VERANO DE ESCÁNDALO 2021
JULY 3, 2021
VIÑEDO LOS ROSALES, TEQUISQUIAPAN
The pandemic is still raging strong in countries that didn’t hoard vaccines, so Mexican lucha libre has yet to find its footing back to normality. The card of AAA Verano de Escándalo 2021 is a result of these uncertain times: everything feels a bit in the air and the main event was announced one day before the show. However, this should be a stepping stone to hype up Triplemania XIX (taking place August 14) and, in a vacuum, the card has the potential to be great fun. Will it deliver?
#1 CONTENDERSHIP FOR THE AAA MIXED TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
CHIK TORMENTA & AREZ DE, FLAMMER & ABISMO NEGRO JR. AND MAMBA & MR. IGUANA
A good and fast opener that started out with the trademark Arez creative llaveo. Soon, the bout turned into a wild affair mainly carried by the charisma of Mr. Iguana, whose flying tijeras and use of la Yeska was very entertaining; his interactions with teammate Mamba were quite fun too. However, when the action spilled to the outside of the ring, the now evil Pimpinela Escarlata interfered, tripped and distracted Mamba. Arez and Chik Tormenta took advantage by hitting a Top Rope Dropkick + Saharawi Suplex combo for the win. Easy to watch, didn’t overstay its welcome, and spiced up the blooming Mamba-Pimpi feud. ***½
Villano III Jr. and Lady Maravilla walked out to face off their challengers. I hope they schedule this match at Triplemania: it could be outstanding.
HIJO DEL VIKINGO DEF. KAMIKAZE, KOMANDER, ARAMIS, LÁTIGO, TOXIN TO WIN THE TORNEO ALAS DE ORO
How to even start talking about this high-flying orgy? I had no clue about the rules or conditions necessary to watch this match, so I just let myself flow through the madness. And it was glorious.
A new Power Ranger-looking luchador called Kamikaze debuted and was astonishing. I’ve been told he’s Ninja Mack, but this is the first time I see a match of him anyway, so everything he did was new to me. He immediately won me over by doing an insane Phoenix Splash 630° (is that naming even correct? Who cares!) He flipped and flew his way to an impressive AAA debut and I can’t wait to see more from him.
And well, besides Kamikaze, we had a who’s who of impressive Mexican luchadores doing what they do best. The action was fast and relentless. We saw a Standing 450° by Komander; Aramis pulled out a sweet Chaos Theory; we got a bunch of exhilarating dives to the outside, including a Shooting Star Press from Komander and a Tornillo from Látigo. Everyone was great, but Hijo del Vikingo was, as usual, out of this world. He climbed the roof and dived to take out Toxin with mind-blowing scissors. I jumped out of my seat. Later, he and Látigo delivered a fantastic finishing stretch that included a highly dangerous Top Rope German Suplex nearfall; was Vikingo sending a message to Kenny Omega? Minutes later, he got the win with Cuerno del Vikingo, Látigo refused to shake his hand and walked away.
Watch this match and bathe your eyes with lucha goodness. Just insane stuff. ****½
Before the first match of Verano de Escándalo 2021, we saw a car arriving at the Los Rosales vineyard (the place where this show is taking place). Now, the camera gives us Mamba, Mr. Iguana, and Arez, all bloodied and twisting on the floor next to a La Empresa shirt. It seems like we’ll get a visit from AAA’s newest faction.
DEONNA PURRAZZO DEF. LADY SHANI
It’s so refreshing to have an actual single women’s match in AAA instead of the lazy multi-woman match. Lady Shani has looked consistently bad in those difficult-to-work multi matches, so I was almost starting to forget she’s actually a solid wrestler. She had the chance to remind us tonight with a good match against Impact’s Deonna Purrazzo who’s preparing for a Title vs. Title bout against Faby Apache at Triplemania.
Shani and Deonna had a tough act to follow, but they delivered a smart and short-end product that achieved its objective of highlighting Purrazzo as a threat while giving time to Shani to look good. The former’s victory was never in question though, and she achieved it with an arm submission. ***¼
After the referee stopped the match, Purazzo refused to release the hold. Faby Apache showed up to help Shani and a brawl ensued. Security had to enter to stop it. A great, brief, and fiery post-match segment to build the Triplemania match.
PODER DEL NORTE (CARTA BRAVA JR., TITO SANTANA & MOCHO COTA JR.) DEF. NIÑO HAMBURGUESA, LAREDO KID & FABY APACHE
It’s good to see Poder del Norte getting a win in a semi-main event. They have been consistently excellent, working any type of style for a long time now and I feel like AAA is just taking them for granted. Does this victory mean a future push? I doubt it, but hopefully, this is a good sign of things to come. They should be involved in a big program.
As for the match, this was nothing new, but still a lot of fun. Some brawling, a bit of high flying action courtesy of Laredo and Hugo hyping up every move. Poder del Norte is a perfectly oiled trios match machine and they had three great opponents to dance with. ***½
La Empresa finally got in the ring. Diamante Azul and Puma King were flanked by masked people that were there to look intimidating and create the impression that La Empresa is growing. Puma cut a promo saying that they want a company with no clowns. Diamante started talking about how they are the present and future of lucha libre, but then a commercial break interrupted everything, and we never managed to know what the point of it all was. Oh, AAA.
AAA WORLD TRIOS CHAMPIONSHIP
LOS MERCENARIOS (REY ESCORPIÓN, TEXANO JR. & BLACK TAURUS) (C) DEF. PSYCHO CIRCUS (PSYCHO CLOWN, MURDER CLOWN & MONSTHER CLOWN)
It was a good night for the heels. Rey Escorpción pinned Psycho Clown in the middle of the ring after hitting a Guerrero Special on a table with thumbtacks. It was an excellent match to hype the Triplemania Lucha de Apuestas match not just because of that ending (which deserves a lot of credit), but because, before that, we got to see Psycho and Escorpión just wrestling. They exchanged moves for some minutes and ramped up the intensity of the feud. Just like that. Yes, we still got some blood and brawling involved, but we got confirmation that these two could create something special without the need for crazy gimmicks. If you love AAA, you are counting the days until that Apuestas match. ***¾
AAA is in a groove. Despite the underdevelopment of some rivalries, the company consistently delivers fun, friendly, and easy-to-watch lucha libre shows that can be enjoyed by hardcore fans, casuals, and newcomers alike.
What impresses me the most is the way they can make you forget about the lack of crowds thanks to their unique presentation, insane amount of action and the best announce team on the planet (I won’t hear otherwise) of José Manuel Guillén and Hugo Savinovich. AAA Verano de Escándalo 2021 was all of this. A well-booked show highlighted by a style of match that you won’t see anywhere else on the planet (the Alas de Oro match) and some simple, yet brilliant booking decisions that fired up two highly anticipated Triplemania matches. After watching this show, any AAA fan will be much more excited about Shani vs. Apache and Escorpión vs. Psycho. Triplemania XIX can’t come soon enough.