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-Sugar Dunkerton tries to cut a promo, but Icarus says FIST gets to tell him to do whatever whenever. He says if Dunkerton helps them, they’ll then help him. IS ANYONE ELSE NOTICING WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? Icarus says they’re going to run wild.
Match in Five Words or Less: Chikara Replacement Refs?
Match Highlights: Crowd is behind JWP for obvious reasons. Gargano teases starting but instead it’s Icarus who begins with Yoneyama. Cross body but Icarus slams her down. She bridges out. Cross body of her own gets two. Knee by Icarus. Off comes the jacket and he’s still wearing the “Best in the World” shirt. Yoneyama rolls underneath and hits a boot in the face. Gargano comes into meet with Bolshoi. Gargano takes her in the corner. He flips and poses. Shoulder tackle but Bolshoi kips up. Rinse, lather, repeat. Armdrag and a chop by Bolshoi. Gargano rolls out. Kuragaki gets to match with Taylor. Kuragaki asserts her power advantage immediately. Kick by Taylor. Kurgaki reverses a vertical suplex into one of her own. Taylor with a kick to the midsection. Icarus and Gargano help him out. Triple teams. Icarus ends it with a running clothesline. Kuragaki comes back with clotheslines on all three members. Yoneyama with a double stomp. Kuragaki sends each of her partners on Icarus in much the same fashion as last night. Taylor has to break the count. FIST retreats and has a pow wow on the outside. Forearms by Yoneyama. Taylor tries tripping her but she counters. Gargano superkicks her. The look on his face after he does it is tremendous. FIST works Yoneyama over. Icarus actually keeps his shirt on temporarily. He takes it off before kissing Yoneyama in the corner. Release German suplex prevents further sexual harassment. Taylor and Bolshoi come in. Bolshoi with a headscissors. Asai moonsault to Taylor and Gargano on the floor. Icarus with a boot on Kuragaki. Back drop driver prevented by Gargano. Kurgaki breaks up a clothesline and hits one of her own. DOUBLE BACK SUPLEXES ON ICARUS AND GARGANO! Taylor breaks the count up. Yoneyama hits a dropkick off the top. Bulldog. Icarus breaks the count and sends Yoneyama out. Octopus by Bolshoi on Taylor. Gargano with an enzuguri. Double team acecrusher. Taylor kicks Kuragaki out. Icarus hits a pedigree on Bolshoi. 1-2-NOOOOO! Kurgaki torture racks Icarus. Gargano with punches but she won’t let go. Superkick finally breaks it up. Spin kick by Yoneyama. Dunkerton accidentally nails Yoneyama with Icarus’s fanny pack. Referee actually saw this, so we have another botched finish by the referee. Taylor applies the half crab. Yoneyama is out.
Match Analysis: Amazing the best match of the tournament so far happens in the opening quarterfinal match. Very enjoyable with quality action where both teams played their roles to perfection. Too bad the referee, who was not the same as the one who blew the finish in last night’s botched finish, either wasn’t informed of what was to happen or didn’t divert his eyes long enough to not what see what happened. The fact that this happened twice over one of Chikara’s biggest weekend is disturbing. Great match otherwise.
Winner (s)/Time/Match Rating/Entertainment Rating: Icarus, Johnny Gargano, Chuck Taylor/12:59/***1/2/***1/2
-Mark Angelosetti says he’s been on a roll before and after winning the Young Lion’s Cup. Everyone is talking about Mr. Touchdown now. Angelosetti says to drink tuna juice to look like him. Apparently, a lot of people fail. He says he’s going to go all the way. AND IT’S GOOD!
Match in Five Words or Less: Not Exactly The Generico Match
Match Highlights: After Angelosetti lost in the first round of Trios, this is obviously a huge opportunity for him to wrestle a guy like Sean Waltman. Crowd is surprisingly split. Some stalling to begin. Angelosetti is rather excitable. Headlock by Angelosetti. Kid flips over and hits an armdrag. Kid headlock. Angelosetti sends him off. Shoulder tackle by Kid. Hip toss. Angelosetti sent in the corner. Bronco buster ducked. Headbutts to the back. Snapmare. Running forearm to the head. Kid punches out of a suplex attempt. Spin kick. Angelosetti sent outside. Dive hits. Kid climbs up for some punches in the corner. Angelosetti shoves the referee, low blows Kid and spinebusters him as Hatfield takes care of a fallen Veronica.
Match Analysis: Just a quickie match to give Angelosetti some momentum back after last night. Wish this could have gone longer considering how good Angelosetti has been lately, but the right guy won and good on Waltman for putting him over. Action was fine with the time given.
Winner (s)/Time/Match Rating/Entertainment Rating: Mark Angelosetti/4:14/*1/2/**
-Kid thanks the crowd and vows he’ll be back tomorrow. Hmmm.
Match in Five Words or Less: My Bracket Is Done
Match Highlights: A lot of people had this as their finals. Most of us forgot about the word “quarter” that could have come before it. The brawl starts right away as all the actual participants are outside. Ophidian is in the ring. In the ring as the Batiri maintains control. Envoy holds onto the ropes. Obaryion and Kodama sent outside. They focus on triple teaming Kobald. Kodama attacks. Frightmare rana. Running knee in the corner. Kodama blocks the jumping clothesline. O’Connor roll blocked. Kodama dropkicks Frightmare from the apron to the floor. Mantis takes Kobald down right away. Double chops in the corner. Lucha roll into the cover for two. Japanese armdrags. Kobald rolls out. Cannonball senton. Obaryion and Wicked exchange forearms. Wicked comes back. Rydeen bomb blocked. Obaryion sent head first. Wicked misses a boot. He recovers and hits a step-up boot. Iconoclasm. Forearms in the corner. Ophidian trips him. Swinging neckbreaker by Obaryion. Batiri works Wicked over now. Mantis and Frightmare get tired of Wicked being choked. Batiri send them out and drag Wicked into their corner. Obaryion goes back to choking Wicked. Ophidian applies a front facelock. Mantis is getting infuriated. Frightmare charges as well. Obaryion taken up and over to the outside. Kodama hits a neckbreaker. Obaryion runs from the entrance back to the ring and hits a clothesline. Kobald works the back and hits a running elbow drop to a prone Wicked. Kobald rams his shoulder into the post. Mantis with a chop in the corner on Kodama. Hip toss on Obaryion. Monkey flip sends Kodama on his partner. Mantis sweeps Kodama to dropkick Obaryion. Kobald breaks the cover. Back suplex but Frightmare comes in. Kobald applies an abdominal stretch. Frightmare with God’s Last Gift. Spinning suplex by Kodama on Frightmare. Wicked misses a boot. Charge misses. Ste-up boot to the back. Obaryion counters Go 2 Sleepy Hollow. Reverse Go 2 Sleep. Frightmare catches him coming off the top rope and hits the northern lights suplex into Mantis’s knee. Kodama and Kobald are ready to work over Frightmare. Wicked forearms him. Wicked sent to the entrance. Obaryion has a backcracker blocked. Blockbuster across the knees. Wicked and Mantis make the save. Kodama tosses. Mantis slams Obaryion. Wicked with a double stomp. Mantis covers AND GETS THREE!
The match may be over, but Ophidian spits in the face of Mantis. Beatdown! Beatdown! We have a beatdown! They focus on Frightmare’s surgically repaired knee. Things don’t look so good for The Spectral Envoy.
Match Analysis: At least we didn’t have a botched finish from one Daniel Yost this time. The quarterfinals definitely has a feeling of greater intensity and a bit more cohesiveness to it. There is still some sloppiness, but it definitely feels like a bigger than normal Chikara event. Solid action all around and quite the upset if you ask me. Putting the Batiri over in so many matches before the tournament turned out to be quite the twist. However, if one team was going to beat the Batiri and win this thing, it really should be a team with Ultramantis Black on it.
Winner (s)/Time/Match Rating/Entertainment Rating: Ultramantis Black, Hallowicked, and Frightmare/11:41/***1/4/***/2
Match in Five Words or Less: More Comedy!
Match Highlights: Ebessan and Green Ant start. Feeling out process starts us off. Ebessan has trouble getting his arm out of trouble. Shoulder tackle by Green Ant. Slap in the face by Ebessan. Chop exchange. Amazing amount of slaps. They bounce off the ropes and collapse in the center of the ring. They stand up and tag their partners. Fire Ant and Takoyakida enter. Takoyakida wants a test of strength. Double shoulder tackle. They then bounce off the ropes and go down to the mat. A third time and they leapfrog. Takoyakida misses a dropkick. Fire Ant does not. Green Ant leaps in the ring as Osaka Pro commiserates on the outside. Osaka Pro calls them outside while the Colony wants them inside. Colony go outside and eat kicks. Green Ant sent hard into the post. Fire Ant sends Ebessan into the crowd. Knee in response. Ebessan whipped nearly into the front row. Takoyakida attacks from behind. Fire Ant sent into the top turnbuckle. Can this really be concerned a heat segment? Snapmare and a double stomp across the face. Rolling senton. Denver Colorado buries Jon Barber… the one referee who hasn’t screwed anything up of the ones working tonight. Step on the foot by Takoyakida. Series of chops to the midsection. One final set sends Fire Ant to the floor. Fire Ant sent into the top turnbuckle. Whip in the corner. Fire Ant gets a boot out of the corner. Another one. Cross body. Tag to Green Ant. Back elbow for Ebessan. Powerslam on Takoyakida. Running splash but Ebessan breaks it up. Green Ant headbutts Ebessan off the top rope. Manhattan drop followed by a dropkick to the face. Green Ant applies an Indian deathlock. It’s a sexy party! Ebessan chops in the chest and makes things worse for his partner. Takoyakida tells him to try again. Chop and Green Ant falls. “You’re not helping” chant.” Green Ant kicks Takoyakida and suplexes him over. The hold is finally released. Bulldog attempt goes awry. All four are down. Quadruple count but everyone kicks out. Tope suicida by Green Ant on Osaka Pro. Fire Ant with a somersault senton to the floor. Fire Ant and Ebessan each go for a vertical suplex. Both men hurt their backs. Kick by Fire Ant. Suplex finally hits. Four feet of fury. Takoyakida has a clothesline blocked. Green Ant lifts him and hit a drunk slam. Green Ant applies a reverse figure four leglock. Ebessan trips coming in. He hits his own man and then punches Green Ant. Boot on Fire Ant. Double team try fails. Colony send Osaka Pro bumping into each other. Green Ant slaps Takoyakida in the corner. Reverse of the whip. Referee becomes involved and he headscissors Takoyakida. Dropkick by Green Ant. Middle rope dropkick. Big splash. Ebessan sprays Green Ant with the spray. Fire Ant meets the same fate. Whip and a clothesline. Running flatliner. Done.
Match Analysis: I’m a little surprised by how much the crowd seemed to dislike the ant spray being used. This was a solid little match with a lot of comedy involved… obviously. Great to see a different version of Osaka Pro still manage to entertain the crowd and put on quality matches. Considering how much more important this tournament is going to get, I’m less inclined to criticize for too much comedy. I have a feeling, things are about to get serious.
Winner (s)/Time/Match Rating/Entertainment Rating: Ebessan and Takoyakida/13:23/**3/4/***
Match in Five Words or Less: Dissension Again
Match Highlights: Like now. Jigsaw and Quack have quite the discussion on the way to the ring. Code of honor is followed between everyone. Quack starts with Satomura. He ties her legs up. Satomura grabs a headlock. She really holds onto it. Quack grabs the legs again. Quack grabs a strangehold. Boot by Satomura. Front facelock exchange. Big kick misses. Quack applauds. Quack takes Satomura down. To the middle of the ring. Satomura strikes Quack in the chest even as she is tied up. Quack turns into a Boston crab. Satomura counters out and applies a butterfly submission. Into a front facelock again by Satormura. Quack has to go to the ropes. Exchange of armdrags. Sachiko and Jigsaw come in. Pace picks up. Sachiko elbows out of a waistlock. Jigsaw with a spin kick and whip to the corner. Headscissors. Tag to her sister Chisako. Jigsaw flips out. Toyota dropkicks the sisters off the top rope. Cross body on the floor. Quack moonsaults next. Chisako rolled into the ring. Double palm strikes. Chisako tossed right into Jigsaw’s Michinoku driver. Moonsault by Toyota. Sachiko makes the save. Toyota has the ocean cyclone suplex countered. Spike rana by Chisako into a nearfall. Everest German suplex by Toyota gets two. Quack puts her upside down in a submission move. Off the ropes into an Argentinean backbreaker. Chisako off the ropes and into an acecrusher. Tag to Sachiko. DDT. Running rolling senton. 1-2-NO! Northern flights suplex blocked. Quack with knees. Palm strike misses. Sachiko hits a dropkick. Toyota dropkicks her in the back of the head. Wow. Sachiko with forearms. Toyota boots her right in the face. In the ropes. Toyota dropkicks her to the entrance. Jigsaw tosses Sachiko in the ring. Another dropkick by Toyota. A fourth one. 1-2-NO! Jigsaw with a series of kicks to the chest. Superkick misses. Swinging DDT by Sachiko. Jigsaw exits and here comes Quack. Black tornado slam into the roll-up for 1-2-NO! Sachiko catches Quack on the top rope. He rolls through. Charging palm strike and he nails dropkick. Triple team combination by the Sendai Girls. Toyota taken off the the apron. Death valley driver on Quack by Satomura and the Sendai Girls advance into the semifinals!
Jigsaw doesn’t even stay around to shake his opponents’ hands. He leaves abruptl.
Match Analysis: What an effort by all six people. The Sendai Girls’ performances have been spectacular every time I’ve seen them and this was no exception. Great 13 minutes of action and wrestling. There was even some nice storyline stuff as Quack’s lack of focus led to him striking his own partner and then ultimately being pinned. Everything made sense and this was the best match of the tournament so far.
Match in Five Words or Less: Only In Chikara Indeed
Match Highlights: Tatanka takes Dunkerton into the corner, and we have a clean break. Series of shots to the arm by Tatanka. Dunkerton cartwheels out and counters. Tatanka leg drops Dunkerton’s left arm as two of the other FIST members come down to ringside. Icarus and Gargano are there. Taylor is commentating. Dunkerton doesn’t seem pleased. Headlock by Dunkerton. Tatanka punches out of it. Shoulder tackle hits. Headlock by Tatanka. Shoulder tackle hits. Dunkerton can’t get the armdrag. Chop by Tatanka. Another chop. Dunkerton’s selling is fantastic. Dunkerton ducks and dodges. Headbutt and a knee lift. Jabs in the corner. He chants and then chops. Bulldog. Fist drops. Knee in the back. To the chinlock. Tatanka hits a back suplex. Dunkerton rammed head first into the top turnbuckle. Series of chops in the corner. Whip in the corner. Bodyslam. Off the ropes and an elbow drop. Leaping leg drop hits. Vertical suplex. Back to the chops. Dunkerton rolls and trips him. Straps come down. Series of right hands. Running dropkick. Tatanka sent head first. He no sells and begins doing his war dance. Clothesline misses. Overhead chop. Straight chops. Back drop hits. Big chop off the top rope. Icarus heads up on the apron. Tatanka chops him down for good measure. Gargano gets one for good measure. Taylor leaves the commentation station. He holds Tatanka. Dunkerton rips Tatanka away and sends Taylor down. Samoan drop. 1-2-3!
Match Analysis: Tatanka is one of those veteran guys who fits in right with Chikara, and bringing him for these sorts of events wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world. This was not a great wrestling match, but Dunkerton elevated his performance and Tatanka wrestled like he cared. The “Please come back” chants were well deserved for the veteran.
-Young Bucks make fun of Tommy Dreamer. Mike Bennett stands on the sideline. He talks ROH being cool now and how they should focus on Lynn. None of the three men see the irony in picking on Lynn or what he used to be in Ring of Honor.
Match in Five Words or Less: ROH Looks Crystal Clear
Match Highlights: Of course the Ring of Honor guys don’t shake hands. There’s a joke that hasn’t got the least bit old. LOL at the people chanting ROH in the crowd. Nick starts off with Lynn. Crowd want the Bucks DEAD. Feeling out process. Atomic drop by Nick. Clothesline by Lynn. Nick with a kick to the midsection. Headscissors countered into a face plant. Scorpio comes in the ring, as does Matt. Chop no sold by Scorpio. Off the ropes. Leapfrog by Scorpio. Down he goes. Dropkick. He brings Matt over. Superkick. Some shucking and jiving. Little bit of Flash Funk there. Scorpio shoves him down. Cartwheel. Spin kicks miss. Matt with a headscissors. Dropkick. Armdrag into the armbar. Scorpio hits one of his own. Back suplex. Scorpio wants a handshake. Matt kicks him and delivers a right hand. Matt tags in Bennett. He poses. Of course it’s Dreamer time. Bennett poses. Dreamer decides to do some posing of his own. It’s a sexy party. Elbow to the face and a wristlock. Dreamer headscissors him over. Elbow drop misses. Dreamer armdrag into an armbar. Bennett counters. Hip toss blocked. Dreamer hits a neckbreaker. Nick breaks the count with a dropkick. Off the ropes. Clothesline misses. Cross body caught. Overhead slam. Superkick by Matt blocked. Inverted atomic drop by Dreamer. Bucks come in for a double back drop. Lynn sends Matt into a spear of his brother. Matt sent into the turnbuckle. Charge misses. Matt crotched on the top rope. Top rope rana by Lynn. TKO countered. Face plant by Lynn. Matt takes Lynn into the corner. Lynn fights out of the corner. Right hands by Bennett. Lynn counters a slam into a reverse DDT. Assisted splash sends Scorpio on top of Bennett. LFC is making sexist comments about Maria. Rana blocked. Bennett with an overhead slam. Bucks come in and celebrate. Hilarious. Chokeslam by Bennett. Matt rakes the eyes and face of Scorpio. Nick double axehandles Scorpio. Head first into the turnbuckle. Handspring back rake. Bennett clotheslines Scorpio. Snapmare by Matt. Knees to the back. Boot by Bennett. Kicks to the side of the head. Right hand. Scorpio no sells. Bennett hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Matt comes off the top rope with a double axehandles. Series of double axehandles. Kick to the back by Scorpio. Nick runs in with a double sledge. Face rakes by Nick. Matt sends Nick kicking into Scorpio. Nick taken up and over. Clothesline/enziguri combination by the Bucks. Spienbuster by Bennett on Scorpio. Clubbering blow to the back by Bennett. Scorpio with a combo kick. Dreamer with a pair of clotheslines on Bennett. Low dropkick on Matt. Nick punched off the apron. Flatliner into the middle turnbuckle. Version of the rydeen bomb hit. 1-2-NO! Bennett with a punch to the face. Dreamer with a kick. Back drop on Matt. Acecrusher/DDT combination on Nick and Bennett. Dreamer frog splashes. Bucks break the count. Lynn goes after them. Chinbreaker by Bennett. Dreamer with a right hand. Bennett gets crotched. Barber tells Maria to go down. Scorpio climbs up. Lynn powerbombs everyone. All six wrestlers are down. Bennett and Matt head out. Lynn dives on Bennett. Lynn then holds Bennett. Big dive by Scorpio. My God, even Dreamer dives onto everyone. Lynn tosses Bennett back in the ring. Whip in the corner and clothesline. Back elboy by Scorpio. Cannonball leg drop as Lynn holds Bennett. Matt makes the save and tosses Lynn out. Forearms on Scorpio. Scorpio fights back. Shoulder block and facebuster by Nick. He flips to the apron. Powerbomb into the buckle and Nick’s leg. Lynn breaks the count. Bennett gets countered. Double superkick by the Bucks. They threaten to do the same to Dreamer. Dreamer pauses them with the remote. Nice call back. Dreamer has some fun with them. Bucks whiff on a superkick. Clothesline ducked. Double superkick by the Bucks. MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! Team Ring of Honor advances.
Match Analysis: I feel like I enjoyed this match a lot more than others will. There was a lot of good action and fun stuff from both teams. I admit to having an intense bias towards the Bucks but they really seemed to bring out the best in the Extreme Trio. Scorpio and Lynn can absolutely still go, and they didn’t look out of place in an indy wrestling ring. How no one ever thought of putting the Jacksons and Bennett together before is beyond me. They’re like magic together. Awesome stuff here.
Winner (s)/Time/Match Rating/Entertainment Rating: Mike Bennett, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson/21:27/***1/2/***1/2
-Eddie Kingston talks about where he went wrong in wrestling before showing off his championship belt. This belt helps keep him going. He talks about Tadasuke and becoming an aminal again.
Match in Five Words or Less: Stiff
Match Highlights: Tadasuke coming in with last year’s Young Lion’s Cup is like a bad joke. Has there ever been a less significant show in the history of Chikara than last year’s Young Lion’s Cup one? Extended feeling out process. Shoulder tackles go nowhere. Clothesline misses. Kingston finally takes him down with a shoulder tackle and he grabs a side headlock. Tadasuke with a chop. Kingston lays in one of his own. Chops by Tadasuke. Knee and swinging neckbreaker. Modified dragon sleeper. Tadasuke reaches the bottom rope. Kingston with a tope suicida to the floor. Forearm. Tadasuke tossed back inside. Headbutt by the challenger. Kingston takes him up and over. Back elbow. Running knee strike to the side of the head of the champion. Tadasuke with a series of chops to the back of the neck. Running knee drop… again on the neck. Stomp to the back. Kingston chops back. Right hands to the face followed by slaps. Choking along the middle rope. Kingston comes out chopping. Tadasuke looks happy about. Chop exchange. They kneel and engage in a slap exchange. Tadasuke comes out on top. Bodyslam and leg drop. Chinlock. Elbow to the neck. Kingston does a fantastic job selling his injuries. Chop exchange once again. To the forearms. Back to the chops. Kingston with a series of them. Rolling forearm. 1-2-NO! The champion actually bites his tape off. Tadasuke with shots to the neck. Belly-to-belly suplex. Chop in the corner. Tadasuke reveres a whip and hits an elbow. Running boot. Roll-up for two. Hard forearm. 1-2-NO! Tadasuke revs up. Dragon suplex gets two. Backfist to the future blocked. LARIAT! Big right hand in the face. Kingston looks out. Kingston counters and hits a Backfist to the Future in the back. 1-2-NO! Knee strike and right hand by Tadasuke. Both men up. F-5. 1-2-NO! Backfist to the Future connects again. Sliding D to the back. Back drop driver. 1-2-3! Kingston retains in a really hard fought match.
Match Analysis: Know what would have been nice? To see Tadasuke actually come back and defend the cup because if this match was any indication, they would have been some quality defenses. I loved this match a lot. Great wrestling and brawling with Tadasuke working over the neck and controlling the neck for most of the contest. I can’t help but think that this match also suffered from the same illness that has befallen Kingston’s title defenses, the lack of drama for who is about to win. We really need Chikara to come up with a way for people to earn title defenses so that we don’t end up with random matches that you have to stretch in order to make sense. Regardless, this was borderline outstanding.
Winner (s)/Time/Match Rating/Entertainment Rating: STILL Grand Champion-Eddie Kingston/20:20/***3/4/****
-Tim Donst comes out afterward and talks about not being happy ever since Hallowicked defeated him at the iPPV. He talks about smiling because of Kingston being down. Donst says Kingston is everything wrong with professional wrestling. Donst feels he’s being held down. Charge by Kingston. STDonst., Kingston is a monster and a beast. There is no karma in professional wrestling. Karma doesn’t exist in professional wrestling, but Tim Donst does. Well, that’s an ominous note to end things on. Kingston wants to know where Wink is and even tells Gavin Loudspeaker to shut up.
The Verdict: Night two was better than night one, so this is an even more clear thumbs up. The quarterfinals were significantly stronger than the first round, even taking the botched finish into account. Kingston and Tadasuke is a must see matches, and the rest of the card featured a number of highlights. This also seemed to have a better balance between storyline and match quality.
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