100 Percent Fordified: CHIKARA King of Trios Night One
Posted by Kevin Ford on 06.17.2010
The CHIKARA regulars mingle with outsiders from the East Coast, Midwest, Japan, and Mexico, all in the hopes of winning the largest tournament of 2010.
Philadelphia, PA – 4.23.2010
Commentary is provided by Bryce Remsburg, Ultramantis Black, Gavin Loudspeaker, Colin Delaney, and Leonard F. Chikarason.
The Throwbacks and Matt Classic are backstage. Classic is confused at why Dunkerton is allowed to wrestle, and what a video camera is. Dunkerton reminds us that he and Dasher have defeated F.I.S.T. two on two twice before this weekend and promises to do it again this week.
King of Trios First Round Match
The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield, Sugar Dunkerton, & Matt Classic) vs. Team F.I.S.T. (Icarus, Gran Akuma, & Chuck Taylor)
Dunkerton brings his basketball, looking for a tip off between he and Icarus before the bell. Dunkerton throws the ball at Hatfield who throws it at Icarus’ chest. Dunkerton tries a sunset flip for two. Dunkerton hits a drope toe hold and a senton to Icarus’ back. Classic gets tagged in and applies a claw hold to Icarus. Dunkerton and Hatfield come in and also apply claws. Akuma and Taylor throw them out, but then Classic gives them double claws. Icarus breaks it with a double axe handle, but Icarus scares him into the third row. Hatfield brings Akuma to the mat and hits a baseball slide. Hatfield uses the ropes for a side headlock takeover. Hatfield dropkicks Akuma’s leg out and rolls him up for two. Classic and Taylor come in. Taylor does a flip off the ropes and Classic is confused. Classic takes Taylor over with a hip toss when referee Nick Papagorgio says “wrestle!” Taylor goes to his knees looking for an on the mat wrestling match. Classic gives Taylor a back rake. Taylor knocks Classic down with a back elbow. Classic airplane spins Taylor. Hatfield comes in and gives him an underhanded slap, and Classic goes right back to the airplane spin. Dunkerton comes in with a few left jabs. Classic again airplane spins Taylor. Akuma comes in and brings Classic to his corner. Classic moves and Akuma almost knocks Icarus off the apron. Akuma grabs Icarus’ hands to prevent him from falling. “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly hits the speakers, and Dunkerton runs in slow motion on the apron and slams his basketball between Icarus and Akuma’s arms, knocking Icarus to the floor. An unamused Taylor attacks Dunkerton in the ring, and F.I.S.T. beat down Dunkerton, working on his arm. Akuma is fed Icarus’ arm by Dunkerton and doesn’t realize it. Akuma jams Icarus’ arm over and over across his shoulders. A frowning Icarus falls down in pain once Akuma realizes it. Akuma and Icarus get into a shoving match with Dunkerton encouraging them. Akuma and Icarus then turn and beat up Dunkerton. They pop him up, but Dunkerton gives them double bulldogs. This whole time by the way, Matt Classic has been doing calisthenics on the floor. Hatfield tags in and sends Taylor to the floor with a baseball hammer. He baseball slides all three members of F.I.S.T. into the guardrail. Dunkerton comes off the middle rope, diving onto everyone on the floor. Classic climbs up to the top rope, but thinks better of it and goes to the apron. He then falls down onto everyone else on the floor. In the ring Classic splashes Taylor two. Hatfield pops-up Taylor and Dunkerton gives him an X-Factor. Icarus breaks the pin and throws Hatfield to the floor. Classic applies a Bear Hug. Classic splashes Icarus in the corner then rams his posterior multiple times into Icarus. He misses once, and Akuma, Taylor, and Icarus give him double enzugiri’s and a kick. Classic eats a big boot/back cracker combination for the pin at 13:43. This was a super goofy fun match to start, which is a nice change of pace from what F.I.S.T. has done this year and in last year’s Trios tournament. Wrestling wise it was only alright, but that wasn’t the point. Still, I give this match **1/2 on a wrestling level, but it was overall very entertaining.
King of Trios First Round Match
Team Frightning (Mike Quackenbush, Hallowicked, & Frightmare) vs. Team Big Japan Wrestling (Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi, & Kankuro Hoshino)
Quack immediately goes to Sekimoto’s legs at the get-go. Sekimoto sends Quack to the apron. Sekimoto rolls through a hurricarana, but Quack goes back to Sekimoto’s leg. Sekimoto blasts Quack with some forearms to escape. Quack kicks Sekimoto in the leg. Sekimoto hits a jump-up enzugiri. Incoherence comes in and attack Sekimoto in the corner. Sekimoto throws Frightmare on Hallowicked and pushes him down. Hoshino tags in and Frightmare dropkicks him. Hoshino knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. Okabayashi throws Frightmare over his head when Frightmare goes for a full nelson. The Big Japan team continues to decimate Frightmare. Frightmare eventually gets to the floor. Quack hops in with a springboard dropkick to Sekimoto. Sekimoto feels no effect of his chops, then nails Quack with a chop of his own. Sekimoto bandera’s Quack to the apron. Quack kicks him in the chest and hits a springboard tornado DDT for two. Quack looks for the Black Tornado Slam. Sekimoto escapes and gives Quack his famous German suplex for two. Frightmare breaks the count. Sekimoto gives Quack and Frigthmare a German suplex at the same time. Hallowicked takes Sekimoto over with a step-up Frankensteiner. Hoshino knocks him down with an STO, but Quack gives him a palm strike. Quack goes up top and Hoshino throws him off. Hoshino rolls a forearm, sending Quack to the floor. Hoshino knocks Frightmare down with a short-arm lariat. Hoshino misses a top rope senton. Hallowicked grazes him with a Yakuza kick. He follows up with a Rydeen Bomb and Okabayashi breaks the count. Hallowicked Yakuza kicks him and drops him with a Michinoku driver. Quack and Hallowicked hit top rope sentons and Frightmare hits the kneecolepsy. Okabayashi kicks out at two! Frightmare slaps the crap out of him, but then gets mowed down with a lariat for two. Okabayashi hits two deadlift brainbusters. Okabayashi locks Frightmare in an Arm Capture Argentine Backbreaker for the submission at 11:12. These Big Japan guys did come here on vacation; they busted their asses off. Incoherece and Quack also brought the goods to put on a damn great match with a lot of fun stuff. ***3/4
<King of Trios First Round Match
Team Mexico (Jorge “Skayde” Rivera, Turbo, & El Valiente) vs. The Brüderschaft des Kreuzes (Claudio Castagnoli, Ares, & Tursas)
Team Mexico ended up not making it to the show. Valiente was double booked and took the CMLL commitment, and something happened between Skayde and Turbo that CHIKARA has not made public knowledge. They did however make the statement that they are severing ties with Skayde altogether, which is pretty big.
However, we need a new team, and thus out comes the hat of names. First one pulled is Well Dunn. Okay, didn’t someone know Steve Doll was dead? Come on! Next is Strike Force who are also not here. The third team pulled is the Osirian Portal, and out come Amasis and Ophidian! They enter to the fans jubilation. Director of Fun Dieter VonSteigerwalt comes out and angrily asks Bryce where he got his hat of names. He admonishes him for being a Phillies fan and demands he pulls The Portal’s third partner of a new hat he has brought with him. The name pulled is Sara Del Rey, and now the odds are stacked against The Portal.
King of Trios First Round Match
The Osirian Portal (Amasis & Ophidian) & Sara Del Rey vs. The Brüderschaft des Kreuzes (Claudio Castagnoli, Ares, & Tursas)
Ares and Ophidian trade pin attempts to get this thing over. Ophidian dropkicks Ares’ legs out. Amasis tags in but Sara holds on to him so that Ares can strike. Ares tags in Claudio. Amasis tries a couple roll-ups to no avail. Tursas and Sara tag in, and Tursas pins Sara. Amasis breaks it and Ophidian drags Sara to the floor. Amasis punches Tursas with no effect. Tursas side slams Amasis. The BDK trio isolate Amasis in their corner and make frequent tags to maximize damage. Amasis escapes a bear hug only to realize Sara is the only partner on the apron. Claudio runs into Sara by accident, and Amasis schoolboys him for two. The BDK continue to dominate Amasis until Amasis ducks a clothesline from Ares and nails a jumping back elbow. He tags in Ophidian, and he pushes Sara off the apron. Ophidian back handsprings into an armdrag. He then comes back with a rope-assisted headscissors. Ophidian spins Ares around with a satellite headscissors. Ophidian comes down on Ares’ chest with double knees. Sara distracts Bryce so he can’t make a count. The Portal hypnotize Sara, sending her back to the apron. They dropkick Tursas and Claudio off the apron. Amasis and Ophidian take Ares down then hit the Osirian Sacrament for two. Sara comes in unhypnotized, and Amasis comes off the top with a shoulder block to send her to the floor. Claudio accidentally knocks Tursas off the apron with the Swiss Chin Music. Claudio blasts Ophidian with a pop-up European uppercut for two. Claudio goes for the Ricola Bomb which Ophidian turns into the Ophidian Death Grip. Sara breaks the submission by kicking Ophidian in the nuts. Since it’s her own partner, no DQ is administered. Ophidian takes the Ragnarok for the pin at 11:01. This told a really good story and for awhile they made it seem as if the Osirian Portal were going to defy the odds and beat the BDK. Although they didn’t, they looked very strong and put on a fun match. ***
Just for good measure, Tursas splashes Ophidian afterwards.
The Osaka Pro guys cut a promo in mostly Japanese. I can’t understand them, so there’s nothing else for me to add.
King of Trios First Round Match
Team Osaka Pro (Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada, & Tadasuke) vs. The UnStable (Vin Gerard, STIGMA, & Colin Delaney)
Gerard refuses a handshake from Harada. Harada snapmares Gerard into a headlock. Harada wrenches on Gerard’s wrist, and Gerard reverses. They exchange armdrags and throw stereo dropkicks to reach a stalemate. STIGMA and Tadasuke tag in. Tadasuke and STIGMA throw shoulder tackles and can’t knock each other down. They then trade forearms. Tadasuke hits a jumping shoulder tackle to send STIGMA to the floor. Delaney and Kotoge come in. Delaney hits a few forearms to Kotoge’s back. Delaney flaunts his ability to knock down Kotoge. Kotoge hits a dropkick to send him out. Gerard and STIGMA look to cut him off, but he dropkicks them both down. Delaney comes in and knocks him down. Delaney and Gerard over who is going to beat on Kotoge. As it turns out, all of the UnStable would get their shots in. Kotoge eventually escapes The UnStable’s grasp and tags in with a rolling jump-up ace crusher on Delaney. Tadasuke tags in and chops down all three UnStable members multiple times. Tadasuke then knocks Delaney and Gerard down with lariats. STIGMA stays on his feet and STIGMA drills him with some forearms and a DDT. Tadasuke pops right back up and gives STIGMA a sit-out chinbreaker. Tadasuke hits a fireman’s carry Michinoku Driver and Gerard breaks the pin. Gerard takes Tadasuke over with a hurricanrana, then dives on Tadasuke on the floor. Kotoge flies off the ropes and nails STIGMA in the face with a kick. Harada and Kotoge double team Delaney with some great tandem offense. Kotoge dives onto Gerard and STIGMA on the floor. Harada gives Delaney a hip toss into a knee buster. Harada bridges Delaney with a German suplex for the pin at 9:55. Osaka Pro looked quite good here and with a better/more over team than the UnStable they can do a lot better (like on Night Two when they face F.I.S.T.). Still, this was a pretty good match. **1/2
Johnny Gargano, Flip Kendrick, & Louis Lyndon are backstage. They use a bunch of clichés and Oreo (like the cookie) talk. Gargano mentions they’re on the same page of the same book. Gargano says he looks ahead in the book and that they beat The Colony tonight and win the whole tournament.
King of Trios First Round Match
The Colony (Fire Ant, Soldier Ant, & Green Ant) vs. The Jack of All Trios (Johnny Gargano, Flip Kendrick, & Louis Lyndon)
Gargano, Lyndon, and Kendrick won Absolute Intense Wrestling’s “Jack of All Trios” tournament (another 16 man tournament) to secure their spot in this tournament. Lyndon tries to psych out Soldier Ant with his karate stances and yells. Soldier Ant salutes and Lyndon retreats to his corner. Lyndon rolls up Soldier Ant for two. Lundon takes Soldier Ant over with a hurricanrana. Soldier Ant salutes and takes Lyndon down. Fire Ant tags in. He gives Lyndon a fireman’s carry, Soldier Ant drops a headbutt, and Fire Ant hits a senton splash for two. Kendrick takes Fire Ant over with a headscissors. Fire Ant gets knocked down. Green Ant and Gargano have some great back and forth. Gargano lands a short ace crusher. Green Ant gets trapped in the Jack’s corner where they do inflict much damage to the rookie hormiga. Green Ant fires up and tags in Soldier Ant. Gargano sole butts him, but then hits Kendrick and Lyndon by accident. Soldier Ant brings in Fire Ant with a crossbody. Gargano nails Kendrick and Lyndon again by accident. They get in Gargano’s face, but then Green Ant takes them both down with a crossbody. They hit Green Ant with the Triple Stuffed (double enzugiri’s from Aerform and a superkick from Gargano). Gargano misses a pescado on Fire Ant and Solider Ant. Kendrick and Lyndo do hit stereo dives, so no worries. Green Ant looks for a dive, but Gargano hits a slingshot spear for two. Gargano looks for the Uniquely You, but Green Ant rolls into the Texas Cloverleaf. Lyndon blasts Green Ant with a kick to the face. Lyndon ducks a Fire Ant Yahtzee kick. Gargano blasts Fire Ant with double knees to the chest, then lawn darts Fire Ant headfirst into Lyndon’s knees. Kendrick hits a cancun tornado splash, and Soldier Ant breaks the pin. Soldier Ant hits Lyndon and Kendrick with double clotheslines and a saluting TKO on Gargano. The Colony nail the Ants Maching triple dropkick to Gargano in the corner. Soldier Ant throws Kendrick after failing to catch him in a crossbody. Fire Ant hits the Yahtzee Kick on Kendrick, Green Ant splashes him, and then they go for the Anthill. Gargano and Lyndon stop them. Green Ant and Soldier Ant send them to the floor and follow with stereo dives. Fire Ant comes off the top with the Heat of the Moment on Kendrick. Fire Ant drops Kendrick with the Beach Break for the pin at 14:10. This was a lot of fun, but there were some awkward slow spots along the way. Gargano and Green Ant really held things together while the others did their thing. This was actually much better on DVD than live, and I hope the Jack of All Trios guys more opportunities in CHIKARA. ***
We then go backstage to the F1RST Family: Arik Cannon, Darin Corbin, & Ryan Cruz. Corbin suggests they do a rap song for their promo to be different from the other promos. Someone off camera provides a beat while Corbin sings a Fresh Prince of Bel-Airesque rap. Cannon and Cruz also rap some and it’s quite amusing. They even parody Wrestlicious which I do enjoy (them parodying it, not Wrestlicious).
King of Trios First Round Match
The F1RST Family (Arik Cannon, Darin Corbin, & Ryan Cruz) vs. The Brüderschaft des Kreuzes (Tim Donst, Lince Dorado, & Pinkie “Pink Ant” Sanchez)
Dorado celebrates breaking a lock-up with Cannon. Cannon twists Sanchez’s arm and tags in Cruz who continues to wrench on it. Cruz armdrags Sanchez. Sanchez drop downs and Cruz tries various pin attempts. Sanchez trips Cruz, but Cruz rolls up and headscissors him down. Sanchez rolls to the floor to duck Cruz’s spinning face kick. Donst and Corbin have a flex off. Corbin flips off Donst’s shoulders, but Sanchez kicks him in the back. Corbin dropkicks Donst into Sanchez, then hits a rolling neck snap ala Mr. Perfect. Donst hits the floor to tag in Dorado, so Cannon tags in. Cannon and Dorado go back and forth with multiple evasions, till Cannon comes off the second rope with an armdrag. Sanchez tags in and Cannon blasts him with a chop. The F1RST Family bludgeon Sanchez in their corner with wacky lead-ins to chops. The North Stars drop him with gut busters and Cannon dropkicks him in the forehead for two. The North Stars were going to go for the Cruz Control, but Donst trips Corbin and brings him to the floor. The BDK team keeps on Cruz in their corner. Cruz lands a chin breaker on Dorado after a lengthy beatdown to tag in Corbin. Corbin knocks down all the BDK guys. Doardo springboards off the second rope and Corbin catches him with an ace crusher. Cruz hits a 450 splash for two. Corbin dives onto Sanchez, Donst, and Cannon. Dorado sends The North Stars to the floor and then dives onto the floor with a Cancun Tornado Splash. Dorado hits a tornado DDT and a lynx sault. Cannon gets his knees up, and Corbin hits a urinage back breaker. Sanchez hits a springboard whoopee cushion and Cruz nails a spinning face kick on Sanchez. He drops Sanchez with the Boom Shaka-Laka for two. Donst hits a flatliner, and Cannon takes Donst over with an exploder suplex. Dorado looks for a tornado DDT, but Cannon hits a brainbuster. Donst breaks the pin. Cannon blasts him with a hard right. Doardo blocks the Total Anarchy for Donst, and Donst hits a Gator Roll for two. Cannon superkicks Dorado and gives Donst the Total Anarchy off Dorado’s back. Dorado gives Cannon a dropsault, but Cannon comes out of the corner with a lariat that flips Dorado. A Glmmering Warlock only gets Cannon two when Dorado breaks the pin. Cruz monkey flips Corbin into Donst. The North Stars drop Sanchez with a double facebuster. They call for the Cruz Control, but Donst catches Cruz on his shoulders. He slams Cruz onto Corbin’s back. Donst places Corbin on his shoulders. Sanchez and Donst drop him from the top rope, and Cannon breaks the pin. Sanchez double stomps Cruz in a Tree of Woe. Dorado follows up with a shooting star press. Sanchez puts Cruz in the Inverted CHIKARA Special to get the submission victory at 18:40. The F1RST Family have brought the goods the previous two Trios tournaments and they did the same this year. This was just as good as their match with El Generico and the Super Smash Bros. in 2008, and I give a lot of credit to the young lions of the BDK for helping make it that way. Dorado and Donst are such fantastic Rudos that it’s baffling that they didn’t start out that way. Anyhow, this was a great, suspenseful match-up. ***1/2
King of Trios First Round Match
Team Perros del Mal (El Oriental, Alebrije, & Cuije) vs. Team Delicioso (El Hijo del Ice Cream, Ice Cream Jr., & Curry Man)
Oriental works over Curry Man’s arm. He reverses into a side headlock then dances when Oriental reverses. Curry Man and Oriental go through a short Lucha sequence. Cuije gets tagged in. By the way, he’s 3 ft. 7 inches tall. It’s great. Cuije refuses to jump through Curry Man’s legs multiple times, infuriating Curry Man. He stomps on Curry Man’s foot and dropkicks his knee out. Alebrije and Hijo tag in. Cuije jumps in front of Alebrije and yells “hijo!” which is adorable. Alebrije throws him away, but Cuije insists on facing him. Alebrije kicks Hijo in the buttocks. Hijo turns around to see Cuije, who pretends his foot hurts from kicking Hijo. Alebrije knocks down Hijo which causes him to cry. Cuije does some double gun posing. Cuije runs around the ring and Alebrije tries to stop him. Cuije grabs Hijo’s bottom. Alebrije knocks down both of Los Ice Creams, and Cuije sends them both to the floor. Alebrije and Los Ice Creams have a tug of war with Cuije. Curry Man side steps a dropkick from Oriental. Oriental drops an elbow on Curry Man’s back and takes him over with a hurricanrana and headscissors. Curry Man goes to the floor, and Oriental dives onto him. Alebrije powerslams Junior and legdrops him for two. Los Ice Creams send Alebrije over with a double backdrop, and clothesline Alebrije to the floor. They bring in Cuije and get the easiest heat ever by bullying the diminutive Cuije. Delicioso disposes of Oriental and Alebrije as they try to save Cuije. Cuije kicks all three guys in the legs, but they give him a triple sledge to the back. They threaten to toss Cuije into the crowd, but Curry Man sets him down. Los Ice Creams stereo kick Cuije to massive boos. Cuije evades an attack from Los Ice Creams, and Alebrije launches Cuije to a headscissors to take down Junior. Oriental takes out Curry Man. Alebrije fires up from Hijo’s attacks and drops him with a Tiger Driver backbreaker. Junior breaks the pin. Alebrije avoids Junior’s senton for two. Junior holds Alebrije and Hijo gives him El Asesino. Oriental breaks the pin and sends Hijo to the floor. Oriental elbows and kicks Junior. He comes off the middle rope with a dropkick for two. Oriental hits a couple of moonsaults, and then a tumbleweed senton for two. Oriental locks Junior in a submission. Curry Man breaks it and lands a backbreaker for two. Curry Man sets up Oriental in a seated position on the second rope and rams his knee into him. Curry Man goes up top. He misses a splash, and Oriental takes him over with a headscissors. He dives onto Curry Man and Junior on the floor. Alebrije slams Hijo down. Cuije lands on him with a trifecta of sentons. Alebrije tosses Cuije high in the air. He splashes on Hijo to score the pin at 15:50. This was wacky, wacky Lucha Libre and a lot of fun at that. You could have shaved some minutes off this if you wanted to and it probably would’ve been a bit better. Cuije may be the best Tecnico of all time. How do you boo something so adorable? When you get the fans to boo Los Ice Creams and Curry Man, you are good at your job. ***
A fan proposes to his girlfriend in the ring and she says yes. To anybody who is reading this: if you have any self-respect or respect for your significant other, NEVER EVER DO THIS. The fans were dicks as you would expect, but when you do this kind of thing you’re asking for it.
King of Trios First Round Match
The Future Is Now (Jigsaw, Equinox, & Helios) vs. The Jackson 3 (Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson, & Malachi Jackson)
Malachi was going to start, but his brother Nick forces him to tag him in. Nick grounds Helios, and Helios kicks Nick’s arm away. Helios stretches Nick out across his back and crucifix pins him for two. Helios stretches out Nick’s leg, and Nick goes to the corner to escape. Nick comes off the ropes with an armdrag. Nick hits a back elbow, but Helios tags him with a leg lariat. Malachi and Equinox tag in. Equinox quickly gets in some strikes. Malachi boots him in the face and lands a 450 armdrag. Seems superfluous, but cool looking. Malachi hits a big clothesline for two. Equinox rana’s him over. Malachi looks to sunset flip Equinox off the apron. Instead he kicks him in the chest and follows to the floor with a pescado. Jigsaw and Matt come in. They exchange sole butts. Matt backflips into a headscissors takedown. Jigsaw hops over Matt and takes him over with a toreador. Jigsaw spins into a bulldog for two. Matt goes to the floor and Jigsaw suicide dives onto him. Helios and Malachi come in. Malachi gives him a satellite headscissors and neck breaker for two. Helios cracks Malachi with a flying knee strike for two. Equinox knees and chops Malachi’s chest. Equinox suplexes him and tags in Jigsaw. Jigsaw kicks him down for two. Jigsaw stretches him in a Gory Special, and Malachi switches into a sunset flip for two. Malachi hits the floor. The Young Bucks clean house and trap Jigsaw in their corner. Jigsaw blocks a double dropkick, and Equinox comes in with a missle dropkick to Matt. Nick blasts him with a knee in the corner, and Equinox effectively takes Jigsaw’s place as the Jackson 3’s whipping boy. Not surprisingly, it’s with Malachi that Equinox is able to make a comeback by catching Malachi coming off the top with double knees to the face. Equinox tags in Helios. Nick comes in and Helios cartwheels into a headscissors. He rolls onto Matt and sends him to the floor with an armdrag. Helios takes Malachi down with an alita, and takes Nick down with another headscissors. Matt comes back in but gets taken out with a hurricanrana by Helios. Equinox hits a low hurricanrana on Nick, and Helios hits a standing moonsault for two. The Future Is Now attack Nick in the corner. Matt hits a spear on Helios, he and Malachi hit stereo moonsaults, and Nick comes in with a springboard splash. The Jackson 3 hit a trios variation of the Worst Case Screnario. Malachi dives onto Jigsaw after Matt dropkicks him and kips up. Helios hits the Sasuke Special onto the Jackson 3 and Jigsaw. Equinox blasts Matt with his trademark right jab. Nick German suplexes Helios after Helios kicks Malachi. Jigsaw gives Nick a brainbuster for two. All six guys trade blows. Lots of superkicks are traded leading to a two count from Nick on Jigsaw. Matt and Nick hit More Bang For Your Buck, and Malachi capitalizes with a shooting star press. Equinox and Helios break the pin. They send The Bucks to the floor. Equinox dives onto them through the guardrail. Helios hits the ropes and Malachi cuts him off with a clothesline. Helios boots him in the face and Equinox takes him down with the Overbomb. He follows up with a piledriver. Jigsaw lands the Mad Scientist Bomb. Helios lands a 450 splash for the pin at 19:24. This was a spectacular main event with dudes flying and kicking one another all over the place. They still managed to work in some story, with Matt and Nick not getting along with Malachi and not wanting him to do much at the beginning. When they gave him a chance, he blew it and ended up taking the fall. The Jacksons were also smart about keeping whomever they were beating on isolated and immediately hopping in if things weren’t going their way. I thought this was a fabulous capper to the evening, and the crowd certainly agrees. ***3/4
The Future Is Now ask for hand shakes, and Malachi obliges. Matt and Nick aren’t happy and shove him away. The Future Is Now stand up for him, so Matt and Nick bail. The Future Is Now raise Malachi’s hand and shake his hand to end the show.
The 411: This was different from last year's Night One, but arguably even better. This had the perfect mix of great wrestling, comedy, and blending of outside and homegrown talent. Most everyone put their best foot forward and made for a very strong show overall.