King of Trios 2012 Night II

Easton, PA – 9.15.2012

Commentary is provided by Denver Colorado, Brendan O’Donnell, Dasher Hatfield, Leonard F. Chikarason, Scott “Jagged” Parker, Gavin Loudspeaker, and Chuck Taylor.

Sugar Dunkerton starts off a promo with F.I.S.T talking about his big match with Tatanka tonight. The rest of F.I.S.T shuts him up. Icarus says Dunkerton needs to do what he says whenever he says to do it. However, he says if Dunkerton does what they say to do, they will reciprocate, insinuating that if he helps them cheat against Team JWP, they will help him defeat Tatanka. Dunkerton is not down with this idea. Icarus says tonight F.I.S.T will run wild.

King of Trios 2012 Quarter-Final Round Match
Commando Bolshoi {JWP}, Tsubasa Kuragaki {JWP} & Kaori Yoneyama {JWP} vs. Icarus {F}, Chuck Taylor {F} & Johnny Gargano {F}

Sugar Dunkerton is in F.I.S.T.’s corner. Yoneyama goes for an early crossbody. Icarus catches her with a slam. Her second attempt succeeds. Like last night, Icarus reveals a Best in the World shirt under his jacket. Yoneyama escapes his kiss attempt and gives him a boot. Bolshoi and Gargano tag in. He takes her to the corner by her mask. Bolshoi shrugs off his shoulder block attempts and armdrags him into retreat. Kuragaki and Taylor tag in. Kuragaki overpowers Taylor with ease. Even after Taylor boots her Kuragaki suplexes him with no issue. All three members of F.I.S.T. attack her in the corner. Kuragaki then mows through all of them with clotheslines. From the top rope, Kuragaki drops Yoneyama and Bolshoi onto Icarus. She then gets two with a splash. Yoneyama lays in forearms to Gargano. Taylor grabs her feet allowing Yoneyama to MURDER her with a superkick so loud it puts an ish-eating grin on Gargano’s face. That kick allows F.I.S.T. to isolate Yoneyama in their corner for a few minutes. Yoneyama escapes by hopping over Icarus and giving him a German suplex. She tags in Bolshoi who headscissors Taylor to the floor with Gargano. She Asai moonsaults after them. Icarus goes for the Wings of Icarus on Kuragaki. She blocks it. Gargano comes in. Kuragaki knocks him and Icarus down with a double clothesline. She then back suplexes them simultaneously! Taylor breaks her pin. Yoneyama missile dropkicks him and delivers a Shiranui for two. Bolshoi puts Taylor in From Jungle. Gargano enzuigiri’s her. Taylor muscles her up so he can toss her into an Ace Crusher from Gargano. Icarus gives her a Pedigree for two. Kuragaki puts him in the Torture Rack which she won with last night. Gargano superkicks her. Yoneyama superkicks him. Taylor tries to grab the fanny pack from Dunkerton but Dunkerton pulls back. Taylor lets go and Dunkerton accidentally nails Yoneyama with it! Taylor puts the Cross Crab on her. Yoneyama’s arm drops three times, giving F.I.S.T. the win at 12:59. Two nights in a row Dunkerton assisted F.I.S.T. inadvertently. Kuragaki may be the MVP of this tournament and she was only in two rounds. Yoneyama and Bolshoi were an awesome compliment to her power game, but she was the one who really got the crowd into them. I kind of hope this version of F.I.S.T. never deviates because they’re the right mixture of Rudo and goofiness the way they are currently. ***1/2

“Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti is backstage with Veronica Ticklefeather. He talks about how he has been a roll lately, including winning the Young Lions Cup. That being said, a lot of people apparently want to see him fail. He not only plans on succeeding, but going “all the way.”

The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Mark Angelosetti {T}

Veronica Ticklefeather is in Angelosetti’s corner. Kid uses the referee to reverse a wristlock and armdrag Angelosetti to the ropes. Kid wrenches on a side headlock, then shoulder blocks Angelosetti to the mat. Angelosetti goes for a hip toss only for it to be reversed. Kid accidentally crotches himself in the corner. Angelosetti charges at the small of his back and gets two with a seated shoulder tackle. Kid spinwheel kicks him and throws him out to the floor. He pescado’s after him. Kid gives him a few punches in the corner. Veronica distractes Dasher at the announcer’s table so Angelosetti can deliver a low blow sight unseen. Angelosetti then gives Kid a spinebuster for the pin at 4:13. Well that finish came out of nowhere. This was all 1-2-3 Kid until the low blow and finish. I think the idea of Angelosetti getting a big win was the right idea but it was admittedly a little deflating to see Kid used in this manner. Kid feels foolish for falling for that trick and promises he will give the fans their money’s worth tomorrow night. *

King of Trios 2012 Quarter-Final Round Match
UltraMantis Black {SE}, Hallowicked {SE} & Frightmare {SE} vs. Obariyon {B}, Kodama {B} & Kobald {B}

Ophidian is in The Batiri’s corner. The action starts earlier as the Batiri jump the Envoy on the entrance ramp. Once they’re in the ring, the Envoy takes control. Kobald eats a pair of basement dropkicks. Frightmare huracanrana’s Kodama and delivers a yakuza kick. Kodama dropkicks him off the apron. Mantis Mongolian chops Kobald in the corner. Mantis sends him to the floor and comes after him with a somersault senton off the apron. Hallowicked and Obariyon trade forearms. Hallowicked nails a step-up enzuigiri and super snapmares him. Ophidian trips Hallowicked so that Obariyon can give him a neckbreaker. The Batiri maul Hallowicked in their half of the ring. Mantis and Frightmare jump in, but get thrown out quite quickly by the Batiri. Ophidian puts on a front facelock behind referee Dan Yost’s back. Obariyon hits a sweet running clothesline from the ramp and back into the ring for two. Hallowicked manages to side step a spear from Kobald and tag in Mantis. He monkey flips Kodama onto Obariyon. He suplexes Kodama and Kobald breaks the cover. Kobald puts Frightmare in an abdominal stretch. Frightmare gives Kobald the Friggin’ Sweet Driver. Kodama responds with a spinning suplex. Kodama crotches himself in the corner. Hallowicked gives him a step-up enzuigiri. Obariyon blocks an oncoming boot and drops Hallowicked with the Seventh Circle. Frightmare blocks the Rapture and suplexes Obariyon onto Mantis’ knee. Kobald breaks the pin. Kodama sends Hallowicked onto the entrance ramp. Kodama gives Frightmare the Flying Blockbuster onto Obariyon’s knees. Hallowicked and Mantis save him. Mantis and Hallowicked give Obariyon the Catacombs of Abbadon (their Safari Stretch/double stomp combo) for the pin at 11:41. This was a brawl of desperation from the side of The Batiri. Their one objective was to keep the Envoy out of the tournament, they had the chance to do it themselves and they blew it. I for one thought this match-up was going to be the tournament Finals, but having it here was likely for the best. I feel we will some resolution of this feud around the Cibernetico, but for another chapter in the war between these two teams it was one worth watching. ***1/4

Perhaps to save grace, or to try and carry out their objective, Ophidian spits red mist in Mantis’ eyes after the match. They put the boots to Hallowicked and Frightmare, specifically doing significant damage to Frightmare’s leg. Kobald tells the camera that even if they can’t be King of Trios they will not let the Envoy be the King of Trios either.

Fire Ant {C} & Green Ant {C} vs. Ebessan {O} & Takoyakida {O}

The Osaka Pro team has a can of bug spray with them. Green Ant puts on a wristlock for a solid amount of time. Ebessan’s “reversals” end up keeping him in the hold, or put himself in a hammerlock. Overhand chops are thrown by both guys. They both collapse after hitting the ropes. Takoyakida and Fire Ant tag in. Takoyakida baits him in to a stomach kick. They both drop down and leapfrog at the same time which annoys Takoyakida. Fire Ant grabs the ropes to avoid a dropkick, then sends Takoyakida out with one of his own. The Osaka team insists the Colony come to the floor, but they want the Osaka team back in the ring. The Colony end up obliging. Green Ant gets thrown into a ring post. Ebessan prevents from being thrown in the crowd. Takoyakida forearms Fire Ant in the back and brings him back into the ring. Fire Ant escapes from the Osaka Pro corner when he crossbody’s onto Takoyakida and tags in Green Ant. Green Ant gets two with a standing splash thanks to Ebessan breaking the cover. Green Ant comes off the middle rope with a crossbody headbutt. Fire Ant suplexes Takoyakida into a Manhattan Drop from Green Ant. Fire Ant dropkicks him. Green Ant locks his legs. Ebessan chops Green Ant. When he falls it adds pressure to Takoyakida’s tied up legs. Ebessan does it again for the same result. The Osaka team ends up on the floor. Green Ant suicide dives after them, then Fire Ant springboard somersault sentons onto them afterwards. In the ring the Colony double dropkick Ebessan. Green Ant gives Takoyakida an Angle Slam. He puts on a reverse cloverleaf. Ebessan breaks the hold after some initial flubs. Takoyakida whips the referee to Green Ant. Green Ant do-si-do’s with him and referee Keigo Yoshino headscissors Takoyakida! Green Ant splashes onto him. He bails on the pin when Ebessan threatens him with the bug spray. He sprays Fire Ant with it! A running Complete Shot gets him the pin on Fire Ant at 13:23. There was some good comedy, but this doesn’t even compare to the F.I.S.T/Osaka Pro match from the night before. This dragged more and was roughly 8 minutes shorter. The bug spray was a fun spot but even deflated the usually easy to please crowd. Good, but not great. **1/2

King of Trios 2012 Quarter-Final Round Match
Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw & Manami Toyota vs. Meiko Satomura {SG}, Sendai Sachiko {SG} & DASH Chisako {SG}

As best I can tell, Quackenbush ensures to Jigsaw on their way out to stay focused. Easy to say when no GEKIDO members are on the opposite side of the ring. Satomura puts Quackenbush in a side headlock. Quackenbush takes her to mat and stretches her out. Satomura gets the ropes. Satomura uppercuts him, but he is able to move to avoid a kick to the face. Quackenbush digs his knuckles into her knees after locking her legs around his own. He turns that into a Boston Crab. She powers out and trips him into a front facelock. Quackenbush gets to the ropes. He tags in Jigsaw after being kicked in the knee. Sachiko also tags in. Jigsaw gives her a sole butt. Sachiko huracanrana’s him to the corner. Chisako comes in. Jigsaw slides out and Toyota comes off the top with dropkicks to the both. The SENDAI Girls retreat to the floor, but Toyota just crossbody’s after them. Quackenbush moonsaults after them. Chisako eats a double palm strike by Quackenbush and Toyota. Jigsaw gives her a Michinoku Driver. Toyota hits a moonsault. Unlike last night, she only gets a two count. Toyota sets her up for the Ocean Cyclone suplex. Chisako slips out and huracanrana’s Toyota for two. Toyota gives her a cross-armed German suplex for two. Quackenbush puts Chisako in the Cerebral Lock. He then twists her arm while placing his foot on the back of her knee. He stretches her out across his back. She spins out and gives him a wheelbarrow stunner. Chisako gives him a DDT. She gets two with a running somersault senton. Quackenbush knees her in the stomach. He misses a plam strike and Chisako dropkicks him to the floor. Toyota dropkicks her in the neck. Sachiko unloads with forearms to no avail. Toyota boots her in the face! She traps Chisako in the ropes and dropkicks her to the stage. Toyota only gets two out of a missile dropkick. Chisako drops Jigsaw with a tornado DDT. Quackenbush gives Chisako the Black Tornado Slam for two. She throws Quackenbush off the top rope. He rolls through, then accidentally palm strikes Jigsaw! Sachiko and Chisako throw some offense his way. They neutralize Jigsaw and Toyota so Satomura can drop Quackenbush with a Death Valley Driver and pick up the win at 12:43. This was a perfect combination of great wrestling and storytelling. Quackenbush had missed his palm strike a number of times, and when he finally hit it, it was on his own partner which indirectly lead to his team being eliminated. The SENDAI Girls rocked it and I am thrilled to see them move on to the semi-finals. Jigsaw leaves before Quackenbush and Toyota do. ***1/2

Sugar Dunkerton {F} vs. Tatanka

Tatanks works over Dunkerton’s arm. Icarus and Johnny Gargano come out to “support” Dunkerton (Chuck Taylor is on commentary). Nobody is happy to see them. Tatatanks back elbows Dunkerton to the corner. He shoulder block him mid-ring. Dunkerton fails to armdrag him and gets chopped for his troubles. Dunkerton headbutts him in the stomach so he can deliver a knee lift. After his own chops, Dunkerton gets two with a bulldog. He drops a few knees before putting on a side headlock. Tatanka suplexes out of it. He whips Dunkerton forcefully into the corners. He gets two with an elbow drop. Dunkerton log rolls his legs out. He nails the Kiss my Converse dropkick for two. Tatanka fires up as Dunkerton throws forearms to his back. He lays in some chops and gives Dunkerton a backdrop. Off the top rope he comes with a chop to Dunkerton’s head. Icarus and Gargano try to interject and get chopped for it. Taylor comes up and grabs Tatanka’s arms so Dunkerton can hit him. Dunkerton lets Tatanka go and shoves Taylor off the mat. Tatanka drops Dunkerton with the Renegade Drop for the pin at 15:06. The best part of this match was Taylor on commentary. Tatanka fits in with CHIKARA well enough, but this did not have to be 15 minutes. The action became redundant by the end, though I’m thrilled for Dunkerton getting this opportunity. Much like the Osaka tag this was good but not what it could have been. **1/2

Team ROH is backstage. Matt Jackson talks how good ECW was in the 90s, but this is 2012 where it’s all about Ring of Honor. They walked through three old guys last night and plan to do it again tonight. Mike Bennett says they should isolate Geriatric Lynn (funny how he was ROH World champion not too long ago). Matt sends us off by saying he’ll see us “nerds” out there.

King of Trios 2012 Quarter-Final Round Match
Tommy Dreamer, Jerry Lynn & 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Nick Jackson {YB}, Matt Jackson {YB} & Mike Bennett

Maria Kanellis is in Team ROH’s corner. Lynn actually is able to take down Nick in the opening exchange. He gets two with a facebuster. Scorpio and Matt tag in. Scorpio catches him with a dropkick and superkicks him to the floor. Matt ducks some other kicks and headscissors Scorpio to the ropes. Scorpio throws him to the corner. Matt boots him instead of accepting his handshake. When he sees how angry Scorpio is, he tags in Bennett. Dreamer comes in. He matches Bennett’s posing and hip swivel. Bennett elbows him in the face. Dreamer escapes a wristlock and armdrags Bennett. Bennett throws him down by his hair. Dreamer gets two with a neckbreaker. Dreamer sends Nick out with a fallaway slam. He blocks Matt’s superkick and gives him an atomic drop. The Bucks double backdrop Dreamer and pose. Lynn throws Matt into Nick. Lynn super huracanrana’s Matt off the top rope and gets two with a facebuster. Lynn gets backed to the ROH corner where the numbers game gets the best of him. Lynn escapes quickly with a reverse DDT on Bennett. Scorpio slingshots in with a splash. Bennett sends Scorpio out with a fallaway slam, mocking Dreamer’s previous attack. Scorpio spends a lot of time getting beaten down by Team ROH. He manages to land a front flip kick to Bennett after awhile so he can tag in Dreamer. He knocks the Bucks off the apron and sends Bennett into the second turnbuckle with a Complete Shot. He gets two with a Rydeen Bomb on Bennett. Dreamer DDT’s Bennett and gives Nick a stunner at the same time. Dreamer hits a frog splash on Bennett. The Bucks break the pin. Maria gets on the apron to distract Dreamer. Bennett shoves him off the ropes. A Tower of Doom forms in the corner with Lynn powerbombing the ROH team and Scorpio, with Dreamer getting wiped out in the process. Lynn pescado’s onto Bennett. Scorpio dives out as well. The Bucks moonsault off the apron onto them. Dreamer dives off the top rope onto everybody! Lynn and Scorpio take Bennett back in the ring. A modified Sidewinder gets a two count. Matt breaks the count. He powerbombs Scorpio into the corner where Nick enzuigiri’s him. Lynn breaks that pin. The Bucks give Lynn double superkicks to stop him from piledriving Bennett. Dreamer uses his same remote control from last night to pause the Bucks mid-ring. When unpaused, they still manage to hit him with double superkicks. More Bang For Your Buck puts Dreamer away at 21:27. This ROH team is absolute gold. The Bucks and Bennett work so well together and their arrogant demeanor was fully on display against the Extreme Trio. It was awesome to see the ROH team mock the other team for not being able to go and then be proven wrong time and time again until the finish. While it took a little bit of time to get going, it ended very strong and ended up being really fun. ***1/2

Eddie Kingston says that sometimes he looks in the mirror and wonders what went wrong in his life. Next to that mirror though is his Grand Championship, which tells him that all his bad times are through and that he doesn’t need to be an animal anymore. Then, Tadasuke, a guy he teamed with on his tour in Osaka Pro last year, comes along. Kingston knows what Tadasuke can do and he plans to unleash the animal again tonight to ensure he keeps his title.

CHIKARA Grand Championship
Eddie Kingston (Champion) vs. Tadasuke {O}

Tadasuke overpowers Kingston a double knuckle lock. Kingston holds onto Tadasuke’s arms behind his back. Tadasuke turns that around an Kingston gets the ropes. Kingston snapmares him into a chinlock. Tadasuke shoves Kingston away to break a headlock. It takes a couple tries, but Kingston knocks Tadasuke down with a shoulder block and reapplies the headlock whilst trapping Tadasuke’s arm in his legs. Tadasuke backs him to the corner and throws a chop. Kingston chops him back and gives him a swinging neckbreaker for one. Tadasuke rolls to the floor and Kingston follow with a suicide dive. Tadasuke comes back in and gets sent to the apron. When Kingston tries to come out with him, Tadasuke nails him with a running knee to the head. He chops feverishly at Kingston’s neck. Tadasuke throws more knees while cranking on the neck. He chokes Kingston on the middle rope. Tadasuke’s face lights up when Kingston starts throwing strikes from the apron. They get in a slap fight which Tadasuke gets the better of. He gets two with a legdrop. He tries for a piledriver but Kingston counters with an enzuigiri. Chops and forearms are thrown by both competitors. A series of a chops and a rolling forearm take Tadasuke off his feet for a two count. He also gets two with a belly-to-belly suplex. Tadasuke back elbows him in the corner and nails a yakuza kick. He schoolboys Kingston for two. Immediately he decks Kingston with a haymaker for two again. Kingston ducks a clothesline and suplexes Tadasuke onto his head. Tadasuke kicks out. Tadasuke blocks the Backfist. He hits the Clothesline from Sennichimae for two. Another haymaker knocks Kingston down. He goes for the Outkast. Kingston slides off his shoulders and Backfists him in the back of the head for two. Tadasuke fights off a Saito suplexes and punches Kingston. Kingston gets up and takes the Obie Trice. Kingston kicks out! Tadasuke goes for Outkast again. Kingston instead gives him the Backfist to the Future and the American D. A Saito suplex follows, giving Kingston the pin at 20:20. Really good wrestling, very good work by Tadasuke on Kingston’s neck and many dramatic nearfalls make this a thumbs up match. I wanted these guys to beat each other silly and they did just that. Although no one ever really expected Tadasuke to win, he at least stood out as being on the same level as Kingston which is a testament to the work both guys put in. ***3/4

Seconds after the bell rings Tim Donst makes his way out. He says that ever since he lost to Hallowicked at “Chikarasaurus Rex” he has been miserable. He didn’t think it would be possible for him to be happy again until he saw Kingston beaten down just like Donst was in Wallingford, CT back in 2007 where Kingston infamously brutalized Donst just a few months into his career. He states that Kingston is everything that is wrong with professional wrestling. He proclaims karma does not exist in professional wrestling and that the shady characters are the ones who rise to the top. Kingston charges at Donst but gets dropped with a STO. Donst calls him a beast. He says if karma existed, he would still have his hair and Kingston would not have the title. As he walks to the back, he tells Kingston that he is coming after him. Kingston is fired up when he comes to. He tells Gavin to shut up when he tries to make the official winner announcement. Kingston however keeps him composure and shakes Gavin’s hands. A very interesting personality change for the usually bombastic King of Diamonds.

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One Response to King of Trios 2012 Night II

  1. I disagree with you in re the Mr. Touchdown-X-Pac match. The more Waltman gets buried, the better. Same rule applies to his four scumbag friends.

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