AAA TripleMania XXIV: 2016-08-28 

dueling topes
dueling topes

Recapped: 08/28/2016

What happened: Psycho Clown defeated Pagano for his hair in the main event. The finish and outcome was overshadowed by Dr. Wagner Jr. first trying to cost Psycho Clown the match, then challenging Psycho Clown to a mask match at next year’s TripleMania. Psycho Clown readily accepted.

Texano retained the heavyweight championship by defeating Brian Cage. A post match attack by team Trump suggested Mesias would be the next challenger.

Johnny Mundo defeated Pentagon Jr. to win the Latin American championship when Taya betrayed Pentagon and joined Team Trump.

Aerostar & Drago surprisingly won the tag team titles, with Drago defeating Paul London. Garza Jr. replaced Fenix, who appears to be done in AAA for the moment.

Averno & Chessman versus Mary Apache & Faby Apache ended in no apparent finish. El Apache stopped the rudos when Averno attempted to gain revenge on Faby hitting him with a bottle by doing the same to her. The rudos attacked Apache, and broke a light tube over Faby when she had a visual pinfall. Apache tried to save his daughters, but was attacked by Ricky Marvin. Averno, Chessman and Ricky Marvin are now “O G T” and had new t-shirts, but we never got a good enough shot of those shirts to know what OGT means.

Australian Suicide defeated Daga to win the TripleMania Cup. Daga’s foot was on the ropes, missed by the referee, and he attacked Suicide after the match.

Rey Misterio won the Lucha Underground trios match.

Art Barr & Joaquin Roldan were added to the Hall of Fame.

What was good (and not good):  The tag title match was the best match on the show. The crowd reacted strongest to the main event, though it was technically not much good. The Pentagon/Mundo, heavyweight title, and LU trios match were at best passable good, but also nowhere as near as good imagined. Whether it’s TripleMania booking or (positive) crowd noise not being picked up as well in Arena Ciudad de Mexico, those matches all felt like they’d been better in any other situation. The Daga/Suicide ending of the Copa TripleMania battle royal was good as well.

Having a long term plan is great, and Dr. Wagner Jr. versus Psycho Clown would be a giant match if it occurred. Given AAA’s history, and Dr. Wagner’s lifetime of setting up mask matches and not doing them, it’s very hard to take seriously. The way it was announced also completely obliterated what was just the main event of their show, with AAA trampling over the Pagano/Psycho ending in a hurry to make next year’s match.

I dunno about the short term or long term plan here
I dunno about the short term or long term plan here

Joaquin Roldan appeared not to know he was going into the Hall of Fame, seemed very touched by the moment, and did his best to make it not about him. It was still groan inducing. The list of people who’ve made big contributing to AAA is very long, and only 12 of them are in before Joaquin. Putting yourself in your own Hall of Fame is never a good look, but it’s particularly bad optics after the last fifteen months AAA’s had. It was a poor job of reading the room, as the AAA crowd made it clear they didn’t like the idea. Much like the main event, the way they put Roldan in the Hall of Fame reduced Art Barr to a minor footnote they were racing past to get to the real news, and that’s no way to treat an introduction.

Particularly, putting a promoter in a Hall of Fame for doing such an excellent job moments after Fenix no-showed the tag team title match took some gumption. The situation with Fenix and AAA has clearly been going on since at least the Veracruz taping, and AAA opted to be dishonest about it the entire way. Fenix is a popular guy, but Fenix to Garza wasn’t going to cost them any tickets. It will cost them trust, and that’s why no one’s really going to believe them about Wagner and Psycho until they’re both in the ring next year, and Villano IV or someone else isn’t added to take the pinfall.

The English announcers, particular Matt Striker, seemed better prepped for the show than in times past. Hugo, as usual, came off as if he very little specific knowledge and talked in big generalities to avoid getting trapped on getting those details wrong. Striker knew the history of all the feuds (and even some that weren’t scheduled, like Psycho/Wagner) and came off like he somewhat followed the product. There were a lot of details he got wrong, but that part seemed like progress. The other parts of Striker’s antics were out of control and harmful to the show. Striker and Team Trump were specifically a poor mix; Striker saw the group as an opening for a discussion of his political views and verbally bristled when he got a poor reaction to them, blowing off the finish of the Pentagon/Mundo match because he was so annoyed.

Vampiro replaced Hugo for the Lucha Underground match and was awful. I don’t think he’d mind that review, because he clearly wasn’t trying to be anything but awful. It came off as both Vampiro was being required to do announcing on this show and didn’t want to do it, and also that Vampiro had been drinking or doing something before going out there. (Here’s some highlights.)

The English announcing on these shows have peaked at “below average” and usually been much worse. It’s really hard to understand why AAA continues to bring in English announcer for these shows, because they are actively making matches less enjoyable for people listening in that language. The Spanish announcers did not sound like they were much better tonight, taking time to use offensive language and expose the identity of all the Lucha Underground wrestlers (except Mil Muertes, oddly enough), but maybe that’d just be random noise to the English fans,

At any rate, this whole concept desperately needs to be re-evaluted. If the idea of English announcers it to appeal to English speaking fans, AAA’s been failing and failing repeatedly.

The whole Lucha Underground presentation was also a failure. Five of the six guys were thrown out with no introduction. AAA presented the guys like unknowns being shoved out on a major show, and the fans whistled at them to get off the stage so the real stars could appear. If this was an idea to get Mexican fans to push for Lucha Underground to be shown in Mexico, it was rejected. If this was an appeal to American fans to try TripleMania, they probably went away excited to see these guys back in their normal environment but disinterested in seeing them treated like non-entities in AAA.

The video quality of the show was mostly fine, but the production choices were aggravating. They fell in love with crowd shows, hoping for big reactions, and often cut away from the ring during moves or during pinfalls. Important spots and action were missed during live action repeatedly. There was a loud buzz over the sound system during the later portions of the show, though they got it under control at some points.

This show was overall much better than last year’s shows, but there’s still plenty of issues. I didn’t feel this was a waste of time, simply that it could’ve and should’ve been better

Where can I watch it: It’s still available on iPPV and will start to air on TV a week from Saturday. Given the length of the show (around 3.5 hours), much will be cut or edited.

What’s next?: Heroes Inmortales on 10/04. Mesias/Texano seems like a lock, and matches like Garza/Mundo, Drago/Aerostar vs Cage/Hernandez, and all three Apaches versus Ricky/Chessman/Averno seem plausible. AAA’s clearly planning on actually doing Suicide/Daga sometime soon, and it may even happen this time. Read More

AAA on Televisa: 2016-08-20 

Fantasma & Fenix

Recapped: 08/20/2016

What happened: Pagano beat Psycho Clown again. Fenix & Fantasma are a team.

What was good: I liked the minis match and really liked the tag match.

Where can I watch it: It’s best viewed on AAA’s channel Read More

AAA on Televisa: 2016-08-13 

when in doubt, just put the GIF where Aerostar goes into the fourth row at the top
when in doubt, just put the GIF where Aerostar goes into the second row at the top

Recapped: 08/13/2016

What happened: Averno knocked out Mary Apache, Faby Apache broke a bottle over Averno’s head. El Apache made himself referee for that match. Pagano and Psycho Clown talked a lot.

(Looking back it, it’s amazing how much time AAA spent on the Apaches vs Chessman/Averno for it to open TripleMania.)

What was good: The main event was really good. The other matches were backdrops to the Averno & Chessman versus Apaches feud, which I’m starting to get concerned will just be lots of gimmickery.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel and my channel. As with most Toluca tapings, Entre Segunda & Tercera has handheld highlights as well.

Previously: Cage beat Wagner. Angelico & Jack won the tag titles back. Averno accepted the Apaches match. There was also a tag match. Read More

AAA on Televisa: 2016-08-06 

Parka makes a fan happy
Parka makes a fan happy

Recapped: 08/07/2016

What happened: Angelico & Jack Evans are once again the tag team champions, with a little help from Mary Apache. That was enough to make the Averno/Chessman vs Las Apaches match official. Cage beat Wagner again.

Also, this show went 61m04s and had 20m50s of bell to bell action.

This was a one episode taping. The first two matches were instead posted exclusively on AAA’s YouTube channel.

What was good: The three way tag title match was the best match on the taping, and I liked the Aerostar/Suicide vs Daga/Fly match, despite it’s flaws. The rest, including the dark matches, are skippable.

Where can I watch it: It’s all on AAA’s channel and will be on mine later.

Previously: Johnny Mundo beat Pentagon Jr. – without help from Chavo this time. Pagano beat Psycho Clown, and then they threw some not great punches at a ptres conference. Chessman and Averno mocked the Apches, then lost because of them. Read More

AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-30 

Daga stops the flips
Daga cuts off Fenix

Recapped: 08/10/2016

What happened:  Johnny Mundo beat Pentagon Jr. and said he’d be taking his title. Hijo del Fatnasma returned. Fenix and Daga had a really good match. Gran Apache attacked Venom for the 500th time.

What was good: Fenix versus Daga! There were parts of the other matches which were good but neither totally came together for me.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.

Previously: Pagano defeated Psycho Clown again. Chessman & Averno did not win, thanks to Faby Apache. Chessman & Averno made fun of the Apaches. Read More

AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-23 

Aerostar and Bengala topes

Recapped: 07/31/2016

What happened: Psycho/Pagano, Avenro/Chessman vs Faby/Mary and Pentagon/Mundo were all announced in Noti AAA. Averno & Chessman did a parody of Faby & Mary, who cost them their match via musical distraction. Pagano beat Psycho Clown yet again, though this time by countout. Big Mami debuted

What was good: Eh, nothing unless you like the Fronterizos stuff more than me. The other two matches weren’t much.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AAA, plus there are handhelds readily available since it was a Mexico City show. Read More

AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-16 

Fenix's head remained attached
Fenix’s head remained attached

Recapped: 07/28/2016

What happened: Brian Cage defeated Texano & Wagner, then took the heavyweight belt for himself. Fenix won a title shot at Hijo del Fantasma. Zorro attacked Fenix for unclear reasons. Los Fronterizos attacked Los Perros del Mal. (Those last three plots all appear to be dropped by the time I’ve posted this.)

What was good:  The Fenix/Drago/Aerostar three way match falls apart with Aerostar’s quick injury. They make something out of it, though it’s not what you (or they) would’ve hoped for. Main event was good and actually told a story with the results.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AAA’s channel, and there’s handhelds of the last two matches.

Previously: Pentagon Jr. won the Latin American championship. The match is shown simply as Pentagon winning clean with the double stomp…

…but the show starts off with airing that same match, edited down to about 6 minutes. Pagano’s interference is shown this time. Read More

AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-09 

trying to call a match and Pentagon’s in your lap

Recapped: 07/16/2016

What happened: Pentagon Jr. won the Latin American championship from Psycho Clown when Pagano ran in. Bestia 666 return as a member of Los Fronterizos and cheated Hector Garza. Gran Apache still hates Venum.

What was good: I liked the main event, even with obvious flaws. First match will look much better as a highlight package than it did as a match.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel and my channel. Read More

AAA on Televisa: 2016-07-02

still not sure how Psycho took the worst of this
still not sure how Psycho took the worst of this

Recapped: 07/10/2016

What happened: Pagano beat Psycho Clown again. Pentagon Jr. (winning a three way tag match) and Dr. Wagner (beating Mesias) won title shots in underwhelming fashion.

What was good: I liked the trios title match and didn’t have a lot of time for the rest.

Where can I watch it: It’s all on AAA’s channel, including exclusive matches.

Mesias starts the show of the ring for general Trump praising and crowd criticizing. It turns out that Dr. Wagner is just like all these ugly people. They prompt the crowd to cheer for Wagner, and they do! And then Wagner comes out a beat late. Wagner playing to the crowd goes longer than Mesias’ promo, of course. Wagner’s wearing an open chin mask, exposing a gray beard which makes him seem much older than usual. Wagner’s microphone has some annoying feedback, but the point he gets around to is he’s going to reclaim the heavyweight belt at TripleMania. Mesias explains all the ways he’s better than Wagner and challenges Wagner to fight now. Wagner is OK with that idea, but the security (who’ve been hovering around Wagner since he came out) stop him. One edit later, Wagner is gone and Mesias finishes his promo. Read More

AAA on Televisa: 2016-06-18 

Pentagon makes his own stepladder
Pentagon makes his own stepstool

Recapped: 06/24/2016

What happened: Pagano stole a win, though cleanly, by pinning both Pentagon and Psycho Clown after they had taken each other out via superplex thru a table. Gran Apahce still doesn’t like Venum. Los Fronterizos picked up a win.

What was good: I like the opener. The rest of the show wasn’t bad, but you could safely skip this week.

Where can I watch it: It’s on AAA’s channel.

Previously: Hernandez & Mesias cheated to beat Wagner & Texano. Drago, Bengala, Aerostar won a trios title shot, but it was really more about the tag title match that isn’t happening (yet).

Show starts with Psycho Clown in the ring. Psycho notes that he lost to Pagano last time, but it’ll be different this time. Pagano sneaks out while his video is playing and gently hits Psycho Clown with a bat. Pentagon rushes in and superkick Pagano, then attacks Psycho Clown while he’s at it. (Camera people are missing plenty of shots here.) They as a three way, not really selling much, until the security decided we’ve seen enough. This takes a while to settle down. Read More