Wednesday, June 19, 2013

AAA Triplemania XXI Review

(Disclaimer: I am a huge AAA fan. It's my current favorite promotion. Anyone who knows me is aware of this. So if you intend on reading my comments and then calling my biased - you're barking up the wrong tree. Also, if you happen to work for AAA this may not be the review for you because it's full of honesty and while I appreciate all the hard work it takes into putting on a show and certain things I complain about are out of the control of the people who put the show together - I am reviewing this solely as a fan who (tried to) pay to watch the company he loves.)

I'll start doing a simple PRO/CON list for those of you who don't want to read match-by-match...


- Entrances. Over an hour alone was dedicated to everyone getting their own entrance and each one looked better than the next.

- Abismo Negro/Hector Garza ceremonies. Very nice touches and both well done.

- Unlike at Guerra De Titanes, the main event stipulation was kept. The loser got his head shaved instead of just ripping off the fans and getting a shorter haircut.

That's it. I'm done.


- Audio. I'm not sure who AAA will blame for this one but the PPV audio was atrocious. Announcers sounded like they were in a studio. Crowd was clearly loud (youtube handheld videos confirm this) but they came off as deathly silent on TV. I would suggest the problem was acoustics in the building but last year's show sounded fine.

- Camerawork. Lots of missed spots. When the opener built to Pimpinela kissing Silver King - the camerashot switched to 50 feet away from the ring just as he did it. Dives were either missed or out of frame. Random cuts to the crowd as action was going on but delayed focus on the ring when time stood still and guys were setting up various chairs/tables.

- No standout matches. In fact, the best match on the show was HEAVY METAL vs Texano and even that was MAYBE just an average match at best. The bar was set very low on this show. It's not that the guys weren't given time, they were. They just didn't deliver at all and in some cases really underperformed. An average show can turn into a great show if there is a memorable match. This show didn't have a single one come close.

- ARE THERE ANY RULES? This is actually the thing that most bothered me during the show. In a way I'm glad the show didn't air on iPPV because it would have been really difficult to explain these matches to newer fans. There was a parade of people interfereing in matches or flat out JUST WALKING THROUGH THE RING FOR NO REASON AT ALL DURING A MATCH while the ref either watched or just pretended to be distracted. In no particular order: Nino Hamburguesa, the WWL boss, Karen Jarrett, Dorian Roldan, Mini Clown, Loquillo, Daga, Nicho, a random woman with the WWL boss, Cuervo, etc. At one point in the main event Cuervo was just walking around in the ring while Daga/Nicho were setting up tables/chairs all over the place and referee Piero was just sitting in the corner doing nothing. This came off as incredibly amateurish and it wasn't even the worst example.

- Use of horrible foreigners. Is AAA aware how minor league they come off using unknown foreigners who just embarass themselves? It's one thing to fly in people nobody knows like Davey Richards or Willie Mack. At least they are decent wrestlers and won't embarass themselves or the company they are working for. But when you foreigner list includes Los Mamitos, Matt Morgan, Monster Pain, a drunk male manager, a random female manager, Jeff Jarrett & Karen Jarrett - your company comes off looking *minor league*. It screams "we can't get real stars, our fans will have to settle for these nobodies who we pretend are stars in America." I'm sure Jeff & Karen Jarrett are real nice and easy to work with but the truth is they aren't over and there is no reason for them to be around unless Jeff is being used to put over an AAA wrestler. But that's never going to happen. We've been promised it for years and it never happens. Jeff & Karen are on vacation in Mexico, end of story. He stands in the ring doing racist stuff and people throw stuff at him. That's not a talent. That's racism. Anyone can do that. The WWL guys made fools of themselves in their matches and their boss/owner/manager was clearly drunk while out there. Made me embarassed to be an AAA fan.

- Where were Ozz/Espiritu/Escoria/Halloween? AAA spent the entire year building up the Ciber/Perrito feud as Secta vs Perros Del Mal. So how come when it was time for the big matches Cibernetico only had Cuervo & Perrito only had Daga/Nicho? It made no sense. If you have money to waste on paying the WWL guys you should easily have money to pay for everyone who has been a part of this feud to be there for the blowoff match.

- AAA's "bright future" was non-existent. Daga, Fenix, Aero Star, Pentagon Jr., Jack Evans, Angelico, Drago, etc. were either nowhere to be found on this show or were in completely unmemorable matches where they didn't stand out in any way at all. Aside from Texano Jr. & Dinastia this show was all about older wrestlers being put in the spotlight which is a giant step backwards. If you aren't using your biggest show of the year to put over the young guys - what's the point? It's just a 4 hour masterbation session for washed up old guys who want to get off on being the stars once again.

- The booking. Mind blowingly awful. From building up Texano vs a retired wrestler to using a 5 way tag match to set up a KONNAN VS VAMPIRO FEUD IN 2013 to Marisela Pena being the center of attention in 3 different matches to putting Dr. Wagner Jr. over to having Heavy Metal wrestle two matches to having random foreigners beat your trios champs (and top act)... the hits just kept on coming. I was waiting for Teddy Hart to return, Fuerza Guerrera to attack Octagon & LA Park to randomly challenge Texano and win the belt in 30 seconds. It really felt like the booking was done to accomplish two things: Keep the older guys happy & make sure the fans knew the Roldans were still the stars. If you want to disagree with this I will hear your argument as long as you can give me good answers to the following two questions:

1) Instead of Marisela Pena being attacked and making the save for herself - why not send Fenix or Aero Star or Jack Evans out there to protect her and thus be the center of attention?

2) Instead of throwing Drago & Daga in a silly 5 way tag match where nobody stands out - why not put Halloween in Daga's place, Argenis in Drago's place & give Drago/Daga a chance to do a Cruiserweight Title match?

- The entire iPPV deal of course.


1) Relevos AAA: This was great when Dinastia was in the ring & okay when the women were in the ring. Otherwise this was a very weak version of the usual Relevos AAA matches that are the funnest matches you'll ever see. Pimpinela looked simply atrocious. I don't know if it's age catching up with him or something else but he was an embarassment. I'm not a Taya Valkyrie fan but she was fine aside from one awful double duck-down spot with Fabi. Dinastia's two dives were fantastic as was the entire dive train. Would have liked to have seen Dinastia get the win in the end but Fabi getting it was fine. Second best match on the show.

2) Heavy Metal vs Chessman: Within 40 seconds Chessman was on the floor grabbing weapons. That says it all. I actually enjoyed this match in a sadistic sort of way. Chessman killed Heavy with multiple brutal chairshots and basically just threw him around. The spear through the table was an incredible spot and one of the highlights of the show. The actual highlight of the show came soon after when Chessman FUCKING MURDERED Loquillo with a guitar shot that had the little guy clearly knocked out. That didn't stop these two from doing nearfalls beside his prone body though! Finish was all wrong. Heavy Metal is in terrible shape so asking him to do 2 matches is dumb. He's not over so Texano beating him is not any sort of accomplishment. Having Chessman win here would have at least guaranteed a good title match later on. Instead after being destroyed for 10 minutes Heavy Metal rolls up Chessman. Eh. If you love carange this was your favorite match of the night besides the main event.

3) 5 Way Tag Team Title Match: It's funny... the night before the show I was saying I hope they don't use weapons and turn it into a hardcore match. Yet after watching the match I wished they had just made it a TLC match. It was just 25 minutes of moves, moves, more moves, a few dives, more moves and MAYBE some selling in between but mostly guys just standing outside the ring waiting for their turn to do more moves. The most impressive team seemed to be Jack Evans & Angelico and naturally they were eliminated first. Los Mamitos were in way over their heads but thankfully went out next. Fenix/Drago made a great team and did some really good stuff but all of it was lost in the fact people just kept doing moves with nothing being memorable. If you're a huge EVOLVE fan I guess this is your thing as you just want to see moves but matches with cool moves are only good when the crowd is eating it up. The crowd (at least on TV) seemed silent and couldn't keep up with everything being thrown at them. I counted two piledrivers in the match. I thought we were going to tell wrestlers to stop doing those? In retrospect after watching the main event doing piledrivers in this match is even dumber. Crazy Boy/Joe Lider winning was obvious since they are office favorites. I'm not too down on that since they had a shockingly good match with Jack/Angelico two weeks ago on TV but hopefully these belts don't just turn into a set of hardcore matches titles.

The post-match stuff isn't even worth addressing but I will anyways. Vampiro is back. Joy. He's apparently going to feud with Konnan. Joy. The year is 2013. I'm hoping someone in AAA will realize this one day. This entire deal came off so sad and I can't believe two guys that worked for WCW and were there for Hogan/Piper/Savage/Nash nonsense have such little self-awareness as to how ironic this all is.

4) Psycho Circus vs who cares: The less said about this match the better. A complete mess and easily the worst match on the show. AAA should be ashamed for using those awful foreigners and even more ashamed for letting them win. The drunk WWL manager dude fell down throwing a kick and gave two of the most awful belt shots you'll ever see. Remember folks - he got paid to be on this show! It all built to Karen walking over to Marisela and getting a drink tossed on her so she could be there in a wet dress with her huge boobs almost falling out of her top. Great visual, got a pop but in the end this leads nowhere. Marisela was trying hard not to laugh and is so limited she couldn't even be bothered to do anything but pour a drink. That says it all. One of the worst matches you'll see all year on the biggest AAA show of the year. Shameful.

5) Texano Jr. vs Heavy Metal: As I said earlier, Heavy Metal is in no condition to being two matches in one night. He's physically shot. But to his credit he tried hard here and on a show with so very little redeeming stuff happening in the ring this actually didn't seem so awful. Some good nearfalls and it built well. Texano won with a scary looking top rope Styles Clash. This accomplishes zero for Texano. Nobody expected Heavy Metal to win and Texano didn't even dominate him. Plus it was just a mid-card match. The third least important singles match of the show. To compound matters after the match Texano accepted a challenge from Ray Mendoza Jr. which is just idiotic. That is not the type of match that will work in front of an AAA audience on a major show. Maybe on a random Sunday in Arena Lopez Mateos. Not sure it'd even sell that building out though. If AAA is serious about Texano (and they were on the right track at Rey De Reyes!) they need to stop letting the big names run thing and tell Wagner or Park or Canek they need to stop doing bullshit matches amongst themselves and have Texano beat at least two of those three. Otherwise fans will continue to see him as a notch below the real stars.

6) Blue Demon Jr. vs El Mesias: As someone else noted "were they wrestling in a library?" Crowd seemed deathly quiet for most of this match. This late in the show doing extended matwork is not going to work with an AAA crowd. It sorta picked up near the end but this wasn't even close to on the level of their Rey De Reyes match or even their Arena Naucalpan match. When the match ended clean and there was no angle it really came off as a giant waste of time. The post-match with LA Park was good and the crowd reacted strongly but again... Park is back. Maybe to feud with Mesias. Maybe to feud with Demon. Most likely to feud with Wagner. Nothing changes. Same glass ceiling in AAA as always.

7) Legends Atomicos Match: Would have been the worst match on the show if not for the debacle with the WWL/TNA guys. Terrible brawling and no focus at all from anyone. I was actually shocked Canek/Wagner didn't try to sabatoge things by doing mask ripping since that seems right up their alley. Did they really care so little about this match/show that they couldn't even be bothered to sabatoge things??? Dinamitas looked dreadful. Universo in particular. Totally out of shape compared to his CMLL appearence earlier this year. I didn't understand why Dorian Roldan was interfereing or why the referee was watching him and not doing anything. But maybe it's just me. I rarely understand anything that has to do with the Roldans in AAA but if things follow the usual pattern this won't be followed up on at all and they'll do an angle on TV that totally counters anything that happened in this match. (Remember the AMAZING FIRING ANGLE THAT WAS GOING TO CHANGE AAA FOREVER?) Anyways... Wagner wins. Obviously. He wasn't coming back for this show unless he was winning but at least AAA was smart enough to bring in people for him to pin rather than have him beat an AAA guy. Awful match that sets up a bunch of feuds for the future that only work to set AAA back 20 years if we're getting Canek/Wagner, Parka/Villano IV & Octagon/?Fuerza? down the line.

8) Cibernetico vs Perro Aguayo Jr.: I'm being honest here - I *really* wanted to like this match. I was hoping it would be like the Parka/Cibernetico mask match or Parka/Muerte Cibernetica mask match that ended up being huge brawls with crazy bumps from the stables connected with the match. But this match just instantly turned me off when Daga/Nicho walked right into the ring and began setting up equipment while Piero had to pretend to be busy with Cuervo or stand there like an idiot. Also, Ciber/Perrito are two incredibly sloppy workers. Some of the stuff they had in mind was a good idea in theory but their execution was terrible (see: the two low blow nearfalls). Perrito has this rep as being a good worker but since he's left CMLL what has he actually done? He's a pure garbage match wrestler now and a bad one at that. The best moment of the match was when Cibernetico hulked up and speared Perrito, threw Nicho through a table & then choke slammed Daga to the floor through a table. The ref bump by Piero was awful. The tombstone on Copetes made no sense from Ciber's perspective since he had the match won. Perrito finally won with a double stomp onto a board laying on Ciber. Crowd was red hot but in my opinion moreso because these two guys are super over - not because the match was anything special.

Best matches in order:

1. Heavy Metal/Texano (average at best)
2. Relevos AAA
3. 5 way tag
4. Ciber/Perrito
5. Mesias/Demon
6. Metal/Chessman
7. Legends Atomicos
8. Clowns/Foreigners

Overall I'd give the show a 2 out of 10. I would not reccomend any new viewers trying to get into AAA by watching this show. There's just too much unexplainable nonsense going on and most of the guys that make AAA as great as it is aren't featured at all. In fact, the AAA I spent 4 and a half hours watching here didn't remind me at all of the AAA I've loved all year so far. I feel like the promotion took a HUGE step back by building things around washed up older wrestlers & foreigners who mean nothing while treating the few young guys who actually made the show was third-class nobodies.

On the scale of all-time Triplemania events I'd put this one in the bottom three. Just above the awful 1998 show & the all-time atrocious 2003 show.

I had such high hopes but this event was a total and complete failure in the eyes of this hardcore AAA fan and I didn't feel happy writing any of the above.


Blogger luchafan said...

Worst Triplemania ever?

9:56 PM  

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