The Ring of Wax

Indianapolis, IN – 8.18.2012

Commentary is provided by Bryce Remsburg, Gavin Loudspeaker, Jakob Hammermeier, Ophidian, Lancelot Bravado, and UltraMantis Black.

The Batiri are backstage. Kobald says they have been unstoppable since being taken under Delirious’ wing and under the guidance of Ophidian. Ophidian steps in and says he will command the Batiri with an iron claw. He believes his mantra of “strike first, strike hard, strike fast” will lead them to become the victors of the King of Trios tournament.

Soldier Ant {C}, combatANT {G} & deviANT {G} vs. Obariyon {B}, Kodama {B} & Kobald {B}

Ophidian is in The Batiri’s corner. Soldier Ant stands on the floor instead of on the apron with his partners. Kobald throws some open hand strikes to deviANT’s chest. He gets two with a prawn hold. deviANT drives him into the second turnbuckle with a Complete Shot. He forces Soldier Ant to tag in. He back elbows Kobald in the corner, but is not happy when he says deviANT clothesline Kobald from the apron. He tags in combatANT. Kobald boots him and tags in Kodama. He comes off the second rope with a back elbow. combatANT clotheslines him for two. Obariyon clotheslines combatANT and himself to the floor. Kodama rocks Soldier Ant with forearms. Soldier Ant responds with a Samoan Drop. Soldier Ant evades a double team attack. He powerslams Obariyon and back elbows Kodama from the second rope. He gets two with a saluting headbutt. Kobald spears him. Obariyon’s flying forearm gets him two. Soldier Ant knocks down The Batiri with forearms, sending them to the floor. Soldier Ant refuses to tag out however and gets caught with Kobald’s spear. He eats the Seventh Circle from Obariyon, giving The Batiri the win at 9:45. This was very similar to last night’s Batiri vs. Ants trios match: dissension amongst their opponents led to them getting the win. Here’s hoping The Batiri can become the top of the Rudo side of things in CHIKARA sooner rather than later. **1/4

Saturyne vs. Tim Donst

This is a rematch from the Reading Baseball Charity show just six days ago. Saturyne wants a tet of strength, but Donst pulls her hair instead. Saturyne delivers a couple dropkicks and armdrags Donst to the corner. She runs the ropes to huracanrana Donst. She then puts on From Jungle. Donst escapes with a backbreaker. Speaking of backbreakers, Donst gives Saturyne one from the apron to the floor. In the ring he steps on her hair while pulling her arms upwards. He throws her by her hair too. Donst snaps her off the ropes, driving her face first into the canvas. She drops the middle rope to send Donst to the floor. She gives him a quesadora armdrag onto the floor. A springboard crossbody follows. She gets the fans to bring Donst back in the ring. She puts on the CHIKARA Special! Donst grabs her throat to escape. He powerbombs Saturyne into the corner! He drops her with the STO and mauls her with forearms before slamming her head into the mat. From Dusck til Donst gets him the pin at 5:36. This had more intensity than their original contest, and Saturyne got to showcase her offense a little more. Still too short to be nothing more than an exhibition, but really good for what it was. **1/4

Lancelot Bravado begins talking about his opponent tonight, The Mysterious and Handsome Stranger. In the background the Stranger is trying to tame Sapphire his feral pigeon. Bravado says the Stranger’s winning streak ends tonight. Stranger finally catches Sapphire in a white bag and says it’s time to go to the ring.

The Mysterious and Handsome Stranger vs. Lancelot Bravado {ROH}

They shake hands. Bravado heads towards the white bag with Sapphire in it. Stranger stops him before he can into it. Bravado back elbows Stranger after shooting him to the ropes. He puts on the Stranger’s hat. Stranger chases and trips him so he can get his hat back. He then rides Bravado like a bronco. Bravado tries to charge him in the corner, but Stranger gets his “pistol” up just in time. They go back-to-back for an old fashioned draw. Bravado tries rushing Stranger. Stranger catches him with a STO for two. Bravado kicks him shoulder first into the ring post. This gives Lancelot the opening to target the Stranger’s shoulder and arm. Bravado hip tosses him to the floor. He chokes Stranger on the middle ropes and punts him in the shoulder. He grabs Stranger’s white bag. Stranger throws punches to get him to drop it. He gives Bravado a delayed atomic drop and a lariat for two. He connects with three double axe handle. Bravado side steps the fourth and puts on a Fujiwara armbar. Stranger escapes and gives Bravado a boot. He lasso’s him in for The Stroke. He misses his top rope legdrop. Bravado gets two with a shoulder breaker. Bravado picks up the white bag. Something inside the bag (presumably Sapphire) fights back. This allows Stranger to give Bravado the spinning toe hold. Bravado submits at 11:55. This had both the comedy I love out of the Stranger and really solid psychology as well. Since I had never seen Lancelot in a singles match my hopes weren’t too high, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. **3/4

Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. 17 {G} & The Shard {G}

Jigsaw is still limping from the hurting 17 put on his leg last evening. Quackenbush runs in from behind to unload with chops on both of his opponents. They both go to the floor and Quackenbush follows with a tope con hilo. He kicks them both before busting out an Asai moonsault. Shard slips out of Jigsaw’s brainbuster attempt. He slams Shard onto his chest. He kicks Shard in the side of the head to avoid a sunset flip. 17 tags in. Jigsaw puts him in the Gory Gallows and Quackenbush stomps 17 in the hold. Quackenbush rolls him into a modified half crab. 17 stomps out of it. Quackenbush is able to reapply it. 17 gets the ropes. Quackenbush holds onto the leg as 17 crawls to the floor but soon releases. Shard kicks out Jigsaw’s bad leg. He and 17 get in some shots in their corner while also targeting Jigsaw’s leg. Quackenbush interferes twice but gets sent back to the corner. Shard misses a dropkick while Jigsaw hands in the tree of woe. He finally tags in Quackenbush. He palm strikes 17. A couple clothesline and a backdrop follow. He goes back to his leg submission which The Shard breaks. Shard misses a somersault senton off the apron, landing back first on the entrance ramp! He now has 17 alone. He gives him he Quackendriver IV. He follows that with the Quackendriver III. After that, the Quackendriver II. Referee PJ Drummond is trying to stop this excessive punishment. It’s to no use, as Quackenbush polishes him off with the Quackendriver I. Drummond calls for the bell and disqualifies Quackenbush and Jigsaw via Castigo Excesivo at 9:37. I LOVE this side of Quackenbush. It’s so rare we see the “Rudo” side of him peak out which makes it so special. What this means for the GEKIDO and his partnership with Jigsaw I’m not sure, but I am very anxious to find out. ***1/4

Quackenbush wrenches on 17’s leg like a mad man. All four officials and Jigsaw have to get him off. Jigsaw yells at him to calm down. He’s angry that they now have no points and instructs Quackenbush to get himself together.

UltraMantis Black {SE} & Frightmare {SE} vs. Arik Cannon & Darin Corbin

Cannon brings Frightmare to the mat in a wristlock. Frightmare counters his hip toss with a couple of armdrags. Cannon drops him with a twisting neckbreaker. Cannon and Corbin give him a double gutbuster and dropkick from two. Corbin gets another two count with a baseball slide. Frightmare whips him to the corner. He hits a step-up enzuigiri and tags in Mantis. The Envoy give Corbin a chop/enzuigiri combo. Mantis rakes Corbin’s back and armdrags him to the floor. Corbin comes back in. Mantis however DDT’s him for two. Frightmare goes for a headscissors. Corbin counters with a double knee chest breaker. Things go slow mo when Cannon and Corbin come in. Frightmare gives Cannon a headscissors while Mantis chops Corbin. Frightmare huracanrana’s Corbin. Cannon puts referee Jon Barber in the way of Mantis’ strikes. Mantis boots Cannon to break the slow mo. Frightmare headscissors Cannon and huracanrana’s Corbin again. The Envoy hit the Sidewinder on Corbin. Cannon breaks the cover. Cannon helps Corbin give Mantis a Shiranui. Frightmare comes off the second rope. Corbin catches him with an Ace Crusher for two. Mantis powerbombs Corbin off the second rope. Frightmare double stomps him, but immediately eats a haymaker from Cannon. Mantis rolls Cannon up for the pin at 8:22. Abrupt finish aside this was a solid tag affair. I hate to admit this, but the slow-mo is getting a little old. I think if Corbin is booked on a double shot, doing it one of the two nights (like they did for Chicago Ridge/Lafayette) is best. I know that sucks for the one live crowd who won’t get it, but I think it’s better off for the much larger home audience. That mini rant aside, everyone worked hard and put on a fun contest. ***

Eddie Kingston vs. Harlem Bravado {ROH}

Bravado crawls to the floor when Kingston takes him down. Kingston puts on a seated hammerlock, then a side headlock. Bravado goes for a hip toss. Kingston blocks it and gives him an arm-capture belly-to-belly suplex. Back to the headlock he goes. Kingston blocks a chop and lays some of his own in. He throws a headbutt too. Bravado trips Kingston and slams his leg against the ring post. Bravado wisely keeps on the leg back in the ring. Kingston throws a few strikes Bravado ducks a Backfist and kicks out Kingston’s leg so he can go back to work on it. Bravado slips out of a Saito suplex and puts on the STF. Kingston gets his foot to the ropes. Kingston begins trading forearms with Bravado. Bravado avoids the foregone conclusion of Kingston winning the exchange by going back to the leg. He avoids a corner boot and gives Kingston a side Russian leg sweep. Kingston catches Bravado on the top rope and brings him down with the Hamachan Cutter. Bravado blocks a Saito suplex, but gets dropped with a uranage suplex giving Kingston a two count. Bravado low bridges the top rope to send Kingston to the floor. He follows with a running knee strike off the apron. Bravado throws some bicycle kicks back in the ring. He gets two with a tornado DDT. Kingston grabs the ropes to break a figure four leg lock. Kingston cradles Bravado for two to stop another figure four. He finally gives him the Saito suplex. The Backfist to the Future follows, giving Kingston the pin at 16:41. I was expecting a completely one-sided affair. In a sense I did, but not from the guy I anticipated. King of like The Shard’s match with Kingston last night, he almost seemed lucky to get the pin here. Part of me wonders if there’s something to this; Kingston looking relatively weak in non-title defenses. That or he’s just a good sport willing to make others look good. I hope that The Bravados become a part of the regular CHIKARA roster. ***1/4

Icarus says they now have a servant and water boy in F.I.S.T. Dunkerton isn’t happy about it, but he pours some water into Icarus’ mouth. Icarus says tonight is all about F.I.S.T…and the water boy. Dunkerton tries to clarify but Icarus shuts him up.

Fire Ant {C}, Green Ant {C}, Scott “Jagged” Parker {3.0} & Shane Matthews {3.0} vs. Icarus {F}, Chuck Taylor {F}, Sugar Dunkerton {F} & Ophidian

Johnny Gargano was supposed to be in this match with his F.I.S.T. teammates but was unable to make the shows. Ophidian takes his place. Taylor sits in on commentary while Matthews and Icarus start off. Matthews dropkicks him to the floor. Green Ant and Taylor tag in. Taylor has hidden a small wrench in his tights but keeps moving it when Bryce goes to look for it. Green Ant grabs it and gets admonished for it. In spite of that, Green Ant gives Taylor a few punches in the corner. Even with Taylor’s reversal he hits an enzuigiri. Jagged clothesline him to the floor which brings in Dunkerton. They each throw kicks at each others’ legs. That leads to them busting out some dance moves, including the Kid N’ Play. They brush off each others’ shoulder before tagging in Ophidian and Fire Ant respectively. Ophidian Skins the Snake to headscissor Fire Ant to the corner. A chain of submissions is formed with everybody but Taylor. Taylor announces that he has a grenade which causes everyone to retreat. Matthews takes the bullet by swallowing the grenade. Unfortunately it causes him massive indigestion. He leaves ringside to take care of his stomach distress. Meanwhile. F.I.S.T and Ophidian (minus Dunkerton) put the boots to Green Ant. A Green Ant fan mask gets on Taylor, causing Dunkerton to put Taylor in a headlock for a moment. The real Green Ant rolls under Icarus’ clothesline. Fire Ant crossbody’s Icarus and gives Taylor a tornado DDT. Ophidian throws him out. Jagged knocks him down with a flying forearm. Taylor rakes his face and Ophidian strikes him in the throat. Jagged is beaten by the opposition until Matthews emerges ringside in tip top shape with toilet paper on his boot. He tags in and headscissors Icarus, Ophidian, Taylor, and…Bryce Remsburg?! Dunkerton counts his count on Bryce who kicks out at two. Taylor and Icarus give Matthews F.I.S.T. Kicks and Shooty McGee. Green Ant breaks the cover. Fire Ant and Green Ant hit tandem corner dropkicks on Taylor and Icarus. Taylor takes the Ants Marching neckbreaker but Ophidian saves him from being pinned. Ophidian enzuigiri’s Green Ant. He drives his knees into him three times. Everybody is taken out in a series of moves. Green Ant gets two on Icarus with an Angle Slam. He puts on the CHIKARA Special: Green. Ophidian puts on the Death Grip and rolls to the floor. Fire Ant suicide dives onto them. Dunkerton bounces off the ropes onto all his opponents. Taylor tope con hilo’s onto them. Green Ant splashes onto everyone. In the ring, Ophidian accidentally spits his poison mist into Dunkerton’s eyes. Matthews blocks Icarus’ Pedigree. 3.0 give him the Sweet Taste of Professionalism to pick up the win at 22:02. Hot action? Great comedy? Character growth? Sounds like the usual excellent Atomicos match CHIKARA has been putting on for years. ***3/4

Young Lions Cup X Tournament Finals
ACH vs. Mark Angelosetti {T}

Veronica Ticklefeather and Dasher Hatfield are in Angelosetti’s corner. Angelosetti not only refuses to shake ACH’s hand, but calls him a nerd as well. After they each snap off an armdrag, ACH grabs his hand and shakes it. Angelosetti slaps him in the face. ACH takes control of the arm. He clamps on a headscissors. When ACH fails at backsliding Angelosetti, he puts on a side headlock. His shoulder block backfires. ACH headscissors him to the corner. Angelosetti brings his football into play and plays hot potato with ACH and Bryce. In the end Angelosetti puts his hand up to knock ACH down. ACH tells Angelosetti to “go long.” He runs deep into the crowd and misses the catch. Both Hatfield and Veronica are disappointed. Hatfield gives him a pep talk. Angelosetti blocks ACH’s pescado. He slams his back against the ring apron. Angelosetti tackles him in the corner for two. ACH chops him in multiple corners. He flies out of the ring after giving Angelosetti a corner clothesline. Angelosetti rolls through his crossbody and picks him up for a pair of backbreakers. ACH cradles him to counter a suplex, then takes a single leg dropkick. ACH scissor kicks Angelosetti in the ropes. Angelosetti pulls him down to the floor stop his springboard attempt. He drops a knee after a bodyslam for two. A clothesline gives him the same result. ACH comes off the second rope with a huracanrana. He enzuigiri’s Angelosetti from the floor, then slingshots in with an Ace Crusher for two. He hits a split-legged moonsault to the floor. They fight into the crowd. Angelosetti throws him face first into a wall. ACH manages to crawl back to the ring just in time to beat the twenty count. ACH flips over Angelosetti to avoid a tackle, then huracanrana’s him for two. Angelosetti pops him up for a backdrop and gets two. ACH stomps Angelosetti into the mat. Angelosetti avoids a cradle DDT and suplexes ACH into the Ace Crusher. ACH kicks out which Angelosetti cannot believe. ACH gives him a Stunner. A running knee strike gets him two. After he hits a 450 splash on the second rope, Veronica jumps on the apron to distract Bryce. Hatfield brings her down and carries her away. This distraction allows Angelosetti to suplex ACH into the Ace Crusher again. ACH kicks out of that one as well. ACH slides out of a slam. He Crams for the Exam and it only gets him two on Angelosetti. Angelosetti stands firm as ACH throws strikes. Angelosetti pops him up for a spinebuster. ACH kicks out at one! Forearms and chops are thrown by both men. ACH throws in some kicks to get control. A swift kick to the head and another Cram for the Exam still only get him two. Angelosetti throws a charging ACH into the corner. ACH backflip kicks Angelosetti on the top rope. Angelosetti counters his super huracanrana attempt with a super spinebuster to pick up the pin and the Young Lions Cup at 26:14. The biggest negative of this match came with its length and overkill in the pins. The fans were already numb to the bigger moves by the time the finish came which took some of the wind out of their sails. That being said, these two worked super hard and their efforts helped re-emphasize that the Cup is something to be sought after. After it’s been absent for a year, this was needed. I knew Angelosetti had the skills to go far in CHIKARA and he proved it in this match. CHIKARA would also be foolish to not bring ACH back at some point. ***3/4

Backstage ACH is recovering. Although he went down tonight, he’s still proud and won’t let this loss get him down. He plans to come back and take what he feels is his.

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