Rey de Voladores

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Philadelphia, PA – 4.22.2007

Commentary is provided by Mike Quackenbush, Bryce Remsburg, and Leonard F. Chikarason.

Chuck Taylor gives us a Spanish lesson. He says Rey de Vodadingos translates to King of the Flippy Little Boys. Tonight he plans on doing no flips, but will kill everyone in his match before going home to sleep and do schoolwork.

Rey de Voladores Semi-Final Elimination Match
Ricochet vs. Chuck Taylor {KOW} vs. PAC vs. Retail Dragon

Everyone shakes hands except for Taylor. Dragon and PAC trade control on the mat. PAC pops out of a headscissors. Dragon headscissors him to the corner after a short Lucha exchange. Taylor drags PAC to the floor. He sends Dragon out to the steps. Ricochet gets his legs tripped out by Taylor after a leapfrog. Taylor is persistent in maintaining a side headlock. Ricochet eventually escapes and armdrags Taylor to the floor. Ricochet and PAC stand off in their first meeting. Taylor attacks Ricochet before they can lock up. PAC throws some forearms before delivering a dropsault. He backdrops Taylor into a standing shooting star press from Ricochet. PAC hits a standing moonsault and Taylor rolls out. Ricochet and PAC evades each others’ offense. PAC throws Ricochet forward by his leg. Ricochet headscissors PAC to the corner. He hits a Tiger Feint Kick. Taylor headbutts Ricochet in the stomach. Dragon dropkicks Ricochet into Taylor’s Buckle Bomb. Taylor monkey flips Dragon who huracanrana’s Ricochet. He goes for the Rollback Driver on PAC. PAC counters it but does take a Diamond Dust. He hits Taylor with the Rollback Driver. Taylor rolls out. Ricochet armdrags him into a Tornado Clutch to eliminate him at 8:59. Ricochet then dives onto PAC and Taylor on the floor. In the ring Taylor belly-to-belly suplexes Ricochet overhead. He drops an invisible grenade before dropping an elbow for two. PAC comes in with a Frankensteiner that sends Taylor to the corner. PAC grounds Ricochet. He hits a shooting star press onto Ricochet, clipping Taylor in the neck with his boots on the way down. Ricochet is eliminated at 11:37. PAC dropkicks Taylor to the floor. He follows with a corkscrew shooting star press! Taylor manages to deliver Sole Food back in the ring. He snapmares PAC into a chinlock. Taylor throws him to the mat when he comes close to escape. He gets two with a butterfly suplex. Same goes for his beautiful dropkick. Taylor spends some time admiring himself on the Arena projection screen. PAC catches him with a Frankensteiner for two. Taylor boots him twice. PAC flips out of the corner and hits an enzuigiri. He misses the 360 Shooting Star Press. Taylor rolls him up for two. PAC gets two with a Tiger Suplex. He back handsprings off the ropes hoping for a DDT. Taylor catches him with the Awful Waffle for the pin and the victory at 18:44. PAC almost made the match by himself. His moments were far and away the coolest and had the fans were into all of them. There was some times were the down time between the bigger spots that took away some momentum that was built, but not enough to drag the match down. The finish was particularly helpful in that aspect. The Awful Waffle should never be kicked out of. ***1/4

Rey de Voladores Semi-Final Elimination Match
Jigsaw vs. Lince Dorado vs. Equinox vs. Ruckus {BO}

Ruckus bails on a four person finger lock. Jigsaw fights with him on the floor as Equinox and Dorado do some Lucha. Dorado trips him into a back senton and hits a Lynxsault for two. Equinox backdrops him to the floor and suicide dives into an armdrag. In the ring, Ruckus backflips into a headscissors. Ruckus cartwheels out of a satellite headscissors. They trade dropkicks until Jigsaw nails a dropkick. Jigsaw dives onto Dorado and Equinox. Ruckus Fosbury Flops onto everyone. Equinox moonsaults into a senton on the crew before bringing Jigsaw back in the ring. Dorado Frankensteiner’s the both of them off the top rope! Ruckus back handsprings into a kick. He then hits the Razzle Dazzle. Jigsaw cuts off his neck move with a superkick. Equinox huracanrana’s Jigsaw for two. Jigsaw and Dorado roll up Ruckus and Equinox simulatenously. Referee Derek Sabato counts which eliminates them both at 4:40. Jigsaw monkey flips Dorado into the corner. Dorado comes back with a jumping, swinging DDT that spikes Jigsaw onto his head. Jigsaw enzuigiri’s him on the top rope. He drops Dorado onto his stomach and double stomps his back. Jigsaw drops him out of a torture rack for two. Dorado comes back with a swinging headscissors. He spikes Jigsaw in a reverse huracanrana. A twisting moonsault gets him the pin at 8:30. Although this was significantly shorter than the opener, I think the quality of the bout benefited from being more compact since some of these guys aren’t as a crisp as those in that match. It was fun while it lasted. **3/4

Mantis is giving a rallying speech but Hydra and Crossbones aren’t paying attention. He tells them to get serious. Mantis says they will show mere doom to their opponents tonight.

Tim Donst, Drew Gulak {CZW} & Andy Sumner {CZW} vs. UltraMantis Black {ONT}, Hydra {ONT} & Crossbones {ONT}

This is Tim Donst’s debut match. He and his partners coming out to “Born To Run” is great and random. Gulak brings Mantis down in a waistlock. Mantis grabs the ropes. Gulak British rana’s him into a two count. Hydra tags in with Sumner. He puts out his fist prepared for some MMA type stuff. Hydra’s kick to the leg does nothing, but Sumner’s weak kick takes Hydra off his feet. Donst hooks Crossbones’ legs until he gets the ropes. Crossbones kicks him in the chest and back. Donst traps Crossbones in the ropes and hits them so that he falls forward. He slingshots Mantis in so that he sentons onto his partner. Hydra goes for a sleeper. Donst swings around so that Hydra’s feet knock Crossbones and Mantis down. Hydra tries a double chokeslam on Donst and Sumner. They end up tossing Hydra onto his partners. They then hip toss Gulak onto all of the Order. Mantis trips Sumner. Donst dropkicks Hydra in the side. Hydra pokes him in the eyes and chokes him on the ropes. The Order beats Donst down until he drops Mantis with the Gator Roll. Both members of Team AnDrew are tagged in. They double hip toss Hydra and Mantis, but fail to do so to Crossbones. Donst helps them out by backdropping him into it. Mantis and Hydra dispose of Donst and Sumner. They hit the 3D. Mantis instructs Hydra to get the tables. Sumner pops him into a powerslam instead. Crossbones breaks the cover. Crossbones kicks him into the Praying Mantis Bomb for the pin at 9:15. The team of rookies actually got to look quite strong. I had forgotten that Donst used the rope capture maneuver since his debut. This was a lot better than I expected but not without some flaws. **1/4

Larry Sweeney says people like Shane Storm have always envied people like him. He saw Storm waving his sign on the Pennsylvania Turnpike as he drove by in his freshly polished Trans Am. He calls Storm the crack beneath his boot. At the end of the night, there will be no mistake that he is the better man.

Shane Storm vs. Larry Sweeney

Sweeney throws down Storm by his mullet. He goes to the apron when Storm approaches. After an alita, Storm cartwheels into a splash. Sweeney chops him in the corner. Storm catches him charging with a boot in the stomach. He gets two with a sunset flip. It looks like Storm is going for a headscissors, but when he can’t get it Sweeney smartly turns it into a sidewalk slam. He stomps Storm for good measure afterwards. A nice spinebuster gets him two. Same goes for a Garvin Stomp. Three knees are sent into Storm’s stomach. Storm knocks Sweeney down with a flying forearm. He throws more forearms before delivering a DDT for two. Sweeney goes for another knee but Storm rolls him up. He clotheslines Sweeney to the floor and follows with a tope con hilo through the middle and top rope. Sweeney distracts the referee so that Chris Hero can boot him in the face! Sweeney throws Storm back in the ring and pins him at 7:07. This was a bad night for Storm as he looked really sloppy. They cleaned stuff up by the end, and Hero’s boot looked tremendous, but it was tough going for awhile. Hero and Sweeney high-five as they head up the ramp. *½

Fire Ant {C} vs. Lance Steel

Steel throws Fire Ant to the corner a few times. He monkey flips him while holding locking fingers with both hands. He throws a chop. Fire Ant throws one but hurts himself on Steel’s armor. He rips off Steel’s armor after taking a few more chops. He over hand chops Steel to the ropes and gives him a fireman’s carry. Steel angrily grabs a ring bell. Fire Ant is poised to dive but gets hit in the face by Steel’s armor. Steel then puts it back on. He puts Fire Ant in a Boston Crab in the ropes. When he goes for a regular version, Fire Ant kicks him away. He delivers the Stop, Drop, and Roll but misses a cannonball senton. He goes for a fireman’s carry off the top rope. Steel turns it into a super Finlay Roll for two. Fire Ant however pulls off the top rope fireman’s carry moments later. The Beach break follows for the pin at 5:53. A fine exhibition for both guys, but totally innocuous in the grand scheme of things. **

Eddie Kingston says tonight is the first time he and Hallowicked have met in a singles competition. What he realized is that even though Hallowicked is claimed by many to be the best CHIKARA student, he has never defeated Kingston. He knows he can handle pressure, but wonders if Hallowicked can do the same.

Hallowicked {I} vs. Eddie Kingston {BO}

Kingston comes out and waits in the wings of the entrance stage. He ambushes Hallowicked as he makes his way out. They fight down to ringside where Kingston gets sent into the guardrails. He yakuza kicks Hallowicked and chokes him on the rails. Once again Kingston is sent into the guardrails. He bites Hallowicked’s stem. As they are fighting, the match is ruled to be a No Contest. Bryce Remsburg and Leonard F. Chikarason are yelling at them to stop fighting. Kingston ignores orders and yakuza kicks Hallowicked in the ring multiple times. Kingston proclaims himself the victor of this non-match while Hallowicked is checked on by officials. Kingston ends up giving Hallowicked an exploder suplex off the apron and to the floor! He is sent away while Hallowicked is once again tended to. That was an awesome non-match to really escalate this feud.

Soldier Ant {C} & Worker Ant {C} vs. Sabian {BO} & Joker {BO}

Joker and Worker Ant go back and forth. Joker chops him hard. He rakes the bottom of his boot across Worker Ant’s face. Sabian throws some chops of his own. Worker Ant slides out bringing in Soldier Ant. He armdrags Sabian. Sabian goes for a Mouse Trap pin but gets two. Soldier Ant armdrags to the floor and follows with a saluting plancha. Worker Ant avoids a backdrop from Joker and headscissors him to the floor. He suicide dives after him. Soldier Ant sunset flips Sabian for two. Sabian kicks Soldier Ant low when avoiding a headscissors out of a corner, but it’s dubious whether it was a foul or a kick to the stomach. This allows the BLK Out to dominate Soldier Ant in their half of the ring, including Sabian dribbling water into his face and Joker pulling on his antennae. They even bust out a Maraha Isappa sequence. Soldier Ant shoves Sabian off the top rope and comes down with a saluting headbutt. Worker Ant tags in and cleans house. He gets two on Joker after a split-legged moonsault and Soldier Ant slamming him onto him. Sabian throws Soldier Ant out. BLK Out dropkicks Worker Ant simultaneously. They hit him with the Kings’ Swing for two. Joker drags Worker Ant’s antennae across the guardrails. Soldier Ant meanwhile rolls Sabian into the Skayde schoolboy for the pin at 10:54. This did a tremendous job portraying both teams’ personalities. The BLK Out have a bit of arrogance while kicking ass, and their persistence on punishing Worker Ant rather than going for the pin cost them the bout to the more clever and calculating Colony. The rest of this feud should be great fun. **3/4

Sabian throws a water jug at Soldier Ant’s head! He double stomps him while Joker holds him back. Joker takes a swig out of the jug and spits water in his face.

2007 Rey de Voladores Finals
Lince Dorado vs. Chuck Taylor {KOW}

Taylor knees Dorado in the stomach instead of locking up. Dorado ducks a punch and delivers a couple different armdrags. Taylor bails to the floor. Back in the ring they trade wristlocks. Dorado rubs his head against Taylor’s hands like a cat would. He mares Taylor to the floor. Back in the ring Dorado pulls off a satellite headscissors. He forearms Taylor in every corner. He goes for the Lynxsault but Taylor gets his knees up. He gives Dorado a couple of gut busters to capitalize on his hurt mid-section. He drops him on the top rope and chokes him on the middle rope. He keeps Dorado grounded and softens up his back and neck area. Taylor gets two with another over the shoulder backbreaker. Taylor ties up his neck with an arm-capture headscissors. Dorado ducks a clothesline and Cactus clotheslines both of them to the floor, then Taylor into the audience. Dorado springboard sentons onto him. Taylor accidentally chops a ring post when he comes to. Dorado comes off the top rope with a huracanrana for two. Taylor responds with the Sole Food and a lariat. Dorado avoids the drop kick and successfully hits the Lynxsault for two. Taylor avoids a corner attack. He nails a springboard dropkick and a moonsault for two. Dorado escapes a Buckle Bomb. He comes off the ropes with a DDT. He misses a shooting star senton. Taylor goes for the Awful Waffle. Dorado counters mid-move with another DDT. He heads up top. Taylor stops him and brings him down into the Awful Waffle for the pin at 15:50. With how little flying there was to be had, I’m not sure if this being a “Rey de Voladores” finals is all that appropriate, but it was a good match nonetheless. Taylor’s neck and back work paid off and both guys played into what worked in the semi-finals. It also gave Taylor a lot of credibility at a time where he really needed to cement himself as a “CHIKARA guy.” ***

Claudio Castagnoli will be a great day because he gets to make Chris Hero his butler. He knows Mike Quackenbush and him don’t see eye to eye, but says that he better be fair in his role as special guest referee. He tells Hero to bring it on.

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chris Hero {KOW}
Special Guest Referee: Mike Quackenbush

If Claudio wins, Hero becomes his personal butler. If Hero wins, Claudio will once again become a member of the Kings of Wrestling stable. Larry Sweeney is in Hero’s corner. Hero spends time stalling on the floor and apron. Claudio brings Hero to the mat in a double knuckle lock. Hero uses the ropes to break. Hero goes after his arm. Claudio puts his body weight onto Hero. Hero Mexican catapults his way out but Claudio applies a bodyscissors. Hero stretches his legs apart. Claudio turns over. They slap each others’ faces while their legs are locked and they are in simultaneous headstands. Claudio goes after Hero’s left leg. Hero rolls into a wristlock but Claudio shoves him to the corner. Hero goes to the floor for a minute and gets put in a side headlock when he comes back in. Hero escapes and works over the left arm. Claudio shoulder blocks him. Hero nips up and eats an uppercut right away. A short Lucha sequence ends with another uppercut from Claudio. Claudio overhand chops Hero in the corner. He gets two with a vertical suplex. He uppercuts Hero right in his shoulder blades. Claudio sends Hero to the apron. Hero comes back in with a springboard double axe handle for two. Sweeney boots Claudio on the floor while Quackenbush keeps Hero inside. Hero stomps Claudio down in the corner. Quackenbush pulls Hero out of the corner by his hair by the count of five. Hero gets two with a snap powerslam. He applies a chinlock. Claudio elbows his way out but gets tagged with a rolling elbow. Hero kicks him to the floor. Back in the ring Claudio fires up. He comes off the second rope with an uppercut. As he charges, Hero sweeps his legs and sends him to the floor. Heo fakes a dive, but Claudio hits him with a springboard uppercut that takes him back out. Claudio suicide dives after him. Another top rope uppercut gets him two. Hero chokeslams Claudio across his knee. He misses a second rope stomp but does big boot Claudio for two. Claudio uppercuts Hero as he goes to the top rope. He brings him down with a neck-tie headscissors. Swiss Chin Music gets him two. Hero avoids a corner attack. He drives Claudio into the apron with a single stomp to the chest and gets two. They go forearm for uppercut. Claudio shrugs off Hero’s boots. He ducks one and nails a springboard uppercut. Hero kicks out. Sweeney gets on the apron as Claudio lifts Hero. Claudio however gives him a cross-armed German suplex. Sweeney pulls Quackenbush to the floor. Quackenbush palm strikes him! Hero kicks Claudio low while Quackenbush is distracted! Quackenbush comes back in and reluctantly counts, making Hero the winner at 22:44. Claudio is once again a member of the Kings of Wrestling. I never thought Hero and Claudio had that epic singles match they should have had. However, this was really good both in terms of action and storytelling. Claudio was sort of in a shades of grey area since his return, but this bout solidified him as a definitive Tecnico who happens to be stuck with the Rudos which should be a fun role for him to play. ***1/2

Hero is all smiles as he grabs the microphone. He says that he’s been on quite a tear this year despite missing King of Trios. He tells Quackenbush that he just beat the man that Quackenbush could not beat last month. His point is that while Quackenbush is an excellent technical wrester and did pin him in the Fall of 2004, he has improved drastically since then. He knows that Quackenbush has wanted to get his hands on him after what Hero did to him at Tag World Grand Prix 2005. Hero admits was apprehensive for awhile, but he is willing to finally give Quackenbush the singles match he has wanted now that he has all the confidence in the world. The only stipulation is that Quackenbush has to shake his hand. He even drops to a knee to show that he won’t try any funny business. Quackenbush twists up his hand as he shakes it. He grabs the microphone and tells Hero that he will see him at Aniversario.

F.I.S.T. is backstage. Icarus goes over some history to quiet the nay-sayers who claim they are unworthy of being Campeones. They already defeated Cheech and Cloudy in the finals of a one night tournament and plan to do so again tonight.

Campeonatos de Parejas
Icarus {F} & Gran Akuma {F} (Campeones) vs. Cheech & Cloudy

After a wristlock exchange, Cloudy divorce courts Icarus’ arm and applies a Cattle Mutilation to it. Icarus rolls away. Akuma and Cheech tag in. Akuma elbows Cloudy off the apron and Cheech responds in kind to Icarus. Cheech takes him over in a side headlock. He smacks Akuma in the back of his head. Akuma kicks his legs in a double knuckle lock. Cheech catapults into a sunset flip. He and Cloudy each go for some quick pins. Icarus and Cloudy trade pin attempts too. Akuma kicks Cloudy in the back of the head. F.I.S.T. try a double team attack. Cloudy side steps the attack. Cloudy sneaks in a Jackknife Pin on Akuma and picks up the first fall at 4:59. Icarus and Cheech’s exchange has no real victor. Cloudy headscissors Akuma to the floor and fakes a dive. Cheech runs the ropes to armdrag Icarus. He armdrags both members of F.I.S.T. simultaneously. Cheech and Cloudy armdrag both them the floor, then Cheech backdrops Cloudy onto them. Cheech sentons onto them. He works over Icarus’ back. He and Cloudy put him in stereo Cycling Yahoos. Cloudy drives his knees into Icarus’ back and neck. Icarus gives him a lung blower in response. Akuma kicks Cloudy in the chest until he literally vomits. He continues kicking him against the ropes and he loses his lunch once again. He rolls Cloudy into the Cheetah Swipe. Cheech breaks the cover. Cloudy rolls to the floor. Akuma backdrops Cheech out and Icarus attacks Cloudy. In the ring Akuma hits the Lightning Spiral. Icarus strings the Wings of Icarus and the Burning Wings together. Cloudy taps out at 14:32, tying the match up one fall a piece. Icarus and Akuma attack Cheech on the floor, sending him into the guardrails. Cloudy dives onto F.I.S.T. to try and let his partner recover. He sends Akuma into the rails. Icarus kicks him in the stomach but then also gets sent into the rails. So does Cloudy, care of Akuma. F.I.S.T. isolate him back in the ring. Cloudy manages to send Akuma to the floor and give him a headscissors. Cheech comes in with a couple back elbows to Icarus. He drops him with an STO. He gets two with an Oklahoma Stampede. Akuma stops him from hitting the Deluxe. He drops him in a modified Tenchi Crash. Cloudy spikes Akuma with a DDT. Icarus reverse suplexes Cloudy leaving all four men laying. Cloudy blocks double boots. Both members of F.I.S.T. take Partly Cloudy with a chance of Cheech. They hit Icarus with Death by Knee. Akuma breaks the fall at the last second. Cheech breaks the Falcon Arrow and hits a Shiranui. Cloudy drops him with the Yoshi Tonic for two. Icarus throws him out of the ring. He gives Cheech the Shiranui for two. Akuma misses a moonsault. Cheech and Cloudy give Icarus a superkick/enzuigiri combo. Akuma saves him. He throws Cloudy to the floor. He swiftly kicks Cheech in the side of the head. Cloudy comes back in. Icarus puts him onto Akuma for a super powerbomb. Icarus pins him at 24:29, giving F.I.S.T the win. This started out well enough but really kicked into another level by the end. Cheech and Cloudy using F.I.S.T.’s own finishing moves against them was awesome and would have been a great way to switch the titles. Obviously Cloudy didn’t mean to puke mid-match, but in a weird way it portrayed how tough he was by continuing the match in spite of his poor condition. Cheech also does well as an underdog, so this was another successful title match for F.I.S.T. ***3/4

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