LUCHA LIBRE AAA
TRIPLEMANIA XXX: MONTERREY
APRIL 30, 2022
ESTADIO DE BÉISBOL MONTERREY
MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN, MÉXICO

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Meet Our Reviewers

Ricardo Gallegos: Ricardo is not expecting good booking in Triplemania XXX Monterrey, but a good time and hopefully a MOTYC instead. If Psycho Clown loses, it’s going to be a sad Children’s Day in México. (Ricardo will only review the second half because that’s when the broadcast starts in México). Follow him @luchajobbers

Griffin Peltier: Griffin is hoping we hear Separados on the stream tonight and they do not block it for copyright reasons. Follow him on Twitter @Hollywd12.

Ruleta de la Muerte Quarterfinal
Ultimo Dragon def. Pentagon Jr.

Griffin: They had videos for both Ultimo Dragon and Pentagon Jr. before the entrances that went over their histories in wrestling. It really added to the hype and the masks at stake in this TripleMania tournament. We got Separados! This wasn’t great but none of these first-round tournament matches will be. Ultimo hit his signature moves but Pentagon fought back and took control of most of the match. Penta nearly got the win by reversing La Magistral but then Ultimo took control a little while later and hit a Canadian Destroyer followed by the Asai DDT for the win. If you’re an Ultimo fan, it was nice to see him hit his moves in an AAA ring. Otherwise, this is not a must-watch. Ultimo is eliminated from the tournament. ***

AAA Mixed Tag Team Championship
Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti (and Parka Negra with the assist) def. Arez & Chik Tormenta ©, Lady Maravilla & Latigo, Komander & Sexy Star

Griffin: Sammy and Tay made out obnoxiously before the match and Sammy said he had a plan for the match because he’s not cleared. Latigo is a gimp. Sammy was replaced by Parka Negra. As is usual with these type of matches in AAA, this was pure chaos before the bell and after the bell. Despite being opponents in this match, Latigo and the champions are partners in Los Vipers. Komander has tons of potential and he shone in this one. He does things that only Hijo del Vikingo could replicate. Los Vipers introduced some plunder and their partnership quickly broke down. Dives galore! that ended with Arez hitting a Spanish Fly onto Maravilla from the top rope to a bunch of people outside the ring. Sammy interfered in the end, was tagged in by Parka, and then the AEW team pinned the champions for the win. There were some fun spots as usual in these giant tags. Komander was fantastic and I hope he gets an opportunity higher up the card in the future. Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti are the new Mixed Tag Team champions. ***½ 

Ruleta de la Muerte Quarterfinal
LA Park def. Villano IV

Griffin: Villano IV, with his funky music, looked happy to be here. Villano started the match on the ramp and immediately went after Park! The match started with two bumps and I have to call that a success. This quickly turned into a terrible plunder match and Villano ripped Park’s mask. Park was busted open and they slowly brawled into the crowd… only to slowly walk back into the ring. Villano drinking and spitting out Park’s blood was a highlight of the match. Villano was kicking Park’s ass in an embarrassing way until Park somehow came back to kick Villano’s ass and powerslam him through a wooden board at ringside! Villano hit Park with some of the weakest chair shots I’ve ever seen and then hit a low blow that led to a nearfall that made the crowd go wild! They traded near falls down the stretch and the crowd bit on every single one! Park got the roll-up after Villano tried to go for the Figure Four for the win. A somewhat fun spectacle that struggled for minutes on end in the middle. LA Park is eliminated from the tournament. ***½ for the spectacle.

Jeff Jarrett interrupted Latin Lover’s homage ceremony

Ricardo: Vampiro, Latin Lover, and Jeff Jarrett having fun, but was it necessary to have Latin Lover assaulting a woman? There were 80 femicides in México just in February of 2022. Enough of this. It’s not funny, it’s retrograde, lazy, and unnecessary. Normalizing and even making a mockery out of assault is not cool. Read THE ROOM, AAA. 

Johnny Superstar Caballero & Taurus def. Dragon Lee & Dralistico, Jack Cartwheel & Laredo Kid

Ricardo: AAA is leaning hard on nostalgia at Triplemania XXX Monterrey. Not only do we get Canek, Villano IV, and Ultimo Dragon, but the company is already bringing back empty arena shows. What’s that? There are people in the crowd? Well, they aren’t making any sound due to AAA’s ATROCIOUS audio, so every match sounds empty, sad, and lame. The announcers sure are loud though! This company never fails to disappoint in some way or form, it’s unbelievable how amateur they are.

The match itself was a fun spotfest with a plethora of cool dives (it’s a shame it felt very cold due to the lack of crowd noise). Cartwheel hasn’t impressed me so far, either in México or the US indies, but he was solid here: his agility will surely impress the higher-ups in AAA. Dragon Lee was the star of the match: everything he does is crisp. I feel that Dralístico keeps underdelivering and is struggling to find an identity. Taurus should be in a bigger spot by now, but why would Konnan make a booking effort? ***

Griffin: Jack Cartwheel was X. John Superstar is now known as Johnny Caballero. A man of many names. The match started a bit clunky with the action going to the outside with some brawling but picked up as soon as they got back into the ring. All three teams worked well together and made this a fun watch. Cartwheel looked good for his first big AAA show and added to the highlights of dives. Dragon Lee is so smooth and was the star of the match. Caballero got the win after the roll up on Laredo Kid after kicking him square in the nards. Lots and lots of dives and flips. These multi-team tags are always a lot of fun but the moves after moves feel flat on the screen. I imagine it’s different live. I’m a bit surprised with this result as Dralistico and Lee are wrestling The Hardys on the next TripleMania. ***¾ 

Ruleta de la Muerte Quarterfinal
Rayo de Jalisco Jr. def. Blue Demon Jr.

Ricardo: As expected, this was slow, but there was a charm to it. These gentlemen are not exactly Maasaki Mochizuki, so it was an intelligent decision to brawl, or at least try to brawl. I respect their effort even if the match was painful to watch. 62-year-old Rayo de Jalisco Jr. was clearly working hard, so I felt extra bad about the mute broadcast. Imagine struggling that much to go out there and try to have a decent match… only for AAA to make your match sound like a noiseless, lifeless void. 

Even though it was dumb, the post-match was kind of fun. Cien Caras, cane and all, came out with Máscara Año 2000 and Nueva Generación DInamita to ambush Rayo de Jalisco Jr., teasing another chapter in their rivalry, which is not a good idea. *

Griffin: We have a combined age of 117 here. I love Blue Demon Jr. coming out to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They had an opening bell and a closing bell so this is technically considered a wrestling match. Demon kicked Jalisco’s ass all over the ringside area. Jalisco slowly spedwalk when running the ropes and struggled to bump. 72-year-old Cien Caras walked out to cause the distraction, NGD ran in to interfere but were quickly dismissed by the old guy as if they were NOAH regulars, and Rayo hit Demon with a guitar for the win to end the suffering. ¼ for the laughs provided by Rayo’s running. Rayo de Jalisco Jr. is eliminated from the tournament. Demon did not move at all after the guitar shot and was stretchered to the back. I hope he’s okay, it looked bad.

Bandido, Pagano, Taya def. Andrade, Cibernetico, Deonna Purrazzo

Ricardo: A nothing match. What started with bright spots that hyped me up for a future Bandido vs. Andrade match, soon turned into a long (very long) bout full of empty spots: some Pagano-Ciber brawling, some high-flying, and a dumb finish involving Hijo del Tirantes and a fire extinguisher. No psychology, no emotion, and no noise from the crowd. This felt like a soulless neverending void. But, hey, they worked hard. **

Griffin: Andrade brought Jose The Assistant with him to Monterrey. These are two weird trios. It started raining a lot and the wind picked up at the start of this match and I think they started to rush because of it. That being said, Bandido and Andrade staring each other down with the rain coming down was a cool visual. Pagano speared Cibernetico through a table to give the tecnicos momentum that led to a Bandido dive on Andrade. The match was really slow from there until Bandido and Andrade took charge and had some excellent back-and-forth – including a Bandido hurricanrana that threw Andrade to the floor outside the ring with a thud. Bandido hit a beautiful moonsault onto everyone on the outside, leaving just Pagano and Cibernetico. Latigo, with a fire extinguisher, blew it on Pagano’s face and then emptied it on Hijo de Tirantes… who then declared the tecnicos the win despite no actual finish. That’s a AAA finish if I’ve ever seen one. Some cool spots that makes me want an Andrade/Bandido singles match. **¾ 

Ruleta de la Muerte Quarterfinal
Canek def. Psycho Clown

Ricardo: Psycho is truly the GOAT. The man tried as hard as possible to make Canek look good; he even ate a guardrail during the best spot of the match. But there’s so much Psycho could do, and the match ended up being exactly what you expect it to be: sad. Psycho lost after Dr. Wagner Jr. came out to hit him with a bat. *

Andrade soon joined Wagner to attack Psycho and create an alliance:

After the match, Dr. Wagner Jr. said that he was here to take his revenge (Psycho took Wagner’s mask at TripleMania XXV). “You won’t have a chance because everytime you bet your mask, I’ll be there, whether you like it or not,” said Wagner. Then, he offered Andrade to push the “Lagunero legacy.” Andrade accepted because he liked the idea of destroying “the little clown.” Hence, the Legado Lagunero is born

Griffin: Canek is 69 years old. Canek slammed Andre The Giant a year before Psycho was born. For what it’s worth, Canek looked great physically. His ability in the ring not so much. Psycho did a tope and landed throat first on the guardrail leading. Ouch! Canek threw Psycho around but the best spot of the match was a young kid throwing up the birds in anger. Psycho speared Canek onto a wood board and it didn’t budge. Canek hit one of the worst back kicks I have ever seen and then Dr. Wagner Jr.’s music hit and he came down to the ring with a bat. He smashed it over Psycho’s back and that gave Canek the win. Awful. Psycho tried his best. ¼ for the Psycho guardrail spot. Canek is eliminated from the tournament. Andrade joined Dr. Wagner Jr.’s new group The Andrade Family Doctor’s Office Legado Lagunero. A true alliance to end Psychomania.

The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) def. Fénix & Hijo del Vikingo

Ricardo: After the obligatory and uncreative Konnan heat spot of the way, this match was great. Fénix and Vikingo, who had an awesome entrance in a car that looked right out of Blade Runner, looked like a cohesive unit: they were astonishing. The Young Bucks are The Young Bucks and they delivered the trademark excellence you would expect from them by superkicking heads and creating hot, dramatic wrestling. Vikingo’s 630° from the ring to the ramp was AMAZING and probably the best spot I’ve seen in 2022 so far. 

But, guess what? This is AAA, so of course the highly incompetent Hijo del Tirantes botched the finish. However, Matt Jackson brilliantly salvaged the moment by improvising a “humiliating” spot where the forced Tirantes to count three times over and over again. It’s a little action that exemplifies why the YB are the best in the business. 

It’s a shame that the match felt cold because of, you guessed it, AAA’s abysmal production. Seeing Vikingo and Fénix soaring through the air to zero noise from the crowd was truly depressing. Their incompetence ruined what could’ve been a great night of action. Yes, it’s AAA and we should always expect the worst from them, but that’s no excuse to just simply forgive how amateur their production is over and over and over and over again. Amateurs. ***½

Griffin: Fenix and Vikingo arrived driving a three-wheeled car (a trike?). They looked like stars. The Young Bucks had Konnan in their corner, I guess they answered his DM. That makes one of us! Vikingo immediately hit one of his incredible dives, jumping from the ring post to the top rope to Jackson. The Bucks and Konnan then left up the ramp, baiting the tecnicos to run up and eat superkicks. This was getting good until Konnan interfered and was ejected from ringside by Hijo de Tirantes. They got it back when Vikingo walked the ropes and hit a tornillo on both Bucks and then Fenix did it too! These guys are insane! The Bucks took control of the match and it led to a Superkick Party where everyone nearly had their heads kicked off, including Fenix getting booted right in the mouth. Vikingo hit a dope 630 from the ring to the ramp (GIF below) that was just nuts. Absolutely incredible! The Bucks hit the Meltzer Driver on Vikingo for the win soon thereafter. Hijo de Tirantes fucked up the finish. Other than the three count, this was great! The Young Bucks are one of the best tag teams of all time and being paired with Fenix and Vikingo guaranteed magic. Four of the best wrestlers in the world today being great wrestlers. ****¼