Welcome to the weekly roundup of AAA news and wrestling action. AAA announced a partnership with All Elite Wrestling, Rey de Reyes has a 2019 date, AAA has an additional home on Mexican TV, and Gira de Conquista featured another go around of AAA vs Elite.
AAA partnering with AEW
All Elite Wrestling has been making news with major signings. Add AAA talent to the potential AEW roster. Dorian Roldan, GM of AAA, announced that the two promotions have formed an alliance and agreed to share talent.
Being as this is the AAA Roundup, the line that caught my attention most was, “We hope to see them soon in Mexico.” Could Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks show up in AAA? That would be super cool, in my fan opinion. Realistically, if AEW did ship talent down south, then it would most likely be for the biggest show of the year, Triplemania, in August.
That hasn’t stopped AAA talent from fantasy booking themselves into matches.
I like Hijo del Fantasma’s thinking. Fantasma vs Cody Rhodes would certainly be a dandy.
Lucha Underground’s Vinnie Massaro also has a fantastic idea.
I’ve never seen mixed tag champ Big Mami in a singles bout, but I’m sure it would be beefy against Aja Kong. Heck, give Kong a partner and put gold on the line with Mami’s comrade Niño Hamburguesa. So much meat.
Rey de Reyes 2019
Rey de Reyes is an annual tournament and AAA’s first of the ‘big five’ events. The winner usually receives a badass sword as the prize. Gaze upon last year’s winner Rey Escorpion in all his kingly glory.
The poster for the 2019 version (to take place on March 16 from Puebla) has been released. Credit to Lucha Central for the scoop.
The posters in AAA don’t always mean the pictured talent will appear, but it is still interesting to see what is supposed to be planned. Texano, Maximo, La Mascara, Hijo del Fantasma, Rey Escorpion, Myzteziz Jr., Killer Kross, Hijo del Vikingo, Fenix, Psycho Clown, Cage, Drago, Pentagon, Taya, and Aerostar. Not everyone on the poster will be in the tournament. Some will have feature bouts of their own.
The two names that stick out to me are Taya and Pentagon. Taya has a pending challenge with Reina de Reinas champ Lady Shani, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Taya is more focused on winning the tournament to become the King of Kings. She did intergender wrestling in AAA’s Lucha Capital tournament, and it was treated like business as usual. If Taya is in the field, then I will be rooting for her.
Pentagon has no storylines at the moment, so he would be an intriguing fellow to follow in the tournament. Would AAA give that winning achievement to Pentagon even though he is not full-time or would they use him as a stepping stone for another luchador? If the latter, then who would you pick?
Update: Fenix was injured this past weekend. That same night, a video played where the Lucha Bros issued a tag team title challenge to the champs, Texano and Rey Escorpion. Fenix should be back in action by the time Rey de Reyes rolls around, but who knows how his injury might affect what was previously planned. Perhaps Pentagon enters the tournament after all.
AAA moving to TV Azteca
AAA is changing television networks in Mexico. Their 27 year partnership with Televisa has concluded and they will be moving to TV Azteca.
That might not mean much to most Cagesiders, but perhaps the episodes of Gira de Conquista will show up on one of your Spanish language channels. The air time will be Fridays from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm (I assume 5:30 pm ET to 7:30 pm ET) starting February 15. AAA also has deals with Space and Multimedios. Or, you could just watch them on YouTube.
TV Azteca allowed the luchadores to invade their home office.
One luchador in particular went crazy reenacting Office Space. I don’t even recognize who he is. That dude destroyed a printer, a scanner, and a big screen television. If you don’t understand Spanish, skip to the one minute mark and keep watching to see chaos.
Gira de Conquista: AAA vs Elite
This particular AAA vs Elite challenge was filmed on Christmas day from Cuautitlán Izcalli.
You can view the full Gira de Conquista episode here. Let’s get to the results.
Lady Maravilla & Keyra defeated Lady Shani & Faby Apache
Lady Shani and Faby Apache didn’t have any issues working together. I guess their hatred for Elite trumps their hatred for each other. This tag bout (at 7:00) was fairly physical. Highlights include a sitdown cradle slam by Shani and a sitdown powerbomb by Faby.
For the finish, Shani executed a sort of sitdown flapjack slam to Lady Maravilla. Shani continued the assault by lifting Maravilla up, however, Maravilla latched onto referee Hijo de Tirantes. Tirantes held the embrace with a smile. An annoyed Shani led the crowd in a, “Get out,” chant toward Tirantes. That moment allowed Maravilla to flop on the mat and throw her own mask at Shani. Tirantes saw Shani with the mask and unfairly called for the bell due to a disqualification. Removing another luchador’s mask is supposed to be an instant DQ, but that rule is fast and loose.
After the match, Maravilla rubbed it in on the mic. She played up the heelness of outsmarting Shani for the win. Maravilla challenged Shani for the Reina de Reinas belt. Shani accepted to put Maravilla in her place.
Hijo del Vikingo, Myzteziz Jr. & Halcon 78 Jr. defeated Samoano, Tonga, & Emperador Azteca
Team Elite was accompanied by Hades, who brought a severed orc head with her to ringside.
Four of the seven participants, including Hades, in the match (at 25:00) were new to me, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Samoano in extended action. Every single one of them had impressive moments. Yes, that means Samoano too. He must have had Christmas cheer running through his veins.
Samoano had a flying crossbody to Halcon 78 Jr. as he was held up in a powerbomb position by Tonga. Emperador Azteca had a double underhook super slam out of the corner. Halcon 78 Jr. had a sweet corkscrew plancha to the outside. Hades had a twisting suicide dive. Tonga had a frog splash to the outside. Those were only a few of the highlights.
And of course, Hijo del Vikingo and Myzteziz Jr. displayed their own high-flying skills.
For the finish, Myzteziz hit a Spanish Fly on Emperador Azteca. Vikingo followed up with a reverse 360 splash to win.
Los OGT’s defeated Jack Evans, Australian Suicide, & Golden Magic
Los OGT’s controlled the pace early in the bout (at 40:00) until Team Elite came alive with a triple flying attack. Australian Suicide did a tucking spin to the outside, Jack Evans did a handspring flip over the ropes, and Golden Magic did a springboard moonsault. Both teams played to their styles all the way to the end.
For the finishing sequence, Australian Suicide nailed a shooting star press followed by Jack Evans with a far flying splash finished by Golden Magic on an over the back roll-up for the triple pin attempt. Unfortunately, referee Hijo de Tirantes was slow to start the count and the OGT’s kicked out.
Evans flipped over the ropes to take out Chessman. Evans thwarted Super Fly’s attack, but Australian Suicide accidentally smashed Evans on a tope con hilo intended for Super Fly.
Golden Magic and Averno dueled in the ring. Averno’s mates joined him for a triple powerbomb to Golden Magic. Averno closed the case with a sitdown powerbomb for victory.
Psycho Clown, Pagano, & La Parka defeated Taurus, Electroshock. & Rey Escorpion
I’m not sure why Rey Escorpion was on Team Elite. I guess it is because he is a lucha libre mercenary.
This match (at 58:00) was a typical main event style for AAA with brawling all over the place.
They showed some split screen action to try to take it all in. Highlights include a swinging neckbreaker by Pagano and a powerslam by Psycho Clown. There was one weird attempt at comedy when La Parka was supposedly poking his thumb into Electroshock’s butt crack. I think that was the message La Parka was trying to get across, but I’m not sure. Perhaps La Parka was taking the term culero a little too literally.
For the finish, suicide dives by La Parka and Pagano took out Rey Escorpion and Electroshock. Psycho finished the job with a backcracker and la casita pin on Taurus.
This was the first AAA vs Elite event where AAA had dominant results (3-1). Elite’s only victory was by a cheating Lady Maravilla. Overall, the show was okay. If I had to pick one match to watch, I’d go with Hijo del Vikingo, Myzteziz Jr. & Halcon 78 Jr. against Samoano, Tonga, & Emperador Azteca, because it featured lots of talent new to my eyes.
Do you enjoy the AAA vs Elite concept as events? Which AAA luchadores would you like to see wrestle in AEW?