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Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) is a Lucha Libre promotion based in Mexico. They promote cards through out Mexico, usually going to suburban areas or places that don't have regular promotors. It is sometimes referred to by the name Promociones Antonio Peña (PAP). It is known for its outlandish gimmicks and characters. They have also broke with some traditions by using predominantly one fall matches and a six sided ring, now used by Total Nonstop Action in the United States.
AAA was born on May 15, 1992 when EMLL booker Antonio Peña broke with the company and founded his own company. Along with Konnan, he took much of the young and exciting talent with him, leaving CMLL with middle-aged roster and a bleak future. AAA also looked for talent from other markets. From Tijuana, they found and signed Rey Mysterio and Psicosis . The promotion flourished with top talent like El Hijo del Santo, Octagon, Blue Panther and the Casas brothers and top draws like Los Gringos Locos, Cien Caras, Konnan, and Perro Aguayo. AAA's rising popularity soon caused rival Universal Wrestling Association to go out of business and Peña was quick to pick their top draws like Canek (who defeated André the Giant in 1984) and Dos Caras.
The peak of these golden years was the When Worlds Collide Pay-Per-View which was promoted in conjunction with WCW and broadcasted in the United States in 1994. Weeks after the show, Art Barr , a key member of Los Gringos Locos, died while visiting his family. The AAA tag titles were vacated and Eddie Guerrero and Louie Spicoli, the other two members of Los Gringos Locos, left the promotion. El Hijo del Santo left due to creative problems and other stars such as Fuerza Guerrera & Blue Panther left when the Mexican economy began to slow down and the company couldn't offer as much work. Many wrestlers also left for WCW such as Rey Misterio jr, Psicosis, La Parka, and Juventud Guerrera. In early 1997, AAA had a working agreement with WWE. The only significant outcome was several luchadores being included in the 1997 Royal Rumble.
Although the talent pool isn't as deep as it once was and attendance is generally down (as well as all of professional wrestling), AAA still sells out big arenas like the legendary Torero de Cuatro Caminos for their big shows such as Triplemanía and Guerra de Titanes.
AAA is regularly broadcasted on Televisa in Mexico and Galavisión in the United States.
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