AAA’s Verano de Escándalo lived up to its Summer of Scandal name last night (July 3, 2021). Deonna Purrazzo entered the Forbidden Door, or Puerta Prohibida if you will, Hijo del Vikingo was crowned top high-flyer, and Psycho Clown was slammed through a table with thumbtacks on it.
Verano de Escándalo was a headlined by Psycho Clown, Murder Clown, and Monster Clown teaming for a chance to win Trios gold from Rey Escorpion, Texano, and Taurus. Los Mercenarios used the Freebird rule to bring the bull instead of La Hiedra.
Psycho Circus brought the fight to Los Mercenarios before the bell, but the rudos easily took over. Rey Escorpion ripped Psycho Clown’s mask in the first minute. The brawl was all over the ringside area with cookie sheets, oil drums, chairs, and Texano’s bullrope. It was the typical AAA main event style of utter chaos and no rules.
After the clowns rallied, the match settled down into a one-on-one affair between Psycho Clown and Rey Escorpion while the other team members watched from the floor. Both men were bleeding from the forehead. They exchanged pinfall attempts on power moves as Psycho hit a powerslam, Escorpion hit a DDT, and Psycho hit a backcracker to trap Escorpion in a casita pin. None of those moves did the trick to win. The fight carried on after a double clothesline to clear the ring.
Murder Clown and Monster Clown added flash with flying attacks. Monster connected on a flying crossbody to the outside, and Murder followed with a leaping cannonball onto Texano and Taurus.
Psycho and Escorpion were back in the ring for the finish. Psycho emptied a sack of thumbtacks onto a table. He was setting up a move in the corner, but Escorpion countered for an inverted superplex to send Psycho crashing down through the tacks and table. 1, 2, 3. Los Mercenarios retained the AAA World Trios Championship.
For reference, the top clip is the thumbtack table spot, and the bottom clip is only a table that occurred earlier in their feud.
Afterward, Escorpion handcuffed Psycho to the ropes and took his mask. The action between those two was a showcase to hype their upcoming mask versus hair main event of Triplemania XXIX on August 14.
The rest of the results went as expected for Verano de Escándalo.
Poder del Norte defeated Laredo Kid, Niño Hamburguesa, & Faby Apache. The babyfaces did crowd-pleasing work with Hamburguesa hitting a running cannonball in the corner, Faby executing a double underhook Angel’s Wings slam to one member of Poder del Norte on top of another member, and Hamburguesa at the base of a tower of doom.
The grooviest spot came from Laredo Kid on a 450 splash to a triple stack of Poder del Norte bodies.
Poder del Norte came back with the aid of a cookie sheet. They clobbered Hamburguesa in the head, then they unloaded a corner train of running attacks. Mocho Cota Jr. took flight for a frog splash to pin Hamburger Boy.
Deonna Purrazzo defeated Lady Shani. (Full details here.) Purrazzo weakened Shani’s arm setting up for an armbar submission to win. She held the submission too long after the bell, so Faby Apache ran out for fisticuffs. Purrazzo versus Faby is scheduled for Triplemania XXIX for title versus title. The winner will earn both the Knockouts Championship and the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship.
Alas de Oro tournament: Hijo del Vikingo defeated Kamikaze, Komander, Aramis, Latigo, and Toxin in a six-way. (Full details here, including Vikingo dropping from the ceiling for a hurricanrana.) The end was a one-on-one battle between Vikingo and Latigo. Vikingo turned the tide with a German suplex off the second rope. He connected on a double running knee in the corner to pave the way for an inverted 450 splash to win. After the match, Latigo did not shake hands with the winner.
Mixed Tag #1 Contender: Arez & Chick Tormenta defeated Abismo Negro Jr. & Flammer and Mr. Iguana & Mamba in a three-way. Maximo was supposed to be Iguana’s partner, but Mamba took his place. These types of substitutions tend to happen in AAA without explanation. In the end, Mamba had momentum on Arez. Pimpinela Escarlata ran in to grab Mamba’s foot. That distraction allowed Arez to take control. Tormenta landed a flying dropkick, and Arez picked up the pin on a Saharawi suplex to Mamba.
After the match, there was a showdown between the new #1 contenders and the champs, Lady Maravilla & Villano III Jr.
La Empresa. Verano de Escándalo also had a scandalous appearance from La Empresa. The faction with Puma King, Diamante Azul, and Sam Adonis invaded AAA at Rey de Reyes. La Empresa were back in a violent way on this evening. During the show, cameras found Mr. Iguana, Arez, and Mamba in a bloody mess after a beatdown. There was an Empresa t-shirt conveniently placed on the ground to reveal the culprits. Later, Puma King, Diamante Azul, and four other masked goons came to the ring with a message. AAA is a circus, while La Empresa are wrestlers of the highest quality.
Verano de Escándalo was an enjoyable lucha libre show from AAA. It didn’t reach that epic level at any point, but it was full of the wild, chaotic, and flashy style that makes AAA fun to watch. The main event advanced the heat between Rey Escorpion and Psycho Clown. Poder del Norte rocked the ring as they often do, while the tecnicos hit hot spots. Lady Shani was a tough opponent for Deonna Purrazzo, but the Virtuosa did what she does best. Work her game plan to success. The Alas de Oro match would be the one to seek out for all the high-flying flips. The mixed tag bout was solid and provided a potential show-stealer for the future whenever Arez and Chik Tormenta get to cash in on Lady Maravilla and Villano III Jr.
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