100 Percent Fordified: CHIKARA Chaos in the Sea of Lost Souls
Posted by Kevin Ford on 02.13.2011
CHIKARA kicks off it's 10th season with a bang.
Philadelphia, PA - 1.23.2011
Commentary is provided by Gavin Loudspeaker, UltraMantis Black, Mike Quackenbush, Bryce Remsburg, Tim Donst, Chuck Taylor, and Leonard F. Chikarason.
Amasis and Ophidian are backstage. Amasis informs us that The Osirian Portal is once again a trio. With that, Hieracon (who is Jonathan Gresham under a mask) “flies” into the frame. The new incarnation of the Portal promise to beat Team F.I.S.T. tonight.
The Osirian Portal (Amasis, Ophidian, & Hieracon) vs. Team F.I.S.T. (Icarus, Chuck Taylor, & Johnny Gargano)
Amasis and Icarus have a war of words, leaading to a dance off. Bryce Remsburg steps in and outshines both of them with his impressive dance routine that has the crowd chanting his name. Team F.I.S.T. angrily attack all three members of the Portal. Ophidian sends Taylor the floor with the Déjà vu. Gargano and Amasis come in, and Gargano hits a modified Code Breaker. Amasis and Ophidian use some Osirian Swagger to drop double elbows. Icarus tags in and calls out Hieracon. He obliges and jockeys for position with Icarus on the mat. Hieracon evades a dropkick but gets hit by a shoulder block. Hieracon wheelbarrows into an armdrag. Amasis and Ophidian hit their signature wheelbarrow elbow shoulder block. Amasis hits a spinebuster for two. Hiearacon tags back in. Icarus grabs Bryce to prevent a slingshot shoulder block. Icarus dropkicks Hieracon off the apron and then brings him back in. Team F.I.S.T. gang up on Hieracon in their corner. Hieracon retaliates with an ace crusher on Icarus, allowing him to tag in Amasis. Unfortunately for Amasis, Gargano immediately hits him with a slingshot spear, and Taylor follows up with quebrada. F.I.S.T. now goes to work on Amasis. Amasis escapes their grasp with a spinebuster on Icarus. Hieracon tags in and sets up Taylor in a way so that when he kicks Taylor's leg out, Taylor gives Icarus a stunner. Ophidian comes in as Gargano lawn darts Hieracon in the corner. Ophidian drops Gargano with a bodyscissors face buster. Taylor breaks the pin and sets up Ophidian for the Awful Waffle. Ophidian twists into the Ophidian Death Grip. Gargano takes Ophidian off his back and looks for the Hurt’s Donut. Ophidian transitions into the Death Grip again, but Gargano fights him off. Ophidian and Hieracon double team Gargano, but only manage a two count. Taylor and Icarus drop Hieracon with a big boot/back cracker combo for two. Taylor gives Amasis the Sole Food. F.I.S.T. hit their double enzuigiri/dropkick combo in the corner. Ophidian goes up top with Gargano. Icarus trips Ophidian off the top rope, and Gargano small packages him for two. Ophidian gives Gargano double knees from the top rope. Ophidian gets crotched by Taylor on the top rope. Icarus double stomps Ophidian on Taylor’s shoulders, into a Death Valley Driver onto Gargano’s knees. Amasis and Hieracon break the pin. Amasis and Hieracon take down Icarus and Taylor. Gargano gets mauled by all three Portal members. Ophidian hits a top rope legdrop, and Icarus breaks the pin. Icarus drops Ophidian with an underhook suplex. Hieracon breaks the pin and lights up Icarus with strikes. He avoids the Blu-Ray and hits a Lightning Spiral for the pin at 18:03. Both of these relatively new trios showed great proficiency as a unit. The match itself was good, but felt a bit lacking. It's as if it never kicked in to high gear at the end. It’s certainly a good way to kick of the season and get the new Portal over and I’d like to see these two teams lock horns again. **3/4
Madison Eagles informs us that she is traveling the world to find the best female wrestlers. She says that tonight, her and Daizee Haze are going to prove why they’re two of the best female wrestlers in the world.
Madison Eagles vs. Daizee Haze
Eagles backs Haze to the corner and breaks clean. Haze takes Eagles to the mat, but she quickly reverses the momentum. Eagles picks up Haze and places her on the top turnbuckle. Eagles trips Haze. Haze ankle picks Eagles to the mat and hooks her leg. Eagles transitions into a cross armbreaker. Haze uses the ropes to break free. Eagles snapmares her over. Haze gets back, and Eagles trips her down. Haze grabs her face and retreats to the corner. Haze broke her nose at the last CHIKARA event, and it looks as if she may have hurt herself again. Haze rolls to the floor, still clutching her face. It turns out Haze was feigning injury, and clips Eagles’ leg when she least expects it. Haze keeps on Eagles’ leg, stretching it in the ropes and throwing elbow strikes at it. Eagles boots Haze down from the corner. Eagles takes her over with a gutwrench suplex. Eagles wheelbarrows Haze into a facebuster for two. Eagles hits a brainbuster for two. Haze avoids a TKO and takes Eagles over with a bridging German suplex for the pin at 9:04. This match took it’s time to get going, but it certainly progressed quickly once Haze clipped the leg and Eagles made her comeback. Eagles match with Sara Del Rey should be excellent, but as for this match it was simply standard fair. **
The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield & Sugar Dunkerton) vs. The Roughnecks (Brodie Lee & Grizzly Redwood)
The Throwbacks charge The Roughneck at the get-go. Lee and Redwood quickly isolate Hatfield in their corner and bludgeon him with strikes. Hatfield takes Redwood down with a swinging neckbreaker and tags in Dunkerton. Hatfield assists him with a spear to Redwood in the corner. The Throwbacks hit a tandom Atomic Drop and a Thesz Press/schoolyard trip combo. Hatfield baseball slides Redwood on the floor. Lee comes out and nails Hatfield with a big boot. Dunkerton does a remarkable job fighting both Roughnecks by himself, but eventually gets knocked down by Redwood’s little boot. Lee launches Redwood into Hatfield for two. The Roughnecks continue to wear down Dunkerton while Hatfield recovers from Brodie’s boot on the floor. Hatfield recovers and engages in a tug-of-war over Dunkerton with The Roughnecks. He pulls Dunkerton out to the floor, effectively tagging himself in. He gives Redwood a flapjack. Hatfield pops up Grizzly into an STO from Dunkerton. The Throwbacks hit a leg sweep/clothesline combo. Hatfield drops Redwood with the Suicide Squeeze, and Dunkerton comes off the top rope with a senton. Lee pulls Dunkerton out of the ring and powerbombs him on the ring steps. Lee stops Hatfield from giving Redwood the Grand Slam. Redwood puts Hatfield on his shoulders, and Lee nails him with a jumping big boot to score the pin at 9:45. The Throwbacks have improved in the ring over the past few months, and their aggression adds a nice "snap" to their moves. The Roughnecks are great foils and put in an effort that fell just a bit short of their December match. I look forward to what comes next in this feud. ***
The Soul Touchaz are backstage. They remind us that the BDK ended the careers of their managers, C-Red and Dymond. They say that they’re cutting out their usual schtick as things have gotten taken more personally. Richardson says that tonight they’re not touching souls, but rather taking them.
The Soul Touchaz (Marshe Rockett, Acid Jaz, & Willie “da Bomb” Richardson) vs. Die Brüderschaft des Kreuzes (Tursas, Lince Dorado, & Sara Del Rey)
BDK referee Derek Sabato will serve as the official for this match. A six person brawl starts the match off. The Soul Touchaz take down Dorado and Tursas on the floor. Rockett and Jaz send Sara to the corner for Richardson, but Sabato stands in her way. Tursas and Dorado drag Jaz and Richardson to the floor. Rockett avoids a boot from Sara and powerslams her. Rockett flapjacks Dorado as he comes in. Rockett dropkicks Tursas, coming down with a legdrop on Rockett. Rockett goes for a slam on Tursas. Tursas clobbers him with a forearm to the back to counter. The BDK triuumvirate take turns pounding Marshe Rockett in their corner. Sabato pretends not to see a tag from Rockett, buying the BDK more time to get in their shots. Rockett however spikes Dorado with a DDT and finally tags in Jaz. He gives Dorado a spinning neck breaker. He follows up with his patented legdrops and spinaroonie fist drop for two. Dorado springboards into a crossbody. Jaz catches him and drops him with a nice spin-out DDT. Jaz goes up top where Sara tries to cut him off. Tursas catches Jaz in a crossbody and slams him down for two. Jaz now feels the onslaught of the BDK’s attack. The BDK show some great unity, until Jaz blasts Sara with hard right hand. Richardson comes in, slugging it out with Tursas. Richardson sends Tursas to the floor with a dropkick. Richardson whips Sara to the ropes and slams her on her behind. Dorado flies in and gets caught with a Manhattan drop. Jaz and Rockett whip Dorado into a second rope Rydeen Bomb from Richardson. Sabato is too busy helping Sara to count the pin. Richardson tries getting his attention while Rockett dives onto Tursas on the floor. Richardson calls for the Pounce. Suddenly, Lince Dorado takes off his mask and throws it at Richardson. Richardson picks it up, and Sabato turns around to catch Richardson with the proverbial loaded gun. Sabato calls for a disqualification at 12:25, as removing a competitors mask is an automatic DQ in CHIKARA. While the finish may seem cheap, it didn’t come off that way it all. Besides, even if you don’t like the finish, the action itself was great while it lasted. Sara, Tursas, and Dorado for a seemingly random trio did very well in this match. The Soul Touchaz were their usual great selves and put on yet another great match with the BDK. ***
Richardson angrily pounces Dorado after the match. The Soul Touchaz do their signature cry for the crowd with their heads held high.
Incoherence (Hallowicked & Frightmare) vs. The Batiri (Obariyon & Kodama)
Frightmare and Kodama start off at a quickened pace. Frightmare sends Kodama to the floor with a hurricanrana. He catches Kodama with his knees as he moonsaults from the apron. Obariyon tilt-a-whirls into an Octopus stretch on Hallowicked. Frightmare comes off the top rope with a legdrop to Obariyon while he’s still applying the submission. Frightmare slingshots into a hurricanrana, sending Obariyon to the floor. Hallowicked and Frightmare each hit a yakuza kick in the corner. Frightmare hits a big clothesline, but Kodama breaks the pin. Kodama comes in with a slingshot armdrag to Hallowicked. Hallowicked takes Kodama over with a step-up Frankensteiner. Obariyon comes in, snapmaring Hallowicked into a running knee strike for two. The Batiri double team Hallowicked in their corner. Hallowicked escapes by avoiding a double clothesline and tagging in Frightmare. He flies in with a double clothesline. He drops Kodama with a dropkick and Obariyon with a crucifix driver for two. Hallowicked gives Obariyon the Go Too Sleepy Hollow. Frightmare suplexes Obariyon onto Hallowicked’s knee. Suddenly, carnival music begins playing. Sinn “Kizarny” Bodhi brings out the third Batiri member known as Kobald. Frightmare takes out Kobald with a tope con hilo. Kobald turns the tide and beats down Frightmare on the floor. Obariyon and Kodama simultaneously choke Hallowicked out in the ring. UltraMantis Black comes out and begins to fight Kizarny on the floor. In the ring, Kodama gives Hallowicked a Back Cracker. Obariyon follows up with the flying DDT for the pin and their third point at 7:44. For the time given, these two teams packed in a lot of action. It was abundantly clear though that Kodama still has some work to do. Obariyon is easily one of the best rookies the company has ever had and put in some great work with Frightmare and Hallowicked. The interjecting of their teammates at the end helped build their feud in a very effective and interesting manner. ***
Mantis and Kizarny continue to battle0 as Kobald menaces over Frightmare. Kizarny bends a steel rod in his mouth and chokes Mantis with it. Mantis, by the way, is wearing orange and black gear, much like Incoherence (imagine that!) Kizarny brings Mantis into the ring and demands his and Mantis’ scheduled match begins now. For whatever reason, BDK official Derek Sabato serves as the referee for this match.
UltraMantis Black vs. Sinn “Kizarny” Bodhi
Kizarny easily gets the upper hand on Mantis in the early going. He tosses Mantis back to the floor. Mantis comes back in with a top rope crossbody. Mantis slams Kizarny and Sabato slow counts him. Wink Vavasseur, the new Director of Fun, comes ringside to check on Hallowicked and Frightmare on the floor. Mantis gives Kizarny a few chops and a back drop. Mantis looks for the Praying Mantis Bomb, but Obariyon and Kodama sneak attack him. Sabato idly stands by, allowing the attack to unfold. Kobald comes in and spears Mantis down. Wink climbs the steps to watch Sabato’s actions. Sabato calls for the bell under pressure, giving Mantis the win by disqualification at 3:10. Incoherence clear the ring. Kizarny and the Batiri stand in the aisleway, upset by the decision. There’s no match here to rate. N/R
Mantis grabs a microphone and tells Kizarny he is tired of the games. He challenges Kizarny to a trios match with Incoherence. Kizarny gives us a non-answer, but we would learn shortly after that Incoherence and Mantis would team up to take on Obariyon, Kodama, and Kobald next month in Easton.
We then go to Eddie Kingston backstage. He says while most say 2010 was his banner year, all of his important matches didn’t mean much because he never got a rematch with Claudio Castagnoli. Kingston admits he is also to blame for holding himself back, and says he won’t let Claudio or himself hold him back any longer. Kingston says he will get Claudio and hurt him. He then turns to his opponent for tonight, El Generico. Kingston flat out says he doesn’t like Generico. Kingston says he’ll be thinking of Claudio and how 2011 is his resurrection when he’s in the ring with him.
Eddie Kingston vs. El Generico
Generico does some “b-boy” poses to try and get on Kingston’s good side. They smack each other which gets Kingston excited. Kingston and Generico take turns backing one another into the corner. Generico chops Kingston and takes him over with a pair of armdrags and a toreador. Kingston chops Generico in the corner. Generico responds with a leg lariat for one. Generico avoids a splash in the corner and hits a crossbody for two. Kingston knocks Generico down with a knee lift after trading overhand chops with him. Generico fights out of headock. Kingston pops Generico up, and Generico comes down with a dropkick. Kingston hits an overhead suplex. Kingston applies a modified Dragon sleeper. Generico uses the ropes to break. Kingston peppers him with chops in the corner and hits an arm capture modified suplex for two. Generico fires up after being whipped into the corner, knocking down Kingston with a hard clothesline. Generico clutches Kingston’s hand and hits a running tornado DDT from the top rope for two. Generico goes for the yakuza kick, but Kingston catches him with a jump-up enzuigiri. Generico catches him with a Michinoku Driver for two. Kingston blocks another yakuza kick with a boot of his own. He drops Generico with a tornado DDT for two. Kingston brings Generico off the second rope with an ace crusher for two. Kingston lays in some forearms before hitting a yakuza kick of his own. Generico refuses to go off his feet in defiance. Kingston lays in more forearms and hits a second yakuza kick. Generico fires up and goes nose to nose with Kingston. Generico hits a yakuza kick. Kingston hits a leg-capture overhead suplex. Kingston nails Generico in the chin with a yakuza kick. Kingston looks for a second, but Generico explodes out of the corner with one of his own. Once back to their feet, Kingston rocks Generico with a lariat for two. Kingston nails the Sliding D, and Generico somehow kicks out. Generico sends Kingston into the corner with an exploder suplex. Generico hits another running yakuza kick and dumps Kingston on his head with a half-nelson suplex for two. On the apron, Generico hits another yakuza kick. Generico gives him a brainbuster on the apron! Kingston barely makes it back into the ring before the twenty count. Generico tries to roll Kingston over to pin him, but Kingston holds firm. He uses the ropes to get up. He blocks a yakuza kick by suplexing Generico in the corner. Kingston hits a Saito suplex and two Backfist’s to the Future to score the pinfall at 17:41. This match turned out to be awesome, telling a great story and making the fans go absolutely nuts with each kick they threw, every suplex that occurred, and every comeback they made. It truly felt special, and for my money is the best match Kingston has had with an outsider in years, if not ever. Generico is just that good, and it's remarkable that he hasn't had more gigs in CHIKARA. ****
Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, & The Colony (Fire Ant & Soldier Ant) vs. Die Brüderschaft des Kreuzes (Claudio Castagnoli, Ares, Delirious, & Tim Donst)
Donst takes down Soldier Ant with a full nelson before throwing him down to the mat. Donst tries to show up Soldier Ant by doing some push-ups, but loses his steam more quickly than Soldier Ant does. Soldier Ant takes Donst over with a suplex. Soldier Ant gives Donst a saluting headbutt to his back. The Tecnico squad each get a shot in on Donst. Quack ends the sequence with a slingshot senton. Claudio connects with a European uppercut. Quack takes Claudio over with a snapmare and a headscissors takedown. He sends Claudio to the floor with a monkey flip, allowing Ares to come in with a forearm to the back. Jigsaw and The Colony fly in and nail Ares with kicks in the corner. Fire Ant rolls out of the corner with a headscissors to Ares and rolls him up for two. Fire Ant sends him to the floor with a dropkick. Delirious runs in and nails Fire Ant with a back elbow. Jigsaw flies in, but gets met with a headbutt in the stomach from Delirious. Jigsaw sends him to the floor and follows with a suicide dive. Claudio and Ares double team Quack in the ring. Quack takes down Claudio with a cartwheel armdrag. The Colony come in and each hit Ares with a senton. Ares hits them with a double clothesline. Jigsaw takes Ares and Delirious down, but gets caught off when Donst knocks him down with an STO. The BDK bring Jigsaw to their corner, beating him down while preventing him from tagging out. Jigsaw escapes by dumping Donst with a German suplex and tagging in Fire Ant. He hits Delirious with the Heat of the Moment. He gives Ares a wheelbarrow stunner and the Yahtzee Kick. Fire Ant drops Delirious with an implant DDT for two. The Colony drop Delirious with the Ants Marching neckbreaker for two. Delirious kicks Soldier Ant in the side of the head and knocks him down with a hard clothesline. Claudio nails Soldier Ant with the Swiss Chin Music for two. Soldier Ant avoids a chokeslam by rolling into the CHIKARA Special. Ares breaks the hold. Claudio armdrags Soldier Ant into the Inverted CHIKARA Special, which Fire Ant breaks. Claudio Giant Swings Soldier Ant into a dropkick from Ares. Ares drops Soldier Ant with a Cradle Shock variation for two. Quack comes in with a springboard dropkick to Ares. Ares drops him with a spin-out slam for two. Quack cuts Ares off at the top rope and brings him down with a double underhook superplex for two. Jigsaw comes in with a springboard ace crusher. Quack hits a springboard somersault senton. Claudio breaks his pin attempt. Quack sends Claudio to the floor. The Colony dive onto Donst and Claudio, and Quack follows with a moonsault. Ares drops Jigsaw with a Blue Thunder Driver for two. The teams take turns trading blows, leading Donst to drop Soldier Ant with the SDT. Fire Ant hits an Antzuigiri and brainbuster. Delirious gives him a chokeslam. Jigsaw superkicks Delirious and Ares for two. Donst hits the Gator Roll on Jigsaw for two. Donst rolls up Jigsaw for two. Jigsaw superkicks him and hits a double stomp for the pin at 18:59. This was a really fun Atomicos match, much like many that CHIKARA had in the last year. Donst and Jigsaw's issue was the true story of the match. as Jigsaw seemed to be the closest at winning the match the most times, while Donst tried to thwart him when he could. The feud continues between CHIKARA and BDK, but it no longer is as oppressive as it seemed at times last year. A very good main event to kick off 2011. ***1/2
The 411: "Chaos in the Sea of Lost Souls" is a great season opener for CHIKARA. It provided a perfect blend of solid action along with storyline progression that left you looking forward to the the next set of shows. The teams look stronger than ever, as the unity between the groups (both old and new) seems more polished than ever. Kingston and Generico also put on a fantastic and unique contest that I recommend people check out. With that said, I give the season opening a thumbs up and a recommendation. Be sure to check out all of my CHIKARA reviews at my CHIKARA blog; "The CHIKARA Special"