in

5 Talking Points from AAA Triplemania XXX: Monterrey

AAA unleashed the first of this year’s Triplemania extravaganza with Triplemania XXX: Monterrey on April 30th. The first of three editions this year, the Monterrey show was Triplemania’s usual colourful self but was also notable for surprise appearances, title changes and unexpected unions between wrestlers.

Here are the five biggest talking points from the show.

1. Andrade El Idolo Joins Forces With Dr Wagner Jr.

It’s interesting that two legendary names were the seed for what appears to be an exciting new feud. Canek is famous for, amongst other things, bodyslamming Andre the Giant. Dr Wagner Jr., meanwhile, had his mask taken off him by Canek’s opponent, Psycho Clown, at a previous Triplemania. It was Psycho Clown that Wagner took issues with here, cracking him with a baseball bat to cost the Clown the contest.

Dr Wagner Jr. continued to wail on Psycho Clown with the bat but turned his back for a moment, allowing Psycho Clown. To everyone’s surprise, this brought out Andrade El Idolo, who snatched the chair away and cracked Psycho Clown in the head with it before taking his mask, the ultimate insult in Lucha Libre. I believe Andrade and Wagner have previous history together as a tag team and it looked like Wagner was expecting Andrade’s appearance, seeing as he had a baseball shirt with Andrade’s name on it already waiting for it. After what appeared to be the extension of an invitation to team up and take out Psycho Clown, the pair tried to put him through a board in the corner. The fact that the board failed to break made it look all the more painful.

After initial excitement at his joining AEW, Andrade’s star appears to have fallen a little bit in that company’s estimation—or at least he isn’t too important in the pecking order. This feels like a big deal by contrast, Andrade feuding with one of Mexico’s biggest stars. I certainly think Andrade deserves more than he gets in AEW, so I’m very pleased to see him get a feud he can really sink his teeth into.

2. Jack Cartwheel Makes His Triplemania Debut

Jack Cartwheel is the super-athletic and gymnastic wrestler who impressed me so much about 12 or more months ago when I first saw him wrestle for David Marquez’s Championship Wrestling from Hollywood. Since then, he has come on in leaps and bounds, making appearances for both PWG and GCW as well as AAA. Slowly but surely, big things are happening for Mr Cartwheel.

The Monterrey show saw Cartwheel make his Triplemania debut, his booking on the company’s biggest show of the year being evidence of how much he must be valued by the promotion. Here he tagged with Laredo Kid against Dragon Lee and Dralistico and Johnny Caballero (the former John Morrison) and Taurus. To find himself surrounded by such well-renowned names must have been an amazing experience for Jack, and I do believe it’s a sign of a star in ascension.

3. The Young Bucks Rally The AEW Troops—and Johnny Caballero?!?

After a quality main event which saw Hijo del Vikingo and Fenix take a loss, the Bucks decided they weren’t going to stop there as they superkicked Fenix and dropped Vikingo with a low blow.

Not satisfied with that little bit of extracurricular activity, Matt and Nick beckoned for some company. This they got in the shape of fellow AEW stars Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti. While not united on AEW programming, Sammy and Tay have recently undergone a turn into heel waters and it makes sense for the AEW heels to gang up like this on a foreign show. But they weren’t alone.

Johnny Cabellero ran down to the ring to join in the beat down with the AEW gang and, although I might be reading too much into this, it certainly raises an eyebrow. It’s not too long since the former John Morrison was axed by WWE, and he doesn’t appear to have made a permanent home elsewhere yet. Could this be a sign that Johnny is AEW bound?

Maybe, although it could also be just the case of grouping together the American talent so as to pit them against the home talent—a recognised trope in Mexican wrestling. Time will tell, of course, but it certainly caught my eye.

4. Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti are Wrestling’s Slimiest Power Couple (On-Screen At Least)

Despite my reservations that their on-screen replication of their off-screen relationship rubbing it in his former fiancé’s face (we do still remember the proposal on Dynamite, don’t we?), it must be said that Sammy and Tay play the slimy heel couple very well; all that bragging and winding the audience up and slobbering over each other any chance they get.

They also displayed a penchant for scheming and cheating here as well, with Sammy playing up an injury by coming out with a crutch and indicating that he wouldn’t be able to compete—he even got Parka Negra to replace him! Which made it all the more villainous and, let’s face it, brilliant, when Sammy snuck in the ring at the end of the match and cracked Arez and Chik Tormenta with his crutch, allowing Tay to hit the Tay-KO for the win and to gain Sammy and herself the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship.

if only Cody and Brandi had turned heel; it really could work. Still, Sammy and Tay have filled the gap and are certainly reaping the rewards.

5. Jeff Jarrett Disrespects Latin Lover (and Hates Mexicans Apparently) and Vampiro Returns in Retaliation

Triplemania XXX: Monterrey saw several legends appear in different roles (Canek, LA Park, Dr Wagner Jr.) and Latin Lover was a part of that, being presented with an award. Curiously, this brought Jeff Jarrett, with his wife Karen and Rey Escorpion. Jarrett had a ring announcer with him, who he kept bullying to translate his barbs across to Latin Lover. What Jeff’s problem with Latin Lover is was never made particularly clear, other than Jeff maybe felt slighted that he wasn’t being honoured—he brought up how many different title reigns he’d had, including being a two-time AAA Mega Champion.

What was perturbing was that Jarrett felt compelled to drop in some racial insults, calling Latin Lover a “dirty, filthy, grimy Mexican”, as if calling someone a Mexican was enough of an insult in itself. Yes, I get that they were trying to establish a Mexican vs. American feud, but the language just felt a bit unnecessary, as if it’s enough just to drop slurs to get heat. It’s not enough, and it was uncomfortable to watch.

Of course, Jeff Jarrett and Escorpion put the boots in on Latin Lover, but to everyone’s surprise, AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ kicked in over the PA and out strolled Vampiro for a big Triplemania moment. While he seemed less interested in trading punches and more interested in getting Latin Lover up and arming him with weapons, Vampiro’s appearance was a big deal and it will be interesting to see where AAA goes with all this from here.

What did you think of Triplemania XXX: Monterrey? Did you enjoy the big show? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Bron Breakker vs Joe Gacy

NXT 2.0 Spring Breakin’ Predictions

United Wrestling Network (UWN) logo

UWN Power Rankings—Week Ending 05/01/2022