AAA’s grand return to doing streamed shows has come and gone sports fans and, because I didn’t get to view all of it until later, the review of the show will now be condensed into a results report. It’s better this way as it means I can get something out tonight as opposed to some point tomorrow. That’s a good thing because this AAA show from Puebla, like many other AAA shows this year, was a lot of fun. It wasn’t an all time great 2019 show from the promotion, but everything was watchable, two things in particular were really good and we got some nice buildup for the Hulu Theater show in New York next week to go along with the debuts of some old characters with new people essaying them. We also learned that Kenny Omega vs. Fenix is likely happening at Heroes Inmortales in October, which is AWESOME! But we’ll worry about that at a later time. If you missed all of AAA’s fun tonight, here’s what happened.
Chik Tormenta, Low Rider, Toxin defeated Aramis, Draztick Boy, La Parkita after Tormenta pinned Parkita with a Sitout Powerbomb. This was the best match on the show and maybe the best AAA opener this year. And that’s saying something because AAA openers are generally good at worst and super great at best. This was on the best spectrum, with tons of craziness as everyone came out of it looking great. Low Rider and La Parkita had more consistent nights than usual, Draztick Boy was solid and, as expected, Aramis, Tormenta and Toxin (in for Latigo) were world class. Aramis and Toxin in particular worked incredibly well together early in the match, setting the tone for what was to come. One hell of a good time.
Hijo del Vikingo was attacked by Averno after a promo; La Parka and Myzteziz Jr. ran down to make the save, only for Argenis to appear and lay out Parka and Myzteziz. This was all to start a feud between Myzteziz and the newly minted rudo Argenis, who believes Myzteziz stole the gimmick from Argenis’ brother Carístico (who was in fact the original Myzteziz in AAA back in 2014-2015). This served its purpose, though it wasn’t anything you’ll remember going forward after AAA basically replayed the angle later in the show.
Carta Brava Jr., Mocho Cota Jr., Tito Santana defeated Bengala, Dinastia, Eclipse after Cota pinned Eclipse with a Frog Splash following a corner clothesline/knee attack/dropkick combo from Cota, Santana and Brava. A very good match, though not quite the opener. The new Bengala is Arkángel Divino, who has had several impressive showings in AAA the past few years. He had a very strong performance here, arguably better than some of his outings under his own gimmick and in my opinion outperformed his partners Dinastia and Eclipse, who were solid but generally unspectacular. The story was once again Poder del Norte, who are incapable of having good performances at this point and once again stood out amongst the pack, both with their basing and their great triple team offense.
Big Mami, Lady Shani, Octagón Jr. defeated Abismo Negro Jr., La Hiedra, Villano III Jr. after Octagón Jr. pinned Abismo Negro Jr. with a Moonsault Fallaway Slam off the top rope. Octagón Jr. (now the third in AAA history) is Golden Magic, one third of the AAA Trios Champions with Hijo del Vikingo and Myzteziz Jr., while Abismo Negro Jr. is IWRG star Eterno. This match took a bit but it got really good at the end, especially as Octagón Jr. and Abismo Negro Jr. found their footing. Both have long been talented under their old gimmicks and while this wasn’t a complete performance from either they did enough to make you excited for their new gimmicks going forward. Meanwhile Big Mami was entertaining as always and Lady Shani and La Hiedra stiffed each other in some well done sequences. Only Villano III Jr. seemed to have an off night, with no one around to unfortunately do crazy things with him. A good match.
Ortiz & Santana defeated Laredo Kid & Myzteziz Jr. and Arez & Daga after Ortiz pinned Arez following a double facebuster by him and Santana. Myzteziz Jr. was in for Hijo del Vikingo and was attacked after the match by Argenis in a similar angle to earlier in the show, complete with La Parka coming out to make the save. This match was, on paper, the Match of the Night and instead wound up being the weakest match on the show. It was not due to lack of effort; all six luchadores tried hard and had some killer ideas. Unfortunately the execution wasn’t there, with Arez and Laredo Kid both having off nights during a few key spots. Still this wasn’t anywhere near a bad match and would’ve lived up to its potential if they had gotten in what they wanted. Most importantly LAX got the victory to set them up strongly for their match against The Lucha Brothers next Sunday in the Hulu Theater.
Averno, Chessman, Texano Jr. defeated Aerostar, Murder Clown, Niño Hamburguesa after Texano pinned Murder Clown after he unmasked Murder off a distraction by La Hiedra. A very, very good match, better than I anticipated going in. It’s very rare that Aerostar isn’t the top star on his team but this was one of those times, with Aerostar keeping the craziness to a minimum and taking a backseat to his partners. It worked out as Hamburguesa had a strong night and Murder Clown looked like a world beater, flying around everywhere and tossing the rudos around like rag dolls. Averno, Chessman and Texano didn’t have much offense of note, but they sold like crazy for the technicos (especially Murder) and made all three look great. A potential Murder Clown-Texano feud would be interesting, but it remains to be seen if the finish set that up or if this was just a one off.
Drago, Psycho Clown, Taya defeated Ayako Hamada, Blue Demon Jr., Rey Escorpión after Psycho pinned Escorpión with a Yoshitonic. Dr. Wagner Jr. interfered towards the end and attack Blue Demon Jr.’s hand with a hammer, playing off their Triplemania match. This match wasn’t as good as that but it was excellent and easily the second best thing on this show. Hamada and Taya did indeed bring a new element to this match like I expected and their chemistry was once again off the charts; AAA would be wise to book them against each other in a one on one match down the road. Meanwhile Drago did a fine job carrying Demon and the Psycho/Escorpión sequences crackled as always. This would’ve been a strong showing as is but Wagner’s run in and the Triplemania callback really put this over the top and got the crowd super hot for the finish. A great way to close the show and set up Wagner-Demon for the Hulu Theater next Sunday.