taped 2014-02-21 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Jinzo, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Fresero Jr., Súper Fly: Typical opening match has different connotations when referring to AAA and CMLL. This was a typical AAA opening match with young guys – a billion spots, some of which got lost in the mixed but an overall entertaining package. Super Fly looked strong and got the win in the end. Jinzo looked sloppy, especially early – but if the idea was to the two AAA regulars were supposed to look like bigger stars, they did accomplish that. Probably could’ve skipped the post match beating since there’s already plenty of those on this show.
Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Chessman, Daga, Pentagón Jr.: EXCELLENT. There’s plenty of reason to expect a super man with this lineup, but this surpassed that. Rudos were great taking over the match for the first half, and then it was just an amazingly level of action the rest of the way. The técnicos doing the same sequence to finish of guys for a few months now has me ready for anything to happen when the rudo disrupt it. Everything after it got disrupted this time was controlled insanity, and there were a lot of convincing near falls. Pentagon was super throughout and he and Suicide worked well together in their frequent late match fights. Daga seemed invisible for the first half of the match, except helping out with moves, but then had some great moments later on like the duck under the clothesline, jumping kick, dive sequence.
Cibernético vs El Elegido, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Electroshock in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes semifinal match: really a nothing match; an eight minute that was slow to actually start and didn’t have much to do it. It did give me Cibernético and Electroshock exchanging holds, but not nearly for enough to be real comedy. Even the Perro/Cibernetico segment at the end wasn’t much, not even a minute before the run-ins. The crowd was more into the tease of fighting then the actual fighting at points, so maybe doing little was the way to go. This finish felt more like Perro getting past Cibernético to go do something else rather than reheating their feud – I have no idea what they point was of the doing the Perro/Cibernetico teased friendship then breakup outside of filling TV time, because there doesn’t seem to be any payoff going. I don’t need to see that match again so I guess that’s fine.
(Two weeks later edit: obviously, they’re not ending this, so I don’t know why this happened. More than usual!)
taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Aerostar, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs El Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie: a good mixed quick trios match. The dives were the roughest parts; Taya’s moonsault usually goes better than it did here, and I’m not totally sure even what move Ludxor was going for in the post match triple dive. Taya and Sexy had a bunch of double team moves to get in and Aerostar and Gran Apache work well together.
Crazy Boy & Joe Lider vs Juventud Guerrera & Steve Pain: Another Mexican Powers weapons filled slow unathletic brawl that got the crowd chanting for lucha extrema but didn’t do much for me. This would seem to be a feud ending outcome but storylines aren’t going to advance in Ecatepec. Camera work was not so great, missing the hamburger power up spot and getting an unimpressive shot of Pain going thru the fire table – they showed it from an angle that hide the fire, and never went to a replay (so maybe the fire went out quick and they were actually doing a good job of hiding it? Hmm.) I was much more interested in Niño and Crazy Boy’s attempts to hide the lighter fluid bottle than the end game. Don’t know about pouring thumbtacks in the ring, setting a table on fire, and then bringing in kids in the ring to dance.
Fénix, La Parka, Monsther Clown, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Parka Negra, Texano, Zorro: The most about of rudo bumbling you’ll see in a match. I kept waiting for the comedy to stop and the rudos to take over the match, and it never really happened. The rudos just kept on hitting each other and dong comedy and then suddenly there was chair shot and it was almost over. It was an odd match to for how serious they apparently want us to take this issue. Crowd not reacting at all for Jarrett’s music was amusing, and so they did everything they could to get him a reaction after the fact. Unsure why Hijo del Tirantes was doing normal counts when Texano was pinning Psycho, despite doing a slow count when Psycho was pinning Texano for the finish. Crowd was way behind Psycho. I guess they’re going to do the drink spot on every show ever. There were about 30 things going on at the end, so I don’t think it even registered. Psycho beating Texano after the guitar shot was also probably supposed to be a big deal, but they completely neutralized it after the fact. Konnan’s the only guy who gets to talk.
taped 2014-01-30 @ Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México
Drago & Faby Apache vs Dark Cuervo & Mary Apache: The never ending Faby feud continues – not versus Mary or Cuervo, but Hijo del Tirantes. Crowd was so hot for this show and so into this match, they were just doing stuff to make them react early and got into a better match later on. Drago seemed to work better with Mary than Cuervo, and I want to see what Cuervo will show in a title match. The Hijo del Tirantes stuff is what it is, but I’m actually semi-okay with it here if it really means he’s not in the title match.
Angélico, Fénix, Psycho Clown vs Daga, Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr.: I have no idea if Psycho botched whatever dive he meant to do on Pentagon or if the cameras just totally missed it, but it looked like a wild uncontrolled fall to the floor from the far away angle we saw and how the fans nearby reacted. Pentagon worked the best with Psycho, because Pentagon is great and because they could turn it into a slap fight. Fantasma has got the rudo personality down and the last minute or stretch with Fenix was well done. Rudos had a lot of nice team work spots during their section of the match. Announcers debating whether the finish was a piledriver or a martinete was the nadir; AAA needs to run any angle where the martinete is just now legal because the debates aren’t helping anyone.
La Parka vs Blue Demon Jr., Parka Negra, Chessman in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament match and in a tournament semifinal match: Actual unaltered sequence of events
- Parkas are on the floor.
- Chessman spears Demon off the apron
- Hijo de Tirantes starts counting everyone out
- Blue Demon returns first (?!?!)
- Hijo de Tirantes stops the count
- Blue Demon topes Chessman, who is looking away from the ring (?!?!)
- Parkas beat up Demon & Chessman lightly
- Parkas make it back in the ring
- Hijo de Tirantes does not stop this count this time (???)
- Demon and Chessman fight, and even get back up on the apron so they can do a bad looking fall off the apron spot, but are still counted out (?!?!) while Parka pins Parka Negra forever
- lucha libre may be fixed (!?!?)
I think I’ve touched on this before, but it’s pretty clear that Blue Demon’s only going to lose about once by pinfall per year (either by his decision or AAA’s choice) and they’re not going to waste on this, but that finish doesn’t hold up to the slightest bit of logic. Not the tiniest. Not to mention the six other times guys were outside the ring during the match and Hijo del Tirantes didn’t even consider counting them out. I know I’ve said they really need to make these one fall and I’m kind of saying again in a bullet point form, though I think this one was even worse than they intended it to be. Hijo del Tirantes used normal speed counting them out, instead of the fake looking double speed counts normal for countout finishes, and Chessman & Demon had to stall longer than they were prepared too. This looked absolutely terrible. (And yet, the crowd still went crazy for the finish because the Toluca fans are the best.)
History will also recall this match as the first one where La Parka decided to do the Roman Reigns Superman Punch. It could’ve been better. I seriously could not understand why Parka Negra was shaking around at first and had to rewind to realize La Parka’s previous punches were meant to be connecting. (I think it’s possible they’ve switched Parka Negra’s again; this guy was acting differently.) The match itself was a numbing collection of usual four way spots – hitting people by accident, not being sad, randomly turning on people, fighting with no brain – and didn’t do much for me.
Cibernético & Electroshock vs Texano & Zorro: Unbelievably short main event. In the land of stretched out 20 minute tags, this was under four minutes if you start counting from the moment Argenis was mysteriously dragged away and under six if you count hit bit. I guess they did all they needed to do in the time they had, but it was so very strange – right thru the undercard rudos running down for no reason except to give the técnicos someone to beat up after their loss (instead of just having them win.) I’m not going to complain about this match being very short because it’s not like I would’ve liked a long one, but it was ever so strange, as if they found out the show had to end in 8 minute and raced thru as much of their planned spots as they could. This felt like AAA in a hurry, a rare thing. (It even over shadowed the Argenis main event bit being a super obvious appeal to his brother; no chance that happens otherwise.)
taped 2014-01-25 @ Estadio de Beisbol, Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur
Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita vs Mary Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie: OK womens’ match. Good effort and they were trying a lot of stuff they had not tried before with most of it going okay, but just looking very robotic or not smooth at time. The Canadians were especially ambitious and sometime it looked like they were thinking thru the moves instead of just doing them. You could do a lot worse, and they’ll be better if they keep trying this for a while.
Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Psicosis, Texano Jr.: Another Psycho/Consejo match, with Psicosis as a special guest star. I have nothing useful to say about this match but neither did they, since there wasn’t any real story to it until Psycho made his heavyweight challenge after it. (They’ve gone from having a bad story to no particular story for this feud, which might be an improvement.) It was basically the house show match except for the part where Monster Clown became Ultimo Guerrero and Psicosis nearly found a new way to go head first into the mat.
El Mesías vs Fénix, Zorro, Silver King in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes Tournament semifinal match: One of AAA’s big advantages over CMLL is it rarely looks dated. Zorro got a hair cut sometime since his last appearance and every picture of him is of that new look. Over in CMLL, Euforia is still coming out to an entrance video that’s from when he was in the Infernales, two groups ago. Anyway, AAA’s back to another round of elimination matches where people stupidly break up pins which would definitely help them, joy. This match also demonstrated the power in numbers of the Nuevo Sociedad by having their two members constantly accidentally hitting each other. This match was also the second time they’ve teased a fun looking Mesías/Fenix singles match which is obviously never going to happen. Fenix did the Mr. Niebla comedy spot of slipping and crotching himself on the top rope, except it was so definitely not supposed to be a comedy spot. His one pinfall looked good. The Zorro & Mesías segment was longer than the other two guys were in, slow paced, and ended awkwardly when Mesías hurt his arm on the missed splash. (He was too hurt too lay on his back and get pinned, from the looks of it.) Crowd was into to it – this outdoor crowd was sounded much louder than the outdoor Hard Rock show – but the match leading up to the injury wasn’t too exciting to me and the injury is a sad way to end it.
Cibernético, Jack Evans, La Parka vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Ozz, Dark Scoria: Usual main event match until the rudos somehow managed a second beatdown and then just won clean at the end of it. No foul, not evil referee, no distraction, just beat the guy. I think La Secta must’ve been thrown off by actually winning, because they still did the traditional stomping of Jack for winning a match he didn’t even win. Match was alright, best in Jack’s first run off offense after the beatdown where everything looked good. It slowed right down after that for Parka’s comedy and never really got rolling at high speed again but it was about what I’d expect. This did seem short; all the matches did, but it didn’t feel like the Teleivsa version was heavily edited and I’d see longer stuff on UTDN. (Maybe that’s wrong?) It was just a quick show.
taped 2014-01-17 @ Arena Naucalpan
Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita vs La Magnifica, Mary Apache, Sexy Star: This was OK like the mixed tag on the Hard Rock show was OK – the same bit of an extra woman (Taya this time) strolling down to the ring during the match for no apparent reason, distracting the crowd, and interfering freely to lead to the finish. (Though, did Sexy Star really need a distraction to beat La Jarochita? Not sure if Magnifica and Jennifer Blake have faced each other a lot, but they looked off when in together, and the rudas seemed a bit disorganized. There was nothing really bad but nothing really great.
Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Demon Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker: A match with no particular flow and forced setups to big spots which didn’t always work. Something got completely screwed up in the moments leading up to Niño Hamburguesa’s first try at a dive, and it led to a lot of people standing around and looking at each other. They really needed some editing (or some better wrestling.) The chair parts was where they really lost me, because it just seemed like randomness; same thing with Demon and Crazy’s German suplex back and forth out of nowhere and going nowhere. It seemed impossible no one got hurt on the double suplex spot to the outside. Crowd liked chanting for lucha extrema, was less concerned with the other portions of the match.
Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu for the AAA World Trios Championship: Bizarre ending to a title match – Cuervo’s in a little trouble, but it makes no sense for him to commit two fouls after begging for the title match. (And it’s weird to put Hijo del Tirantes in the position of forced to call a DQ when they’ve been half building a Psycho/Tirantes feud.) Most of the match was just a normal Psycho Circus match we’ve seen a hundred times, though it did get a little more than that by the end. It was a long way to go for that finish.
Cibernético, El Mesías, Fénix vs Daga, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Texano Jr.: A brawl after two other brawls, though maybe a bit better. (Not good enough to be memorable; you can skip this taping easily.) This building has always been pro-Perro, but usually there’s loud support for the técnicos. Not so much this time. The tecnicos were booed for existing and for having any offense. Which is a shame, because they clearly built a few minutes of this match to elevate Fenix, but the crowd wasn’t accepting of it. Right idea, wrong building to try it. (The bit where Perro holds up a box full of bottles so Texano could throw Fenix into them would’ve been ludicrous in any setting.) Crowd did turn around a bit later on and might have reacted well to Fenix getting the main event win, but AAA cut away from it so quick (and Fenix was getting beat up by Texano anyway), it had absolutely no impact.
taped 2013-12-14 @ Hard Rock Hotel, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
El Elegido, Faby Apache, Mascarita Sagrada vs Dark Cuervo, Mini Abismo Negro, Taya Valkyrie: OK mixed trios match with very little memorable in ring action. Sexy Star wandering out, as if she had bad directions for the restaurant and somehow ended up in the wrestling area, was the most entertaining portion of the match. I think it took her a couple of minutes to realize her friends were actually in a match, and then she broke up a pin for a DQ except it’s not a DQ because she’s Sexy Star. She had quite the outfit, maybe that’s how she got away with it. They made sure this felt like a normal AAA taping by having the técnicos win and then immediately get destroyed by the rudos. (Or at least I think that was the point, because there didn’t seem to be any other one.)
Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Steve Pain, Toscano: Another in the regular series of good matches for this trio. This wasn’t as smooth as some of the other ones, but they did get more time than usual and used it for so many double teams. Toscano worked well for his one match rudo turn, which it seemed like the announcers sort of tried to explain but still came off as random. This probably would’ve felt bigger in a enclosed arena; the crowd was making noise at the high spots but the ambient noises seemed to escape.
Blue Demon Jr., Cibernético, Fénix vs Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Silver King: Standard AAA main event. There weren’t any great matches here, but they definitely didn’t take the night off because they were on the beach on vacation. The AAA luchadors put in the normal level of effort. Maybe the most interesting bit was Fenix getting to do his run off offense last. It worked fine because his is the most spectacular and set up his double dive bit nicely. Cuervo being with Sociedad doesn’t really make any sense but that’s La Sociedad. Wish they caught the run in double dive better. The run-ins and the announcers made for a really anticlimatic end to the show.
taped 2013-12-08 @ Auditorio de la Gente, Tepic, Nayarit
Angélico, Fénix, Jack Evans vs Juventud Guerrera, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain: Going to look great in the highlights, but had some noticeably not smooth parts. Guys have had better nights – Juvi seemed to be not on the same page with Jack or Angelico in particular, but Fenix wasn’t on target at times too. They’re doing difficult things and it sometimes seems like it’s unfair to criticize them because not all of them work, but when there’s not more to the match besides the difficulty in spots, then they’ve got to work. Mexican Powers got to get the big win without us actually having to see them in the match, so I consider that a victory.
Blue Demon Jr. vs Electroshock for the AAA Latin American Championship: exactly what you thought it would be. They did the technical title match they promised, except they’re not as creative or quick with the holds as the guys who are actually really good at it. It was still different from a normal AAA match, but really compelling in itself. Demon had interesting matches here in his Texano feud, but it hasn’t really worked as well with the other guys. He looked old here.
Cibernético, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, El Mesías, La Parka vs Daga, Jeff Jarrett, Parka Negra, Psicosis: A less organized version of the match from the previous taping, only with extraneous Mesías/Jeff Jarrett bits. They were pretty much having a separate match, Mesías getting the big win (that really should end Jarrett here unless they’ve got a new idea for him, and may actually be the end even if they didn’t know at the time.) The rest of the match was all over the place, which worked for the live crowd who just wanted to see something to happen but didn’t come together on TV. The post match was a dozen angles in one, with something that wasn’t that interesting before coming back again for no particular reason. AAA spent weeks hyping an important meeting between the rudos and Jeff Jarrett, and it doesn’t seem to have actually happened or have mattered at all. That’s not the biggest problem here, but I’m struggling to see the point of all that time on backstage meetings between the heels if the meeting they were leading up wasn’t about anything and if they were always on the same side all along. Or why this happened this week instead of the previous taping. This has been a lame mystery story (why is Perro with the técnicos? Oh, wait, he’s not, he just wanted to hit Cibernético with a chair but passed up a dozen other chances to do it) with an uninspiring payoff (all the heels who were already vaguely aligned are now strongly aligned and under old and not exciting management.) I’m happy with soap opera stories in lucha libre, but this barely qualified as a story.
This is a not a wrestling thing, but there were a lot of bad camera switches on this show – either times where they switched to a worse angle, or they stuck with a bad shot when they needed to switch. There’s been talk before about AAA running thru matches prior to the show to get the camera shots right, and both Jarrett showing up late and the match being changed around would have meant that couldn’t happen (or wasn’t as effective), but whoever was switching the shots here seemed surprised by usual things. The dive sequence near the end was butchered.
taped 2013-12-08 @ Auditorio de la Gente, Tepic, Nayarit
Dinastía, Ludxor, Venum vs El Apache, Machine Rocker, Mini Charly Manson: As a Machine Rocker being awesome showcase, the first half of this match could not have been any better. It was probably meant more for the técnicos, who were sadly slipping at times and not looking smooth at other times. 70% chance the finish was not the exact intended finish because of another slip, but it worked out. It was good the Cadetes were with these rudos because others might have not been able to keep this match together. Surprisingly little amount of Dinastía, who seemed to be the most over dude in this match. Gran Apache is a crazy old man.
Pimpinela Escarlata vs Taya Valkyrie, Mamba, Jennifer Blake, Faby Apache, Pasion Kristal, Polvo de Estrellas, Sexy Star in a cage match, loser loses hair: about average for a lucha libre cage match, which means you should not waste your time watching it. Mamba and Pimpinela had a good fist fight for about a minute, and it would’ve bee more fun to see them have at least 4-5 minutes of a real match on the inside rather than hang on the cage, but that’s a lucha libre cage match. They had time – this went 20 minutes for some reason – and could’ve better used some of it by not having Sexy Star return to cage to do spots. The real point was to remind us Sexy Star is the star of this niche and they got that over.
Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr. for the AAA World Trios Championship: There’s been better Consejo/Psycho matches. There’s been worse Consejo/Psycho matches. There’s been fat ones, skinny ones, tall ones, short ones, sad ones, happy ones, and every other variety. This one was a lot of comedy and maybe shorter than you’d expect. Not sure why Tirantes way playing it completely straight here after the last month but expecting logic is expecting too much.