7.16.2005 – Mechanicsburg, PA
PWE Tag Team Championship; 2 out of 3 Falls
Mike Quackenbush & Hallowicked vs. Icarus & Gran Akuma
Apparently, Icarus and Akuma won the belts and then lost them to Hallowicked and Quack. I have neither matches were the belts were won in my possession and I can no longer buy them. Well, crap. Much like last month at PWE, Quack and Akuma start offwith some fluid and great looking back-and-forth action. Quack is able to take down Akuma, so he retreats and tags in Icarus. Hallowicked tags in and gets the advantage on Icarus. Icarus takes Hallowicked down with a headscissors and both guys pose and salute one another before tagging out. Hallowicked and Quack use some clever maneuvering to take out Icarus and Akuma. Quack and Hallowicked even sneak in a high five before wheelbarrowing into double prawn holds on Icarus and Akuma two win the first fall in 5:12. More trickery by Hallowicked and Quack causes Icarus to dropkick Akuma to the floor. Akuma and Quack double hip toss Icarus into a double slam. Hallowicked and Quack decide to trap Icarus in their corner and keep the attack on him. Akuma comes in and dropkicks Hallowicked and Quack in the head. Akuma dives onto Hallowicked who has retreated to the floor. Icarus hits the pedigree for the pin at 10:47. We cut to Quack being worked over by Icarus. Quack hits a backdrop. Hallowicked and Akuma tag in. Hallowicked takes Akuma down with the step-up Frankensteiner and gives Icarus a tilt-a-whirl suplex. Quack and Hallowicked place Akuma on top of Icarus, and they turn both guys over in a tandem Boston crab. Hallowicked and Quack try the tandem wheelbarrow prawnholds again, but Icarus and Akuma drop them. Quack sends Icarus to the apron and back elbows him. Quack DDT’s Icarus on the apron. Akuma drops Hallowicked with a Yoshi Tonic and Quack breaks the pin. Hallowicked clotheslines Akuma down. Quack blocks a Shiranui from Icarus and drops him with an inverted DDT for two. Akuma and Hallowicked tag back in. Hallowicked slams Akuma, and Quack lands a top rope somersault senton. Quack dives onto Icarus on the floor while Hallowicked lands on Akuma with a somersault senton of his own. Akuma low blows Hallowicked behind the referee’s back and rolls him up for the pin at 15:25. This was an excellent tag match, and tied into Icarus and Akuma transitioning into heels in CHIKARA as well. The psychology was good, they called back to previous falls near the end, and were able to showcase a lot of good talent. This is the stage where you can tell these guys are starting to break into their own and have become truly comfortable in the ring. ***
Quack gets on the mic and basically says he’s not happy with the way the match ended.
Glen Osbourne (Champion) vs. Larry Sweeney
Sweeney is visually scared to entangle the much larger Osbourne. Osbourne knocks down Sweeney with a few power moves, and each time Sweeney retreats and makes up some excuse. Sweeney surprisingly hits a hip toss, but Osbourne gives him a much more effective one. Sweeney goes to the floor, and Osbourne slingshots him back in when Sweeney gets to the apron. Sweeney looks for a handshake. The fans advise Osbourne against it, but Osbourne obliges and Sweeney drops to his knees in pain from the pressure Osbourne is applying. Sweeney fights back with forearms. Osbourne scoop slams Sweeney for two. Osbourne continues to dominate Sweeney, but Sweeney eventually ducks a splash in the corner. Osbourne tries a comeback, but a poke to the eyes from Sweeney stops that. Sweeney hits a pair of Dusty elbows to drop Osbourne. A pair of fist drops only gets him a three. Sweeney chokes Osbourne on the middle rope. Sweeney lands a second rope elbow and then keeps choking Osbourne. Osbourne fights back, dropkicking Sweeney in the corner. Osbourne powerbombs Sweeney for two. Sweeney drops Osbourne with the hot shot. He pins Osbourne and puts his feet on the ropes for the win and the title at 15:35. This went entirely too long and really wasn’t very interesting at most any point. They did work well, and the crowd was into it for the most part. Good for them, but this was certainly not up my alley. *