CHIKARA iPPV report 6-2 Philadelphia
by Des Delgadillo
Chikara brought its fun-loving, “Anything can and will happen” flavor of pro wrestling to the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, Penn., as well as to an internet audience via SMVod.com. But with a great show came great controversy.
In the opening match as part of the pre-game show, similar to how WWE structures its Youtube presentation, “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti retained his Young Lion’s Cup over “The Intergalactic Luchadora” Saturyne with a sunset flip. This was a fun match to set the pace for the whole show, with Saturyne coming across as a great future Chikara star. The crowd treated this match like an important title match, whereas usually wrestling crowds will sit on its hands for a pre-show.
On the pay-per-view portion, the trio of the Spectral Envoy (Frightmare, Hallowicked, and Ultramantis Black) defeated the Colony Xtreme Force (Orbit Adventure Ant, Arctic Rescue Ant, and Missile Assault Ant) when Orbit Adventure Ant submitted to the Chikara Special. This is presumably the blow-off to this short rivalry, where the Colony Xtreme force continually teased unmasking the tecnicos. Strangely conspicuous by his absence was the appointed leader of the rudos, DeviANT.
Delirious defeated Dasher Hatfield with his finisher after Kobald interfered. Delirious hit Shadows Over Hell (In Chikara called Shadows Over Heck), for the pin. This feud looks to be continuing.
The trio of The Colony (Fire Ant, Green Ant, and AssailANT) defeated the trio of the Devastation Corporation (Blaster McMassive, Max Smashmaster, and Flex Rumblecrunch) in what this reporter is calling the match of the night. Lots of crazy speed vs. Power spots in this one, including SmashMaster throwing Fire Ant off the stage onto his two partners, only for Green Ant to return fire later on with a crossbody off the balcony. The finish saw submission specialist Green Ant force McMassive to submit.
Amasis defeated long-time tag partner turned rival Ophidian in a sarcophagus match (basically a casket match). This match screamed Chikara, complete with goblins performing run-ins and hypnosis. This feud has been going for close to two years, so naturally it went for a very long time, perhaps too long for its own good. The finish was strange, with Ophidian frustrated with not being able to put Amasis away, gave in and simply told Amasis, “Just kill me already,” removing his mask to remove an Amasis mask. Ophidian closed the casket lid for the victory, leading immediately to an intermission.
Ring announcer Gavin Loudspeaker defeated Tim Donst in a hair vs. Hair match. The story of the match was Gavin had been training with some of the Chikara wrestlers over the last few weeks, so he did some of the more popular wrestlers’ moves for some big ovations. The big spot of the match came when Jakob Hammermeier, a lackey whom Donst has mercilessly abused over the last year, finally turned tecnico and punched Donst in the face, allowing Gavin to hit a superplex and pin Donst to cost him his hair. This is the second year in a row where Donst loses his hair, the last time actually also coming during Chikara’s June PPV. After the match Donst’s other followers also walked out on him, leaving him to be shaved bald alone while the fans chanted, “You have no friends.”
Derek Sabado was in the ring and tried to expose some big secret he had found in a file about the company that owns Chikara, but before he could he was removed from the ring. He talked about tweeting a picture, which is here. https://twitter.com/DerekSabato/status/341317845222842370/photo/1
Pieces of Hate (Jigsaw and the Shard) beat 3.0 (Scott “Jagged” Parker and “Big Magic” Shane Matthews) to become the new Campeones de Parejas. Rudos Pieces of Hate took the first fall, but 3.0 evened up the score early on. They did the deal where a wrestler is in a submission for too long so the referee has to check on him, and in this case Matthews passed out, so Jigsaw and the Shard won the third fall and the titles.
In the main event, Grand Champion Eddie Kingston and challenger Icarus fought to a no-contest. Herein lies the aforementioned controversy. After a match that primarily had the crowd divided, Kingston inadvertently took out the referee and began using a steel chair on Icarus. The chair was originally meant for Icarus’ role model Marty Jannetty, who did not make the show. We had nearfalls and visionary falls for both men until Condor Security hit the ring, led by Chikara’s director of Fun Wink Vavasseur. Vavasseur ordered security to take everything apart, which led to the security team forcefully removing Kingston, Icarus, and referee Bryce Remsburg from the ring. They began dismantling the entire set, and the iPPV feed suddenly went off the air in a “Fade to black” style. More reportedly happened at the venue itself, and perhaps readers who attended the show can add to this report.
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