taped 2014-04-19 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Dinastía vs Mini Charly Manson for the AAA World Minis Championship: (Lienzo Charro Ignacio Leon Ornelas, Irapuato, Guanajuato, 03/03/2014): Disappointing. There was not a lot of momentum to the match. It was ill considered to do so many near falls early on. There is no way a Dinastía match is going to end without him doing something nutty, so all of the pins they were trying early were tough to take serious and numbed everyone to the idea of near falls when they had so many more planned. They also did a lot of 1 on 3 with Mini Psycho Clown and Tirantes, but it didn’t add much – the crowd didn’t care when Dinastía made his comeback. This was really a Mini Charly Manson exhibition; he took what felt like 80% of the match to do show off every suplex and roll up he could think of, and then Dinastía just did his move and won in the end. There wasn’t a lot of time in between moves, and neither luchador got across the story that Dinastía was just barely surviving. It was just a series of two counts. The execution of the moves were fine, there was just not a lot to them. There’s a big sound issue here too; announcers were very quiet, ring was very loud, and the fans were very distant. There were a lot of fans in the building, but it sounded like we were only hearing 50 of them. It sounded like a match in an empty building.
Alan Stone, Dinastía, Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Sexy Star, Silver King (Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León, 03/16/2014): Average mixed match, maybe a little lower than that – there’s usually cooler moments and there wasn’t a lot to remember here. Alan Stone was the same individually. Charly and Dinastía did about 1% of they did in the title match. Ref bump didn’t add anything to this, and kept Tirantes down for about 1 seconds (and didn’t seem like it affected who he was counting at all.) Pentagon demanding silence after the match caused a louder reaction than most of the match.
Alan Stone, Electroshock, Psycho Clown vs Chessman, Silver King, Texano Jr. (Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, 04/16/2014): A finish which had me screaming at my television! Psycho Clown gives Texano “El Canadian!” again, and Hijo del Tirantes stalls instead of counting. Chessman spears Psycho Clown (camera half misses this), Alan superkicks Chessman, Hijo del Tirantes counts a completely normal three. HOW DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE? Completely and totally absurd.
Otherwise, this was your basic AAA trios match. The guys who are feuding somewhat feuded, but the usual pattern: rudos control early, técnicos come back to do all their offense to all the rudos, and then the finish. It was longer than any match which did air, which is probably why it didn’t (thought they might have been able to squeeze it in if they took out intros – and editing this match down a few minutes wouldn’t have hurt it.) Alan didn’t look good and maybe should refrain from trying faceslams until he gets those figured out again. This is the only one of these dark matches where I watched the match directly after the watching the taping it was from, and the crowd sound difference is amazing. It’s was significantly quieter (though not as quiet as the other shows.) Maybe it’s just how the files are going up on the internet or how we’re recording them – if they were inflated the crowd noise for TV, why wouldn’t they be doing it for the internet too?
taped 2014-03-29 @ Parque de Beisbol Praxedis Balboa, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas
Mascarita Sagrada & Octagoncito vs Mini Murder Clown & Mini Psycho Clown: It seemed like a while since we’ve seen Mini Murder Clown on TV, then I went and checked and realized he hasn’t made it since November 2011! He’s gotten much better in the last two years. He did almost kill Octagoncito near the end, but he oveacheived and so did this match. A good nine minute match where everyone got their moments and nothing went too bad. I didn’t have much expectations for this because Mini Psycho Circus wasn’t impressive when they were last on TV and Sagrada has his own problems, but the rudos looked impressive on offense and the comedy bit early on was nice. There wasn’t a lot of attention to it, but Mini Psycho Clown seemed to be wearing a Mini Chessman tribute outfit for the night.
Chessman, Daga, Steve Pain vs Alan Stone, Drago, Fénix: Presumably here to build up Alan Stone (reverted back to his previous gimmick), unfortunate that Alan Stone looked like the least impressive técnico and won only because Chessman kept insisting on going to the top rope for no particular reason. Drago and Fenix were and looked good, while Alan was just kind of a guy. All three needed the help of the rudos, but it was more evident the rudos were just taking big bumps for Alan. It didn’t feel like the rudos got a whole lot, but were fine with what they did and Steve Pain sure sent Fenix a long way on the monkey flip.
Blue Demon Jr., Cibernético, La Parka vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Parka Negra II, Zorro: Usual AAA main event, brawling start into a long técnico showcase. Zorro and Parka Negra did most of the work, as usual. This format was kind of invented for Cibernético and Parka and wasn’t what Demon usually does, but he fit in okay. Cibernético did a kip up, which would’ve been more impressive if he didn’t have two people to hold him up. Taking Zorro’s back suplex and curb stomp was more unexpected; Cibernético ended up losing completely clean to Zorro.
taped 2014-03-29 @ Parque de Beisbol Praxedis Balboa, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas
Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita vs Mary Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie: This was going good early, got a little silly with the técnicas having a 3 on 6 disadvantage (Hijo del Tirantes deciding he was a rudo this week, Cuervo and Pentagon Jr. both interfering) and had a rough finish. Faby clearly got hurt landing on the spinning DDT she gave to Pentagon Jr. and they had to improvise a finish. It was a finish, it was not a good one, and kind of left Drago making a save when there was nothing going because everyone was actually worried about Faby. (Hijo del Tirantes did seem too concerned about keeping character during all of this.) I’d like to see them have another shot at this. Faby’s injury looked pretty severe, especially for something nothing was said about after the fact.
Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu: One of those long builds to a hot tag which still gets no particular reaction from the crowd. They will never give this up. Secta got a lot of time to do stuff, didn’t really do much with it. Match itself wasn’t memorable, but it was one more quality win than the Secta got during last fall’s push. Nice save by Espiritu on Angelico’s dive. Jack & Angelico’s new tag team move was nice.
Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Texano Jr.: The prematch video package set this up as a Psycho Clown/Texano direct confrontation, but it was generally a house show main event with a tacked on win for Psycho Clown (after Texano had him clearly beat, an odd way to build up someone for a title match.) It turns out that it’s not too hard for Psycho Clown to beat Texano when he’s not actually trying to do it. Also, apparently the rules this week is that anyone can just run in on any matches and it’s all cool, because no interference was called for a DQ (and no one even bothered to do a ref distraction this time.) Tirantes worked as rudo in this match, but didn’t called the DQ when it would’ve helped the rudos, and then is apparently so dumb as to not see who he’s counting. It’s the usual logic breakdowns. AAA’s preference is to get the reaction from a rudo referee over having their matches consistently make sense, and it makes for a frustrating show if you’re paying attention and/or sober watching it. (Hey, why did Pentagon Jr. and Cuervo suddenly have no more problems at the end of the show? Because it was easy to do it that way.)
taped 2014-03-16 @ Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León
Daga vs Argenis, Australian Suicide, Súper Fly for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship: Good opener and good job giving Daga something to do. This had good action all the way thru, and (almost) no dumb pinfall broken spots. Argenis was the weak link but had a couple of okay spots. Super Fly looked better than I was expecting, though there’s no way you would’ve known he was meant to be a rudo at this point. Australian Suicide didn’t get a lot to do early but was showcased strongly by the end of the match. Daga held it together and was the right man to get the wins. If they knew how good the discus clothesline spot was going to look, I bet they would’ve ended the match with it. Still, the interference spot was not much and the match still kept going for long enough that Daga seemed impressive for going thru all three opponents.
Fénix vs Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa, Último Gladiador, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain, Eterno in a domed cage match: A lucha libre hardcore cage match. There were some big spots, they largely didn’t mean anything, people climbed out at random intervals and I was generally bored. I’m pretty certain I would’ve lost my mind had I watched it live after a 45 minute delay, but it was fine enough for what it was on TV much after the fact if way too long. Niño had no problem climbing the ladder to escape, and might have been able to climb down on his own, but AAA sent help even before he tried (at least as we saw it on TV) and it was a very slow descent. He wasn’t the only one who needed the ladder; Crazy Boy made sure to climb up right away before they could destroy it, and Joe Lider struggled escaping too. I couldn’t tell if Pentagon actually lost his grip or meant to do a move from the top of the cage onto Fenix – his later teasing of death via falling off the cage makes me think he meant to do it. It’s almost as if this stipulation made it unnecessarily difficult for the performers. I’ll give the cage one thing, it was pretty hilarious to see Pentagon just easily crawl back in thru on of the wide gaps on the bottom to help out the table spot. He should’ve thought of that sooner!
Cibernético, Electroshock, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.: Usual Jarrett goofery. Belts were found and used to slap people in the back. Roldans had issues with each other. Bad wrestling sequences occurred. Karen shrieked a lot, and then less so when I hit the mute button and then got something thrown in her face again. Texano got nearly beat a half dozen times. The whole end game didn’t seem to go right and took longer than normal, but they ended up where they wanted at the end. Jeff losing to Cibernético by guitar shot would make it seem like this was over, but it was actually Jeff losing to Joaquin guitar shot. That means six more months of Roldan/Jarrett feuding.
taped 2014-02-09 @ Centro Civico Nueva Aragon, Ecatepec, Estado de México
Jinzo, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., Fresero Jr., Súper Fly: Typical opening match has different connotations when referring to AAA and CMLL. This was a typical AAA opening match with young guys – a billion spots, some of which got lost in the mixed but an overall entertaining package. Super Fly looked strong and got the win in the end. Jinzo looked sloppy, especially early – but if the idea was to the two AAA regulars were supposed to look like bigger stars, they did accomplish that. Probably could’ve skipped the post match beating since there’s already plenty of those on this show.
Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Chessman, Daga, Pentagón Jr.: EXCELLENT. There’s plenty of reason to expect a super man with this lineup, but this surpassed that. Rudos were great taking over the match for the first half, and then it was just an amazingly level of action the rest of the way. The técnicos doing the same sequence to finish of guys for a few months now has me ready for anything to happen when the rudo disrupt it. Everything after it got disrupted this time was controlled insanity, and there were a lot of convincing near falls. Pentagon was super throughout and he and Suicide worked well together in their frequent late match fights. Daga seemed invisible for the first half of the match, except helping out with moves, but then had some great moments later on like the duck under the clothesline, jumping kick, dive sequence.
Cibernético vs El Elegido, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Electroshock in a AAA’s Rey de Reyes semifinal match: really a nothing match; an eight minute that was slow to actually start and didn’t have much to do it. It did give me Cibernético and Electroshock exchanging holds, but not nearly for enough to be real comedy. Even the Perro/Cibernetico segment at the end wasn’t much, not even a minute before the run-ins. The crowd was more into the tease of fighting then the actual fighting at points, so maybe doing little was the way to go. This finish felt more like Perro getting past Cibernético to go do something else rather than reheating their feud – I have no idea what they point was of the doing the Perro/Cibernetico teased friendship then breakup outside of filling TV time, because there doesn’t seem to be any payoff going. I don’t need to see that match again so I guess that’s fine.
(Two weeks later edit: obviously, they’re not ending this, so I don’t know why this happened. More than usual!)