Sunday, 13 November 2011 20:17
Big Thumbs Up
Best match: Tie: Soldier/Fire Ant vs. the Young Bucks; Hallowicked/UltraMantis Black vs. Ares/Tim Donst
Favorite Match: Archibald Peck w/ Veronica and Colt Cabunny vs. Colt Cabana
Least favorite match: Gregory Iron vs. Icarus
Preshow featured an acoustic performance of I'm The Man by Tim Donst featuring Jakob Hammermeier, as well as Jigsaw beating El Generico in a nice little match
Match One: Fire Ant/Soldier Ant vs. the Young Bucks
Both teams had two points coming into this bout, so the winner would receive the crucial third point, which would allow them to challenge for the Campeonetas de Parejas (tag belts). Great opener that had lots of quick moves, high spots, and near falls. The Young Bucks were accompanied to the ring by Marty Jannetty, but he did not stay at ringside. The Colony picked up the win and can now challenge for the tag team titles.
Match Two: BDK's Jakob Hammermeier vs. Sara Del Rey
Sara has been plowing through every member of the BDK since she severed ties with the heel faction, beating Claudio Castagnoli and Ares in the process. Basic match that showcased Sara's kicks and power, with Sara eventually winning with a Butterfly Suplex variation.
A promo then aired showing what looked like high school football highlights. I assumed this would lead into something with Archibald Peck, but not so fast. Mr. Touchdown is coming...and it's good.
The Big Announcement regarding the future of The Osirian Portal
Amasis announced that due to his injury status he would not be returning to Chikara. But, he could still dance. At this point theortal started dancing, and inwas convinced that Amasis was going to attack Ophidian. But, I was genuinely surprised when Ophidian spit mist into the eyes of Amasis. Ophidian attacked Amasis and even stole his mask, declaring "Problem solved".
Match Three: Green Ant vs. Tursas
This has been a year long storyline that started with Green Ant body slamming Tursas, and starting the critically acclaimed Flex Express tour that was endorsed by the man himself Lex Luger. These battled earlier in the year, though Green Ant lost a bout that was marred with interference. The referee for this bout was Derek Sabato, a known BDK affiliate. Thankfully, he was taken out early in the bout and Nick Papagorgio took over. Some great spots in this match including a Superfly Splaah from Green Ant on Tursas on the concrete, and a massive superplex. In the end, Green Ant got the big submission victory with a variation of the Chikara Special (presumably fought to him by Mike Quackenbush).
Match Four: Colt Cabana vs. Archibald Peck with Veronica and Colt Cabunny
This was five star fun and entertainment at it's very best. Any Peck or Colt match is going to be fun, but when you put the two of them together it's unbeatable. Finish came when Veronica had the ref distracted, and Peck tried to use the baton. Colt blocked it, and the conflicted Colt Cabunny ended up with the baton. Thankfully Cabunny made the right choice, hitting Peck with the baton, leading to the victory for Cabana.
Match Five: Gregory Iron vs. Icarus
I'm not the biggest fan of either of these guys, but they were smart in pairing Iron with Icarus. Everyone hates Icarus, so it's guaranteed that Iron will get all of the cheers. The background to this match is that Iron has two straight victories over Icarus, and Icarus has resorted to claiming that Gregory Iron is faking his Cerebral Palsy. An ok match, with Icarus scoring the win after a low blow and his finisher (Angel's Wings/Hot Shot Piledriver type move).
Match Six: Hallowicked/UltraMantis Black vs. Ares/Tim Donst - No DQ Wager Match - Loser of the Fall Loses the Wager
This match was the culmination of a long storyline between UltraMantis Black and The BDK. The short of it is that Ares of the BDK has the Eye of Tyr, which he has used to take control of Delirious. If Mantis were to get the Eye back, then he could restore Delirious to his "normal state", freeing him from the BDK's grasp. On the line in thus match were the masks of Hallowicked and Mantis, Ares' Eye of Tyr, and Tim Donst's hair. This was a great street fight/hardcore style match that really was an homage to the old ECW. Not as violent, but definitely a big change from a normal Chikara match. A great display of how when you donthings sparingly, they really resonate as special. Some sick bumps in this match, including Ares being backdropped off the steps onto two chairs, and Ares getting some kind of Michinoku Driver variation onto two open chairs inside the ring. That was the finish, as Tim Donst walked out on Ares. They had briefly mentioned that Ares and Donst were both claiming leadership to the BDK, so I'm not sure if it was that, or if Donst just didn't want to lose his hair. This may be the end of the BDK, as Claudio has already left, and everyone else lost tonight. Either way, I was a big Donsteroo at the end of this match.
Match Seven: Main Event Time - Mike Quackenbush vs. Eddie Kingston to become the inaugural Chikara Grand Champion
Big crowd response for Eddie Kingston in this one. This match is the culmination of a round robin tournament that took place during the season, with Kingston and Quack winning their respective blocks. The 12 Large Summit, as itmwas called, is in memory of the late Larry Sweeney, who was one of Kngston's best friends. If you haven't watched Kingston's promo, it was powerful stuff. This was a good match, that a great story. Quack kept going after Eddie's injured knee, and the crowd was booing Quack for this. Some subtle heel tactics by Quack after this, but who knows if this will lead anywhere. The finish saw Kingston "Hulk up" and connect with a German and Dragon duplexes, and two Backfists to the Future to get the pin. He was presented the belt by Sweeney's brother and best friend, and an emotional time was had by all. Kingston then cutna firey promo challenging anyone from "New York, or that crappy place down in Florida". He then said it didn't matter if you were CM Punk, John Cena, or Triple H. it didn't matter if you were AJ Styles, or anyone else down there. "You see, i can't even name anyone else down there". He declared Chikara the best wrestling, wrestling, WRESTLING around. Good move putting the title on Kingston, as he is a huge fan favorite, and it makes more sense to not have the title basically on the owner of the company (see Jeff Jarrett and TNA).
Overall it was a big thumbs up, and definitely worth the 15 bucks. Hopefully it was a big success and there will be more to come!