If you had told me last year that I’d be previewing an AAA show I wasn’t looking forward to I would’ve said “so you mean every AAA show ever.” If you had then told me it would be a show following two of the best events AAA has run in recent memory I would’ve probably walked out of the room and just kept walking till things made sense again. And yet here we are. After two straight shows where AAA looked to be getting back into the swing of things, the go home show for Verano de Escandalo looks a lot more like the AAA of February and March. Alright that’s not entirely fair; this show, which will be from Arena Aficion in Pachuca, does have some stuff on it that can be good and only one match that truly needs to be skipped. It’s just also not as good as what we got in Tijuana and Tehuacan on the last two shows. Never the less it’s not Arena Puebla bad so I’m here to give you the preview. Whether that preview will remain relevant tomorrow after AAA possibly changes the card…who knows, but its relevant now so let’s do it. Onto the previewing!

 

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AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship Match

Big Mami & Niño de Hamburguesa (c) vs. La Hiedra & Villano III Jr.

 

What to Expect: You know…I look at this match and the only thing I can think about is how the string of great AAA openers is going to come to an end right here. It was a good two show run wasn’t it? Obviously this being AAA things can change but we don’t know that as of now, thus I can only preview this as the opener and my Grodd it doesn’t look good at all. The arguments you could make for this match is Villano III Jr. is really good (he is), La Hiedra isn’t as bad as some think (she isn’t) and the technicos are at least entertaining (it varies). That’s not enough to cover up how poor Big Mami is in the ring or…hell I’m not even sure how good Hamburguesa is. That’s what happens when you completely disappear off tapings for months on end. The point is I don’t see this match being good at all. Hopefully AAA keeps it quick because the sooner it’s over, the better.

 

Winners: Get ready for a pick that’s going to look terrible in retrospect; La Hiedra and Villano III Jr. are winning the titles. I know this is going to blow up in my face but I can’t shake the feeling, with the new AAA regime and all, that Hiedra and Villano III Jr. are the most likely to stick around out of these two teams. Ergo it kind of means they have to win. So they will in about seven minutes. I’m either going to look like the biggest dumbass since Kelso or the greatest genius since LA Park once this is over.

 

AAA Reina de Reinas Championship Match

Faby Apache (c) vs. Ashley

 

What to Expect: How do we feel about this match Batman?

 

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Glad to see we’re on the same page. And yes before anyone asks I am being serious when I say I’m looking forward to this match. Have you seen Faby Apache in 2018? She looks like Faby Apache from…okay Faby has always been good, but she seems to be even better now that she’s embraced this bad ass rudo role AAA has her in. And while most of her focus has been on Lady Shani, Shani’s absence has allowed AAA to tell a decent (not great, decent) story of Ashley as the young, abused protégé of Faby who just recently broke away. That should give this match a little extra oomph; well that and Ashley’s steady improvement that culminated in her best performance in AAA at the last taping. She’ll have to prove she can work extra stiff in this one but honestly, I like her chances of it and I think this will be a good match. It’ll certainly be something relative to some of the other things on this card the higher we get.

 

Winner: I could actually see a scenario where Ashley wins. Of course that scenario only works if Lady Shani is there to help distract Faby and I’m not ready to bet on that yet. Thus Faby will retain after nine minutes or so.

 

AAA World Cruiserweight Championship Match

Australian Suicide (c) vs. Lanzeloth

 

What to Expect:

 

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I’m actually almost mad at AAA for this match existing and yet not being the opener. YOU COULD’VE CONTINUED THE STREAK IF THIS WAS IN THE OPENING SLOT! Alas I will gladly take this match being on the card period; these two had a really strong match at Guerra de Titanes back in January that most don’t remember because it was otherwise the strongest card of the Vampiro era. Well at least up to the main events when Guerra de Titanes decided to go all final 20 minutes of Sunshine on us. Whatever way you slice it this match features two really good luchadores who have really good chemistry against each other in what should be a fast, furious, high flying romp that’s probably going to be the best part of the show.

 

Winner: Suicide is scheduled to defend the title at Verano de Escandalo just a few days after this show; it be a real dick move for AAA to take the title off him now. They won’t, which means he’ll be retaining around around the 9 minute mark with some unbelievable dive off the top rope. I can’t even keep track of what he does these days.

 

Cuervo, Escoria, Imposter La Parka vs. Dave the Clown, Joe Lider, La Parka Negra

 

What to Expect: Oh look; this shit again. I was pretty sure AAA just quietly dropped this whole Imposter Parka-Dave the Clown thing after the Tijuana show where only Parka showed up but I guess not. The loss is ours because those two were putting on some of the worst performances on some of the worst shows AAA has done this year and they looked poised to do so again here. There are a few potential rays of sunlight if AAA decides to make this a brawl and if nothing else Escoria and Parka Negra should provide some nice moments as they’re both really, really good. I just don’t see AAA getting too crazy with this match given the other potential “crazy” match higher on the card, and Escoria and Parka Negra alone cannot change the fact this match will be a slog to get through. If ever there was a reason to hope the card drastically changes for the better, this match would be it.

 

Winners: Oh my Grodd who the hell cares? For the hell of it I’ll say Imposter Parka’s team wins, wrapping up this issue once and for all and leading to both him and Dave the Clown going far, far away and never coming back. I don’t care where they go just keep them away from AAA, Lucha Underground and the Tuesday and Friday CMLL shows.

 

Máximo & La Máscara vs. Histeria & Psicosis

 

What to Expect: Didn’t we just get this match on the last taping? We did. So why are we doing it again?

 

LAME

 

Dammit AAA; if you were going to slide back into old habits after two really strong shows, couldn’t you have just kept on sucking instead of getting our hopes up?! I know you’re going to course correct at Verano de Escandalo and this will all blow over, but that hasn’t happened yet and all I got is this shit! Alright Cult, keep it together. I suppose the silver lining here is that, since AAA ran this on the last show, they will probably change it this time to avoid running it two straight times. Otherwise this will probably be the exact same thing we got there; a 2015 CMLL tag match that’s not bad, not great and will be forgotten about quicker than Pacey’s girlfriend in season two of Dawson’s Creek. I don’t even remember her name and that show is the greatest unintentional comedy of all time; I have a whole novel describing its hilarity ready to go and everything!

 

Winners: This one is easier than Donkey Kong Country. Máximo and La Máscara take this one in eleven non dramatic minutes.

 

Pagano vs. Murder Clown

 

What to Expect: You may want to strap yourselves in sports fans because I’m about to spew a whole lot of unpopular opinions in this one. Let’s start with a simple take; I’m actually looking forward to this match.

 

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Put your damn pitchforks down and here me out alright? I’m well aware that this isn’t going to be Omega vs. Okada in the Tokyo Dome or anything like that. Guess what; that’s okay! I don’t mind a little bat shit insanity in my matches, which is what this is going to be. I do mind it when AAA does it over and over and over and over again on cards, but it’s pretty clear they won’t be going that route with the rest of these matches so this one doing it doesn’t really bother me. Plus it plays into Pagano’s wheelhouse. The dude is at his best when he can put his energy and effort (which are far better than his technical skill) into trying to kill his opponent and himself, which is exactly the case for this match. And frankly, that’s not even the best part of the equation. That would be Murder Clown who, guess what, I actually find to be really enjoyable!

 

 

Once again put down the damn pitchforks. This is not me saying Murder Clown is the second coming of LA Park or anything. He is however an athletic dude for his size who I’ve generally come away impressed with when watching him, though he could be better at catching a few dives. That would be my lone concern honestly; Pagano goes for a dive, Murder can’t catch him and Pagano then proceeds to go away for a really long, long time. Beyond that I’m totally ready for this match. It’ll be violent, silly, stupid hardcore fun and I am all about it the same way I’m all about Better Off Dead or the Pylea arc in Angel. Sometimes mindless fun is all you need.

 

Winner: Pagano is the bigger star with the bigger future. Pagano is winning. I say it’ll involve a flaming table and a senton off some sort of structure.

 

El Hijo del Fantasma & Psycho Clown vs. Rey Escorpión & Texano Jr.

 

What to Expect: If AAA is going to put effort into this one then it could be a very good match. Psycho Clown and Escorpión have shown they work really well together, ditto for Fantasma and Texano (when they’ve been allowed) and that Escorpión/Texano pairing has just been absolute money since AAA put them together a couple of months ago. The issue is AAA is building to Fantasma and Psycho being in this cage match at Triplemania, which has me thinking this will be more or less a vehicle to plant more issues between the two of them. It’ll still be fine and all; I just wouldn’t expect this to be the barnburner it could be if these two teams were just paired against each other. Of course now that I’ve said this, the match will either not happen or will now be excellent and I’ll be sitting here eating more crow than I already will be for that Hiedra-Villano III Jr. pick earlier.

 

Winners: Psycho and Fantasma win despite their problems, setting up a tag title match in the future. Then MAD shows up, beats them down and we’re full speed ahead going into Verano de Escandalo.

 

And scene. That’s it for now sports fans. The next chapter of the 100 Greatest Lucha Underground Matches series will be dropping sometime today and I’ll be back tomorrow to preview the next CMLL Super Viernes show featuring LA Park yet again. It is a good time to be a lucha fan…unless you’re still watching CMLL Puebla. Till next time, Nathan Drake riding a jet ski in space.

 

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