AAA on Twitch: 2019-08-10 (Saltillo)

no strings

Recapped: 08/10/2019

All matches took place in Lienzo Charro Prof. Enrique Gonzalez, Saltillo, Coahuila


Komander, Eclipse, Lady Shani beat Australian Suicide, Villano III Jr., La Hiedra
(11:14, Lady Shani northern lights suplex Villano III Jr., good, 00:18:43)

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Argenis, Dinastia, Niño Hamburguesa
(10:25, Cota top rope splash Dinastia, good, 00:55:27)

Golden Magic, Hijo Del Vikingo, Myzteziz Jr. beat Dave The Clown, Monsther Clown, Parka Negra
(11:28, Hijo del Vikingo Reverse 450 splash Cuerno de Vikingo Dave The Clown, good, 01:15:16)

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Aerostar, Drago, Willie Mack
(13:03, Super Fly foul Drago, good, 01:36:32)

Fénix © beat Laredo Kid, Puma King, Taurus for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
(15:59, Fenix spinning valagueza driver Laredo Kid, great, 02:00:05)

Dr. Wagner Jr. Psycho Clown beat Blue Demon, Rey Escorpión,
(15:08, Dr. Wagner Jr. casita Blue Demon, good, 02:27:51)

What happened:

the champ

Dr. Wagner Jr. is not retiring from lucha libre. The combined effort of Psycho Clown, Nino Hamburguesa and Hijo del Vikingo pleaded with him to rethink his decision, as did the fans. It was finally Blue Demon’s arrogance which convinced Wagner that he was robbed at TripleMania and he should continue fighting. Wagner continued fighting in the main event, cleanly defeating Demon. This was before the traditional AAA ending of Los Mercenarios beating everyone and posing with Psycho Clown’s mask. Texano took part in the no DQ part of the match despite not otherwise being on the card. Eterno also appeared in the main event, seemingly just to take a table bump.

Fenix got his wish and defended the AAA Mega Championship on this card. He beat Laredo Kid cleanly for his first TV defense after a year.

Super Fly beat Drago with a foul after Drago had misted Averno. Monster Clown attacked Aerostar after his match and the OGTs beat up the other tecnicos.

La Parka’s music and slow walk halfway to the ring was enough to distract Dave the Clown in his match. Vikingo might have won anyway but definitely won after.

Argenis betrayed Nino Hamburguesa late in their match, then declared it was the fans fault for not supporting him enough.


a little bit off

Another strong AAA TV card, with every match worth watching and some great. The unannounced title match was great, though the Wagner un-retirement angle was probably the best thing on the show. There was a lack of crowd reactions on this show; there’s a lot of matches that feel the same but have different levels of difficulty, and that may be a factor. If you just want more of AAA, they’re giving you it.

The main event was the match that broke the form from the rest of the show most by fitting the mold of most AAA main events. Tecnicos got destroyed for a long time, came back to do all their big spots, and Psycho went thru a wooden object. The twist was an actual clean finish, but AAA got back on the well-trodden path by having the rudos beat him up with no one making the save after. There’s plenty of reasons Wagner isn’t actually retiring – no one actually retiring in Mexico being the big one – but it stands out that one big reason is the Wagner/Demon is really over. The fans legitimately dislike Demon, instead of just booing him because he happens to be a rudo right now. Wagner’s un-retirement bit was great and was really over because the crowd is so into him after the TripleMania match. It won’t last forever, it didn’t last long when Wagner lost his mask, but it makes sense to keep running with this. I expect there will be another Demon/Wagner match before the end of the year.

Fenix clapping, desperate for some sort of reaction, felt like a replay of his match with Bandido & Flamita from Aguascalientes. The crowd did come around late as the near falls became bigger, though it still felt like a great match for a crowd not totally prepared for it. (A segment setting up the match, rather the four being thrown out there with no notice, would’ve helped a great deal.) Ignoring the reaction, this title match was a lot of fun and the reason Fenix becoming Mega champion was so exciting in the first place. If Fenix is involved, the title match is going to be great, and this was great. The other three guys matched him. This felt like Puma King’s best performance in AAA, pulling off stuff we’ve rarely seen from him. Taurus seems to have taken something from the well respected PWG match and decided to build in more spots of him just destroying everyone in the ring. It worked especially well for a multiman match like this, and they pulled it off a couple of times. Laredo Kid versus Fenix was as good as hoped and really as good as it’s been in the past. I just was left a bit surprised Laredo was the one who ate the pin. Maybe they wanted to clear up challengers before getting to Omega, maybe they feel Laredo/Fenix is so good that they can keep going back to it no matter the finish, or maybe Laredo’s just bumped into a ceiling he can’t break thru again.

Taurus vs the World

The Aerostar led trios had trouble matching some of the insanity that preceded it. It was still a solidly worked match with some highlights. Super Fly versus Drago is an interesting direction if AAA plans on following it, though it’ll take more before believing it’s a real thing. Aerostar did cool stuff without falling from a high place, who knew. The crowd had no idea who Willie Mack was, but he knows which spots get over with a new crowd and they worked here too.

Dave the Clown, Monster Clown, and Parka Negra aren’t exactly the best trio in the world to get over the Jinetes. Doesn’t matter. The Jinetes have reached a point where they can have exciting highspot matches even with Dave the Clown. Golden Magic and Myteziz had good moments and really didn’t seem that far behind Hijo del Vikingo. It’s just the Vikingo kid still does a few things that no one else can do. There was a point where Vikingo started a Si Se Puede chant and it was totally absurd – we can’t do what he can. The AAA crowd has latched on to Vikingo as a star and he plays to them better than most guys trying his highspots. Vikingo probably shouldn’t need help to beat Dave the Clown, but you pick your battles and La Parka got a big reaction doing literally nothing.

Poder del Norte matches are always good. Their match here was a lesser version of it; like the Jinetes match, it mostly seemed to exist to give the established team a win in a strange fashion. Argenis was fine but is surpassed in skills by the younger tecnicos and isn’t as over as the older ones. I don’t know that a rudo act is going to work for him, but what he was doing at the moment had no chance. (I also don’t know if he’s going to be back any time soon to follow up on it, given how low he seems on the depth chart.) Dinastia lived after the finish but I’m not sure how.

The opener seemed to speed up and slow down for no reason and similarly flipped between each side being in control at random moments. It had enough action to cover up those deficiencies. Komander’s dive looked great, probably would’ve been a lot better had someone caught it, not exactly sure I blame people for not wanting to catch that. Komander may have gotten more over as a repeated victim to Australian Suicide and Villano III Jr.’s big moves. They worked well as a weirdo team here. Shani pinning Villano III Jr. (again!) feels like it should set up something but there’s no setting up things with AAA title matches. They just happen.

Villano III vs ramps

AAA on Twitch: 2019-07-06

sure why not

Recapped: 07/06/2019

The entire show was broadcast from PALCCO in Zapopan. The arena, such as it was, seemed narrow and long with a lot of fans being far away from the action. The crowd was into the show but this would not be a good building to use again.


Keyra, Low Rider, Mini Psycho Clown beat Aramis, La Parkita, Vanilla
(11:54, Keyra Devi’s Wings Vanilla, good, 00:27:51)

Big Mami, Dinastía, Niño Hamburguesa beat Arez, Hijo del Tirantes, Lady Maravilla
(12:13, Nino Hamburguesa top rope splash Arez, ok, 00:51:09)

Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Myzteziz Jr. beat Chik Tormenta, Eterno, La Parka Negra
(14:14, Vikingo reverse 450 splash Parka Negra, great, 01:14:10)

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Mamba, Máximo, Pimpinela Escarlata
(11:25, Mocha Cota frog splash Mamba, ok, 01:38:16)

Drago © beat Daga for the AAA Latin American Championship
(18:30, DQ for weapon usage, below average, 01:57:15)

La Parka, Murder Clown, Puma King beat Dave The Clown, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(8:35, La Parka chair shot Dave the Clown, ok, 02:21:31)

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Aerostar, Pagano, Psycho Clown
(13:51, Super Fly splash → Chessman pin Pagano, ok, 02:38:58)

What happened:

this wasn’t a Laredo FLy

The TripleMania card may have forgotten the Chessman/Pagano feud but he has not. The show opened with Pagano asked for any sort of stipulation match with Chessman, who declared he was too big of a star to wrestle Pagano. That started a fight which eventually included all of the main eventers. After Aerostar accidentally took out Psycho Clown with a dive, OGT defeated Pagano cleanly.

Hijo del Tirantes started as referee for the Daga/Chessman match but was replaced by Piero in mid match for allowing Daga to use the knucks. Tirantes stuck around as Daga’s second and distracted Piero at other times. Daga finally was caught using the knucks to knock out Drago and Piero disqualified him. (The following match also had a KO finish with a weapon and was not a DQ.) An angry Daga knocked out a security person and was eventually misted by Drago.

Nino Hamburguesa again refused to hurt Lady Maravilla and stopped Big Mami from doing so. Mami still managed to middle splash Maravilla. Maravilla was urgently strechered out of the match, apparently knocked unconscious via splash and Nino Hamburguesa left with her. The tecnicos were close to winning when Hamburguesa came back for his splash. He angrily walked out on Mami after the match.

Keyra and Vanilla fought after their match in something that didn’t seem to fit in a storyline.


welcome back

This wasn’t as strong overall as the Wednesday show, but the peak of the matches might have been better. The AAA early match luchadors continue to be talented and have the freedom to show the talent. It goes a long way to make these cards enjoyable.

The top two matches could fit into the same category. Standard AAA trios matches which were professional if not particularly memorable. Los Mercenarios weren’t in the main event and so got an easier night for once, having a simple match before Parka got a win over Dave the Clown. The main event was a bit more in depth, with Chessman running from Pagano. It had a little more action too, with Psycho Clown probably doing the most out of anyone of his team. The payoff to Chessman/Pagano – Super Fly doing a frog splash and Chessman happening to be the one to cover – really wasn’t much for the attention put on it. That seemed like time for a finish to lead to a specific stipulation match but maybe they haven’t figured it out yet.

Daga versus Drago was a disappointment. Drago hasn’t even been a strong long singles match wrestler and this match played against his strengths. Daga was the bigger sore spot. He felt like a random foreign Impact wrestler brought into AAA from years past, with AAA doing a million things to distract from the match up not being good. Daga should be good. Daga came into AAA a long time ago as a guy who was so good at the wrestling part of wrestling that he didn’t need a gimmick in a promotion full of them. Now he’s a guy using a hidden object and a heel referee to get heat in his matches. I don’t know what happened here but it just feels like the whole Daga character is lost at this point. There is a space for a rudo character who is good at wrestling while being arrogant and entitled about it – essentially the character Tessa’s done in other promotions – but instead, Daga has the sort of stuff they’d give to Ciber the Main Man when he physically can have a good match. The knucks spots worked fine in the context of this match but not in the context of the promotion – both in what makes sense in the rules and what is actually working on these shows. This AAA stint has just been a negative for Daga; I hope the DQ is a way to the close the chapter on the knucks bit, but I fear Daga not winning a title here means matches with Fenix or Laredo Kid down the road. Not all of that is on Daga but singles title matches are so rare in AAA – this was only the third this year – that it’s extra frustrating to see them be wasted like this.

but this spot was good

Exoticos/Poder del Norte was a little better than expected. Maximo seemed to be in a mood to do a lot and his partners weren’t a problem. Poder del Norte were as efficient as always and it was nice to see them get a win, but the match felt a few minutes long for this matchup and could’ve ended after the usual kiss spot.

There was a messy section in the middle of the match – that’s where it always seems to be – but it was more than made up by work at other points. They’ve figured out how to make Jinetes del Aire consistently look like stars in these fast moving trios matches as long as the tecnicos can hit their spots. They hit them well on this show. Eterno has been great in every shot AAA’s given him this year and they’re steadily giving him more. He’s always been good and seemingly lacked a strong gimmick or look to get him a bigger chance, so maybe his IWRG team with Demonio Infernal was the best thing to happen to him. The crazy run of moves at the end was strong and Parka Negra & Hijo del Vikingo did well in their extended sequence.

Never much new to report in the Big Mami/Nino Hamburguesa/Lady Maravilla matches. Arez did some cool stuff and matched up well with Dinastia. Hijo del Tirantes didn’t get in the way. The storyline continues to dominate these matches. The story is better than these matches. Mami isn’t listed in Aguascalientes, so this might be the last running in place trios for this storyline, or at least running in this particular place.

The opener was lots of fun, easily the second best of the show. There was a lot of energy from those who aren’t on TV a lot. Vanilla seems like she may have improved on the constant spot show loop. Low Rider was crazy. Aramis had some cool sequences, especially with Keyra. Keyra looked more like a killer than last time out; the post-match scrum made me wonder if perhaps she had been too much of a killer for Vanilla’s liking. La Parkita remains super hit or miss but didn’t knock himself out this time. This was a little out of control at times while still original.

old school Rey Escorpion

AAA on Twitch: 2019-01-26 

explain the physics involved in Aerostar

Recapped: 1/26/2019


All matches were from Centro de Convenciones, Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas

Lady Maravilla, Chicano, Villano III Jr. beat Máscara de Bronce, Raptor, Lady Shani
(7:00, Lady Shani guillotine choke Chicano, good, 00:20:24)

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Bengala, Mamba, Niño Hamburguesa
(7:10, Mocho Cota Jr. splash Mamba, ok, 00:37:02)

Drago © beat ArgenisParka NegraGolden Magic for the AAA Latin American Championship
(10:56, Dragon’s Tail cradle Golden Magic, good, 00:55:21)

Myzteziz Jr., Hijo del Vikingo, Murder Clown beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
(15:01, Hijo del Vikingo reverse 450 splash Averno, great, 01:15:21)

Aerostar, Dr. Wagner Jr., Psycho Clown beat Hijo del Fantasma, Monsther Clown, Rey Escorpión
(16:29, Aerostar springboard frontcracker Monsther Clown, good, 01:42:55)

Cíclope & Miedo Extremo beat Joe Lider & Pagano
(13:39, Ciclope German Suplex Joe Lider, good, 02:14:13)

What happened:

Lider always seems to take the worst stuff

Nothing and everything. There’s really no meaningful storyline progress on this shows. The most you can say is Vikingo, Aerostar and Los Macizos picked up big wins. Those don’t always go somewhere in AAA. They still seemed big in the moment.

Almost everything changed. Between travel issues (Laredo Kid & La Hiedra, mentioned at the top of the show), people booked elsewhere (Jack Evans & Australian Suicide, not mentioned) and Drago listed twice on the cards for reasons never explained, half the matches changed. The matches still turned out well. Also, the Ciclope & Miedo Extremo versus Pagano & Joe Lider match was moved to the main event, since they were going to litter the ring with objects.

Argenis, Bengala, and Pagano all left hurt. Pagano seemed to suffer a shoulder injury on a backdrop out of the ring onto a table. Argenis may have suffered a head injury taking a powerbomb on the floor from Parka Negra. That appeared to be the final spot of the match for both, so they could’ve been more storyline injuries. Bengala’s injury seemed more clearly legit, getting hurt taking the Poder del Norte tope doomsday device on the floor and landing on his right shoulder (which I believe is the one he’s had trouble with in the past.) Bengala was hurt before he got to do much in the match and might have played a bit in the next bit not going right.

Parka Negra bomb

A Lady Maravilla distraction caused Niño Hamburguesa to not do his splash and Mamba to get pinned. (Maravilla was late out for the distraction, which made it look awkward.) This might be a continuation of the long forgotten secret admirer of Niño Hamburguesa storyline or just a way to get out of the finish.

Rey Escorpión now appears to definitely be working his own feud with Psycho Clown.

The English commentary went back to just popping up randomly rather than explaining the context of things in advance.


ups and downs for Maravilla

The main event was what you’d expect it to be. Actually, not sure if you specifically expected a staple in the tongue and broken beer bottle shards laying on the mat for most of the match, but it was the same sort of extreme match these two teams have been handing. They didn’t use fire, though what they did use seemed as dangerous as anything they’ve done. It’s unclear how there’s an easy way to land on shredded glass. Pagano had the courtesy to not die until he was done with the match (a trend on this show) and Los Macizos really destroyed Lider at the end. This would be the time to move onto the next step for Ciclope & Miedo Extremo if there was a logical next step. Instead, it looks like they’re leaving with the win for the next great while.

Monsther Clown and Aerostar came off hungry to make an impression in the (not quite) main event and it went pretty well. The finish looked a little off, but they pulled off the best parts of the main event otherwise. Monsther Clown based for Aerostar’s trickiest moves better than could’ve been figured. The other four weren’t bad, it’s just a lot of what they normally do in these matches all the time. Having a little different blood helps.

all Myztezizs (Myztezi?) must be tossed

OGTs vs Vikingo, Myzteziz, and replacement Jiente Murder Clown was a lot of fun. They gave a big opening to the kids to look great and they did it again. There are some nits to pick; this match was thrown together like many of the other matches tonight and you could see it with how some of the spots looked a bit off. Still, they got the big stuff as they came together and it built into a big match by the end. OGTs have slowed down by a bit, but they’re still really good bases for a match like this and also skilled enough to get amusingly squashed by Murder Clown. They did a great job of escalating to the finish and they gave a surprisingly clean finish for an AAA show.

There was a lot of action in the four-way but it didn’t feel any special. Some of the moves would’ve looked a little better without time to set up them up but there were a lot of moves. Drago came off as the best guy by a little bit, though didn’t get to stand out as champion as much with needing to get everyone their moment. I can’t say I’ll remember a lot of this match later but I guess it was worth watching. I liked the opener more.


The ending of the second match was super flat. Not sure if Maravilla was late, or if they were missing a Bengala spot, or what, but it wasn’t at the level of the usual Poder del Norte matches. It was worse than usual already, with really only Bengala good at working with Poder del Norte. Niño Hamburguesa & Mamba did their usual, which get reactions but doesn’t make for a great match.

The opener was far for smooth. Raptor’s attempted Dragon Lee apron tijeras on Villano III Jr. was a perfect example of something that aimed high and didn’t always get there. Still, they had a lot of fun getting to the finish, with Villano III & Chicano killing themselves every time they get on TV. Maravilla & Bronce were bound and determined to do that Spanish Fly and did eventually pull it off. Bronce showed a little bit of what made people excited about him what seems like a very long time ago. Lady Shani, the best woman, submitting a guy who is barely on streams is the right call but a decision they’d always thin to make.

AAA on Twitch: 2019-01-19 


Recapped: 01/19/2019


Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa beat Lady Maravilla, Lanzelot, Villano III Jr.
(10:27, Niño Hamburguesa splash Villano III Jr., ok, 00:33:25)

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Hijo Del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Myzteziz Jr.
(7:15, Carta Brava mask pull→spear Laredo Kid, good, 00:56:43)

Máximo, Murder Clown, Taya beat Chessman, Faby Apache, La Máscara
(8:37, Máximo triple kiss→cradle Máximo, ok, 01:17:12)

Killer Kross beat Dave The Clown and Parka Negra
(6:13, Kross choke Dave The Clown, ok, 01:36:51)

Brian Cage & Pagano beat Joe Lider & Texano Jr.
(10:22, Pagano super legdrop Texano Jr., below average, 01:50:28)

Blue Demon Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpión beat Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Psycho Clown
(13:08, Fantasma foul → martinete La Parka, below average, 02:08:10)

What happened: 


Hijo de LA Park came out to do commentary in the main event, and of course got attacked in the process. Fantasma got to do the honors. After a long ref bump, Fantasma fouled Parka and gave him a martiente for the win. Parka was stretchered out and the rudos unmasked the younger Parka and Psycho. No one made the save.

Keyra and Lady Maravilla attacked Lady Shani after the opener match, wanting a title shot. Lady Shani shrugged off the attack and said she wouldn’t give up the title that easily. Shani attacked both women and got the worse of it.

La Parka introduced Hijo de La Parka after the second match. Vampiro interrupted to say he had a surprise for Los Mercenarios and to reiterate his challenge for a loser leaves AAA match with Konnan. There was no surprise for Los Mercanarios or response to Vampiro’s challenge.

Brazo de Platino seconded Máximo, interfered in the match randomly, and got taken out by a chair to the head by La Mascara. Mascara and Máximo brawled to the back after their match, passing Averno on the way. Averno was set up on beating up Murder Clown for some reason. It didn’t work until the combined efforts of Averno, Chessman and Faby Apache was able to get it done and unmask him. Taya tried to help out her Murder Clown but it didn’t work.

welcome back to the land of spinning DDTs

The show started out with Demon calling out Wagner, and Demon criticizing Wagner (in a lot of the criticism that could be thrown at Demon.) They brawled until Konnan and Los Mercenarios attacked Wagner. Konnan threatened Fenix and assigned Fantasma to get the title back. Fantasma blew off the loss to Drago as insignificant and was talking about becoming chocolate champ when Psycho Clown made a save. It was going well until, as always, they went after Konnan and got attacked from behind.

Hugo & Jose Manuel seemed to have a new emphasis on explaining the backstory to each match in English and sometimes explaining what happened early. If you were a curious English speaking fan watching, you’d at least have some understanding now.

There was no Televisa commentary booth. Televisa wasn’t mentioned among the outlets where AAA airs.


Dinastia and Lanzelot

AAA is back and back with the same meandering main events. I think the semi-main was actually worse, but they didn’t have a referee die about 30 seconds too soon in that one. One of the goals of the night appeared to be to rehab Hijo del Fantasma, and he did end up strongly taking out both Parkas at the end. Demon/Wagner as a feud still looks important on a poster and fails to translate in the ring. I have no idea if Escorpión & Psycho are really feuding. The camera work was a struggle all night long, but there was a chop fight between Demon & Wagner where it seemed like they were doing their most to miss every chop and coming really close. They missed Fantasma fouling Parka too.

The first about 30 seconds of the semi-main was good fun of Cage throwing people around. It was a lot from there. Pagano hits the Volador Spiral correctly about half the time, and this was not the good half. Cage struggling with his reg leg might have affected the match, but it was just the usual Pagano randomness. Pagano taking a chair shot in the head and standing up so he could catch the chair for the next spot was pure Pagano. Cage & Lider seemed to be confused that the finish was happening while they were still doing things.

Kross should’ve cleaned Dave the Clown & Parka Negra’s clocks. Instead, they had sequences where Kross got beat up and sent out so Parka Negra & Dave the Clown could do sequences not a single person cared about except for them. They tried to make it up for it by having Kross take out both guys at the end but it was a bit too late. I guess I can’t say Kross is pushed much harder than he’s over because this wasn’t much of a push. This was a fine enough match in execution but it was a dumb idea.

cage is strong

Maximo/Mascara had another match. It was whatever. Taya’s offense went well. Crowd was less into her old rivalry with Faby than I thought; they reacted a bit for the dives and kisses at the end but weren’t into the match. Murder remains more fun as a técnico at this point but you don’t need to go out of your way to see Murder Clown matches.

The second match was another all-action match between the two teams, though a bit hurried. They blew through everything, including Laredo Kid getting a mask pulled off to have another one underneath, so quick that it was tough for any of it to sink it. They could’ve used a couple more minutes here to let something settle or to let Poder del Norte show more before the finish. Vikingo came back out of the holiday break with new crazy ideas and pulled them off well. This was a lot of fun, just wanted it more.

The opener had some good action but didn’t totally come together. Villano III Jr. shows some flashy moves and seems to be the guy keeping these matches together, but also seems to exist just to the pins. Dinastia & Lanzelot had one of their usual good sequences during the match and not a whole lot the rest of the time. Camera work couldn’t keep up with the match, which hurt the big spots. The crowd seemed to like it, as they do with anything Niño Hamburguesa. At least this isn’t CMLL, where Piero screwing up the three count would’ve ended the match after about two minutes.


AAA on Twitch: 2018-12-25

the man who won it for AAA

Recapped: 12/25/2018


La Parkita, Mini Psycho Clown, Solaris beat La Parkita Negra, Mini Monster Clown, Mini Murder Clown
(10:08, Mini Psycho Clown Canadian Destroyer Mini Monster Clown, good, 00:18:25)

Chica Tormenta, Demus, Toxin beat Chicano, Vanilla, Villano III Jr.
(14:55, Demus Driver on Chicano, good, 00:39:51)

Keyra & Lady Maravilla beat Faby Apache & Lady Shani
(9:29, DQ Lady Shani [Lady Maravilla fake mask removal], good, 01:05:21)

Myzteziz Jr., Halcón 78 Jr., Hijo Del Vikingo beat Emperador Azteca, Samoano, Tonga
(9:32, Vikingo reverse 450 splash Emperador Azteca, good, 01:25:25)

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Australian Suicide, Golden Magic, Jack Evans
(10:14, OGT double three-man powerbomb Golden Magic, good, 01:45:31)

La Parka, Pagano, Psycho Clown beat Electroshock, Rey Escorpión, Taurus
(17:08, Psycho Clown casita Taurus, ok, 02:08:01)

What happened:

the only person allowed to brutalize people in a Faby Apache match is Faby Apache

Elite won the first two matches. AAA won the last three to win the series. The announcers called it the “Ultima” confrontation, though they may have just meant the last one in 2018.

Rey Escorpión stole Psycho Clown’s mask post-match for no real reason. They’d be feuding during the match.

Hades seconded Samoano & Tonga again and seems to be their permanent manager, so that wasn’t just a dark match fever dream.



The AAA main event followed the normal formula for those matches. La Parka did some comedy, Pagano blew spots, Psycho Clown looked good. It didn’t hold my interest as the 12th straight match I’d watched but seemed about average for that spot. Rey Escorpión messing with Psycho Clown after the match felt more like Rey Escorpión doing something on his own than any angle, but we’ll see.

The semi-final was about where I got overwhelmed about how many things were going on at once at lost track a bit of what I was happening in front of me. This seemed like another good action match with weird sides. The OGT worked like rudos even though they were the home team. That made for the more exciting match, with the “Elite” team breaking out a lot of flying against a good team of bases, even if it didn’t make a lot of sense in the overall show narrative. I liked some of the other matches more but this was still enjoyable.

flying Tonga

The fourth match was well over expectations. Myzteziz & Vikingo are clearly trying to make very match special. It was really the Samoanos who were much better than they’ve been in any other match, peaking with a giant Tonga dive sequence at the end. They came across strongly and Hades did well with her couple of interference spots. Samaono hasn’t done much to be taken seriously to this point, but they might be able to get something of the unit. Halcón and Emperador were fine for what they were asked for. Crowd booing Myzteziz Jr. for existing is not a good sign. He did win them back over when he did a cool move a moment later.

The women’s match turned into the usual extremely hard-hitting match expected from this quartet. Keyra launching into Shani with the corner dropkick and then getting unexpectedly obliterated by Faby Apache was brutal and perfect for this match. Faby & Keyra had a brief sequence of murdering each other that was stupendous. Everyone fought hard for how long it lasted. This was good in a different way than the match the other matches prior to it on the card. Lady Maravilla shows infinitely more personality in AAA, coming across strongly on her post-match promo. AAA missing the finish was a bit hilarious but at least they showed the it in the replays.

a big day for Villano IIIs

The segunda had a lot of action and some errors, as might be figured with a match running as long as it ended up with some inexperienced people. There was one sequence with Demus, Chicano and Villano III Jr. that had some embarrassing botches, but most of the action held up. Chicano did some amazing things and had some weaker moments; he seems to be going a 100 MPH to try to make an impression and get on these shows regularly, which might not be to his benefit. Vanilla had a solid match, which seems notable when it comes to her, and got crushed by the Elite team a couple times. Villano III’s new look is cool and he had a mostly good match. Toxin made a positive impression. Demus’ finish looked killer.

The opener was interesting for the weirdness of a lot of these people finally existing. Mini Gronda moved better than either of the other two Grondas and doesn’t really fit the gimmick besides dressing up in the look, but that’s fine. The rest was a lot more comedy than in most AAA matches, and it came off well as a chance of pace. The new crew of minis can wrestle well enough that it’s not just a reliance on comedy to get thru everything. These minis worked as something different though not something I need to exactly see on every taping.

Chicano flies

AAA on Twitch: 2018-08-02 


Recapped: 08/02/2018


Arkángel Divino, Black Destiny, Genio del Aire beat Black Danger, Mirage, Último Maldito
(5:30, Arkangel Divino high speed Mistica on Último Maldito, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana beat Angelikal, Astrolux, Hijo Del Vikingo
(11:12, Mocho Cota Jr. belly to belly suplex Astrolux, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Aerostar, Vanilla beat Chik Tormenta, Parka Negra
(9:48, Aerostar walk up the ropes double springboard frontcracker Parka Negra, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo de LA Park, Monsther Clown, Murder Clown beat Argenis, La Máscara, Máximo
(11:03, Murder Clown top rope splash La Mascara & Hijo de LA Park, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Fenix beat Flamita & Bandido
(14:14, Fenix valaguez powerbomb, Bandido, excellent, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Juventud Guerrera, Killer Kross, Taurus
(9:17, DQ, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

LA Park & Pentagón Jr. beat Pagano & Psycho Clown
(11:48, Pentagon Jr. mask pull Psycho Clown, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened: 

Aerostar at work

Fenix will face Jeff Jarrett at TripleMania. This stemmed from Fenix making a surprise appearance at the start of the show. He was interrupted, after a false start, by Konnan, Juventud Guerrera and Taurus. It appeared Taurus may have been the second person in a week to join MAD off-screen, but he was more specifically there to get beat up by Fenix. Fenix played at joining mad before giving Guerrera a cutter and cleaning house. Vampiro came out to join Fenix, and explained Drago was off the shoulder after fracturing his shoulder back at Verano de Escandalo. (That was June, they’re just acknowledging it now.) Vampiro changed the card around to accommodate that and Fenix being here, and proposed a Fenix vs Bandido vs Flamita three way match where the winner would get to pick their match at TripleMania. Fenix not only quickly agreed, but declared he’d challenge Jeff Jarrett for the Heavyweight Championship when he won. Bandido & Flamita’s ideas for matches were never discussed and were obviously never going to happen the way the segment took place. Fenix won the three-way match to ensure his place on TripleMania.

Pentagon Jr. pinned Psycho Clown in the main event, after the usual run of fouls and referee bumps. LA Park declared he didn’t want to team with any man in this match and proved it by attacking Pentagon late in the match. Penta and Park argued post-match. The result is supposed to make fans concerned Psycho Clown is doomed at TripleMania with everyone beating him, but the Park & Pentagon not getting along (unlike Fantasma & Park previously) gives him a little hope of the rudos fighting among themselves at TripleMania.

this doesn’t seem like the best strategy but it looked cool

Kevin Kross appeared to have Averno defeated via anklelock in that match, and I’m unsure if Averno refused to give up or if Piero refused to call a submission. Either way, Kross went crazy and attacked Piero. Copetes ran in to call a DQ and was attacked again. MAD destroyed the OGTs after the match.

La Mascara & Maximo’s breakup seemed to finally happen, though it wasn’t the only break up to happen. Mascara accidentally superkicked Máximo early on, then was on purpose attacking him for a while. Mascara calmed down until Máximo kissed him again. They argued, with Murder Clown strangely trying to clam it down. Hijo de LA Park & Monster Clown argued with Murder Clown about that, and suddenly Murder Clown was getting into a fight with them. Murder Clown was clearly a técnico by the time the match ended, pinning both Mascara and partner Hijo de LA Park when the match ended. It’s unclear if any if this will stick.


A much better show than Sunday. If they could’ve combined that crowd with this action, it would’ve been outstanding.

sure, let’s die

A big difference between LA Park vs Rush and LA Park vs Psycho Clown is Psycho is not as good or as willing to go with what the crowd is giving him. For whatever reason, the loudest portion of the Aguascalientes crowd was anti-Psycho every time his name was mentioned. (They were that way when AAA visited Aguascalientes back in February too if I recall right.) Instead of embracing the boos, Psycho worked so hard to get cheers that weren’t coming. It made the match come off strangely, and the same problem is going to exist at TripleMania. The action was fine if not particularly great. There was a lot of brawling, in a tough building to do it with not much room at ringside and a reluctance to go to deep into the crowd. Psycho does the spear into a corner table bit too often, and the tag team version set up here was super convoluted. Pentagon beating Psycho was the finish that needed to happen but was no guarantee to happen in AAA.

Both MAD and OGT came across much stronger in the semi-main here than in their separate matches in Ecatepec. It’s no great surprise that Averno is going to make Killer Kross seem a lot more impressive. It was as much the work between Super Fly & Juventud Guerrera and the battle of the monsters, Chessman and Taurus, which stuck out to make this match interesting. Some of MAD’s stuff came off as a bit clunky, which worked in the matches favor. OGT should be the better trio machine, they’ve been doing it much longer. The finish didn’t make much sense, but it was more an excuse to have Kross layout a lot of people after. Dropping Vampiro & Konnan on each team is going to change these matches a lot, but at least there’s something interesting at the core.

Flamita DDT

Flamita versus Fenix versus Bandido would be talked about as a match of the year candidate if it happened in front of a few hundred people in a US indie arena instead of a few thousand people in Aguascalientes. This was the same crowd that was solidly behind La Parka in his title match with Dr. Wagner earlier this year; they are loyal to longtime brand names and not interested in people they don’t see as stars on the same level. These three guys worked incredibly hard and Máximo got a bigger reaction than them in the previous match. It does not diminish the work these guys did – they didn’t wrestle it like it was an empty gym, Fenix was killing himself trying to get the crowd into it – but it did affect the experience of what it was like to watch this match. The match itself was amazing, an athletic display of tough spots with great execution. It was a lot of big moves leading to pinfall breakups, but it never felt like two people fighting and one guy sitting out to the side. It was more two guys fighting and one guy laying dead from something huge that happened before. Fenix was the standout of the three, showing incredible balance on his springboard, but Flamita and Bandido weren’t far behind and made a much stronger impression than their last match. As noted with the main event, the tight area didn’t give them a lot of room to maneuver out of the ring, and they ended up keeping it more inside it for the big spots, which also kept the pace going an amazing speed. Fenix is obviously onto bigger things (and was obviously onto them as soon as they only had him out for the segment to set this up), but I do hope they keep finding bigger things for Bandido & Flamita to do in AAA if they’re sticking around. This match was one of the best AAA matches of the year, but I’m struggling at what to do with it because it didn’t connect with the crowd so much.

The Maximo/Mascara match was just another one of their usual not too interesting AAA matches for a while. It made sense Argenis was involved, that’s the right place for him. Then the bizarre Murder Clown happened. It definitely got over, fans wanted to cheer for Murder Clown beating up everyone, and I fear they’re actually heading to the sure to be rough Murder Clown/Kevin Kross match. It also was hilarious that Murder Clown’s turn got much bigger billing than Maximo/Mascara drama that’s been strung along for weeks. I don’t exactly know what you do with Murder Clown as a solo or Monster Clown at all, which makes me strongly suspect this is going nowhere in the long term. At least this match will have value for a curiosity factor.

this was very dumb

Chik Tormenta & Parka Negra were really good opponents for Parka Negra & Vanilla in the tercera. I think Vanilla might be just OK at best, but Tormenta could do enough to keep her offense in tact Parka Negra was right there for Aerostar’s nuttiness. Tormenta & Negra were surprisingly effective as a team in control of the match too. Vanilla has obvious to improve on her dives and her headscissors, but there’s something there to work with. Aerostar had three big spots and nailed them all.

The segunda completely comes down to where you go on missed spots versus spectacular spots. Poder del Norte was off, especially early on. Tito Santana almost ended Hijo del Vikingo with a powerbomb, the powerslam bit with Angelikal went very wrong, and there were other moments didn’t look good. Angelikal might have been hurt on that spot, because he looked off the rest of the way, especially his shooting star press. There’s still a great highlight package, with Vikingo and others doing crazy flying, and thinks like Astrolux’s crazy bump off a dropkick to the floor. This was a bit more even than Sunday’s match, though Poder del Norte still won strong in the end.

The opener was another insane outing from the TJ group, feeling different enough from the last match as not to give the some hope of depth. It also felt about half as long, though that still means they’re packing in twice as many moves as a normal match. Arkangel Divino was more center as the focus this time, with his big moves coming at the highspots spots of the week. The headscissors to the floor might have been the most impressive of all the spots. Genio del Aire flying into the crowd is one way to start a show. This is not at the level of the other match, but it was still pretty worthwhile.

Vikingo lives

AAA on Twitch: 2018-07-13 

Vikingo is magic

Recapped: 07/15/2018

All matches aired live from Auditorio General José María Arteaga, Querétaro, Querétaro


Dragón Bane, Lady Maravilla, Starfire beat Arez, Chica Tormenta, Keyra
(9:19, Lady Maravilla Spanish Fly Chik Tormenta, great, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Arkángel Divino, Hijo Del Vikingo, Joe Lider beat Carta Brava, Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana
(7:43, Tito Santana & Carta Brava powerbomb + Mocho Cota flying reverse bulldog on Arkangel Divino, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Dinastía, Lady Shani, Niño Hamburguesa beat Australian Suicide, Faby Apache, Parka Negra
(7:09, Lady Shani backcracker Faby Apache, good,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Jack Evans, Juventud Guerrera, Taurus beat Aerostar, La Máscara, Máximo
(7:36, Juventud Guerrera top rope elbow drop Maximo, good, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat Golden Magic, Rey Escorpión, Texano Jr.
(11:06, OGT all pin Golden Magic, ok, 
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo del Fantasma & Jeff Jarrett beat Pagano & Psycho Clown  
(15:10, Fantasma guitar shot Psycho Clown, ok,
Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

What happened: 

Dinastia and Suicide

The main event was made no disqualification. Juventud Guerrera interfered freely and pulled out Copetes at one point to stop a count. Copetes and Hijo del Tirantes (both seemingly rudo referees) later got into a fight, with Tirantes & Guerrera taking out Copetes to stop him from counting further. Fantamsa then Psycho using Jarrett’s guitar, and unmasked him after.

Golden Magic was the surprise partner of Texano & Rey Escorpión, which appeared to be a surprise to everyone. His rudo partners wanted nothing to do with him, shoved him around after he got in offense, eventually gave up the win to beat him up and unmask him.

Prior to the fourth match, a vignette showing Máximo hanging out with Pimpi and Mamba. La Mascara was upset with Maximo over their results. Mascara was again upset after a Maximo friendly fire kiss led to the loss here, but he and Maximo made peace for now. Jack Evans made his return to the promotion as the surprise rudo, wearing an ELITE shirt.

Shani has a minotaur problem

Faby Apache tried attacking Shani after taking the loss. Shani fought her off until Taurus appeared and speared her. Apache took Shani’s mask.

In a midshow in-ring promo, MAD (Konnan, Juventud Guerrera, Jeff Jarrett) riled up the crowd until La Parka interrupted. Dr. Wagner was brought up by MAD but also mocked for quitting. Parka challenged Konnan to a fight, which led to Jarrett & Guerrea and Hijo del Tirantes attacking with Konnan really never touching him. The OGTs ran off MAD, and explain they’re there to defend AAA and the people. This really didn’t have to do with anything the rest of the show.

In a later promo (with lots of video issues), Jeff Jarrett challenged Vampiro to a hair match. This also didn’t go anywhere. The one Vampiro on the show was an inset interview where he was interrupted by a mystery phone call, and said someone was coming to avenge him. This wasn’t explained on this show.


staring Jack Evans as confused onlooker

Main event felt long in the way AAA main events brawls usually can be. Jarrett did more than I thought when I watched it, but he was really a background figure to Fantasma. Fantasma really came off a star in the finish, humiliating Psycho Clown at the end. Juventud was a lot of help as a Jarrett standing in at times, but the feuding referee thing didn’t make much sense. This is worth seeing for the finish and not a lot more.

The semimain was too weird for me. The subplot of Golden Magic’s teammates not wanting him on their team and giving up the match to attack him made the whole thing feel pointless. A quick match is preferable if the match outcome is going to be irrelevant. Texano & Escorpión are a good rudo team, and the OGT are good rudos, but both of them being rudos made this an odd fit. OGT are going to need to change something up if they’re going to be feuding with MAD.

this is still very impressive

I watched the fourth match twice and somehow neglected to write down a review either time. I recall this as being significantly better than the other Mascara/Maximo of late, because the other four were working hard and didn’t allow them to fall back into their CMLL B-level material. Jack seemed motivated in his return, and Aerostar had lot of wacky idea to try out with all the rudos. There was a lot of chaos in this match, but the end came across well.

The Apache/Shani match was challenged by the previous two matches being pretty good. It was still enjoyable action, with some new Suicide/Dinastia sequences. They’re trying to make Shani a threat by actually giving her a win and fighting off Apache post-match. It feels a little too late, and their exchanges surprisingly more had charges than the Niño Hamburguesa ones. Taurus’ spear on Shani looked brutal. Him accidentally hitting Faby for a near fall is going to get a big reaction at TripleMania, though their relationship still seems random.

Dragon Bane sault

The segunda was not far off from the opener. I have the different grades only because there were parts of this that weren’t as smooth, and even the announcers couldn’t make sense of the chair spot and slow count in the ending sequence. Copetes being a rudo referee when he was playing a tecnico referee later in the night didn’t make much sense. The rest was good. This was a strong performances for Poder del Norte as rudo opponents for upcoming flyers. Hijo del Vikingo continues to improve and felt ahead of Arkangel Divino in this match. He took bigger bumps and had more creative flying moves without Último Maldito around. (To be fair to Arkangel, AAA totally whiffed on showing one his last big spot.) Joe Lider tried hard and didn’t get in the way, though this was still an odd use for him.

The strong openers continue despite every changing group of people. The bigger challenge here was the not greatest camera work, which seemed to miss some moves. These continue to be fast paced matches with lots of action, just missing a little bit character work. I don’t blame them for it when AAA’s still figuring out who’s técnico or rudo from week to week. Dragon Bane is an elegant flyer, and it’s amazing he was getting no attention until now even with an IWRG stint. The Triton-like moonsault he pulled off was amazing. Starfire continues to impress, a little helped out by facing men here for bases, but still pulling of spectacular offense with whoever. Arez didn’t get as much showcase as other but was obviously helping keep the match together. Chik Tormenta always seems to have just OK matches when I see her, but she fit in well with the speed and the impact of this match, and took the Spanish Fly at the end well. Everyone did well and this is another one to check out.

shouldn’t have left those chairs there

AAA on Twitch: 2018-05-31

Taurus returns violently

Recapped: 05/31/2018


Dragón Bane, Freelance, Iron Kid (Estado de México) beat Draztick Boy, Impulso, Low Rider
(7:54, Dragon Bane 630 splash on Draztick Boy, good)

Big Mami & Niño Hamburguesa © beat La Hiedra & Villano III Jr. to keep the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship
(8:20, Hamburger splash Villano III, good)

Faby Apache © beat Ashley to keep the AAA’s Reina de Reinas championship
(6:35, Faby Apache German suplex, ok )

Australian Suicide beat Lanzelot to keep the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
(5:57, Suicide tornillo SSP, ok)

Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, La Parka beat Dave The Clown, Joe Lider, Parka Negra
(6:27, Parka arm scissors Dave, ok)

La Máscara & Máximo beat Histeria & Psicosis
(9:29, Máximo kiss + elbow driver Psicosis, ok)

Murder Clown beat Pagano
(17:33, Taurus interference→ Murder Clown pin, below average, )

Hijo del Fantasma & Pagano went to a no contest with  Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. © for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(9:54, ref stop after Fatnasma walked out, ok, )

What happened: 

Pagano misses badly

(Black) Taurus returned to AAA, making multiple unexplained run-ins on the night. He attacked Lady Shani following the Faby Apache/Ashley match, attacked Psycho Clown in a segment explaining Psycho wasn’t cleared to wrestle tonight, and attacked Pagano at the close of his match with Murder Clown. Taurus wore an ELITE shirt during his appearances.

Psycho Clown & doctor appeared in the ring during the show to explain Psycho Clown wanted to wrestle but was not being allowed due to a knee injury. Psycho was not heavily showing sign of a knee injury and it appears as if he’ll still be wrestling on Sunday.

The rest of the show as building up Verano de Escandalo and TripleMania matches. The OGT did an in-ring promo solely to destroyed by Poder del Norte again. Shani attacked Faby Apache after her title match to continue the build towards TripleMania. Fantamsa argued with Psycho Clown and walked out on replacement partner Pagano in the main event (which ended with no finish.) The broadcast ended with Hugo as interviewer backstage, watching these people restart fighting backstage with the rest of the AAA roster trying to separate them. A masked MAD wrestler stood off to the side watching, very visible on screen but ignored by the other wrestlers.

That was the old MAD live appearance. A vignette, implied to be from this show but clearly taped at another building, had Kross & Guerrera & masked accomplices harrassing workers at a show. A hype video for Kross aired, as well as the videos for Sammy Guevara and Darbin Allin shown recently. There was also a profile video of Drago.


Iron Kid dive

This lineup looked like a flashback to the AAA shows early this year and played out the same way: there was some really good stuff early, and the last few matches were not any good. The overall show seemed good for a while when watching it, though it doesn’t really hold up when I look back at everything.

The main event was an ill considered way to end the night. Even if Psycho Clown was legitamately unable to wrestle, the fans had seen Pagano just wrestle for 15 minutes in an unimpressive fashion and weren’t eager to see him come right back out again. Pagano himself couldn’t seem to decide if he should be selling the previous match, and understanable didn’t have much to do in this match. I’m unsure why they made it a title match, since Fantasma walking out on just made those titles seem not that important. A non-finish is a really hard way to end a show too.

Pagano/Murder Clown was a sloppy mess, with embarrassingly bad moments. Pagano is over with enough of the crowd and seems to be a made man in AAA, and no amount of bad matches are going to change how he’s being used. If this happened in a match where Pagano didn’t have that equitiy, he’d be mocked forever for the moonsault that missed terribly. Pagano’s not lazy when it comes to wrestling, but he just seems techinically poor at it. They gave these guys all the props they wanted to make the match workable, and they instead tended to just to find ways to make it less safe for them. This was exactly what it looked like it was going to be. The good part was it meant they wouldn’t be working with anyone else, but then the main event came.

careful with your arm

Vipers/Alvarados was the same match as the last taping, only with more chair spots. Máximo might have cared less too. I cared less. The crowd didn’t care at all. The Vipers are clearly trying to make a good impression on new management but suffer from not being all that good at this point in their career. It was obvious time filler match and it filled about 10 minutes.

Same Dave/Parka trios match as always. There was some half decent stuff for the others, Dave not being much good, and Parka getting the win. This is a garbage feud that only exists to keep Parka happy. The OGTs put Poder del Norte at every occasion and it’ll look like a bigger win for Averno’s trio for it. Parka beats Dave the Clown pretty much all of the time, so he’s really just locked himself into a feud with a loser. At least it was short.

Australian Suicide & Lanzelot’s rematch wasn’t near as good as their first match. They seemed sloppy at times – the moonsault that was blocked but not sold as blocked was no good – and the level of the action wasn’t as good as previous matches. There were a few ok spots but it was overall a disappointment. There were far worse matches on this show, but these guys have had better matches at pretty much every taping.

Dragon Bane 630

Ashley’s weak dropkicks were a rough way to start of her title match with Faby Apache. It got better, and Faby gave Ashley a lot more than she had to. The crowd just didn’t buy into Ashley at all, and weren’t much into this match. Faby’s one of the best of the world and looked in this match, so there was no way it was going to be bad. It still didn’t work as well as it given the long lead up.

The mixed tag match was probably the best these two teams have had, a borderline good match that made the most of what they could do, and unexpectedly was the second best match on the show. It’s not an exceptional lucha libre match but it was perfectly fun one with more wrestling than they’ve done in the past. It had the comedy of the previous matches, but the rudos also got to show more of what they can do beyond stooge around for the champs. V3’s probably can do more than he’s showing in these but these also wouldn’t be close to good without him.

The special opener on this show was not quite at the level as the last two, but still would’ve been a standout match in the first quarter of the year. They may a lot of the lesser amount of time they had, and it was generally another match built around a lot of spots where the spots all looked really good. Freelance looked as great as usual in his once every few years cameo in this promotion. His dives and his partners were the highlights of this match despite not much room to do them.

AAA on Twitch: 2018-04-20 

this is actually MAD

Recapped: 04/20/2018


All matches aired live from Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California.

Genio del Aire, Arcángel Divino, Black Destiny beat Mirage, Ultimo Maldito, Black Danger
(9:01, Arcangel Divino high speed Mistica Último Maldito, excellent, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Ashley, Estrella Divina, Faby Apache beat Big Mami, Mamba, Pimpinela Escarlata 
(8:09, Faby Apache German suplex Mamba, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Lanzelot beat Hijo Del Vikingo, Dinastía, and Máscara de Bronce, to become the Number One Contenders Match for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
(6:32, Lanzelot double stomp Mascara de Bronce, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. beat Aerostar & Drago for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(11:08, Rey Escorpión pin Aerostar after a mask pull, great, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Pagano beat Joe Lider, La Parka, Cuervo, Escoria, Hijo del Fantasma, Parka Negra, Histeria, Psicosis, Teddy Hart in a TLC match
(13:46, Pagano pin Joe Lider, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly beat La Máscara, Máximo, Psycho Clown
(9:00, mask pull and fouls, ok, via Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Dr. Wagner Jr. © beat Hernandez for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
(7:08, Wagner Driver on Hernandez, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

What happened: 

file name for this one is “everyone’s dead”

The MAD rudo faction, previously only seen in Monterrey based MDA, invaded the AAA show and revealed themselves after the main event. Vignettes showed opening card wrestlers laid out in the back with the MAD logo displayed on the walls. The logo as seen in the arena during the main event, and masked men representing the group attacked both the técnicos and rudos involved in the main event. The masked men revealed themselves as Juventued Guerrera, Teddy Hart and Kevin Kross, with Guerrera acting as spokesperson for the invaders. Konnan, who had lead the MAD group, was not seen in person or mentioned by name, but was teased to be in the arena and part of this invasion in a very brief video clip.

The final match on the show had been scheduled as Rey Wagner/Vampiro vs Hernandez/Hijo del Wagner. Vampiro appeared on the big screen before the match, explaining he was too busy with the (unseen) invasion to participate and changed the match to a Rey Wagner/Hernandez title match. Hijo del Wagner interfered frequently until Vampiro – suddenly not so busy? – came down to counter him after about three minutes. Rey Wagner won cleanly before the MAD angle started.

Earlier, Teddy Hart was introduced as the mystery wrestler in the TLC match but did not appear. The match started without him, with Teddy Hart only appearing in the last moment to help Pagano beat Joe Lider, then to attack Pagano with a chair afterwards. Teddy Hart was wearing an ELITE shirt for this segment, presumably to disguise the idea he was with MAD.

OGTs cheated to beat the Alvarados, and Escorpión & Texano did the same to keep the tag titles.

Faby accidentally hit Ashley during their match. Ashley stood up to Faby and walked out on her afterwards.


Aerostar toss

Hernandez & Dr. Wagner were put in an unwinnable situation. It’s a match that was unlikely to be good, a match no one had been clamoring to see, and a title match where the title was unlikely to change hands. Even if it had things going for it, it was overshadowed by the big angle obviously coming after the match, and by Vampiro running out during a match he said he was too busy to participate in. They might as well have done the angle a couple minutes into the match for all it meant.

The semimain was almost a standard CMLL match on an AAA card. A CMLL match would’ve have a finish with two guys being fouled and a third getting their mask pulled at the same time, that would be too much for even the blind CMLL referees, but the action was similar to what the Hijos del Infierno would’ve done. They started the match hot, and having a relatively normal match in the midst of a lot of abnormal stuff was a helpful contrast, but the match itself wasn’t anything special.

The TLC match had the same problems as all of AAA’s matches of this type. There’s no reason to have the match, there’s no direction during the match, it’s just a lot of prop violence with no meaning to it. The effort was there, Psicosis & Escoria trying to commit suicide mid match was a thing, but it was unclear why some guys were killing themselves and not actually trying to win the match in any way. These matches do not do much for me.

Arcangel moonsault

In their first real defense, Texano & Escorpion immediately found the groove as a rudo tag team and gave Aerostar & Drago a strong title match. Escorpión was the great base both técnicos have lacked of late, catching Aerostar’s craziest dives without a problem. They pulled off the Mistico catch spot just as good as Mistico & Euforia do. Texano got to look more threating and powerful by beating up the two smaller guys. Tirantes was referee, but his role was significantly played down from recent shows; it was Texano who got to look like the dangerous one this time. His powerbomb on Aerostar looked like it ended him. The finish was cheap, but perfectly fine if it sets up a rematch.

The #1 contenders match would’ve stuck out more as a crazy action match on a show that didn’t have an even crazier action opener. They packed about ten minutes of spots into six and half minutes of time. No time was wasted; there was some good planning here to keep the action going with all four guys almost all of the time, trying to maximize the opportunity. Like the opener, it was so frantic that it was tough for any one to stand out, and Lanzelot seemed like he won just because he was the last man surviving at the end. The Spanish Fly to the floor spot here seemed more risky the one earlier, and it’s amazing there were two of those on the same show.

Texano grounds Aerostar

The usual Pimpinela/Mamba tag match isn’t something I like to see in normal occasions. It was in a worse spot to follow the opener, though nothing was going to follow that. It was fine by it’s own standards, and at least they moved along the Ashley/Faby storyline (far quicker than I was expecting.)

The guys in the opener have been doing crazy matches for a while. The Crash adding foreigners and trying to move up some of these guys has meant the four core guys haven’t worked as much in the last years as they were before. Putting them back together created some incredible magic, exceeding the high expectations people had for that match. Even the stuff they’ve done before, like the doomsday tope, came off bigger here. (Getting to see it on actual cameras helps a lot.) The volume of big spots were incredible; I think Arcangel & Maldito had the best night of everyone, but there was so much stuff that I might have missed someone being even more incredible. This is a match you need to go out of your way to see.

Fantasma tope

AAA on Twitch: 2018-03-25 

Parka Negra is good, needs to remember to strut

Recapped: 03/25/2018


Ashley & Estrella Divina beat Mamba & Pimpinela Escarlata  
(10:54, Estrella Divina pin Mamba, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Drago & Aerostar beat Monsther Clown & Murder Clown and Joe Lider & Mr. Águila
(13:04, Dragon’s Lair cradle Mr. Aguila, ok, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr. beat Dark Cuervo & Dark Scoria ©   for the AAA World Tag Team Championship
(17:08, Texano Jr. Tornado Texano Cuervo, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Hijo del Fantasma © beat  La Parka Negra for the AAA Latin American Championship
(13:57, Hijo del Fantasma Thrill of the Kill while Blue Demon submitted Wagner, good, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

Máximo, Pagano, Psycho Clown beat Averno, Chessman, Súper Fly
(17:16, DQ for Murder Clown shoving the referee, OK, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch))

Blue Demon Jr., Hernandez, Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Dr. Wagner Jr., La Parka, Vampiro
(24:00, Hernandez pin Parka as Demon submitted Wagner, below average, Lucha Libre AAA (Twitch) )

What happened:

GIF’d this to be sure it happened

Vampiro took a piledriver on a chair from Hijo del Wagner and was stretched out. Vampiro had earlier on Facebook said he’d no longer be wrestling on TV, and this seemed to be the explanation for his exit (or all of it’s part of a story to set up his return.) The match continued as Vampiro was strechered out. Dr. Wagner Jr. had issued an open challenge for his title to start the show, and Hijo del Wagner seemed to want to challenge himself or for Blue Demon after the main event and even had the microphone, but never got to say anything.

OGT apparently lit a La Mascara mask on fire. Máximo & Psycho Clown saw the fire and ran away. There was a cut away to a disoriented looking Pagano. In the ring, Averno said La Mascara wasn’t here, so he wanted the trios match called off. Pagano showed up to finish the match. The thing is Pagano was listed on the card as being in the match the entire time (La Mascara had a booking elsewhere), so the bit made no sense to anyone who had seem the poster. Maybe it’ll work on TV.

this probably should’ve been an injury storyline too, instead of something where he’ll be back on the next taping

Neither tag title match was announced ahead of time, though they were definitely decided before the show because Vampiro was promoting the idea of having two title matches.

Rey Escorpión took out the ref bump before the finish, then fouled Cuervo before each man landed their finishing move. Drago & Aerostar asked for a tag title shot in Tijuana.

Divina stole the pin from Ashley, and Ashley was unhappy about it.


Aerostar being Aerostar

The main event looked like it was going to be bad, and went badly. Vmaprio seemed to start his comeback sooner than the expected in the match, and that threw things on. He was protected on the piledriver spot, but they should’ve shot in a way here we didn’t see the protection because it made it hard to take as a serious injury spot. Hijo del Wagner is trying to stand out but it’s not really happening yet. He’s not the worst son of a wrestler to get a big push, he’s just not justifying this one so far. Parka showed up in street clothes and put in little effort. Dr. Wagner Jr. & Blue Demon have presence but can’t do enough to fill up all the time in this one, and Hernandez working super light to not hurt the old men doesn’t help him either. This was a long waste of time for one injury spot.

The semimain was a replay of the OGT/Alvarado match from San Luis Potosi with Pagano plugged into La Mascara’s spot. There’s no reason to expect a lot of creativity when they’re doing the same matches in a short time. It’s the same problem CMLL has with all it’s streams, though they have a bigger roster to at least plug in different random combinations of people. This was about as fine as the other match was, and there not being a big drop off from La Mascara to Pagano is probably not a great sign for La Mascara. The powerbomb spot at the end was impressive, though there’s nothing good that can come out of Murder Clown & Pagano.

good angle, maybe not great catch

Fantasma/Parka Negra was a pure title match in a promotion that doesn’t give them all that often. Fantasma took a lot of the match, especially early on, but Parka Negra looked good when he could find ways to get shots in and helped make it an interesting match. This did more for Parka Negra in a loss than the bad battle royal (which set up this title shot) did for him in a win. Fantasma also getting to have a good match and being without Tirantes or a fork was a happy change of pace, and he also looked more impressive with the win. I wish we got more of these matches in AAA, I’m glad we got at least got this one.

The tag title match was slower than you’d expect with the rudos in charge early. It made more sense when it turned out they were going so long. There wasn’t a lot of interesting story here, and Texano & Escorpión don’t do anything that really feels like a team, but it did have a lot of simultaneous near falls spots that came off as dramatic. Cuervo & Scoria survived an awful lot and got in once close near fall before the end. This was a length match and the crowd was quite for part of it, it still came off good.

a big powerbomb

The three way tag was an unending bit of one person doing a move to a second, and a third person there to break it up. Somehow, even though it shouldn’t be possible, it felt like a Traidor Clown was in at all times. They dominated the action, with the other teams getting less moments. That format worked better with the San Luis Potosi match, and just felt like it existed at an unending even level with no peaks or valleys outside the dive spots. At least the right team won and might get to go onto to doing something interesting away form these other teams.

This matches haven’t gotten particularly good despite happening frequently Mamba’s making improvements as a tecnica and seems to enjoy being able to d more varies offense now that she’s not working against Pimpi most of the time. They did play off the other finishes for people who are really paying attention. The match felt long, maybe as a result of trying to build on all that came before. It’s surprising the Pimpinela/Mamba team lost in Monterrey of all places but I’m fine with having a different finish.