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With the power of a national wrestling promotion, complete with high-end production, behind them; AAA, in association with IWC, had an opportunity to open thousands of eyes to their lucha libre output. It showcased established stars and future mega stars to a new audience with what was undoubtedly their most stacked card to date.
Prior to the event, there was great excitement for the show which included standard South American gimmick matches including minis and mask-versus-hair, combined with a steel cage main event which would enclose a battle between the past and the future.
The American commentary team of Mike Tenay and Chris Cruise were on hand to guide the debuting audience and heighten the experience for the more seasoned fans. Fans of the North American product would get the opportunity to see established names show a different side to their game as well as getting a chance to scout those who could soon grace their shores on a more regular basis.
Grab a Corona, get your nachos, it's ¡LUCHA LIBRE!
Mascarita Sagrada & Octagóncito defeated Espectrito & Jerrito Estrada
Very good minis match showing the difference between North & South American promotions in styles. All wrestlers mini versions of AAA stars. Good aerial ability shown, lightning-paced. Mascarita shines throughout, nailing an Asaai moonsault before hitting Espectrico with a lovely springboard moonsault for the win at eight & a half minutes.
Fuerza Guerrera, Madonna's Boyfriend & Psicosis df Rey Mysterio, Jr, Heavy Metal & Latin Lover
Psicosis, Mysterio Jr & Heavy Metal were the standouts in this cruiserweight tag match. Great technical and high-flying styles and all are three technicos under 25 years old. The Rudos make up Los Gringos Locos, a Mexican IV Horsemen. Mysterio Jr gets a lot of time early on, Psicosis, the Mexican Jushin Liger, quickens the pace further as Mysterio Jr is launched into the crowd. Heavy Metal runs the ropes, kicks off horizontally & flips over Psicosis. Fuerza Guerrera gets the tag and taps out Heavy Metal for the win.
Pegasus Kid (Chris Benoit), 2 Cold Scorpio & Tito Santana df Jerry Estrada, La Parka & Blue Panther
Interesting mix between Lucha and American styles. Terrific story-telling throughout match with descension in Team AAA particularly between La Parka and Estrada with Blue Panther acting as peace-maker. Pegasus Kid & Scorpio looked strong, Santana disappointing. La Parka (Skeletor on steroids) starts with 2 Cold then Pegasus Kid in a somewhat European style, Kid hits a flying toupè to the outside. La Parka argues over the pin before Estrada fights with his team-mate on the outside. Back in the ring, Pegasus Kid gets the pin over Blue Panther with a top-rope leg-drop.
Octagón & El Hijo del Santo df La Pareja del Terror (American Love Machine Art Barr & Eddy Guerrero) - Masks vs Hair, 2/3 Falls
Match of the night. Great rivalry throughout the year. Clear step up in technical ability early on with Guerrero shining. Early pin as Eddy hits a hurricaranna on del Santo who sits atop Barr's shoulders. As per Lucha rules, both team members must be pinned/submitted. Guerrero hits Octagón with a superplex as Art Barr nails a frog splash with pin to settle the first fall at 2-0. Double suicide dive to the outside from the technicos on the rudo's. Barr gets the first pinfall before del Santo levels the fall at 1-1. Del Santo gets two near falls on Eddy. Guerrero goes to the outside and as the referee is distracted, Art Barr hits a banned spinning tombstone piledriver on Octagón. Blue Panther runs in to get a piledriver of his own on Love Machine and del Santo gets the pin for the second fall. After both piledrivers, Guerrero and del Santo face off one-on-one. Del Santo gets the deciding pin after reversing Eddy's full nelson and picks up the win for the technico's. After the match, Eddy & Art lose their mullets as the crowd cheer on the winners. Great build on banned piledriver at end. Falls 0-2, 2-1, 2-1.
Perro Aguayo df Konnan - Steel Cage
Disappointing main event, but not without drama. Slow start with Aguayo going for three pinfall attempts in escape-only match. Konnan big potential for US National promotions as defines the term 'big hoss'. Good lead in story with separation of previous tag team partners. Aguayo bleeds rapidly after early cage shots. Konnan low blows Perro to stop an escape attempt, Aguayo responds with a back body drop almost beheading Konnan. Eddy Guerrero & Madonna's Boyfriend Louie Spicolli run in to throw Konnan brass knuckles before being headed off by the technico Dynamite Brothers. Aguayo regains command to escape the cage and take the win.
Overall, a really solid show for AAA and hopefully the beginning of a new product for the US audience. If you can get a hold of the tape, highly recommended. PS - Don't mess with Eddy Guerrero.
Match of the night, Hair vs Mask 2/3 Falls
Overall rating 7/10
By Del Muir