If you are yearning for some live lucha libre, then AAA has a treat for you. AAA continues an international tournament tonight as Week 2 will be Killer. Two-thirds of Lucha Underground’s Super Friends will be in singles action as well.
If Week 1 was any indication, the show will be light, free-flowing, and focused on good quality singles matches. The occasional AAA trait of overbooking to the point of confusion was not present in the slightest. Fan interaction adds an element of fun to the laid back bar vibe.
(If you read the preview last week, 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 will be 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.
Talent will be 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.
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NOTE: Please, do not discuss Lucha Underground’s Ultima Lucha Cuatro results. Some of us, like myself, will not have seen the episode before watching the Lucha Capital tournament.
Let’s preview tonight’s action.
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Killer Kross vs Hijo del Vikingo
Killer Kross is a behemoth of a man, especially when competing against smaller lucha libre stars. As the White Rabbit in Lucha Underground, Kross wrecked the competition with stunning physicality. Kross represents the MAD faction, who is out to take the AAA titles, women, and whatever else they desire.
Hijo del Vikingo is a high-flyer of the highest caliber in AAA. His corkscrews, moonsaults, and shooting star presses are outstanding. Vikingo doesn’t stand much of a chance tonight, but let’s hope he gets the opportunity to wow the crowd before being pinned.
Maximo vs Aerostar
Maximo is one of the most-hyped exoticos today. His suicide dive rivals that of El Hijo del Fantasma (aka King Cuerno) and even surpasses it, in my opinion. Maximo is a free spirit and sort of a jokey character in AAA, but he can back it up in the ring as evidenced by an 843 day World Heavyweight Championship reign in CMLL.
Aerostar is lucha libre’s resident space traveler. He is currently on a quest to achieve glory by flying solo. A win tonight would be a major step toward that goal.
Drago vs Laredo Kid
Drago is a dragon-man. I’m not sure how much AAA plays into that in the way Lucha Underground does. It will be interesting to see if there is any friendly or unfriendly competition between Drago and his bud, Aerostar.
I’m not that familiar with Laredo Kid. From what I’ve seen of him so far, he breaks out awesome aerial maneuvers quite frequently.
Lady Shani vs Lady Maravilla
Lady Shani appears to be the next number one mujer in AAA. I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with anyone arguing that she already occupies that top spot. A mask vs hair victory against Faby Apache at Triplemania XXVI is strong evidence for that case, but I’ll side with Faby Apache as long as she remains Reina de Reinas champion.
Lady Maravilla is sort of in an enhancement talent role at the moment, but she always displays bursts of excitement. Maravilla is a clear underdog, however, it will not be an easy fight.
I think Killer Kross and Lady Shani are heavy favorites tonight. I would say Kross is a 99% lock with that remaining 1% as a possibility of a stunning upset. There has to be at least one huge upset in stage one, right? Hijo del Vikingo could be the luchador for that job. I think Aerostar is favored over Maximo if only for the new storyline of wanting singles success. If you had asked me prior to that, I would have said an even toss up. I don’t really have a strong feeling about Drago vs Laredo Kid. I can envision either one winning.
My picks are Killer Kross, Aerostar, Laredo Kid, and Lady Shani. Who are you predicting?
Laredo Kid defeated Drago via super Spanish Fly.
Killer Kross defeated Hijo del Vikingo via a trio of consecutive suplexes similar to Three Amigos.
Aerostar defeated Maximo via flying splash. There was better camera production for that match.
Lady Shani defeated Lady Maravilla via I don’t know. Production is doing a piss poor job of extreme close-ups on fans doing nothing and missing moves.
Tune in tomorrow to Cageside Seats for a recap and review.