02/06 AAA TV Results (Cuautitlán)

AAA TV (SAT) 02/06/2016 Auditorio Bentio Juárez, Cuautitlán, Estado de México [AAA]
1) Lanzeloth, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown b Dinastía, Mascarita Sagrada, Octagoncito
Lanzeloth filled in for Mini Abismo. Charly beat Sagrada with a package piledriver.
2) Australian Suicide & Fireball DQ Parka Negra & Súper Fly
Parka Negra replaced Daga. Tecnicos won by DQ when Daga ran in anyway and threw a chair at Suicide’s head, cutting him open.
3) Aerostar, Drago, Fénix b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro
Tecnicos won and asked for a trios title shot. Zorro said no (no no)
4) Daga & Taya b Bengala & Faby Apache and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Lady Shani [AAA MIXED TAG, #1 Contenders]
In a segment at the start of the show, Daga announced he’d be replacing Fantasma (injury). Pentagon interrupted, unhappy fellow Perros del Mal were coming for his title and promising not to take it easy on them should they won. They did: Faby beat Shani, and Daga submitted Bengala to the metaleon for the win. They face Pentagon & Sexy Star (at least that’s how AAA announced it) on 02/19.
5) Averno & Chessman b Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr.
In a surprise, Averno & Chessman defeated Pentagon. Pentagon & Lider had problems after the match.
6) Blue Demon Jr. b Dr. Wagner Jr., Garza Jr., Taurus [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
Wagner appeared in the opening segment to take issue with Pentagon Jr’s claim he’d win Rey de Reyes. Psycho Clown interrupted him, not to talk about Rey de Reyes, but to demand a singles match with Wagner tonight after Wagner cost them the match in Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera. Wagner declined, saying he already had this match. Psycho Clown joined the announcers for this match instead. Taurus eliminated Garza Jr., Wagner beat Taurus, and Blue Demon Jr. beat Wagner after Wagner hit everyone with a chair, Psycho hit Wagner with a chair, and Demon gave Wagner Devil’s Wings for the win.

Air Date: 02/13 & 02/20

Blue Demon’s back, so Blue Demon wins. The finish sounds a lot like the finish on Guerra de Titanes, where Dr. Wagner gets the certain visual win before losing the match. It’s the finishes that happen when you bring in Dr. Wagner. It’s the problem with this Psycho Clown/Dr. Wagner feud they’re trying – either Psycho will just lose the Latin American title to Wagner, or Wagner will lose in a way that won’t mean much. It’s what’s he’s been doing for a decade. Demon’s pretty much the same, and Taurus taking his first pinfall to one of them illustrates the change in philosophies happening right now.

Anyway, it does start to give us a Rey de Reyes card.

03/11 Tampico

  • Texano Jr. vs Mesias for the AAA Heavyweight Championship – lock
  • Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Psycho Clown for the AAA Latin American Championship – likely, maybe actual main event
  • Aerostar, Drago, Fenix vs Zorro, Cuervo, Scoria for the AAA Trios championship – likely
  • Rey de Reyes final (Demon vs other 3 block winners) – lock
  • probably something with Suicide and Daga
  • probably a mixed match

That’s six, so it might be it. The recap implies the trios title challenge is a follow up of that same trio winning the CHIKARA King of Trios back in September. That match sounded like it went well last night and should be good on the show.

It doesn’t look the tag title match is on at the moment with Lider & Pentagon losing and having issues. It’s not exactly my favorite use of Pentagon to have him losing in those matches, but anything that pulls him away from Lider can’t be all bad.

Suicide got sliced open in the head by Daga’s chair shot, which looked a bit reckless on video. You don’t need to throw the chair that hard from that close.

Taya & Daga were announced as facing Pentagon & Sexy Star at the Queretaro show, so either that’s still the plan or they haven’t coming up with a new one. When all the stuff was going on with Sexy Star giving up her title, Taya posted a message of five laughing emojis. That’s another Twitter post that’s been deleted. It sure seems like Sexy Star was told she was losing the tag titles to Taya and her partner and was very unhappy about it. (It may be about Taya, but it also may just be Sexy not liking the idea of losing to anyone – like Demon & Wagner, that’s not something she’s done a lot.) Whatever it is, AAA’s still advertising the match – though they were still advertising Fantasma at this show and didn’t say anything until it started.

PW Insider says Konnan was at the taping.  It’s strange he wasn’t in the Sociedad segment to start the show, which had a hole without Fantasma being around. (Maybe the story they’re telling is the breakup happened because Fantasma and Konnan weren’t around to fix it?) Konnan hasn’t said anything on Twitter since promising that press conference. The creative changes without him are being more apparent – the signature booking trope of the prior era, strong giant rudo stables, seem to be going away. La Sociedad lost three members on the first taping, this tapings had two different moments suggesting the Perros del Mal were breaking up. They’ve gone down the road and turned around before  – the last time Lanzeloth made TV also had Joquin Roldan ending La Sociedad forever three years ago – but everything else makes it feel like it may take this time.

That PWInsider article brings up the Mysterio situation and more money issues. The reports says AAA wrestlers who worked in Lucha Underground were paid thru AAA, with AAA taking a cut of their money. (This is similar to how AAA works with most outside promoters.) PWInsider says AAA was taking a “sizable” cut. For season 2, Lucha Underground started paying the AAA luchadors directly, but AAA has been pressuring those luchadors to kickback the same cut to AAA. The AAA/LU crew see it as their money they shouldn’t have to give back. It’s enough that those affected are thinking of leaving AAA, only the concern is they’d lose their Lucha Underground spots – everyone loves Lucha Underground, there’s no problem there.

The report doesn’t say those leaving AAA would go to Elite, but Elite’s been going after everyone in AAA already and are the obvious alternative location.

PWInsider says AAA has ownership points in Lucha Underground, but not creative control. That seems apparent from the different products they present, but it does appear AAA has at least some input over who gets brought in from their side; there’s people debuting in season 2 who are only doing so after agreeing to work with AAA. AAA’s not going to be able to job someone out in LU for not paying them, but the concern about not being able to work LU without AAA seems very legitimate.

It does feel a bit like something’s going to break soon – but if you hadn’t know there was drama behind the scenes, last night’s taping seems a normal build to a PPV.

 

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03/04 AAA TV Lineup (Toluca)

03/04 Toluca

AAA TV (FRI) 03/04/2016 Gimnasio Agustín Millán, Toluca, Estado de México
1) Goya Kong, Mascarita Sagrada, Niño Hamburguesa vs El Apache, Mini Psycho Clown, Taya
2) Aerostar & Drago vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Taurus
3) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro
4) Pentagón Jr. vs Hijo del Fantasma, Fénix, ? [AAA Rey de Reyes, quarterfinal]
5) El Mesías vs Dr. Wagner Jr., Texano Jr. [bull terrier]

Air Date: 03/12 – probably one week with the opener being left off.

The main event and the tercera feel like Dr. Wagner is suddenly going to be elevated to the main event title match and Psycho’s going back to challenging for the trios titles. Could just be a fakeout. It’d be disappointing to see Psycho relegated, but Wagner versus Texano versus Mesias is a better draw than Texano versus Mesias.

Full Rey de Reyes blocks:
1: Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Demon Jr., Garza Jr., Taurus (02/06)
2: Villano IV, Electroshock, Chessman, Jack Evans (02/19)
3: La Parka, Psycho Clown, Averno, Zorro (02/19)
4: Pentagon Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Fenix, ? (03/04)

It’s possible Pentagon and Fantasma will be coming into this match having met in the mixed title match on the previous taping. The mystery man silhouette appears to be Flamita/Fireball again. The Toluca crowd is always great, and that match is a match of the year candidate on paper. Pentagon seems unlikely to advance because he’s got the tag title match. Whoever else wins this block needs to win Rey de Reyes or come very close. AAA needs new top stars and their best candidates are pretty much all in one block.

The segunda also looks very good. I’m wondering if Anarquia might be another one of those storylines that have been dropped with the the creative change, since Hijo del Pirata Morgan has been pulled out of the faction at the times to feud with Electroshock. There seemed to be two different directions for him at once, and it seems an easy guess Konnan was behind the one that had him part of a trio that was having good matches.  Daga is actually pictured on the poster, but not in the match – maybe they were short one tecnico for this one?

Next taping has to be Rey de Reyes. (Which might mean we know the card before we know who’s advanced to the final of the tournament.) Given the SLP taping on the 23rd and when AAA will need TV, Rey de Reyes is March 13th if they run on a Sunday night as usual for a big show.

Edit: RobViper reminds me Drago, Fenix and Pentagon are already booked in Atlantis Atlanta on 03/13. Maybe it’s Friday the 11th? The Tampico promoters, the people who were originally going to have Guerra de Titanes, had that show scheduled on a Friday. They hinted they were getting Rey de Reyes as a makeup, and promoters usually schedule on a certain day of the week.

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02/19 AAA TV Lineup (Queretaro) – two more Rey de Reyes qualifiers, Mixed Tag Title match

AAA TV (FRI) 02/19/2016 Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro
1) Ludxor & Venum vs Carta Brava Jr. & El Apache
2) Argenis, Australian Suicide, Súper Nova vs Daga, Joe Lider, Súper Fly
3) Pentagón Jr. & Sexy Star © vs ? & ?? [AAA MIXED TAG]
defense against the winner from Cuautitlan. First defense!
4) Dinastía, El Elegido, Goya Kong, Pimpinela Escarlata vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Mamba, Mary Apache, Mini Charly Manson
5) Villano IV vs Electroshock, Chessman, Jack Evans [AAA Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
group 2
6) La Parka vs Psycho Clown, Averno, Zorro [AAA Rey de Reyes, semifinal]
group 3

Air Date: 02/27 & 03/05 – probably need to make the chart at some point, when everything else isn’t broken.

Putting all those blocks in one place:
1: Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Demon Jr., Garza Jr., Taurus (02/06)
2: Villano IV, Electroshock, Chessman, Jack Evans
3: La Parka, Psycho Clown, Averno, Zorro
4 : ??? (is there a fourth?)

The first block will inform the third one: if Wagner advances, then Psycho does as well (and then there’s likely at least one more match with them at Verano de Escandalo, maybe another at TripleMania if they’re locked in together.)  The second block is harder to figure, but Jack might a favorite. He’s got nothing to do with Angelico out of the moment, so it probably depends on if they’re doing Suicide/Daga or if he’ll be part of a trios match with those guys. Electroshock could be possible if there’s a fourth block for Hijo del Pirata to get involved in.

That’s the third time AAA’s run the same exact opener (though none in ten months – those guys disappeared in the second half of the year), plus a lot of trios. Apache & Carta never win when it’s 2v2, hope they’ve been coming up with a new strategy.

The usual opener Relevos AAA match being the fourth match is the strangest thing. Especially since the trios match has an issue, and the title match is a title match. I must be reading the lineup wrong.

Tough to predict the title match without knowing who’s going to be in it. Sexy Star has some high profile press appearance with AAA and it’s nice for her to have a belt for those. Sexy Star has also not been around with AAA much, so maybe she loses the belt here because she might not have a chance later. It’s the mixed tag title, it doesn’t really matter either way. (Pentagon doesn’t seem to be a booking factor in his programs.) Match should be good with any of the three teams who could win the shot.

AAA seems to be saying it won’t be Lady Shani & Hijo del Pirata Morgan winning the shot, since Pirata’s already booked. Fantasma & Taya and Bengala & Fabi are not booked.

Next taping after this is not clear – we don’t know when (or where) Rey de Reyes. If it’s early March, then it’s the next taping. If it’s mid march,t hey may squeeze one more in. There’s already an announced taping in late March in San Luis Potosi.

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02/06 AAA TV Lineup (Cuautitlán)

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AAA TV (SAT) 02/06/2016 Auditorio Bentio Juárez, Cuautitlán, Estado de México
1) Dinastía, Mascarita Sagrada, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Psycho Clown
2) Australian Suicide & Fireball vs Daga & Súper Fly
3) Aerostar, Drago, Fénix vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro
4) Hijo del Fantasma & Taya vs Bengala & Faby Apache and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Lady Shani [AAA MIXED TAG, #1 Contenders]
winner gets a match against Pentagon & Sexy Star.
5) Averno & Chessman vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr.
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Blue Demon Jr., Garza Jr., Taurus [Rey de Reyes, semifinal]

Air Date: 02/13 & 02/20

The Rey de Reyes tournament is back – and maybe in the traditional 4×4 format? – and I’m concerned our favorite man-bull’s win stream might be coming to an end. He’s pretty much got to hope for the Cibernetico Memorial double countout between Blue Demon & Dr. Wagner to take them out. (Wagner going to the finals to face Psycho Clown might make some sense.)

Semimain puts the tag champions champions against their next challengers. Ring crew will need to pack a good broom to clean the ring after the thumbtacks.

Sexy Star & Pentagon Jr. are the current mixed tag team champs. These belts have scarcely been seen outside of Sexy Star photo-shoots. They’ve won the belt on April 19, 2014. They have been champions for 646 days as of today. They have made zero defenses. It’ll be 658 by the time this show comes around, and who knows by the time the match happens. This is all irrelevant trivia for an irrelevant championship. If you can go nearly two years without defending the belt without missing it, then why do you have it? Political reasons maybe, which probably also dictates this result.

It’s not clear when the match would happen; AAA doesn’t scheduled two matches the same night, so one of the tag title matches are probably on Rey de Reyes, and one is a TV taping at some point. Bengala & Faby Apache make the most sense as opponents for Sexy Star & Pentagon. Fantasma & Taya seem too important for this match and already have their own titles; it’d suggest there’s some angle going on if they’re set up against their La Sociedad friends. I can only see Shani & Pirata winning if they’d just like to notch Sexy Star & Pentagon a defense. (It’d be the first successful one on TV since 2011.)  I may be very down on this championship, but the group of people in this contenders match should make for a very good match.

The first three matches should be really good to – this is going to be to an entertaining show, regardless of the booking. Tercera keeps the new trios champions against a group of high flyers (who might make sense as challengers if they’re not pulled into the Rey de Reyes or something else.) Segunda continues the Suicide/Daga match, while getting Fireball on three straight tapings. Super Fly seems to be a new Daga ally with Steve Pain not around at the moment. Minis trios opener is the first AAA TV mini trios match in about exactly a year.

Following taping is on 02/19, as they continue taping every two weeks.  There’s probably at least one more to be announced in early March, as well as the SLP taping and Rey de Reyes itself, though I’m not sure about the order of the last two.

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01/22 AAA TV Results (CDMX) – Guerra de Titanes 2016

AAA TV (FRI) 01/22/2016 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [AAA, Estrellas del Ring, MT (1-3, 6), MT (4,5), SuperLuchas]
Guerra de Titanes
1) Dinastía, Niño Hamburguesa, Pimpinela Escarlata b El Apache, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson
Nino plancha on Apache for the win.
2) Keira, Lady Shani, Taya b Faby Apache, Goya Kong, Maravilla [lumberjack strap]
Keira replaced Sexy Star (injury – she was in a neck brace). Wrestlers from the opener and Mr. 450 were lumberjacks. Taya beat Goya with two double stomps.
3) Australian Suicide, Fireball, Jack Evans b Daga, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
Fireball was the surprise wrestler and did a tornillo off a balcony onto Super Fly. Suicide beat Daga with a Spanish Fly thru a table.
4) Averno & Chessman b Aerostar & Fénix and Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Villano IV [AAA TAG]
Announced as a match for title shot down the line. Instead, Jack & Angelico vacated the titles due to Angelico’s injury prior to the match. La Sociedad interrupted to complain (and for Konnan to mock the people who had left.) Aerostar & Fenix beat Villano IV to eliminate them, then Chessman & Averno beat Aerostar with help from Joe Lider to win the titles. Lider demanded he (and Pentagon) get the first shot, and La Sociedad beat up the new champions.
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro b Electroshock, Garza Jr., La Parka and Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Fantasma, Taurus [AAA TRIOS]
Championships are vacant (former champions are Hell Brothers.) Garza Jr. had an injured shoulder. Taurus, Pirata and Fantasma were eliminated first, and Zorro submitted Electroshock to win the trios title for his team. The champions had matching outfits with denim jackets.
6) El Mesías & Texano Jr. b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown [AAA HEAVY, semifinal]
Winning team faces off as Rey de Reyes for the vacant heavyweight title (Alberto el Patron). All four came out at the start of the show to make the case they’ll be the next champion, with Psycho and Wagner fighting. Those two had problems in the match as well, opening the door for the rudos to win. Mesias and Texano Jr. will face off at Rey de Reyes. La Sociedad attacked Mesias after the match.

Air Date: 01/30 & 02/06.

Attendance looked good in the places where it was open. There were some sections of the upper level which didn’t look to be sold (and not just those completely behind the entrance.)

AAA’s default move is to make the heel groups strong, and that’s what happened here. All three championships had rudo victories and there’s at least two rudo vs rudo feuds. Mesias turned rudo in this same building about nine months ago; it’s unclear if he’s meant to be tecnico or if he’s just outside of La Sociedad. Same thing with Averno & Chessman. They all seem to be out side of Los Sociedad; maybe the change is we’ll finally have a good idea of who’s in that group and who’s not.

Mesias and Texano is a strange Rey de Reyes main event, but they’ve had good matches before and this could be one again. I wonder if the decision came down to AAA not feeling safe trusting Dr. Wagner to do whatever they needed him to do (because he’s a tough guy to rely on.) Psycho Clown still has a singles title, one Wagner used to have, so they could easily still do that singles match if they’d like.

Chessman & Averno versus Pentagon & Joe Lider is a weird concept for a feud, and one that’ll probably play into Lider’s style. AAA was kind of handcuffed – if they wanted to keep Chessman & Averno for the moment, they had to prove to them that it was worth their time to stay there and not jump to Elite – but the tag division is less interesting than it was last night. There’s really no reason for Pentagon to be involved in this feud, his issue was with Jack and this program isn’t going to do anything to help get him where he needs to be in AAA. It’d be very easy to slip someone in to his place as Lider’s partner (obviously Nicho if he was healthy) but they gave no indication of making that change.

The trios championship outcome was the expected result and I don’t have a lot of problem with it: might as well give them a chance to see what they can do, and there’s lot of tecnicos who can be thrown at them with the promise of an interesting match.

The third match sounds like the best on the show – Apolo Valdes mentioned the card was better than it looked on paper. – and AAA posted video of Flamita’s insanity

Keira last appeared in AAA in May, amidst AAA giving lots of people tryouts (and without anyone really sticking.) I would assume this is just a last minute replacement until something else is announced, though CMLL’s weirdness might mean Keira’s indie versus CMLL trios match next weekend may need to be changed. Poor La Jarochita: she might have actually been used in AAA had she waited a week longer to leave.

This show seemed to go long. The opening talking segment meant the first match wasn’t in the ring until 9:30, and the main event seemed to run until around 12:20. It’s late enough that it might effect the crowd response to the main event, though I didn’t see people complaining it on Twitter.

Prior to the show, AAA announced a continuation of the deal with Everlast as a sponsor, with the luchadors showing off their gear.

Today’s AAA TV taping announces the next two tapings:
02/06: Cuautitlán
02/19: Querétaro

The scheduling suggests they’re two weeks of TV each. Today’s TV show also suggested the heavyweight title match and women’s lumberjack match from this show would air next week.

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01/22 AAA TV Lineup DF (Guerra de Titanes)

via AAA

AAA TV (FRI) 01/22/2016 Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Guerra de Titanes
1) Dinastía, Niño Hamburguesa, Pimpinela Escarlata vs El Apache, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson
2) Faby Apache, Goya Kong, Maravilla vs Lady Shani, Sexy Star, Taya [lumberjack strap]
3) ?, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Parka Negra, Súper Fly
4) Aerostar & Fénix vs Máscara Año 2000 Jr. & Villano IV vs Averno & Chessman [#1 Contenders, AAA TAG]
winners face Angelico & Jack at some point
5) Electroshock, Garza Jr., La Parka vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro vs Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del Fantasma, Taurus [AAA TRIOS]
champions are vacant (former champions are Hell Brothers)
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Psycho Clown vs El Mesías & Texano Jr. [AAA HEAVY, semifinal]
winning team faces off as Rey de Reyes for the vacant heavyweight title (Alberto el Patron)

Air Date: 01/30 and 02/06 maybe? It’s not currently listed as an iPPV, though it could still end up as one.

AAA start to patch over the holes from the fall of 2015. Main event starts towards resolving the heavyweight championship, with the winning tag team getting a singles match for the championship. Dr. Wagner & Psycho Clown are the favorites, if only because Mesias & Texano as a rudo/rudo singles match would be no particular draw. It also suggests the championship is most likely ending back with Dr. Wagner Of All People, since Psycho Clown has the Latin American championship. No one would’ve dared to guess that 12 months ago.

Semimain takes care of the trios championship, which has been vacant nearly as long but much more quietly so (because it’s the trios titles and it doesn’t matter as much.) Fantasma, who is leader of La Sociedad, is teaming up with one rudo who doesn’t appear to be in the group (Taurus) and one rudo who’s part of a different sub group. Makes as much sense as usual. In other things no one would’ve believed even a few months ago, Cuervo, Scoria and Zorro might actually win gold because they’re the best of some less than appealing options.  Electroshock, Parka and Garza winning the trios titles as a way of giving them something to do seems also seems possible, and you’d have a natural trios title match with the Daga/(not present) Pain/Pirata crew.

Not exactly sure what’s going on with the tag titles, since the idea previously was Pentagon Jr. & Joe Lider were getting the next title shot. (Pentagon and Drago are booked in Europe this weekend.) This is listed as winner of the match getting a trios title shot, but it would be they get a shot as part of an eventual three way match. Averno & Chessman were definitely going to be in that match back when it was announced back in December and figure to win their way in to it again, though the Aerostar/Fenix team would be more fun. Mascara and Villano IV being on this show makes it feel like AAA’s short on bodies and don’t particularly fit in this match. (There’s a noted lack of foreigners for what’s been treated like a major show.)

Mystery person in the tercera is probably just because they haven’t figured out who should be in Angelico’s spot for the moment. It should be Flamita and this could be the best match of the show. Hijo del Pirata not being in this match with Daga suggests they’re some angle reason he’s in the trios title match instead.

Maravilla makes her first appearance since Verano de Escandalo. Sexy Star makes her first appearance since TripleMania. Mini opener should be the usual comedy. Edit: women’s match is a lumberjack strap match, so it’ll also be comedy.

No taping after this announced, but I’d guess that’ll get fixed on this week’s AAA TV show.

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12/05 AAA TV Results (Neza)

AAA TV (SAT) 12/05/2015 Arena Neza [AAA, Estrellas del Ring]
1) Fireball & Neza Kid b El Apache & Soul Rocker
Added match. Fireball beat Soul Rocker with a Flama Fly.
2) Dinastía & Venum b Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Psycho Clown
Venum was sort of a fill in for Mascarita Sagrada, as the opener got split in half to add another match. Dinastia beat Mini Psycho Clown with the Tulancingo Special. Pentagon, Daga and Lider destroyed the tecnicos and dedicated it to Perro Aguayo Jr.
3) Faby Apache & Goya Kong b La Hiedra & Lady Shani
Both tecnicas beat both rudas
4) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans b Daga, Joe Lider, Pentagón Jr.
Suicide got a surprise win over Daga, but Daga took his mask and Pentagon laid out Evans again. Daga challenged for a mask vs hair match (Suicide didn’t respond) while Pentagon & Lider are still going after the tag titles.
5) Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro b La Parka, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown
Rudos get their first win as an official trio.
6) Fénix, Psycho Clown, Rey Misterio Jr. b Averno, Brian Cage, Chessman
Averno appeared as scheduled. Rey Mysterio appeared on crutches and said he was unable to wrestle. Rudos attacked, with Blue Demon appearing to make the save – Rey still got in a 619. Fenix won with a 450 splash on Chessman.

Air Date: Might be a while. Right now, we know Juarez will finish on 12/12. The Best of episodes are intended to be three weeks of holiday filler, so they make the most sense as airing 12/19, 12/26, and 01/02. That would mean this taping is the first new episodes of 2016, and would air 01/09 and 01/16. Whatever order they go with, AAA now has enough TV to last thru mid January.

Guerra de Titanes figures to be in first half of January to air directly following that show. That’s long enough away where AAA still has a bit of time to figure out where and when exactly. The complication is Lucha Underground is scheduled to tape January 9th/10th and January 16th/17th, ruling those out for a big AAA show. It probably has to be that first weekend of January – 2nd/3rd or even a Three Kings Day show if their luchadors aren’t already committed to other shows – unless they’re going to have a midweek PPV.

The handling of the Rey Mysterio injury is a bit shady. Blue Demon was in town last night, signing autographs at his shop near Arena Mexico, so this probably wasn’t a last minute injury substitution. Rey being in Arena Neza was the big draw for this show, but AAA (main show) TV tapings do very well in Estado de Mexico always; they could probably sell out 6 tapings a year in the Mexico City area if they weren’t concerned about hurting TripleMania’s specialness. Maybe they had a notice on the ticket window like they did for Alberto, but this fits a pattern.

What would’ve happened if Guerra de Titanes happened as scheduled and Rey/Mundo was still the main event and the only match of notice? I dunno, but I’m glad we didn’t find out.

One item coming thru stronger on TV than in the live event recaps is the tag title feud is partially a setup feud. Pentagon lays out Jack (and not Angelico) every time and has started about talking about going after Jack’s hair. It kind of reminds of the Perro/Jack feud from a few years ago, which was a fun idea for the time they teased it and then never really paid off. This is also a fun idea! Hopefully it’ll end better. The other TV thing I’ve picked up is AAA is working very hard to get Pentagon Jr. on TV each and every week. If he doesn’t have a match, he’s running in beating up people like he did with the minis here. The match results aren’t moving as quick with him as you’d like, but they trying to treat him like a bigger deal.

Not a lot else of note. Averno did show up here and not in New York, and I’m now skeptical he’s working any of the Caristico/Elite dates. This show still seems to be building towards the Guerra de Titanes card we thought was going to exist, not the one that was announced (and still might exist.) Zorro, Cuervo and Escoria might need a name, but also seem like a darkhorse bet to end up the trios champions whenever that gets addressed, since they’re a trio and there’s not that many of them running around right now.

Next show is sometime 2016.

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12/04 AAA TV Lineup (Tampico) – Guerra de Titanes 2015

Rey vs Mundo, unless Cena shows up.

AAA TV (FRI) 12/04/2015 Feria de Tampico, Tampico, Tamaulipas
1) Argenis, Dinastía, Faby Apache vs Mini Charly Manson, Taya, Willie Mack
2) Angélico & Jack Evans © vs Joe Lider & Pentagón Jr. and Averno & Chessman [AAA TAG]
3) Aerostar, Drago, Fénix vs Brian Cage, El Mesías, Taurus
4) Blue Demon, Electroshock, La Parka vs Daga, Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Steve Pain
Daga’s group is back to being Anarquia.
5) Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs ?, Hijo del Fantasma, Texano Jr.
6) Rey Misterio Jr. vs Johnny Mundo [AAA HEAVY]
vacant title

I’ll back to the matches and everything else. Let’s go with this line, said by actual (local) promoters and written down in a newspaper as if this is as a plausible thing.

Aunque ya son varias las contiendas confirmadas para el evento, se dio a conocer la posible presencia de “El Patrón”, Alberto del Río, además de Doctor Wagner y ¡John Cena!

Yes! AAA’s not just trying to get Alberto back for one show, but they’re going to bring John Cena to say Hola to all the folks in Tampico. I have a few doubts about that taking place. Meanwhile, Wagner’s on the actual poster too and they didn’t book him in a match. I need a perplexed emoji.

Looks like a two man tournament for the AAA Heavyweight title! That’s a bit non-traditional. On MLW Radio, it sounded like Konnan was still figuring out what he wanted to do and plans were subject to change, but then I have no idea why Dorian announced a tournament. It’s almost as if things are not making sense in AAA. Mundo is the heavy favorite – Konnan’s been pretty straightforward that Alberto was going to lose the title and he was feuding with Johnny. They could change plans since everyone knows (and Konnan also indicated he wasn’t going to have Alberto lose the title in the ring, at least at first, because everyone would’ve known.) The title probably should be on Rey, he’s the #1 guy.

There’s weeks of airing a bit about Hijo del Fantasma issuing an open challenge for Guerra de Titanes, and then he ends up facing no one.

Jack asks on Twitter for no more multiman matches, they build up an honest to goodness 2v2 tag match, and then Chessman and Averno are added in the last minute (and may win the belts to try and keep them around.) Anarquia are really good against tecnicos and are feuding with Australian Suicide for the last few months, so they’re going to pinball against the old rudos and Suicide (and Speedball) gets the night off. Willie Mack’s flown in to work an opener against Argenis? This card is bizarre, just totally random. Everyone needs some more sleep.

The article says this is being held at the fairgrounds, not the Auditorio. TV didn’t list a venue, but even that seems weird to me.

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11/15 AAA TV Results (Ciudad Juarez)

AAA TV (SUN) 11/15/2015 Gimnasio Municipal Josué Neri Santos, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua [@aleskywalker, @andgosto, @TKD_117, AAA]
1) Centinela, Mr. Alfa, Pagano b Aéreo, Dragón, Latino
Dark match. Pagano tried a Brillo Dorado but it went wrong. Aereo looked good.
2) Dinastía b Mini Abismo Negro [AAA MINI]
Dinastia’s 7th defense (5 on TV, 2 unofficially on spot shows) and first since June. Pagano & Aereo worked as seconds. Dinastia won cleanly.
3) Australian Suicide & Speedball b Daga & Steve Pain
Speedball beat Steve Pain in a very good match. Daga attacked Suicide after the match.
4) Garza Jr., Monsther Clown, Murder Clown b Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Zorro
Cuervo appeared as normal, though his name appeared as wrestling on the next Elite show in the Box Y Lucha released earlier that day. Garza Jr. got his first win. Zorro asked Cuervo & Scoria to join him in a new faction (so maybe Zorro really was the stalker?)
5) Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Parka Negra, Taurus b Blue Demon, Electroshock, La Parka
Pirata snuck in a foul on Electroshock.
6) Averno, Chessman, Psicosis I b Chris Masters, Psycho Clown, Rey Misterio Jr.
Psicosis I replaced Cibernetico (back to AAA), Chris Masters was the mystery tecnico. This was Rey & Psicosis’ first match in AAA since 1996 (they’ve met in Promo Azteca, WCW, CMLL and WWE since.) Psicosis first match in AAA since being fired in May 2014. Rey beat Psicosis clean with a frog splash as a tribute to Eddie Guerrero. Konnan joined Rey (in something probably not taped for TV), talking about past Juarez greats – Fishman, El Cobarde, Cinta de Oro, Rocky Star, Crazy 32, Crazy 33, Ari Romero and Eddie Guerrero.

Air Date: 12/05. AAA airing Guerra de Titanes on a Friday night changed the meaning of this taping. This is now the first show that’ll air after the last PPV, and is the start of the lame duck winter period. Sketching this out for TV

11/21: Xalapa part 1
11/28: Xalapa part 2
(Guerra de Titanes happens on 12/04)
12/06: Juarez (one part)
12/12: Guerra de Titanes part 1
12/19: Guerra de Titanes part 2
12/26,  01/02, 01/09: Best of/Year In Review material
01/16: next taping

There’s usually one more taping in December and one taping in late January, but AAA’s news for the year is almost over. It works out smoothly that this will also be the period when they’ll be busiest with Lucha Underground.

No mentioned of a AAA Mega heavyweight title tournament on the taping. Maybe they’re rethinking, but there’s generally not a sign of anything big for Guerra de Titantes. It’s like Heroes Inmortales where you can see some the undercard come together but they’re lacking a headline match. Konnan’s comments sounded like AAA had planned to do a title switch with Alberto (to Mundo? someone else?) and it doesn’t feel like they’ve come up with a replacement match. If anything, that heavyweight title tournament/decider might get added to the card not because of a need to have a champion, but a need to add a big match to the Guerra de Titanes.

Chris Masters is a rival of Rey Mysterio on the Que Viva el Rey show, but they just did Wagner turning on Rey and doing that twice in a short time would’ve been lame. (It’s also more likely Wagner will be back than Masters.) He and Psicosis are working the Que Viva el Rey shows.

I called Zorro being the stalker! I might be correct! This is the kind of cutting edge insight that drives people to luchablog dot com. No sign of Cuervo leaving town, no matter what was listed in Box Y Lucha. It seems like false advertisements and just bad acting for Elite to put those names out there if they’re not for sure coming, but it’s not like AAA can be critical of others advertising names who won’t be there.

Next taping is Guerra de Titanes on 12/04 in Tampico.

Edit: forgot to mention – this was a sell out, or really close. Good turnout for AAA’s return to Juarez with a TV taping.

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AAA on Televisa: 2015-09-26

Gran Apache is a crazy grandfather

Recapped: 10/03/2015

What happenedLa Hiedra pinned Faby Apache, and decided this earned her a title shot. Taya disagreed. Pentagon beat Jack in some revenge for last week’s outcome. Mesias says he’s targeting Fenix, thought didn’t really do much of it in the main event.

What was good: The bonus tag match from UTDN and the main event tag were fun. I liked this show better than the Cancun one, though I may be on an island on that.

Where can I watch it: It’s on my channel and AAA’s channel with an extra match. (more…)

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