Wrestling / AAA

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Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA, or Triple A) is among the larger Mexican Professional Wrestling, or, as it is known there, lucha libre, promotions. It was started by Antonio Peña in 1992 when he broke away from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Peña brought with him Konnan, and also picked up Rey Misterio Jr. from the Tijuana scene and gave La Parka his gimmick. Over the years, AAA has worked with WWE and WCW, and has enjoyed long standing partnerships with with both TNA and Japan's Pro Wrestling NOAH. A lot of their talent have also raised their foreign profiles on Robert Rodriguez's wrestling show, Lucha Underground.

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Tropes Associadas con AAA

  • Acrofatic: Niño Hamburguesa, although he sometimes has trouble balancing on the top rope.
  • Action Girl: Their Reina de Reinas division, which is comprised by both national and foreigner females who actually kick butts (although the foreigner ones are rather fanservicey, since the national ones are more conservative, with a notable exception in Sexy Star).
  • Alliterative Name: So maybe it should be AAyA?
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Cibernético after the death of Antonio Peña. He wanted to leave the promotion but stuck around until the 2008 memorial show and later appeared on a tour of the United States in honor of his memory.
  • Artifact Title: El Mega Triple Campeon de AAA is actually a four time title holder, though he was originally just El Mega Campeon de AAA so guess he just got tired of counting.
  • Author Avatar: Konnan, who coincidentally was booker during some of the promotions hottest years while it had a partnership with WCW. Actually a case study in how this trope can be used well when compared to contemporary WCW booking.
  • Badass Beard: Ozz has a braided beard.
  • Badass Cape: Path Finder had an awesome golden body suit with a red cape attached.
  • Bald Woman: La Nazi would shave Chica de Arabia. La Practicante would have her head shaved by Xóchitl Hamada. Rossy Moreno would later try to have Xóchitl shaved but also end up bald at her hands, which caused the rest of the Moreno family to go after Xóchitl but just wound up with Rossy bald again.
  • Battle Couple: Xóchitl Hamada and Pentagón Black. AAA, either purposefully or not, encourages this kind of thing with its World Mixed Tag Team Championship belts, such as when Christina Von Eerie found her partner, Alex Koslov, was falling for her.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: When Dorian allies himself with and worked through Konnan and Hijo del Perro Aguayo, while they were the Top Heels.
  • Big Eater: Niño Hamburguesa, whom even other big eaters like Goya Kong have to stop from eating meals before his matches are finished.
  • Big Good: Antonio Peña, and later his son-in-law Joaquin Roldan when Peña passed away.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Than CMLL, not that that's saying much since all AAA has to do is simply not hide any bloodshed on its broadcasts. Cibernético bled profusely at the 2009 Guerra de Titanes though.
  • Boy Band: Jimmy Boy, Billy Boy and Vangelis, Los Spice Boys. The group came to an end when Vangelis embraced Nazism.
  • Braids of Action: Billy Boy were highly decorated with purple tips. Also, Ron Killings.
  • Cain and Abel: Silver King justified putting his mask back on by stating he was now Silver Cain, out to prove he was more talented that his brother, then Mega Champion Dr. Wagner Jr.
  • Canon Foreigner: There was a wrestler called Border Patrol, representing TNA.
  • Captain Ersatz: An unfortunate example with Abismo Negro and Black Abyss. The latter gimmick was created to feud with the former but after Abismo Negro's untimely death, Black Abyss ended up taking his place for awhile.
  • Captain Geographic: Ice Killer and Dark Angel when she was still masked (Canada), El Illegal (Puerto Rico), Australian Suicide (guess).
  • The Chosen One: There's a Masked Luchador called El Elegido.
  • Crossover: Has these with TNA, which for a time was considered its sister promotion. Used to have crossovers with Puerto Rican organization looking to go international WWL and seeks to have them with Jeff Jarrett's fledgling GWF. The Reina de Reinas has seen time in joshi fed WAVE.
  • Cult: La Secta Cibernética, a religion centered around worship of Cibernético and aimed against Antonio Peña.
  • Cyborg: Cibernético, made that way in the UWA Gym. Later, Muerte Cibernética, a death cyborg.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: León Negro, like a lion's mane, until he was unmaksed and revealed to have brown hair.
  • Darker and Edgier: The 2010+ "Sin Limite" years invoke this trope.
  • Disney Owns This Trope: One of the main criticisms of Antonio Peña was his tendency to trademark gimmicks, particularly in relation to barring some wrestlers from using them away from AAA and then giving the gimmick to another wrestler who was promptly allowed to do so in the cases of Psicosis and La Parka.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Brazo de Plata has occasionally wrestled with dreadlocks under a cap with Jamaican colors.
  • Drunk with Power: It's not just founders or executive figures in the company that exercise their authority a little too forcibly. In Triple A, even referees such as Hijo del Tirantes tend to abuse their power.
  • Elvis Impersonator: Brazo de Plata's "Elvis Porky" gimmick of 2008.
  • Facial Markings: Cuervo, Charley Manson, Escoria, Espiritu, Ozz and others instead of the traditional mask.
  • Feather Motif: Most of the Apaches wear feathered headdresses
  • Fire Balls: El Mesías has appropriately fallen back on this trick, given how the attempt to kill him off went.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel:
    • Los Gringos Locos (Eddie Guerrero and "Love Machine" Art Barr) would wear American flag design jackets.
    • The Headhunters (A and B)
    • The infamous "El Santo Negro" angle, revolving around an evil man from an undisclosed part of South America.
    • La Legión Extranjera, a bunch of foreign wrestlers directed by Konnan. There was a subgroup within it known as "Las Gringas Locas".
  • Fully Absorbed Finale
    • Lucha Libre Internacional was struggling in the 1990s and AAA's entry into the market helped kill it off for good. The Universal Wrestling Association ended up giving AAA jurisdiction over the World Light Heavyweight Title belt.
    • The Mega Championship belt was created when International Wrestling Council World Heavyweight Champion El Mesías won a tournament that also included the Grand Prix Championship Wrestling SUPER-X Monster Champion, the Mexican National Heavyweight Champion and the UWA World Light Heavyweight Champion and all four titles were unified.
  • Garbage Wrestler: Joe Lider and his brother Demoledor, who is part of Los Reyes Extremos.
  • Giant Mook: The "large" half of the mascot division.
  • Girliness Upgrade: In 2011, the legendary El Brazo became the exotico La Braza.
  • Glasgow Grin: Monster Clown has a double Glasgow grin!
  • Greater Scope Villain: Dorian Roldan, Joaquin's treacherous son. While Konnan was the more well known "leader" of La Legion Extranjera, Roldan was the one who made the group possible and his influence would continue to be felt throughout AAA little before and long after the fact while Konnan had tendency to come and go.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Like many promotions, wrestlers tend to change to Técnico or Rudo.
  • Horned Humanoid: Murder Clown and Dark Unicorn
  • Hostile Show Take Over: The main goal of Cibernético's Lucha Libre Latina was to overthrow AAA and make LLL a promotion onto itself. They were later overshadowed by La Legion Extranjera, who liked AAA as it was, outside of the fact Konnan wasn't in charge. They finally succeeded in getting him back in control during 2008.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Ice Killer (Ice Hockey), Quarterback, Moose (American Football), AJ Styles(Association Football)
  • King Of Town: Jeff Jarrett, Mega Champion... ahem, AAA World Heavyweight Champion and King of Mexico.
  • Legion of Doom: La Legion Etranjera merged with the invading Los Perros del Mal, La Milicia and Los Maniacos/La Maniarquia to form La Sociedad. Later El Consejo joined them.
  • Latin Lover: There is a wrestler with this name, was part of this company.
  • Lava Pit: Cibernético tried to permanently do away with his would be usurper, Muerte Cibernética, by throwing his casket into an active volcano! This lead to El Mesías clawing his way from the depths of hell to take his revenge.
  • Licensed Game: Lucha Libre AAA: Héroes del Ring
  • Maniac Tongue: Psycho Clown, unsurprisingly
  • Masked Luchador: A good deal of ECW, WCW, Pro Wrestling NOAH and TNA's Luchadors were acquired through AAA.
  • Mini Mook: Taken a step further than CMLL with the AAA Mascot Tag Team title belts, which must be held by a wrestler and a smaller wrestler with a riff on his own gimmick (or alternatively, wrestler and a larger wrestler with a riff on his gimmick)
  • Monster Clown: There is a wrestler with this name. He's part of the Psycho Circus which also included Murder Clown and Psycho Clown.
  • Mr. Fanservice
    • Being masked didn't stop Elegido from being viewed as a sex symbol. His chiseled tercias partner Alan Stone is a more traditional example.
    • The super acrobatic and highly flexible Jack Evans, no attempt was made to hide the fact they used him to pander to girls and such.
  • Nice Hat: Zombie Clown's tiny tilted top hat.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Estrellita is Sailor Moon+Britney Spears as a wrestler.
  • Non-Indicative Name
    • The company's name translates to "Advisory and Management Assistance," which does not at all sound like the name of a wrestling promotion. This is something of an Artifact Title, as the wrestling company was supposed to form a partnership with other touring business that never got off the ground.
    • Juventud was the only Mexican in D-generation Mex.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Los Payasos were a técnico group fans cheered over rudos such as Los Vipers. They were very much not this before AAA though.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Fantasma de la Quebrada, till he went back to CMLL and the indies anyway.
  • Paint It Black: Súper Fly's white&black outfit gradually became more and more black, becoming all black when he ran La Milicia.
  • Pint Sized Power House: Antonio Peña was the one who came up with the Mini-Estrella division. And when he left CMLL, many Mini-Estrellas followed him, including the ultra popular Mascarita Sagrada and Espectrito. They've since appeared in the AAA main event, most famously at Triplemanía III-A.
  • Pirate: Pirata Morgan, whose mask only has one eye hole. He lost an eye during a match.
  • Power Stable: MANY, along with a whole division for power trios, in imitation of LLI.
  • Put on a Bus: While many wrestlers jumped from CMLL to AAA, there are many superstars who would end up leaving the triple A promotion, like Latin Lover, Intocable, Alebrije w/Cuije, Billy Boy, Vangelis, Estrellita, Tiffany, and more. Particularly, Dark Angel after unmasking and being given signs to carry instead of matches to wrestle. His family's disapproval of 'El Santo Negro' was a catalyst in Hijo Del Santo returning to and helping to revitalize CMLL.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: As with every mexican wrestling promotion. Here's a few examples:
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Path Finder's mask has red eyes anyway.
  • Retired Badass: Antonio Peña was a main event luchador of the 1970s and 80s. He briefly came out of retirement to fight Cibernético in 2001 but lost.
  • Reverse Mole: Two months after La Sociedad formed, Billy el Malo became mole within them for what would in nearly a year's time become a rival group called Los Bizarros.
  • Ring Oldies: La Parka Jr. still getting it done at 49, Stelaris's beautiful step up planchas at 54.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Peña left CMLL so he could have more creative freedom. LA Park left AAA multiple times, so he could have more freedom in the bookings he could take.
  • Shout-Out: Their curved wall "Thundercage" is a reference to The Thunderdome of Mad Max.
  • Sibling Team: Los Villanos.
  • Space Cadet: "Los Cadetes del Espacio", técnicos who came in the 1990s. Abismo Negro, Maniaco, Mosco de la Merced, Histeria and March-1 got together and formed "Los Rudos de la Galaxia" in an attempt to get rid of them, which was followed by Cibernético's Los Vipers when that failed.
  • Start My Own: This is that own.
  • Sudden Death: A staple of The Lucha Libre World Cup, starting in 2015 where AAA saw several three on three matches wrestled to time limit draws, leaving one member from each team to wrestle for the final decision in overtime four times in eight matches(only half had a winner in the allotted fifteen minutes). Rotated in the final, which saw last two team's designated champions themselves hit a time limit draw necessitating a third overtime. To put it in perspective, on a card with seven regular matches and one planned sudden death for third place, there ended up being seven sudden deaths, with the planned one itself going into "overtime".
  • "Super Sentai" Stance: "Los Cadetes del Espacio" used on for the brief period of time they took on the "Power Raiders" gimmick.
  • Tag Team: MANY. Given this is Mexican parejas, there are usually other methods to switching besides tags.
  • Tag Team Twins: The Headhunters (A and B).
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Villano III wrestled his retirement match alongside Villano V, who had retired two years earlier only to come out of retirement in four days(as he had personally lost money promoting said retirement).
  • The Artifact: El Chico Illegal Chicano originally used the gimmick in Puerto Rico. Even though he put on a mask with the Puerto Rican flag on it while in AAA, it just doesn't carry the same weight.
  • The Mad Hatter: Psicosis, Psicosis II, Histeria, Maniaco, Super Crazy, Psycho Clown. Los Vatos Locos (Charly Manson, May Flowers, Nygma and Picudo) were an entire group of them. A tecnico group.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Tiffany was the only woman in Lucha Libre Latina, a stable mostly made up of exoticos, gorgeous Georges and (unambiguously straight male) delinquents.
  • Tournament Arc: La Copa Antonio Peña, Rey de Reyes, Lucha Libre Premier Tournament, Reina de Reinas, Torneo de Atomicos...
  • Turtle Power: The quartet known as Los Tortuguillos Karetekas.
  • Villain Team-Up: Kevin(Sailor), Vangelis(Nazi) and Brandon(Aztec) united to defeat the Barrio Boys, formerly the spice boys who replaced Vangelis with Decnis.
  • Whip It Good: El Texano with his lasso.
  • Wicked Witch: La Bruja, unsurprisingly. Rossy Moreno, Miss Janeth and Tiffany also served as a trio of them.
  • Worked Shoot: Cibernético left AAA after Konnan resumed control in 2008 (but still appeared on the USA Tour) and returned after Konnan lost control in 2009. The two even had a "backstage" fight that people actually believed, for a week or two.
  • Wrestling Family
    • The Hamadas, Guerreros and Alvarados were among those who jumped ship from CMLL. The younger members such as Muñeca de Plata, Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Ayako showed up in AAA first and had runs in CMLL later.
    • With the exception of Lady Apache, the rest of the family, including Billy el Malo, have wrestled primarily for AAA since Gran Apache jumped ship.
  • Wrestling Monster: Mesías is essentially a wrestling zombie, which seems to be a really popular type. Within AAA itself there is also Zombie Clown. There is also Vampiro and Monster Pain, first champion of the World Wrestling League.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: X-Pac's group D-Generation MEX.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: Jennifer Blake called Cynthia Moreno and The Apaches "maids" and ended up successfully making Mari serve as such to La Legion Extrajera for a month after Triplemanía XVIII.

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