La Secta won the tag team titles. They aren’t afforded a moment to celebrate, as the Clowns destroy the new champions. They also take out the referee when he tries to take the belts away from the Clowns.
Histeria wrestles the mask masked, which is really not a surprise at this point. The surprise turned out to be Histeria partially unmasking at some point, off screen after the match concludes while the Clowns are beating everyone up. You can see it’s off and even the front of his face if you look for him on the outside. He puts it back on before he leaves.
Dave kicks out of a Noa Noa Driver thru a chair, to Pagano’s surprise. Dave gives Pagano a horrendously poor piledriver and a top rope splash for the unlikely win.
Faby & Shani had the makings of a pretty good match with an inconclusive finish. I wouldn’t say it even necessarily ended early. They just kind of sped thru to get to the end match sort of offense before spilling outside for the countout. The hard back and forth right before that portion was pretty good, and they definitely did enough to think the rematch could be pretty good. Shani had one of the better outings, even if Faby was obviously leading/pulling Shani thru spots at time. Faby was subtly working ruda at time, though it didn’t like she could totally commit to it, and she sold the result like she was a wronged face by Tirantes bad decision, ignoring Shani at all. This was interesting if incomplete.
Pagano was awarded a sports award in Ciudad Juarez, possibly given to him before they realized he lost to Dave the Clown. Six different titles are mentioned to be on the line at Guerra de Titanes.
The main event trios is an all action match for due to the people included. It keeps the pace going better than the normal tag match last week and covered up their weaknesses better by not giving much time to linger on them. The downside is didn’t feel like it was building anywhere – the finish sequence itself seemed to come as a surprise to the crowd – even though they kept the general idea of everyone being desperate to finish someone off.
I don’t know about the post match. That kind of felt like the Clowns were not thrilled about losing and decided on their own to beat up anyone. It would explain Histeria’s strange reaction and the referee not seeming like he was planning to be taking bumps. Even if it was planned, it really took the spotlight and the meaning out of Cuervo & Scoria winning if they were simply destroyed after the fact. They’ve got to give the fans a moment to care about those guys winning if they’re going to gain some support.
It’s really quite a battle to see who is the worst wrestler between La Parka & Dave The Clown. Parka is bad for long periods of time, Dave his singular moments of terribleness. That piledriver in this match was a thing of wonder. Dave’s also horrible at selling, either completely dead or not bothering to register an impact at all while moving to his next position. Pagano was easily the second best guy in the tag match, maybe the best because Mr. Aguila was checked out on this mess. Maybe Pagano was lucky to get hurt if AAA was going to have him taking losses to Dave the Clown. I was waiting for a post match angle where he would snap or something. He just lost.
Tirantes doesn’t immediately break Faby’s armbar when Shani is on the ropes. After the fact, it’s clear that help from Tirantes is supposed to be an indication Faby is now a ruda. Both women are counted out while they’re fighting outside. Well, maybe it’s more like Shani is balled up on the ground and Faby’s too busy hitting her with a chair to think about coming back in until it’s too late. This was one of those countouts telegraphed because the referee and the announcers were making a big deal out of the count they usually ignore.
Dr. Wagner Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown vs Hernandez, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(10:36, DQ for every rule, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
The show starts with Marisela Pena giving a sort of mission statement for the year. 2018 is the year of conquest for AAA, which will apparently including traveling to other countries and making TripleMania 26 the best one ever.
Fantamsa comes out first, poses in the center of the ring, and gets bat up by all three rudos. Psycho and Wagner actually hurry to the ring to help. The técnicos eventually make a comeback, but it doesn’t last long before the rudos to ever DQ offense they can think of, and eventually actually get that DQ. Escorpión hits security with a chair too. Vampiro shows up without music to stand and stare from the stage looking concerned. Wagner grabs the microphone to talk about how great Vampiro is, and then talks about the match between Hernandez versus Hijo de Wagner where the winning side gets to pick a stipulation. Vampiro finally comes to the ring, taunts the rudos and gets them to back off from beating up Psycho Clown. Vampiro gets bleeped a fair bit.
Cuervo & Scoria have new music. We get to hear only a little bit of it before they’re attacked on the way in by the clowns. This match was falls count anywhere, which took me by surprise. It also took Tirantes by surprise, since he had to rapidly scramble over the guardrail to count when they started trying for pins. It wasn’t mentioned in the graphic, and the announcers treat as information Vampiro has just passed on to them right as the pinfall is happening.
Just as it appears Cuervo is about to win, Psicosis & Histeria rush out to attack them. It is no DQ, so this time it’s at least legal. La Parka runs out of the save. The idea seemed to be he would break up the pin after Murder splashed both guys. Parka was slow, and so they kicked out instead. Parka hits all the rudos and Tirantes with a chair (Dave’s chair) and leaves the ring. The tecnicos try to finish off Murder off a second time, but Dave runs in and attacks. Parka beat him up too, before finally being dropkicked out by Parka. Parka lands on his feet fine.) Cuervo and Scoria clear out the Vipers and are immediately beat by the Clowns.
Los Vipers attack and unmask the Clowns after the match. Dave and Parka are too busy having a stare down to care.
Dave the Clown has taken a page from LA Park’s book carrying a personalized folding chair to the ring. There’s no explanation why Dave and Parka are partners and Dave doesn’t seem much bothered with helping Parka, though he does jump in to try to get a pin when he could get an easy win. Histeria’s allowed to use his bat without no problem. The Vipers eventually screw up, Parka does some horrendous offense. Dave tries to steal the pin, and Parka trips while trying to break it off. He gets back up and hits Dave with the chair, then walks out. Psicosis lands the senton right after.
The main event was the usual AAA main even brawl, ending super flat with the DQ finish. The DQ happened so suddenly that I assumed Vampiro was going to restart the match to let the técnicos do something. Instead, giving the fans something turned into just talking a lot. The brawl wasn’t so bad, for a promotion which does a lot of them, it just didn’t add up to much.
Skip the one. None of the matches are close to good. The only really notable thing is the Vipers making it a three way tag title feud, and that’s barely notable.
Someone laid out the tag team match with occasional exciting spots, but they match wasn’t smooth. Cuervo doing a leaping over the railing headscissors on Murder looked cool. The way they did it, with Murder going over the railing for no reason, clearing people out of the way, and standing still until Cuervo was ready to do the spot, was not cool. The latter tope spot at least has the plausibility of wrestling sequence. I’m not big fans of Cuervo or Scoria, though this was more the other guys fault. Murder & Monster are slow moving, slow on the uptake, and just kind of stiff – the sequence with Murder Clown getting pulled into an armbar was hard to watch. A good match would’ve been wasted by the overstuff ending, where they made it clear the Dave/Parka stuff is a much bigger deal.
The opener was always intended to be an angle and not a match. It was still a horrendous match! La Parka looked terrible the entire time in. That faceslam or whatever he lazily attempted looked horrendous. La Parka tripping seemingly over his own feet and Dave just staying on the pin to wait for him to come around again was absurd. Really, Dave getting pinned after getting no offense in on the Vipers (who were more than willing to sell 1 on 2 for Parka) make him look like even more of a nonentity than usual. No one cares more about their feud after that mess of a match. They should’ve just repeated something instead of showing this.
This was the third of the annual three recap shows. The 12/23 show had matches from TripleMania (the ladder match, the four way tag match, and Wagner/Psycho.) The second show had matches from the other big shows(Rey de Reyes sword match, the Verano de Escandalo tag mask match, Ayako/Shani, and the Heroes Inmortales care match). This show focused on AAA’s charity efforts. They showed the Gold Guitar match from the Hard Rock show (which was used as charity) and the top three matches from the Luchando del Mexico show, which had not been aired previously.
The new matches were taped from Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, on December 9th. The arena had a different stage than usual, and they bathed the arena in a black/purple light.
Joe Lider, Parka Negra, Súper Fly beat Aerostar, Drago, Raptor (9:04, Super Fly springboard splash Raptor, ok, Lucha Libre AAA)
Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka beat Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown (11:17, COR, below average, Lucha Libre AAA)
Hijo del Fantasma, Pagano, Psycho Clown beat Averno, Chessman, Texano Jr. (18:28, Pagano pin Averno + Psycho pin Chessman, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
This is a show in Mexico City, so Fantasma (Sr.) is at ringside, and Texano taunts him while beating up his son, seemingly taking credit for his retirement. After 18 minutes of action, Tirantes slaps Fantasma in the back and grabs him, Texano kicks and gets Tirantes by mistake, Texano recovers and unmasks Fantasma, Fantasma fouls Texano and covers, and the rudos rush into break it up. Psycho and Pagano win with pinfalls on OGT and Averno ten seconds later.
Cuervo & Scoria are wresting in skeleton themed shirts underneath the straight jackets to match Parka, but we never get the big reveal because the rudos attack them first.
About 9 minutes in, with no explanation or provocation, Aerostar climbs a light tower. (He’s wearing a GoPro camera around his head as he climbs, which might be the reason. GoPro is a sponsor of this event.) No one is even outside when he does that. The announcers compare this to TripleMania, and it’s just like that in that they pretty much stop showing the match to shift to shots of Aerostar. The técnicos send the rudos out, send them around the corner teasing a dive, Scoria does dive and gets caught and dropped, and then Aerostar jumps onto everyone. (The camera is gone when we see Aerostar on the floor, he may have quickly pulled it off after he landed.) That feels like that should be a DQ, which Arturo Rivera points out at the announce table. The rudos never make it back in and are counted out.
Noti AAA focuses on the Guerra de Titanes card. All the matches are covered. Mundo/Wagner is hyped like there’s nothing strange going on there. There’s also the announcement that the Luchando de Mexico gate will be donated to charity, and a mention of Pagano’s injury.
The main event went forever, included Tirantes turning rudo about 15 seconds, and was not that interesting most of the time. All of these matches felt a bit in house show mode, which is really what this is for all three matches despite the TV cameras, though at least the Fantasma/Texano was a bit more intense. I never think Pagano is much good, but he seemed particularly bad in this match. He’s not good at being a técnico doing a lot of flashy moves and hopefully they take him back in his original direction next time we see him.
This Parka match is a setup to do a Go Pro stunt. We never see the video from the Go Pro angle, and the angle we do see shows Aerostar as a dark blob falling to the floor. There is no replay. It is never mentioned again after this show. It is dumb on every level. Even if Aerostar was totally willing and eager to do this stunt, someone with concern for his safety should’ve said no. The Clowns, once again, put up the best effort they could in catching, but could’ve been hurt in something that wasn’t worth more than 30 seconds of attention on this show. The match itself was nothing, maybe because they knew it wouldn’t matter much, and was overtaken by the stunt in the end anyway.
Nothing much going on in the opener. The rudos do the minimum on offense. They are there to set up the técnicos, but it’s not a big night of them. Nice to see Parka Negra, who’s just doing his Último Gladiador stuff in the gimmick now because who cares. Parka Negra was given a big introduction and build up for one that’s petered out gong nowhere, yet they still keep it around. It’s strange. So is Super Fly winning on a slingshot splash out of nowhere. It was made weirder by Tirantes turning away from the ring before the finish for no reason, as if he needed to avoid seeing a foul, but there was just foul.
Eslabón Perdido, Poseidón, Rey Infiernobeat Cosmos, Kid Lobo, Samuray (9:28, good, via thecubsfan)
Ángel Mortal Jr., Chicano, Pardux beat Angelikal, Fetiche, Hijo Del Vikingo (6:21, Chicano gutwrench powerbomb Angelikal, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Argenis, Estrella Divina, Faby Apache, Lady Shanibeat Australian Suicide, Goya Kong, Hahastary, Mamba (10:19, Argenis Canadian Destroyer Suicide, ok,Lucha Libre AAA)
Bengala & Big Mamibeat La Hiedra & Villano III Jr. (5:21, Big Mami splash Villano III Jr., below average, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Early in the show, Big Mami is looking for Niño Hamburguesa when Hernandez stops her. Hernandez hits on Big Mami, wanting her to team with him instead. Big Mami pretends to be interested for a second before turning him down and continuing her search. Checking another room, she’s jumped from behind by Villano III Jr. He suffocates her with a towel while La Hiedra takes Big Mami’s blue mixed title belt. She hands it to Hernandez, who calls someone, implies he or they took out Hamburguesa too, and tells the mystery person that they have the belt. It’s unclear who he’s talking to, though Hernandez’ only known friend in the promotion is Mundo.
The 2v2 match is billed as Hiedra & Villano III Jr. vs Niño Hamburguesa & Big Mami for the mixed tag titles, and Niño Hamburguesa’s music plays for his team. Bengala shows up instead, explaining Niño Hamburguesa is not there and no one can find Big Mami. Bengala proposes a triangle match with him and the rudos. They say no, then attack Bengala anyway, and they blow the whistle to start the match.
After about four minutes, when the rudos finally have their acts together, there’s a split screen to Hernandez finding and waking Big Mami backstage. Mami jolts to life, and Hernandez ushers her towards the ring. Big Mami hurrying to the ring is the first thing to get a reaction. Even thought his was a three way match, she’s allowed to get involved. She quickly takes out the rudos, and most of the time in the match involves her slow climb to the the rope for the finishing splash on Villano III.
Faby remembers she hates Hijo del Tirantes during this match, but it goes nowhere. Late in the match, Goya does her usual dive, but oddly onto Mamba, Hahastary and Divina, which leaves Suicide 1 on 3. He fights off Argenis with a backdrop off the top rope, and somehow moves just in time for Shani to give Faby a backcracker by mistake. Argenis still gets in a Destroy for the win.
Faby gets back up, spins Shani around, and punches in the face for the backcracker She almost goes after Argenis too when he gets involved, but walks out as the announcers remember they have a title match coming up. Shani sells the one punch like she needs medical treatment (while the doctor actually checks on Suicide, who later appeared to be goofing around.)
Fetiche is a masked Llave de la Gloria finalist, but one who was had only been seen in TripleMania matches (and he was in the bad one) to this point. About seven minutes into the opener, Mr. Aguila & Kahn-Del-Mal come to ringside. Fetiche quickly betrays Angelikal, crotching him on the ropes as he goes for a moonsault, and points to the Perros del Mal. They’ve helped Pardux up on the outside, and wave for Fetiche to join them. Angelikal recovers enough to stand up, but is Chicano grabs him from behind and finishes him. Fetiche and Parudx come back in to stomp Angelikal and Vikingo, and Angle Mortal and Chicano join in. It’s unclear who, or if everyone, is supposed to be with the Perros del Mal at this moment- Chicano looks happily surprised in a way where I keep expecting the Perros to attack him too, but the rudos just leave vaguely together.
Vampiro’s interview this week is with Hahastary. Hahastary talks about the significance of her name (she’s a warrior.) Vampiro, who ends up on talking just about as much as the guest does in giving a long pep speech at the end, tells her not to set any limits for how he she can go (not settling for just having made it to AAA) and that she can be a good role model for girls even while being a ruda. This didn’t push anything forward but it did give fans something to know about Hahastary.
While most of the big names do not appear in action on the show, it does start with promos from Texano, Dave, Fantasma and La Parka to talk about what happened with them in Juarez and build to them facing off at Guerra de Titanes. The Texano promo is reused for a Guerra de Titanes promo going into every break.
This is likely Goya Kong’s last TV appearance for the time being; she broke her right leg on a dive out of the ring on the earthqauke benefit show, in a clip shown and then shown again in slow motion as part of Noti AAA. An update with her at home appears to show she’s had four screws put in her legs. She talks about her condition and AAA helping her. A full highlight package of the Luchando del Mexico show is shown afterwards, as well as Marisela Pena announcing the entire ticket proceeds would go to repair schools. There’s also video of the AAA celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
There was no heat for the mixed tag that wasn’t, with everyone just totally confused as what to was going on. The story as currently told on TV doesn’t make much sense: Villano & Hiedra wanted the mixed tag titles before (nearly breaking up over not getting them), want the title match when they get to the ring but in the meantime have taken out Big Mami and given the belts to Hernandez as if they didn’t want them. Their motivations don’t make sense and they look foolish during the action. It feels like half the match is Villano III Jr. hitting la Hiedra by mistake to no reaction. This is a pattern on this show: maybe this will make sense later when we get part two or three of this story, but AAA has dropped too many stories to care about them. The match itself wasn’t much.
The opening trios wasn’t one of the stronger Llave matches Hijo del Vikingo had a bad day, messing up his first big spot and coming down knees first on poor Angel Mortal. Angelikal outshined him here easily. The finish was random and only works if it they go somewhere. I think I’m not as concerned about harming the name of Perros del Mal as most – they had all sort of random people in when they were running their own group – but I think most will feel differently. In the bigger picture, it’d be nice to have any sort of direction for these guys, but I’m not trusting AAA to remember this direction when they next show up on TV two months from now. Pardux, walking around in Strong Style gear, is an amusing pick for a replacement Perros del Mal – they used to have one those strong style guys! He didn’t seem to get to show much strong style in this match, though the rudos were good at throwing the técnicos high up in the air.
The dark match was an unexpected bonus. I almost gave up on uploading it after having problems on the first try, but I’m glad I figured it out. These Xalapa regulars worked well together, with the rudos – especially Poseidon – coming off as really good bases for the técnicos. The técnico showcase match to start is really the highlights, it slows a bit down with the rudos in control, but the dives are fun too. It felt like a more complete match that most regular AAA matches.
The mixed match was a very average match, but – just like the opener – they at least had a direction coming out of it. Australian Suicide stood out more with comedy than the highspots, but there wasn’t much way to work his highspots here. Actually, the ring that stood out most was Suicide wearing “ADIOS” shorts in a year where a lot of people have said ADIOS to AAA. Hahastary doing the Aerostar like springboard reverse tope to the floor was unexpected and cool. I’ve always believed Mamba is a person with good fashion sense but the blue hair going on in this match may cause me to reevaluate everything.
All matches were taped in Gimnasio Municipal Josué Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua on 11/19/2017.
Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Pagano beat Marty The Moth, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown
(8:16, Pagano Noa Noa Driver, Marty, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Hijo del Fantasma beat Rey Escorpiónfor the AAA Latin American Championship
(13:09, Phantom Driver, good, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Hernandez & Johnny Mundo vs Dr. Wagner Jr. & Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr.
(17:33, Mundo Fin de Mundo Dr. Wagner, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Announcers talk about Heranndez and Mundo being the new Gringos Locos in their match. End game of the main event has Hernandez puling Wagner out and giving him a shoulderbreaker on the floor. Mundo fouls Hijos, drops him with the moonsault drive, and pretty much whiffs on the Fin de Mundo but that’s the finish anyway.
Fantasma connects on the Flecha Negra about ten minutes in, after going for it earlier but Escorpión moving out of the way before he could. Fantasma gets back up on the apron, only for Texano to run out and hit him in the back of the head with the lasso. (Tirantes watches it, but he’s back to being evil this week.) Texano gives Fantasma the Texano Driver. Escorpión isn’t sure about it, but goes for and connect on the top rope legdrop, only for Fantasma to kick out. Tirantes holds Fantasma for an Escorpión lasso punch. Psycho Clown’s music starts to play and stops, distracting the fans but not the wrestlers, who must know that wasn’t his cue. Escorpion punches Tirantes by mistake. The music starts up again, and now Psycho Clown comes out. Psycho Cleans house, Fantasma gives Escorpión the Thrill of the Kill (called the Phantom Driver here), and Tirantes come back in to count a fair three count.
Security has a slow first step, so Pagano is mobbed by Juarez fans the moments he steps out on the entrance. Cuervo & Scoria have new music and a new look, so they’re not giving up yet. They’re also attacked by the Clowns (which explains why Pagano entered before them.) As always, Marty wears Casaus gear, the graphic lists him as Marty the Moth, and the announcers call him Marty the Shaman. The announcers do finally mention the Monster High nickname Vampiro has been using for this group for months (presented here as an Arturo Rivera idea.)
After about five minutes, Dave the Clown wanders to ringside to help his friends by throwing a chair at Pagano. La Parka hobbles to ringside with music, and goes after Dave. They kind of disappear until the match is over. Pagano kneels in front of Parka and shakes his hands, which causes the announcers to scream “VAMPIRO” because of course.
We last saw Texano with the Latin American belt. Fantasma has it here, with the idea that Vampiro made Texano give it back off screen (and that AAA belatedly decided they couldn’t really have this title match unless Fantasma actually had the belt.)
Fantasma/Escorpion was one of the better AAA matches of the year, definitely among the best singles match. AAA still had to spend the last couple minutes of it making it clear that the matches we actually are supposed to want to see are Fantasma/Texano and Escorpión/Psycho and it took away from the finish here. I did like that they gave Fantasma a kickout on his own before Psycho made the save. The music cue being screwed up was amusing, as was Psycho obviously telling Escorpión to roll out of the corner so he could do his dive. Escorpión & Fantamsa built the action well on their own and it would’ve been better if they got to finish it on their own, but this match wasn’t the priority.
The main event was slower paced than a usual AAA match. You can skip the first eight minutes without feeling like you missed anything, and then the next even minutes are the rudos slowly working over Hijo. It does work, in that the crowd gets loud for a moment when Papa tags in, but it’s a long time to get there and it doesn’t get that much interesting when they’re there. Hijo de Wagner was fine in his big chance, but didn’t really come across as a star. Hernandez taking Wagner’s cutter as a back bump was weird, and Mundo probably should’ve redone his finish because they AAA couldn’t hide the miss.
The trios match was a decent encounter to give the Juarez fans the Pagano they had come there to see. It seemed like they might be taking away from his spotlight with the loud La Parka run in, but Pagano still got the moment at the end. I was distracted by AAA seemingly changing camera angles during every move – Scoria’s thru the ropes tornillo is unwatchable, sadly. The match itself was just about the level you’d expect but with a far hotter crowd than usual. They might have waited until the rudos got a win to try to get over the Monster High nickname. Given this crew, it’s possible they’ve been trying to get that name over for months and this just happened to be the week they remembered to do it. They’re not detailed oriented.
Noti AAA includes luchadors singing Christmas songs at a charity event. They also had a meal with make a wish children. The Luchando Por Mexico event is hyped.
All matches were taped at Gimnasio Municipal Josué Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua on 11/19/2017
Lady Shani beat Venus in a mask vs mask match (7:32, backcracker, ok, via thecubsfan)
Faby Apache beat La Hiedra and Big Mamito earn a shot at AAA’s Reina de Reinas championship (5:30, Faby German suplex La Hiedra, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Averno & Súper Fly beat Aerostar & Drago and Argenis & Bengala and Carta Brava Jr. & Tito Santana
(10:02, Averno pin Carta Brava, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
La Parka beat Dave The Clown
(7:05, fujiwara armbar, bad, viaLucha Libre AAA)
Hijo del Tirantes, who’s been impartial on this show and all of them of late, helps out Dave during the main event. Dave sells the arm as if been ripped from it’s socket after the finish. Marty runs in after the fact to attack Parka. Suddenly, Dave’s arm is fine. They leave Parka laid out and take his boot.
Copetes is busy checking on everyone after some dives, so Chessman runs in and smacks Carta with a chain to give Averno the win. Somehow, Carta needs a stretcher after taking the chain to the face.
Vampiro has a sit down interview with Averno. Averno feels he’s at his best moment in his career and that OGT will be the best in 2018. Averno and Vampiro talk about Averno being part of the search for new talent. Vampiro also talks to Bengala. Vampiro asks about how he interrupts his version of Bengala, which closer than usual in acknowledging this isn’t the original guy. Bengala talks about trying to personalize the character to separate himself from all the other lucha cats. Vampiro asks what he’s needing to stick out, and Bengala is looking for a big rivalary. Vampiro asks if a feud or winning is more important; Bengala seems to note winning is the point of wrestling, but if you have a good rivalry, people are less concerned about you losing. Averno is the better talker of the two, but neither man had a lot relevant to say.
Noti AAA focused on AAA announcing their earthquake victim benefit show.
The mask match appeared only on the long version of the AAA show. Chari shots are apparently legal. Shani is apparently supposed to blade off the chair shot, but has some sort of problem. Venus takes her outside and hits here with the chair again, then Tirantes cuts Shani while supposedly checking on her (with Shani’s legs kicking around as it happens.). Shani doesn’t end up bleeding all that much, even with Venus attacking the cut. They later tease putting Shani on a stretcher for a knee injury and counting her out, but she gets off and comes back in before 20. Venus does give her name, but I can’t actually make it out.
La Parka/Dave the Clown was as bad as expected. There are matches with more technical faults than this one, but only because they didn’t try anything at all in this match. Dave didn’t do anything. Parka couldn’t do anything. They had Tirantes going back to being a rudo just to help out the match, but what would’ve really helped him out was not doing the match. This felt a lot longer the seven minute it took because nothing much but occasional bad brawling took place. I’m unconvinced anything with Marty is going anywhere; this just felt like they needed a way to get him on the card after flying him in.
The four way tag match was all action and really good action at that, so I had no problem with it at all. It was pretty fast paced, maybe too fast to allow anything to develop and I don’t know that much sunk in with me, but I enjoyed watching it. The format also let them hide people a little better – I don’t think Bengala did all that much here, which makes sense given his one arm. Carta & Tito are really effective team. It’s too bad they have this nice giant crane camera and still couldn’t find a way to get Aerostar’s dive in the frame. (They did use it nicely for his entrance.) They did get Super Fly’s nice moonsault. This as good a match that’s come out of these four teams trios feud in a while.
The women’s match was fine for six minutes of action. Faby looked much better than the other two. The crowd enjoys Big Mami. I don’t know what happened on the Devil’s Wings almost going bad, but it did result in Faby slapping Hiedra in the back of the head. Hiedra got folded up nicely on the finish.
The mask match is the same story as the Lanzeloth/Suicide title match, where Suicide controlled most of the match and then was just suddenly pinned. Lanzeloth looked more impressive in that than this. I don’t think they did either women favors with doing the stretcher spot and the chair stuff; they were working overly hard to sell Venus was going to win, but no was going to buy it and it just made for a less entertaining match. Venus really didn’t come all that close to winning – her closest win is Shani being carried away for a knee injury, not trapping Shani in a knee attacking hold and Shani desperately reaching for the ropes – and I have no idea if this was just the most she could do. Shani could’ve used the help of a wildly seen mask win, but this didn’t feel like a big deal and it’s no loss not to make the big show. Still might have been worth cutting together 20 or 30 seconds as highlight, if only to help fill time on the rest of the show (which seemed to be stretching.)
Rey Escorpión beat Texano Jr., Psycho Clownto become #1 contender for the AAA Latin American Championship
(7:23, Rey Escorpión foul Psycho Clown, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Psycho enters last, to make it easier for both rudos to attack him as he’s parading around the ring. As with every two rudos on one técnico match ever, Texano & Escorpión get along until it comes time to decide who wins. Psycho gets the advantage when the bullrope spot goes wrong. The match magically turns into a one on one from there.
Finishes sees Escorpión pull Tirantes away after Texano’s hit his finish on Psycho, then circle around the ring to sneak in and foul Psycho as Tirantes looks outside the ring for no reason. Texano throws Escorpión out and covers Psycho for the win. Arturo Rivera says Escorpión is now the challenger for the cruiserweight title, and at least Jesus Zuniga immediately corrects him on that.
Psycho attacks Escorpión the ramp and dives onto him into the crowd, which the cameras struggle to catch – Psycho dives into nothingness. Texano stats to cut a promo in the ring when Fantasma’s music interrupts, and Texano caught off guard by Fantamsa coming thru the crowd to attack him. Tirantes tops Fantasma from using a chair in the attack for some reason, allowing Texano to grab the title and get away.
OGT come out first, get some chairs, and sit waiting for Poder del Norte to come to the ring. Poder del Norte decide to charge the ring. Averno & Chessman kick them, while Chessman just grabs his chair and hits Mocho Cota Jr. with it.
Late in the match, Carta Brava sends Chessman into referee Copetes to take him out. Mascara de Bronce and Argenis run into attack for no obvious reason, taking out both team. Bengala watches from the stage, then sneaks in to face Cota. Cota turns the tables on him, then runs into Avenro Devils Wings. Super Fly sends Copetes back in the ring to count three.
Poder del Norte go to the back while OGT celebrate their win. After a couple moments, there’s a cut backstage where Argenis, Bengala and Mascara de Bronce are already down and Poder del Norte are standing near them with chairs. Raptor, Aerostar and Drago show up as they cut in, and both sides throw chairs back and forth.
This opener is Mr. Aguila’s surprise return to the promotion (after a cameo at TripleMania.) He’s a replacement for Marty and wrestling as Perros del Mal rep. The match is originally a tag match, but Vampiro makes a four way match before the start, where the winner will get a title shot at Johnny Mundo in 2018 at Guerra de Titanes. They still work it like a tag match, with guys standing on the apron waiting for tags instead of all four people in the ring at the same time.
Hernandez is close beating Dr. Wagner when Hijo del Dr. Wagner runs in and attacks Hernandez from behind. Tirantes looks away from the ring for no particular reason. Wagner wins with a flapjack this time. Mr. Aguila and Pagano get up to fight on the stage, and Aguila throws him off into rows of empty chairs. He gets back up to the ramp after some time, and the Wagners attack him for no real reason. I have no idea.
Polvo de Estrellas, who has not had a televised AAA match since October 25, 2014, is a celebrity acting in a play. Marisela Pena, OGT and the Traidor Clowns are shown coming to the play. This goes a minute. A segment hyping the Xalapa taping goes about 20 seconds.
Three way matches are really tough to make interesting and this didn’t have anything to offer that wasn’t boring the last five times I saw it. Escorpión was the most interesting, but barely soon, and this just seemed to be killing time for that finish. Texano, who thinks he should have the Latin American title, seems like he should be much more upset about being cheated his title chance they he seemed here. The post match made the statement that the match was pointless – Fantasma/Texano is the match that matters, not Escorpion getting a title shot. It was at least good that they ended the show with something beside a Wagner or Psycho feud.
I kinda of liked the trios title match up until the overbooked finish. I guess they didn’t want Poder del Norte to lose again clean, but then they probably should’ve just not booked this match, instead of booking people to run in for not any explained reason. (The técnicos were attacking both teams indiscriminately. It was just an excuse.) Poder del Norte seemed very into this match and showed a lot of energy thru out, and the brawling feel of this match was a nice counter point to last week’s técnico/técnico match. I wish they could’ve aired the same week to better draw out that comparison. One thing I’ve noticed is it seems easier to spot the tropes that are way over done from the outside than for the guys in the match. The stacked up superplex is my current pet peeve, but I’m sure the triple pin attempt by Poder del Norte on big moves following it was supposed to be a climatic near fall. Only, the fans barely reacted, because these matches have taught them they’re never ending with three guys getting pinned at the same time. There’s a lot of stuff used for two count reactions like that which don’t get them because they’ve been used only for those reactions too many times, and I don’t think the crowd ever had a moment where they thought the champs were going to retain their titles.
At least the four way was short. All of Pagano’s moves look so ugly. He and Aguila have a bad looking sequence about four minutes in which makes me wonder what I’m doing. I know Pagano must be over because no one this bad who’s not related to someone would be pushed as hard as he is otherwise. I think Mr. Aguila is a good addition but he didn’t really show anything here that would prove it, and the hug plunge thru table was not so great. Hernandez did a great superman dive, which they showed from as far way as possible. Thinking about all the people AAA didn’t go with as hard as they could’ve and then watching Hijo de Dr. Wagner get a big push is hard.
The episode is centered around an Australian Suicide/Lanzeloth cruiserweight title match. The layout of AAA show stayed the same (as it’s stayed for seemingly forever), but it seems like an attempt to tell a story from beginning to end in one episode, which definitely is different.
Prior to the opening tag match, Suicide interrupts Lanzeloth’s attempt at a generic promo to demand a title shot tonight if his team beats Lanzeloth’s team in the opener. Lanzeloth accepts, though adds on that Suicide will not get another shot if he loses this one.
Vampiro introduced a new sit down interview segment with Australian Suicide as new guest. (This felt like an attempt to recreate the Lucha Underground first season Vamprio sit down interviews.) They talk in English, subtitled in Spanish. Suicide talks about being rained in Australia but wanting to come to Mexico to be the best. He says AAA told him to put on the mask and how to act when he came to the group, but what we’re seeing now is the real him. He argues that he would be a better world champion than Lanzeloth, because Lanzeloth only wrestles in Mexico and Suicide’s wrestled around the world.
The title match is built around a knee injury. It’s nothing Suicide actively does, but instead caused when Lanzeloth flips to the floor. The injury comes and goes during the match. Lanzeloth catches Suicide with a cradle, against the momentum of the match that that moment.
There are other stories on the show. The intro to the show has a (unlabeled) clip from the July 15th episode of this show, where OGT stormed Poder del Norte’s locker room to demand a trios title shot after Santana & Brava lost their masks. Neither team has anything to do on this show, but Poder del Norte come out post match to protest the existence of the tecnicos/tecnicos match, and OGT come out to attack them. It turns into a 12 man brawl.
The women’s match had Shani take out both Hahastary & Ashley with a dive, leaving the other three women in the ring. As Faby went up for a moonsault onto Hiedra, Villano III Jr. ran in (right in front of the ref, no DQ) and dropkicked Big Mami out of the ring. Hiedra pulled Faby off the ropes into a powerbomb for the win. Even though the one and only time we saw Hiedra & Villano III Jr. together ended with them breaking up, it appears they’re still together.
Texano explains that the fans taunting him are as dumb as the dummies he’s found. He’s the rightful champion, and the better luchador than Hijo del Fantasma. Texano gets into an argument with a dummy he think is calling him a liar (with the voice helpfully supplied by Zuniga) and demands his trophy.
They push the next day’s Juarez taping during the show, including Wagner looking for revenge on Mundo for faking the DQ in their title match.
There is no story to Chicano and Ashley being on different sides than usual. Ashley is probably a numbers thing, Chicano might just be the guy they wanted to take Suicide’s finish.
The atomicos was exciting early, but increasingly sloppy as it went by, with more missed spots than you’d want for something that was this short. The Tigger Boy had a rough match, though I’m not sure if it’s him or he just gets stuck with the tricky stuff. The big move firework spot was done really fast, though ending with the reverse huracanrana that didn’t go well was a downer (and Angelikal just roll out without getting hit after it didn’t make a lot sense.) The shooting star press breakups looked amazing, but also looked like they were landing on people in awkward and pinfall fashion. Vikingo is the most eyecatching of the eight guys here. Angel Mortal catching Hijo del del Vikingo was impressive but takes a little too long to get to the powerbomb, and the camera losses them for part of it.
The men’s trios match is the superior of the two highspot tag matches. There’s nits to be picked, but it’s a lot more solid match while keeping the excitement level up. Even beyond the moves themselves, stuff like breaking up every cradle with another cradle was good. Argenis throwing people around as counter to all the flying moves gave the match something different. The biggest problem is this just wasn’t long enough, and using the time for an OGT/Poder del Norte promo was not the a less exciting use of time.
The women’s match was alright, with the usual flaws. Big Mami has poor timing at times, but I was impressed that at least one of the two headscissors Hahastary tried with her worked. It really is asking too much to expect those spots to go right for her, and the double boot spot with Faby later on was similarly comedic. It’s like AAA or Big Mami can’t bring themselves to admit that there’s some stuff the other women do that she does not do as well. Hiedra appears to be 90% cleavage at this point. Ashley shows no hidden ruda characteristics – she waves to the crowd after every move – but she and Hahastary did not feel out of place here. Hahastary seemed to work well with both Shani & Faby in limited time.
There was some good action here, though the story took away from the potential of the match. Lanzelot sold his knee fine and this audience is more willing to buy into that story, but it hurts the concept when he has to suddenly feel a lot better so he can pull off his offense or get in position for Suicide. They at least had Suicide keep hammering on the bad knee, but these guys just doing big spots for ten minutes would’ve been fine with me. The finish, getting beat by a weak cradle while being in control, makes Suicide look like a chump who shouldn’t be getting any more shots, but they could’ve given Lanzeloth a stronger win to establish him. He needs to come across as the best cruiserweight after not sticking up out really into this leadup, and he’s coming off like a fluke. Suicide looked like the better guy most of the match, with his tornillo coming off really good. The only way he’s not getting a shot is if he’s leaving AAA too, but I hope he gets more things to do in between his inevitable inclusion in a multiman match.
Marty Martinez & Texano beatHijo del Fantasma & Pagano (12:19, Marty pinned Fantasma, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown beat Hernandez & Rey Escorpión
(18:37, Wagner Samoan drop Hernandez, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA)
Everyone starts fighting before the whistle in the main event, while Zuniga announces Vampiro has now made this falls count anywhere. There’s no reaction to the stip. Wagner and Psycho have surprisingly little problem with each other considering. They do some pinfall attempts in a walkway later in the match to play to the stip, but it’s not taken all that seriously and they still finish in the ring. Wagner kind of no sells a clothesline before he beats Hernandez with a Samoan Drop.
Marty is no longer wearing facepaint, but has part of his beard dyed white. He’s wearing a Marty the Moth shirt and his video says Mart the Moth. His gear says Casuas and he’s announced as Marty the Shaman. Texano still has the Copa Pena and title belt that belongs to Fantasma. Texano is still angry about Vampiro taking him out of that match and feels he’s the rightful champion. Texano’s in the middle of telling the crowd they should only be cheering him when Fantasma dives on him. Fantasma takes the belt thru the crowd to where the announcers are stationed, and leaves it there for safekeeping. Later in the match, after he’s been hit by Fantamsa’s tope, Texano walks to the announce booth and takes the title back. Texano eventually hits Fantasma with the belt and pulls Marty on top for the win. He leaves with the belt.
Noti AAA has Vampiro and a doctor talking with Mesias about his knee injury. They blame the Pagano bat shot to the knee that ended the match at TripleMania for the injury (which would seem to only explain one of the two knees, and seemed to actually hit his thigh, but I’m not a doctor.)
The New Ref is down for what seems like forever after taking a kick to the chest from Averno. OGT manage to hit Aerostar with a chair on a dive, unmask Drago, and hit a chair into a chair into Raptor’s knee over a dozen times. Security comes in the ring before the referee comes up and breaks up the match, though the referee (Negro Rosas) does get up and call the DQ. A highlight is a security guy visibly telling Averno to slap him a couple times before Averno does.
The main event was hurt a bit by being the third match done in the same style, and not being done in a particularly interesting way. The crowd reacts to the spots they wrestlers want to them to react to, and generally how they’d like to react, but it comes across as nothing special on TV.
The Fantasma/Texano match focused on getting people into that issue, but come off too long and not that interesting in between the angles. Marty & Pagano didn’t really have any chemistry. Pagano’s selling is so bad. He looks like he’s bored when he’s taking German suplexes from Marty here, and just disinterestedly move from spot to spot. To be fair, I was just as bored with this match at times. Marty took a bump from Pagano throwing a drink at him, which as good a way as any to waste time while the attention was on Fantasma & Texano. Crowd got into those two but I didn’t think the action was all that special. This is another finish that doesn’t make much sense with the story they’re telling: Texano is upset about people thinking Fantasma is the rightful champ, so why is he passing off a free pin on his hated rival to Marty? Probably because none of this matters.
The trios match was all about putting OGT strong over as rudos. It was successful at that, even though it wasn’t clear why it was being done – if these guys aren’t OGT’s next técnico opponents, it’s unclear who would be. If they are, the other matches might be better: the rudos took most of this and the técnicos barely got to do anything at the end. Not really sure why they did a ref bump when the match is ending in DQ anyway. The finish came off as if was an injury angle for Raptor, only Raptor was back on the next TV taping as healthy as ever. Something got lost.
I’m watching these shows with the hope that maybe the action will turn out to be better than described in the results. Unfortuantely, this was a show that was worse than expected. Cage matches and battle royals in lucha libre remain consistently terrible, and the singles match had a terrible finish telegraphed from the opening. AAA best matches are the ones with the least booking to them, because their storytelling is usually badly executed and detracts from everything they’ve done in the match. Nothing is going to change.
The show starts with the roster coming out for a Marisela Pena speech remembering Antonio Pena.
Noti AAA airs AAA wrestlers being part of a march to remember the victims of the September earthquakes. We also see the annual Dia de Muertos offering, with pictures of people who’ve passed away.
01:50 Hijo del Fantasma enters
01:51 Pimpinela Escarlata thrown out (by Dave the Clown)
03:19 Hernandez enters
04:34 Estrella Divina enters
05:35 Dave The Clown thrown out (Psycho Clown)
05:57 Monster Clown & Murder Clown (Psycho Clown)
07:10 Johnny Mundo enters (last enter)
07:55 Monster Clown out (Murder Clown)
08:08 Murder Clown & La Parka out (Cuervo & Scoria)
09:40 Psycho Clown out (Rey Escorpion)
10:46 Estrella Divina out (Mamba)
11:52 Rey Escorpion out (Psycho Clown)
12:31 Mamba out (Fatnasma)
13:04 Scoria out (Histeria & Psicosis)
13:31 Histeria out (Cuervo)
13:41 Psicosis out (Cuervo)
14:24 Cuervo out (Johnny Mundo)
15:44 Hernandez out (Marty)
17:06 Marty out (Fantasma)
21:53 Johnny Mundo pinned (Hijo del Fantasma Thrilled of the Hunt)
Prior to the show, announcers Arturo and Jesus are talking about the show. Arturo is sitting in a van for some reason. Texano comes up to say hello and Arturo says he hopes Texano is going to win Copa Antonio Pena. Vampiro happens to stop by, and explains Texano is not going to win because he’s been suspended. Texano is confused, and Vampiro says it was for threatening Fantasma on the last taping, you can’t threaten a member of the commission. You could’ve told Texano this before he came all the way to San Luis Potosi, Vampiro!
The match started with 11 people in the ring, but the last seven people entered royal rumble style. It was supposed to be one minute intervals, but they screwed up the first one. Monster & Murder entered together for no reason. Johnny Mundo entered to Texano’s video.
Psycho Clown pulled Rey Escorpión right in front of Tirantes (though behind Copetes, who was in the ring for no real reason.) Escorpión pulled Psycho Clown off the apron to eliminate him, then went back in, and Tirantes let him continue. Later, Psycho pulled down the middle rope and Escorpión went thru, which apparently eliminated him anyway.
Mundo, Marty and Hernandez briefly worked along against Fantasma at the end, until Marty eliminated Hernandez and Fantasma eliminated Marty. Mundo & Fantasma went to a pinfall, with Fantasma winning. Fantasma got the cup for winning, and the title belt. Texano came out of the crowd to attack Fantasma, teases breaking the trophy, but instead takes it, the mask, and the title for himself. Even though Texano was suspended, there’s no attempt by anyone to stop him. You’d think Vampiro would be involved since he specifically didn’t want Texano to have the title tonight and Texano ended up with the title, but it’s treated as no big deal.
Review: [below average] The three minute Johnny Mundo/Hijo del Fantasma match at the end was pretty good. Fantasma worked much of the rest of the match and seemed tired, but it held together long enough and the crowd was pleased with the outcome. That was good. The rest was garbage. AAA only knows how to do royal rumbles one way, very badly. I can’t even explain why this was a Royal Rumble: 11 people were in the ring to start with, and only 6 more people came out. More people would’ve gotten in the way, but most of the match was people standing around and doing nothing while other people were using the center of the ring, so it would’ve fit in. The rumble section had a lot of stuff that looked bad and just didn’t make sense – I’m sure there was a plan out there where the Escorpión/Psycho stuff made sense, but it was executed laughably bad – and the match was more bad comedy than anything. Dave the Clown messing up whatever Psycho Clown was supposed to do with Hernandez so he could spear him instead was comedy. Everyone popping up to take a bump for Murder and Monster was comedy. Murder eliminating Monster after all that was comedy. Everyone deciding to do superplexes, pulling people inside the ring in a battle royal, was bad comedy. It’s not just this was bad, but they also didn’t seem to learn much from the mess that was the Copa TripleMania. They never really learn.
Hernandez pulls Tirantes out; after all Tirantes said about things being a DQ, this is not. Hijo de Wagner and Hernandez some how sandwich Tirantes between them, which knocks Tirantes dead. Hernandez stires to take out Hijo de Wagner, but Hijo de Wagner hits him with a chair. Johnny Mundo fouls Wagner Jr and drops him with a Moonlight Drive, then flies out of the ring with a pescado out onto Hijo Wagner. Mundo grabs the chair and hits Hijo Wagner, then throws him in to rips his mask. Mundo hits both Wagners with a chair again. Announcers wonder why another referee isn’t coming on as Mundo kills more time. Hijo de Wagner bleeds and takes another chair shot. Mundo stalls and stalls and then throws the chair to Wagner for no reason. Tirantes gets up at that moment (maybe a moment late?) and sees Wagner with the chair. Wagner never swings the chair, but that’s a DQ. There’s money thrown in the ring, but I tend to wonder if that’s less as appreciation for the match and more objects aimed at the performances – Mundo gets ducked by a couple of cups.
Review: [good] The first eight minutes of the Wagner/Mundo match were a lot of fun. Wagner was working very hard and he and Mundo had more chemistry than you’d expect. It didn’t go deeper than each man doing their signature spots, but I’d take that over most AAA matches. It de-evolved into silliness as soon as Hernandez pulled out Tirantes. This is one of those finishes where the concept is the fans will be upset with the heel for cheating, but I believe the fans end up being upset with the referee and the promotion for the silliness. Hijo del Tirantes sold being dead off a slight impact for about three minutes, and then got up perfectly fine the moment the story required him to be fine. Maybe he’s turned heel again, it’s hard to tell. At any rate, the finishes up and down on Heroes Inmortales are completely sabotaging Vampiro’s role as guy laying down the law. Mundo out smarted him, Texano outsmarted, OGT & Poder del Norte outsmarted him for most of the show. They’ve switched from Vampiro being the ultimate hero to Vamprio being off stage while all his plans backfire. Neither is particularly good.
Tito Santana loses a domed cage match and his hair, in a match also with Argenis, Lanzeloth, Ricky Marvin, Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly, Mocho Cota Jr., Carta Brava Jr., Raptor, Drago, and Aerostar[domed cage]
(13:24, below average, Lucha Libre AAA)
What Happened: The rudos work together, the técnicos bleed, then OGT all climb out to leave Poder del Norte behind. The tecnicos all work together then the Lanzelot, Argenis and Ricky Marvin group al climb out. (Marvin has trouble getting over, but everyone just decides to stop trying to get him.) That means the six people supposed to be in this match are all out of it after five minutes.
Mocho Cota climbs out with almost no one noticing. He slides in a chair for the rudos to use. There’s already a ladder in there from the start, so it’s not like they really need it all that much. Rudos handcuff Raptor to the ropes, and Cota waves around the key. This backfires pretty easily– the tecnicos just come back, attack Cota, and Aerostar eventually passes the key to Drago. (That takes some time. Rudos make no attempt to escape.) Raptor leaves immediately, leaving Drago behind. Drago cuffs Tito Santana and taunts Carta Brava with the key. Drago tosses the key out, Carta attacks him and escapes. Tito thinks Carta has left him for dead, but Carta is actually going for the key. (A ringside worker has picked up the key and starts to walk away with it, but Carta gets it from him.) Carta tosses the key in, but too far away from Tito and Raptor jumps on Carta from the top of the cage. Drago climbs out and that’s it for the match.
Tito is freed from the cage. They cut off a chuck of his hair, but he’s clearly not shaved by the time they cut away.
Review: The main event was a very whatever match. The action wasn’t good, and the people supposed to be in the match leaving quickly was a rip off. It makes it harder to get your next storyline over when you so fail to deliver like they did here. There’s never a lot of action in a cage match and the stuff here was not good and not shot well. The earlier trios title match was not good, but still better than this. They tried to create drama with the key bit, and I kind of wonder if it would’ve worked better if Carta never gets to toss in the key because Raptor cuts him off with the dive first, rather than Carta screwing up and throwing the key too far away from Tito. That’s the least of the problems with this match, which has never been good any time they’ve done it and that won’t stop them from doing it again.