The first of AAA’s ‘big five events’ is here to liven up the lucha libre year. Rey de Reyes will take place Saturday, March 16 from Puebla, Puebla.
The show will be available for free live streaming on Twitch in Spanish and English. The start time is listed for 8 pm Mexico City time, but there might be a pre-show. Important note: Mexico hasn’t had a daylight saving time change yet, so it is best to think of the start time as 10 pm ET and adjust accordingly.
Let’s look at the matches with a break down of the stories and some predictions.
Tag Team Championship: Texano & Rey Escorpion vs Fenix & Pentagon
Texano and Rey Escorpion of Los Mercernarios have had the tag team titles for 346 days after defeating Cuervo and Scoria. That ranks the champs fifth on the longest reign list. Joe Lider and Nicho el Millonario (aka Psicosis) reigned supreme for 551 days from 2008 to 2010. Can Texano and Rey Escorpion break that record to become the greatest tag team in AAA history?
Their toughest test will come in the form of the Lucha Bros. This match was put together by Vampiro, AAA’s Director of Talent. Vampiro was tired of Los Mercenarios sticking in his craw, so he arranged for Fenix and Pentagon to make a visit to challenge for the tag team titles.
Prediction: By hook or by crook, Los Mercenarios will retain. Texano and Rey Escorpion are good enough as a team to defeat the Lucha Bros clean, but rudos are going to rudo. Plus, there may be a surprise appearance by the Young Bucks (in association with Cody Rhodes to promote the AAA/AEW partnership) to advance their feud with the Lucha Bros for AEW’s Double or Nothing show in May.
Cage Match: Psycho Clown, Maximo, & Mamba vs Jeff Jarrett, Killer Kross, La Mascara
This trios cage match loosely combines two conflicts. La Mascara and Maximo are having a family feud leading toward a hair vs hair lucha. Mamba is exotico pals with Maximo. Psycho Clown has been crossing paths with Jeff Jarrett and Killer Kross in matches for months, but I wouldn’t call it a proper feud. It is more like tecnicos not getting along with rudos via alignment association. La Mascara is part of Los Mercenarios, who take sides with Jeff Jarrett and Killer Kross, and that’s how it makes sense for all six to be on opposite teams.
The biggest question will be if Jeff Jarrett actually appears. He has signed with WWE and is rumored to have an influential role in their creative team. However, that hasn’t yet stopped Jarrett from traveling down south to work with AAA. I would suspect that Jarrett will work as advertised at Rey de Reyes.
As for the cage match stipulation, I’m not sure what to expect. My guess is that it will be escape oriented with the first team out winning. I would also suspect that there will be violence with chairs and guitars.
Prediction: I think Psycho Clown escapes last to win the match, after making a mess of Jarrett. Without clowns, there is no party. Psycho Clown’s idea of a party would be to humiliate Jarrett one last time.
Rey de Reyes Tournament: Laredo Kid, Hijo del Vikingo, Jack Evans, Sammy Guevara, Australian Suicide, Taurus, Golden Magic, Aerostar, Myzteziz Jr.
The Rey de Reyes tournament has nine competitors. Eight are lightweight balls of excitement. And then there is Taurus, a beast of a man in a bull mask. He can work with the best of those other fellows.
I’m expecting three three-ways and a grand three-way finale. The action should leave little time to catch your breath. There might be surprise luchadores included in each bout. Plenty of big names are not advertised for the show: Hijo del Fantasma, Murder Clown, Monster Clown, Dave the Clown, La Parka.
The favorite is probably Laredo Kid. He won the Lucha Capital tournament in December and is the current trios and middleweight champ. Laredo was supposed to have a Megacampeonato match with Fenix, but it has been delayed a few times due to injuries from Fenix.
Oh, and if you didn’t know, the winner will receive a huge sword. Here is last year’s winner, Rey Escorpion, clutching that piece of magnificent steel.
Prediction: From the cosmos, your winner of the Rey de Reyes tournament will be Aerostar! It seems like AAA has been setting up a push for him. His buddy Drago has been moving up the charts as Latin America champ. Fenix is the Mega Champion. It is time for Aerostar to launch his rocket boosters. Three cheers for the Super Friends.
The only question I have is can Aerostar time travel while carrying a sword? Or will the sword cut through time and space resulting in catastrophic consequences?
Pagano, Drago, & Puma King vs Averno, Chessman, & Super Fly
Does anyone know a joke for when a clown, a dragon, and a puma walk into a bar?
This is just a random trios match for the sake of good times. Pagano, Drago, and Puma King can all be exciting, and Los OGTs work very well together.
Prediction: Los OGTs. One team is an experienced unit. One team is not.
Taya, Daga, & Joe Lider vs Mocho Cota Jr., Carta Brava Jr., & Tito Santana
The big news for this match will be the reunion of Los Perros del Mal members. Joe Lider has remained in AAA since the split up after the death of El Hijo del Perro Aguayo. Taya and Daga took leave from AAA a few years ago. Taya eased her way back by winning the women’s side of the Lucha Capital tournament and has officially returned to AAA this year. Daga returned to AAA as an independent for the Rey de Reyes go-home show. The former member list is long, but those three are a good representation of the faction.
For fans of intergender action, it will be interesting to see how Taya holds up against Poder del Norte. They can be a very physical team. I’m curious to see if Poder del Norte uses their patented triple team chair dropkick to the taint maneuver on Taya.
Prediction: El Poder del Norte. Seeing Los Perros del Mal reunite will be nostalgic, but the night will belong to the rudos. They are too good as a team to be defeated by rusty dogs.
Reina de Reinas Street Fight: Lady Shani vs La Hiedra vs Keyra vs Chica Tormenta
The story of this bout is between two ladies; Reina de Reinas champ Lady Shani and squawk box Keyra. Keyra has been vocal about her desire to become queen of the women in AAA. The two have had a few pull apart post-match brawls, and now they will get their chance to beat each other from pillar to post. La Hiedra and Chica Tormenta are involved because AAA likes to pack the ladies matches to the max.
It is interesting to note that this match might be only the second women’s street fight in AAA history. I’m not positive, but I believe the first was Taya vs Ayako Hamada in 2017. It was a doozy of a brawl.
Prediction: Lady Shani retains. Shani has bigger fish to fry at Triplemania XXVII. Keyra will be a nice snack to warm up for the main course of Taya.
Mixed Tag Championship: Niño Hamburguesa & Big Mami vs Villano III Jr. & Lady Maravilla
A side story brewing is Lady Maravilla as a maneater in training. Keyra has taken her under her wing to teach the ways of money for nothing and fur coats for free. Niño Hamburguesa has unwittingly become the training target for Maravilla.
Prediction: Niño Hamburguesa and Big Mami retain. Hamburguesa may be smitten with Maravilla, but Big Mami don’t play that. I don’t expect the maneater story to be over, however, I do expect Big Mami to flatten Lady Maravilla on that evening.
What are your predictions for Rey de Reyes? Which match are you most eager to see? Which match do you think will steal the show?