AAA on Televisa: 2014-04-05

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taped 2014-03-29 @ Parque de Beisbol Praxedis Balboa, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

Blake headstand DDT

Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita vs Mary Apache, Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie: This was going good early, got a little silly with the técnicas having a 3 on 6 disadvantage (Hijo del Tirantes deciding he was a rudo this week, Cuervo and Pentagon Jr. both interfering) and had a rough finish. Faby clearly got hurt landing on the spinning DDT she gave to Pentagon Jr. and they had to improvise a finish. It was a finish, it was not a good one, and kind of left Drago making a save when there was nothing going because everyone was actually worried about Faby. (Hijo del Tirantes did seem too concerned about keeping character during all of this.) I’d like to see them have another shot at this. Faby’s injury looked pretty severe, especially for something nothing was said about after the fact.

breaking all sorts of body parts

Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Dark Cuervo, Dark Scoria, Dark Spíritu: One of those long builds to a hot tag which still gets no particular reaction from the crowd. They will never give this up. Secta got a lot of time to do stuff, didn’t really do much with it. Match itself wasn’t memorable, but it was one more quality win than the Secta got during last fall’s push. Nice save by Espiritu on Angelico’s dive. Jack & Angelico’s new tag team move was nice.

Fantasma all out tope

Monsther Clown, Murder Clown, Psycho Clown vs Hijo del Fantasma, Pentagón Jr., Texano Jr.: The prematch video package set this up as a Psycho Clown/Texano direct confrontation, but it was generally a house show main event with a tacked on win for Psycho Clown (after Texano had him clearly beat, an odd way to build up someone for a title match.) It turns out that it’s not too hard for Psycho Clown to beat Texano when he’s not actually trying to do it. Also, apparently the rules this week is that anyone can just run in on any matches and it’s all cool, because no interference was called for a DQ (and no one even bothered to do a ref distraction this time.) Tirantes worked as rudo in this match, but didn’t called the DQ when it would’ve helped the rudos, and then is apparently so dumb as to not see who he’s counting. It’s the usual logic breakdowns. AAA’s preference is to get the reaction from a rudo referee over having their matches consistently make sense, and it makes for a frustrating show if you’re paying attention and/or sober watching it. (Hey, why did Pentagon Jr. and Cuervo suddenly have no more problems at the end of the show? Because it was easy to do it that way.)

 

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-29

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taped 2014-03-18 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Gallo, Leo, Starman vs Camorra, Sádico, Shigeo Okumura: Sadico, as lesser Guadalajara Eterno, was more interesting than Leo in the battle of random Guadalajara youngsters. I couldn’t tell why the Camorra/Leo feud was happening based on the results and I’m even less sure watching the matches. Referee had no idea what Okumura was doing at the end; neither did I.

Maximo tope

aped 2014-03-23 @ Arena Coliseo
La Sombra, Super Porky, Valiente vs Felino, Olímpico, Ripper: Lots of Super Porky comedy, not a lot of much else. Sombra seemed to exert more energy reacting to things from the apron than actually wrestling for portions of this match. Ripper lost by failed bodyslam, is supposed to be someone on Volador’s level. Olímpico is still so upset about Sombra unmasking him that as soon as they got in together in the third fall, Olímpico just went to pose. That unmasking was just a thing that happened, much like this match.

 

Scorpion King treated rudely

Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Averno, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión: Straight build up to a hair match which may eventually be happening. Escorpion & Máximo feuding left two of the smaller rudos fighting two of the taller técnicos, not a great mix for action for the first two falls. It got better in the third fall and was probably the best match on the show, but it was not a memorable show.

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CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-22

 

Super Comando versus the buckle

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taped 2014-03-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Sky Kid & Smaker vs Artillero & Súper Comando for the Occidente Tag Team Championship: Disappointing. Sky Kid and Smaker came off as over rehearsed and slow. It really stuck out when they only half tried at teasing their first dives, instead going to their alternative positions, counter a counter Artillero & Super Comando hadn’t fully tried yet. They knew what spots they wanted to do but couldn’t pull it together as a match, and I’ve never seen a high flying team be so slow climbing the ropes in general. Artillero & Super Comando didn’t bring much special to the occasion, outside of Comando’s big bump at the end, and the match was missing any sort of intensity.

Polvora celebrates too soon

taped 2014-03-16 @ Arena México
Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Kráneo, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja: Cut down for time, including Marco somehow going from holding Niebla’s legs to punching Kraneo in the face over a camera switch. There wasn’t a lot of Casas/Rush here to begin with, and the only extended in ring period is the end of the third fall (which also ends suddenly.) The other four guys are fine, but nothing much to write about the match. We need the Kraneo/Marco lightning match some day.

 

Zacarias runs to escape Rush’s wrath

Volador Jr. vs Ripper: Also cut down for TV, though the full one wasn’t much better. Ripped isn’t the best choice for a ‘my move your move’ exhibition, and that bit works better when people think both guys might win. (Ripper needed to cheat a lot more, it would’ve helped.) They didn’t screw up anything, but they weren’t interesting. The crowd came off as more into it very late live than they did on TV.

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AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-22

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taped 2014-03-16 @ Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León

 

discus forearm of doom

Daga vs Argenis, Australian Suicide, Súper Fly for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship: Good opener and good job giving Daga something to do. This had good action all the way thru, and (almost) no dumb pinfall broken spots. Argenis was the weak link but had a couple of okay spots. Super Fly looked better than I was expecting, though there’s no way you would’ve known he was meant to be a rudo at this point. Australian Suicide didn’t get a lot to do early but was showcased strongly by the end of the match. Daga held it together and was the right man to get the wins. If they knew how good the discus clothesline spot was going to look, I bet they would’ve ended the match with it. Still, the interference spot was not much and the match still kept going for long enough that Daga seemed impressive for going thru all three opponents.

 

so many spins

Fénix vs Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa, Último Gladiador, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain, Eterno in a domed cage match: A lucha libre hardcore cage match. There were some big spots, they largely didn’t mean anything, people climbed out at random intervals and I was generally bored. I’m pretty certain I would’ve lost my mind had I watched it live after a 45 minute delay, but it was fine enough for what it was on TV much after the fact if way too long. Niño had no problem climbing the ladder to escape, and might have been able to climb down on his own, but AAA sent help even before he tried (at least as we saw it on TV) and it was a very slow descent. He wasn’t the only one who needed the ladder; Crazy Boy made sure to climb up right away before they could destroy it, and Joe Lider struggled escaping too. I couldn’t tell if Pentagon actually lost his grip or meant to do a move from the top of the cage onto Fenix – his later teasing of death via falling off the cage makes me think he meant to do it. It’s almost as if this stipulation made it unnecessarily difficult for the performers. I’ll give the cage one thing, it was pretty hilarious to see Pentagon just easily crawl back in thru on of the wide gaps on the bottom to help out the table spot. He should’ve thought of that sooner!

 

Pentagon is helpful, unbothered by the cage. (Note the Chessman like luck with the ‘table’)

Cibernético, Electroshock, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.: Usual Jarrett goofery. Belts were found and used to slap people in the back. Roldans had issues with each other. Bad wrestling sequences occurred. Karen shrieked a lot, and then less so when I hit the mute button and then got something thrown in her face again. Texano got nearly beat a half dozen times. The whole end game didn’t seem to go right and took longer than normal, but they ended up where they wanted at the end. Jeff losing to Cibernético by guitar shot would make it seem like this was over, but it was actually Jeff losing to Joaquin guitar shot. That means six more months of Roldan/Jarrett feuding.

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CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-03-15

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taped 2014-03-07 @ Arena México

This was a less interesting tournament.

Rey Escorpion is just leaving

Titan/Felino: Místico refused to fight Titan, then they teased the matchup, then they just fought like it was normal all within about 3 minutes. That’s like four months of matches in one tournament lucha. Felino & Titan got to do a little but this was much more for the other team.

Cometa/Polvora: Cometa and Pólvora got in trademark moves just to have them done, but Cometa got a knee to the gut on his tornillo and Pólvora had his special kicked out to no reaction, so maybe that wasn’t such a good idea.

Valiente/Vangellys: The one Valiente/Vangellys match just felt like guys doing random moves with nothing to them. Vangellys & Valiente basically worked as rudos; UG as a rudo in danger from another rudo kind of works, but there wasn’t enough Sombra/Valiente to get a feel for that.

Mistico La Nueva Era

La Mascara/Ephesto: La Mascara & Ephesto’s sole match was another getting in the spots as quick as possible situation – look, it’s Ephesto’s dive, it’s a campana tease, it’s a shoulderbreaker, etc. Mascara doesn’t have many spots so this worked out okay. The only advantage is I believe the early near falls, because there are only early near falls.

Místico/Reaper: Does Reapper’s snake have a name? Is it spelled differently every show like Reapper is? Místico and Escorpion had a stumble stating off and they were both kind of useless for a while, but still managed the dangerous headscissors to the floor. Every other team was generally on the same level, but Místico was treated like a big star and Reapper like just a guy.

Averno/Volador Jr.: Volador was the only one who seemed to work at changing his outfit each time out. Averno & Volador were the efficient team they were this time last year and it reminds me that I’m still not so sure why they’re enemies. Crowd, which was deathly quiet for this show, was their loudest for the Volador/Sombra face off. It’s not for a lack of doing big spots in this tournament – there were a ton of them in the second semifinal – but it came off as no one cared about them. Or maybe someone just turned crowd mic sound by accident, who knows.

Volador continues to try to detach Sombra’s head.

Ultimo Guerrero/Sombra: UG has to get in all his near falls even in a tournament, as always. This team probably had the two best matches of the tournament. Their semifinal with Averno & Volador was the last four months of a much longer and better imaginary match, and the final was the most complete story told in four minutes. Sombra switching to being ticked off mode right away helped, and they had some good people to work off.

Rey Escorpion & Maximo: Escorpion’s change from complete dismissal of Máximo to grudging respect was the best part of this tournament; I’m not sure if they planned it that way or Rey Escorpion is just smart enough to work it out. It was the only thing really connecting the matches and the only thing that made them seem meaningful.

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