Triplemania XX Preview
AAA continues to celebrate their 20th anniversary and this weekend they will take it up another notch as they present their annual big show, Triplemania.
The very first Triplemania was held in 1993 and featured a pretty stacked card with co-main events. The big match was the retirement match between Konnan and Cien Caras were Konnan lost due to the debuting Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts interference. The result was later overturned, however Konnan did get some acting and rapping work while he enjoyed semi-retirement.
The other main event featured a mask vs. hair match between Mexican legend Perro Aguayo and Máscara Año 2000. Aguayo won a bloody match against Máscara Año 2000 who unmasked to reveal himself to be Jesus Reyes. AAA has connected this year’s show in a way to both of these men as the main event for this show features Máscara Año 2000 Jr. in a mask match against the popular Dr. Wagner Jr. Aguayo’s son will wrestle in another of the big matches on the card as he takes on El Mesias for the AAA World Mega Championship.
In previous years AAA has had one particular match that stood out and was the clear-cut must watch match on the show.
In 2009, it was the Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. El Mesias singles match for the AAA World Title. The match was built over the course of several months from the time Dr. Wagner Jr. debuted in AAA at the Rey de Reyes show in March. The match also took El Mesias to a whole new level as a big match performer in Mexico. The other big match on that year’s Triplemania was the ongoing battle for control of AAA between Joaquin and Dorian Roldan (which continues to this day) and featured El Hijo del Santo making his return and final appearance in AAA as he sided with team AAA against La Sociedad. I’m sure everyone in AAA would like us to forget that match given how much heat came out of that show between El Hijo del Santo and the Roldan family.
In 2010, Triplemania’s big must watch match was the confrontation between AAA’s La Parka vs. the original La Parka, better known nowadays as L.A. Park. While its easy to say that match was built up from the moment L.A. Park returned, in reality, that match had been built up for years and had a ton of heat and history between both men. Over the course of a decade leading to that match there were countless interviews, annual Televisa awards, and inaccurate historical facts told by some (i.e. Televisa giving AAA’s La Parka credit for some of L.A. Park’s accomplishments) that among hardcore fans there was some added interest that the match might have a little extra to it or could turn into a shoot. There were added stipulations included were the loser would drop his gimmick, but that never really came to happen as it was partly forgotten by AAA and L.A. Park had handed La Parka such a beatdown that he had reestablished himself as the uber-Parka in most fans eyes. This show also was highlighted by the debut of Los Perros Del Mal who showed up to side with L.A. Park.
In 2011, AAA’s big match for Triplemania was L.A. Park and El Mesias in a mask vs. hair match. It was the best match on the card and both guys have shown they have great chemistry when opposing each other. This show had far more TNA involvement as Rob Van Dam wrestled Dr. Wagner Jr. in one of the featured matches. Jeff Jarrett won the AAA World title on that show beating El Zorro in a match were it appeared El Zorro would rather be anywhere else but wrestling. Other TNA talent on the show included Abyss, Mr. Anderson, McKie James and the Beautiful People.
This year’s Triplemania doesn’t really have one match that they’ve hyped more than some of the other matches. Its possible to say that this year’s show symbolizes one of Antonio Peña’s strengths as a booker in that five of the six matches on the card have storylines behind them that have been ongoing over the past year (or years when it comes to the Roldans). The show will be held at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City. The show will not be a PPV in Mexico. It will likely air at some point on regular television in Mexico and there is a possibility it might be released on dvd commercially in Mexico and possibly the US at some point in the future.
Here’s a rundown on the six matches scheduled for this Sunday’s show.
1. Fenix/Fabi Apache/Octagoncito/Pimpinela Escarlata vs. Dark Dragon/Sexy Star/Mini Charly Manson/Yuriko
One of Antoñio Peña’s quirkier creations which when you first explain the match to someone who either isn’t a wrestling fan or doesn’t follow lucha closely, they think you might be on some drugs, but the “Relevos de Locura” have turned into some pretty entertaining matches. It has helped that back when Peña first came up with the concept the promotion’s better workers were usually in the minis and women’s divisions. The match consists of two teams with each team having a female wrestler, a mini wrestler, a regular-sized male wrestler and an exotico (transgender wrestler).
This is the one match that doesn’t have as much build-up on TV, but it does feature some rivals. On the female side, there is the long running rivalry between Fabi Apache and Sexy Star. Lately Fabi has been focusing more in a feud with her sister Mari Apache. Fenix and Dark Dragon have been on opposing sides for years. Dark Dragon is part of La Sociedad while Fenix is part of team AAA. They also happen to be real-life brothers and tend to have good performances against each other. Both Octagoncito and Mini Charly Manson have been a part of AAA for years. Octagoncito has been one of the better minis in Mexico for years. He’s been overshadowed in the last year with the return of Mascarita Dorada and the arrival of Dinastia, but he’s still very good. Representing los exoticos are Pimpinela Escarlata on the tecnico side and on the rudo side is Yuriko. Pimpi’s still very good in the ring and usually does really well in these types of matches. Yuriko’s talented and then there’s the fact I still confuse him at times for Rossy Moreno.
This should be a fun opener.
2. La Parka/The Psycho Circus (Monster Clown/Murder Clown/Psycho Clown) vs. Hijo del Texano/Octagon/Semental/Toscano
This match is part of the AAA vs. El Consejo storyline. Its a little strange to see Octagon teaming with El Consejo since he’s probably the guy in the promotion (besides maybe La Parka and Cibernetico) who is best recognized as a AAA guy. Octagon is currently a rudo as part of La Sociedad, but its a bit strange to see him teaming with them. Just my guess, but I think El Consejo turns on Octagon and he either goes back to being a tecnico or this leads to something with members of La Sociedad (thinking more they turn him tecnico). The main focus will be the Psycho Circus vs. El Consejo feud which would appear to be the faction feud that replaces Psycho Circus vs. Perros Del Mal for the next several months.
This should be an okay match. Texano Jr., Semental and Toscano since leaving CMLL have really wrestled well. The group hasn’t really gained any traction as the Roldan feud and the top storylines with L.A. Park, the Jarretts, has been the focus.
3. Losing Roldan Gets Shaved: Electroshock & L.A. Par-K (Joaquin Roldan) vs. Kurt Angle & Jeff Jarrett (Dorian Roldan)
The Dorian Roldan vs. Joaquin Roldan feud has been the longest running feud in AAA. This match should be interesting. I think a few people were disappointed to see Electroshock in this match, but really they needed someone who the fans see as a “AAA guy”. I have to agree with thecubsfan, who during this past Wednesday’s Figure-4 Daily podcast, mentioned that he thought La Parka would have been a better teammate for L.A. Park. That really goes back to late last year when AAA rushed into teaming L.A. Park and La Parka. At the time most felt that would be an eventual part of a storyline and the two Parkas teaming would have meant something in 2012. There was really a limited time when it comes to doing that tag team and instead they teamed them and the novelty was lost.
The L.A. Park – Jeff Jarrett feud has been booked very well. From it starting as L.A. Park being out of control and costing Konnan money due to constantly getting fined and refusing to apologize to Jeff & Karen Jarrett. La Bruja Karen has been great in her role. Followed up by the eventual split between L.A. Park and La Sociedad (Konnan and Dorian Roldan, etc.) and L.A. Park siding with AAA. They’ve even pulled off a hot angle were La Sociedad embarrassed L.A. Park.
Adding Kurt Angle to the match should make this a good match. Its gonna be a brawl. Angle’s first appearance for AAA and I would think he and L.A. Park should be able to come up with some great spots. Jarrett’s previous matches in AAA have been a bit underwhelming, but he’s been solid during this feud.
There’s a few things I’m really curious about. The hair stipulation is pretty big given Joaquin and Dorian are not wrestlers and I think there is plenty of interest in seeing one of them get their head shaved. There will probably be some interference in this match. My darkhorse prediction is that Kurt Angle eventually turns given that he’s aligned with his ex-wife and Jarrett.
4. Cuadrangular Relevos Suicias: Jack Evans & Teddy Hart vs. Extreme Tiger & Halloween vs. Joe Lider & Psicosis Original vs. Juventud Guerrera & Chessman
This should be an insane match. Depending on what you like about wrestling this will either be brilliant or a clusterfuck given the amount of things these guys might try and what they might use during this match. Three of the teams feature former teammates who split up, either had a feud or currently have one and are now reunited for this one match. Jack Evans and Teddy Hart reform their old team of Hart Foundation 2.0. Lider and Original Psicosis (Nicho) reform La Hermandad 187. Extreme Tiger and Halloween use to be part of La Familia de Tijuana. Don’t remember how Juvi and Chessman fit as far as having a past alliance. They are on opposite sides of the AAA vs. La Sociedad feud.
5. AAA Mega Heavyweight Title: El Mesias © vs. Perro Aguayo Jr.
The big title match of the night. I wouldn’t be shocked if this turned out to be the best match of the night. El Mesias has a track record of having good singles matches on big shows. Perro Aguayo Jr. has been much improved this year and could really use this match to catapult him back into the upper echelon as far as being a great all-around performer. We know Perro Jr. has the charisma to get this match over, but will he put in the same work he did prior to 2009 when he was one of the 2-3 biggest stars in Mexico? They’ve been building this match for awhile now with Los Perros Del Mal confronting El Mesias a few times and attacking him. El Mesias missed several months with injuries (Perro Jr. was given credit for the injuries as part of the storyline) so they’ve spent most of the summer really getting this feud going for Triplemania.
6. Mascara contra Mascara: Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. Máscara Año 2000 Jr.
This match-up is part of AAA’s secondary storyline feud between AAA and El Consejo. It being the 20th anniversary, it seems appropriate to have Máscara Año 2000 Jr. in the main event. If you believe history repeats itself, well you know the finish of this match. Not that Dr. Wagner Jr. would be dropping his mask. This has about as much of a surprise factor as an El Hijo del Santo mask match. The one big difference is that there is a bit of a question if this match is worthy of being a Triplemania main event. This match being in AAA has more buzz than the El Hijo del Santo vs. Angel Blanco Jr. match, but probably doesn’t have the expectations that it will be as good as that match.
AAA has done a really good job of building this feud up and trying to elevate Máscara Año 2000 Jr. to be close enough to be viewed as a strong challenger to Dr. Wagner Jr. I would expect interference from Máscara Año 2000 and other El Consejo members. Some interference from Silver Kain and possible a rudo turn on his brother to add a little more drama to the match.
This should be a very interesting show with the potential of having several good matches on it. Even the matches that may not be good should further along storylines or be a spectacle.