Lucha Libre AAA
Triplemania XXX: Mexico City
October 15, 2022
Arena Ciudad de Mexico
Azcapotzalco, Mexico City, Mexico

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The show started with an army band playing Bad Medicine and Thriller with Larry Dallas and Joe Dombrowski in the corner of the screen like a Microsoft Teams call. This is AAA, baby!

#1 Contender’s Match
Dragon Lee & Dralistico def. Latigo & Toxin, Komander & Myzteziz, Arez & Willie Mack

Willie Mack started the match with his dancing to pop the all-important female demographic. As is the standard for these multi-man openers, all four teams traded momentum and hit their spots. A lot of dives onto the ramp that is connected to the ring. Dragon Lee hit a beautiful tope suicida to take out Arez who was in the process of suplexing Latigo onto Toxin who sat on the guardrail (GIF below). Soon after, Komander walked the ropes and rounded half the ring before hitting his move. He is nuts and was the star of the match. Dragon Lee and Dralistico (Dralistico pinned Toxin) got the win in an enjoyable sprint. ***½

Willie Mack danced with the Dr. Simi pharmacy mascots as dolls rained down from the ceiling. Only in AAA.

AAA Reina de Reinas Championship
Taya © def. Kamille

AAA brought in Marty Elias to ref this match. Thank god we don’t have Hijo del Tirantes reffing this women’s match. Flammer, the real #1 contender and the one who should be challenging for the title, seconded the NWA import. Kamille jumped Taya to start the match and the plunder was brought into play immediately. Kamille gingerly hit Taya with a cookie sheet and the English feed cut out for about 30 seconds. A bloody Taya hit the worst sliding German ever and then they botched a few moves until Taya hit a cutter off the ring apron onto a table because it didn’t break. YO SOY LA MESA! Arez took out Flammer because why not and that led to Taya locking in the STF for the submission victory. I was expecting a trainwreck but this was more like a fender bender. Taya makes defense number five (the first in AAA) of the Reina de Reinas title. **¼

Konnan came to the ring to talk but was interrupted by Cibernetico and Los Vipers. They beat him down and nobody made the save. That might have been a Los Vipers face turn depending on who you ask.

AAA Trios Championship
Brian Cage, Johnny Caballero, Sam Adonis def. Nuevo Generacion Dinamita (Cuatrero, Forastero & Sanson) © & Bandido, Laredo Kid, Psycho Clown

Johnny Caballero had a special USA entrance while riding Chavo Guerrero’s old friend Pepe. Bandido, Laredo Kid, and Psycho Clown had matching masks that were super dope. The challengers must pin one of the champions to win the titles. NGD and the tecnicos team started off hot until the American rudos took control and had a control period that was a bit slow for my liking.

The extended beatdown went on and on with Estrellita running interference on behalf of Team USA. NGD finally took her out and then things picked up slightly. Cage monkey flipped Bandido over the top rope in the coolest spot of the match. Marty Elias stopped Laredo Kid from using Pepe – despite Psycho Clown using a cookie sheet earlier – and that led to Caballero fouling him behind the ref’s back for the win. Team USA get the win but Nuevo Generacion Dinamita retain the belts. Nuevo Generacion Dinamita make defence number one of the AAA Trios championship? **½

Arturo “Rudo” Rivera, who was a rudo announcer when AAA debuted on Televisa in 1992, and Blue Demon were inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame.

Hair vs. Hair
Pagano def. Cibernetico

Cibernetico was seconded by Los Vipers’ Absimo Negro Jr., Latigo, and Toxin. Pagano came out alone. This was bowling shoe ugly from the opening bell, which was not surprising. Pagano tried to hit a tope into a table but was way short and went splat on the outside. Cibernetico had a looooong control sequence and Los Vipers interfered to help. Pagano came back wielding a fork and both men started gushing blood. Charly Manson ran to the ring with a light tube and ate a cookie sheet shot and then Pagano smashed the tube over Hijo del Tirantes. Pagano missed another dive.

With no referee to count a Pagano pin, someone played Vampiro’s fucking music and he’s here to be the referee! He probably got a good pop but the crowd is not properly mic’ed so we didn’t hear it. This completely broke down with some awful weapon shots and slow-as-molasses counting from Vampiro. Pagano was Chokeslammed on a barbed wire chair, thumbtacks, and then pushed through a table and that should’ve been the finish but Vampiro couldn’t count to three because he forgot what came after two.

They fought up the ramp, Konnan’s music hit and he attacked Los Vipers with a barbed wire baseball bat. Pagano and Cibernetico went through the stage off a ladder and Vampiro made the fast count when both men were off-screen. Pagano wins, I guess? This wasn’t good and went on way too long. The Konnan spot was fine but Vampiro’s reffing was wretched. , half a star for Pagano going 0/2 on dives.

AAA Mega Championship
Hijo del Vikingo © def. Fenix

Vikingo had his family with him for his entrance. Despite being known for their high-flying abilities, both men are supremely underrated for their mat wrestling. They showed those skills to start the match before doing their tremendous flips and dives. It didn’t take long for them to go to the air. The story of the early portion of the match was quite simple: Fenix, the international star with a lot more experience, had an answer for everything Vikingo threw at him. Fenix had complete control and took his time to beat down the champion.

Vikingo, the valiant champion, fought back and got angry to swing the momentum back his way by ripping the mask of the challenger. This allowed him to use every facet of the ring to his advantage by jumping from post to rope for a dive and then smashing Fenix’s head into the ring post to split him open. A springboard 450 from the middle rope nearly got the win but Fenix refused to give up.

After back-and-forth brawling on the ramp, the two were now on equal footing for the next part of the match. They traded high-impact reversals in the ring until the roles from earlier switched as Vikingo had an answer for everything Fenix did in the ring and nearly ended the match with some beautiful 630s. Fenix rolled out of the ring to take Vikingo out of his element again leading to two Fenix Drivers that Vikingo somehow kicked out of! Tremendous nearfalls that had the crowd in the palm of their hands!

Taking to the ropes put Vikingo firmly in control. He hit Fenix with a reverse hurricanrana off the top rope and then connected with double knees in the corner to set up the inverted 450 for the three count. Hijo del Vikingo makes defense number five of the AAA Mega Championship.

This was tremendous. The storytelling throughout followed what Fenix and Vikingo have been doing in their matches on AAA TV leading up to this match (check out the Dragon Lee & Fenix vs. Hijo del Vikingo & Aramis match from 8/20). Fans threw money into the ring as a sign of respect but I don’t think that was enough. Throw the entire wallet in there! This was magic from the opening bell and much more than a spot fest that some may have expected. No bullshit, just great wrestling. *****

Mask vs. Mask, Ruleta de la Muerte Final
Pentagon Jr. def. Villano IV

Villano’s entrance music is a certified bop! Pentagon Jr. had a special warrior entrance and looked cool AF, as the youth say. They didn’t waste any time and started the brawl on the entrance ramp. Villano immediately ripped Pentagon’s mask to draw first blood. Villano took his sweet time kicking Pentagon’s ass from pillar to post around ringside and launched Pentagon through a wooden board.

Pentagon fought back and took out both Villano IV and Villano V (who was seconding his brother for this match) at ringside with a tope con giro. Turnabout was fair play when Pentagon ripped the legendary mask to bloody up his opponent. The two threw wild haymakers at ringside and brawled until Pentagon hit a Death Valley Driver through a table for a near fall.

This came down to grit as they both pulled out all the stops to try and win the other’s mask. As pointed out by luchablog, Villano IV tried to use the cradle that won Blue Panther’s mask for Villano V but Pentagon refused to lose. Villano himself refused to give up by kicking out twice after Pentagon’s arm breaker.

There was a great false finish where Penta tapped out while Marty Elias was out of position and didn’t see him give up. Villano broke the hold thinking he had won and the fans were incensed! Penta came back and punted Villano right in the face which led to the arm breaker for the win. Pentagon Jr. wins Villano IV’s mask.

This was a great match that had the crowd in the palm of their hands. They kicked the shit out of each other for a good chunk of the match and both men were bleeding buckets. This was a good win for Pentagon and Villano earned this big paycheque for his performances in this tournament. ****½

Villano IV is Tomás Díaz Mendoza, 42 years as a pro.

Final Thoughts

This would’ve been an all-timer show if the undercard delivered. The semi-main event and the main event both delivered and will do well on the Voices of Wrestling 2022 Match of the Year list. You absolutely need to watch those two matches. I’d also suggest watching the opening four-way tag team match which was a fun sprint. When wrestling hits, it hits like nothing else.