NEXT: The Future Imperfect

Philadelphia, PA – 5.19.2005

Andy Sumner {CZW} vs. Arik Cannon {KOW}

Sumner trips Cannon. Cannon holds onto his arm and tries for an armbar. Sumner holds his own arm to prevent it from happening, just like Mike Quackenbush taught him last month. Sumner hits a gutwrench suplex and applies an armbar of his own. Cannon grabs a waistlock. Sumner grabs Cannon’s leg, and Cannon grabs the bottom rope. Sumner goes for a Fujiwara armbar. Cannon escapes and hits a Saito suplex. He applies a leg capture STF and Sumner taps out at 2:26. I enjoyed the story progression from Sumner and Quackenbush’s match from the first NEXT show. These short mat-based matches are really fun to watch. *1/2

Jude {CZW} vs. Sean Bishop {CZW}

I like the Broken Lizard German techno song, but why doesn’t Jude use “Hey Jude” as his theme? The joke is right there – right there! I bite my thumb at thee, Jude! Bishop uses his size to get the early advantage. Bishop lays in some knee strikes and suplexes Jude. Jude gives Bishop a lung blower for two. Jude blocks a uranage and hits a modified chinbreaker. Jude hits a springboard dropkick. Bishop bounces Jude off the ropes into a powerbomb for the pin at 5:33. I take back what I said earlier: I’m glad Jude didn’t sully the Beatles like that. Bishop is a solid big guy and I enjoyed him squashing Jude. *

Niles Young {CZW} vs. Shun The Kabuki Kid

Kanjyouru Matsuyama accompanies Kid to the ring. He helps Kid attack Young at the bell. Kid puts him in a submission that cranks his arm and neck. Kid chokes Young with his hand ala Meng. Kid throws Young down by his hair. Matsuyama chokes Young on the ropes while Kid distracts referee Bryce Remsburg. Young comes back with the Goochi Driver for two. Young hits him with a springboard dropkick for two. Young gives him an Atomic Drop for two. Kid avoids a yakuza kick and kicks Young right in the head. He tries an Oklahoma Roll for two. He hits an enzuigiri. Matsuyama comes back in and hits a double punch and double kick with Kid for two. Matsuyama accidentally spits mist in Kid’s face, allowing Young to roll him up for the pin at 4:45. They told a good story for the time given, but it was short to be anything special or memorable. Still, I like what I saw from both guys. **

Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli come out to cut a promo. The gist of the promo is that they’re better than the fans and that their match tonight will be easy since they beat their opponents in singles matches “fair and square” last month.

Chris Hero {KOW} & Claudio Castagnoli {KOW} vs. DJ Hyde {CZW} & Cory Kastle {CZW}

Hyde takes Hero to his knees with a test of strength. Kastle tags in and takes control of Hero’s arm. Claudio knocks down Kastle with a shoulder block. Kastle takes him over with a hip toss. The Kings retreat on the floor. Claudio whips Kastle to the corner. Kastle then sends Claudio out, and Claudio feigns a knee injury. Hero throws Kastle from the apron into the guardrail. He throws Kastle back in the ring for a two count. The Kings double team Kastle in their corner while Hyde looks on in anger. Kastle escapes their grasp by ducking Hero’s clothesline and tagging in Hyde. Hyde knocks both Kings down with back elbows and clotheslines. Hyde throws both of them into the corner and splashes them. Hyde drops Hero with a suplex into a uranage for two. Kastle tags back in and assists Hyde in giving Hero a Bossman slam for two. Claudio and Hyde brawl on the floor. Hero jackknife pins Kastle. He uses his feet on the ropes as leverage, which Bryce doesn’t see. Hero successfully pins Kastle at 11:08. As you already know, the Kings are such fantastic Rudos. Kastle was good when he was in the ring, but Hyde certainly doesn’t do anything for me. **1/4

In a classic Botchamania moment, Hero jumps off a chair to high five Claudio. However, the chair breaks and Hero stumbles into Claudio. Claudio gives the chair a European uppercut in response.

BLK Out manager Robbie Mireno accompanies Sabian to the ring. Both guys cut a promo I can’t understand due to the arena’s reverb. But I know Sabian tells Kingston to get out to the ring for a match.

Eddie Kingston vs. Sabian {BO}

Sabian attacks Kingston as he slides in the ring. Kingston backdrops Sabian and hits him with a hard back elbow. Mireno grabs Kingston’s leg as he hits the ropes. Sabian clips Kingston’s leg to bring him down. Sabian focuses his attack on Kingston’s leg. He hits a split-legged moonsault for two. Kingston gives Sabian a backbreaker and a few forearms. Mireno gets thrown out by the referee for getting involved. Kingston misses a splash in the corner, and Sabian hits a Superman headbutt. He follows up with double knees and a basement dropkick to the side of the head. Kingston evades a double stomp. He drops Sabian with a uranage for two. Sabian snapmares Kingston. Kingston kicks Sabian to the apron and then yakuza kicks him to the floor. Kingston throws Sabin into some chairs in the crowd. Sabian throws a chair at Kingston’s head and somersault sentons on Kingston while he’s sitting in a chair. Kingston fires up and throws Sabian into a table by the snack bar. The bell rings at 8:40 as the match reaches a double count-out. This match was pretty much to continue a feud between these two in CZW. The mutual disliking was palpable and provided for a fun match while it lasted. **1/2

Kingston and Sabian brawl outside of the building. Kingston throws Sabian into the steel grating on the side of the Arena. Kingston says what he did to Sabian tonight does not compare to what he’ll do to the rest of the BLK Out.

Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, Shane Storm {MW}, Jolly Roger {KPG}, & Lance Steel {KPG} vs. Larry Sweeney {SNS}, Skayde, Nebula, Dr. Cheung, & Equinox

Cheung and Storm exchange holds to kick things off. Equinox and Steel tag in and also exchange holds. Equinox tries an overhand chop but the Steel’s chest plate makes it ineffective. Equinox grabs the ropes to escape a Boston Crab. Nebula and Jigsaw flip in. Nebula takes him down with a top wristlock. Jigsaw rolls him up for two. They trade front chancery’s. Nebula rolls into a surfboard stretch, which Jigsaw reverses. He tries another pin for two. Roger and Sweeney tag in. Sweeney wants a test of strength and loses. Sweeney asks for a second, but backs Roger to the corner and smacks him in the face. Roger takes Sweeney down with a few deep armdrags, causing Sweeney to retreat to the floor. Quackenbush and Skayde tag in. As you’d expect, they put on a nice exchange of back and forth moves. Quackenbush applies a Figure Seven and Skayde grabs the ropes to break. Storm and Cheung tag back in. Storm splashes him in the corner and Oklahoma Rolls him for two. Equinox and Steel tag back in. Like before, Steel’s chest plate protects him from chops. Steel and Equinox exchange springboard armdrags. Steel rolls through a sunset flip. Steel captures Equinox in a wheelbarrow and sends him down. Steel walks on Equinox’s back like a draw bridge. Nebula and Jigsaw tag in. They go tit for tat with all their moves, reaching a stalemate. Roger and Sweeney come in fast and furious. Roger locks Sweeney’s legs and looks through his telescope. Sweeney escapes. Skayde and Quackenbush tag back in. They put on a nice Lucha sequence before Sweneey and Roger tag back in. Sweeney hot shots Roger on the top rope. The Rudos finally gain a clear cut advantage, trapping Roger in their corner. Roger is able to catch Sweeney with a clothesline to the stomach as he comes off the top rope. Quackenbush tags in legally, but things break down with all ten men brawling. Quackenbush and Skayde end up the only two men in the ring. Quackenbush hits a backbreaker and swings it back into a gut buster for two. Skayde side steps a dropkick as things calm down. Skayde hits Quackenbush, and Quackenbush responds by hitting a partner of his with each strike. Quackenbush comes in from the apron with an armdrag. Sweeney runs in, and Steel comes in with a crossbody to him and Skayde. We get a nice M-Pro comedy spot before the Tecnicos send the Rudos to the floor. Quackenbush, Steel, and Jigsaw dive onto Nebula, Sweeney, and Skayde. Cheung and Equinox try to take down Roger and Storm, but they outsmart them. They send Cheung and Equinox to the floor and Roger dives onto both of them. Storm dives onto Cheung. Quackenbush sets up Skayde for the Black Tornado Slam. We get a sequence where the participants keep breaking submissions and putting on one of their own. It ends with Steel putting the Boston Crab on Equinox, which gets broken by Nebula. Nebula moonsaults onto a group of guys on the floor. Storm blocks Sweeney’s ’68 Comeback Special. He drops Sweeney with the Air Raid Crash for the pin at 25:56. This was like most of the CHIKARA multi-man matches, but with Quackenbush, some new guys, and the Mexican talent involved, it felt special and unique. Of course these guys know each other very well so it was a seamless, fun exchange of Lucha moves, submissions, and high spots. Having a match like that to main event these shows is certainly not a bad thing. ***1/4

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