AAA on Twitch: 2019-04-05

Pagano

Recapped: 04/11/2019

All matches aired from Auditorio de Tijuana.

Matches:

Black Destiny beat Genio del Aire, Drake, Jonathan, Rayo Star, Fantastik
(9:55, Black Destiny Spanish Fly Drake, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Drago © beat Hijo Del Vikingo, Myzteziz Jr., Aerostar, Argenis to retain the AAA Latin American Championship
(9:21, Drago Dragon’s Tail cradle on Argenis, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Villano III Jr. beat La Hiedra, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa
(11:20, Keyra cradle Lady Shani, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
(13:50, Pimpinela cradle Super Fly, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

La Máscara & Texano Jr. beat Joe Lider & Pagano
(13:45, Texano/La Mascara wheeelbarrow frontcracker Joe Lider, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown beat Blue Demon Jr. & Rey Escorpión in a cage match
(15:33, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

  • 9:35 Psycho Clown escapes

  • 11:18 Rey Escorpión escapes

  • 15:33 Dr. Wagner Jr. escapes

What happened:

the power of Hamburguesa

Dr. Wagner Jr. escaped the cage by unmasking Blue Demon Jr. as they were both sitting on top of the cage.

La Hiedra escorts La Mascara to the ring. She is the newest member of Los Mercenarios and gets involved with the match many times.

La Hiedra seems unhappy about being a tecnica before the match, with the rudas trying to convince her to come over to their side. She plays fair most of the match, but pushes Niño Hamburguesa off the top rope when he hesitates after a Maravilla distraction. Hiedra cuts a promo upset about being booked on a tecnica side, she’s a ruda. V3 seems thrilled with these events and escorts her to the back. Niño Hamburgesa carries Lady Maravilla to the back again, which seemed to surprise Keyra. Keep up with the show, Keyra!

Thoughts:

Myzteziz

AAA spent 20 minutes setting up a cage and then all these guys in the main event just to decide to brawl outside off the ring. It didn’t last too long but it was still dumb. Otherwise, it was like most lucha cage matches, with lots of brawling and the rudos destroying the técnicos for an exhaustingly long time until they made a mistake with a whip. The cage bit added little to the match and felt unnecessary after just doing the same bit on the last show. They even did a very similar powerbomb spot to set up Psycho Clown’s escape. Demon had some good punches. Psycho and Escorpión fought strongly enough that I’m looking forward to their singles match. It still felt like a long match. The only interesting thing here is how Wagner cheated and was loudly booed for it. Blue Demon was the cheered one last time out too. Maybe they’re heading to TripleMania with both men cheered or Demon being the face.

Los Mercenarios had a trademark average match, keeping up with Pagano’s messy brawling while not really creating much to remember themselves. La Hiedra seemed alright as a second, probably will get better with more time, shouldn’t have been laid on in her first match in the role but it doesn’t matter. This was a CMLL midcard match that I will never remember.

The exoticos worked hard in their match. It just didn’t connect much with me. The crowd seemed to enjoy it and there was a lot of life to it, it just seemed like the same standard match we’ve seen before with a few more dives. It is good to have (seemingly) escaped the La Mascara/Maximo feud but these only really work as buffer matches. It would’ve been much better placed as the second match on the card.

fun for all

The tercera could’ve been a little bit shorter; it was a long way to go for a partner betraying her team finish. The action still seemed good enough. Lady Shani showed a little more personality than usual and Hiedra adapted fine to the tecnica side. Most of the rest was the usual Lady Maravilla/Nino Hamburguesa story but it developed better than some of the recent matches.

The biggest problem for the second match is it followed the first match. This was the better of two multi-man matches, but having them back to back dulled the impact. There’s only so long you can see two people do moves and a third person rush in to do their move next. I thought the luchadors in this looked better, with Hijo del Vikingo & Myzteziz working as opponents better than I would’ve expected and they peaked the match towards the end a lot better. It still all sort of blended together.

The opener was the usual collection of non-stop moves. It suffered a bit because the action never rose or fell, it just kept going at the same level for ten minutes. Keeping it going seemed more important than what was going on, with the key being to roll out of the way so the next two guys could do their moves more than the moves. That’s not to bury the match but it was a limitation of it. This had a lot of GIF-able moments but wasn’t much deeper than that. Drake fit in fine despite probably never working with these other five before. The only spot of his that went wrong was his dive, and that was more Genio del Aire not being in the spot. Despite that, I still thought Genio del Aire looked the best in this match and should be a regular on non-Tijuana shows. Black Destiny seems to have gained weight, though it didn’t affect his offense.

AAA on Twitch: 2019-03-03

Aerostar at work

Recapped: 03/06/2019

Matches:

Dinastía beat Orquídea Negra and Baby Xtreme
(7:15, Dinastia top twisting splash, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Faby Apache & Keyra beat Lady Shani & Starfire
(9:41, Keyra pin Star Fire, good, Lucha LibreAAA (Twitch))

Jack Evans, Taurus, Villano III Jr. beat Golden Magic, Myzteziz Jr., Niño Hamburguesa
(11:09, Taurus Rodeo Driver Myzteziz, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata beat Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(16:22, DQ (faked low blow on Maximo), ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Daga, Sammy Guevara, Texano Jr. beat Brian Cage, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid
(13:58, Sammy Guevera SSP Laredo Kid, good,
01:46:40)

Chessman, Monsther Clown, Rey Escorpión beat Aerostar, Pagano, Psycho Clown
(13:18, Monsther Clown reverse neckbreaker into a faceslam Aerostar, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Blue Demon Jr. beat La Parka and Dr. Wagner Jr. [Copa Perro Aguayo Jr.]
(15:49, Demon foul Parka, below average,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened:

Star Fire Tiger suplex

After about 10 minutes, Rey Escorpión and Texano run in to attack La Parka. Laredo Kid tries to make the save and is quickly handled. Myzteziz, Vikingo, and Kahn-el-Mal try to help a couple of minutes later when Parka is loaded on the stretcher, and get beat up as well. Wagner sneaks in a foul on Demon, but the referee is down. Demon does the same, and the referee recovers to count the three.

Guevera stole Laredo’s mask to break up a Laredo Fly attempt, then landed the SSP to win. Cage attempted to chokeslam Guevera after the match and had to hold in place an awkward moment for Jack Evans & Australian Suicide to show up and break it up. Cage ended up beating up the Gringos after, then Myzteziz showed up after just in time to do some dives, which the cameras missed. After all that, Rey Escorpión, Daga and Texano beat up the tecnicos anyway. It was not the best executed post-match segment.

Carta Brava fouled Pimpinela with the referee turned away but then Máximo kissed Carta Brava and faked a foul to draw the same DQ

Australian Suicide and Sammy Guevera came to the ring beat up the tecnicos for no real reason afterward. It was a bit random, but they were there form a group with Jack Evans.

Thoughts:

Myzteziz

The main event was a long tedious brawl, taking about twice as long as it needed to be. The long and eventually pointless period before the run-ins could’ve been hacked down to a third of the size without losing anything. This is also at least the third time Los Mercenarios have destroyed La Parka, which hasn’t yet to really go anywhere. Demon played the técnico all match long and it got him a nice reaction for stealing the win but it really isn’t worth your time to watch most of this.

The Monster Clown/Aerostar trios match didn’t come across as anything special. It was generally performed well and they made Aerostar & Monsther Clown seem on the same level as the other four, but it just was a little less exciting than the match that preceded it. The Pagano table mishap is something only Pagano can provide.

The fourth match was good if pretty pinned to the purpose of the finish and not a lot more. Cage felt more a part of the post-match than the match itself, likely a consequence of his (unplanned) late arrival to the show. Daga wrestled Laredo Kid a lot and it is easy to look good doing that, but he came off less important than Guevera and Texano, who has having fun bullying around Vikingo. The post-match mayhem kind of drove home the idea that none of those rudos are actually partners and most everyone should be teaming with someone else, but it was good for a grab-bag match.

The exoticos match served its purpose as comedy break between more serious matches. They’ve managed to get something out of Pimpinela, who looked very much done this time last year. They get a reaction and that’s the idea. Poder del Norte seem out of the trios title picture for the moment so perhaps they should get used to being foils for this técnico team.

Taurus

The tercera was another action trios match, with Myzteziz the best of the técnico side and Taurus looking good mauling people. Kind of weird that Taurus got the win since he’s the one non-Villano in the match with not going on but maybe that’s the answer. Villano had a hilariously bad moment on a giant swing but otherwise was fine. I was more excited about Jack/Sammy/Suicide challenging for the trios title than this match afterward.

The women’s tag match was pretty good, a lot of action packed in a little bit of time, with everything looking sharp. There’s a huge difference in how impactful everything looks here compared to CMLL. The team members seemed to just pass each other on the way in and out of the ring, but that worked with the story of Keyra & Faby Apache fighting after the match. Star Fire had a better performance than the last time out, looking at the level of the other luchadoras. This is another situation where Shani seems a bit in the background and it never seemed close to ending until it suddenly did, but it was a typically good performance otherwise.

Dinastia got a showcase match in the opener. Baby Xtreme (who must really love that name if he used it on AAA TV instead of Demonio del Aire) and Orquidea got a few moments. This was mostly Dinastia getting to show off a lot of offense in exchange for being bumped to the dark match. He did well and Baby Xtreme made it thru a match without getting hurt. It seems like the first time I’ve seen him manage that. Orquidea did kiss spots but not much else standard exotico bits.

AAA Rey de Reyes: 2019-03-16

clown on clown violence

Recapped: 03/16/2019

All matches aired live from the Acropolis in Puebla on 03/16/2019

Matches:

Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa © beat Lady Maravilla & Villano III Jr. for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship
(9:10, Hamburguesa splash Maravilla, good, 00:20:12)

Lady Shani © beat La Hiedra, Keyra, Chik Tormenta to keep AAA’s Reina de Reinas championship
(7:52, Lady Shani powerbomb on to chairs La Hiedra, good, 00:53:20)

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Daga, Joe Lider, Taya
(12:14, Cota double stomp low blow with chair Joe Lider, ok, 01:15:55)

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Drago, Pagano, Puma King
(14:04, Averno super Devil’s Wings Drago, ok, 01:37:51)

Mamba, Máximo, Psycho Clown beat Jeff Jarrett, Killer Kross, La Máscara in a cage match
(19:02, ok,
02:10:52)

07:50 Jeff Jarrett escapes
08:33 Psycho Clown out
09:19 Psycho Clown back in
09:43 Mamba out
11:57 Killer Kross out
13:43 Máximo out
19:02 Psycho Clown out

Aerostar beat Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, Jack Evans, Sammy Guevara, Australian Suicide, Taurus, Golden Magic, Myzteziz to win the AAA’s Rey de Reyes
(26:24, great, 02:54:07)

00:00 Vikingo & Myzteziz start
01:00 Eclipse Vengador Jr. enters
04:23 Taurus enters
05:41 Laredo Kid enters
07:08 Sammy Guevara
08:30 Jack Evans enters
08:30 Golden Magic enters
08:46 Taurus Rodeo Driver Eclipse Vengador
09:30 Aerostar enters
13:55 Taurus Rodeo Driver Myzteziz Jr.
14:16 Taurus Rodeo Driver Golden Magic
16:10 Hijo del Vikingo reverse 450 splash Jack Evans
17:37 Laredo Kid 450 splash Sammy Guevera
19:33 Aerostar super plancha Taurus
22:17 Aerostar splash Vikingo
26:24 Aerostar springboard rolling cutter Laredo Kid

Fénix & Pentagón Jr. beat Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. to win the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(7:55, Fenix double stomp/Pentagon package piledriver Texano, good, 03:25:27)

Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson beat Fénix & Pentagón Jr. © for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(7:08, Meltzer Driver on Pentagon, good, 03:42:30)

What happened:

So much happened.

the chair is a shield but Keyra still gets a foot thru

A chaotic main event sequence saw the tag team titles change hands twice and end up on the waists of the Young Bucks. Pentagon & Fenix defeated Los Mercenarios to first win the titles in a match that was obviously shorter than usual for reasons. As Texano & Escorpión disappeared into the ether, Konnan confronted Fenix & Pentagon for their refusal to join him. This was a distraction for the lights to go out and the Young Bucks to show up in the ring. Fenix & Penta superkicked Konnan, and a match spontaneously started. (It was only clear it was meant to be a match because Piero stayed in the ring, there was no announcement or signal a new match was starting.) The Bucks dominated the early portion of the match, the Lucha Brothers made a comeback to their usual finishing sequence, and the Bucks kicked out. Fenix took an Indytaker on the floor and Penta was eventually defeated 2 on 1 after a Meltzer Driver.

The crowd did not react to the Young Bucks as they might in the US or Japan. They did eventually get into the match during the Lucha Brothers comeback, but it was probably the quietest crowd the Bucks have been in front of in a long time. Earlier in the night, Konnan had been an anti-AEW heel against face Cody Rhodes, so anyone following this angle had to be confused about it.

Aerostar won the Rey de Reyes, defeating Laredo Kid in what turned out to be an elimination match with timed entries. Both Vampiro & Jesus Zuniga said there were 11 people in the match, which was odd because 9 people were announced and only 9 people ended up being in the match. (The best guess is this was supposed to tease the Young Bucks being in that match instead, though it didn’t seem to work.) The 9 people weren’t the original 9 anyway, as Australian Suicide was missing for unexplained reasons and replaced by “Sombra Vengador Jr.”, a character from the “Por La Mascara” TV show on Space. He was portrayed by Lanzelot on this occasion.

end of Los Perros del Mal

Psycho Clown won a six-man escape the cage match after putting La Mascara thru a table. Brazo de Plata was at ringside for the Brazo family fight and gave Jeff Jarrett a mighty chop. This seemed a pretty definite win that should end the road to a hair match (though the hair match is still probably happening.)

The OGTs versus Puma, Pagano and Drago match had a few severe moments which appeared to be serious injuries and were later said not to have been them. Puma King attempted to give Super Fly a high-velocity sunset flip powerbomb thru a table to the outside, but the table was not correctly positioned and Super Fly’s head smacked on the edge of the table instead. A Pagano/Chessman backward plunge off the top rope thru a table seemed to go as dangerously as planned, though Chessman’s fist punched a hole thru the table on impact instead of it being broken. Chessman was checking his hand like it was broken, but AAA insisted he and Super Fly were OK.

Daga betrayed Joe Lider in the closing moments of the Perros del Mal reunion match, giving Poder del Norte the win. Daga told the announcers, Perros del Mal was done, they needed him but he didn’t need them. Poder del Norte put Joe Lider thru a table during the post-match, in something that was mostly in a small window while other things were happening.

Villano III senton

This post-match also played into an earlier bit in the women’s match. Faby Apache confronted Lady Shani (wanted a rematch), Keyra (want her to close her mouth) and Hijo del Tirantes (want him to leave her alone) after Shani retained her title. This just got Faby attacked first by Hijo del Tirantes, then Keyra & Tormenta. Tormenta seemed to be Keyra’s new ally, at least for this night. Shani & Taya surprisingly made the save for Faby, who didn’t want much to do with them then. Later, when Keyra & Tormenta again attacked Taya after the Perros del Mal match, Faby returned the favor with a save and was friendly towards Taya. This seemed to be setting up a Faby/Shani/Taya vs Keyra/Tormenta/someone else (Maravilla? Tirantes?) direction.

Cody appeared in an in-ring segment with Hugo Savonvich to talk about the partnership between the two companies. Cody teased the idea of Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega coming to AAA and offered Hugo a spot as working on the Spanish media. Hugo accepted. They were interrupted by Konnan, with Taurus, Escorpión, and Texano. Konnan demanded that everything in Mexico run thru him, while Cody pointed out that Konnan was now just an employee in AAA and not an executive like him. This escalated into a fight, with Cody taking out Los Mercenarios (long night for them) until Taurus speared him. Psycho Clown led a group of AAA técnicos – Taya, Shani, Aerostar, Drago – in running off the rudos and then posing for photos.

Lady Maravilla continues to have Niño Hamburguesa under her spell. Hamburguesa would not hurt her and stopped Big Mami from doing the same a couple of times. The champions managed to get it together enough to beat Villano III Jr., but there were more problems after the match when Hamburguesa carried Maravilla off to the back.

Blue Demon appeared. It was unclear why.

Thoughts:

a dive

The “double” main event sacrificed both matches to get to the storyline. Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. versus Pentagon & Fenix came off as a match rushing to fit in on TV time. There were a few the highpoints of a Lucha Brothers match. It was also very obviously off in some ways, and Rey Escorpion wasn’t having a good match. The Young Bucks match had more of a story to it, and more offense to the Lucha Brothers than I had felt the first time I saw it. It’s a weird compromise of a situation: they would’ve had more time for everyone if Texano & Escorpión weren’t treated as equals to the other teams and not just disposable people in the way of the match they really wanted to do, but they also clearly didn’t want to give away a ‘real’ Lucha Brothers versus Young Bucks match two months out from Double or Nothing. What we got was something that’ll probably be sufficient as a highlight package but wasn’t alone enough to get the Young Bucks over to a very unfamiliar AAA audience, and didn’t really satisfy anyone who came into the show believing Los Mercenarios versus Lucha Brothers were the main event. (The match got little reaction, so maybe there weren’t many of those people to begin with.) This AAA match was sacrificed to get AEW’s big match over. If it’s the start of a well-told story that gets a rematch over for TripleMania, it’ll be worth it. It’s tough to give scattershot AAA that much faith.

The Rey de Reyes delivered on lots and lots of crazy spots, and actually tried to get people over in the booking too. Taurus had his best night since his return by far, with the interaction earlier with Cody and beating people one after another impressively. It would help if there was some follow up from this, but it was a good start. Once Taurus was out, this seemed like Vikingo’s match to win. He did well with the time (except for the tough landing on Jack Evans) but really didn’t get any special focus before he was out. The Aerostar win was helped by it being over Laredo Kid, the guy who meant to most coming in. It did sort of feel like it came down to people everyone likes but no one’s quite sure if they’re meant to be a top star; it was a better field than Aerostar’s long ago Copa Antonio Pena win but it also was a bit of a self-contained universe. The big positive here is they had enough time to give everyone a moment, including Sammy & Jack further establishing their team (without Suicide for whatever reason.) It wasn’t perfect but it was a lot of fun.

Golden Magic headscissors

The AAA cage match was very much an AAA cage. It coalesced into something coherent after they got rid of half the field and had enough space (physical, mental) to actually tell some story beyond people wandering around a small space and hitting each other. The Brazos story was the only thing that mattered here. They got a lot out of Brazo de Plata at ringside. La Mascara seemed to actually try and got laid out at the end. They don’t really need to do more with the La Mascara versus his family feud after this, but it’s also obviously going to keep going.

This will always be the match where Averno wrestled in a Batman outfit for no particular reason and Super Fly went the back of the head into the corner of a table on a powerbomb. The match was alright, hitting the usual high spots with these guys, but most of it was immediately flush from my mind. I had to go back and watch it later to figure out how Averno actually won. They didn’t do a bad job but it is not a match I’d want to rewatch.

The Perros del Mal was a solid action match that wasn’t really sinking in with me until the angle at the end, and then five hundred things happened at once. Poder del Norte wasn’t at all the focus here but did well taking the Perros offense and making an impression with the time they got. AAA did a good job of selling the importance of the Perros del Mal with the pre-match video and the shirts, though the turn still came off as a bit random. Daga seemed motivated to have a good night and was a lot better than in Monterrey. Borderline match, could’ve gone OK or good on it.

Chik Tormenta Clash

The four-way women matches make up for some of the limitations of the women by just speeding up the action and not giving a moment to think about what just happened. They did it more so here, with the weapons added just to give more craziness. Not everything came out smooth, especially early on, but it became quite a spectacle by the end. Also, the chair might have saved Chik Tormenta’s life from the Keyra corner dropkick. The Spanish Fly spot to the outside looked impressive, relatively safe, and kept Keyra out of the ring at the finish. This also was an effective win for Lady Shani, who could’ve used one. The angles after the match seem to be only clear in that we’re never getting any of the singles matches that are being set up, but it did feel like something was happening.

The opener wasn’t as crazy as some of their multi-team defenses. It is a lot to ask the técnicos to carry the speed of the action by themselves, but they still had some impressive moments. The match actually more one-sided than I would’ve figured, with Maravilla and Villano’s involvement being more about the storyline than anything they showed on. The storyline moved on, so I liked it.

AAA on Twitch: 2019-02-16

rope walkers

Recapped: 02/16/2019

Matches:

Draztick Boy, Latigo, Dragon Bane beat Látigo, Mini Monster Clown, Mini Murder Clown
(8:10, Dragon Bane 630 senton Latigo, ok, 00:30:59)

Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Villano III Jr. beat Golden Magic, Niño Hamburguesa, Starfire
(11:04, Keyra German suplex Star Fire, ok, 00:52:39)

Laredo Kid beat Sammy Guevara to win the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
(12:33, Laredo Kid Laredo Fly, good, 01:14:33)

Parka Negra, Super Fly, Faby Apache beat Myzteziz Jr., Dinastia, Lady Shani
(10:05, Faby Apache Tiger Suplex Dinastia, good, 01:39:33)

Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata beat Chessman, La Máscara, Taurus
(11:42, Pimpinela cradle La Mascara, ok, 01:59:06)

Aerostar, Drago, Hijo Del Vikingo beat Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(11:23, Vikingo reverse 450 splash Tito Santana, good, 02:19:20)

Jeff Jarrett, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr. beat Dr. Wagner Jr., Pagano, Psycho Clown
(13:49, Texano crucifix powerbomb Pagano thru a table, ok, 02:39:38)

What happened:

Jeff Jarrett hit Wagner with a guitar late in the main event. The two were dead on the apron for the rest of the match. Pagano tried to put Texano thru a table but, of course, went thru it himself.

Earlier, La Parka (in a neck brace) appeared to say he was working with Los Jinetes del Aire to get revenge on the OGTs and Los Mercenarios for their recent attacks. Villano III Jr. and La Parka were seconds in the title match, with La Parka eventually running V3 off after he interfered a second time. After Laredo won, Los Mercenarios attacked Laredo. Vikingo, Myzetziz and Parka ran him off.

Faby Apache & Hijo dell Tirantes mostly got along, at least for them. Tirantes slow count Faby once but then counted the finish fine. They still ended up fighting after the match.

Brazo de Plata was brought out to speak to the crowd early in the show. La Mascara interrupted to tease an attack, Psycho Clown quickly ran him out off and threatened him.

La Parkita was injured, seemingly seriously, on a diving headscissors to the floor late in the match. His head bounced off the floor and he needed a lot of medical attention to be put on a backboard. AAA later said Parkita was out of danger but would be out for a while.

Announcer Jesus Zuniga returned to AAA after being off since Christmas day. He worked as ring announcer and occasional interviewer and appears to be AAA full time going forward.

Thoughts:

that’s a good leap

The standard AAA main event ended the show. Psycho Clown threw himself around a lot, a bit too his own detriment. Jeff Jarrett was careful to pick his spots (yet still took a bad legdrop from Pagano) and bizarrely got to take out Wagner with a guitar in what appears to be his final performance. Pagano had one of his cleaner matches, though a spot where he headbutts a chair to block is dumb on many levels. The weirdest was an AAA rudo winning clean, though they got back on trap by unmasking Psycho Clown for no real reason.

The semi-main struggled off the bat, with Aerostar whiffing on a back springboard and then he and Tito just looking completely lost on a running spot. It was tough to imagine how good the match was going to end up being when it got rolling. These matches are built towards Vikingo doing really big spots, and Vikingo is delivering on the really big spots. The double rope spot with Vikingo & Aerostar was incredible and probably would’ve been a great finish, though they did get in a couple of cool dives. Aerostar recovered with his usual tope into the fifth row. Drago & Poder del Norte were solid as usual. It was the most complete match on the show.

The exoticos matches were about the same as always. A lot more exotico spots, or maybe I just noticed them more because Vampiro & Suicide couldn’t stand them. Máximo is trying hard and his partners were not bad but tehir match wasn’t much. It did get over better than some others.

Dragon Bane started off that way

This fourth match was just a good solid trios match. Myzteziz did some fantastic things and also landed on his face. It leaned more towards the good stuff, though Parka Negra didn’t have his super power basing here. Dinastia did overall well with a different group of people than he usually works against. Super Fly probably was a better person for this match than Jack Evans would’ve been, the extra base helped.

Laredo Kid continues to have really fun matches, though he and Guevera had to get around some limitations on him. Interference spots and the post-match seemed to only exist to give La Parka something to do at the expense of the rest of the match. Pierro not understanding the crotch spot Sammy wanted to do was also hilarious. Still, the athleticism in the closing of the match was incredible. This was the best Sammy’s been in AAA, playing the rudo character that’s worked well elsewhere and it gave the match more of a dynamic than people just trying moves. The moves were cool though. This was borderline good/great for me.

a cool cradle after some pre-gif akwardness

Segunda wasn’t quite as good as usual. Star Fire turned out to be a significant dropoff from Lady Shani, having a match where she looked off at a couple of big moments include the finish. Keyra’s stuff was not as sharp as usual. Villano & Golden Magic were good, and this was the same Lady Maravilla and Niño Hamburgesa finish as we’ve seen a few times. Those other times were better.

The opener was entertaining but very sloppy at times. La Parkita was trying bigger spots than last time out in something that seemed to be a spotlight for him. It ended up not going well for him. He had trouble on the apron headscissors spot and far more on the one all the way to the floor. Latigo & Dragon Bane had the best-looking highlights of a match that didn’t come all together.

This was billed as the start of regular AAA English language streams. AAA had earlier announced they were going to let anyone co-stream their show, because that what was they were doing. Australian Suicide & Vampiro watched the show on a tiny delay, and over the top of the Spanish language feed. This meant the action and crowd noise was very much turned down. Suicide had the funnier lines and a better grasp of AAA storylines than Vampiro, who would get more frustrated with the chat room or having to explain the action when he didn’t like was going on. (He didn’t much like the exoticos match.) Suicide was good enough where he could be part of a good team if he stuck around and had a good partner or two to work off of, but he suggested this was his one and only night at it from the start. He is on the next show.

AAA on Twitch: 2019-02-10

Maximo & Aerostar have different concepts when it comes to dives

Recapped: 02/10/2019

All matches aired live from Auditorio Amado Nervo, Tepic, Nayarit.

Matches:

Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa beat Lady Maravilla, Lanzelot, Villano III Jr.
(11:41, Niño Hamburguesa frog splash Lanzelot, great,
00:28:42)

Hijo Del Vikingo beat Jack Evans and Taurus
(9:32, reverse 450 splash, great,
00:52:36)

Aerostar, Máximo, Taya beat Faby Apache, La Máscara, Monsther Clown
(10:57, Taya inside cradle Faby, ok,
01:11:00)

Laredo Kid beat Drago and Flamita
(11:38, Laredo Fly on Drago, great,
01:34:01)

Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Blue Demon Jr. in a street fight match
(12:49, Wagner Driver, good,
01:55:19)

La Parka, Psycho Clown, Puma King beat Hijo del Fantasma, Killer Kross, Rey Escorpión
(24:45, Puma King bodyscissors Fantasma, good,
02:18:52)

What happened:

Lady Maravilla stomp

Laredo Kid worked twice, replacing La Parka in the main event after Friday’s injury angle. (It is possible Drago was initially supposed to replace Parka, since he was not in on the original card but around for the weekend.) La Mascara attempted to help Fantasma win but it backfired into a Puma King cradle. The técnicos celebrate for roughly five seconds before the rudos beat them up and left them unmasked.

Faby Apache seconded Blue Demon in the street fight. Wagner had no second, though Taya ran out to attack Faby after about 9 minutes in. Monster Clown ran in to attack her, which normally would mean Aerostar to balance him. Instead, it was Joe Lider (in his only appearance on the weekend) helping out his Perro del Mal ally and putting Monster Clown thru a table. Wagner, face covered in blood, beat Wagner cleanly. Both Taya & Faby attack Hijo del Tirantes after the match.

Faby accidentally dropkicked Hijo del Tirantes, who fast counted a pin for Taya on Faby immediately after.

Lady Maravilla again tried to stop Niño Hamburgers from winning the match, but Lady Shani was able to take her out with a backcracker this time.

it is rare to see this move done with any good impact

A leading off the show segment included Parka talking about his injury on Friday night’s show at Fantasma’s hands. He thanked Laredo, Vikingo, and Myzteziz (who was not there) and challenged Fantasma to any type of match he wanted. Dr. Wagner interrupted to back up Parka and also challenge Demon. One of the Unefon masked men, who usually throw out prizes to the crowd before the official show open (they switched the order this time) pretended like he was a fan of Wagner & Parka only to attack them. He was Blue Demon in disguise. Fantasma showed up in a Blue Demon mask to help and pass the mask to Demon. Vikingo & Laredo eventually made the save.

English commentary was announced as starting with next Saturday’s show.

Thoughts:

Joe Lider doing a Joe Lider thing

The main event was, in a thin fashion, a lot like AAA’s normal main events. The rudos attacked before the whistle, beatdown the técnicos for a while, and the técnicos made a comeback. It differed greatly from there. There was no showcase of técnicos spots one by one, but instead fast-paced offense and back and forth to a big finish. I thought the opening beatdown was too long (around nine minutes before the técnicos made their comeback, and a few more before it really turned around) and that made the match too long, but it never seemed like they lost the crowd. They picked up for a big near ending during the match and were able to take it back down and keep going for a while longer. They’ve turned Killer Kross’ unpinned streak from something that only seemed to exist in Twitter promos into something that’s an important moment in matches with the near misses (on this show with Laredo Kid following all the técnicos moves, on the previous show with Vikingo.) Regular match wins and losses are not usually taken all that seriously in AAA but they’ve kind of made some progress on making that win mean something if they ever get around to make it happen. The técnicos showed surprising chemistry for a team that’s never been before and may never be again. Puma in particularly played well off Máximo & Psycho on these shows, in a way where they’d be a fun spot show act. Rey Escorpión and Psycho Clown are going to have a great match once they get around to it. Psycho Clown is not particularly clean, but it’s amazing to see him try to get better when a lot of people in his position would coast. That includes him at times in the past, and I’d love to know what’s brought on the urge to add tope arm drags to his matches. This was a strong ending to a strong show.

Blue Demon/Dr. Wagner was not something I particularly wanted to see, but they used Wagner’s blood to connect with the audience in a way this feud really had not the post. The overbooking craziness was reminiscent of the Shani/Apache TripleMania match, but was more effective here since the expectations were less. Demon & Wagner out there in a straight match would’ve been death, and four other people involved made it work. Joe Lider saving Taya because they are old Perros del Mal friends was a nice touch. And also we only had to see Joe Lider for the run-in.

Escorpion top rope headscissors

It was really hard for the Laredo Kid three-way to follow the other three way, but they did enough interesting stuff to still stick out and handled it better when things didn’t go perfect. Laredo Kid had some incredible moments in this. He was clearly the best guy, something that hasn’t always been true, but seemed the case in the end. That’s even with a stronger Flamita performance than on Friday; he’s not pulling out the apron shooting star shoulderblock (?) that often. Drago kept up in something that moved fast, though I was still surprised to see him take the pin.

The tercera was a Mascara/Maximo match, which was fine and got attention to the feuds they wanted and could not follow the match the Vikingo three-way match. La Mascara may have gone thru the weekend without taking a bump. Taya & Faby are ok against each other but they’ve didn’t hit high gear this weekend. Monster & Aerostar haven’t had the same magic they had in their one singles match but they were OK. This kept the plates spinning and at least was a nice buffer between the two action matches.

Psycho armdrag

Taurus started off the second match by UG-like catching Vikingo on a dive and powerbombing him to doom. The match kept going from there, somehow. Hijo del Vikingo isn’t a finished product, there are some headscissors here that didn’t go well (and a top rope splash he and Jack saved into an armdrag nicely), but he what can already do is pretty incredible. The walking the ropes hanging double stomp was new to me from him and followed him getting flattened on a German suplex. Taurus remains a great opponent, destroying Vikingo well when not basing for him. Jack was really good here, and this match flowed really strongly to the end.

The show started off with a great opener. The action built on Friday’s match and surpassed it. Dinastia did well here, maybe his best match in a while, with creativity and speed. The sequence with his and Maravilla leading to Maravilla reversing the behind the back piledriver into a submission was great. The Maravilla/Hamburguesa story is perfect for an early match trios, and they changed up the ending this time.

AAA on Twitch: 2019-02-08

Taurus charge

Recapped: 02/08/2019

The matches took place in Centro de Usos Múltiples, Mazatlán, Sinaloa.

Matches:

Lady Maravilla, Lanzelot, Villano III Jr. beat Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa
(10:50, Lanzelot release spinning Devil’s Wings Dinastia, good,
00:18:03)

Laredo Kid beat Taurus
(10:58, Laredo Fly, great,
00:53:04)

Faby Apache & Monsther Clown beat Aerostar & Taya
(8:43, Faby Apache german suplex Taya w/Tirantes help, ok,
01:11:33)

Drago © beat Jack Evans, Hijo Del Vikingo, Flamita for the AAA Latin American Championship
(8:30, Drago flipping DDT, good,
01:32:34)

Blue Demon Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, La Máscara beat Dr. Wagner Jr., Máximo, Puma King
(11:40, Blue Demon foul Dr. Wagner, ok,
01:50:56)

Killer Kross & Rey Escorpión beat Hijo Del Vikingo, La Parka, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown
(14:37, Killer Kross back suplex, good,
02:14:57)

What happened:

not sure this is effective

The main event saw La Mascara trap/distract Piero while Fantasma gave La Parka a martinete, ending his participation in the match. Laredo Kid came thru the crowd and replaced him, but was eventually taken out. Hijo del Vikingo than ran into replace Laredo, nearly beat Kross, and was pinned.

Blue Demon snuck in a foul to beat Wagner in the semi-main.

Taya got a shoulder up on the German suplex, but Hijo del Tirantes forced the shoulder back down and quick counted three.

Nino let himself get distracted by a Lady Maravilla hug, causing his team to lose. Lady Shani was very unhappy with him after.

An in-ring bit included Fantasma challenging Fenix (not there) again and Rey Escorpión boasting about his tag title reign. Vampiro introduced a Lucha Brothers promo from Vegas where they said they’d be challenging for the tag titles at Rey de Reyes. A fight involving Los Mercenarios, Konnan, Vampiro, Psycho Clown, Laredo Kid, Faby Apache, and Taya ensued.

Thoughts:

out goes Dianastia

The main event felt long, but it had a lot of different sections to break it up. The Vikingo run at the end was the best. He took the pin but got to look cool beforehand, while poor Laredo Kid doesn’t get in much before he’s vanished out of existence. I’m not quite sure why he was even there. Kross got more out of throwing Vikingo around then selling for Parka. Rey Escorpión did well with Psycho Clown, saving him on one dive and taking his tope armdrag well. I like that feud better than whenever the Parka stuff is going.

The semi-main was fine, no more. Fantasma is in this tough spot where he can play off the comedy of Máximo & Puma King well, but he sort of needs to be taken more seriously. Dr. Wagner still knows how to get sympathy, though Blue Demon didn’t show enough aggression to make it worth it. La Mascara knows where he’s supposed to be, he just doesn’t seem like he cares to be there.

The chaos of the fourway match didn’t really benefit. They packed in lot of stuff, but it didn’t have much of a direction outside of needing Flamita & Jack to disappear for the finishing stretch. There were cool move sand Vikingo getting a lot of offense to offset him taking the pin. Jack looked good and Flamita did well with what he did, but the structure of the match caused him and Drago to just disappear for a while. I liked the match but it looks better in names than what it turned out to be.

lots of knees

Most of the Aerostar/Taya vs Faby Apache/Monsther Clown match was built on getting heat for Monsther Clown. Watch a match about Monsther Clown unmasking and cutting open Aerostar is not really the most exciting thing, and the técnico comeback spots weren’t interesting enough to make it worth the time. Nothing fundamentally went wrong with the execution, it just wasn’t an interesting story.

Laredo/Taurus was a match with no story, only exists because the card had to be shuffled around, featuring one guy who hasn’t had any purpose since coming back to AAA and another one who is just suddenly getting a main event push. It worked perfectly because they’re both really good. Laredo Kid was good all the way thru the Lucha Capital, and this was Taurus showing he could go at the same level if given the chance. He looked impressive in the big moments, with his pounce and Taurus Driver looking super. The tornillo to the floor going a little bit off was funny, but he showed more than basing, come off as a real threat. Laredo Kid continues to be on fire, looking super with everything he did here. They completely had the crowd by the 450 splash and with everything that followed it in the last minute. I’d like something with more to it than this, but this near as good as you’re going to get for a match coming out of nowhere.

The opener had some fun action in front of the crowd who was very into Niño Hamburguesa drama. The six worked fit well together. Villano III Jr. is eager but maybe the guillotine legdrop to the floor is not his best move. Dinastia’s dropkick bump to the floor looked even worse and clearly was worse since Lanzelot had to hold up on a dive. There were some slight timing issues, though nothing that prevented this from being a pleasant xperience.

more Taurus

AAA on Twitch: 2018-12-02 

using this to see what weird people react on twitter after it posts TBH

Recapped: 12/02/2018

Matches:

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

Arkángel Divino, Dark Finder, Discovery beat Príncipe Seir, Último Maldito, Xtreme X
(10:31, Arkangel Divino high speed Mistica, good, 00:20:08)

Lady Shani beat Faby Apache ©, La Hiedra, Scarlett for AAA’s Reina de Reinas championship
(6:59, Lady Shani backcracker Faby Apache, below average, 00:55:33)

La Máscara, Parka Negra, Taurus beat Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata
(9:04, La Mascara double knee smash Máximo, ok, 01:16:23)

Angelikal Myzteziz Jr., Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid beat Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana © fto win the AAA World Trios Championship
(10:28, Hijo del Vikingo shooting star press Mocho Cota, great, 01:40:00)

La Parka, Laredo Kid, Myzteziz Jr. beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
(5:30, DQ Averno for mask pull, ok, 02:01:31)

Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. beat Joe Lider & Pagano and Cíclope & Miedo Extremo to keep the AAA World Tag Team Championship in a hardcore rules match
(17:28, Texano & Escorpión two man powerbomb Pagano, good, 02:11:30)

Drago beat Hijo del Fantasma © to win the AAA Latin American Championship
(14:34, dragon’s tale cradle, good, 02:43:35)

Blue Demon & Killer Kross beat Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown
(10:13, Kross & Demon pin Wagner, below average, 03:15:46)

What happened:

this wasn’t the Vikingo injury spot!

Scarlett is with Kross, as on Lucha Capital, and it seems to be permanent thing going forward. Scarlett interfered in the match, which strangely caused Vampiro to come out to grab her. Before Vampiro could chokeslam the woman, Kross hit Vampiro in the back. Vampiro ended up leaving grabbing his neck. Kross snuck in a foul on Psycho and suplexed him, and Demon beat Wagner clean with the Devil’s Wings. Or that was the plan, except Tirantes held up at two for reasons no one really understood. He might have had a problem with Kross helping pin Wagner, but then he let Demon & Wagner pin him at the same time anyway. The show ended with the rudos unmasking Psycho Clown and celebrating.

The Fenix/Cage title match didn’t happen. Cage sent in a video (translated by Melissa) saying he’d been injured a few days ago and was not able to wrestle. Fenix appeared in front of the live crowd to talk about his injury. He got some boos for the match not happening, which upset him. Laredo Kid interrupted, put over Fenix for being professional enough to show up anyway, and asked if he was still getting a title shot. Fenix assured him that Laredo was first on his list for challenges when he was healthy again.

Both the Mercenarios & Macizos beat up Pagano & Lider after the match, so it does not appear the Ciclope & Miedo Extremo vs Pagano & Joe Lider program is done.

Drago starting off hot

In an in-ring bit early in the night, La Parka brought on Angelikal, praised him, and unveiled gear for him for a new character: Myzteziz Junior. (Myzteiz was the identity Carístico used in AAA.) Angelikal wrestled under the new identity in the title match, which his team won. Parka congratulated the winners after the match, saying he knew Myzteziz would bring them luck. The OGTs interrupted, insulted Parka, and got into a fight with the técnicos. They took out Hijo del Vikingo with a shoulder injury in the process. Parka challenged OGT to an immediate match, which ended with Averno unmasking Parka (after first only getting the top of his mask) and later taking the other two masks.

A series of vignettes aired with Brazo de Platino trying to convince Máximo and La Mascara to reunite, with Mascara insisting he wasn’t a Brazo but a Mercenario. (These had been airing on Space the last couple of weeks in real time but had not yet aired on Twitch.) Brazo de Platino brought out La Mascara to again plead with him. Mascara faked agreeing and attacked him. This came across like a role Super Porky was intended to play for sympathy but is not physically able to at this point.

Kerya was scheduled for the title match but did not appear, because she was trying out for WWE in Chile. Hijo del Tirantes helped Scarlett out of a Faby tapatia to break up a spot where everyone was in a hold. Scarlett walked out of the match a moment later, confusing everyone. Tirantes and Faby went back to feuding, which led to Shani beating Faby when she was distracted. Faby seemed to be a tecnica in this match. Outside of Scarlett being a heel, it was tough to tell what role anyone was supposed to be in.

The opener was an added dark match, with Último Maldito & Arkangel Divino coming home to work with other Aguascalientes wrestlers.

Thoughts:

Joe Lider seems to be considering the choices that led him to this very moment

The main event was the usual not much Blue Demon/Dr. Wagner main event. Some weak brawling, a run-in to push the never happening Vampiro/Kross match, and a really poor looking finish. Not great night for referees being able to count to three. Demon slapping hands with all the fans and then working rudo in the match didn’t work, but I’m not sure anything he’s going to do will work. It’s just cold.

Drago/Fantasma was a slow-paced match feeling like it might building to something, but taking forever to get there. They never totally found that extra gear though it did get better as they went along. Drago bleeding a lot was a strong visual that didn’t play equally strong into the match. They did build drama with the near falls but the typically quiet Aguascalientes crowd didn’t seem that into it. Fantasma’s offense doesn’t look as sharp as it once did, with the big tope never coming off strong. Drago’s escape out of the Thrill of the Hunter came off well, but Copetes hesitating on the winning three count hurt the drama of the moment. There already wasn’t as much drama in that moment as there should’ve been.

This was the best of three Macizos/Pagano/Lider matches so far. It was a more balanced match between three teams and escalating well, which was important given how long it went. The last couple minutes were clunky to get Pagano to finish the match, but he wasn’t as much a problem as in the other ones with more people to surround them. Los Macizos looked sharp thru the match and took a lot of punishment; they’re still clearly here just to give Pagano & Lider something to wrestle, but they’re coming off as the better team. Rey Escorpión was relatively up for the extreme spots in the match and pulled off a cool powerbomb catch for the finish. Texano did not seem to be as much interested in killing his opponents got thru it fine. There are some obvious not great spots, both in ideas and execution (that table spot near the end didn’t come close to looking like a Canadian Destroyer), but this was good for what it was.

I like the Kross suplex more than people taking it

The title switch was the best Poder del Norte/Laredo squad match yet. Other matches may have a few more shocking moves at the very top end, but this one had plenty close while building to a bigger end game. This seemed like it would be a title change going in and “Myzteziz Jr.” clinched it before it started, yet they were still able to put together a moment where it looked like Poder del Norte might win. They wrestled fast and they kept it interesting. The técnicos went over very strong in the end. Poder del Norte still looked good enough, here and in general, that they’re still useful as contenders down the line. The follow up on trios match really wasn’t much, with Myzteziz getting a few spots and Laredo doing much less. It was a chance for Parka to do his thing, which isn’t much of a thing to see and didn’t have a purpose here.

This tapings version of the Máximo/Mascara match was slightly better than normal only because Parka Negra & Taurus. They looked super, especially early in the match, and one or the other should be used as a challenger for Drago right away. There isn’t much else to say about the rest of the action. The crowd didn’t care about the feud any more after the dramatic intervention of Brazo de Platino, but then this crowd didn’t care about a whole lot.

50/50 bet this is Discovery

The women’s match was a big disappointment. I’m not sure if there was drama putting together the match, but it came off like a match no one was really happy with, especially the people who had to watch it. The match made no sense except if they decided Shani had to beat Faby for the title but also that Faby wasn’t going to lose clean. Apache working as a tecnica and feuding with Tirantes made no sense given months of storylines except to set up for that finish. It also made the end of the match a mess, and it wasn’t a match that was going along that great. The match got worse once Scarlet left. It wasn’t that she was great (she was fine), but the weirdness of the match was exposed to less people involved in it. It just kind of meandering to a lame finish with none of the impact or fun of the recent matches. If AAA had to do the finish this way to tie up the Faby/Shani feud and are moving onto anything else, then maybe it was a necessary evil (though one that should’ve come months ago.) It’s even worse if this just the start of more with them.

The dark match was an attempt to repeat similar previous matches but didn’t reach those heights. The Tijuana guys match here last on the previous Aguascalientes got last time but was an easier superior match. Everyone was willing to take big bumps, but the offense and layout made it feel too indie match. They did everyone does a Canadian Destroyer spot, but slower and less well than previous ones, and it doesn’t help to do direct comparisons when it is going to be something worse. Último Maldito & Arkangel Divino did their usual sequence, though ti it felt a bit of a walkthru. Maldito’s dive looked cool, but it also required the match to stop for a minute while he searched for a suitable chair. The solution there can’t be “find another chair” when “do a different dive is a possibility.” They got money thrown in, but they really need encouragement to try something different.

what was Mocho Cota going to do??

AAA on Twitch: 2018-11-24

a good summary of the show

Recapped: 11/25/2018

This was a sponsored show for the Emperador cookies. The show took place from a fairly full Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera. Jesus Zuniga and Leo Riano were the announcers.

The usual music was replaced by generic music for reasons not explained. Also, “OGT” was never called by that name and did not wear that merchandise, which seemed like a sponsor request.

Matches: 

Hijo Del Vikingo & Máscara de Bronce beat Australian Suicide & Dave The Clown
(14:01, Vikingo & Bronce 450 splash Suicide & Dave, good, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Gif: 4058/4243/4341/4443

Dinastía & Máscarita Sagrada beat Mini Histeria & Mini Psycho Clown
(8:18, Máscarita Sagrada small package Mini Psycho Clown, ok, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch)

Aerostar, Angelikal, Argenis vs Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(9:55, Aerostar frontcracker Carta Brava Jr., good, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Guardián Emperador I, Guardián Emperador II, Psycho Clown beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
(14:01, Guardian II legdrop Chessman, ok, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened:

welcome back Mascara de Bronce

The Guardian Emperadors are masked wrestled representing the sponsor. The smaller Guardian (I) did a lot of cool springboards and revealed himself to be Golden Magic on twitter. The bigger Guardian did not do as much. The rudos have control about 12 minutes in when Máscarita Sagrada runs in, which appears to be totally legal. He helps them win and gets a Guardian mask post-match.

Chessman, with Averno & Super Fly, taunted Máscarita Sagrada after the match. Chessman teased press slamming Sagrada out of the ring, mimicking the commercial campaign that set up this show. This time, he ended up slapping and stomping Sagrada down.

Thoughts:

This was a different show than usual for AAA. The main event was a bit more comedy and playing to the crowd for reactions than they’d do on a normal TV show, which there’s already a lot of. The match worked for the live crowd but a little bit dragged for me. The rudos were kind of taking it easy, which was the same for most people. Golden Emperador was the standout, and didn’t seem affected by his outfit.

Aerostar tries to pull off the CMLL apron headscissors, it doesn’t end well

Poder del Norte versus three técnicos was about what you’d expect, a decent amount of lying though nothing extraordinary. Angelikal stood out less than usual, with Aerostar doing the majority of the interesting spots for his side. The rudos were solid too, though it felt a little bit down effort-wise than usual from a normal TV taping. This was still interesting enough, though maybe not far away from the thrice-weekly CMLL midcard trios matches that I get bored with.

Like the other Máscarita Sagrada matches, this was one where he needed someone to help him out by carrying most of the action. Dinastia did so, making it better than some of the Lucha Capital matches but not really something worth watching. The rudos did what they could but he just can’t do much. I assume Sagrada is here because the sponsors specifically asked for him. It doesn’t make much sense otherwise.

They got more time for the opener they would for this on a regular show and it helped a bit. It gave the técnicos more of a chance to show off early. It was Was funny to see Suicide work the opening exchange with Bronce, Dave get in one knee to send Bronce, then tag out himself so Suicide could carry the load against Vikingo too. It was for the best. Dave wasn’t at his worst, but Suicide was definitely better. The rudos did offense and comedy when they were in control, and it built back up nicely for thee end. Mascara de Bronce looked as good as any of the guys who usually work openers in his first appearance in five months. I feel like there has to be a story behind him getting so completely shuffled out of the mix in the new regime, but maybe things will change again and he’ll be back part of it next year.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-11-18

Vikingo craziness

Recapped: 11/18/2018

All matches aired from Gimnasio Municipal Josué Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua

Matches:

Mr. Alfa, Centinela, Villano III Jr. beat VIP, Syrus, Rey Puma
(6:15, Villano III headstand rope flip moonsault Syrus, ok, 00:17:16)

gif: 1741/2159

Lady Shani, Starfire, Vanilla beat Keyra, Lady Maravilla, Zafiro
(8:39, Lady Shani spinning Gori Special Lady Maravilla, ok, 00:33:38)

Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid beat Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(8:57, Hijo del Vikingo reverse 450 splash Tito Santana, good, 01:10:56)

Joe Lider & Pagano beat Cíclope & Miedo Extremo
(13:44, Pagano Spanish Fly “thru” a table Ciclope, ok, 01:33:00)

La Máscara, Monsther Clown, Rey Escorpión beat Mamba, Máximo, Murder Clown
(9:25, La Mascara fouled Máximo, ok, 02:07:09)

Brian Cage, La Parka, Psycho Clown beat Blue Demon, Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr.
(11:04, Cage F5 Texano, ok, 02:29:28)

What happened:

one of the safer big spots in that match

After the second match, Psycho Clown & La Parka came out to complain about teaming with the traitor Blue Demon. They were interrupted by Konnan, Fantasma, and Texano. Fantasma also called Drago a midget and said he has no chance against him. Fantasma also said Cage would give him the title after he beat Fenix at Guerra de Titanes. Cage didn’t like that, things escalated quickly, and the other rudos attacked Cage. Parka & Psycho thought about it, made the save, teased attacking Konnan, and were attacked by Blue Demon from him. Cage shook hands with Parka & Psycho afterward. Cage and Demon switched places in the match and Cage wrestled as a técnico.

Los Macizos fouled Lider & Pagano after.

Vampiro appeared to explain Scarlett wasn’t here and Zaifro would replace her. Keyra and Lady Shani each side they’d be the next Reina de Reinas and got into a fight after the match. Keyra and Shani ripped each other’s masks and had to be pulled apart twice.

VIP attacked his partners after the match, giving Syrus a sit-down piledriver. This came across as the wrestlers doing their own angle.

Thoughts:

Villano III senton

The main event was an average AAA main event, with the weirdness of Brian Cage doing spots with Blue Demon. Demon looked old and not entirely convincing as a main event heel, though he tried to make it up with aggressive brawling at times. Cage got to throw people around before his title match, and it sure seems like they’re setting him up for more than just a title challenge.

The semi-main was a thoroughly average match which had no change in following the craziness of the last one. The crowd was out of it until Murder Clown did his 619 and splash. The Mascara/Maximo issue has gotten months of build and didn’t come across as any special deal here. The crowd is into Máximo’s comedy, but they were also into Mamba outside of the feud.

how was this supposed to work

The extreme match definitely wasn’t for me – it was extreme spots without meaning or build – but I didn’t think it wasn’t a great exhibition. Pagano was bad in this match, as often. Pagano was taking forever to do spots, and then screwing them up. Pagano did spots about not wanting to get hit by light tubes right after he no sold chair shots to the head (and didn’t sell those light tubes all that much.) Pagano’s clumsiness probably wasn’t responsible for the double suplex going bad, but it sure was a lot to do with the finish not going well. Pagano is willing to do stupid stuff to himself and he was way over so he can continue being bad at wrestling but it doesn’t make it great to watch. The other guys were fine, and Ciclope & Miedo Extremo came across better here than their previous match. But this was only enjoyable to see Pagano be bad.

The tercera was another exciting match between these two teams, if not as clean as their previous ones. The match was rough mostly in terms of guys actually being caught. Poder del Norte whiffed both on Laredo and Angelikal’s dives, and there were some hard landings earlier. There was also a little bit too many two counts where Copetes had to pause counting because someone wasn’t quick enough to break up pins. These are things they can clean up with another try, and at least Poder del Norte was kept to only one chair shot this time. I don’t know what the deal was with the weapon Cota used either though.

Murder Clown press slam

The women’s match wasn’t really as the level of the recent ones, though it was still alright. They did a lot more triple spots than normal for these matches, and it kind of got more silly than serious. AAA nearly missed Shani’s finish for a second straight show, which is almost as impressive as Keyra’s unwilling to take it easy on dropkicks. Vanilla maybe needs to get a lot better at the tornillo or stop doing the tornillo, because it was really not good here. The brawl felt more real than usual.

The opener had some good spots and was also pretty rough at times. The early portion of the match, where the rudos setup up flashy técnico spots, looked the best. Though even that was was a bit slow, enough to feel artificial. They were less able to stay on their plan as the match went along, which made some stuff look brutal but also sloppy. It was fine enough as a local match goes. Villano III Jr. had a great senton but his finish didn’t really come that close to hitting.

Starfire suplex

AAA on Twitch: 2018-11-10

dropkick pre-revenge

Recapped: 11/11/2018

All matches aired live from Coliseo La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz

Matches:

Mini Psycho Clown, Samoano, Samoano 2 beat Halcón 78 Jr., Solaris, Tromba
(5:10, Samoano splash Solaris, ok)

Lanzelot, Parka Negra, Toxin beat Arcángel Divino, Dinastía, Dragón Bane
(10:52, Parka Negra top rope splash Dinastia, good)

Aerostar, Niño Hamburguesa, Súper Fly beat Black Danger, Taurus, Último Maldito
(8:48, Aerostar super Canadian Destroyer Último Maldito, ok)

Cíclope (DTU) & Miedo Extremo beat Joe Lider & Pagano
(12:16, Ciclope Flaming Wizard Joe Lider, ok)

Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata beat La Máscara, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(11:39, Máximo kiss La Mascara, ok)

Angelikal, Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid beat Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(10:48, Laredo Fly on Carta Brava, good)

Dr. Wagner Jr., Drago, Psycho Clown beat Hijo del Fantasma, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Kross
(14:04, Drago Dragon’s Lair Hijo del Fantasma, ok)

What happened:

Dinastia moonsault

Máximo challenged La Mascara to a hair match. La Mascara fouled him, the rudos beat up the exoticos, and the challenge didn’t seem to be officially accepted.

Parka Negra replaced Aramis, though whomever’s running the entrances was unaware of that change. Lanzelot appears to be a rudo now, attacking unmasking his brother after his match (though Parka Negra gets the pin because he’s the only pushed guy of this group.)

Black Danger & Último Maldito are back to those identities, though they’re acknowledged as being Espectro & Kahoz in the Copa Antonio Pena. Monster Clown tried to surprise attack Aerostar, and Aerostar at least kept it even until a foul. Super Fly saved him from more but also got fouled. Averno made a surprise run-in to also make the save. Monster Clown seemed to signal for a trios match, though it’s not clear what form that’d take.

Lanzelot Fly

The opener was really the dark match, starting as the announcers were previewing the show. Hades was seconding the rudas and was given a Samoano mask.

In a segment missing audio, and cut away from oddly, Niño Hamburguesa got a letter from a secret admirer. Or at least it was a secret from us. This aired right before the exotico match. Every time AAA does this angle, it’s an exotico as the admirer.

A message from Scarlett was played, but the sound also didn’t work for this bit. She stripped in silhouette in the background. She’s presumably coming back to AAA soon.

Earlier, Fantasma challenged (the not-present Fenix) to a title versus title match. Jose Manuel Guillen did bring up the Laredo Kid challenge, which hasn’t gone anywhere in a couple of months. Drago interrupted to challenge for a shot at Fantasma’s title. Fantasma told him to go wrestle the minis, shoved Drago down and turned around to pose. Drago fought Fantasma, Fantamsa ripped up Drago’s mask, Psycho Clown made the save, and Los Mercenarios ran in after him to beat up both técnicos.

Jarrett wrestled about half the main in a mask to hide his bald head. (It’s not that bald after a couple weeks.) Wagner eventually chased Jarrett to the stage, where Blue Demon appeared and attacked Wagner. Drago made the title challenge again after pinning Fantasma, only for the rudos to again beat up the técnicos.

Thoughts:

Los Macizos looked like the professional team

The main event was the usual Wagner & Psycho showcase, with a lot of Jarrett screwing around and more Kross suplexes than usual. Fantasma, in theory trying to challenge for the biggest title in the promotion, came off as the fifth or sixth most important person. The entire finish was overshadowed by Demon beating up Wagner in the background. AAA’s not playing around about which feud is the important one here. Drago was alright in setting up the match with Fantasma and doing this in the main event at least is a half effort chance of making it work. It’s just surrounded by so much that didn’t work.

The semi-main was a big opportunity for the técnicos, and they made the most of it. Angelikal picked the right moment to pull out a double moonsault, Vikingo had lots of cool offense and Laredo Kid finished the match strong. The team lacked a common thread, but they individually looked very effective. Poder del Norte was more interesting when their offense was something other than chair shots. They at least can keep up with the técnicos when they’re going at a fast pace, and these técnicos were pushing that pace. Vikingo might have been better of taking a breath and letting some of his offense sink in at it times, but it did keep the match interesting with the técnicos were in charge. This would’ve been easily a grade higher if the rudos could vary their offense a little more.

The fifth match was the usual exotico showcase, which worked for well for crowd reactions and not so much in taking the rudos seriously. It was much the same match they do all the time, though it seemed to work better for this crowd. The Los Mercenarios are having a tough time being taken seriously while being in a feud with a comedy team, but maybe La Mascara taking his cousin’s hair will help.

Psycho Driver

The fourth match really wasn’t going to be for me, but it also seemed counterproductive. Pagano seemingly took 70% of the match, not the ideal thing when Ciclope & Miedo Extremo are debuting and seemingly supposed to be built up as threats. Pagano had a pretty shaky match, even by Pagano standards, but he got his desired crowd reaction and that seems to be the important thing to him. Ciclope & Miedo looked a lot more polished in the moments they got, though AAA’s camerawork didn’t help much on Flaming Wizard spot. If you missed this one, I’m sure you’ll get about the same in Juarez.

There’s definitely some potential with Taurus teaming with the two young rudos (whatever name we’re calling against them this week), but they didn’t really reach it here. Maldito’s sloppy powerbomb caused Aerostar to pick up a leg injury and seemed to derail the last half of the match. The rest was a lot of usual Niño Hamburguesa stuff. Super Fly being weirdly included seems to be going somewhere, though it’s strange to see the OGTs as técnicos.

The actual opener eventually turned into a good match, but it left a lot on the table. The first half of the match, thru the dives and the Lanzeloth/Dinastia sequence, was pretty sloppy. People were running past each other on spots, people were being thrown to the top rope but not making it there, things just didn’t look right. I’m not sure if they just calmed down, but it did go a lot smoother once they got back to their corners. Toxin and Dragon Bane had good moments late. Lanzleot being a rudo opposite of Dinastia would give both a direction, if it’s followed up on.

It was neat to see the dark match, getting a glimpse at people who mostly had been on TV once or twice over the last two years but hadn’t been seen lately. No one stood out positively like they needed to be on TV, but it was at least interesting to see people like Hades and Solaris still exist. Samoans were alright flattening the técnicos – who never got the comeback you’d expect in this sort of match – and Hades as their mastermind is an idea that might have some legs on a less crowded roster. Didn’t get as much a sense of the others, but it wasn’t really about them. Halcón 78 failing to get out of the ring properly must feel terrible.