AAA Triplemania XXX Tijuana


Ruleta de la Muerte Cage Match: Reina Dorada, Sexy Star, Lady Maravilla, La Hiedra, & Lady Shani outlasted Chik Tormenta & Lady Flammer

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This is escape-the-cage rules, and the last two competitors in the match will face off later in the show in a Mask vs. Mask match.

Lady Flammer and Chik Tormenta will face off later in the show in TripleMania's first women's Mask vs. Mask match.


There was a brief ceremony to honor and remember Antonio Peña, who founded AAA.


Cheerleaders from the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams performed



Niño Hamburguesa last eliminated Mamba to win Copa TripleManía

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The rules are pin, submission, or over-the-top rope elimination. Entrants came in every minute.

The final entrant was Cibernetico, who is feuding with Pagano. Mamba eliminated Xolo. Cibernetico eliminated Abismo Negro Jr., his Los Vipers partner, with a spear. Mamba rolled Charly up for an elimination. There was a lot of somewhat aimless wresting until Mamba eliminated Mr. Iguana. Cibernetico and Pagano went right at each other, allowing Mamba and Niño Hamburguesa to eliminate them. They continued to brawl and fight up the ramp.

Niño Hamburguesa and Mamba were the final two, and they traded chops in the center of the ring. Niño Hamburguesa fired up and sent Mamba out of the ring for his second Copa TripleMania victory.

– After the match, Pagano needed medical attention following a continued attack from Cibernetico.


AAA Cruiserweight Championship / AAA Latin American Championship: Rey Fénix defeated Laredo Kid (c) [Cruiserweight], Taurus (c) [Latin American], Hijo del Vikingo, & Bandido to win both titles

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This was the best Mexican wrestling match all year and in contention for the best non-apuesta match in TripleMania history. The platonic ideal of a lucha libre spotfest.

Fénix and Vikingo fought on the top rope, but Vikingo got the advantage and landed a 630 splash on Taurus, which Fénix broke up. Fénix went for a pin attempt on Taurus, who kicked out for a great near fall, then Fénix landed a top-rope double stomp on Taurus for the win.

– Bandido had to receive medical attention at ringside after the match after he had a rough landing towards the end. He was taken out on a stretcher -- hope he's okay.


AAA Reina de Reinas champion Taya Valkyrie came out and cut a promo in Spanish. She said the winner of the women's mask match later tonight would earn a title shot. She then called out AEW Women's World Champion Thunder Rosa, telling her to prove her worth in Mexico.


Konnan came out. A video package recapped his career and accomplishments. La Rebelion, Rey Fénix, Taya Valkyrie, Rey Horus, among others all came out to thank Konnan. They presented him with a commemorative plaque.



Ruleta de la Muerte Semifinal: Blue Demon Jr. defeated Pentagon Jr.

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This was really good. Blue Demon Jr. seemed to try a lot harder here than he usually does.

They fought on the top rope, with Penta wanting a superplex, but Demon produced the hammer, struck Penta, and hit a preposterous top rope destroyer through the table for the win.

– Penta will face the loser of Psycho Clown vs. Villano IV Jr. in a Mask vs. Mask match at the next TripleManía.


Mask vs. Mask Lucha de Apuesta: Lady Flammer defeated Chik Tormenta

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This was the first women's mask vs. mask match in AAA history, and it was stellar. The two competitors laid it all out there, and the match layout was really tight aside from the baffling count botch towards the end. The post-match is must-watch.

Both women came out accompanied by their husbands, who were carrying towels in the event of a corner submission.

Flammer hit a top-rope frankensteiner that looked like it got three -- Tormenta didn't kick out -- but the official said it was two. No idea what happened. She set up a board in the corner of the ring, drove Tormenta through it, and covered for the win.

– After the match, Flammer's family came out to celebrate with her.

There was real emotion on the face of Tormenta that you could see even through the mask. She was given a chance to speak, and she shook Flammer's hand. She is Cristina Azpeitia Ramirez of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and she unmasked with tears in her eyes.



Ruleta de la Muerte Semifinal: Psycho Clown defeated Villano IV

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Despite a couple awkward moments, this was a hot brawl as one might expect. Classic AAA.

Psycho Clown poured thumb tacks all over the ring. At the sight of his own blood, he snapped and went all over Villano, beating him down in the corner and elbowing the official away. Villano went for an elbow drop on Psycho Clown but inadvertently hit the official, then Psycho Clown was backdropped onto the thumbtacks. Villano covered, but the official was too incapacitated to count.

As Villano pleaded with the official to wake up, Psycho Clown hit Villano with an air raid crash on the tacks for the win.

– Villano IV will face Pentagon Jr. in a Mask vs. Mask match at the next TripleManía.


Dragon Lee & Dralistico defeated Matt Hardy & Johnny Hardy (John Hennigan)

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Johnny was the replacement for Jeff Hardy. The match was pretty good before the wacky turn at the end.

Dralistico sent Johnny into the turnbuckle with an overhead suplex, then Matt took out Dralistico with a clothesline. Dralistico countered the Twist of Fate but missed a moonsault. Matt set up for the Twist of Fate, but Johnny turned on him and low blowed him before hitting his signature neckbreaker. Dralistico then hit the double underhook Codebreaker and the assisted moonsault for the win.

– After the match, Matt hit Johnny with a Twist of Fate and shook hands with the Lee brothers. They played it off like Johnny did the turn of his own accord.


Final Thoughts: Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Up


By: #GeraldRoberts