The pandemic continues to be raging robust in international locations that didn’t hoard vaccines, so Mexican lucha libre has but to search out its footing again to normality. The cardboard of AAA Verano de Escándalo 2021 is a results of these unsure occasions: all the pieces feels a bit within the air and the primary occasion was introduced in the future earlier than the present. Nonetheless, this ought to be a stepping stone to hype up Triplemania XIX (going down August 14) and, in a vacuum, the cardboard has the potential to be nice enjoyable. Will it ship?
#1 CONTENDERSHIP FOR THE AAA MIXED TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
CHIK TORMENTA & AREZ DE, FLAMMER & ABISMO NEGRO JR. AND MAMBA & MR. IGUANA
and quick opener that started off with the trademark Arez inventive llaveo. Quickly, the bout became a wild affair primarily carried by the charisma of Mr. Iguana, whose flying tijeras and use of los angeles Yeska was very entertaining; his interactions with teammate Mamba have been fairly enjoyable too. Nonetheless, when the motion spilled to the surface of the ring, the now evil Pimpinela Escarlata interfered, tripped and distracted Mamba. Arez and Chik Tormenta took benefit by hitting a High Rope Dropkick + Saharawi Suplex combo for the win. Simple to observe, didn’t overstay its welcome, and spiced up the blooming Mamba-Pimpi feud. ***½
Villano III Jr. and Woman Maravilla walked out to face off their challengers. I hope they schedule this match at Triplemania: it might be excellent.
HIJO DEL VIKINGO DEF. KAMIKAZE, KOMANDER, ARAMIS, LÁTIGO, TOXIN TO WIN THE TORNEO ALAS DE ORO
The best way to even begin speaking about this high-flying orgy? I had no clue in regards to the guidelines or situations obligatory to observe this match, so I simply let myself movement by way of the insanity. And it was superb.
A brand new Energy Ranger-looking luchador known as Kamikaze debuted and was astonishing. I’ve been instructed he’s Ninja Mack, however that is the primary time I see a match of him anyway, so all the pieces he did was new to me. He instantly gained me over by doing an insane Phoenix Splash 630° (is that naming even right? Who cares!) He flipped and flew his technique to a powerful AAA debut and I can’t wait to see extra from him.
And nicely, moreover Kamikaze, we had a who’s who of spectacular Mexican luchadores doing what they do finest. The motion was quick and relentless. We noticed a Standing 450° by Komander; Aramis pulled out a candy Chaos Idea; we bought a bunch of exhilarating dives to the surface, together with a Capturing Star Press from Komander and a Tornillo from Látigo. Everybody was nice, however Hijo del Vikingo was, as normal, 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 incredible ending stretch that included a extremely harmful High Rope German Suplex nearfall; was Vikingo sending a message to Kenny Omega? Minutes later, he bought 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. Simply insane stuff. ****½
Earlier than the primary match of Verano de Escándalo 2021, we noticed a automotive arriving on the Los Rosales winery (the place the place this present is going down). Now, the digicam provides us Mamba, Mr. Iguana, and Arez, all bloodied and twisting on the ground subsequent to a La Empresa shirt. It looks like we’ll get a go to from AAA’s latest faction.
DEONNA PURRAZZO DEF. LADY SHANI
It’s so refreshing to have an precise single ladies’s match in AAA as an alternative of the lazy multi-woman match. Woman Shani has appeared persistently dangerous in these difficult-to-work multi matches, so I used to be virtually beginning to neglect she’s really a strong wrestler. She had the prospect to remind us tonight with match in opposition to Influence’s Deonna Purrazzo who’s making ready for a Title vs. Title bout in opposition to Faby Apache at Triplemania.
Shani and Deonna had a tricky act to observe, however they delivered a sensible and short-end product that achieved its goal of highlighting Purrazzo as a menace whereas giving time to Shani to look good. The previous’s victory was by no means in query although, and he or she achieved it with an arm submission. ***¼
After the referee stopped the match, Purazzo refused to launch the maintain. Faby Apache confirmed as much as assist Shani and a brawl ensued. Safety needed to enter to cease it. A terrific, temporary, and fiery post-match phase to construct 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 occasion. They’ve been persistently glorious, working any sort of fashion for a very long time now and I really feel like AAA is simply taking them as a right. Does this victory imply a future push? I doubt it, however hopefully, this can be a good signal of issues to return. They need to be concerned in an enormous program.
As for the match, this was nothing new, however nonetheless loads of enjoyable. Some brawling, a little bit of excessive flying motion courtesy of Laredo and Hugo hyping up each transfer. Poder del Norte is a superbly oiled trios match machine and so they had three nice opponents to bop with. ***½
La Empresa lastly bought within the ring. Diamante Azul and Puma King have been flanked by masked those that have been there to look intimidating and create the impression that La Empresa is rising. Puma minimize a promo saying that they need an organization with no clowns. Diamante began speaking about how they’re the current and way forward for lucha libre, however then a industrial break interrupted all the pieces, and we by no means managed to know what the purpose of all of it 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 evening for the heels. Rey Escorpción pinned Psycho Clown in the course of the ring after hitting a Guerrero Particular on a desk with thumbtacks. It was a wonderful match to hype the Triplemania Lucha de Apuestas match not simply due to that ending (which deserves loads of credit score), however as a result of, earlier than that, we bought to see Psycho and Escorpión simply wrestling. They exchanged strikes for some minutes and ramped up the depth of the feud. Similar to that. Sure, we nonetheless bought some blood and brawling concerned, however we bought affirmation that these two might create one thing particular with out the necessity for loopy gimmicks. In the event you love AAA, you’re counting the times till that Apuestas match. ***¾
AAA is in a groove. Regardless of the underdevelopment of some rivalries, the corporate persistently delivers enjoyable, pleasant, and easy-to-watch lucha libre exhibits that may be loved by hardcore followers, casuals, and newcomers alike.
What impresses me essentially the most is the best way they will make you neglect in regards to the lack of crowds because of their distinctive presentation, insane quantity of motion and the very best announce group on the planet (I gained’t hear in any other case) of José Manuel Guillén and Hugo Savinovich. AAA Verano de Escándalo 2021 was all of this. A well-booked present highlighted by a method of match that you simply gained’t see wherever else on the planet (the Alas de Oro match) and a few easy, but good reserving selections that fired up two extremely anticipated Triplemania matches. After watching this present, any AAA fan will likely be rather more enthusiastic about Shani vs. Apache and Escorpión vs. Psycho. Triplemania XIX can’t come quickly sufficient.