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Pentagon, Jr., Daga, and Garza, Jr. leave AAA

At a show presented by Tijuana independent lucha libre promotion The Crash last night (Jan. 21, 2017), Pentagon, Jr. showed up alongside his brother, Fenix El Rey. They declared themselves the Lucha Brothers, and Pentagon rechristened himself Penta El 0M, to be read as Penta El Cero Miedo. Renaming himself and forming a tag team with his recently-estranged-of-AAA brother naturally got folks thinking Pentagon was done with AAA as well, and it turns out that is in fact the case.

The main event for the show, originally scheduled to be the Broken Hardyz & Fenix El Rey vs. the Mexicools (Juventud Guerrera, Nicho el Millionario, & Super Crazy), because 2017 pro wrestling is wacky sometimes, was rearranged to be a four-way tag match for the vacant The Crash Tag Team Championship. The Hardyz won out over the Lucha Brothers, Mexicools (now reduced to Juventud & Super Crazy), and Familia de Tijuana (Nicho & Bestia 666) to win the vacant titles.

Pentagon took to Facebook to confirm the split himself, writing in an official English translation and we have a translation of his statement courtesy of Dannie Ray (thanks again!)—

"Hello everyone, like you all already know, today I stop being a part of AAA and become a completely independent wrestler. To clear things up my new name is "Penta el 0M" (Penta The Zero M, as in Zero Miedo, no fear). And about the Perros del Mal stable, we are just waiting for the approval of the person in charge of that brand, if he wants me to stay on the stable or for it to remain in AAA. I will confirm that later. These days I’ll go live to clear up all of your questions. Meanwhile, I know I have of all your support on this (new) stage of my career. Remember, PENTA EL 0M."

The story doesn’t end there, as AAA wrestlers Daga and Garza, Jr. also appeared on the show, and took a photo with Konnan where he claimed this was just like 1996, the year he and several other AAA stars jumped from AAA to Promo Azteca. They then confirmed their departures this afternoon, Garza, Jr. on Facebook and Daga in an interview with Superluchas.

AAA play-by-play man Arturo Rivera commented on the departures on Twitter, wishing them well and saying that AAA has survived previous schisms and will survive this one.

There you have it, folks

What this means for Pentagon in Lucha Underground is unclear, especially with AAA reportedly taking a firmer hand on the wheel, but as far as Mexico goes, he’s a free man. Excited to see him wrestle more unexpected dream matches for The Crash?

(Thanks to both a live report from TKD_117 at Wrestling With Words, who was at the show last night, as well as luchablog and Fredo Esparza of Luchaworld, who, as always, are instrumental to follow if you want to keep an eye on lucha libre.)

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