Saturday, May 16, 2020

May 16 & 17 in Lucha History

AAA 5/17/95 @ Tlalnepantla:

Not sure where this was filmed because looks like a bullring setup so definitely not Arena Lopez Mateos which was never a good TV location anyways. Only 2 matches ended up making TV from this taping with the only other known match taking place being a Konnan vs Cien Caras match that the Observer describes as horrible. I can only imagine! Glad they skipped that one or it just aired on the Mexican stations.

El Charro/El Mariachi/El Mexicano vs Jerry Estrada/Heavy Metal/Picudo: Well so much for the rockers trio! And welcome to Heavy Metal turn #18! He had problems with his team all match long and they lost when he accidentally gave Picudo a spinning backbreaker and got attacked leading to roll-ups from the tecnicos. Match was the usual affair with the tecnicos looking good and the veteran rudos bumping all over for them. No complaints when you can get a good match for the short while until the angle happens instead of the angle dominating things and ruining what could be a good match.

El Hijo Del Santo/Octagon/Winners vs Fuerza Guerrera/Pentagon/Psicosis: Santo/Psicosis continued their feud here, as did Octagon/Fuerza which left... WINNERS vs PENTAGON??? Sure! Winners got bloodied up and in the strangest of booking decisions he actually submitted Pentagon (3rd TV match!) clean. I guess it's not a huge deal worth laughing at because the idea was to have Winners strong going into his mask matches next month so this kind of established him as a guy who can mix it up with the main event crew. Solid match as you'd expect. In the third fall Santo went for his tope atomico to the floor on Psicosis but I guess didn't have the right momentum to flip so he just fell right onto poor Psicosis who took it like a man! As always!

And that's that from this taping.

(Fenix TV - "Philosophy")

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AAA 5/16/98 @ Torreon & 5/17/98 @ Durango:

So this was pretty much the norm for AAA back in the days before one venue = one taping. They would take the crew north, south, west, east, wherever and to make the trip worth it you would get two TV tapings with basically the same matches. Sometimes even 3 tapings. This created a nice backlog if they needed it or they could just air the better of the matches from the tapings. For example the Cadets faced the Vatos Locos one night & the Armas Mortales the following night with the leftover team getting the Chiva/Oscar Sevilla duo complete with Space Cadet fill-in and/or local to replace I assume the missing Chiva.

From Torreon we missed out on Cadets vs Armas Mortales & Sevilla/Ludxor/Chiva I/Murcielago vs Vatos Locos.

Heavy Metal vs Kick Boxer: These guys had every type of stip match you can imagine over the course of their AAA feud. Boxing... kick boxing... pseudo MMA... dog collar... you name it. This one was just a regular one fall match just to advance the angle with Pepe Casas & Tirantes getting into it with each other so the match was thrown out. Not good.

Latin Lover/La Parka Jr./Octagon/Canek vs Cibernetico/Electro Shock/El Sanguinario/Killer: Sanguinario! I forgot he was still even around at this point. Had to be one of his final appearences. These are the type of matches that make people drive home the point why they gave up on AAA during this time period and to be honest it's hard to blame them. Just really bad brawling & even the tecnicos weren't exactly lighting it on fire when it was their time to shine. Really poor depth on top here to balance out the top tecnicos they had. Just a complete waste of time brawling match.

Mascara Sagrada vs Sangre Chicana (Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title): There was no specific reason for this... it just happened. My assumption is Chicana asked for it since it was in his hometown. So Pena gave him a title defense against a decent enough worker (I believe this was Alebrije/Kraneo era Mascara Sagrada). Okay match but only that. Chicana was way done by this point unless you were just marking out for him throwing his punch. A singles match was the last thing he needed to be doing unless it was a total brawl and they tried to work this serious style which never works for an AAA audience. Chicana kept his belt obviously.

From Durango we basically got the flip flop so all the lower card stuff. Basically the atomicos was minus a guy on each side who joined Heavy Metal/Sagrada & Kick Boxer/Chicana in a trios. I'm okay missing those matches.

Chiva Rayada I/Oscar Sevilla/Murcielago vs Armas Mortales (Cuerno De Chivo/M-357/R-15): For those who don't remember the Armas Mortales were basically named after different guns. I'm trying to remember if they had a 4th guy but it's not coming to me. Cuerno was a real good underneath young guy. R-15 too. He had actually started out in AAA around the time of Mosco/X-Fly back in mid-96. M-357/Magnum was a very young Chessman who was already showing worlds of potential and had the size that you knew he wouldn't be long for these undercard matches once they found a new gimmick for him. Not sure on Murcielago. Best guess is a local filling in for wherever Chiva II had disappeared to. Wonder why they didn't just put Murcielago in a Chiva outfit? Pretty average match by AAA underneath standards with the only fun stuff being work between Sevilla/M-357. Murcielago was not ready for this spot and had multiple screw-ups. Cuerno was trying his best to help out but you can only do so much. Tecs took the win.

Space Cadets (Venum II/Ludxor/Discovery/Super Nova II) vs Vatos Locos (Charly Manson/May Flowers/Nygma/Picudo): The era of AAA having a million atomicos teams! Pretty fun concept actually but hurt by lack of depth. This era Cadets was the shits. Venum II (Princesa Sugeith's husband!) was just... no. No. No. No. Shameful they'd give that name. He was literally the worst flyer of his team. How do you give the cherised Venum name to someone that bad at flying? This Super Nova was super skinny & not very co-ordinated. Ludxor & Discovery were the originals and did just fine as usual but this was not very good due to their partners even with the experienced rudos helping out. Vatos low blowed everyone to get DQ'ed.

Overall not a particularly interesting weekend of shows.

(Hawthorne Heights "Broken Man")

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AAA 5/17/01 @ Toluca & 5/26/01 @ Nezahualcoyotl:

Oh boy... AAA in 2001. We've reached a time period where I can actually bash my favorite promotion ever. LOL It was a tough time to be a fan. The roster was abysmal for the most part, the booking was all-time stale for the most part & as a Canadian viewer getting the TV from the US... it was usually just crammed into an hour or less since AAA at this point had a show called 'Sin Limite' they were focusing on which aired late at night with more risque things. So any tapings would put the good stuff there & we got the leftovers which was rarely good and chopped to death. Sometimes the 45 minute shows would have 20 minutes of commercials. It was like watching a highlight package. So covering these two tapings quickly...

5/17 in Toluca only has 1 reported result (since nobody apparently taped Sin Limite there was no way to get other results if the magazines never printed them)...

Alan/Decnis/Billy Boy/Marabunta vs Angel Mortal/Mr. Condor/El Gallego/Gran Apache: *deep sigh* Marabunta vs his ex-teammates... in 2001. I get you do this while you are running the smaller arenas with the more hardcore fans since they know him and they know the Diabolicos vs Diabolicos feud but this just made for atrocious TV. This is how CMLL used to come off as when they had Ringo Mendoza vs Javier Cruz while AAA was sending out the best guys in the world. Then you toss in a really green Barrio Boys team who were the perfect guys CMLL fans could point and laugh at for their awful looks to go with their awful wrestling and it was a perfect storm of WHY IS THIS ON MY TV??? Marabunta/Condor did their feuding thing to setup a hair match. Bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad.

(Triplemania actually occured between these two tapings)

5/26 at Arena Neza had 3 matches air... nothing to get excited about though. The unaired matches included Barrios vs Bravos Del Norte (new gimmick for the Cirio Bros I believe) & an atomicos with Demon/Sagrada/Alebrije/Parka vs Pentagon III/Mascara Maligna/The Monster/Dr. Infierno. The latter might have been fun but we saw so many variations of it I'm fine missing out on one.

Los Vipers (Psicosis/Histeria II/Mosco II/Maniaco) vs Los Kick Boxers (names don't matter): Antonio Pena was a genius but also had some real stinker of ideas. The Kick Boxer stable was definitely one. Yes, not Kickboer. There was always a space between the KICK and the BOXER. They were led by... you guessed it. Except he would often disappear for periods of time which left the only real experienced wrestler as Toro Irisson which is NOT GOOD! The rest of the team were ACTUAL KICKBOXERS! WHAT IN THE FUCK?!?!?!?!? Legit they didn't know how to bump or even run the ropes. At one point here one of them gets whipped into the ropes and he just runs into chest first and stands there wondering what happens next. All the Vipers double and triple team moves are basically a shoot because they are teaming up to pick these stiffs up and slam them down. Just a total disaster. At least it was a hardcore match so we had weapons to break up the awful attempted wrestling. WHY ANTONIO PENA, WHY???

Marabunta vs Mr. Condor (Hair vs Hair): Feel the excitement! Or don't... whatever. The crowd definitely didn't so whatever the idea was to capitalize on running the small building didn't really work and if I remember right that was the end of this anyways. Both men bled with Marabunta bleeding buckets. Like 5 years before this these two had some awesome hair matches with the UWA Diabolicos but that was 5 years before... and in front of hot crowds. This was just a disgrace to the Diabolicos name. Poor Marabunta goes tecnico but fails in his attempt on revenge vs his former teammate... loses his hair and disappears. Such is life with the wacky world of AAA!

Latin Lover/Perro Aguayo Jr./Sangre Chicana vs Cibernetico/Abismo Negro/Electro Shock: Very edited so hard to tell the overall match but what aired was just much of nothing. I assume everyone was in relax mode after Triplemania. Imagine going from a bull fighting stadium in Acapulco less than 48 hours later to the small Arena Neza for TV. Finish was Cibernetico accidentally hitting Tirantes with a chain wrapped around his hand. Just a shitty finish to a shitty show.

AAA in 2001 = avoid! Very low time period.

(My Chemical Romance - "Masters of Ravenkroft")

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CMLL 5/16/08:

Fun fact: Actually the 3rd Arena Mexico show of the week! They had a special Wednesday show for the newspaper Record so it was another hot week for the red hot CMLL. Crowd for this may have been effected by the surplus show as a Luchablog archive check notes the lack of people...

Unaired matches included Shockercito & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Pierrothito & Pequeno Violencia which looked good in photos & had an Ultimo Dragoncito crowd dive! Also a women's trios which had highlights air on Momentos and showed Amapola cheat to beat Dark Angel.

Blue Panther/La Mascara/Volador Jr. vs Damian 666/Mr. Aguila/Villano V: Great mix here led to a really fun match! Volador Jr. did an early springboard plancha onto the ramp to take out the rudos who not only had to catch him but also fight off Baby Richard who wasn't paying attention and trying to get in the way of the spot! Monito got involved a lot here including a dive onto Damian. Volador worked great with Aguila who still in top shape at this point. Villano V won this round over Panther. Just a super mix of 6 excellent guys who were just there to entertain. Loved it.

Heavy Metal/Negro Casas/Shocker vs Perro Aguayo Jr./Texano Jr./Terrible: A quick two fall match focusing on Heavy Metal/Perro Jr. feuding which... was... strange... since... they... weren't... before... this. In fact we had already announced Heavy Metal vs Toscano in a hair match the next Friday. SUSPICIOUS! But it was all cleared up post-match when Toscano ran in to attack Heavy Metal but Perrito was still hot about losing in 2 falls to a fake low blow so he attacked Heavy Metal too and then Toscano didn't appreciate the help so the rudos started brawling and in the end we got a 3 way hair match challenge. Luchablog speculates this was because CMLL was worried about the turnout and he may be right. The match ends with Toscano losing his hair to Heavy Metal who then loses his own hair to Perrito (& many other Perros del Mal members) in a cage match the following month. So Perrito in the 3 way really didn't effect anything in the long run.

Mistico/Dos Caras Jr./Hector Garza vs Ultimo Guerrero/Atlantis/Toscano: Standard main event with the Guerreros being the pinballs for the tecnicos but also getting their own fall in-between with their moves as UG always loves! Mistico/Toscano got paired up a lot here and I always liked watching them together. Mistico may not have enjoyed it as there were notably a couple times Toscano messed up catching him and he got hurt. Garza came up short on a moonsault bodyblock and seemed to hurt Atlantis' knee but doesn't seem like Atlantis missed any time. Tecnicos win but no La Mistica! Toscano got to take him out with a dive before the finish! Keeping the guy headlining next week strong!

A very enjoyable CMLL 90 minute TV show. All the charachters you'd come to love from CMLL in 2008 and an out of charachter angle by CMLL standards.

(Gob - "Lemon-Aid")

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CMLL 5/17/13:

Opener of Molotov & Sensei (WTF did he go?) vs Akuma & Apocalipsis did not air. A true tragedy.

Pegasso/Starman/Triton vs Hooligan/Nitro/Skandalo: About as bland as you can get for a segunda with the older guys who have been around forever mixed in with the going nowhere dudes. Triton & Hooligan had a nice exchange at one pont which is really the only takeaway from this forgettable affair.

Delta/Rey Cometa/Sagrado vs Kraneo/Olimpico/Namajague: I guess the biggest statement of this show was THIS ended up being the match of the night. Mostly due to Kraneo who was legit carrying things. He caught a bunch of dives, took great bumps for the tecnicos & did funny comedy with Mije. That is... until the finish where he threw Mije so high up for the plancha that Mije couldn't control his landing and appeared to break his arm. :( I watch this match and think wow look at Olimpico on his last legs. He looks so sickly. And here we are in 2020 where sickly Olimpico still gets regular bookings and kept strong. Future co-head booker!

Fuego vs Vangelis: En Busca De Un Idolo 2013! The one nobody remembers! I wonder if that ties in with the winner being Vangelis? Generic opening round match with both guys getting in their stuff until Vangelis won with the safest Storm Cradle Driver variation you could imagine. To his credit he was working hard here & hadn't gotten fat yet.

Stuka Jr. vs Tiger: Super quick match. That was one of the things that differentiated this En Busca from 2012 and eventually 2014. Those years the matches were a priority with guys given all the time in the world to do what they wanted. Here it came off as a bunch of lightning matches right down to the formulaic layouts. This was just my dive, your dive, my move, your move, finish. Super disappointing considering the participants. At least Tiger's corkscrew over the ringpost was cool.

Rush/Thunder/Brazo De Plata vs Volador Jr./Averno/Mephisto: Not much to say here. Averno/Mephisto were in charge of bumping for Thunder & Porky. What a time to be alive for those two! Bad.

Diamante Azul/La Sombra/Maximo vs Negro Casas/Pierroth/Shinsuke Nakamura: Yes, CMLL was given one of the best wrestlers in the world at the time and had him team with Rush's awful father. Slight contrast in pairings depending on who was in the ring! The Azul/Pierroth stuff was laughably bad. Like watching two drug addicts play fight. Well... that's exactly what it was. Sombra/Nakamura stuff was good and the usual CMLL setup to a future title match with Sombra going over clean.

A largely forgettable show. CMLL picks up big time in June of 2013 but the road there was a long one.

(All Time Low - "Me Without You (All I Ever Wanted)"

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AAA 5/17/13 @ Puebla:

From the days when AAA had 3 TV outlets! 3!!! Very short time period but we had the normal Galavision feed + the local affiliates would sometimes get an extra match since Galavision was a 90 minute time slot & they had 2 hours blocked off + this was the AAA Fusion era! Back when there was supposed to be a brand split but instead it just ended up a random TV show that went into repeat mode within a few months and then faded away. So we were treated to random opening matches with guys who were barely members of the AAA roster other than small C level shows. Strangely even with all that said... this had an unaired match! The Mirreyes (Alan Stone/Elegido/Toscano) vs Perros Del Mal (Daga/Halloween/Ricky Marvin) match did not make the cut anywhere! One has to wonder why...

Jinzo & Saturno vs Angel Mortal & Fresero Jr.: The definiton of the word random. Angel Mortal hadn't made TV in over a year but was a trainer for the company & I think local so that explains his presence. The other guys were probably used based on the little input TVC Deportes had since this ended up on the Fusion show. Fresero was an IWRG dude at the time. Saturno was a super talented skinny dude from Guadalajara who first came onto the scene in the CMLL mini's division in 2009 but then seemed to fall out with the locals tied into the CMLL GDL scene and went out on his own. He looked AMAZING in this match but the disappeared again. He's popped up over the years, always looking decent at bare minimum but his career never went anywhere for whatever reason. Jinzo would go onto become Ronnie/Raul Mendoza until his recent kidnapping. He also looked great here but if you asked me would I ever imagine him signed by WWE I'd say hell no. Such are the breaks in life. We'll never really know his true potential other than random Mexican signee. Very good match with the focus being on the tecnicos getting to look flashy. Angel Mortal was always a pro in making that happen.

Lucky Boy & Nino De Ebano vs Carta Brava Jr. & Eterno: I feel like often people forget how long Carta Brava Jr. had been running around AAA undercards before the entire Poder del Norte thing took off. Here he was another guy fresh from IWRG (which produced many of the good AAA guys) teaming with another fresh from IWRG guy who would have to wait 6 more years to end up with his new AAA gimmick of Abismo Negro. The tecnicos were two DTU kids making names for themselves as a team and always super fun to see make TV. They would get their short-lasting Venum/Ludor charachters later this year. This match was just a total fucking blast and way better than good opener. These rudos are just perfect for basing and the tecnicos were 100% on with everything they did. A must-see match!

Axel/Dinastia/Pimpinela Escarlata vs Argos/Mini Abismo Negro/Mamba: I forget exactly why Axel was hanging around at this time. I want to say AAA was trolling Santo based on a lawsuit. He made a couple of appearences before disappearing again and I don't think any appearence made the actual Galavision show. Argos is a funny guy. Much like his other family members (Argenis/Magnus) - they clearly have the basics down and could be fine luchadors if they stayed in their lane but they fancy themselves super talented underrated dudes so they try stuff they just aren't capable of and end up looking foolish. Decent match outside of the wonky Axel/Argos exchanges. Dinastia looked great and I really miss Mini Abismo who was one of the best minis ever.

Fabi Apache & La Jarochita vs Mari Apache & La Hechicera: Oh god. Very little memory of this. I can only imagine it must have been an all-time classic.

La Parka/Heavy Metal/Fenix vs Chessman/Parka Negra/Pentagon Jr.: This was Zorro-era Parka Negra so don't get your hopes up! Fenix/Pentagon carried the wrestling aspect of this match which wasn't bad but nothing blowaway either. Texano ended up running in to hit Heavy Metal with a guitar so the rudos could win. A fun re-watch to see early Fenix/Pentagon working together and formulating the stuff that would eventually blow crowds away at a small temple in Los Angeles.

Blue Demon Jr./Electro Shock/Mesias vs Texano Jr./Silver King/Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.: Ewwwwwww. This was no bueno. Very no bueno. They tried to wrestle & I think a brawl would have been better considering few of these guys can actually wrestle. Chessman did a run-in attacking Texano shockingly so the tecnicos got the win. Mesias/Electro Shock also teased problems. Very exciting AAA 2013 feuds!

Overall an interesting look into a time period where clearly AAA had different folks envisioning different things. Loaded undercard with youth & upper card full of very bad pairings for feuds & the run-in mentality. It would take some time to sort things out.

(Alkaline Trio - "Armageddon")

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CMLL 5/16/14:

Hombre Bala Jr. & Starman vs Akuma & Apocalipsis: Minus his normal partner due to En Busca De Un Idolo I thought Bala actually looked good here working with Akuma. It was a mix of young guy/vet vs young guy/vet with very little mixing of the pairings which was good since it might have got clunky if they did. They stayed in their lane and had a very enjoyable opener with Bala shining.

Dark Angel/Princesa Sugeith/Silueta vs La Seductora/Princesa Blanca/Tiffany: Sugeith/Blanca were feuding here with Sugeith going tecnica just a couple weeks earlier. Standard match for the women. Dark Angel ate shit on a tope in the third fall. Blanca cheated to beat Sugeith. Really nothing else to say.

Final round robin matches for half the En Busca field...

Soberano Jr. vs Cavernario: Hell yeah! AWESOME! Soberano was not going through but still went all out with multiple dives and a really cool slingshot rana onto Cavernario who was standing on the apron taking him to the floor in a spot he hasn't done since and someone needs to steal! He also did a moonsault kneedrop which he could stand to bring back since it sets up his submission finisher nicely. Finish was craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy with Soberano doing a run-up-the-ropes plancha straight into the barricade and then Cavernario giving him the caveman splash for the countout victory. Standing ovation! How loaded was this tournament when Soberano Jr. was just a leftover of the first round knockouts?

Cachorro vs Super Halcon Jr.: As I noted previously... Halcon had a really disappointing tournament but he did not come to fuck around tonight. He was pushing Cachorro immediatly & even threw his jacket at him! LET'S GO! And go they did! Fucking awesome match! Just bomb after bomb. Sick topes from Cachorro... Halcon nasty DVD into the corner... Cachorro running power bomb ON THE FLOOR... Halcon with the Super Calo dive! Cachorro got the win but I think a definite moral victory to Halcon who just left us all wondering where was this effort in the 6 previous matches?

Diamante Azul/La Mascara/Stuka Jr. vs Terrible/Rey Bucanero/Vangelis: Really nothing to say here as this was in the era of La Mascara/Rush/Sombra teaming with the tecnicos but not being tecnicos so the matches were effected. You may hate the Relevos Incriebles concept that CMLL overdoes these days but if we weren't doing those we would get these and I'm not sure this is much of an improvement to be honest. Result doesn't matter. Waste of time.

Mascara Dorada/Titan/Valiente vs Mephisto/Kraneo/Ripper: What a weird combination of people that equaled a really good match! Dorada was on abso-fucking-lute FIRE in this! Just hitting moves so crisp. Even did an assisted rana from the ramp to Mephisto who was sitting on the ropes! Don't think he ever busted that one out again. There was a tecnico triple dive where Valiente looked like he smashed his head on the floor but continued on. They did the triple dive onto Kraneo... or should I say... Valiente did his tope... then Dorada LAUNCHED himself with the bullet tope to end all bullet topes and actually just demolished Kraneo who stayed down so Titan had nobody else to dive on as the spot usually calls for. Shockingly the rudos took this one for unexplainable reasons but the match itself was excellent.

Marco Corleone/Maximo/Volador Jr. vs Dragon Rojo Jr./Rey Escorpion/Shocker: The usual in-and-out as fast as possible main event. Tecnicos got in all their signature spots. Volador/Escorpion worked fantastic together. Tecs won cleanly to send everyone home happy and maybe balance out that previous match.

Overall it's En Busca season so of course this a show worth checking out! Just skip the La Mascara nonsense and try to imagine having to watching that 3 times a week in multiple matches spread over 2 years. YUCK.

(The Blackout - "Running Scared")

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AAA 5/17/14 @ Tapachula:

Music video includes handheld from the locals match which was not very good. A good lesson that not all dark matches featuring locals you've never heard of need to be seen!

Nino Hamburguesa/Ludxor/Venum vs Gran Apache/Carta Brava Jr./Fresero Jr.: This was actually a normal trios they ran around the horn at the time with the perfect set of rudos to carry those tecnicos. Very clipped up on TV but you got to see the big Cadets dives & Hamburguesa splash to win it for the tecnicos.

Pimpinela Escarlata/Fabi Apache/Jennifer Blake/Mascarita Sagrada 2000 vs Mamba/Sexy Star/Taya Valkyrie/Mini Absimo Negro: How is Mamba always in these matches and I forget he/she even existed? Ah Jennifer Blake! My favorite female Canadian wrestler down south. She had potential, especially after the tecnico turn. In another era (read: 2 or 3 years later) I'm sure she would have gotten swallowed up into the WWE system. Instead she faded out of AAA living in Taya's shadow & left the business to marry some band dude apparently. Her stories outside the ring will live on in our memories forever! Mascarita/Abismo did some fun stuff here as usual.

Psycho Circus vs Daga/Eterno/Steve Pain: What a mismatch of talented teams! Or so you'd think but they actually blended together for a pretty good match! I enjoyed Daga's somersault plancha to kick things off. They really shot it well. The usual clown formula was changed up a bit with the smaller rudos not there to stooge but actually give them a serious match. Texano did a run-in allowing the rudos to pull off the upset win.

Alan Stone/Elegido/Axel vs Texano Jr./Hijo Del Fantasma/Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.: Holy shit. That tecnico team is a who's who of guys Konnan wanted out of AAA immediatly. He got his wish! I have ot eat my words from above re: Axel never making Galavision because this definitely made Galavision. The rudos won (obviously) and there was nothing to this match outside of you - the viewer - watching it and just being amazed at the talent difference between the two teams. Yes, even MA2K Jr. was miles ahead of all three of those tecnicos.

Psycho Clown/Fenix/Cibernetico vs Chessman/Pentagon Jr./AVERNO: Written in caps because this was his debut as a surprise wrestler! I believe it was well known this was coming and who was coming along with him. For a debut he wasn't really put over super strong as Fenix went 50/50 with him and you could argue Fenix was 60/40. Fenix actually stole the show in this match if you ask me. He did his once and only second rope springboard into a double stomp on the floor (vs Penta... obviously) which is a spot you probably want to do just to do it and then retire it because it seems like an easy way to twist your ankle or worse. Unless you have no problems helping your landing by just actually stomping your opponent which seems not fair. No idea why Psycho was working twice. Maybe at one point they planned for the other surprise to be... well... keep reading. Finish was a long back-and-forth with Fenix/Averno where finally Averno barely managed to hang on and beat Fenix with the Devil Wings off the top rope. Literally right after his win the lights went off and we had a surprise appearence by........... HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED! It was Mistico. Or Sin Cara. Or Mystic 2.0. Or as we would soon know him... Myzteziz. He did the superman run-in doing pre-planned spots with Pentagon/Eterno/Steve Pain/Averno. Pretty big reaction but weird it would happen in tiny Tapachula of all places.

I remember that main event was pretty controversial afterwards as in the Observer recap there appeared to be a section straight from Konnan's mouth burying Averno & saying nobody knew who he was which clearly inaccurate and writing your own narrative. The TV footage itself shows people reacting to him & if I remember right someone even had his old mask on in the crowd since his debut was well known to be coming up. If he wasn't "over" by the end it was certainly the booking of the match not helping much as he was just a random third rudo. Either way... Konnan was unhappy and went to town on me for daring to counter his claim nobody knew Averno so that was one of our falling outs. The good thing about arguing with Konnan is he's so constantly high he barely ever remembers who he was arguing with by the time he sleeps it off.

Overall a decent show from a TINY arena. AAA was running a lot of those around this time. The main event angle tied in with Averno's debut is probably the most notable thing you should go back and watch but Clowns vs Daga/Eterno/Steve Pain wouldn't be a waste of your time.

(Simple Plan - "The End")

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