AAA’s Verano de Escandalo card was already pretty interesting when the lucha libre power announced it a few weeks ago. Now it’s just plain ridiculous. This past Friday AAA announced a few changes to the card, starting with changing the main event from a triple threat match between Rey Mysterio Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr. and one of the many Luchador Sorpresas advertised for the show to a straight up one on one match between Mysterio and Wagner for the AAA Mega Championship. The contest, pitting two of the biggest legends of lucha libre against each other for the first time in singles action, could easily wind up being AAA’s biggest match of the year, even compared to the Fatal Four Way Apuesta Match scheduled for Triplemania in August.
The fun doesn’t end there though as AAA has revealed all but one of the remaining Luchadore Sorpresas. The biggest one is arguably Brian Cage, who will team with Rey Escorpion to take on Psycho Clown and El Hijo del Fantasma. This will be the Lucha Underground/Impact star’s first appearance with AAA since November of 2016, when he wrapped up a highly successful two year run with the promotion that saw him form the hated Team Trump stable and compete in the semi-main event of back to back Triplemania’s. It also continues to signal the growing influence of the returning Konnan, who was largely responsible for bringing Cage in during his first AAA stay and used him extensively in The Crash. In addition to Cage, Killer Kross will return to team with MAD member Juventud Guerrera and Texano Jr. against Pagano, La Mascara and Maximo, budding US indie star Darby Allin will battle for the AAA Cruiserweight Championship against champion Australian Suicide (provided he successfully defends the gold against Lanzeloth on May 31st), Aerostar, Drago and fellow newcomer Sammy Guevara and Black Danger (one of the many impressive young stars from AAA’s Tijuana opener) will compete in the second match (teaming with La Hiedra and the lone Luchadore Sorpresa listed against Lady Shani, Mamba and Pimpinela Escarlata).
Oops; I almost forgot the opener! That perhaps features the most exciting gets for AAA, as it sees Hijo del Vikingo and Dinastia team with returning Tijuana star Arcangel Divino and luchadora Star Fire against another returning Tijuana star Ultimo Maltido and new comers Arez, Belial and Lady Maravilla. Both Arez and Belial will be making returns to AAA (having wrestled a few tryout matches before latching onto the Mexican independent scene) while Star Fire, a CMLL trainee who wrestled for legendary promotion from 2009-2010, will be making her AAA. The biggest surprise however is Maravilla, who has been wrestling for CMLL over the past year and just worked in Arena Coliseo for the promotion last night. As of this writing Maravilla has denied she is leaving CMLL for AAA; if she is indeed making the jump, it would be get another great pickup for AAA. as the 23 year old Maravilla (who briefly wrestled for AAA in 2016) is one of the best young luchadoras wrestling in Mexico today.
AAA’s Verano de Escandalo show will be on June 3rd from Monterrey and will be shown live on Twitch. Lucha Central will have full coverage of the event and any updates concerning the show over the next few weeks.