Welcome to the weekly roundup of AAA news and wrestling action. The big news is AAA announcing a future show at Madison Square Garden. There is also a new champ for the mini division. Conquista Total featured a good main event of El Poder del Norte against Aerostar, Drago, and Hijo del Vikingo.
AAA invading NYC at MSG
Nos vemos el 15 de septiembre en @TheGarden #LuchaLibreAAAenNY pic.twitter.com/3PREo4SPSs— Lucha Libre AAA (@luchalibreaaa) April 4, 2019
AAA held a press conference at Madison Square Garden to announce they will be holding their very first show in the famed arena on September 15, 2019. That night is a big holiday in Mexico as the country’s independence night celebration. Tickets go on sale Cinco de Mayo.
The fifty minute press conference was hosted by Jorge Viera, a Puerto Rican television personality in the New York area. The press conference itself was not all that interesting. The first twenty-seven minutes were various business executives welcoming AAA to MSG/NYC and short speeches from Hugo Savinovich and Dorian Roldan.
Next, it was time for the luchadores. Konnan, Daga, Puma King, Aerostar, Fenix, Drago, Taya, Tessa Blanchard, Blue Demon Jr., and Pentagon were in attendance. About half of them spoke, but nothing newsworthy was stated. The forty minute mark was time for questions from the press.
The moments or quotes from the press conference that stuck out to me were:
- Jorge Viera shared a statistic that 90% of Mexicans living in New York come from the state of Puebla. Hmm, interesting.
- Dorian Roldan said that AAA is targeting Los Angeles as their next US show. It sounded like that would be later this year.
- Konnan shared a story. Twenty-four years ago, AAA founder Antonio Peña told Konnan that AAA would one day have a show in MSG. Konnan was proud that he could help make that dream come true.
- Dorian Roldan said the show will have really big surprises and hopes talent from other promotions can make an appearance. He didn’t specifically name anyone, but the most likely candidate would be AEW, especially if the Young Bucks are still AAA tag team champs. The champs are scheduled to defend against the Lucha Bros on May 25 at AEW’s All or Nothing.
- Cain Velasquez is only committed to Triplemania XXVII on August 3, for now.
- The best moment was Tessa Blanchard getting heated with Taya. Blanchard mouthed off about how she will regain Impact’s Knockouts Championship from Taya. Taya was none to pleased and called her a cabrona. The next day, Johnny Mundo chimed in about the only Blanchard welcome in Slamtown.
There were group photos, but the best is Taya on the New York Knicks basketball court inside Madison Square Garden.
⭐️ The Garden....wow, this is a moment. See you September 15th!!! @IMPACTWRESTLING @luchalibreaaa #WeraLoca pic.twitter.com/0AQDM2HdsQ— Wera Loca (@TheTayaValkyrie) April 4, 2019
Later in the afternoon, the Lucha Bros scored a photo with Ric Flair.
Los mejores entre los mejores @ReyFenixMx @RicFlairNatrBoy thanks #zeromiedo #luchabrothers pic.twitter.com/NIZJYoz9XK— PENTA EL ZERO M (@PENTAELZEROM) April 4, 2019
I bet the Lucha Bros were just as excited as when they met Steve Austin and Pentagon presented him with a custom t-shit saying, “I am chubby but chingon!”
Imagine you are a regular tourist enjoying New York City and you see a masked dragon and spaceman.
If I wasn’t aware of lucha libre, I might think Drago was the flying dog from The NeverEnding Story. That photo makes me yearn for a hot dog from a true NYC hot dog cart.
New Mini-Estrellas Champ
This championship change kind of flew under the radar. Mini Psycho Clown defended his title against Mini Murder Clown, Mini Monster Clown, La Parkita Negra, La Parkita, and Dinastia at the Vive Latino music festival on March 16. Who is the new champ, you ask?
BREAKING NEWS! / ¡DE ÚLTIMO MOMENTO! @DinastiaTripleA es el NUEVO Campeón Mundial Mini AAA al salir con la mano en alto en la lucha titular celebrada en el @vivelatino 2019 pic.twitter.com/KUrbpJQc2d— Lucha Libre AAA (@luchalibreaaa) March 17, 2019
Dinastia pinned Mini Psycho Clown after a Spanish Fly. You can watch the whole match on Facebook. This will be Dinastia’s second reign. He previously held the belt for 1,558 days. I believe Dinastia either renounced it or was defeated because he wanted to try his luck in the bigger weight divisions.
Also at Vive Latino, La Parka won a ceremonial championship.
Felicidades a @Parka_AAA, el Campeón 20 Aniversario del Festival @vivelatino @luchalibreaaa #20AñosVL19 pic.twitter.com/7fopl4ruQI— Marisela Peña (@MPenaAAA) March 18, 2019
He wrestled Texano and Pagano in a three-way. The full match is available on Facebook as well. The winning move was putting Pagano through a giant slab of wood in the corner.
Conquista Total: Morelia, Part 1
The latest episode of Conquista Total emanated from Morelia, Michoacan. Part 1 featured more fussing with Faby Apache and Hijo de Tirantes, Super Porky being introduced into the Alvarado family feud, and GREEN MIST!!!
The main event was El Poder del Norte against Aerostar, Drago, Hijo del Vikingo (watch here). It was the best bout from Part 1. You can watch the full show on YouTube.
Draztrick Boy, Dragon Bane, & La Parkita vs Latigo, Mini Monster Clown, and Mini Murder Clown
The minis in the match (starting at 9:15) were short guys and not micro minis. Highlights include a super hurricanrana by La Parkita, a suicide dive by Latigo, and stepping stool sentons by Dragon Bane and Draztrick Boy.
For the finish, La Parkita connected on a flying tope con hilo to the outside, while Draztrick Boy hit a Spanish Fly off the apron. That left Bragon Bane and Latigo alone for some back and forth action. Dragon Bane scored the win with a 630 back splash.
After the match, La Parkita was taken out with a neck brace on a backboard by medics. He must have been injured on that flying tope. I don’t see any news of a serious injury, so he is probably be okay.
Lady Shani, Myzteziz Jr., & Dinastia vs Faby Apache, La Parka Negra, & Super Fly
This was a standard style trios bout for AAA (starting at 26:00). Highlights include a springboard splash by Dinastia, a flying crossbody to the outside by Lady Shani, and a sweet step-up corkscrew plancha by Myzteziz Jr.
For the finish, Faby Apache and Dinastia went at it. Faby attempted a pin after a double underhook front suplex, but Dinastia kicked out at two. The count was a little slow by referee Hijo de Tirantes, and he laughed when Faby complained. Faby missed a moonsault, which allowed Dinastia an opportunity for a series of moonsaults off each rope. Faby got her knees up on the last one. She secured the win on a double arm hook bridging German suplex.
After the bout, a shoving match took place between Faby and Tirantes when he wanted to raise her hand. Faby slapped him then exited the ring.
Super Porky in the house
Super Porky was on stage for an interview. He was there to support his sons, Maximo and Psycho Clown. La Mascara came out to interrupt. Call him Sr. La Mascara, the leader of the Alvarado family. He was going to teach the old man some respect until Psycho Clown made the save.
Psycho Clown doesn’t want to interfere in the issues between La Mascara and Maximo, but there will be consequences for messing with his father. La Mascara laughed it off.
Pimpinela Escarlata, Maximo, & Mamba vs Taurus, La Mascara, & Chessman
This match (starting at 43:30) was full of exotico silliness. Highlights include a running cannonball by Mamba off the apron, a running trust fall by Maximo off the apron, a suicide tope by Mamba, and a rope-walking tope con hilo by Maximo.
For the finish, La Mascara monkey flipped Pimpinela Escarlata into the corner. La Mascara scaled the turnbuckles for some fist pounding on top of Pimpi, but Maximo met Mascara with a kiss. That resulted in a roll-up win by Pimpi for the Fresas Salvajes to run wild.
Hijo del Vikingo, Aerostar, & Drago vs El Poder del Norte
The main event (starting at 56:00) of Part 1 was as you would expect; rope bouncing from the tecnicos and teamwork from the rudos. Top early highlights include an atomic suicide dive by Aerostar into the crowd and a springboard 630 cannonball by Hijo del Vikingo to the outside.
For the finish, I thought for sure the tecnicos were going to win on a triple pin after a rope-walking 450 splash by Vikingo, a rope-walking top turnbuckle Vader splash by Aerostar, and a dragon’s lair pin by Drago. But, nope. The rudos kicked out.
Drago hit a suicide dive variation on Mocho Cota Jr. Vikingo hit a suicide dive on Cota and Tito Santana. Aerostar then hit a springboard backward bomb on Santana and Carta Brava Jr.
GREEN MIST!!! Drago sprayed Santana in the ring.
Vikingo won the bout with a reverse 450 splash.
That was a solid installment of Conquista Total. It doesn’t match the excellent quality of the shows from Tepic the last two weeks, but the episodes can’t always be super awesome. The main event from Part 1 in Morelia delivered the goods though, so it left us with something to be excited about.
What do you think will be the endgame for the feud with Faby Apache and Hijo de Tirantes? Do you like the inclusion of Psycho Clown into the Alvarado family fighting? Do you pop for green mist every time like I do?