AAA on Televisa: 2014-01-25


not quite


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.


breaking your back on a backdrop

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.


Joe Lider taking faceslam literally

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.


what was his plan here?

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.

much better faceslam
backcracker moonsault?
Fenix should really stop doing this
keep doing this, tho’

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AAA on Televisa: 2014-01-18

Sexy Star being Sexy Star


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.)


shooting star cannonball

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.


Jack Evans

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.

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AAA UTDN: 2013-12-26


Fenix crushing legdrop

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.

Super Pain Cutter

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.

Jack double stomp moonsault

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.

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AAA UTDN: 2013-12-19


Machine Rocker is the best, part 1

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.

Machine Rocker is the best, part 2
Gran Apache is crazy


Air Sexy Star

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.

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AAA on Televisa: 2013-11-30

Fenix meets chair


taped 2013-11-15 @ Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro
Blue Demon Jr., El Mesías, Electroshock vs Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King, Texano Jr.: Match as pretense to show off the referee camera, specifically working spots based on making it work for that angle. Camera’s not that special. Neither was the match. Texano, who I believe is the world champion, was treated no differently than his two partners. The match was not functionally bad, but very forgettable in a CMLL Tuesday semimain way.


Fenix twisitng plancha onto Espiritu

Cibernético, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Fénix vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu: Standard AAA trios main event. Crowd is way into the idea of Perro as a técnico – even though it feels like he should’ve actually turned at some point, the crowd was already cheering him so I guess it doesn’t make a big difference. He still seems more motivated as a técnico. Secta came off no different than the Consejo in the previous match, three interchangeable rudos who got enough heat just to set up the técnicos. This definitely didn’t feel like the second to last show before a major show. If the finish was supposed to mean something, it didn’t survive being cut away from as soon as possible.

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AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-28


flipping hamburger


taped 2013-11-15 @ Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro


Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Mamba, Mary Apache, Taya Valkyrie: in which we learn Mamba has a finishing move. I’m pretty sure Mamba’s won before, on shows which no longer exist, but it’s been a while. Match was fine given everyone involved and this time they got. T finish felt like it meant something, always a plus. Jennifer had a good match and absolutely crushed Taya on her dive. Note Mary is part of the hair feud at this point.


Pentagon has had enough of Angelico’s sweep

Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa vs Eterno, Juventud Guerrera, Steve Pain: Good match between the two teams, with the rudos surprisingly winning clean. Crowd was way into the técnicos, who mostly wrestled a normal match and less their usual weapon style. Rudos set up the técnicos well and looked good themselves – Eterno’s run up the ropes moonsault seems as tricky as anything. I like the idea of this feud more than I thought.


Jack Evans

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Pentagón Jr.: Great. Really fun trios. Pentagon Jr. was great even when he wasn’t randomly pulling out Antonio Cesaro spots. Dropping hard on Angelico to break up his sweep sequence was superb, and all of his chops were killer. Pirata Morgan fit in this mix fine and worked great with Jack. The técnicos have their teamwork spots down and Jack makes everything great. Even the section of finisher turn taking near the end felt more like a fight than ritual turn taking and they got out at the right time. No complaints here.

very Pentagon-ean
Jennifer Blake helicopter headscissors

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AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-21

dancin’ Mascarita Sagrada


Great Blake headscissors


taped 2013-11-03 @ Domo de Parque Solidaridad, Tonala, Jalisco
Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada vs Mary Apache, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya Valkyrie: Really wasn’t working for me for the first segment but picked up after the break. It was a lot of the usual mixed tag opener. Mini Psycho Clown and Mascarita Sagrada was not working as a matchup; Psycho seemed to do a lot better in his one exchange with Jennifer. Finish was fine.


cartwheel headscissors
suicide shooting star press

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Eterno, Juventud Guerrera, Steve Pain: Another good Jack/Angelico/Suicide vs Eterno/Pain match, now with an actual purpose for the rudos to exist. Juvi was generally good as well, but his changes with Angelico were the weakest parts of this match – it didn’t look as smooth with them as it did with any other combination. Crowd didn’t get into the hot tag as much as the others did, and I’m kind of done with everyone taking a turn (in non breaking order! Everyone must go!) series of moves, but I did like how the rudos derailed the usual técnicos finishing sequence leading into their own win. This would’ve been helped by the new group explaining why they were together (not just why Juvi turned on the MPs, why he wanted Pain/Eterno on his side and likewise) but that’s not a new complaint here.


Mesias shoulder first tope

El Mesías vs AJ Styles [TNA HEAVY]: Better than the last AJ Styles/Mesías match, though one day they should try a match where one guy works like a good guy and the other guy works like a bad guy. The all technical style made it hard to get invested in the early portion of the match but it got more interesting late and the crowd was well drawn in by the end. The midshow skit with AJ and Konnan set up Konnan interfering if Dixie called him, so it feels like we missed a skit where Konnan got that phone and recruited Texano, Fantasma and Chessman (since there was still no explanation of why they would be there or care at all) and the run-in didn’t amount to anything but a rest break for the guys in the match. The idea might have been that Mesías’ knee injury meant he submitted to AJ’s hold, but it didn’t come across like it was that meaningful; he got trapped in the hold all the same, so Mesías either needed to escape from it pre-injury (showing the difference of the injury) or have the knee injury cost him some other way. It turned out to be just a thing that happened, like the run-in and like the match. The match was still good.

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AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-14

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


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.

Fenix’s twisting dive







rolling cutter


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AAA on UTDN: 2013-11-07


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


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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