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Rey de Reyes (2015)

Rey de Reyes (Spanish for "King of Kings") was a professional wrestling event produced by the Lucha Libre AAA World Wide (AAA) promotion, which took place on March 18, 2015 at the Auditorio Benito Juarez arena in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. The show was the 19th event held under the Rey de Reyes name and also the 19th time that the eponymous Rey de Reyes tournament was held. The show was originally scheduled for Sunday March 15, 2015 but due to weather and problems with getting paperwork in order the show was postponed to March 18 instead. The main event marked the first time that Rey Mysterio Jr. wrestled after leaving WWE earlier in 2015. Rey Mysterio Jr. teamed up with Myzteziz to take on the tag team of El Hijo del Perro Aguayo and Pentagón Jr. in the main event of the show. Due to the dates moving the originally scheduled match between El Patrón Alberto and Brian Cage was canceled, replaced with a match between Blue Demon Jr. and Villano IV.

Rey de Reyes (2015)
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Official poster for the Rey de Reyes show
PromotionLucha Libre AAA World Wide
DateMarch 18, 2015[1]
CityZapopan, Jalisco, Mexico[2]
VenueAuditorio Benito Juarez[2]
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ProductionEdit

 
Rey Mysterio Jr., made his AAA return in the main event.

BackgroundEdit

Starting in 1997 and every year since then the Mexican Lucha Libre, or professional wrestling, company Lucha Libre AAA World Wide (AAA, or Triple A) has held a Rey de Reyes (Spanish for "King of Kings') show in the spring. The 1997 version was held in February,[3] while all subsequent Rey de Reyes shows were held in March. As part of their annual Rey de Reyes event AAA holds the eponymious Rey de Reyes tournament to determine that specific year's Rey.[4] Most years the show hosts both the qualifying round and the final match, but on occasion the qualifying matches have been held prior to the event as part of AAA's weekly television shows.[5] The traditional format consists of four preliminary rounds, each a Four-man elimination match with each of the four winners face off in the tournament finals, again under elimination rules.[3] There have been years where AAA has employed a different format to determine a winner.[5] The winner of the Rey de Reyes tournament is given a large ornamental sword to symbolize their victory, but is normally not guaranteed any other rewards for winning the tournament, although some years becoming the Rey de Reyes has earned the winner a match for the AAA Mega Championship. From 1999 through 2009 AAA also held an annual Reina de Reinas ("Queen of Queens") tournament, but later turned that into an actual championship that could be defended at any point during the year, abandoning the annual tournament concept.[6][7][8] The 2015 show was the 19th Rey de Reyes show in the series.

StorylinesEdit

The Rey de Reyes show featured eight professional wrestling matches with different wrestlers involved in pre-existing, scripted feuds, plots, and storylines. Wrestlers were portrayed as either heels (referred to as rudos in Mexico, those that portray the "bad guys") or faces (técnicos in Mexico, the "good guy" characters) as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.

The Rey de Reyes show was originally scheduled to take place on March 15, 2015, at the Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso bullfighting arena in Guadalajara, Jalisco,[9] however, when Guadalajara was hit with a rainstorm, AAA postponed the event for 24 hours and moved it indoors to Auditorio Benito Juarez in Zapopan, Jalisco.[2] The following day AAA announced that they were not able to get all permits in time for the show due to it being it being a national holiday, and once again postponed the show to Wednesday March 18 instead. At the same time they announced that the announced match between El Patrón Alberto and Brian Cage had been cancelled.[1] El Patrón Alberto later stated that he was legally obligated to compete in Australia later in the week and thus was not able to work the Wednesday show for AAA.[10] After the March 16 show was postponed most of the wrestlers and AAA staff traveled back to Mexico by bus. During the trip one of the buses crashed into a stalled truck in Zinapécuaro, Michoacán, killing one member of the AAA staff, Irma Osorno, while several other staff members were either taken to a hospital or received medical attention at the scene of the accident.[11] Due to the tragic accident AAA dedicated the entire show to the memory of Irma Osorno.[12]

ResultsEdit

No. Results[12][13][14] Stipulations
1 Venum and Ludxor defeated El Apache and Carta Brava Jr. Tag team match
2 Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinela Escarlata and Faby Apache defeated Mini Abismo Negro, Black Mamba and Taya Six-person tag team match
3 Bengala, Drago and Súper Nova defeated Daga, El Hijo de Pirata Morgan and Súper Fly Six-man tag team match
4 El Hijo del Fantasma (c) defeated Fénix Singles match for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship
5 Blue Demon Jr. defeated Villano IV Singles match
6 La Parka and Los Güeros del Cielo (Angélico and Jack Evans) defeated Los Hell Brothers (Averno, Chessman and Cibernético) Six-man tag team match
7 El Texano Jr. defeated Aero Star, Psycho Clown and El Mesías Four-way elimination 2015 Rey de Reyes tournament final match[15]
8 Myzteziz and Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated El Hijo del Perro Aguayo and Pentagón Jr. Tag team match[16]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Cano Vela, Eduardo (March 16, 2015). "Última Hora: De nuevo AAA Rey de Reyes se pospone". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Meltzer, Dave (March 15, 2015). "Rey de Reyes postponed due to storm". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion Rey de Reyes". ProWrestlingHistory.com. February 21, 1997. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  4. ^ "1997 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 7, 1998. pp. 2–28. issue 2332.
  5. ^ a b "Número Especial - Lo mejor de la lucha libre mexicana durante el 2004". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 24, 2005. Issue 91.
  6. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: AAA Reina de Reinas". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 400. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  7. ^ SuperLuchas staff (January 6, 2008). "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana 2008". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). issue 296. Retrieved July 11, 2009.
  8. ^ Marquina, Alva (September 26, 2009). "AAA- Héroes Inmortales III- (Resultados en vivo 26 septiembre 2009) – Cibernético gana el Trofeo Antonio Peña – Electroshock sustituye a Charly Manson contra Chessman – El luchador sorpresa fue Konan Big" (in Spanish). Super Luchas. Retrieved September 27, 2009.
  9. ^ "Cartel Completo: Rey de Reyes 2015" (in Spanish). Asistencia Asesoría y Administración. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  10. ^ VivaDelRio (March 17, 2015). "Aficionados @luchalibreaaa" (in Spanish). Twitter. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "Aparatoso accidente del autobús de AAA en su camino de Guadalajara a la Ciudad de México" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazinw. March 17, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Cano Vela, Eduardo (March 18, 2015). "AAA Rey de Reyes 2015 (Cobertura y resultados 18-03-15) – ¡Rey Mysterio regresa a AAA!" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  13. ^ "El Hijo del Fantasma retuvo el Campeonato Crucero AAA". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). MSN. March 18, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  14. ^ "Resultados Rey de Reyes 2015" (in Spanish). Asistencia Asesoría y Administración. March 18, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  15. ^ "Texano Jr. nuevo Rey de Reyes de AAA". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). MSN. March 18, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  16. ^ "Volvió Rey Mysterio, debutó en AAA". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). MSN. March 18, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.