Little Creatures


Reading, PA – 10.21.2005

Commentary is provided by Eddie Kingston, Bryce Remsburg and Larry Sweeney.

A few promos start off the show. Mike Quackenbush tells Shane Storm that he’s lacking a killer instinct. He says it’s not enough to be a good wrestler if they want to beat the Kings of Wrestling, but believes a change in attitude might just do the trick. Larry Sweeney is admiring himself in the mirror. Sweeney lists some of the international talent he’s defeated lately and says he’s realized that he’s not just a Tex-Arkana champion, but a world champion. He says he requested a match with a Japanese man, and because he’s getting that opportunity (against Chuichiro Arai), he will put his title on the line. He says all this only in the way Larry Sweeney can. Chris Hero says he is going to school Milano Collection AT tonight and will take him out of the Cibernetico, just like he did with Reckless Youth last month. Crossbones uses a hair straightener on his mask. He says he’s much cooler than his opponent Jervis Cottonbelly and will kill him tonight. Scottish wrestler Jay Phoenix lists his accomplishments and basically says he looks to prove himself tonight.

CP Munk vs. Darkness Crabtree {PT}

Dr. Cheung is in Crabtree’s corner. Munk puts his arms up in a straight edge X to block Crabtree from locking up. Munk teases Crabtree with a test of strength, then puts his arm in the X again. Crabtree grabs Munk’s tail, so Munk goes to the ropes to break. Crabtree puts up the X himself which displeases Munk greatly. Cheung hands Crabtree a bottle of pills which Munk does not approve of. Crabtree downs the bottle and fires up. Crabtree takes him down with a couple armdrags. He hits the back of his head into Munk’s jumping off the second rope for two. Munk and Crabtree trade shots on the floor. Munk lights up Crabtree with Tenryu’s like strikes. Crabtree fires back with chops but Munk hits him with a Shining Wizard for two. Crabtree hits Punk with a stunner. He pins Munk for two. Crabtree tells the referee it was three. Bryce Remsburg believes him and calls for the bell at 5:06. What a silly and fantastic finish. I’m fairly certain this is the only time a referee has done that. Eddie Kingston was awesome on commentary too. I’m not rating this. N/R

Allison Danger makes her way out to the ring. She says Sumie Sakai has been a thorn in her side for the past few months. She says they will meet one last time when CHIKARA returns to Reading, PA on November 18th. She promises a victory and encourages the fans to come see her on that date.

Jervis Cottonbelly vs. Crossbones

Cottonbelly takes off Crossbones’ jacket for him. Cottonbelly breaks free of a headlock. Cottonbelly armdrags Crossbones to the mat and sunset flips him for two. Cottonbelly hits him in the mid-section. Cottonbelly sends Crossbones to the floor in a lock-up. Cottonbelly fakes a dive, but then instead holds the ropes open for Crossbones to come back in. Cottonbelly places Crossbones’ jacket when Crossbones drops down and walks Bryce across it like a woman with a puddle. He drop toe holds Crossbones and goes up top. He uses an umbrella to hit a double stomp off the top rope. Cottonbelly notices Crossbones’ shoe is untied and offers to tie them. Crossbones instead kicks him in the side of the head for two. Crossbones gets two with a suplex. He kicks Cottonbelly in the back and chest, then drops an elbow for two. They exchange pin attempts, then Cottonbelly attacks Crossbones in the mid-section some more. He schoolboys Crossbones for two. Crossbones kicks him in the head twice. More kicks to the body get him the pin at 6:39. Well that came out from nowhere. I dig Cottonbelly’s shtick and Crossbones’ kick amuse me, so all around this was a good time. **

Sabian vs. Jay Phoenix

Phoenix used Evanescence as his theme music? No wonder no one likes him. Phoenix tries to get the fans to chant them, but they don’t. Use good theme music next time and you may get a better reaction. Phoenix grabs Sabian’s leg. Sabian kicks him away and takes him over with an armdrag. Phoenix uses some fanciness to try to escape a wristlock. He fails, so he pushes Sabian to the corner and punches him in the stomach. He delivers an armdrag of his own. Sabian offers a free punch, but trips Phoenix when he goes to take it. Phoenix tries the same trick. Sabian doesn’t fall for it. He clotheslines Phoenix to the floor and follows with a pescado. Back in the ring Phoenix delivers a neckbreaker for two. Sabian rolls through a sunset flip and kicks Phoenix in the back. Phoenix puts him in an abdominal stretch and grabs the top rope. The referee Matt Dillon catches him and kicks his arm away. Sabian hip tosses and backdrops Phoenix. He hits a missile dropkick for two. Phoenix catches Sabian’s crossbody attempt. He drops him with a quebradora. Sabian comes back with a top rope doublestomp for the pin at 8:04. Phoenix isn’t all that bad, but not very interesting or creative. Even so, this was a very solid match. **1/2

Eddie Kingston vs. Rorschach

Rorschach swipes the back of Kingston’s head. Kingston angrily chases him around the ring. Back in the ring, Rorschach hits him in the gut and sends him back to the floor with a headscissors. Rorschach slingshots out into a huracanrana. In the ring, Kingston delivers a belly-to-belly suplex. Kingston lays in two forearms before a backfist. He yakuza kicks Rorschach in the corner. He connects with a couple shotgun lariats, yelling out the names of KoW members. The last one gets him the pin at 1:54. A fine squash match to show just how much Kingston hates the Kings of Wrestling. Kingston afterwards says his destiny in this business is to bring Hero down and exploit him for who he truly is. ½*

ICW/ICWA Tex-Arkana Television Championship
Larry Sweeney (Champion) vs. Chuichiro Arai {TX}

Sweeney breaks a lock-up in the corner with a forearm brush to Arai’s face. Arai blocks another forearm attack in the corner and headbutts Sweeney for two. Sweeney takes a powder and comes back in when he’s a bit recuperated. Arai trips Sweeney and kicks his thigh. He applies a kneebar which Sweeney turns into a headlock. Arai breaks a full nelson and applies a hammerlock. Sweeney trips him into a side headlock. Arai sends him to the floor with an armdrag. Arai misses a headbutt once Sweeney reenters. Arai side steps a corner attack. He headbutts Sweeney in the gut twice, then again in the kidney. Sweeney snaps Arai’s throat on the top rope. They exchange chops in the corner. Arai accidentally rams his shoulder into the ring post. Sweeney of course now focuses his attack on Arai’s arm after that mistake. Arai begins to mount a comeback, but Sweeney drops on his knees and throws Arai face first into the middle rope. Sweeney continues to pick apart Arai’s arm. Arai comes back with a chinbreaker and a flying headbutt to the chest. Arai and Sweeney go headbutt for bionic elbow. Arai suplexes him for two. Arai gives him a backbreaker and heads up top. He misses a diving headbutt. Sweeney hits the ’68 Comeback Special for two. He goes for it again, but Arai gets in a flurry of headbutts to block. Sweeney goes to the floor and Arai gives chase. He brings Sweeney back in the ring. Sweeney cheap shots him and gives him a shoulder breaker. He calls for a Fujiwara armbar. Arai rolls him up to block, getting the pin and the title at 11:30. That was far more technical and methodical than most of Sweeney’s usual defenses. I loved the way Sweeney worked over Arai’s arm and how it backfired in the end. This was a pleasant surprise. ***

Lance Steel vs. Hallowicked {DB}

Hallowicked chops Steel in the corner after breaking a lock-up. Steel takes him down with an armdrag. He knocks Hallowicked down after being put in a headlock. He puts Hallowicked in the Boston Crab, and Hallowicked quickly gets the ropes and rolls to the floor. Steel goes for a suicide dive but Hallowicked forearms him to cut off his dive. Hallowicked gives him a neckbreaker back in the ring for two. Hallowicked twists Steel’s neck in the ring ropes. Hallowicked hurts his hand on Steel’s armor when he delivers some chops. Steel turns him over in a Boston Crab. Hallowicked escapes and wisely chops Steel in the side of Steel’s neck instead of his chest armor. He hits a step-up enzuigiri and applies a nerve pinch on his neck. Steel slips out of the Graveyard Smash. Hallowicked leaps back and rolls Steel into a prawn hold. Steel escapes and applies the Boston Crab. Hallowicked escapes. Steel blocks Hallowicked’s forearms and drops him with a Finlay roll. Steel suplexes Hallowicked for two. Steel blocks a yakuza kick and reapplies the Boston Crab. Hallowicked gets the ropes to break it. Hallowicked cracks Steel with a yakuza kick for two. Hallowicked takes him off the ropes with a super snapmare. Steel rolls through and puts Hallowicked back in the Boston Crab. Hallowicked once again escapes. Steel forearms him for two. Steel powerbombs Hallowicked to block a step-up Frankensteiner. Steel puts him in the Boston Crab once more. Hallowicked gets the ropes. Steel grabs Hallowicked’s legs to go for the hold again. Hallowicked turns it into the Graveyard Smash for the pin at 9:32. This was another pleasant surprise. Both these guys are very proficient in the ring and I’m glad this match showcased that. The repeated Boston Crab’s got a little irritating, but again, Steel going for it one too many times played into him being thwarted in the end. ***

Milano Collection AT {T2P} vs. Chris Hero {KOW}

AT cleanly breaks a lock up in the corner. AT wins a wristlock exchange and trips Hero down. He puts on a leg submission. As Hero goes to break, AT rolls him up for two. Hero turns a wristlock into a cravate. At reverses and snapmares Hero into a headlock. Hero tries multiple tactics to escape but AT manages to hold onto the maneuver. Hero breaks free and dropkicks AT when AT drops down. Hero attacks AT’s neck and then places his entire body weight on it. Hero rolls him up for two. Hero vices AT’s neck with his forearms. AT escapes and schoolboys Hero for two. Hero catches him with a rolling elbow for two. Hero ties AT’s arms in his legs, then pulls AT’s legs behind his head. AT manages to escape but eats a low dropkick for two. Hero boots AT. AT cartwheels to evade a strike and delivers a clothesline. Hero goes to the middle rope but gets caught with a dropkick. AT hits a back senton for two. Hero lights AT up with various strikes before suplexing him overhead with a neck vice. He hits the Hero Sidekick for two. AT blocks a suplex. Hero instead hits a cravate neckbreaker for two. AT kicks Hero when Hero goes to the apron. He hits a delayed dropkick in which the force brings Hero back into the ring. Hero blocks a piledriver and drops him with a wrist-clutch fireman’s slam. Hero misses a doublestomp. AT misses an enzuigiri, allowing Hero to take him down and apply the Hangman’s Clutch. AT manages to get the ropes. AT hits a superkick. He goes for the AT Lock but Hero shoves him into referee Bryce Remsburg. Hero low blows AT while Bryce is gaining his bearings. Hero rolls up AT for the pin at 16:14. Something fell flat here, and I’d say that even before the finish. The action was fine, and AT’s comeback was done really well, but I guess because it was a pretty heavily hyped match at the time it didn’t live up to the standards I had. **3/4

Mike Quackenbush, Skayde, Jigsaw & Shane Storm vs. Claudio Castagnoli {KOW}, Arik Cannon {KOW}, Icarus {F} & Gran Akuma {F}

Icarus torques Storm’s knees on the mat. When Storm puts him up in a stretch, he comes back down and tags in Claudio. Skayde armdrags Claudio to the corner. Skayde sends him out to the floor with an armdrag off the second rope. Quack and Cannon tag in. They exchange hammerlocks. Cannon snapmares him into a chinlock. Quack powers his way out and stands off. Quack does considerable damage to Cannon’s left arm. He slips out of the ring when the opportunity arises. Akuma and Jigsaw tag in. Jigsaw rolls on the mat to escape a hammerlock. He Magistral cradles Akuma for two. Jigsaw ties up Akuma’s leg and tags in Skayde. Skayde sunset flips Akuma and Icarus breaks the pin. Distracted, Akuma attacks Skayde from behind. Some miscommunication from F.I.ST. allows Quack to come in. He and Skayde send to the floor with hiponesa’s. Storm and Jigsaw take out Claudio and Cannon, sending them to the floor as well. They follow with suicide dives. Icarus and Akuma look to dive but get caught off by dropkicks from Skayde and Quack. Skayde and Quack get whipped into each other. Quack back chops F.I.S.T. and Skayde double bulldogs them. Quack dropkicks them to the floor allowing Quack and Skayde to dive out. Back in the ring. Jigsaw hits Cannon with a flurry of strikes. He places Cannon in an Octopus stretch. Cannon rolls out when he turns it into a schoolboy for two. Icarus cuts off Skayde with a clothesline. Skayde armdrags him and clasps his ears with his feet. Claudio misses a dropkick to Quack. Quack takes him down with a headscissors and cartwheel armdrag. Quack shoulder pops Claudio to the floor and fakes a dive. Storm takes Akuma down with a few armdrags off the middle rope. Akuma kicks Storm in the head to cut off his momentum. Storm gets isolated and beaten down in the Kings corner. He manages to spear Cannon out of the ring, and since Storm leaves too, Jigsaw is legally tagged in. He comes in with a crossbody and Claudio catches him Claudio press slams him, and the Kings now isolate Jigsaw from his team. Claudio nails him with a uppercut, sending him flying to the corner and rolling to the floor. Quack wastes no time and jumps Claudio from behind. However he gets mauled from the apron by Cannon, Akuma and Icarus, letting them take control once more. Quack drops F.I.S.T. with double Rude Awakening’s to escape and tag in Jigsaw. Jigsaw superkicks him for two. Cannon blocks a second one and drops him with a Saito suplex for two. Skayde and Icarus come back in. Skayde blocks an armdrag with an X-Factor for two. Icarus responds with the Pedigree and applies the Burning Wings. Quack breaks the hold. Claudio blocks a palm strike and drops him with the Alpamare Water Slide for two. Quack blocks Swiss Death with an armdrag and a DDT. Storm drops Akuma with the Air Raid Crash for two. Akuma hits the Yoshi Tonic and Jigsaw and Quack break the hold. Akuma tris to unmask Storm in the corner, but Quack and Jigsaw throw him off a Connecticut Belt set-up. Cannon and Claudio hit Storm with the Ricola Bomb/Glimmering Warlock combo for two. Quack huracanrana’s Claudio to the floor. Cannon and Storm duck each others’ Shining Wizard’s until Storm finally hits him with That Japanese Move for the pin at 30:38. This was a fun match and a nice preview for the Cibernetico that was to come the next night. The tease of Akuma unmasking Storm and Cannon taking the fall were nice subtle hints of what was to come. ***1/2

Akuma attacks Storm post match. Storm’s partners pull Akuma off and make sure nobody else jumps in. Everyone manages to make it backstage without any further damage being done.


One Response to Little Creatures

  1. […] This match is on the Best of 2005 DVD, which is available for purchase at Smart Mark Video.  For a more informed opinion on this match, check out Kevin Ford’s review. […]

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