So I am down here in southern Mexico (about 300 miles from the southern border of Mexico) vacationing for a few weeks, and ended up getting front row seats to an Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) house show. The headliner was listed as El Cibernetico, La Parka, and El Zorro vs. El Mesias, Kenzo Suzuki, and Luchador Sorpresa (surprise luchador).
Not really following lucha libre at all, I figured it would be some luchador with whom I was entirely unfamiliar.
Well, I was very surprised.
The crowd LOVED Cibernetico and La Parka. And they HATED, HATED, HATED X-Pac, El Zorro, and Kenzo Suzuki. In fact, I'm fairly certain they ended that match a little early after someone in the fifth row threw a chair at X-Pac (it didn't come close to hitting him, but still...). The crowd so hated them that I was a little worried that there might be a riot if Cibertico's team lost. Unlike the CMLL event last week, the good guys didn't always win at the AAA event.
I do have a few more photos if any one is interested. Aside from the over-zealous fans, the AAA was an absolute blast. We went to the CMLL event the week before (which was a lot of fun), and this blew that out of the water.
Cool! I was in Oaxaca about three years ago for a wedding, and I didn't get the chance to see any lucha, although I did come home with a couple of really nice lucha masks. (Wedding favors!)
I know there's been a real problem with civil unrest in that region since my visit, so I'm glad to hear that things seem to be better. Did you have any difficulties or see any problems?
If you're still there, make sure you buy chocolate--it comes in bars, but they're only so-so for eating--much better as hot chocolate. Just drop a square in milk, add sugar to taste, and heat. B^) My apologies if I'm telling you something you already know....
Originally posted by Peter The HegemonI know there's been a real problem with civil unrest in that region since my visit, so I'm glad to hear that things seem to be better. Did you have any difficulties or see any problems?
My girlfriend and I were here last year when shit was really hitting the fan. In fact, I left three days before the Federal Police came through with tanks and tear gas to clear everyone out. She stayed to begin the initial stages of her PhD research, which meant I got fun little text messages like "Hi, honey. I just got tear-gassed while leaving a café. Call you in an hour!"
I'll just point to her photo blog for those interested in what things were like a year ago.
Things are a lot safer now, but there's still a lot of extremely complicated political tension.
Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreezeAlso, can you settle a bet for me and let me know the name of the arena the show was in?
Gimnasio Ricardo Flores Magón (although I've seen the name both with and without the accent). It's about the size of a large high school gymnasium.
I'll preface this with a warning - our camera kind of sucks and the lighting wasn't great, so not everything came out wonderfully. I'm basically posting the best of the best, which, unfortunately, is pretty incomplete. The best pictures were of those standing in the corner closest to our seats.
The winners of the first match. For some reason they weren't on the poster for the event, so I have no idea who they are.
Path Finder and El Canibal vs. Los Pirates. I didn't get a decent photo of Los Pirates, unfortunately. Decent match. El Canibal missed a NASTY looking tope suicida, and then connected with an even NASTIER one later in the match. No padding, pure concrete floor. That dude was pretty fearless. El Canibal and Path Finder won.
Sexy Star (solo, masked in black) and Cinthia Moreno (blond kicking on the left) vs. La Diabolica (masked woman in red) and La Chola (masked woman being kicked on the left). The corner with La Chola and Cinthia was cat calling the women throughout the match, so whenever the action spilled outside the ring, the luchadoras always threw their opponent into those seats. Even the luchadoras started laughing at the frequency with which it happened. Oh, and Sexy Star is CRAZY hot.
Los Exoticos vs. Rey Cometa, Laredo Kid, and Nemisis. Next to Cibernetico and La Parka, Los Exoticos were easily the most over tag team of the night. They were also the most fun to watch. At one point, someone in the crowd yelled out "¡Que Bonita!", and Pimpinela immediately left the ring to "make a new friend". Los Exoticos would also yell things in the middle of move, cracking up the crowd in the process.
Yes, the crowd photo is of one of Los Exoticos sitting in my lap (I believe it's Cassandro), the photo taken by the short-haired blond member of the team (Pimpinela, I think). Cassandro also grabbbed my camera to snap the photo of Pimpinela posing by the ring. Even though I'm told by this thread(The-W) that Los Exoticos gimmick is a shoot, I'm perfectly comfortable in my heterosexuality.
Honestly, for all of the chants of "punto" and other derogatory terms towards other wrestlers, it was pretty interesting to see just how over Los Exoticos were. And they won, BTW.
Juventud Guerrera, Crazy Boy and Joe Linder vs. La Secta Cibernetica. Easily match of the night, and not just because of the plunder. Juvie's team was pretty over, and they lost. Crazy boy went through the lightbulbs, and Joe Linder went through the fire-table. After the match, La Secta Cibernetica really put down the crowd, to the point the shy chubby kid sitting next to me, who barely moved through any of the other matches, started enthusiastically flipping them off. I think this is where the crowd started really getting a bit riled up.
El Cibernetico, La Parka, and El Zorro vs. El Mesias, Kenzo Suzuki, and X-Pac (surprise luchador). Really weird match - a little disjointed. But the crowd was CRAZY for Cibernetico. Based on his initial reaction from the crowd, I'm not sure they knew who X-Pac was. But they HATED him and his teammates. He was with some rather attractive blond who, according to Wikipedia, is his current girlfriend Alicia Webb (aka Ryan Shamrock). Frankly, I think he did a perfectly acceptable job, although the match itself was really about Cibernetico and La Parka. And yes, I did dork out a bit and pay the $12 to have my photo taken with La Parka.
Needless to say, this was a TON of fun, and easily the most enjoyable pro-wrestling related experience I've had in the last 6 years. Even if the matches weren't the greatest, the luchadores really played to the crowd, so it was still fun to watch. So much so, in fact, that I might even start watching AAA when I get back to the states.
I'll just add that Oaxaca City is probably one of my favorite places. The food is some of the best in the world, the people are friendly, and city itself is a living history book. It's not very English-speaking, however, so it does help to know some Spanish, of which I know little but my girlfriend (with whom I am traveling) is fluent.
You're telling me Sean Waltman's screwing Ryan Shamrock?
Damnit, there is absolutely NO JUSTICE in this world!!!
EDIT: It's also sad to see La Parka is so popular down in Mexico that the fans are getting other wrestlers to sign his picture. Why hasn't he been brought into the WWE or TNA even on a regular basis. Put him on SMACKDOWN, the hispanics LOVE the show already.
(edited by Cerebus on 13.10.07 2118) Forget it Josh... it's Cerebustown.
X-Pac's been working Mesias' matches the last couple of weeks, so I meant to give you the heads up when I saw you mention the show elsewhere but forgot. He's been in AAA for a few months; he and Alicia moved to Mexico City to work regularly there, which is pretty neat.
Exoticos Red: Casandro Facepaint, vaguely like Goldust, in your lap: Polvo de Estrellas the one being asked for an autograph with a Parka photo: May Flowers.
It kind of sucks because they had been doing such a good job making the Bret/Vince thing, if not realistic, at least different than everything else. This was just overdone contemporary-style wackiness. Like Hogan running over Rock's ambulance.