Yesterday, Dorian Roldan announced TripleMania would take place in August. TripleMania has tended to be a June event in recent years (it’s moved around the calendar a few times), and rumors over the last month suggested it’d be moved to July. This is even later. AAA has not confirmed a specific date or location as of yet, or even explained why it’s in August and not June.
The immediate effect is heavyweight champion El Mesías, announced as needing three months to return from a bicep injury, would make it back in time. Mesias feels like AAA’s third most popular tecnico (behind L.A. Par-K and Dr. Wagner Jr., and Cibernético has an argument), but he’s always central to AAA’s plans and they’d definitely prefer to involve him in their biggest show of the year. I don’t think Mesias’ injury is the reason AAA’s pushing back TripleMania, but it’s a nice benefit of the move.
Moving TripleMania to August stacks up the major events in the second half of the year. This seemed like a problem when TripleMania was only going back to July. August for TripleMania means no Verano de Escandalo this year. Pushing back TripleMania also means AAA would go five months between shows with big matches, an extraordinary long time.
AAA appears to have figured out a solution to this problem: this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter says they’ll be holding a Night of Champions (Noche de Campeons?) in Orizaba. The WON gives a date of 05/18, which must be a typo – they tape on 05/17 in Chilpancingo and no 05/18 show has been announced anywhere. Something like 06/17 would fit, and everything else starts to fit once you assume there still is a major show coming up in June. AAA specifically announced title matches in Merida, which didn’t seem to make sense when TripleMania was thought to be in July and would be very silly if they were holding them off until August. It makes a lot of sense to be announcing title matches if you’re running a title match show in six weeks (and it’ll be more like four when the announcements start airing.)
AAA’s current champions, who’d presumably be defending at a Night of Champions
Minis: Mini Psicosis – already set to face Mascarita Dorada)
Women: Sexy Star – already set to face Fabi Apache + 2 more (Mari Apache and a tecnica or a TNA woman?)
Mixed Tag: Alan Stone & Jennifer Blake – Alan’s a tecnico, Jen is not? No specific challengers
Cruiser: Jack Evans – vs Teddy Hart, maybe more
Latin America: L.A. Par-K – vs Jeff Jarrett? vs Perro Aguayo Jr.?
Tag: Abyss & Chessman – seems like a multiman, but this explains why Abyss didn’t lose in Merida
Trios: Psycho Circus – vs undefeated Consejo? vs Maniacos?
Heavy: Mesías – stripped of his title? Perro defends/”earns” #1 contendership vs Wagner?
That’s 8 matches, the size of a major show. If AAA skips on doing something with the Heavyweight title or the Mixed Tag, that leaves room for the Psicosis vs Joe Líder death match they’ve been setting up.
Source: the excellent www.luchablog.com