AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-14

Ludxor gets dropped hard, gets back up to get hit again

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taped 2013-11-03 @ Domo de Parque Solidaridad, Tonala, Jalisco
Aerostar, Ludxor, Venum vs Carta Brava Jr., El Apache, Pentagón Jr.: When Aerostar was doing the crazy dives off the light tower before, we used to say he should save them for bigger occasions. This launch of a new Cadetes was a bigger occasion, but that also seemed like a bigger fall! That was so crazy. I would’ve liked to see the técnicos get in more as part of their post-beatdown comeback, but I guess you really can’t follow an Aerostar dive like that with much more than the finish. Ludxor and Venum did impresses in the earlier portion, pulling off some very tricky stuff, and the rudos came off as actually menacing in their beatdown. This was a good debut for the new trio.

 

Aerostar is crazy

Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu: I’m almost willing to believe they’re going something with the Tirantes/Psycho Circus thing, but then it’s Tirantes. Match was fine for a Psycho Circus/La Secta match where one guy got hurt before the end. It definitely felt fresher than the Consejo matches and they covered for being a man down well. Don’t like to see Espiritu get hurt (or Psycho fall on his face when Espiritu gets hurt) but Ozz is probably a better fit anyway.

 

Pentagon crushing double stomp

Cibernético, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Fénix vs Chessman, Hijo del Fantasma, Texano: This was a pleasant surprise. Essentially the normal AAA formula, but guys doing more than you’d get out of a normal TV main event and making it a good match. I came away thinking things are going to be working pretty okay. Fantasma and Fenix were great against each other; not only is that a matchup I’d love to see more off, but I’m far less concerned about how Fantasma is going to work out in AAA. He was fine in Heroes Inmortales but really good here. Fenix and Fantasma were really going out of there way to make each other look very good. Perro also looked strong in his new role; he did more than he’s been doing as a rudo, but his antics worked better as a técnico. It would’ve been even better if there had been an actual angle to explain why he was a técnico – he and Cibernético weren’t teaming together to fight La Secta here – but it’s going to work out in the end. Weird but not surprising to see a chair being used many times in front of the ref when that was supposed to be an unfair spot in the previous TV match. Escoria was right, that was a totally clean win.

WHO NEEDS A RAMP
Fenix’s twisting dive

 

 

 

 

 

 

rolling cutter

 

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AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-07

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Jack will moonsault off anything

taped 2013-10-18 @ Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo de Puebla
El Elegido, Faby Apache, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Dark Cuervo, Mamba, Mary Apache, Mini Abismo Negro: Okay but not particularly exciting mixed tag match. These have become very familiar, but there was nothing technically wrong with this one. Maybe it’s just the same people too often. I don’t know that the Cuervo/Faby thing is really getting over, but they’re trying hard with it.

 

killer DDT

Crazy Boy & Joe Lider vs Angélico & Jack Evans and Dark Scoria & Dark Spíritu and Aerostar & Drago for the AAA World Tag Team Championship: Good moments at times, but also questionable moments. Action wasn’t strong enough to totally make up for it’s short comings, but there was still more good than bad. Usual dumbness of people breaking up pins in an elimination match, though I believe the champions were the only ones not to do it. That’s why they’re a winning team! Angelico & Jack were just loved enough to not get totally booed for how they won the tag team titles – the Juvi angle was the priority here (so much that Eterno & Steve Pain probably should’ve also been involved), but the new championship still got their moment in the sun. Aerostar & Drago got a better run than Drago & Fenix at TripleMania.

 

Well, he cleared the ringpost this time

Psycho Clown vs Texano Jr. for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship: This match did an excellent job of building Psycho Clown versus Tirantes. I think Texano Jr. was also in the match. Seriously, this was yet another match where AAA doesn’t really trust the young guys to get over with the crowd on their own, so they throw in as many shenanigans as possible which end up overwhelming the match. I didn’t like the blood and the chair spots – partly because they came so soon without much of a build to it – but they were generally doing fine with need to turn into the rudo referee show. It didn’t make any sense, as usual. Tirantes was a happily count pinfalls before and AFTER the one he stopped early, it was just the one time he decided to not count because – uh, reasons.

You know, I’ve never seen Psycho Clown and Marufuji in the same place at the same time…

Tirantes not counting three and pulling Piero out and punching him later on go big reactions from the crowd. A lot of the stuff they did got strong reactions, and it’s got to be noted that the crowd way into chanting for Psycho for the match. If the goal is to get reactions from a live crowd, this match worked well. If the goal is to put on something that feels meaningful as a TV show and to get people to watch week to week, this didn’t work well. Tirantes costing Psycho Clown the title will never be touched on again, and it won’t even feel like it should be touched on again because they’ve done the same exact bit so many times that no one’s surprised when it goes absolutely nowhere. No one’s turning back into see where that story is going (having him beat up after the match is the end of it), and no one is turning into see if someone finally beats Texano because Texano is doing nothing to win. Texano can’t even beat Psycho Clown by himself – not directly, not even by the guy organizing the interference. This was not done as if Texano had some great plan come together; Tirantes just apparently decided he was going to be evil this match for no real reason and Texano got a title match win.

one more Jack moonsault

I’m still pretty certain the best Texano title match was on the WWL show no one saw. Match was fine itself , probably better for you if you love blood, but immensely frustrating in context.

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AAA on UTDN: 2013-10-31

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taped 2013-10-18 @ Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo de Puebla

Mesias uses the hit stick on Fenix

El Mesías vs Monsther Clown and Silver King and Fénix in a Copa Antonio Pena semifinal: This was less than expected. Monster Clown wasn’t part of it long, which seemed like a good thing, only not so much since some of the other guys weren’t in it. Silver King and Mesías were bad together, awful for guys who are thought of individually as good wrestlers. The sunset flip spot sticks out but they were on different pages the whole way thru. Fenix and Silver should’ve also been stronger to finish it but it was just okay.

 

Mesias does not use the jump button

Octagón vs Hijo del Fantasma, Daga, Axel in a Copa Antonio Pena semifinal: Got better as it went along, and the lesser people went out. Octagon has nothing to offer, but Axel was much better than his last appearance. He still isn’t good, or even OK, but not embarrassing is a nice change. Could’ve used a lot more Daga & Fantasma at the end. Fantasma probably needs to work on the non-ramp finisher thing, but a casita works perfectly fine (and feels like a Consejo winning maneuver.) What’s the point of the second referee on the outside when no interference gets stopped?

 

Mascara 2000 Jr. attempts to fly

La Parka vs Parka Negra II, Electroshock, Máscara Año 2000 Jr. in a Copa Antonio Pena semifinal: The Mascara Ano 2000/Electroshock you never knew you wanted. Wait, you probably didn’t want this. This was really weirdly the Electroshock showcase, as he was the center of action for most of the match. La Parka was barely in, and spent most of the time in staring at Zorro (who seemed to specifically have no point in being here other than putting him back into circulation.) The big Parka/Parka Negra fight turned out to be so slight, it seemed like a possible blow off to that and maybe even the Parka Negra character. Three for three on run-ins.

Cibernético vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo and Psicosis and Chessman in a Copa Antonio Pena semifinal: Not really much of a match; when you cut out the interference and stalling in these matches (none of which has added anything), they’re not much more than CMLL tournament matches. Perro & Cibernético’s elimination made no sense in the context of the match – they were apparently disqualified for someone attacking them. They need to stop putting these guys in tournament matches if they have to come up with increasingly ludicrous ways to get them out of tournaments without ever jobbing. (Much less them coming out after the match to show how stupid it is for them not to able to continue – that had to be Perro doing it on his own.) Four for four on interference setting up eliminations.

 

Fantasma learns about Parka’s bad arm.

Fénix vs Hijo del Fantasma, La Parka, Chessman for the Copa Antonio Pena: Whoever decided these matches needed a referee outside the ring must hate the AAA referees and want them to come off all as morons. Four straight matches of the interfering people getting right past the outside referee, and one match of the outside referee watching as Fantasma gives Fenix the most illegal move in lucha libre and doing nothing about it. If your spot requires the inside the ring ref to be distracted, maybe you should also think about the guy outside? This was so dumb. This tournament didn’t work at all – it’s tough to make any tournament built around a 2013 La Parka, but this was a 2013 La Parka who really had little to offer. Parka, for whatever reason (and there are obvious ones), did not seem interested in any of his matches and it really dragged everything down. Fantasma laughable ends his debut show by getting stretcher out from an armbar or all things. This was a bad tournament.

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AAA on UTDN: 2013-10-24

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taped 2013-10-10 @ Plaza de Toros Jorge Guiterrez, Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo

 

Pain & Psicosis try to balance the head trauma

Dinastía, Faby Apache, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mini Charly Manson, Taya Valkyrie: For a twelve minute match, it did not seem like it had as much as other mixed tag matches – the women were not in a lot, and the rudo section did not last long. Minis were good with the time they had but there was not a lot here.

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Psicosis, Steve Pain: The first couple minutes were totally fun and different with Daga & Jack Evans. The rest of the match was good too, just more in the vein of the other matches they’ve been doing with this técnico trio and I kind of got stuck day dreaming what it would be like if Daga and Jack actually got to have a singles match. That’s not the point here, just to continue to introduce Suicide (which seems be going well enough.) Suicide & Psicosis seemed a bad idea pairing to start but got better near the end.

 

Psicosis has no fun

Cibernético, El Mesías, Electroshock, La Parka vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Ozz, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu: La Secta against main eventers, and tread no different than the midcard geeks they’re set up to be. Normal AAA main event técnico showcase where the rudos did very little of note on offense and spent much more time selling. The match was built to give as much glory to the técnicos as possible, which doesn’t help an already nonthreatening rudo team to get over. Not quite sure why you need a distraction on a foul when it’s not a DQ for someone to run in and hit one of the participants with a chair. (Especially when they need a distraction for interference last week.)

 

WIN

Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Silver King, Texano Jr. in a cage match: a lucha libre cage match. They did some random spots, people climbed up, people climbed down, it ended and I was thrilled to move on with my life. It was probably as good as a cage match with nothing on the line was going to be, but that didn’t mean it did anything for me.

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