CZW: Best of the Best 5

Philadelphia, PA – 5.14.2005

Best of the Best V – Opening Round
Mike Quackenbush vs. Arik Cannon

Some chain wrestling leads to Quack taking Cannon down in an armdrag. Cannon delivers an armdrag himself, and a second from the second rope. Quack comes in from the apron with a wristclutch springboard armdrag. Quack sends Cannon to the floor with a huracanrana. Quack follows out with a high crossbody. In the ring, Quack hits a flip senton for two. Cannon drops him with a twisting neckbreaker, then hits a Perfect neck snap. Cannon drops his neck first across his knee for two. Quack uses some Johnny Saint antics to turn Cannon’s headlock into his own modified Rings of Saturn. Cannon shimmies to the ropes to break the hold. Cannon hits the Total Anarchy for two. Cannon throws Quack off the top rope. Quack rolls through and palm strikes Cannon. Quack windmill chops Cannon in the corner. He strings a clothesline and bulldog together before hitting a sliding kick. Quack gets two with a somersault senton from the top rope. Cannon German suplexes him. Quack fires up but gets caught with an exploder suplex right away. He still kicks out at two. Quack ducks the Glimmering Warlock. Cannon delivers a fisherman’s buster for two. Cannon goes for the Glimmering Warlock. Quack instead catches him with the Quackendriver II for the pin at 10:04. While the beginning was a bit repetitious, the last couple of minutes were pretty great and made Quack look like a superhero. **3/4

Best of the Best V – Semi-Final Round
Mike Quackenbush vs. Claudio Castagnoli

A fan offers Quack a cookie before the match, so he takes a bite and throws the rest at Claudio. He then takes a swig of orange Gatorade from the timekeeper’s table. This really happened. Quack lays down in the Lady of the Lake position. It fools Claudio, allowing Quack to stomp on his chest. Claudio rolls through a hip toss. Quack comes off the ropes into a wheelbarrow armdrag. Claudio nails him with an uppercut. Quack armdrags Claudio into and out of the corner. Claudio rolls to the floor. Claudio kicks Quack to the floor and suicide dives onto him. In the ring Claudio gets two with an uppercut and elbow drop. Claudio gets another two count with a delayed vertical suplex. He puts Quack in the Last Chancery. Quack escapes. Claudio applies a bearhug, which Quack escapes by leaning back and slapping Claudio’s ears. He rolls Claudio in sunset flip position for two. Claudio gets the ropes to break a cloverleaf. He pokes Quack in the eyes. Claudio sets up a chair on Quack’s torso and throat and sits down on it. He then elbow drops off the chair for two. Quack enzuigiri’s Claudio from the mat. Claudio knocks Quack back down with an uppercut, then places the chair (folded) on Quack’s chest. He goes up top, and Quack throws the chair at Claudio to crotch him on the top rope. Quack superplexes Claudio. Quack sends Claudio to the floor with a palm strike. Quack comes off the apron, armdragging Claudio into the crowd. Quack throws Claudio into the guardrail. Claudio pops him onto the ring apron. Quack springboards into the Tail of the Dragon onto the arena floor! Quack gets back into the ring, and Claudio very slowly crawls in behind him. Quack Magistral cradle’s him for two. Claudio misses an uppercut up top. Quack flips out, but Claudio catches him in a powerbomb position. Quack flips off but eats an uppercut. Claudio hits the UBS Neckbreaker for two. Claudio follows up with a top rope elbow drop for two. Quack kicks Claudio from the ring apron and hits the Tail of the Dragon for two. He follows with a reverse DDT. Claudio blocks a second one with the Ricola Bomb for two. Quack armdrags Claudio into the Skayde schoolboy for the pin at 14:15. As a CHIKARA fan, I love that Quackenbush defeated two members of the Kings of Wrestling stable to make it to the finals. As you know by now, Quack and Claudio have great chemistry and this match demonstrated that once more. Not their best match, but still a lot of fun. ***1/4

Eddie Kingston & Ruckus vs. Nate Webb & Sexxxy Eddy

Kingston trips Eddy from behind, allowing Ruckus to put the boots to him. Kingston lays in strikes to Eddy in the corner. Eddy connects with a crossbody for two. A flying forearm gets him a one count. Webb tags in and axe handles Kingston’s arm. Webb and Eddy hit stereo dropkicks. Webb lands a cannonball senton. He goes for a second but Kingston catches him with a buckle bomb instead. Kingston and Ruckus isolate Webb and take turns beating him down. Webb is finally able to get a move in when he counters Ruckus’ springboard kick with a tornado kick to his neck. Eddy finally tags in and takes out both Ruckus and Kingston with clotheslines. Kingston and Ruckus throws Eddy thrice into their corner. Eddy recoups and knocks them down with simultaneous clotheslines. Webb botches a Cactus clothesline but Kingston rolls to the floor anyways. Ruckus fakes out a Sasuke Special and gets dropkicked to the floor by Eddy. Eddy Asai moonsaults onto everybody. Eddy hits Ruckus with a chair on the floor while Webb tries to pin Kingston. Ruckus suplexes Webb on the floor. Kingston slams Webb for two. Eddye comes in with a splash to break Kingston’s next pin attempt. Eddy blocks Ruckus’ Razzle Dazzle. He drops him with a side leg sweep. Eddy goes up top and Ruckus follows. He drops Eddy on the top turnbuckle with a quesadora. Ruckus slams Eddy on the entrance ramp, and cartwheels down the aisle into the Shiznit. Webb puts a black garbage bag over Kingston’s head. In the ring Ruckus goes up top. Webb throws Kingston into the ring post causing Ruckus to lose his footing. Eddy hits him with the Sexxxy Plex and Total Sextacy. Kingston brings his pin and suplexes Eddy onto Ruckus. Webb kicks Kingston, and because of Eddy’s positioning, he pins Ruckus at 18:31. Aside from a couple moves Ruckus did, this match was pretty nondescript. The story was pretty good as was the finish, but it took a little too long to get there. **1/4

Kingston and Ruckus begin brawling until the other BLK Out members separate them. They then turn to Kingston and attack him. Robbie Mireno rips off his BLK Out shirt while Ruckus and Sabian stand over him with their respective title belts.

Best of the Best V Finals – Elimination Match
Mike Quackenbush vs. Super Dragon vs. B-Boy vs. Kevin Steen

Quack and Dragon exchange holds on the mat. As they are locking up, B-Boy tags himself in. Quack applies an armbar and B-Boy gets to the ropes to break it. Quack kicks out B-Boy’s legs and applies pressure to his knees. B-Boy turns it into an armbreaker, and Quack quickly gets to the bottom rope. He tags in Steen who looks displeased. Steen takes him to the mat in an elbow hold. B-Boy kicks to break free and trades forearms with Steen simultaneously. Steen goes to punch Dragon but Dragon hops off the apron. Those two are currently embroiled in a feud both in CZW and PWG (the feud was amazing, by the way). Dragon and Quack get tagged back in. Dragon can’t keep a submission on Quack who finds a way to escape all his holds. Quack once again tags in Steen and B-Boy tags in as well. B-Boy spits at Dragon while applying a headlock. Dragon comes in and puts on a headlock. Quack finishes the chain with a headlock of his own. He enzuigiri’s Steen, sending everyone to the floor. Quack hits a springboard somersault senton onto B-Boy and Dragon. Steen kicks Quack in the head back in the ring for two. B-Boy puts him in the Orange County stretch. Quack transitions into a crossface. B-Boy escapes and drops an elbow. He tags in Dragon. Quack escapes a submission and hits a leaping seated Thesz Press in the corner. Dragon drops him with a reverse DDT for two. Steen tags in and gets in his shots on Quackenbush. B-Boy tags in and does more damage to Quack. Quack slams his way out of another Orange County stretch. B-Boy blocks a huracanrana with a submission. Dragon tags in and puts Quack in a Dragon Sleeper. Dragon goes for a curb stomp, but Quack turns it over into a reverse curb stomp. He tags in B-Boy who nails a few forearms on Dragon. He German suplexes Dragon. He tags in Steen who B-Boy delivers a Saito suplex to. Steen boots B-Boy twice, then gets a lariat from Dragon. Quack gives Dragon the Black Tornado Slam for two. Dragon gives Quack a butterfly superplex for two. B-Boy crotches Dragon on the top rope. He throws him into the corner with an exploder suplex. Steen drops B-Boy with a fisherman’s brainbuster. Steen drops Dragon with the Package Piledriver. He hits a second one for the pin at 19:16. B-Boy catches Steen with a tornado DDT. He hits a straight-jacket piledriver to pin Steen at 20:12. B-Boy slips out of the Quackendriver II. B-Boy and Quack knock each other down with simultaneous clotheslines. Quack powerbombs B-Boy for two. Quack counters a uranage with a crucifix pin. B-Boy picks up Quack and hits a Death Valley Driver for two. B-Boy and Quack exchange forearms on the mat. B-Boy nails him with the Shining Wizard. He hits a second one and goes to the corner. He hits corner Stuff and only gets two. Quack and B-Boy once again exchange forearms. B-Boy levels him with headbutts, causing both men to fall in pain and exhaustion. B-Boy crawls into a cover, but Quack bridges up at two. Quack drops B-Boy with the Quackendriver II for the pin at 25:52. The response Quackenbush got for winning was strong, and you could tell that reaction was coming given how happy the fans were every time he kicked out of one of B-Boy’s pin attempts. Until then the action was consistent with everyone playing their role and conveying their animosity towards one another. It was not lost on the crowd how important this win was for Quackenbush, and his victory would end up being mentioned on quite a few CHIKARA shows over time. ***1/2

B-Boy hands Quackenbush the trophy in a nice moment of sportsmanship. The other Best of the Best participants stand ringside to applaud Quack on his victory. The announcer name the wrestlers so the fans can give them the gratitude (or jeers). Super Dragon ends up winning the Fans’ Choice award.

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