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AAA Roundup: Interpromotional tournament, Blue Demon Jr. and Dr. Wagner Jr. get color, more!

Welcome to the AAA Roundup. Let’s get caught up on some news and wrestling action. AAA will be part of an interpromotional tournament. In part 1 and part 2 of Conquista Total from Monterrey, a rivalry between Faby Apache and Keyra fired up, Jack Evans and two pals ushered us into the era of the Guardians of Lucha Libre, Cage and Daga were back in AAA action, and a third 50 year old was added for a three-way with Blue Demon Jr. and Dr. Wagner Jr.

Gladiators: Lucha Libre League of Champions

Talent from AAA will be joining luchadores from AroLucha, MLW, Impact Wrestling, and Lucha Libre Elite for a tournament event spanning five divisions. It looks like Elite is the host promotion. The participants are as follows:

  • Heavyweight: Jacob Fatu, LA Park, Taurus, Pagano
  • Tag Team: Lucha Bros (Fenix & Pentagon), The Cats (Bengala & Puma King), The Rascalz (Zachary Wentz & Dezmond Xavier), Los Mercenarios (Texano & Rey Escorpion)
  • Lightweight: Golden Magic, Eddie Edwards, Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Averno, Steve Pain, Eterno, Daga, Dr. Karonte Jr., Parka Negra, La Mascara, plus two surprises
  • Middleweight: Imposible, Ace Austin, Flamita, Draztic Boy, Emperador Azteca, Rich Swann, Arez, Super Fly, Zumbido, Argenis, plus two surprises
  • Welterweight: Villano III Jr., Ciclon Ramirez Jr., Relampago, Hijo del Vikingo, Dragon Bane, Myzteziz Jr., Ultimo Maldito, Aerostar, Demus, Laredo Kid, Aramis, Drago, Mirage, plus one surprise

Stage one begins on Thursday, May 2.

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The whole card looks good, but I’m most excited for the heavyweight bouts. Taurus and Pagano will be a slobberknocker. LA Park vs Jacob Fatu is one of those dream matches I never considered until I saw it on the event poster. I don’t think MLW will tell that tale anytime soon, so it will be cool to get a glimpse in this tournament.

I’m unclear how the tournament can be viewed. The poster looks similar to AAA posters and has the same taped for television graphic. Could that mean live on Twitch or taped for future episode of Conquista Total? Whatever the case, I’m sure more info will be revealed as the show gets closer.

Who are you picking to win each division? Which matches stand out most for you?

This week’s AAA Roundup will have a double shot Conquista Total from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Let’s jam.

Conquista Total: Monterrey, Part 1

Part 1 (full episode) featured rocking action and the beginning of a feud between Faby Apache and Keyra.

Baby Xtreme vs Orquidea Negra vs Dinastia

The triangle battle (three-way starting at 6:40) had two luchadores I’ve never seen before. I don’t know if Baby Xtreme and the exotico Orquidea Negra are local talent, participants in La Llave a la Gloria, or new additions to the AAA roster. Baby Xtreme had some nifty rope-bouncing skills. Orquidea Negra was kind of a goof by missing moves on the quicker combatants.

The bout was highlighted by flips, topes, and corkscrews. The move of the match was the finish by Dinastia. As the other two were down on the mat, Dinastia executed a rotating splash off the top turnbuckle onto both competitors. Dinastia pinned both at the same time to win.

Starfire & Lady Shani vs Faby Apache & Keyra

This bout (starting at 19:30) was hard battling. The move of the match was a tiger suplex by Starfire. Unfortunately, Starfire was the one that was defeated. Faby Apache hit a sitdown powerbomb on her. While Faby was climbing the turnbuckles, Keyra swooped in for the pin and glory.

After the match, Faby was not happy with Keyra. Faby grabbed a mic to say she makes the rules, not Keyra. I think Faby went on to mention something about Keyra needing to earn her spot. Keyra snatched the mic out of Faby’s hand. Keyra doesn’t understand the outrage. If not for her pinning Starfire, they wouldn’t have won. Faby made a sarcastic facial expression. Keyra said that she doesn’t have Faby’s experience, but she is going to show she has the desire. Keyra asked for forgiveness then clobbered Faby instead. Faby reversed an Irish whip into a whirling backbreaker. As Faby was celebrating toward the crowd, Keyra crushed her with a German suplex. Keyra said she is going to make sure Faby respects her and never forgets her name.

I’m going to side with Keyra on this one. Yes, stealing a pin from your partner is a heel move, but Faby was acting arrogant and disrespectful afterward. Faby needs to be knocked down off her high horse. Keyra is just the luchadora for that job.

Poder del Norte vs Fresas Salvajes

The bout (starting at 36:30) was full of exotico antics. The move of the match was a double suicide dive by Mocho Cota Jr. and Tito Santana.

For the finish, Carta Brava Jr. planned on hitting Pimpinela Escarlata with a chair. Pimpi ducked, but the referee was right behind in the corner. Brava stopped short as the referee took the chair away. Pimpi tried for a kiss, Brava ducked, Pimpi smooched the ref, then Brava kicked Pimpi in the balls. Maximo came over for a kiss then faked being kicked in the cojones. The ref missed most everything and decided to award the match to the exoticos via low blow disqualification.

Maximo would feign pain when the ref was looking.

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He would then smile and giggle when the ref’s attention was elsewhere.

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Rey Escorpion, Monster Clown, & Chessman vs Aerostar, Pagano, & Psycho Clown

Stop the presses. Rey Escorpion did not hit Psycho Clown with a chair before the match began. That breaks a streak of five or six consecutive times. AAA must not have had any folding chairs ringside. Escorpion did throw a drink in Psycho’s face though. That still shows Psycho hasn’t learned anything.

The rudos controlled the bout (starting at 52:45) early with a broomstick and belt whips. After five minutes of brawling, the tecnicos turned the tide with suicide topes. The move of the match was a sunset flip by Pagano over the ropes into powerbombing Chessman through a table.

That maneuver was almost a catastrophe. Pagano kicked the table over by accident, so Chessman hung on to the ropes for dear life. A stagehand put the table back, and the powerbomb went down as intended.

The finish was between Monster Clown and Aerostar. Monster threw Aerostar up in the air against the ropes. Later, Aerostar did a nifty springboard double knee drop to Monster’s back. Monster slipped out of a cutter then demolished Aerostar with a wicked powerbomb style maneuver. He had Aerostar by the neck over his back then flung Aerostar flipping head over heels to land as if it were a powerbomb. Monster Clown pinned Aerostar to win.

Conquista Total: Monterrey, Part 2

Part 2 (full episode) featured three PPV worthy matches in length and quality. Well, two and a quarter depending on your enjoyment of the main event. It had plenty of interference. Part 2 also had the formation of Jack Evan’s new faction.

Golden Magic, Myzteziz Jr., & Niño Hamburguesa vs Villano III Jr., Taurus, & Jack Evans

This bout (starting at 10:00) was as entertaining as you would expect considering everyone who was involved. The moment of the match was Villano III Jr. doing a big swing as Jack Evans jumped over the body as if it were a jump rope. On the second pass, Evans attempted a standing moonsault to the moving body, but it didn’t quite work out as planned. Evans blamed Villano.

The move of the match was a series flying attacks by the tecnicos to the outside.

Myzteziz Jr. did a super corkscrew over the ropes. Golden Magic was next with a springboard corkscrew to the outside. Niño Hamburguesa finished with a cannonball dive through the ropes.

For the finish, Taurus got his boots up on a Myzteziz 360 aerial maneuver. Taurus followed with a huge spear and a spinning Rodeo Driver to win.

After match, Evans kept beating on the tecnicos. Australian Suicide and Sammy Guevara carrying a chair ran down to the ring to assist in the beating. Guevara gifted chair shots to all three tecnicos. Evans cut a promo in Spanish. He said you’re welcome to Mexico, Monterrey, the fans of AAA, and the luchadores of AAA. Why? Because we are here, the future is here, the Guardians of Lucha Libre are here. They are a trio of foreigners that know more lucha libre than all of the Mexicans in the history of lucha libre.

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Cage, Laredo Kid, & Hijo del Vikingo vs Texano, Sammy Guevara, & Daga

Each luchador played to their strengths for a very good match (starting at 31:00). There were a lot of cool moves to pick from for the move of the match, but I’ll go with Daga’s deadweight gutwrench sitdown powerbomb to Laredo Kid.

The finish came down to Sammy Guevara and Laredo Kid. Guevara connected on a standing Spanish Fly and kick to the head. Guevara climbed the corner, but Laredo came alive to try his Laredo Fly. Guevara wasn’t having it. He yanked off Laredo’s mask then smashed him with a shooting star press to win. The nefarious tactic went unnoticed by the referee.

After the match, Cage planned on chokeslamming Guevara, but Jack Evans and Australian Suicide made the save. Cage powerbombed them, then the trios champs took turns with suicide dives. The foursome celebrated until Los Mercenarios and Daga wrecked them from behind. That is a six vs four match I’d love to see.

Blue Demon Jr. vs Dr. Wagner Jr. vs La Parka

Kahn del Mal came out with a trophy cup for Monterrey’s main event. It was in honor of Hijo del Perro Aguayo.

Dr. Wagner Jr. was ripping at Blue Demon Jr.’s mask while La Parka was making his entrance (at the 50:30 mark). The three brawled ringside. Wagner used the ceremonial cup to bash both his opponents. That ‘split’ Blue Demon’s head open. Blue Demon was later choked with a camera chord and hit with a chair. Rough night.

The match picked up once Blue Demon fought out of the constant double teaming. He hit a running double knees, a whirling backbreaker, and a suicide dive. It was at that moment that Los Mercenarios tag team ran down to attack La Parka. Hijo del Vikingo failed at making the save. Same for Myzteziz Jr. and Laredo Kid. They were handled promptly and with ease. Los Mercenarios kept whipping La Parka and hitting him with chairs. They refused to let medical personnel attend to La Parka.

Meanwhile, Blue Demon and Wagner were busy beating the crap out of each other in the crowd.

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They eventually made it back into the ring. Flying crossbody by Blue Demon. The referee was hit by a Wagner dropkick. Wagner mule kicked Blue Demon in the balls. Pin cover. Wagner went to check why the ref wasn’t counting. Blue Demon returned the favor of mule kicking Wagner’s juniors. This time the ref was aware. 1, 2, 3 for Blue Demon Jr.

The Conquista Total episodes from Monterrey were pretty good. The best match is tough to choose. I’m picking Cage, Laredo Kid, & Hijo del Vikingo vs Texano, Sammy Guevara, & Daga from part 2. All six complemented each other well.

The two new storyline developments are intriguing. Faby Apache versus Keyra should be fire. Neither lady will take any guff. The Guardians of Luche Libre should be equal parts amusing chicanery and awesome maneuvers.

With Hijo del Fantasma out of AAA, it is nice to see Texano and Rey Escorpion continue the Mercenario bad blood with La Parka. That is a story that needs ass whooping closure instead of being dropped with no mention ever again.

I’m surprised to say that I’m not yet tired of seeing Blue Demon Jr. and Dr. Wagner Jr. fight. The way they punch and chop is loaded with hatred. AAA is doing a good job of building with enough variation toward that Triplemania mask vs hair main event in August. That said, it is still three months away. I’m not sure another six times will all be riveting.

Who are you siding with in Faby Apache against Keyra? Do you think the Guardians of Lucha Libre will win AAA trios gold? What kind of match would you like to see resolve the Mercenarios feud with La Parka (at let’s say Triplemania)?

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