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5 Talking Points From AAA Triplemania XXX: Tijuana

After the madness and surprises of AAA Triplemania XXX: Monterrey, the big question was could the major Mexican promotion follow up with more of the same at the second installment of this year’s show at Tijuana?

The short answer is yes. While perhaps not as surprise heavy as the Monterrey show, Tijuana still offered plenty of wild and crazy action and gave us plenty to discuss.

Let’s look at the 5 biggest talking points from AAA Triplemania XXX: Tijuana!

1. John Morrison Becomes ‘Johnny Hardy’

In the wake of the Jeff Hardy arrest situation, there was much speculation as to whether the Hardys would wrestler as scheduled at AAA Triplemania XXX: Tijuana or whether Matt would bail out or even find a new tag partner for the show.

In the event, it turns out Matt and AAA went with the latter option. And if the replacement wasn’t a massive name per se, he still provided an element of surprise: John Morrison.

As far as I’m aware, Hardy and Morrison have never tagged before this, but Morrison has previous with AAA and was at the Monterrey show in April. He also has a nice line in high-flying offense meaning he made a lot of sense as a last-minute replacement for Jeff.

Matt introduced Morrison earlier in the show, revealing that John would be adopting the Hardy name for the evening. Will the Johnny *insert name here* thing can get a little tiring sometimes, the Johnny Hardy name earned a chuckle from me. Unfortunately for the pair though, the Hardy name wasn’t enough to build genuine camaraderie between the two, as Dralistico sent Matt Hardy bumping into Morrison, knocking him to the outside. Morrison retaliated by kicking Hardy square in the balls, setting Matt up for some sloppy double-team moves from Dralistico and Dragon Lee for the win.

Not being satisfied with that, Morrison attacked Lee and Dralistico after the bell, causing Matt Hardy to make the save and raise his opponents’ hands. Does that mean we’ll see John Morrison vs. Matt Hardy soon? I certainly wouldn’t object.

2. Taya Valkyrie Makes an Exciting Challenge

Talking of John Morrison, his better half was here as well, and she came to the ring with intent. Although a good portion of her promo was in Spanish, I got the gist. Two particular points stood out. Firstly, Taya and the Lucha Brothers are going to form some sort of group, but more details about this are to come in the near future. Whatever it might be, wherever it might be (and I’m assuming it to be limited to just AAA), it’s an attractive idea.

And then Taya dropped the big one: “Oh, and I have a little message for La Mera Mera! Thunder Rosa, you want to say that you’re the best wrestler in Mexico. So come down here and prove it! Because this (hold up the Reina de Reinas title belt), says otherwise. You know where to find me—so come and get it!”

Boom! With just a few concise lines, Taya Valkyrie has set up something which, for me, is very much a dream match. Taya is still one of the best in the world and so is Rosa on her best days and when AEW allows her. This will be a killer match—and I say ‘will’ because, if this tweet from Rosa means anything at all, then this match is on!

3. Pentagon Jr. & Villano IV Will Face Off in the ‘Ruleta de la Muerte’ Tournement Final in Mexico City

Through both Triplemania XXX: Monterrey and Triplemania XXX: Tijuana, AAA has been running a crazy tournament, ‘Ruleta de la Muerte’, where it is the loser of each match who advances to the next round of the tournament. On paper, that shouldn’t work, and yet, because the final of the tournament is mask vs. mask, it creates a situation where a wrestler wants to win and get out of the tournament as quickly as possible so their maks isn’t at risk. It’s an interesting psychological difference.

We got both of the semi-final matches at Triplemania XXX: Tijuana, Blue Demon Jr. forced Pentagon Jr. into the final in a decent enough brawl that involved a cookie sheet, a trash can, a hammer, and some mask ripping that saw part of Pentagon’s face exposed and the top half of Demon’s hair. Demon Jr. got the win with a Canadian Destroyer off the top rope through a table.

Psycho Clown, meanwhile, took a loss to Villano IV in a crazy scrap that saw Psycho Clown cut open by having a beer bottle smashed over his head, as well as taking a couple of nasty of shots to the head with a chair. Psycho Clown made a spirited comeback, giving Villano IV a stiff as hell chair shot to the head in return before also breaking a beer bottle over Villano’s noggin and digging the shards into his forehead, Abdullah the Butcher-style.

Pentagon Jr. and Psycho Clown will meet in the ‘Ruleta de la Muerte’ tournament final at Triplemania XXX: Mexico City on October 15th in what should prove to be a great, unhinged battle.

4. Ray Fenix Unifies the AAA Latin American and AAA World Cruiserweight Championships

It’s been a year for title unification in wrestling, and AAA proved to be no different at Triplemania XXX: Tijuana. While I’m not sure as to the reasons why AAA have decided to unify their Latin American and World Cruiserweight championships, what I do know is that they did so with one hell of a match.

It was a match filled with big names, as Rey Fenix, Bandido, and the Cruiserweight champion Laredo Kid were all involved. Not only that but the Latin American champion Taurus was involved as was the current AAA Mega Champion, the stunning El Hijo del Vikingo. In what was the joint-best match of the night (we’ll get onto the other match next), the five men went at each other with the speed and athleticism that a fair proportion of lucha-inspired American wrestlers could do with taking notes from. Indeed, there were barely any slip-ups or botches of note, with Vikingo, in particular, showing a crispness and smoothness of execution that was extremely impressive. That the man could leap from the top rope into a forward roll, land on and grip his opponent accurately, and then switch into a backwards movement for a hurricarana, all in one fluid movement, is mind-melting.

In the end, though, it was Fenix who came out on top, and after a match chock-full of exciting, exhilarating aerial madness, he unified the championships with something as simple as a double stomp off the top rope onto Taurus. Still, it was effective, and Rey Fenix can now claim to have given Triplemania XXX: Tijuana a genuinely historic moment by unifying the Latin American and Cruiserweight championships.

But he wasn’t the only wrestler to create history on the night…

5. Chik Tormenta is The First Female Wrestler in AAA to Lose Her Mask

If you know anything about Lucha Libre, you’ll know that the symbolism, heritage, and significance of a wrestler’s mask is above anything and everything else. In an area of the sport of wrestling that leans to the wild, over-the-top, colorful, and larger-than-life, this is the one thing that is treated with utmost seriousness and respect.

After being forced into the match by losing a seven-woman cage match in the opening contest, Chik Tormenta found herself faced with the indignity of having to take off her mask after losing a brilliant, hard-hitting scrap with Flammer, with the pinfall coming after Chik was hit with a rolling fireman’s carry through a table. The importance of getting a win here for either lady was such that each grappler’s husband and members of each lady’s stables got themselves involved, creating an added sense of drama, violence, and chaos as the match went on.

Alas, somebody had to lose, and Chik Tormenta seemed to take it graciously, shaking Flammer’s hand, Flammer raising Chik’s hand in return. Chik seemed to be genuinely emotional and tearful as she gave a speech to the crowd before removing the mask. It all added to a poignant, somber moment and was great storytelling.

I don’t know if Chik Tormenta would take any silver linings from the situation, but there is this: by her loss, Chik Tormenta has become the first woman in AAA history to have been unmasked. They might have taken her mask, but they’ll never be able to take the history away from Chik Tormenta.

What did you think of Triplemania XXX: Tijuana? 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.

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