Cibernetico Forever

Philadelphia, PA – 10.28.2006

Commentary is provided by Bryce Remsburg, Ben Jordan, UltraMantis Black, and Excalibur.

Reckless Youth vs. Rorschach

Youth sends Rorschach to the corner with a wristlock armdrag. He blocks Rorschach’s toreador and reapplies the wristlock. He dropkicks Rorschach to the corner. Rorschach ducks a chop and enzuigiri’s Youth to the floor. He tope con hilo’s after him. He tries using the ropes to assist in his pin but referee Derek Sabato catches him. He applies a chinlock to Youth across his knee. Youth fights out and pops Rorschach up for a Complete Shot. He comes across his back with a somersault senton. Rorschach gets two with the Sling Blade. He puts on the Rorschach Lock. Youth knees his way out of it. Rorschach gives him a leg lariat. He misses a moonsault. Youth back elbows him. He drives his knees into Rorschach and then flips him out of the corner. After a hammerlock DDT Youth goes to the top rope. He hits a frog splash for two. Rorschach strings together two Northern Lights suplexes. He gives Youth a Burning Hammer for two. Rorschach goes for a super Burning Hammer. Youth turns it around into a reverse DDT. He then puts on the Kondo Clutch. Rorschach taps out at 9:37. This took some time to get the crowd going, but they had them from the Burning Hammer to the end. Youth helped Rorschach look great, which is good considering this would end up being Youth’s final match in CHIKARA. **3/4

UltraMantis Black and Hydra are backstage with a small box. They each pull out a small potion and take a drink. The camera goes a bit fuzzy, and up comes Crossbones from out of nowhere. Crossbones says that he, Mantis and Hydra are unstoppable and vows that they will take over CHIKARA.

Fire Ant {C}, Soldier Ant {C} & Equinox vs. UltraMantis Black, Hydra & Crossbones

Soldier Ant puts Hydra to the mat in a knuckle lock. Hydra becomes stuck with the top of his head digging into the mat. Soldier Ant picks him up for a side slam across his knee. Equinox and Crossbones tag in. Equinox’s dropkicks do nothing. He headscissors Crossbones, gives him an armdrag and then (finally) dropkicks him to the floor. Fire Ant and Mantis come in. Fire Ant toreadors Mantis into a fireman’s carry. Mantis tries to hit Fire Ant with his staff. This causes a tug of war between the two teams. The Rudos end up being attacked in the corner. Soldier Ant misses a splash and gets attacked himself. Soldier Ant is isolated in their corner until he takes down Crossbones with a satellite headscissors. Equinox tags in and tries fighting all three opponents. He gets overwhelmed, but ends up sliding through their legs. Fire Ant crossbody’s onto all of them. The Colony and Equinox dropkick their opponents to the floor. Fire Ant climbs a pillar by the entrance and somersault sentons onto everyone. Back in the ring Soldier Ant tries giving Mantis a DDT. Crossbones comes in to stop him. He hits the Friggin’ Sweet Driver on Soldier Ant and Mantis pins him at 10:58. Abrupt ending aside this was a pretty fun trios match to establish Mantis, Hydra and Crossbones as a new triumvirate. **1/2

The Rudos team is beating on Soldier Ant and Fire Ant when a third ant runs in. He sends them packing. Fire Ant and Soldier At look confused but then embrace this mystery ant. We would find out shortly that he is known as Worker Ant.

We then go backstage to Excalibur. He talks about how CHIKARA has come from the smaller towns in Pennsylvania into Philadelphia, where just up the street there’s an Ikea and Best Buy in the same shopping center. He says Best Buy sells video games which rot your brain. This brings him to his opponent, Player Uno, who he says is too stupid to see that Excalibur is the future of wrestling. He says he will come in and buy out all of Chikarason and Bob Saget’s stock and change CHIKARA in his image. He will fill his CHIKARA with intellectuals like UltraMantis Black and Mitch Ryder. This is funny in retrospect considering a company in Reseda, CA purchased CHIKARA just a couple of years ago. He plans to connect to Uno via wireless connection and punch his teeth out.

Player Uno vs. Excalibur {PWG}

Excalibur points out that Uno is dressed like Luigi, who is always Player Dos. He says that Uno will always be Player Dos in his heart. This hurts Uno’s feeling. Again, funny in retrospect. He headbutts Uno’s hand in a wristlock. Uno reverses it. He armdrags Excalibur to the corner. He avoids a second armdrag and kicks Uno in the chest. He throws some kicks to the back before laying in several punches and a knee drop. He gets two with a suplex. Excalibur catches Uno with a gutbuster. Uno goes up top. Excalibur backs into the ropes to crotch him. He works over Uno’s leg. He puts his fingers in Uno’s eye holes and sits him on the top rope. Uno elbows him down and double stomps the back of Excalibur’s head. Excalibur pokes him in the eyes. Uno however gives him the Game Genie for two. He follows that with a tornado DDT for another two count. He misses a second rope moonsault. Excalibur German suplexes him for two. Uno calls for the Bubble Bobble Buster. Excalibur escapes and knees Uno in the gut. He nails a lariat and gives him the Tiger Driver ’98 for the pin at 7:28. Even though he isn’t the most exciting person in the ring, Excalibur’s charisma and promos make him a worthwhile addition to the card. Uno brought some of his usual flashy offense but didn’t have much of established character at this point. Fine but not what it had potential to be. **1/2

Twiggy vs. Shayne Hawke

This match marks the debut for both participants. Well, Twiggy got his name pulled out of a hat in Hellertown a couple of months back, but Reckless Youth stole his spot. Shane Matthews is in Hawke’s corner. Hawke knocks him down with a shoulder block. Twiggy slams his face into the canvas. He gives Hawke a few Bionic elbows. Matthews helps Hawke recover on the floor. He even grabs Twiggy’s leg so Hawke can jump him from behind. Hawke clothesline him in the corner and stomps him in the mid-section. When Twiggy fights back, Hawke spears his knee. He gives Twiggy a gamengiri as he hands on the middle rope and gets a two count. He decides to work over Twiggy’s back. Twiggy hits a tornado DDT. Twiggy hits a dropkick after an atomic drop. He splashes Hawke in the corner. Hawke blocks a tornado DDT and gives him the Tribute to Professionalism for two. Twiggy comes back with the Church of Al Bundy (high crossbody). Twiggy blocks a superkick and schoolboys Hawke for the pin at 8:03. That was a good showcase for both men. I’m starting to think this crowd just stinks because they couldn’t even bother to get off their hands for two charismatic wrestlers with exciting offense. The good news is that this was good in spite of the crowd’s attitude. **3/4

Young Lions Cup
Arik Cannon (Champion) vs. Max Boyer

Boyer trips Cannon after a wristlock exchange. Cannon uses his legs to turn Boyer’s ankle pick into his own headlock. Cannon shoots Boyer to the ropes and back elbows him to the floor. When he comes back in, Cannon gets on another wristlock. Cannon cartwheels through Boyer’s monkey flip attempt. Boyer stomps away at Cannon’s neck and back. Cannon crotches him on the top rope. He armdrags him to the mat. He comes off the second rope with a forearm to the back of Boyer’s neck for two. Boyer rakes his eyes. He whips Cannon back first to the corner for two. Cannon shoves Boyer to the ropes and gives him a step-up enzuigiri. He lifts up Boyer for a delayed vertical suplex. Boyer slips out of a brainbuster attempt. He ducks a lariat and gives Cannon a bridging German suplex for two. Cannon comes back with a rope-dangling X-Factor for two. The combination of a Saito suplex and brainbuster can’t get the job done. Boyer blocks a brainbuster with the Lifestyle. Cannon kicks out at two. A second Lifestyle gets him the pin and the Cup at 15:02. Really good back and forth wrestling between both guys. Boyer winning was a bit of a surprise, but after all his work to Cannon’s neck and back the finish made sense and paid off all of his work. Him taking some of Cannon’s most high impact offense also makes him look like a strong champion coming out of this. Boyer is known as the “lost Young Lions Cup champion” but I can safely say his Cup victory was a worthwhile bout. ***1/4

Cannon is not happy about his loss. He refuses to shake Boyer’s hand and even tries grabbing Boyer’s cup. Boyer forearms him down and leaves him laying. Cannon heads to the back in a sour mood.

We see Cannon sitting backstage frustrated. He says now that he’s lost the Cup, he has nothing. He remembers back to 2005 when he, Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli were on top of the company. When he tried to go against the Kings of Wrestling and help the Tecnicos of CHIKARA like Mike Quackenbush, he had turned his back on a group of guys who was always there for him. Those he reached his hand out to on the Tecnicos turned their backs on him. He won the 2005 Tag World Grand Prix, but in the 2006 version he ended up stuck with Jigsaw and watched on as Hero and Claudio won the tournament. He reiterates that he’s got nothing and that nobody has his back. He has no clue what CHIKARA has left for him, and walks away still frustrated.

Larry Sweeney is backstage. Even though he’s dead tired after not sleeping for 72 hours, he’s on top of the world after defeating Eddie Kingston in UWA Hardcore in a Strap Match to win back the ICW/ICWA Tex-Arkana Television Championship. He says the job isn’t done yet, because Kingston was able to make it to Philadelphia on his own. He ha put together a Cibernetico team that all have the same goal in mind: put Kingston out of the wrestling business. He says Kingston was stupid enough to drag his butt to Philadelphia, but won’t be able to drag it out.

We then go to Eddie Kingston. He has a bandage on the side of his face from where Larry Sweeney burned him with a fireball. He enjoys that Sweeney put together a team of men that hate him because it gives him motivation. He tells everybody on his team to stay out of his way because he wants Sweeney all for himself. He plans to bust Sweeney’s gut wide open and watch him die.

Torneo Cibernetico
Darin Corbin {NSE}, Ryan Cruz {NSE}, Hallowicked, Shane Storm, Cheech, Mike Quackenbush, Cloudy & Eddie Kingston vs. Gran Akuma {F}, Larry Sweeney, Icarus {F}, Sal Thomaselli {IS}, Vito Thomaselli {IS}, Brandon Thomaselli {IS}, Chris Hero {KOW} & Claudio Castagnoli {KOW}

Because of the nature of this match, there will be no play by play. I’ll list the eliminations (in order) and other interesting/important notes of the match.

The Rules

Lucha tags are in effect, meaning in addition to physically contacting a wrestler, leaving the ring counts as a legal tag. Each team has a batting order that must be followed. That means that the wrestler in the ring must tag out to the next man in the batting order. Only the next wrestler in the batting order is up on the apron while the remaining teammates on each team wait on the floor. If the batting order is broken, the team can be disqualified. The order in which the participants are listed above is the batting order for both teams. The match is under elimination rules by pin fall, submission, disqualification or count out. There can only be one winner, so if more than one man on a team survives when all members of another team have been eliminated those teammates must wrestle each other to determine the winner.

Eliminations

– Darin Corbin was the first man eliminated, falling to the Wings of Icarus (from Icarus) at 33:30. While everyone else was on the floor separating Kingston and Sweeney, Icarus managed to sneak in this elimination.
– Brandom Thomaselli is pinned at 39:50 after Hallowicked gives him the Graveyard Smash. The Rudos had Cruz isolated for awhile, but he was able to tag in Hallowicked after colliding with Brandon when they both went for crossbody’s. Hallowicked managed to pick up the win after kicking out of the Golden Gate Swing.
– Gran Akuma is eliminated by Shane Storm with a sunset flip at 42:45. Storm and Akuma were fighting for control. Akuma was able to avoid both That Japanese Move and the Air Raid Crash, but trying to drive Storm’s knees into the corner allowed Storm to sunset flip him and get the pin.
– Shane Storm is shortly eliminated afterwards thanks to a low blow from Sweeney at 43:07. While Akuma was arguing with Bryce Remsburg, Sweeney was able to get that shot in and put Storm away with a piledriver.
– Vito Thomaselli is pinned by Cloudy at 45:15. He and Sal had Cloudy set up for a Doomsday Device when Cloudy victory rolled Vito and eliminated him.
– Cloudy is then eliminated at 45:53 from Chris Hero’s Hero’s Welcome: Championship Edition. Hero was the next guy in after Vito, and he picked up the pieces by eliminating the smallest member of Kingston’s team.
– Larry Sweeney is disqualified at 46:20. Eddie Kingston came in next to fight with Hero. Claudio came in to help out his tag partner. Kingston was able to fight them both off and send them to the floor. With Sweeney as the next man in, he gave Kingston a low blow right in front of Bryce. Bryce disqualified him because of this. Sweeney joins the Commentation Station after this and is quite fired up.
– Ryan Cruz is eliminated at 51:16 after Sal Thomaselli gives him a fisherman’s brainbuster. Kingston had taken Sal down and tagged Cruz in. Cruz missed a top rope legdrop and Sal put him away.
– Sal Thomaselli is eliminated at 52:22. Hallowicked almost had him out right away with a yakuza kick to the back of the head. Sal kicked out and gave Hallowicked an Angle Slam for two. Shortly after, Hallowicked got the pin with a moonsault.
– Cheech taps out to Chris Hero’s Hangman’s Clutch at 53:44. They were the next ones in after Hallowicked and Sal. Cheech almost had a pin at one point but fell to the more experienced Hero.
– Chris Hero taps out to the Hangman’s Clutch at 54:42! You read that right. Hero had Quackenbush up for the Quackendriver I. Quackenbush slipped out and used Hero’s own submission to eliminate him.
– Mike Quackenbush is pinned at 55:43 from Claudio’s fallaway moonsault slam off the top rope. That move is pretty crazy if you haven’t seen it.
– Claudio Castagnoli is pinned at 56:24. After a Backfist to the Future, Kingston was able to pin him in La Magistral cradle. After the elimination, Claudio gave Kingston an uppercut to the back of his neck and kicked him to the floor. This would leave Icarus as the sole person on Sweeney’s team.
– Hallowicked is pinned by Icarus at 57:24. Hallowicked placed Icarus on the top rope. Icarus shoved him off and came down with a huracanrana to score the pin.
– Icarus wins the 2006 Torneo Cibernetico, last eliminating Eddie Kingston at 59:47. Kingston managed to kick out after two back-to-back Shiranui’s. Icarus kicked out of a Saito suplex and a shotgun lariat. Kingston brought Icarus to the top rope, presumably for a super Saito suplex. Icarus was able to hit a super Shiranui instead to pick up the win.

Additional Notes

– As expected, Kingston was ruthless about Sweeney. On the first go around he tried stomping Sweeney from inside the ring when Claudio was the legal man for that team. It actually came time for Sweeney to come in with Kingston on the second go around, but Sweeney refused to go into the ring until Kingston tagged out to Corbin. Kingston unwillingly obliged. On the third go around for Team Sweeney, Sweeney mocked Kingston as he beat on Cloudy. When Cloudy is able to tag Kingston in, Sweeney jumped out to the floor immediately and Icarus pounced on Kingston so he couldn’t go after him. They ended up together in the next go around. They ended up trading blows and going to the floor where their teams had to separate them.
– Another feud that was slightly rekindled in this match was the one between Mike Quackenbush and Chris Hero. The second go around of teams saw them meet in the ring. Quackenbush clearly got the upper hand causing Hero to bail relatively quickly. Of course, they would end up in the ring together later which resulted in Hero’s elimination.
– Icarus and Akuma, both members of F.I.S.T., won back-to-back Ciberneticos.

This accomplished a lot of things; it rekindled the dormant Quackenbush and Hero feud, gave Icarus a ton of momentum for the rest of the year, and most of all it added even more fuel to the already large fire that is Sweeney and Kingston’s feud. The action was really good, the eliminations made sense and just about everybody got ample amount of time in the ring. Another successful Cibernetico. I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2006 has in store. ***3/4

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