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!)
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.
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.)