Son of the International Invasion of International Invaders – Second Stage

Pittston, PA – 9.17.2005

Commentary is provided by Bryce Remsburg, UltraMantis Black, Blind Rage, Chris Hero, Larry Sweeney and Crossbones.

Lance Steel & Lance Steel vs. Crossbones & Rorschach

Rorschach brings Steel down with a fireman’s carry. They exchange arm holds. Steel trips Rorschach for a Boston Crab, but Rorschach grabs the ropes before it’s locked on. Steel catches Rorschach’s wheelbarrow and lowers him into the Draw Bridge. Steel and Crossbones tag in. They exchange hammerlocks until Steel puts on a headlock. They trade armdrags and Steel dropkicks Crossbones to the corner. Steel drop toe holds Crossbones into the corner. Lancelot miss the Joust in the corner. The teams enter a Joust battle, which Lancelot of course wins. Rorschach and Crossbones ask for a second go and win that round. They decide to switch it up and put Crossbones on Rorschach’s back, but he is far too large for Rorschach to carry. Lancelot dropkick Rorschach and Crossbones to the floor. They cut off Lancelot’s double suicide dive attempts. Rorschach hits a slingshot elbow for two. Rorschach and Crossbones isolate one of the Steel’s in their corner. Steel escapes when Crossbones misses a top rope senton. The Steel’s switch places while Rorschach has the referee tied up by accident. Steel knocks Rorschach and Crossbones multiple times. He Finlay rolls Rorschach and puts him in the Boston Crab. Crossbones kicks Steel to break the hold. The Steel’s and Crossbones repeat this process until Rorschach taps out at 9:43. I really enjoy the Lancelot shtick and Crossbones has always been unexpectedly amusing. The match as a whole wasn’t that great however. *1/2

Retail Dragon says he not only rolls back the prices, but also kicks really hard. He says since he’s facing Cheech, he rented all the “Cheech & Chong” films to study his moves. He says even though he found out it’s a different Cheech, he’s still going to win.

Retail Dragon vs. Cheech

Cheech demands silence for his match, so of course the fans give him the exact opposite. Cheech counters Dragon’s roll with a series of armdrags. He sends Dragon to the floor. He fakes out a dive and instead punches Dragon in the stomach. Cheech lays in some more shots before throwing Dragon back in the ring. A fan distracts Cheech long enough for Dragon to slingshot into a huracanrana on the floor. Cheech stomps on Dragon once they’re back in the ring. Dragon comes off his shoulders into a quesadora. He goes for another but Cheech kicks him in the back instead. Cheech Superman spears Dragon and delivers a running basement dropkick for two. Dragon cracks him with a tornado kick. He hits a standing shooting star press onto Cheech’s back for two. Cheech comes back with a suplex for two. Cheech delivers an inverted curb stomp for two. He does it a second time and brings Dragon back to his feet. He chokes Dragon on the second rope. He dropkicks Dragon from the floor for two. He hits The Deluxe and a Busaiku Knee for two. He delivers a pump-handle suplex for two. He waits for Dragon to stand up and goes for a yakuza kick. Dragon O’Conner rolls Cheech and bridges back for the pin at 9:16. That was solid action, but it was really annoying seeing Dragon kick out of two huge moves that guys like KENTA win matches with. That’s pretty silly. **

Jervis Cottonbelly & Shiima Xion vs. Dr. Cheung {PT} & Adam Knight

Xion and Cheung trade wristlocks. Xion applies a standing headscissors. He releases and tags in Cottonbelly. Cottonbelly brings Cheung to the mat and digs his forehead into Cheung’s arm. Cheung becomes frustrated as Cottonbelly outsmarts him on the mat. He tags out to Knight. Cottonbelly leapfrogs over Knight and slaps him in the face. Knight tries it himself but Cottonbelly slaps him again. Cottonbelly takes him down for a two count. He rolls up Knight for two and tags in Xion. Knight mows him down with a shoulder block. Xion responds with an armdrag and headscissors. Xion delivers a quesadora. He drop toe holds Knight into a surfboard whilst using hairspray. Xion goes for another quesadora but instead gets suplexed by Knight. Knight and Cheung beat down Xion in their half of the ring for awhile. Cheung brings out a stethoscope, so Xion yells into it. He looks for a DDT, but Cheung counters and slams Xion stomach first to the mat. Xion ducks a double clothesline and dropkicks both Knight and Cheung. They knock each other down with stereo clotheslines, allowing Cottonbelly to tag in. He lays in repeated clotheslines to Knight in the corner. He whips Cheung into Knight. Cottonbelly and Xion drop Knight with a tandem spinebuster then wishbone his legs. Cottonbelly pops Xion up into a tumbleweed legdrop for two. Xion sends Knight to the floor and dives onto him. Cottonbelly goes for a huracanrana. Cheung escapes and delivers the Doctor Bomb for the pin at 12:05. Cottonbelly and Xion were a good team, and Cottonbelly got to show a lot more of his ability tonight than he did on Night 1. Knight didn’t look as impressive but still played a good big man role. **1/2

Reckless Youth is disgusted that Sweeney made up a title as leverage to get on shows. Youth said even though it’s a “jabroni title”, he wouldn’t mind adding it to his list of accomplishments. He says Sweeney has no right to be in the ring with the “King of the Independents” and he will prove so tonight.

In the ring, Sweeney says since Mana isn’t with him, this can’t be a title match. Youth talks the ring announcer, Carolina Jim, into making it a title match (which he presumably has the power to do). Sweeney is none too pleased with this decision.

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

Sweeney hits the floor right away, so Youth convinces the ring announcer to add the stipulation that Sweeney can lose his title on a count-out. Sweeney, albeit furious, makes his way back into the ring before the 20 count. Sweeney challenges Youth to a strut off. Sweeney’s music hits and struts like only he can. Youth hip tosses Sweeney once he’s finished. Sweeney paint brushes him in the corner. Youth pulls Sweeney down by the hair and slams him down a few times. Sweeney rolls to the floor, and Youth does his best Fargo strut. Youth takes Sweeney over with an armdrag and an alita. He Fargo struts to the corner where he lays in a few punches. Sweeney hot shots Youth on the top rope. Sweeney drops a fist and chokes Youth on the middle rope. He pulls out some brass knucks but Bryce Remsburg catches him. As Remsburg disposes of those knucks, Sweeney chokes Youth with his wrist tape. Youth delivers some punches and a leg lariat. He drops Sweeney with a swinging neck breaker for two. Sweeney hits a spinebuster for two. Sweeney drops an elbow for two. Youth blocks a sleeper hold with one his own. Sweeney drops down with a chinbreaker to escape. Youth gets in a flurry of punches. He hits a moonsault press and calls for the end. Sweeney rakes Youth’s eyes and sets him up for a piledriver. Youth blocks it with a backdrop. Sweeney hits the 68 Comeback Special for two. He follows up with a gourd buster for two. They fight on the top rope. Youth shoves Sweeney off, and Sweeney knocks down Remsburg in the process. Youth drops Sweeney with an arm capture DDT and hits a frog splash. He covers Sweeney but Remsburg is still out. Youth revives Remsburg. He gets in Remsburg’s face for not being around to make the count. This allows Sweeney to roll Youth up and hold his tights for the pin at 11:56. This was easily the best Sweeney title defense yet. Of course, with Youth, that is to be expected. They just had a very fun match with a smart ending to keep the belt on Sweeney and give him a win (even if tainted) over a bigger named opponent. **3/4

Matt Turner and Anthony Franco are outside. Turner says last time they talked to a Smart Mark Video camera, they challenged Shane Hagadorn and Davey Andrews to a match. They didn’t get their challenge answered, so they will instead take on F.I.S.T. tonight. Franco and Turner aren’t scared of the challenge and are confident that they will be the victors.

Matt Turner {ROH} & Anthony Franco {ROH} vs. Icarus {F} & Gran Akuma {F}

F.I.S.T. attack the ROH students after asking for handshakes. The students turn the tide and deliver strikes in the corner. They then whips Icarus and Akuma into one another. They double flapjack Icarus. Turner applies an STF and Franco dropkicks him in the face. Franco and Turner dive off the top ropes onto Akuma and Icarus. In the ring, Akuma drop toe holds Franco and Icarus dropkicks him in the side of his head. F.I.S.T. bully Franco in their corner until Franco somehow regains enough strength to take Akuma over with a belly-to-belly suplex. Turner tags in. He shoves Icarus into Franco’s knees. The ROH students hit a spike brainbuster and Akuma breaks the pin. Turner blocks Akuma’s clothesline with an ace crusher for two. Turner palm strikes Akuma on the ropes. Akuma shoves Turner to the mat and lays in kicks to his head. Akuma chops Turner in the corner. Turner sends him to the apron. Akuma knocks him down and hits a springboard dropkick. He hits a Falcon Arrow but Franco breaks up the pin. Icarus drops Franco with a Pedigree. He then puts him in the Burning Wings. Franco rolls to the ropes to break it. Akuma lights Turner up with kicks and strikes. Turner ducks a kick and goes for a Dragon suplex. Akuma picks him up and slams Turner knees first into two corners, then on the mat. He kicks him in the side of his head twice for the pin at 10:10. F.I.S.T. beating up the sympathetic hometeam was a perfect way to prove just how ruthless they have become since joining the Kings of Wrestling. Franco and Turner looked good and had the crowd behind them from bell to bell. **3/4

Mike Quackenbush & Shane Storm vs. KUDO {DDT} & Chuichiro Arai {TX}

Arai and Storm look for control on the mat. Arai grabs Storm’s arm and slams his elbow on it. They exchange wristlocks and hammerlocks. Arai snapmares Storm to his corner. Quackenbush and KUDO tag out as they stand-off. Quackenbush wins a test of strength. KUDO reverses the pressure and trips Quackenbush into a Camel Clutchesque move. KUDO then puts on a front facelock and waistlock. Quackenbush escapes but KUDO grabs his leg and twists on it. Quackenbush rolls over and wrenches on KUDO’s knee. Quackenbush turns him into a reverse figure four, but KUDO escapes. KUDO rolls him up for two. Quackenbush sits down while twisting on KUDO’s knee. KUDO rolls out of Quackenbush’s hold and tags Arai. Quackenbush takes Arai down. Arai turns him into a head and shoulder vice. Quackenbush rolls him into a pin for two. Quackenbush picks up Arai and tags in Storm. Arai turns Storm into a half crab. Storm escapes and KUDO tags in. KUDO snapmares Storm and kicks him in the back. Storm puts up a STOP sign. KUDO kicks Storm anyway and stops Quackenbush’s senton attack. He sends Quackenbush to the floor. Storm delivers a toreador and a flipping senton. Arai tags in. He delivers a couple armdrags and headbutts Storm in the kidney. Quackenbush comes in and Lucha’s it up with Arai. Quackenbush puts him in the Lightning Lock. He releases, allowing Arai to send Quackenbush to the corner with a headscissors. Quackenbush lands on his feet out of a monkey flip, reaching a stalemate with Arai. KUDO and Storm tag back in. KUDO applies a sleeper hold. Quackenbush hands Storm a STOP sign with Japanese writing. The distraction allows them to send KUDO and Arai to the floor. Storm suicide dives onto both of them. Arai and KUDO double team Storm on the floor and continue to work him over back in the ring. KUDO does a sweet jumping seated senton to Storm while he’s holding Arai. The impact causes all three men to go down, and Storm has enough composure to roll over to tag Quackenbush. He backdrops Arai and clotheslines KUDO. He drops Arai with a quebradora and a gut buster. The Black Tornado Slam gets him two. KUDO hits Quackenbush with double knees in the corner. He hits a suplex for two. KUDO blasts him with a kick to the head, but Storm is there to break the pin. Storm drops him with the Air Raid Crash and Arai breaks the pin. Arai delivers two headbutts an puts Storm in a bow and arrow. Quackenbush kicks Arai to break the submission and pitches KUDO to the floor. Arai forearms Quackenbush to the apron. KUDO drops Storm with an inverted DDT. Arai hits a diving headbutt. KUDO hits double knees from the top rope. Quackenbush breaks his pin attempt. Quackenbush ducks KUDO’s kick. He eats a running knee strike and Arai drops him with a Dragon suplex for two. KUDO pescado’s onto Storm. Storm shoves KUDO shoulder first into the ring post. Quackenbush delivers windmill chops to Arai. Lightning Storm hit the Total Elimination on Arai for two. Quackenbush hits a tope con hilo to KUDO. Storm drops Arai with a German suplex for the pin at 18:08. This was a really fun tag team match where no one ever lost their steam. KUDO and Arai added an element not often seen in CHIKARA and Quackenbush and Storm adapted to them with great ease. I’m pleased knowing that both KUDO and Arai do make their way back to CHIKARA multiple times. ***1/4

UltraMantis Black, Hallowicked & Blind Rage are building a fire outside. Mantis says tonight Jigsaw’s reign of goodness and happiness comes to an end.

Jigsaw vs. Hallowicked {DB}

Mantis accompanies Hallowicked to the ring. Jigsaw comes out to “You Give Love A Bad Name”, which is just tremendous. Hallowicked brings Jigsaw to the corner in a lock-up and forearms him in the face. Jigsaw does the same thing. Jigsaw monkey flips Hallowicked, yet they still remain locked up. Hallowicked chops Jigsaw in the corner. Jigsaw does the same in a different corner. Hallowicked grabs Jigsaw’s leg on the mat. Jigsaw kicks Hallowicked in the spine and applies an armbar. Hallowicked and Jigsaw look for a quick pin. They each land an armdrag. They forearm each other simultaneously. They get frustrated as they keep going for the same move. Mantis gives Hallowicked some advice on the floor. Hallowicked shoves Jigsaw, so Jigsaw slaps him in the face. A little Lucha sequence ends with Jigsaw sending Hallowicked to the floor with a huracanrana. Hallowicked clotheslines Jigsaw’s legs out, causing him to fall on the ring apron. Hallowicked quickly follows out with a tope con hilo. Mantis chokes Jigsaw with his spiritual staff. Hallowicked pins Jigsaw for two. Hallowicked delivers the Go Too Sleepy Hollow. Jigsaw rolls through a super snapmare. He misses a corner clothesline and gets kicked in the side of the head. Hallowicked hits the super snapmare and punches Jigsaw on the mat. Hallowicked applies an abdominal stretch. Jigsaw hip tosses his way free. Hallowicked boots him, but gets caught with an enzuigiri from Jigsaw. Jigsaw hits the Leap of Faith, leaving both man laying on the mat. They exchange chops once they recover. Jigsaw boots Hallowicked in the side of the head and hits a knee strike for two. Hallowicked goes for the Graveyard Smash. Jigsaw blocks and goes for a backslide. Hallowicked blocks that and hits a yakuza kick. He follows up with a powerbomb for two. Hallowicked looks for the Graveyard Smash on the ring apron. Jigsaw hits an enzuigiri, which leaves Hallowicked lying between the stage and ring. Jigsaw double stomps Hallowicked in that position! He hits another doublestomp on the floor and back in the ring. Jigsaw shrugs off a Frankensteiner. Hallowicked however comes back with an reverse Frankensteiner for the pin at 11:24. This was a career making match for both guys. This is where they broke out and proved that they were more than just two guys in masks. This match was well regarded at the time and still holds up. There’s no denying that both guys busted their humps and had a very exciting match. ***1/2

The Kings of Wrestling are outside. Hero says it’s fitting that he and Claudio Castagnoli are on the top of the bill for the International Invaders show since they’re both world renown athletes. Hero says that they will win their match, just like always. He wants to know when guys like Eddie Kingston and Mike Quackenbush are going to leave them alone. Hero says for the upcoming Cibernetico, he has some hired help to lend a hand. Akuma and Icarus look puzzled by this.

Skayde & Milano Collection AT {T2P} vs. Chris Hero {KOW} & Claudio Castagnoli {KOW}

Hero and AT exchange wristlocks. AT gets a hammerlock in the ropes, but of course has to let go. He sends Hero to the floor with an armdrag. Skayde and Claudio tag in and go to the mat. Skayde snapmares Claudio forward. Skayde takes control of his wrist and applies a half crab. Skayde grapevines Claudio’s legs and steps on his back. Skayde rolls into an armdrag, sending Claudio to the floor. AT tags in while Hero and Claudio collect themselves on the floor. AT and Hero go off the ropes until AT armdrags him down. He looks for the AT Lock, but Hero grabs the ropes right away. AT side steps a dropkick and ties up Hero in a ball. Hero bounces to his corner so Claudio can tag in and untie him. Claudio catches Skayde with an uppercut. Skayde cartwheels out of the corner, rolling into the Skayde schoolboy for two. More Skayde armdrag variations. Skayde delivers two dropkicks, sending Claudio to the floor. Skayde side steps an attack from Hero. Skayde pops off the ropes and takes Hero and Claudio down simultaneously. AT puts them both in a figure four leg lock at the same time. Hero gets the ropes to break the hold. Claudio catches Skayde with a quesadora. Hero slingshot doublestomps Skayde and knocks AT off the apron. The Kings of Wrestling bully Skayde while AT looks on. Skayde manages to slip through a double team attack and slam them face first into the mat. AT tags in and knocks down Hero with a cartwheel clothesline. He sends Claudio to the apron and enzuigiri’s him to the floor. Skayde Asai moonsaults onto him. AT senton’s onto Hero for two. Hero delivers a reverse chinbreaker and applies a standing Hangman’s Clutch. Skayde forearms Hero to break the hold. He applies a submission which Claudio breaks with an uppercut. Claudio uppercuts Skayde from the apron to the floor. Hero suicide dives onto Skayde, into some chairs. Claudio catches AT’s crossbody attempt. He delivers the Alpamare Water Slide for two. Claudio hits him with Swiss Death. AT ducks the rolling uppercut and sends Claudio to the floor. Hero hits a Saito suplex. AT block the Hero’s Welcome and a rolling elbow. He superkicks Hero and hits the Armani Shoe Exchange. He then puts Hero in the AT Lock. Gran Akuma and Icarus run out to attack, giving Skayde and AT the DQ victory at 18:40. Like the Lightning Storm/Japan tag match, this was another fun match that helped build the characters of each person involved. The fans were dying for Hero to tap out when Milano had him in the AT Lock and were genuinely mad when F.I.S.T. interfered. Excellent storytelling with excellent action makes for a great main event. ***1/2

F.I.S.T., Hero and Claudio pitch Bryce Remsburg to the floor and continue to beat on Skayde. Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, Reckless Youth, and Shane Storm run out to make the save. UltraMantis Black, Hallowicked and Blind Rage run out to help the Kings and F.I.S.T. Eventually they dispose of all the Tecnicos except Youth. Claudio and Hero hit a tandem powerbomb from the middle rope. Icarus puts Youth in the Burning Wings submission for a long time. They finally let him go as Hero grabs the microphone. He says he warned Quackenbush that he would take over CHIKARA and that he has successfully done so. Hero says he was so certain that he was going to beat Milano Collection AT tonight, that he challenges him to a singles match in Reading next month. Milano accepts. Hero says that he knows The Cibernetico is coming up, but since his group is only five people strong, he made a deal and brought in The Dark Breed to make the eight man team necessary for a Cibernetico match. The implication is made that Quackenbush will put together and eight man team as well to challenge Hero. That match goes down in Hellertown next month. The Tecnicos carry Youth out while the Rudos stand tall in the ring.

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