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Views from the Hawke's Nest: 2012 Chikara Matches Available for Free
Posted by TJ Hawke on 12.25.2012

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Mike Quackenbush vs. Green Ant from Chikara抯 The Thirteenth Hat 2012

Green Ant has lost to Quack twice (once in 2011 and once in 2010). However, Quack recently taught Green Ant a new variation of the Chikara Special.

They did a lot of trading holds at the beginning. The story was that Green Ant was closer to Quack抯 level on the mat than their previous encounters. Quack almost caught him with a sleeper, but Green Ant escaped. Green Ant got a couple of leg locks, but Quack made the ropes. Green Ant went for another leg lock, but Quack reversed it into an armbreaker. It抯 all mat work so far, but the crowd is totally invested. Quack started going to work on the legs of Green Ant. While they were mostly going for submissions, they also sneaked in some pinfalls attempts. Green Ant landed a hard kick out of nowhere, and he then again, locked in a series of submission attempts. Quack escaped and went for the Quacken Driver III, but Green Ant reversed it into his Chikara Special variation! QUACK TAPS OUT! Quack shakes his hand, and puts him over. The reaction from the crowd and Gavin/Bryce on commentary helped to make this feel very special.

A fantastic 10 minute opener for Chikara抯 season premiere. I've already watched this match a half dozen times, and I appreciate it more after every viewing. This match put over Green Ant perfectly, and it's somewhat disappointing that he wasn't pushed to the moon for the rest of 2012. If Quack wanted to slow down to extend his career, I would be fine watching matches like this for a few more years.
Match Rating: ***1/2

3.0 (Shane Matthews & Scott Parker) vs. Brüderschaft des Kreuzes (Tim Donst & Jakob Hammermeier) from Chikara抯 The Thirteenth Hat 2012

Jakob comes out to announce themselves. Tim has got a new leather jacket, and in general, he seems to be trying to look more rugged. Jakob had very little success early in the match. Donst finally just threw Jakob out of the ring and got the advantage for the BDK. Parker got worked over after that. Eventually, Jakob screwed up and Matthews made a hot tag and ran wild. I love Shane Matthews抯 headscissors. Donst got tossed out of the ring, and Parker knocked out Jakob with a running knee, and then 3.0 hit the Sweet Taste of Professionalism: 123! 3.0 has two points!

This was an enjoyable match that accomplished two goals: 3.0 looks strong on their way (presumably) to a tag title shot, and the last of the BDK further disintegrates. As for the match, it was very short and not all that competitive. This match wasn抰 as technically great as some Chikara tag matches, but I am a sucker for 3.0抯 antics. As for the last of the BDK, I was glad to see that Donst looked to be carrying himself with a new edge. 2012 looks very bright for one Tim Donst.
Match Rating: **1/2

Grizzly Redwood vs. Orange Cassidy (w/ Chuck Taylor, Drew Gulak, & Swamp Monster) from Chikara抯 Road to Ruin Fest 2012

Chikara had a number of matches filmed at the 2012 Road to Ruin Music & Wrestling Festival. 燙huck Taylor's webshow, The Gentleman's Club filmed the match from this post. I highly suggest that you check out and support all of the Gentleman's Club episodes.

Orange Cassidy had to be carried to the ring by Swamp Monster. 燚rew Gulak had a fantastic shirt on, and Taylor had a PBR tall boy with him. 燭hese are some great men. 燛veryone needs to book these men now. 燙assidy looked comatose. 燝rizzly, with a much shaggier haircut than the last time I saw him, gave him a big lumberjack chop: 1...2...3!

Five Stars! 燱atch this episode. 燱atch all the Gentleman Club episodes. 燬upport great professional wrestling like this!

The Throwbacks (Mr. Touchdown & Dasher Hatfield) vs. The Batiri (Obariyon & Kodama) from Chikara抯 Hot Off the Griddle 2012

Pre-match promo: Mr. Touchdown, "Today, the sign said, 'Long haired freaky people need not apply." 燬o many buys.

Touchdown had some trouble getting off his shoulder pads, and he did not appreciate Dasher helping him. 燚asher had a lot of success against both members of the Batiri early. 燚asher set up for a baseball slide, but Touchdown made a blind tag and hit an out of control dive off the apron. 燚asher then hit his baseball slide. 燭ouchdown then insisted on working the match and not tag in Dasher. 燭he Batiri took control of the match, and Dasher apparently decided to sit on the guardrail instead of trying to convince Touchdown to tag out. 燭ouchdown finally seemed to realize he needed to tag out, but Dasher refused to return to the apron. 燭he crowd then chanted "Say you're sorry!" 燭he Batiri then used Dasher's in the park homerun dropkick, which motivated Dasher to come back. 燚asher made a hot tag and hit Kodama with a Jackhammer. 燚asher hit Kodama with the Suicide Squeeze, but Obariyon made the save. 燭ouchdown ate a spinebuster variation for a nearfall. 燨bariyon hit Dasher with spike DDT on the ring apron. 燭hat 燽rutal move distracted referee Jon Barber enough that Touchdown was able to hit Kodama with his football helmet and get the win. Veronica 燾ame to ringside, and she was most pleased about the win.

This was a good match that I enjoyed, but more importantly, it progressed the Throwbacks' storyline and characters in a very effective way. 燭he ability to balance those two objectives really impressed me. 燭his isn't a MOTY or anything, but I think you will enjoy this match, even if you are not too familiar with Chikara.
Match Rating: **3/4

Saturyne vs. Kagetsu from Chikara抯 The Ogg and I 2012

Kagetsu hit a dropkick early. 燬aturyne got in some offense, but Kagetsu was mostly in control of this match. 燬aturyne hit a jumping sole butt and a wheelbarrow bulldog. 燢agetsu came back with a running knee in the corner and then locked in an arm submission. 燬aturyne refused to quit, so Kagetsu gave up on the submission and went back to beating down Saturyne. 燬aturyne managed to hit another jumping sole butt that sent Kagetsu to the floor. 燬aturyne then hit a plancha. 燬aturyne rolled Kagetsu back in the ring and hit a springboard cross-body: 1...2...NO! 燢agetsu came back with an airplane spin and a Samoan drop: 1...2...3!

This match didn't light the world on fire, but it was a fine exhibition match. 燬aturyne seems rather directionless at the moment, and her character isn't really defined by anything other than that she respects Sara Del Rey. 燬he is a great athlete though, and hopefully, her role will become clearer as time goes on.
Match Rating: **1/2

Colt Cabana & Mixed Martial Archie vs. The Throwbacks (Mr. Touchdown & Dasher Hatfield) from Chikara抯 Chikarasaurus Rex 2012

This was a Loser Leaves Town match. 燭he wrestler that ate the pinfall would be banned from Chikara for life. 燤MA was super over when he made his entrance. Sugar Dunkertonwas on commentary, which was his return to Chikara after having not appeared since November 2011. 燤MA caught Dasher in a triangle choke, but Dasher made it to the ropes. 燗t one point, MMA chased Touchdown to the entrance ramp. 燤MA was in control until Touchdown caught him with a big spinebuster. 燘ack in the ring, Colt hit his Asai Moonsault on the Throwbacks. Colt actually almost botched that. 燛ventually, Colt got caught with a Throwbacks double team move, and and Throwbacks started to get the heat on Colt. MMA was nowhere to be seen after that spinebuster on the ramp. 燭he Throwbacks dominated Colt for a while. 燗t one point, Touchdown did the燝ratuitous燘ackflip, and Colt then immediately took him down with a lariat. MMA was still nowhere to be seen. 燨ut of nowhere, some marching band music hit, andArchibald Peck made his way to the ring!!! Archie ran wild! 燗rchie went for the Cranial Crescendo, but Archie got distracted by the sudden presence of Veronica. 燗rchie then went for the dive, but Touchdown caught him with an Ace Crusher: 1...2...NO! 燙olt then hit Touchdown with the Flying Asshole, and he then locked in the Billy Goat's Cure. 燚asher made the save and sent Colt into the crowd. 燭he referee checked in on Colt. 燰eronica got in the ring and placed the baton in between Archie and Touchdown. 燭hey fought over the baton, but Dasher threw the baton away. Touchdown then hit Archie with the helmet: 1...2...3!

Veronica then went back in the ring. 燬he kissed Mr. Touchdown right in front of Archibald Peck.

The Loser Leaves Town match was always going to end disappointingly because none of these four men should be banned from Chikara for life. Having said that, everything about this match and feud had been executed to near perfection. 燗t the time, I wrote that Chikara would be foolish to not bring backArchibald Peckin some fashion. Peck had mentioned his travels to Mexico on several occasions, so I hoped El Bandolero would be gracing Chikara with his presence. Little did I know that Chikara had something better up their sleeve: The Mysterious and Handsome Stranger. 燗lso of note, it爓as kind of amazing how much of an afterthoughtColt Cabanawas in all of this. That just goes to show the strength of the characters of Chikara that the most famous man in the ring was who the crowd cared the least about. 營 enjoyed this match more the second time through.
Match Rating: ***

Eddie Kingston, Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, & The Colony (Green Ant & Soldier Ant) vs. GEKIDO (17, The Shard, assailANT, deviANT, & combatANT) from Chikara抯 Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur 2012

The story was that Fire Ant got his ankle broke backstage by the GEKIDO before the iPPV got underway. 燭hus, the tecnicos were a man short going into the match.

I was really cold on this feud going into the show, but when I watched it originally, Kingston's demeanor as he went down the ramp completely sold me on 爐he intensity of this storyline. 燗ll nine men are brawling all over the ring and ringside area. 17 was all alone in the ring at one point, when all of a sudden,Mike Quackenbushran down and hit a springboard dropkick that sent 17 to the floor. Derek Sabatojumped up on the apron, but Quack promptly gave him a huge palm strike. 燪uack then wiped out everyone with a somersault plancha. 燭he bell finally rang shortly after that and a tag team match broke out. 燭he rudos managed to cut off Soldier Ant, and they worked him over for a bit. deviANT went after Soldier Ant's mask, but the other tecnicos managed to save Soldier's mask. 燬oldier Ant went after deviANT's mask, and that caused another huge brawl to break out. 燨rder was briefly restored as GEKIDO worked over Soldier Ant some more. 燬olier Ant managed to hit 17 with a tope suicida out of nowhere. 燢ingston jumped into the ring and started tossing around the GEKIDO. 燛veryone traded a lot of big moves. Kingston killed Shard with a half-nelson suplex. 燡igsaw nailed combatANT with superkick. 燝reen Ant managed to get to the balcony and he dove off it onto everyone but Jigsaw. Fantastic spot. 燭he crowd was going nuts. 17 locked a Crippler Crossface on Jigsaw, but Soldier Ant made the save. 燝EKIDO almost got Soldier Ant's mask off, but Quack and Green Ant saved him. 燭he five tecnicos then managed to hit the Mega Ant-apult. Soldier Ant then locked in the Chikara Special on 17. 17 TAPS OUT! 燪uack broke several of 17's fingers after the match.

I really did not care all that much about the Gekido match going into the iPPV. I thought the story was logical at best, but uninspired at its worst. With that being said, the ten men match was an excellent semi-main event.燪uackenbushreturning took me (and the crowd by the sounds of it) completely off guard. 燞e looked to be in great shape, and his presence really added to the drama of the match. 燬oldier Ant and Eddie Kingston燼lso looked great in this match, as the brawling structure of the Gekido matches played into their strengths.燤uch like a lot of the other feuds on this show, the iPPV match ended up being a great exclamation point on an otherwise uninspired story.
Match Rating: ***3/4

Sugar Dunkerton vs. The Shard from Chikara抯 The Great Escape 2012

Sugar makes fun of Shard for wearing pink. Shard responded with a shotgun dropkick. Sugar found some arcade basketballs in the arena, and he then did the Balls Mahoney "Balls" punches with them. 燭he crowd enjoyed that. 燬hard managed to send Sugar's left arm into a ringpost, and he then went after that arm. 燬ugar came back with a spinebuster variation. 燬hard then hit a Gory Bomb. 燬hard hit an enzuigiri, but Sugar then caught him with a schoolboy: 1...2...3!!!

That was short with an abrupt finish. I don't really have much to say about this match. They seemed to be on their way to having an interesting match (at the very least) with Shard going after an arm, but then it just ended out of nowhere. It's notable that Sugar won another singles match this year when he never won a singles match in Chikara from 2009-2011.
Match Rating: *1/2

The Mysterious and Handsome Stranger vs. The Shard from Chikara抯 Give 慐m The Axe 2012

This stranger is very Mysterious & Handsome. 燭his was his second ever match in Chikara. 燞e is already incredibly over. 燭he Stranger hit a STO that forced The Shard to retreat to the floor. 燭he Stranger went to the back and brought out his plastic rocking horse. 燞e nearly destroyed the entrance set up, butDenver Coloradoand others made the save. 燭he Stranger then gave The Shard an atomic drop on the horse, before placing another cowboy hat on his. 燘ack in the ring, The Shard blocked a double sledge and cut off The Stranger with a kick to the head. 燭he Shard got the heat for a bit. 燭he Stranger eventually came back with a bulldog and a big boot. 燭he Stranger lassoed him in and hit a powerbomb. 燭he Stranger went to the top rope and hit a diving爂uillotine爈egdrop: 1...2...3!

This was mostly just a showcase for this incredibly mysterious and incredibly handsome stranger. 營'm surprised that The Shard was used as cannon fodder, but I can't say I was disappointed. 營f you have never seen The Stranger at work, this is a must-see match.
Match Rating: **1/4

Thanks everybody for reading! You can send feedback to my Twitter or to my email address: Shabang728@gmail.com. Also, feel free to check out my own wrestling website, FreeProWrestling.com. Also, check out my Best of Chikara blog and an archive of all my 411 video reviews.

The 411: Chikara did not release a ton of great matches this year, but there are some gems that are definitely worth checking out. I am especially fond of Green Ant vs. Mike Quackenbush. You should definitely also check out any of the matches with Mr. Touchdown, Archibald Peck, and The Mysterious & Handsome Stranger.
Final Score:  6.5   [ Average ]  legend


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