Reading, PA – 9.24.2004

This CHIKARA’s first ever show in the Riverside Beneficiary in Reading, PA, which would be the home of CHIKARA events until 2009. It’s also the first in a series of shows in which CHIKARA named their shows after Talking Heads albums. All non-tournament, non-Aniversario shows in Reading from here till November 2006 are named after Talking Heads albums (in chronological order).

Darkness Crabtree vs. Jolly Roger

A test of strength leads to Crabtree kicking Roger in the gut. Roger gives Crabtree a toreador, then uses the ropes to land an armdrag. A dropkick gets him two. Crabtree misses a very slow clothesline in the corner. Roger gives him multiple punches in the corner. Crabtree shoves Roger back and boots him down. Crabtree stomps on his face and kicks him in the back. Crabtree snapmares him over and stomps on his chest for two. Crabtree applies a chinlock. Roger comes back with a hurricarana into a pin for two. Roger looks for Walk the Plank, but Crabtree pushes him into the corner and schoolboys him for two. Roger counters a clothesline and nails the Walk the Plank for the pin at 3:46. A decent, fun opener that nobody gave a crap about. Not too much else to say. ½*

Sabian vs. Crossbones {SNS}

Sabian faced Mano Metalico last month and lost, so now he tries against his tag team partner. Sabian comes off Crossbones’ shoulders with an armdrag. Sabian dives on Crossbones and Mano Metalico (who accompanied Crossbones) with a somersault senton. Sabian kicks Metalico before going back in the ring with Crossbones. Sabian lays in some kicks before Crossbones drops him with a backbreaker for two. Sabian comes back with a hurricanrana. He dropkicks Crossbones’ legs out and rolls him into an Octopus stretch. Crossbones blocks another hurricanrana and applies a headlock STF. Sabian blasts Crossbones in the corner with double knees, then basement dropkicks him in the skull. Metalico pulls Sabian off Crossbones to break the pin. Sabian tries a crucifix pin for two. Crossbones catches Sabian with a urinage backbreaker. Sabian lays in a flurry of kicks. Sabian wheelbarrows into a bulldog. Metalico distracts the referee and is able to blast Sabian with a hard punch from his “metallic hand”. Crossbones drops Sabian with a Beach Break for the pin at 8:14. This wasn’t as good as Sabian and Metalico’s encounter, but the insanely small crowd has omething to do with that. Still, they worked an alright match. *1/2

DJ Skittlez vs. UltraMantis Black {DB}

Mantis attacks Skittlez on the floor before the bell rings. After throwing Skittlez into the ring post, Mantis applies a headlock in the ring. Skittlez escapes an sunset flips Mantis for two. Mantis boots him down for two. Mantis stetches Skittlez in a leg capture Gory Gallows variation. Skittlez escapes and hits a Thesz Press. Skittlez splashes Mantis in the corner. Skittlez crossbodies into a clothesline for two. Mantis looks for the Praying Mantis Bomb. Skittlez flips him over into a prawn hold for the pin at 4:31. This was a pretty pointless battle, though Mantis was pretty funny yelling at the fans and stuff. *

IWA Mid-South Tag Team Championship
Eddie Kingston {WC} & BlackJack Marciano {WC} (Champions) vs. Mister ZERO {MW} & Shane Storm {MW}

The Wildcards won these belts at the 2004 Ted Petty Invitational Tournament the weekend before this show. ZERO is unable to knock Kingston down with shoulder blocks. He tripes Kingston and applies an armbar. Storm stops Marciano from interfering with a STOP sign, but he drops it for a second and Marciano breaks. ZERO takes Kingston off his feet and tags in Storm. Storm leapfrogs over ZERO into a somersault senton. Storm cranks on Kingston’s arm. Kingston pokes Storm in the eyes and tags in Marciano. Storm takes Marciano over early, but Marciano gets in some chops in the corner. Storm drops Marciano with a shoulder breaker for two. Storm sends Marciano to the floor with an armdrag. Storm follows with a suicide dive. ZERO throws Marciano back in. Kingston blind tags in and cracks Storm with a Yakuza kick. The Wildcards take turns beating down on Storm. Storm finally comes back with a spinwheel kick on Kingston and tags in ZERO. ZERO makes a small comeback before the Wildcards double team him. Storm breaks a pin, then he and ZERO double team Kingston. Storm hits That Japanese Move. They wait for him to get him up. ZERO hits the ropes, but Marciano trips him and brings him to the floor. Marciano punches Storm in the face with a foreign object. Kingston pins Storm while holding his shorts for the pin at 11:57. ZERO looked great the short amount of time he was in there, but sadly Storm dominated most of this. The Wildcards did some good stuff to, but it never really seemed to come together for these guys. **

Matt Bomboy vs. Din Mak

These guys wrestled for IWA: Reading. In order to use this building, CHIKARA had to use these guys on their Reading shows for a period of time. These goes go back and forth to start. Mak rolls through an ankle lock and kicks Bomboy in the face. Mak drapes Bomboy on the side of the ring and gives him a legdrop from the top rope. Mak chops Bomboy on the floor till Bomboy pushes Mak into the ring post. Bomboy brings him in with a suplex from the apron and applies a leg capture chin lock. Mak fights back and kicks Bomboy hard in the shoulder blades. Bomboy reverses an Irish whip into a belly-to-belly suplex. Bomboy hits a clothesline then suplexes Mak for two. Mak sunset flips Bomboy, and he comes right back with a seated elbow. Mak gives Bomboy a side Russian leg sweep. They trade forearms till Mak shotguns a dropkick to Bomboy’s head. Mak turns Bomboy inside out with a clothesline. Bomboy gives Mak a spinebuster for two. Mak blasts Bomboy with a superkick for two. Bomboy reverses a Dragon suplex and drops him with a spinning headlock elbow drop for the pin at 6:09 (he also grabbed the ropes). These guys actually worked pretty well together, but hey, I’m sure they’ve wrestled each other a bunch of times before. Does this mean I have a desire to see these guys a lot in the future? No, but it looks like I will be. Damn it. *1/2

Gran Akuma {F} vs. ShareCropper {SNS}

ShareCropper wins an exchange with a shoulder block, but Akuma takes him down with an armdrag. Akuma hits a second and follows with a senton for two. Akuma lights up ShareCropper with kicks. ShareCropper wheelbarrows Akuma into a facebuster for two. ShareCropper gives Akuma a suplex for two. ShareCropper hits a back elbow and a legdrop for two. Akuma comes back a few strikes and a dropkick. Akuma again lays in the kicks. He takes ShareCropper down with a couple clotheslines and a back elbow. Akuma powerbombs him for two. Sharecropper spins Akuma out into a uranage for two. Akuma looks to suplex Sharecropper off the top, but ShareCropper throws Akuma stomach first off. Akuma catches ShareCropper with a spinebuster and hits a top rope legdrop for the pin at 6:54. This was a very basic match with a simplistic finish, and the fans seemed to enjoy it more than other stuff. I think both these guys could have maybe done some more with a longer match but I won’t complain. *3/4

Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, & Icarus {F} vs. Larry Sweeney {SNS}, Hallowicked {DB}, & Claudio Castagnoli

This was Claudio’s first match back since the 2003 Tag World Grand Prix and was also his first match as a full-time CHIKARA roster member. History! Jigsaw takes control over Hallowicked in the opening sequence. They both do a little dancing after they reach a hip toss stalemate. Hallowicked then tries a sneak attack but Jigsaw grabs his arm. Quackenbush tags in and double stomps Hallowicked’s arm. Hallowicked tags in Claudio. Claudio and Quackenbush trade holds, showing off their technical prowess. Quackenbush sends Claudio to the floor with an armdrag. Sweeney and Icarus tag in. Sweeney shows off with a couple shoulderblocks, then Icarus grazes him with an elbow strike. Quackenbush and Jigsaw both attack Sweeney (legally). Hallowicked and Claudio try to make the save, but are foiled. Quackenbush splashes onto all three of them, then Icarus does the same. Icarus takes down Claudio with a headscissors, armdrag, and dropkick to send him to the floor. Jigsaw takes out Sweeney with some armdrags and a dropkick. Jigsaw hits a leg lariat for two. Quackenbush tags in and gives Sweeney a mule kick. Hallowicked tags in and undergoes a Lucha sequence with Quackenbush. Quackenbush clotheslines Hallowicked to the floor. Claudio runs in to block Quackenbush’s attack, but gets sent to the floor in his place. Quackenbush fakes a dive, but Hallowicked boots him. Quackenbush sends Hallowicked to the floor as Icarus dives on Claudio. Jigsaw dives on Hallowicked, and Quackenbush slingshots Sweeney into the ring. Quackenbush gives him a Manhattan Drop and Sweeney calls for a time out. Icarus instead tags in, and Sweeney hot shots him on the top rope. Sweeney’s crew isolate Icarus from his partners and beat on him in their corner. Claudio throws Icarus to the floor, which tags in Jigsaw. He unfortunately is cut off immediately and also bullied by the Rudos. Hallowicked throws Jigsaw to the floor and Quackenbush comes in a house of fire. But just like the last time, the Rudos get the better of him. Hallowicked misses a splash. Quackenbush makes Sweeney elbow Hallowicked and trips Sweeney face first into Claudio’s crotch. All three Rudos are sent to the floor and then squished by stereo tope con hilos. Quackenbush throws Claudio back in the ring and gives him windmill chops in the corner. Quackenbush lands a forearm and drops Claudio with the Black Tornado Slam for two. Quackenbush looks for a second, but Claudio escapes and looks for the Ricola Bomb. He instead drops Quackenbush face first on his knee and blasts him with an uppercut to the back of the neck. Jigsaw breaks the pin. Hallowicked gives Jigsaw a step-up Frankensteiner. Hallowicked blocks an O’Conner Roll and Jigsaw drops him with an arm-capture DDT. Sweeney breaks the pin, and Icarus hits a split-legged moonsault for two. Sweeney lands the ’68 Comeback Special and Quackenbush breaks the pin. Quackenbush and Icarus lock Hallowicked and Claudio in abdominal stretches while Jigsaw gives Sweeney the Jig N’ Tonic for the pin at 18:32. That was a very fun trios match and a great debut for Claudio. He’s come a long way since this match, but he was still really good even at this point in his career. I think this was a bit premature to give Jigsaw his win over Sweeney in a non-singles match, but whatever. ***


2 Responses to 77

  1. Paul says:

    I’m gonna sound like a nitpicker, but Claudio’s CHIKARA debut was with Swiss Money Holding at TWGP03.

  2. kford13 says:

    Oh my God you are so right! I feel foolish, but I meant this was his full-time debut, or something of that nature. Thanks for noticing.

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