Planet of the Grapes

planetofthegrapes

Pittston, PA – 6.19.2005

Commentary is provided by Eddie Kingston, Jigsaw, Mike Quackenbush, and Larry Sweeney.

Young Lions Cup Qualifying Match
Lance Steel {KPG} vs. Evan Starsmore {ROH}

Jolly Roger accompanies Steel to the ring. Starsmore and Steel trade wristlocks. Steel breaks a hammerlock and sunset flips Starsmore for two. Steel goes for the Boston Crab and Starsmore grabs the bottom rope to escape. Steel goes for the Boston Crab again and Starsmore wraps himself in the ropes. Steel puts Starsmore in a full nelson and lowers him down. Steel walks across his back like a drawbridge. Steel trips Starsmore down. Bryce Remsburg checks on him and Steel positions Remsburg so that he puts Starsmore in a Boston Crab. Starsmore escapes and gets in Bryce’s face, who of course is innocent. Starsmore drop toe holds Steel and tries a Gedo Clutch for two. Starsmore skullf*cks Steel for two. Steel comes up from the mat but gets kneed in the gut right away. Steel trips Starsmore and Starsmore breaks the Boston Crab with the bottom rope again. Steel tries again and Starsmore applies a guillotine choke. Steel picks up Starsmore and slams him head first into the corner and falls to the floor. Starsmore comes in with a tornado DDT for two. Starsmore misses a top rope legdrop. Steel hits two hard clotheslines and a Finlay Roll for two. Starsmore blocks a kick and goes for the backpack stunner. Steel prawn holds Starsmore for two. Starsmore hits a chinbreaker for two. Starsmore comes off the top rope and gets caught in the Boston Crab. Starsmore taps out at 9:08. Starsmore is really awkward and I felt awkward watching him. Steel should have beaten him much more quickly so I could have avoided this bout. ½*

Ring of Honor Student Round Robin Tournament
Matt Turner {ROH} vs. Davey Andrews {ROH}

The winner of this Round Robin enters the Young Lions Cup tournament next month. Andrews lays in a few chops to Turner in the corner. He nails him with some more hard offensive strikes. Franco sole butts Andrews and comes back with a variety of strikes. Turner blocks a kick from Andrews. Andrews whips Turner to the corner. Turner hops to the apron and comes in over Andrews’ shoulders. Turner runs the ropes, and Andrews follows. Andrews hooks Turner with a clothesline. Turner boots Andrews, but Andrews comes right back with a flying knee strike for two. Andrews hits a shoulder breaker and chops Turner in the corner. He follows with a knee drop for two. Turner reverses a powerbomb with a sunset flip. He gets enough energy to muster an ace crusher. Turner hits a bridging Northern Lights suplex for two. He clotheslines Andrews in the corner. Turner sends Andrews to the apron and knocks him to the floor. Turner goes for a crossbody, but Andrews shoves him onto the stage of the building. Andrews slams Turner on the floor. In the ring Andrews gets a two count. Turner palm strikes Andrews as Andrews goes up top. Turner suplexes him off and applies a Fujiwara armbar. Andrews taps out at 7:35. Surprising win as I figured Andrews was going into the tournament. Then again, I’m really tired of Andrews’ act so I am pleased to see him lose. Turner looked solid in front of his hometown crowd but certainly didn’t do anything memorable. *

Young Lions Cup Qualifying Match
JC Ryder vs. Rorschach

Rorschach and Ryder go hold for hold at the beginning. Ryder puts Rorschach in an Octopus Stretch, transitioning into a headscissors. Rorschach and Ryder exchange armdrags. Rorschach snaps Ryder’s neck on the top rope. Rorschach body slams Ryder and applies a chinlock. Rorschach hip tosses Ryder. He chokes Rdyder on the ropes. Ryder ducks a clothesline and lands another headscissors. Rorschach takes him down with another clothesline for two. Rorschach hits a suplex for two. Ryder rolls up into a headscissors and schoolboys Rorschach for two. Rorschach drops Ryder with a neckbreaker for two. Ryder kicks Rorschach in the jaw. Ryder drops him with a DDT for two. Rorschach catches Ryder with a leg capture overhead suplex for two. Rorschach pops Ryder up into a powerbomb position. He hoists Ryder up for the powerbomb for two. Rorschach applies the Rorschach Lock. Ryder taps out at 6:49. Looks like the locker room is a bit submission happy so far tonight. Ryder getting this match gave him the opportunity to show off his skill without being lost in the shuffle of a multi-man tag. He certainly looked impressive for the short time given, as did Rorschach. Very basic, but good for what it was. **

Allison Danger vs. Cindy Rogers

Rogers hammers away at Danger’s arm. Danger reverses the pressure and Rogers grabs the rope. Danger takes Rogers down with an armdrag. Danger transitions from a hammerlock on the mat into a front chancery. Danger goes back to inflicting damage on the arm. Rogers grabs a top wrist lock and knees Danger in the chest. She drops Danger with a Russian leg sweep and kicks her in the back. Rogers stretches Danger out in a bow and arrow. Danger rolls into a pin for two. Rogers slams Danger and follows with a legdrop. Rogers applies a chinlock. Rogers ties her up in a legged full nelson. Danger leans back into a pin, forcing Rogers to break. Rogers chokes Danger on the middle rope. Rogers drives her knee into Danger’s upper back. Danger schoolgirls Rogers for two. Rogers locks Rogers in a leg-lock guillotine choke. Rogers pins Danger for two. Rogers chokes Danger with her boot. Rogers whips Danger to the corner. Danger hits a boot and comes out with a crossbody. Danger lays in a few forearm shots. Danger rolls Rogers up in a La Magistral cradle for two. Danger clotheslines Rogers in the corner. She hits an elevated dropkick for two. Rogers drives Danger face first into her knee for two. Danger backslides Rogers for the pin at 9:21. These two women put on a good match, but in the grand scheme of things it seems pretty pointless to have even held this match. *1/4

Larry Sweeney cuts a promo saying that his friend Buddy Rose helped him out of his funk after losing his Sweet N’ Sour International stable. Rose sent him down to Schreveport, Louisiana to compete in a sixteen man tournament for the ICW/ICWA Tex-Arkana Television Championship. As it turns out, Sweeney won the title. Sweeney says that Leonard F. Chikarason asked Sweeney to defend the belt in CHIKARA. Sweeney agreed on one condition: since the title would not be defended on television, Sweeney would be allowed to have his enforcer Mana the Polynesian Warrior with him during the match. You may remember Mana from Tag World Grand Prix 2005. Sweeney laughs, knowing that Mana would be of great help in winning his future title matches.

ICW/ICWA Tex-Arkana Television Championship
Larry Sweeney (Champion) vs. Equinox

Sweeney jumps Equinox from behind. He flapjacks Equinox and slams his knee into the mat. Sweeney hits a few shin breakers and a back suplex. Sweeney drives his knee into both of Equinox’s legs. Equinox gives Sweeney a crucifix driver. Sweeney responds with an elbow to the head. He throws Equinox with a butterfly suplex for two. Sweeney lands a couple fist drops for two. Sweeney hits a gutwrench suplex with an elbow drop for two. Equinox comes back with some overhand chops and a leg lariat to the gut. He cartwheels into an armdrag. Equinox takes him down with a headscissors. He sends Sweeney to the floor with a flying forearm. Equinox flies out with a tope into an armdrag. Mana rams Equinox back first into the ring post as Sweeney distracts the referee. Mana gives Equinox some forearms to the back before throwing him back into the ring. Sweeney locks in the Boa Constrictor. Equinox taps out at 5:47. I love Sweeney’s re-entrance into CHIKARA this way. It’s such an easy shtick to pull off but Sweeney is perfect for the role. Sweeney hiding behind Mana will be great to watch, especially picking apart a little guy like Equinox. **

Mana beats down Equinox some more just for the heck of it after the match.

Skayde & Kanjyouru Matsuyama {TX} vs. UltraMantis Black {DB} & Hallowicked {DB}

Skayde applies a headscissors on the mat. He stretches Hallowicked’s arms out over his back. Hallowicked is visibly upset at Skayde, claiming he pulled his stem. Skayde stomps on Hallowicked’s hands. Skayde and Hallowicked trade holds on the mat. Skayde armdrags Hallowicked to the corner. Mantis and Matsuyama tag in. Matsuyama rolls Mantis into a modified headscissors. Mantis quickly escapes and goes back to his feet. Matsuyama and Mantis cautiously exchange holds until Matsuyama throws Mantis down with an armdrag. Hallowicked and Skayde tag in. Skayde baits Hallowicked into doing push-ups and kicks him in the head. Skayde legdrops the back of his neck. Skayde takes Hallowicked down with a huracanrana and an alita. Hallowicked bails to the floor. Matsuyama takes Mantis down with a hiponesa. He clutches Mantis’ hand and walks the top rope. Matsuyama hops off into an armdrag. Matsuyama drops Mantis with a spin-out facebuster. Hallowicked attacks Matsuyama from behind. The Dark Breed work over Matsuyama in their corner. Matsuyama rolls to the floor to escape their grasp. Skayde tags in but gets trapped in the same predicament that Matsuyama was in. After some time, Hallowicked disposes of Skayde. Matsuyama comes in with forearms to Hallowicked’s back. Again, the Dark Breed quickly attack and maintain their advantage. Skayde flies in with a headscissors. Matsuyama ducks, allowing Mantis to hit Hallowicked with a clothesline. Skayde helps Matsuyama and Skayde send The Dark Breed to the floor with some double team offense. They feign tandem dives onto them. Skayde backslides Hallowicked for two. Skayde mouse traps Hallowicked for two. Hallowicked applies an arm capture single leg Crab. Mantis drops him with a spinebuster and locks him in a submission. Matsuyama breaks and puts Mantis in a Venus Fly Trap. Mantis escapes. Skayde dropkicks Hallowicked to the floor and follows out wih a tope con hilo. Matsuyama hits Mantis with a springboard dropkick. Mantis drops Matsuyama with a double underhook Canadian backbreaker drop for the pin at 14:18. Pretty good tag action overall and a nice way to send Matsuyama and Skayde out. The Dark Breed certainly are the most overlooked team in CHIKARA after this weekend, as they put in two fine matches. **3/4

Ring of Honor Student Round Robin Tournament
Anthony Franco {ROH} vs. Shane Hagadorn {ROH}

The winner of this match wins the Round Robin Tournament and enters the Young Lions Cup tournament. Hagadorn attacks Franco with a back chop. Hagadorn goes back and forth off the ropes. Franco sends him to the floor and follows with a top rope dive. Hagadorn drapes Franco’s next on the top rope. Hagadorn kicks Franco into the crowd then throws him into the ring for a two count. Franco sunset flips in from the apron for two. Hagadorn dropkicks Franco in the side of the head for two. Hagadorn eye rakes Franco on the ropes. He hits another dropkick for two. Hagadorn chokes Franco in the corner. A baseball slide gets him two. Hagadorn snaps off a suplex and hits a dragon kick for two. Hagadorn knocks Franco off the apron with a forearm. Franco throws Hagadorn off the top rope. He follows up with a belly-to-belly suplex and heads up top. He comes off with a back senton. Hagadorn headbutts Franco which causes Franco to bleed from his forehead. Franco hits a lung blower and modified fisherman’s suplex. He puts Hagadorn in an STF. Hagadorn taps out at 8:00 and Anthony Franco gets the spot in the Young Lions Cup tournament next month. Franco or Turner would have been my choice to win the tournament so I am pleased with the overall result. Franco looked good here, but Hagadorn needs to go away forever now that this is over. *1/2

Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, Jolly Roger {KPG}, & Shane Storm vs. Chris Hero {KOW}, Claudio Castagnoli {KOW}, Icarus {F}, & Gran Akuma {F}

Hero and Quackenbush start off with some lightning fast back and forth maneuvers. Hero rolls out after kicking out of a victory roll. Akuma and Storm tag in and trade shoulder blocks. They trip each other a couple times. Storm hits a spinwheel kick to send Akuma out. Roger and Icarus tag in. Roger gets the advantage with the holds right out of the Lucha playbook. He ties up Icarus’ legs and looks out his telescope. Quackenbush tags back in and works over Icarus’ leg. Jigsaw then tags in which causes Icarus to immediately tag in Claudio. They each go for a quick pin. Jigsaw rolls into an armdrag off Claudio’s shoulders. Jigsaw rolls from a Yoshi Tonic into an armdrag. Quackenbush tags in and gives him an overhand chop. Akuma tags in. Quackenbush armdrags Claudio down. Jigsaw and Jigsaw use some tandem offense to take Akuma and Claudio to the floor. Roger and Storm use Hero to throw Icarus down. Rogr dives onto Hero on the floor. Storm sends Icarus to the floor and dives onto both Akuma and Icarus. Quackenbush and Claudio end up back in the ring. Quackenbush sweeps his leg after a Manhattan Drop. Jigsaw flies in with a huracanrana. Claudio drops Jigsaw with a quebradora. The match slows down as The Kings and F.I.S.T. isolate Jigsaw in their corner. Jigsaw finds an opening to crawl to the floor. Roger hops in but is immediately greeted with a kick from Akuma. Roger is the one to now be isolated from the rest of his team. Roger too escapes to the floor, bringing in Shane Storm. Akuma lights him up with strikes and kicks. The rest of Akuma’s team get their shots in as well. They even pose while Storm is being stretched out. That’s enough for Quackenbush to come in and attack from behind. All eight men end up in the ring. The Tecnicos hit the punches in the corner and whip all the Rudos together. The Tecnico team row boats all of the Rudos. The Rudos chop their way to safety. Everyone but Jigsaw ends up in a headlock chain. Jigsaw superkicks Claudio, dropping the entire chain. Jigsaw swings out of a wheelbarrow. Claudio gives him a pop-up European uppercut. Storm breaks the pin and gives Claudio a European uppercut. Akuma flies in with a missile dropkick. Akuma drops Roger and heads up top. He lands a frog splash. Quackenbush kicks Akuma in the face to break the pin. Hero drops Quackenbush with a cravate suplex. Roger breaks the pin. Roger blocks the Hero’s Welcome with an ace crusher for two. Quackenbush puts Claudio on Hero’s shoulders. Jigsaw puts Roger on his shoulders. Akuma puts Icarus on his shoulders. Quackenbush gets on Storm’s shoulders with the STOP sign to freeze the other teams. Quackenbush and Storm drop everyone with a side Russian legsweep for two. Jigsaw springboards onto both Hero and Jigsaw. Akuma accidentally lands on them. Quackenbush flies in from the stage with a somersault senton onto all three of them for a two count. Roger hooks Icarus to Walk the Plank. Icarus blocks and gives Roger a Pedigree. He then turns Roger into the Wings of Icarus. Roger taps out at 18:28. Like many shows this year, the main event saved a show of what was mostly filler. But man did this main event kill it. The beginning was some of the fastest, craziest action I have ever seen in CHIKARA. The match was unbelievably exciting and never lost its momentum. F.I.S.T. joining the Kings of Wrestling had added another great wrinkle to this feud. ****

Icarus clenches deeper on the Wings of Icarus until Quackenbush forces him to release. Hero gets on the microphone and says that two of Quackenbush’s students have took his side, and it looks like they took out a third tonight. Storm and Akuma trade a few shots before the Kings and F.I.S.T. go to the back. Hero promises Icarus will win the Young Lions Cup (considering Cannon and Claudio are also in the tournament, I found it funny Hero championed him). Storm, Jigsaw, and Quackenbush help Roger to the back as the fans cheer for him.

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