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AAA Triplemania XXX live results: Vikingo vs. Fenix Mega title match

Villano IV will take on Pentagon Jr. in a historic mask vs. mask match.
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AAA continues to celebrate their 30th anniversary with their third Triplemania of the year, emanating from Mexico City, Mexico.

The AAA Mega title will be on the line as El Hijo Del Vikingo will defend against Rey Fenix in what should be a fast-paced and breathtaking first time ever match. Fenix will be looking for his third current AAA title (Cruiserweight, Latin America) while Vikingo is gunning for his fifth title defense as his one year mark as champion approaches.

In a mask vs. mask match that will complete a tournament that run through the other two Triplemania events, Villano IV will take on Pentagon Jr. where the loser will have to remove their mask in a historic moment.

AAA Reina de Reinas Champion Taya Valkyrie will defend against NWA Women's Champion Kamille as their NWA feud continues in Mexico.

In what should be a spectacle to determine the next challengers to AAA Tag Team Champions FTR, it will be Dragon Lee & Dralistico vs. Latigo & Toxin vs. Myzteziz & Komander vs. Arez & Willie Mack.

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Our English commentary team is Joe Dombrowski and Larry Dallas.

AAA World Tag Team Title #1 Contendership Four Way Match: Hermanos Lee (Dragon Lee & Dralistico) defeated Arez & Willie Mack, Komander & Myzteziz Jr., Los Vipers (Latigo & Toxin)

A great opener full of high-flying action that never wore out its welcome.

TripleMania began with Mack initiating a dance-off to the delight of the women in the crowd. The action soon started as we saw tandem topes followed by tandem moonsaults. All four teams got time to shine, with the ramp being used to land several big dives. Dragon Lee hit a massive tope sending three other men over the barricade, before Dralistico followed them with a big springboard crossbody over the barricade.

Once the all got inside the barricade, Mack hit a tope onto the pile. We then got a poisonrana/spanish fly combination to the floor before Komander hit a springboard Shooting Star to the floor. Back in the ring, Dralistico got one of the Vipers in the ring and hit a Jay Driller to score the win and the future title shot against FTR. After the match, Mack had a bunch of plush toys dropped on him from the ceiling before a mascot for the local company Farmacias Similares did a dance with him. I promise that I didn’t make a single bit of that up.

AAA Reina de Reinas Title Match: Taya Valkyrie (c) defeated Kamille

A replacement-level hardcore match.

Valkyrie came out in La Parka-inspired gear. Kamille jumped Valkyrie before the bell to take control. Kamille hit Valkyrie with a chair and a cookie sheet, drawing blood from the champion. Valkyrie fought back in a chop battle, but Kamille poked her in the eyes and hit a coast-to-coast with a trash can for a nearfall. Kamille and Flammer, her second, set up a table on the floor. That gave Valkyrie the time to recover and dodge a Kamille charge, sending her into a chair.

Valkyrie fought back with some strikes and a sliding German in the ropes, before hitting Kamille with a cookie sheet on the floor. Kamille got back in control in the ring with a torture rack into a powerbomb for a nearfall. Kamille went for a chokeslam, but Valkyrie reversed it into a toehold.

Valkyrie went to the top, but Kamille cut her off and hit a superplex for a nearfall. Kamille hit a Canadian Destroyer, but Valkyrie kicked out. Valkyrie dodged another corner charge, sending Kamille into the post and to the floor. Valkyrie got Kamille onto her shoulders and dropped her face first onto the apron, but couldn’t get the three count in the ring.

Double knees in the corner send Kamille to the apron, but she dragged Taya out to the apron with her. After some forearms, Taya landed a cutter thro-sorry, onto the table. Kamille speared Taya for a nearfall. Arez got sent into Flammer, which got the seconds out of the way. Valkyrie reversed a crossbody into a facelock, and transitioned into an STF for the win.

- Konnan came out. Los Vipers quickly cut him off, with Cibernetico making it clear that he wasn’t pleased with Konnan’s presence. The Vipers beat down Konnan and left him laying. I’m sure that won’t come into play later.

AAA World Trios Title Three Way Match: Brian Cage, Johnny Caballero & Sam Adonis defeated Bandido, Laredo Kid & Psycho Clown, Nueva Generacion Dinamita (El Cuatrero, Forastero & Sanson) (c), NGD retain the titles

A fun, well-paced trios match with a finish that confused me at first, then annoyed me when I understood what happened.

Johnny Caballero (John Morrison, for those unaware) got a special live performance of his music. He also came out with a stick horse that I will call Hijo del Pepe until corrected. The Americans quickly ganged up on Psycho Clown, beating him down on the floor three-on-one. NGD worked over the other teams one member at a time before the Americans came in and ran wild. They took out all three tecnicos before getting to work on NGD. Cage hit an F-5 leading into an Adonis 450 before Psycho Clown came in with a cookie sheet for revenge.

Estrellita, the second for the Americans came in, but Psycho Clown sent Adonis into her to get her out of the way. It came down to Psycho Clown and Adonis, with Psycho Clown hitting a Spanish Fly for a nearfall that Estrellita broke up. NGD took her out and hit a triple team dropkick on Psycho Clown for a nearfall.

Laredo Kid came in, and he and Bandido cleared NGD out of the ring. Bandido got Cage up for the press slam, but Cage came back with a lariat. Caballero and Laredo Kid traded Canadian Destroyers. In an insane spot, Cage monkey flipped Bandido out of the ring onto a group of guys on the floor.

Laredo Kid hit a Laredo Driver on Caballero, but missed a corkscrew splash. Caballero brought in Hijo del Pepe, but Laredo hit a superkick and took it from him. The ref took the stick horse away from Laredo Kid, allowing Caballero to kick Laredo Kid low and take the win. NGD retained the titles however, because the champions had to be pinned to change the titles. Assuming the challengers all knew that, why would they try to pin anyone other than the champions? That made no sense once I realized that NGD retained. This was an enjoyable match otherwise.

- Former AAA announcer Arturo “Rudo” Rivera and the legendary Blue Demon were both posthumously inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame. Hugo Savinovich led a ceremony for both men, with Rivera’s family and Blue Demon Jr. joining him on the stage.

Hair Vs. Hair Match: Pagano defeated Cibernetico

Remember when I said the women’s match was a replacement-level hardcore match? That may as well have been peak Mick Foley compared to this slog.

This match was falls count anywhere. The start of this one was rough, as Pagano hit a dive to start, then came up short on a table dive right after. Los Vipers seconded Cibernetico and they helped dump Pagano on the ramp with a triple-team press slam. Cibernetico hit an elbow drop through a table for a nearfall.

A bloody Pagano took a 4-on-1 beatdown from Los Vipers, but he fought back with a dropkick off the top rope to Cibernetico. Pagano got hold of a fork and summoned Abdullah The Butcher by jabbing Cibernetico with it, busting him open. Los Vipers tried to give Cibernetico an advantage, but Pagano got Cibernetico down in an armbar and kept going to work on him with the fork. Los Vipers got involved again, making me wonder why they don’t just stay in the ring. Charly Manson came out to make the save and gave Pagano a light tube, but Pagano hit the ref instead of Cibernetico.

Pagano is short on another dive, but comes up close enough to make contact this time. Pagano hits a big slam on a chair, but there’s no referee. Enter Vampiro to count the fall, but Cibernetico kicked out at two. Cibernetico cut off Pagano on the top rope and hit a super hurricanrana for 2. More weapons shots from Cibernetico, but Pagano gets a kendo stick and cut him off. Pagano brought out tacks and hit a piledriver in the tacks for a nearfall that Vampiro isn’t even looking at. I’m about ready for this to be done.

Chokeslam onto a barbed wire chair by Cibernetico, followed by a chokeslam onto more tacks. He sent Pagano through a table on the floor, but that only got 2. It felt like the Vipers had been stomping on Pagano for an hour at this point. They put Pagano on a table on the stage, but Konnan came out for revenge after the attack earlier tonight and took the Vipers out with a bat.

Pagano and Cibernetico ended up on top of a ladder, and instead of going through the table, Pagano put Cibernetico through the stage with an Air Raid Crash for the win. This match was long and bad, but at least they finished it with the most spectacular spot they had planned. Cibernetico got stretchered out, notably with all of his hair still on his head. Come on, at least pay off the haircut if you’re gonna make me sit through this thing.

- Hold that thought, Pagano caught up to Cibernetico in the trainer’s room and got the haircut. Cibernetico took it like a man and shook Pagano’s hand to finish that piece of business.

AAA Mega Title Match: El Hijo del Vikingo (c) defeated Rey Fenix

Two of the best athletes and flyers in the business put on an unreal performance here in the runaway match of the night so far.

Fenix got an introduction from Lalo Elizarras, a former luchador turned comedian. Vikingo got a big-time entrance, with a dozen or so Vikings joining him on stage. None of them looked like Erik or Ivar, but they were all wearing big masks, so I can’t rule it out.

These two start this one on the mat, trading submissions and pinning predicaments. The pace quickly picks up as Vikingo hit two spectacular tijeras, with Fenix coming back with a top rope rana for two. Vikingo went for Fenix’s rebound kick, but Fenix ducked it. Vikingo went for a spear to Fenix off the apron, but Fenix caught him and landed a DDT.

Fenix worked over Vikingo for a while before Vikingo popped off a Code Red for a nearfall. Vikingo followed it up with a double-jump inverted senton to the floor. Fenix got Vikingo on his shoulders, but Vikingo reversed it into a poison rana on the floor. I noticed here that Fenix’s mask was ripped, as Vikingo had gone after it earlier. Vikingo hit a shooting star press off of the apron, as Fenix got bloody somewhere in this flurry.

Springboard 450 in the ring only got 2 for Vikingo. Vikingo tried to follow it with a springboard 450 on the ramp, but after some back and forth, Fenix hit a nasty rolling cutter. Vikingo pulled Fenix into a tilt-a-whirl slam on the ramp. Back in the ring, Vikingo tried to hit the big slam again, but Fenix fought out. Fenix tried another rolling cutter, but Vikingo caught him and hit the big slam for a nearfall. Fenix rolled Vikingo through and hit a double stomp before following it with a reverse Spanish Fly for a 2 count.

Fenix nailed a reverse frog splash for two, but Vikingo reversed an attempted move into a rana for a nearfall. Vikingo walked up the ramp, then came back with a springboard 630 into the ring for another nearfall. Fenix was a bloody mess at this point, but he still kicked out of a 630 from the top rope. Fenix rolled to the floor, so Vikingo followed him and sent him over the barricade. Vikingo tried to tight-rope the barricade, but Fenix met him with a superkick. Fenix laid Vikingo over the barricade, then came off the top rope and hit a diving foot stomp on him.

Back in the ring, Fenix Driver landed, but only gets 2. A delayed Fenix Driver landed, but Vikingo kicked out to a massive reaction. The crowd chanted This Is Lucha as the two men recovered. Both men went to the top, where Vikingo hit a tip-top rope avalanche poisonrana for a nearfall. Double knees in the corner from Vikingo lead to the imploding 450 and the win. An athletic spectacle at a level I couldn't believe they reached. There are very few people in wrestling who could do what these two did at the pace they did it. Seek this one out, you will be blown away.

Ruleta De La Muerte Final Mask Vs. Mask Match: Pentagon Jr. defeated Villano IV

Pentagon did what he could with the 57-year-old Villano IV. What we got was a heated, bloody brawl with a satisfying end to the Ruleta De La Muerte tournament.

Both men got big time entrances. Villano was accompanied by members of his family, while Pentagon had a live performance of his music by Muelas de Gallo, who played the Lucha Brothers out at All Out last year. It was a lot better than Johnny Caballero’s from earlier, not to say that one wasn’t good. Villano got a jump start, attacking Pentagon on the ramp. He ripped Pentagon’s mask and sent him into the buckles. Villano sent Pentagon into the post before bringing out the weapons.

Chair shots, cookie sheet shots, and trash can shots from Villano open up Pentagon. Villano tore up Pentagon’s body suit (with a little help from Pentagon) and went to work on him in the corner. Villano set up a board on the floor and sent Pentagon through it with a backdrop. Villano missed a corner charge, allowing Pentagon to fire up and send him out of the ring with a superkick. A giant tope took out Villano and his second.

A blood-soaked Pentagon tore at the mask of Villano and opened him up. Pentagon sent Villano’s head into the post a dozen times or so. Pentagon got his receipt for the cookie sheet shots when he nailed Villano a couple times with the sheet. They just start slugging each other on the floor, throwing fists and kicks until Pentagon sent Villano into the post again.

Back in the ring, a superkick and a double stomp only score a two for Pentagon. Pentagon set up a table and hit a death valley driver through the table for a nearfall. Pentagon crushed Villano with a top rope double stomp for a near fall. Pentagon went for the package piledriver, but Villano got him into an octopus hold, then turned it into a pinning position for a nearfall.

They stand back up and shake hands before throwing more hands and nearly knocking each other out. Pentagon got the better of another strike exchange before hitting a leg drop off the middle rope for a nearfall. Pentagon got Villano up for a torture rack, but he let him go thinking that Villano quit. That allowed Villano to shove Pentagon through a board in the corner and land a senton for a nearfall. Villano missed a roll, allowing Pentagon to get him on the ground and snap the arm. It only got 2, so he snapped the arm again, but Villano kicked out again.

Villano got some type of leg lock on and rolled over with it, but Villano made the same mistake Pentagon did earlier by letting him go before the tap. Pentagon got a rollup for 2 out of that. Villano gets out of the package piledriver again, but Pentagon gets him in the cobra twist pinfall position. Villano kicked out again, so Pentagon just punted him in the head and snapped the arm a third time to get the pin and the win. This was a big, ugly brawl. A lot of times that doesn't work, but it worked for this spot. A fine tournament final, and a fine main event to TripleMania.

- The loser of the match, Villano IV unmasked here. He is Tomas Diaz Mendoza, age 57, 42 years a professional wrestler. There were a lot of tears, both in the ring and in the crowd. Many of these people haven't been alive as long as Villano IV had been a wrestler, so seeing him unmask can stir up a lot of emotion. AAA always do these unmaskings so well, giving them the respect that they deserve.