On August 14th Kenny Omega defeated Andrade El Idolo to retain his AAA Mega Championship at Triplemania XXIX. However, it appears that may not have originally been the plan.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that Andrade had initially been scheduled to win AAA’s top prize. In addition, the decision to have Omega eventually retain was reportedly down to AEW, who hold control over the finishes of Omega’s matches for other promotions.
Meltzer reports that despite original plans to the contrary, AEW asked AAA to hold off on Andrade winning the Mega Championship. It was speculated that the decision was taken due to Omega losing the IMPACT World Title to Christian Cage the night before.
The clash between Omega and Andrade at Triplemania was also notable for a shock appearance from Ric Flair.
The 72-year-old stunned AAA fans when he appeared to manage Andrade for his AAA Mega Championship match against Kenny Omega. Earlier in the show, Andrade teased that he had a big star to accompany him later in the show after telling his now-former manager Konnan he was no longer needed. In response, Konnan switched allegiances and came out to the ring with Omega.
Despite getting some physical assistance from the WWE Hall of Famer, it wasn’t enough for Andrade to win gold. After an intense back-and-forth bout, Konnan distracted the referee which allowed Omega to hit Andrade with the Mega Championship before delivering a One Winged Angel onto the belt to retain the title. Tensions between the two look to be far from over, however, as they stared each other down after the match whilst Andrade rallied the crowd behind him.