The Magnus Analysis- Chikara King Of Trios Night 2
Posted by Magnus Donaldson on 08.18.2007
The second night of Trios tournament action in Chikara
Chikara follow up their highly successful Night 1 with Night 2, and this show has a very loaded lineup. We have TNA stars Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt in the building, as well as PWG stable The Dynasty of Chris Bosh, Scott Lost and Joey Ryan, and loads more star studded names in this mega tournament. I'm looking forward to this show.
Ultramantis Black is on commentary the entire night, with Icarus and Bryce Remsburg rotating duty alongside him.
Masamune cuts a promo in Japanese. I don't see a lot of point in it since he is Japanese, and unless you are Japanese or understand the language then you have no idea what he's saying.
We start out with Icarus and Ultramantis Black on commentary
Gran Akuma vs Masamune
This one interested me when I saw it on the card after Masamune's impressive showing on Night 1. It's strange because while the crowd booed Gran Akuma, it seemed like Masamune was like more like a heel, throwing chairs around at ringside and stalling for time at one point, and cheating on several occasions. A different dynamic from what I was expecting, but in the end one that I thought worked. We got hard hitting, fast paced wrestling action here which I enjoyed. After some very close near falls and submissions, Akuma used a Low Blow and the ropes to get the three count, although the finished seemed a little botched to me. Anyway, good opener, and Akuma was really sharp, he's improved a lot and deserves his place in ROH- **1/2
Chuck Taylor vs Create-A-Wrestler
Create A Wrestler is making his debut, and his whole gimmick is basically decided by the fans, a lot like when you create a wrestler on a wrestling video game, but this sort of builds up over the coming events as he starts out very generic at this time (well, I don't know really, this is what I'm assuming). Taylor was pretty good here, but Create A Wrestler is very sloppy but it's understandable since this is likely one of his first ever matches. The bout wasn't too good in the end though. The highlight would be Chuck Taylor stuffing an Alex Wright doll into his ring gear and trying to do a Moonsault with it. Taylor uses the ropes in order to get a three count of this very generic wrestler- *1/2
We get a promo with Team PWG, with Chris Bosh making the typical Mexican stereotypical remarks, and since they were in a kitchen they made fun of them by suggesting that they fry food for a living. Joey Ryan joins in and Scott Lost just says that they are going to kick their faces in. That was a great promo that did all it needed to do and showcased the unique personalities of all three of them.
Ultramantis Black is now solo on commentary.
Team PWG (Joey Ryan, Chris Bosh and Scott Lost) vs Pantera, Sicodelico Jr and Lince Dorado
I love the dynamic of the PWG team, with Bosh and Ryan acting goofy while Lost just wants to beat someone up. An interesting bout, very good when the wrestling was done and reasonably funny when they went to comedy (although to be fair I've seen considerably better comedy than that, especially the previous night). The Mexican team impressed me a lot, they put together some good high flying combo's and hat hard. The PWG team also impressed, isolating Lince Dorado impressively before the hot tag. Overall pretty good if a little sloppy in places (mainly the fault of the Mexican team, but there was likely a language barrier here though). Sicodelico pinned Ryan with a Clutching Pinning Combo- **3/4
Bryce Remsburg joins Ultramantis Black on commentary.
The Colony (Worker Ant, Fire Ant and Soldier Ant) vs Up In Smoke (Cheech and Cloudy) and Hallowicked
I enjoyed this match, there was not only some great wrestling but some comedy as well. The comedy would be Hallowicked rolling all the way outside the door, then coming back in and hitting Fire Ant with a big lump of snow (trying to put the fire out) which brought the fans to their feet. That was seriously the greatest thing I've ever seen. When the match settled down we got some great high flying action with Cheech and Cloudy using some impressive double team offense, and Hallowicked looked really good here as well. The Colony were just as impressive with some nice high flying moves and a few cool double and triple team moves. Hallowicked got the pinfall for his team with a Big Boot after a variation of the Go 2 Sleep- ***
Next we get a promo with the Canadian trio of 2.0 and Max Boyer. I think the whole jist of the promo was that they plan to bring home victory in the tournament tonight, although it was a little hard to tell.
2.0 (Shane Matthews and Jagged) and Max Boyer vs Shanesaw (Shane Storm and Jigsaw and Mike Quackenbush
Good, not the spectacular match I was hoping for but still quite good. We see a similair dynamic in the Canadian trio as we saw from the PWG trio, as 2.0 act very goofy while Boyer just wants to beat somebody up. Anyway, some good technical wrestling and high flying, but it tended to be a little sloppy in places, and I don't have a lot else to say about this other than it was a very solid match, and I enjoyed the dynamic of 2.0 miscommunicating with Boyer constantly and Jigsaw and Shane Storm hitting moves on all three at the same time. Shane Storm picked up the win for his team by pinning Jagged after the Air Raid Crash- **3/4
Team TNA cut a promo, saying that they are here to win the King of Trios tournament and that they will come out victorious tonight.
Ultramantis Black is solo on commentary again.
Team TNA (Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt) vs The Blackout (Ruckus, Sabian and Joker)
A match I was highly looking forward to. I dislike the fact that some fans were booing the TNA wrestlers seemingly just because they were TNA wrestlers, and although they were the rudos the fans should have been booing them because they were good in their role. But ignoring that I thought this was a really good match, the TNA wrestlers are all great wrestlers and The Blackout were all solid enough to keep up with them to make for a good match. A mix of high flying and technical wrestling, with Shelley keeping things grounded, and the others wrestling faster paced styles. My only real issue was that Sabian took a beating from the TNA duo, then when he gets the tag he's suddenly completely fine: some selling would be nice. But anyway, when the match broke down, after some near falls and submission attempts, including a three way submission spot by Team TNA, they came out with the win when Sabin pinned Ruckus with the Cradle Shock- ***
Icarus cuts a promo, saying that Player Uno doesn't match up to him, and that he's going to destroy him tonight so that he's ready for tomorrow night to win the whole tournament.
Bryce Remsburg is back with Ultramantis Black.
Icarus vs Player Uno
A bit one sided, with Icarus dominating a large portion of this match, but this did what it intended to do, and that was to make Icarus look great going into tomorrow night's show. A bit sloppy and plodding at times, but solid enough if maybe a little bit longer than it had to be. Icarus pinned Player Uno with the Pedigree- *3/4
The Olsen Twins cut a promo which was a little hard to understand, but the jist of it was they were going to defeat Miyawaki and Yoshiaki Yago tonight. They demonstrate this by attacking some pieces of paper with Yago and Miyawaki names and pictures on them.
Icarus replaces Bryce Remsburg on commentary.
The Olsen Twins (Jimmy and Colin Olsen) vs Team Kaientai Dojo (Miyawaki and Yoshiaki Yago)
I feel sorry for the Olsen Twins here, they'll probably never suffer a worse beating in their careers than what they did in this match. A good deal of the match saw Yago and Miyawaki just beating the hell out of the two Olsen's, hitting them with hard strikes, kicks and a few headbutts. The Olsen's had their offense in this one, isolating Miyawaki with some good double team moves and cheating tactics. But when they let Miyawaki slip they paid for it, taking more nasty strikes, including some very hard Miyawaki chops (one sent one of the Olsen Twins right over the top rope), and punches by Yago to the chest of both men. Yago kills one of the two Olsen Twins with a Dragon Suplex and Crucifix Powerbomb combo, and that gets three- ***
We got replays of the big moves in the last match
Bryce is now replacing Icarus on commentary
Hallowicked and Up In Smoke (Cheech and Cloudy) vs Pantera, Sicodelico Jr and Lince Dorado
Very good match while it lasted, with the smaller and less experienced team of Up In Smoke and Hallowicked keeping up with the Mexican threesome throughout this one. The match was very much a lucha style one, with lots of highspots and big high impact moves. Most of the moves looked crisp, barring some sloppy exchanges between Lince Dorado and Cloudy (they didn't seem to click). But I thought the match was very decent for the time given. Lince Dorado pinned Cheech with some kind of Twisting Splash off of the top rope- **3/4
Ultramantis Black is solo for the main event.
Team TNA (Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt) vs Shanesaw (Jigsaw and Shane Storm) and Mike Quackenbush
An excellent main event, given lots to time to develop and was built really well to the finish. Mike Quackenbush in there with any of his three opponents was excellent stuff, as was Jigsaw in there with any of the three. Shane Storm also held his own, being walked through the match by his opponents. The multi-man moves were great, and generally the entire match was well worked. I only have two issues: if there are lucha rules, why do the TNA duo get the referee distracted by the other team so they can switch without tagging when they don't need to tag anyway, and why do the TNA duo go after the mask of Jigsaw when they would get DQ'ed and eliminated from the tournament. Anyway, ignoring those two issues, you have a fantastic main event match and one you shouldn't miss at any cost. The Chikara trio advanced here when Jigsaw pinned Sonjay Dutt with the Jig 'N Tonic- ***3/4
The two teams shook hands out of respect at the end of the match to a standing ovation from the fans.
The 411: Overall this wasn't quite as good as the previous night of action in my opinion, but still a great show with a standout main event and a fairly solid undercard. Nothing was horribly bad or skippable for the most part, barring the Create A Wrestler match, and overall you have an enjoyable wrestling event to spend a few hours watching, which is what Chikara aims to do. Solid recommendation