantes not counting three and pulling Piero out and punching him later on go big reactions from the crowd. A lot of the stuff they did got strong reactions, and it’s got to be noted that the crowd way into chanting for Psycho for the match. If the goal is to get reactions from a live crowd, this match worked well. If the goal is to put on something that feels meaningful as a TV show and to get people to watch week to week, this didn’t work well. Tirantes costing Psycho Clown the title will never be touched on again, and it won’t even feel like it should be touched on again because they’ve done the same exact bit so many times that no one’s surprised when it goes absolutely nowhere. No one’s turning back into see where that story is going (having him beat up after the match is the end of it), and no one is turning into see if someone finally beats Texano because Texano is doing nothing to win. Texano can’t even beat Psycho Clown by himself – not directly, not even by the guy organizing the interference. This was not done as if Texano had some great plan come together; Tirantes just apparently decided he was going to be evil this match for no real reason and Texano got a title match win.
I’m still pretty certain the best Texano title match was on the WWL show no one saw. Match was fine itself , probably better for you if you love blood, but immensely frustrating in context.