Jesus Zuniga recaps part 1 of TripleMania XX and previews part 2.
Upcoming events hypes only the Ecatepc taping.
Match 1: Chessman & Juventud Guerrera vs Extreme Tiger & Halloween and Joe Lider & Psicosis and Jack Evans & Teddy Hart in a losers advance cage match
Arena Ciudad de Mexico, 08/05/2012
Halloween escapes (2:00)
Juvi escapes (4:32)
Extreme Tiger escapes (6:02)
Psicosis escapes (8:00)
Jack escapes (11:03)
Teddy escapes (13:10)
Chessman falls to his doom (14:20)
Loser: Joe Lider
Match Time: 14:20
Notes: Joe Lider is way too excited, which bodes ill for everyone else. Psicosis pulls out a bag, and intends to dump the contents into hand and, but fails. Alas. It's the stapler, he just picks it up. Are they making everyone climb in the cage? That's kind of harsh. Wait, there is a door, these people are just crazy. Juvi has mask and his belt. Tiger is wearing a “Tijuana 4 Ever” shirt, though he takes it off faster than the camera people can shot it at first. Rudos hang out outside the ring and grab furniture. Jack gets last entrance, which is not exactly a hair match with Perro but still nice. Jack dances and hugs random but obviously selected people, including the bunny fans. (They did get their front row seats!) Everyone's in the cage by the time Jack comes in to breakdance. Pepe Casas & Copetes (looking like just lost a hair match) are outside the cage. Jesus is still explaining the rules as the guys are fighting, and some beats him to the whistle blow.
This is still the same six sided cage, but the lights fixtures are right on top of it. They're like small hedges on going from corner to corner on opposite sides and one long hedge that goes right down the middle and extends past the top of the cage on both ways. They're wide enough to walk on, but I don't know about the footing. It's not immediately clear if they're supposed to be in the cage for a certain amount of time, but it becomes clear really quick.
Moves and moves and it's not easy to follow based on the long angles and throw the cage shots they prefer to start. Partnerships seem random. Nicho helps Halloween hold up Lider for a dropkick, so he's dumb. Rudos hold Juvi for a Tiger top rope legdrop. Tiger celebrates, and poses, totally oblivious to how the técnicos are obviously going to kill him. Sure enough, superkick, spear, he's down. (Add Halloween to the dummy list. Or possible the “I don't care if I end up facing my teammate” bit) Psicosis sets Tiger on the mat and tells Halloween to go up. Top rope? No, top of the cage. Halloween is many things, but a fool is not one of them, so he just climbs all the way over and leaves. Psicosis tries to pulls him back down for betraying him, but can't get him and Lider smacks Psicosis with a chair to sop him from following. Halloween is so happy, and stays around ringside telling everyone who smart he is.
Meanwhile, in a spot the cameras barely catch in time, Tiger and Jack do 450s Teddy and maybe Chessman. Leo Riano is talking, but his microphone isn't working (or the one they're passing back and forth isn't close enough to his mouth.) Juvi smacks Jack and Teddy with a trash can. Trash can smacked on Teddy's head. Halloween rooting for the guys to hit each other hard. Tiger climbs up, but Juvi hits him with the trash can too. Rudos kick around Lider while Juvi gets Tiger a 'rana into a trash can. Final Justice on Jack. Juvi decides to leave, no one really tries to stop him, Juvi can't get over because someone is probably supposed to stop him, I guess, so Juvi just hugs the top of the cage for a while. Juvi then poses for a bit. Everyone else ignores Juvi and keeps fighting. Tiger overhead belly to belly suplexes Lider into the cage. Juvi finally climbs down the outside very slowly. I have no idea what that was about.
Back in the match, Chessman tosses Tiger up for a spot where he grabs on the middle portion and swings, but Tiger can't quite grab it. Chessman slaps him, tries it again, Tiger grabs that middle hedge, Chessman quickly climbs up the corner and starts crossing over the middle hedge, monkey bar style. This leaves him a target, and Psicosis gives him a spear off the middle rope. (Camera work blew the shot on this.) Tiger climbs up the hedge, and pulls himself on his stomach across it to the cage wall. Those hedges actually rock back and forth a bit. Psicosis puts the ladder around his had and plays Terry Funk. Teddy takes it, Jack falls down without actually being hit (smart! , Teddy gets up and gets hit again, and Lider gets hit. Meanwhile, Tiger is on top of the cage, and leaps off to plancha Halloween and Juvi. That shot they got, thank goodness. Tiger escaping means Familia de Tijuana will not be in the next match.
Psicosis throws the ladder at Chessman and climbs the cage. Jack climbs up after him, catching up to Psicosis somewhat because Psicosis still has his stapler in his hand and is climbing with one arm. Lider pulls Jack back – that's actually good strategy here, not that I count on these guys to be doing this on purpose. Psicosis sits on the hedge, and Lider joins him on the hedge to fight him. Now, either you let the man go, or you stop him from going, but pick a side. Lider crotches himself, and Psicosis staples him in the head eight times. Psicosis staples him two more times (eight is not enough) and starts hitting Lider with the stapler. Lider dangles off the side of the hedge. Psicosis jumps to the cage wall, and gets over away. Lider reaches after him, but can't actually reach to him. Psicosis says something to Lider – maybe telling him to leave so they're not stuck fighting later? Nah.
Meanwhile, the three people left below – Teddy, Jack and Chessman – resume fighting. Teddy dropkick Chessman, Jack misses a high kick on Teddy and Teddy flips him into a powerbomb. Lider frees himself and slides down the cage wall back inside the cage, so he's still around. Despite being stapled for a while, hes' in best shape of those who are left and hits the other three guys. Juvi, for no reason, wants to climb back in the cage. Copetes pulls him back. Lider gives Teddy a big messy move. Lider whips Jack to Teddy, Teddy tosses Jack to the corner, Jack grabs on the cage, the world stops for about 10 seconds and even then they're not sure what they're supposed to be doing. Teddy eventually drops Lider face first on the top rope, then Jack pulls off an impressive moonsault into flying DDT. Jack superkicks Chessman and climbs up. Psicosis and Juvi have a random argument that the camera finds more interesting than the match. Jack does not climb up, but does climb to the middle of the hedge. If this show wasn't a month all already, I'd put 40% odds that Jack Evans was about to destroy himself. Jack moonsault onto the other three guys. Actually looked relatively safe. Jack is the first one up, grabbing his ribs with one arm climbs with the other, and making it without resistance. No one's spent much time stopping other people from leaving, totally different than usual cage matches.
Back on mat level, Chessman and Teddy do an odd handshake thing. I guess they're friends again. Trash can on Lider's head, ladder to the trash can. Lider is down on the mat, but Psicosis throws a drink at him from outside the cage. I don’t think you can fairly be angry with someone for not doing what you'd like them do when you just stapled them in the forehead. Lider is bleeding a lot. There is a double decker of tables set up outside the ring, a bit ominous. Rudos clothesline Lider, then Teddy randomly turns on Chessman and starts punching him. Teddy doesn't do it so he can get out, he just punches him because betraying people is what you do in cage matches, I guess. Chessman is not really hurt at all, but is slowed enough for Teddy to give him his backcracker powerbomb. Nicho is trying to climb back in the cage. Halloween, who has no reason to still be here, has borrowed popcorn and a drink. Double underhook Canadian Destroyer on Lider. Teddy, Psicosis friend, climbs up the cage right next to Psicosis. Teddy is not sure how this is going to go, but Psicosis backs off and Teddy is free to climb to the top. Teddy looks out, looks, and does a moonsault in because Teddy is not really worried about losing. Psicosis tries to climb up again, and Copetes pulls him off the cage. Teddy gets up, poses on top of the cage a bit and climbs down before Lider finally climbs after him.
Jesus is alert enough to realize who'd be in the apuesta match. Psicosis appears to have figured this out too, because he climbs up again and tries to pull Lider over the top of the cage. Chessman pulls Lider down and crotches him, then walks on the ropes to kick Lider in the head and knock him off. Chessman climbs to the top of the side of the cage and poses. The match is actually over at this point, though they sometimes seem to be counting escape as when people's feet touch the floor (which would be a change.) Anyway, there's no reason for Chessman to keep standing there, except music starts to play and the lights go off and Vampiro's name appears on the video board. Is it telling too much to note Chessman happens to be by the stacked tables? When the lights are back on, Vampiro is standing on top of the cage next to Chessman, so actual good job on making sure Chessman didn't have to stall like a dope. Both grab onto the chain connecting the cage with the ceiling with one arm and punch each other carefully with the other. Vampiro turns Chessman carefully towards the tables, and carefully shoves Chessman off – into the complete darkness. You can hear the tables break (and Chessman overshoots and bounces off them, as ever), but you can not actually see the impact. I can't believe they screwed that up, and yet I can. Halloween is over Chessman screaming for an ambulance. Halloween is over too. Actual medics are unconcerned. Replay shows Chessman disappear into the darkness.
Vampiro goes in the cage and raises Lider's arm in victory. Vampiro not knowing Lider lost is the least surprising thing to ever happen. Chessman gives us seizures as he's stretchered out. Lider slowly chases Psicosis to the back with a chair., then runs after him near the end. Chessman is put in a neck collar (still seizing), and into an ambulance, though he's moving around a lot and making it hard for them do actually do it.
Match 2: Joe Lider vs Psicosis in a hair vs hair match
Arena Ciudad de Mexico, 08/05/2012
Match Time: 11:13
Notes: Tirantes is ref. Lider's head is bandaged, though the blood is still visible thru it. He seems unhappy. Lider storms to the apron, and Psicosis hits him in the head with a chair. Psicosis drops the chair outside, so his pescado goes right into Lider's chair shot. Arturo Rivera, who doesn't really watch AAA anymore, announces over the crowd microphone that this is as mask vs hair. Leo, of all people, grabs the microphone to correct him.
Lider throws Psicosis back in and pulls off his mask. Arturo thinks that should be a DQ, but they again clarify it's mask vs mask. Lider shows off the stapler to the crowd, and steps Nicho in the head repeatedly. Some would make this the climax of the match, these two do it 10 seconds in. They do get better shots of the stapling they've been doing on TV, and Lider holds Nicho's head to make sure of it. Lider goes after Tirantes next, which the crowd amuses, but Tirantes isn't having it. Hammerlock backcracker, one two NO. Whip, clothesline misses, reverse neckbreaker. Will a reverse neckbreaker end a match with staplers and chairs? Psicosis finds out this is not the case (two count) and starts hitting Lider with a chair repeatedly. Lider stood up and chopped down. Crowd is less excited then they were at the beginning of the match, though they try crowd shots try to prove otherwise. Lider reversed a whip and flatliners Psicosis into a chair. Nicho set up on the top rope facing out, trash can on his head, tree of woe, Lider springboard dropkick, one two NO. Lider brings a ladder in, then moves out of the away and Nicho kicks it. Okay. Lider drops to the ladder to the floor. Lider tries to powerbomb Psicosis off the apron, but Psicosis turns it into a 'rana. Psicosis appraises the ladder, decides it unworthy (and really broken.) He finds a new ladder back in. Announcers talking about old Jerry Estrada matches. Psicosis, back in the ring, front suplexes Lider on top of the ladder. Crowd has DIED. Psicosis smacks Lider in the back with a chair, starts to climb up, and Lider crotches him. Lider climbs up with him, and sort of rope flip armdrags Psicosis off. That was a weird but actually interesting spot. Tirantes slowly gets down to count, one, two smacks on a trash can and Tirantes pulls up to catch his hand. Crowd gets back in to it on that. Lider climbs up, to guillotine legdrop Nicho thru a chair, but Tirantes cuts him off. Lider argues, Tirantes moves, Nicho moves, and Lider crotches himself on the chair. Nicho DDT onto the ladder one two NO. Lider completely unhurt, gives Nicho a double underhook powerbomb – I think they decided to pull away from the action right then – for a two count. Lider sets up a table. I am always so happy to see a table with these two, because it means it over. Psicosis hits Lider with a chair, Lider leans on the table as sort of selling it, one of the legs of the table goes, and Lider just sort of slides down it, the table breaking it easily. There are no words to describe how hilarious that looked. Psicosis tries to do a repair job, which is mostly throwing the remaining junk in the corner to form some sort of surface. Psicosis tries to climb up, but Lider throws the can on him to end that. They don't know what they're doing. Superplex onto the something? No, Psicosis fights back and gives Lider a Canadian destroy on the remains of the ladder. One two three.
Both lay on the mat, as if they destroyed each other. Psicosis is standing up fine one camera shot later, dumping out thumb tacks. (There is some editing going on here.) Bet those were supposed to go on the table. Barber is in the ring, but Psicosis is not done. Powerbomb on the thumbtacks. You have to get in all your spots, I see. Lider is up fine after because none of this mean anything. Lider shaves himself. Lider is not really good at it, so the barber grabs it and speeds things up.
Backstage, Psicosis and Lider fight more for the cameras. Psicosis has Lider in arm hold when they give it up.
Match 3: El Mesías vs el Hijo del Perro Aguayo for the AAA World Heavyweight Championship
Arena Ciudad de Mexico, 08/05/2012
Match Time: 13:43
Notes: There's one person right on microphone chanting Perro that's overpowering all other sound. Maybe two people. Perro Jr. hugs his dad and celebrates with his fan. Garza and Taya are with Perro. Cibernético is with Mesías. Mesías has a rather calm outfit for him for this show. Fantasma is announced as commission, and makes a rare appearance for the belt presentation. He shakes everyone's head. Copetes is ref. Mesías has put on weight in not good places, but probably hasn't been able to do much of late. Crowd is excited for the match.
Lockup, Perro breaks away. Lockup, Perro breaks away again. Perro kicks to the leg, punches to the face. Whip, reversed, Perro over, under, Perro clotheslines Mesías. Crowd seems behind Perro. Stomps on the mat. Perro runs, armdrag, armdrag, Mesías quebradora. Mesías chops Perro,w ho slightly falls into the corner and definitely looks at the crowd to get the chant going. Whip, reversed, Perro charges into a Mesías punch, Mesías charge out to punch him in the head repeatedly. Whip, head down too soon, and Perro kicks it. Perro off the ropes, into a Mesías powerslam one two NO. Perro punches Mesías back and back. Perro charges, Mesías drops down, and Perro throws himself out. Mesías slowly topes Perro into the barricade. Mesías chops Perro on the outside while Cibernético looks on. Mesías walks Perro around ringside, and smacks him into the announcers table. Another time. Announcers are very amused. Mesías throws Perro back in. Mesías presses Perro above his head, Perro slips free, Mesías faceslams him anyway. Crowd boos. Mesías appears slightly confused. Mesías climbs up top, Perro punches him, climbs up, and superplexes him off. One two NO. Perro Sr. looks on. Perro stomps Mesías. Whip, reversed, Perro bounces out into a clothesline. One more clothesline. Mesías is destroying Perro. Mesías clothesline – no, Perro catches it into a fujiwara. Mesías turns around to block it from being fully applied. That's the bad arm, I assume, thought the announcer don't note it. Garza slide in a chair and Perro throws it at the bad arm. Cibernético gets on the apron to argue. Perro traps the arm in a chair and stomps it a bit. Choke on the ropes, holding Mesías for some punches from Garza. Cibernético argues/distracts. Perro goes stretches the right arm around the post again. Perro sets up a table in the corner. Copetes and Perro talk, though the ref doesn't seem to be concerned that much. Perro stands over Mesías a bit. Corner whip, Mesías gets his feet up, Perro catches it, spins Mesías in the ropes, and pulls Mesías down by his hair. Stealing spots from Amapola! Perro puts chairs on top of Mesías, climbs to the top, and double stomps Mesías, sliding of the process one two and Cibernético pulls out the ref. Crowd boos. They should, Perro won fair and square. Perro picks up Mesías for a martinete – wow, we're hear already! - but Garza shoves Perro to break it up. Copetes was outside the ring talking to Cibernético and still has no idea anything is going on, so I don't understand Garza's plan there. Andres says Perro would've been disqualified and lost his title chance, but only if Copetes saw it, I think. Maybe the commission would've overturned it? Perro shoves Garza as he explains himself. Perro shrugs him off, kicks a chair to Garza, and tells him to pick it up. Perro grabs Mesías – Copetes is back now – and Garza has the chair. He thinks about it, swings, Mesías ducks and Perro takes it in the head (with both hands up.) Mesías gives Garza a backcracker to clear him out, then follows with a pescado. Cibernético stomps Garza and tells Mesías to go back in. Perro, bleeding, gets to his knees. Mesías pounds the cut for a while. Running powerslam, one two NO. Garza argues with – Commissioner Gustavo? Gustavo talks to Cibernético too, I have no idea. Back inside, Perro – rapidly losing a lot of blood, gets pulled into a 'rana for two. Crowd behind Perro, who starts to get up and falls down. His white shirt is streaked with blood right down the middle Mesías headbutts Perro about ten times, then just stops and wanders around. Dropkick misses. Perro clothesline misses. Mesías waistlock, Perro elbows him away. Mesías front cracker, and Perro jumps across the mat. One two NO. Mesías stomps Perro, but Copetes calls for a time out to check on Perro. Perro is bleeding out quick. His dad looks concerned. Gustavo and the doctor both check on Perro. Garza's there too. Perro looks out of it but wants to go on, and he actually dropkick the referee out of the ring. Mesías clothesline misses, Perro inside cradle with trunks pull one two NO. Perro Sr. can't believe that wasn't it. Mesías hanging superplex, Perro small package reversal, one two NO. Perro kicks Mesías, DDT. Cibernetico up on the apron, and smacking Perro with – something? Maybe just his hand, maybe an object, no idea. Perro stumbles back into the Straight To Hell. Perro gets up, staggers in front of the table, and Mesías spears him into the table. One two three. Crowd cheers a lot louder than I was expecting.
Cibernético comes in and sits and slaps Perro Jr. after the match,. Garza protests Cibernético's interference. Fantasma puts the belt on Mesías. Cibernético goes out and shoves Perro Sr. Halloween and Nicho break that up. Cibernético goes back, and Mesías pulls him away. Perros are shoving Garza too, but it's not being picked up. Perro Sr. goes over the rail, and Halloween has to hold him back. Crowd reacts a lot to Perro. Clip to Perro, with his head wrapped, being walked to the back by his partners. Replays.
Backstage footage of Perro getting his cut worked on, while the rest of the Perros blame Hector Garza for the chair shot. Perro Sr. doesn't understand why Hector did it. Psicosis is angry.
Jesus recaps the show, including a shot of Nicho spitting at Lider while shaking his hand that I must've missed earlier. Next week, Mascara Año 2000 vs Dr. Wagner.