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AAA Lucha Capital Tournament: Week 3 preview, live results, and open thread

La Wera Loca is back! That’s right. Taya will be returning to Mexico tonight for live lucha libre action in Week 3 of AAA’s Lucha Capital tournament. It should be the wackiest card to date as Stage 1 comes to an end. Intergender wrestling times two. One of those will be with a mini. Also, a hamburger boy in action and one of the hottest stars in all of lucha libre, Fenix, should make it a delightful evening.

(If you have previously read past weeks’ previews, then I’ll save you some time. The next few paragraphs are roughly the same in case any new viewers jump aboard this week.)

The Lucha Capital tournament will span over eight consecutive Wednesdays at 8:30pm Mexico City time (9:30pm ET). The event is hosted at Pinche Gringo BBQ. Best of all, you can watch for free live on AAA’s Facebook page. If you can’t view live, don’t worry. The replay should be posted in short order.

The format awards points to match winners, but it is simpler to think of it as everyone gets two singles bouts during the first six weeks. Those with two wins will move on to the final evening. During week seven, those with one win will attempt to qualify for the finale.

The finale (Dec. 19) will have quarterfinals of three-ways with the winners moving on to singles bouts in the semifinals and final.

International talent comes from AAA, MAD, Elite, Impact, and Lucha Underground. In reality, most of them are pretty much AAA even if not officially recognized as such. The list of participants is Psycho Clown, Murder Clown, Pagano, Taurus, Pentagon Jr., Puma King, Vanilla Vargas, La Hiedra, Killer Kross, Hijo del Vikingo, Laredo Kid, Drago, Aerostar, Maximo, Lady Shani, Lady Maravilla, Fenix, Golden Magic, Texano Jr., Niño Hamburguesa, Australian Suicide, Taya, Mascarita Sagrada, and Keyra.

If you have need to get caught up, jam on Week 1 (preview, recap) and Week 2 (preview, recap).

Join us here for the show to chat in the open thread. If you have never used Facebook to watch live shows, check out this handy video to help. It is about WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge, but the process is the same. Go to instead.

Let’s preview tonight’s action.

Golden Magic vs Fenix

Golden Magic is another young high-flyer with enjoyable moves. He is part of a general group that I can’t always tell apart at first sight. Tonight could be a chance for him to distinguish himself from that pack. Golden Magic has been working with AAA but not for them. I believe he represents the Elite promotion.

Fenix is the current AAA Mega Champion. I’m pretty sure that this will be his first appearance in AAA since winning the top title at Triplemania XXVI in August. Most know Fenix from his work with Lucha Underground. If you’ve never seen him before, then you should be in for a treat. Fenix is arguably the best lucha libre wrestler on the planet at the moment.

Texano Jr. vs Niño Hamburguesa

Texano is a brutish cowboy with heft. He employs more of a brawling style. Texano has had two AAA Mega Champion reigns for a combined 1,096 days. He would be a strong dark horse pick with credentials to back it up as a winner of the Lucha Capital tournament.

Niño Hamburguesa is juicy and flavorful. It would be generous to say 70 percent lean and 30 percent fat. He is always a blast in the ring. Niño Hamburguesa performs moves that are not expected from a man of his size. He is currently one-half of AAA’s mixed tag champions with Big Mami.

Taya vs Australian Suicide

The most exciting news for Week 3 is the return of Taya. She high-tailed it from AAA after major behind the scenes shenanigans and disrespect. Taya is a two-time AAA Reina de Reinas champion with a combined reign of 1,016 days.

If you have been curious about seeing Vampiro’s master from Lucha Underground, then tonight is your night. Australian Suicide is a skilled soarer. He held the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship for 211 days.

One side note will be MAD. MAD is a faction led by Konnan and Jeff Jarrett that tries to make life difficult for AAA. Australian Suicide is a current member. Taya’s friendship with Konnan and dislike for Vampiro would make her a likely candidate for MAD membership. Most likely, nothing will happen, since there has been very little storyline involvement so far in the Lucha Capital tournament. However, with Vampiro front and center on the mic, you never know. Maybe they’ll try a little something something to create buzz.

Keyra vs Mascarita Sagrada

Keyra is another representative from Elite. She has six championships from smaller promotions on her resume. Keyra has a nice mix of maneuvers as an all-around talent in the ring.

Mascarita Sagrada is a beloved mini. Truth be told, I’m confused about who is behind the mask. From Wikipedia, “Besides the original Mascarita Sagrada, AAA have given the gimmick to several other minis over the years.” The guy I saw a few weeks ago did not appear to be the same as the fantastic luchador in Lucha Underground. If we get the LU version, then this match should be a blast.

I would say that Fenix is a 100% lock tonight. Taya is about 90% lock. Returning stars rarely, if ever, get jobbed out in their first match back. If not for her return, I would put the odds closer to 50/50. Texano is a favorite but don’t be shocked if Niño Hamburguesa pulls an upset. Keyra vs Mascarita Sagrada is a toss-up, mostly because I’m not sure with Mascarita will be present.

My picks are Fenix, Texano, Taya, and Keyra. Who are you predicting?

It will be interesting to see who main events. Fenix is the biggest star but Taya’s return is big news. Texano vs Niño Hamburguesa is main event worthy and fully capable of being the best bout of the evening.

Quick results:

Fenix defeated Golden Magic via spinning muscle buster.

Australian Suicide defeated Taya via shooting star press.

Texano Jr. defeated Niño Hamburguesa via sitdown powerbomb out of the corner.

Mascarita Sagrada defeated Keyra on a pin counter to a body slam maneuver.

Tune in tomorrow to Cageside Seats for a recap and review.

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