Here Come The International Invaders: Stage II – Return of the Clone Menace

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Hellertown, PA – 8.18.2007

Commentary is provided by Mike Quackenbush, Leonard F. Chikarason, Chris Hero, UltraMantis Black, and Mitch Ryder.

Pre-Show Match
Worker Ant {C} vs. Rahim Ali

Fire Ant is in Worker Ant’s corner. Ali attacks Worker Ant before the bell and rakes his face across the top rope. Worker Ant takes him down with some armdrags. Ali avoids a dropkick. He drives Worker Ant’s face into his knee multiple times. Ali gets two with a side slam. He chokes Worker Ant on the middle rope and snaps his neck across the top rope. He gets two with a Magistral cradle. He puts on a Camel Clutch sleeper. When Worker Ant gets the ropes Ali sits down on his back. He whips Worker Ant to the corner. He goes to the apron, kicks Ali, then slingshots in with an Ace Crusher (sorta) for two. He hits an enzuigiri. Ali responds with a lungblower. Worker Ant fights off a back suplex and enzuigiri’s Ali again. He a sitout Tiger Bomb gets him the win at 4:28. Worker Ant has improved a lot he got his new black gear. Coincidence? Probably. *

Jigsaw says he and Shane Storm will pick up their second point tonight. They have done everything there is to do in CHIKARA, but Los Campeonatos de Parejas is the only goal left. Storm reminds Jigsaw that they had their shot once and things didn’t go in their favor. Jigsaw says they’re more experienced, hungry, and driven. Storm still seems a bit unsure but Jigsaw assures him that they will defeat the Olsens tonight and get their third point down the ring.

Jigsaw & Shane Storm vs. Colin Olsen {OT} & Jimmy Olsen {OT}

Colin and Storm trade headlocks. Storm suplexes his way out of one and puts on a wristlock. Jigsaw tags in. Storm gives him an atomic drop and Jigsaw knee strikes him in the face. Jimmy switches with Colin, but since they’re fraternal twins the trick doesn’t fool anyone. Jigsaw takes him down with a leg lariat. Colin forearms Jigsaw from the apron. The Olsens give him a double slingshot suplex. Storm switches out with Jigsaw. Colin misses a few elbows. Jigsaw comes in but gets caught with a punch to the stomach. The Olsens wear down Jigsaw until he leapfrogs over Jimmy and tags in Storm. Storm is cut off quickly as Jimmy hip tosses Colin into a blockbuster. Jigsaw avoids a double team move by sending Jimmy out with a headscissors. He enzuigiri’s Colin into Storm’s Air Raid Crash for the pin at 5:19. Fun, but too short to really mean much. The last few moves were pretty awesome. **

Tim Donst vs. Brodie Lee

Lee big boots Donst while Bryce is patting him down. Lee chops Donst up in the corner and slams him. Lee drives his knee into Donst’s leg. More chops follow. Donst fires back with a couple of his own, so Lee throws him overhead by his throat. He lariats Donst before tossing him to the floor. Lee traps Donst’s leg in the ropes. He throws strikes so when Donst falls it adds a lot of pressure to his knee. Lee drives the knee into the mat. He puts on a modified cloverleaf. Donst grabs the ropes. Donst blocks a boot and trips Lee. He Gator rolls him for two. Lee charges as Donst gets up in the corner. Donst blocks him with an elbow. Donst tries pulling up his leg so he can climb to the top rope. He crossbody’s onto Lee. Lee rolls him into a kneebar and then a half crab. Donst turns it into a small package for two. Lee gives him the running Liger Bomb. A second one gives Lee the pin at 6:58. Over the course of one weekend Lee is arguably the scariest, most dangerous person in the company. Conversely, Donst once again took the fight to someone bigger than him and looked valiant in losing. Both guys come out of this looking better than they did coming in. If that isn’t a success, I don’t know what is. **½

UltraMantis Black is looking at a wall of war veteran photographs. He claims to the emperor of the insect kingdom. He says Soldier Ant will find out tonight why he is the one who gives the orders around here.

Soldier Ant {C} vs. UltraMantis Black {ONT}

Fire Ant is in Soldier Ant’s corner. Mantis gives Soldier Ant some military commands which he obeys. Mantis says he is in control. Just then, Soldier Ant armdrags him out of a courting hold. Mantis throws him down by his antennae and drops some elbows. He chokes Soldier Ant on the middle rope. Mantis stretches him out in a choke across his knee. He chokes Soldier Ant with his hand tape. He gets two with a splash. He overhand chops Soldier Ant against the ropes. Mantis gets sent to the floor. Soldier Ant slingshot sunset flips him into the crowd. He then suicide dives onto Mantis while he is seated. In the ring Soldier Ant goes for a clothesline. Mantis blocks and pummels his back. Soldier Ant slides out of the Praying Mantis Bomb and hits a TKO for the pin at 5:25. Not sure what that set out to accomplish but the people enjoyed it. Good for Soldier Ant getting a nice singles win. **

Hallowicked {I} vs. Mitch Ryder {KOW}

Ryder is very proud of his shoulder block. The fans cheer for Hallowicked instead of him. The same thing happens when Ryder gives him a hip toss, and then again with an armdrag. Hallowicked gives Ryder all the same moves and boots him to the floor. When Ryder comes back in Hallowicked snaps off two armdrags. Ryder whips him to the corner andelbows him in the face. He back elbows Hallowicked in the throat. Hallowicked ducks an elbow and crossbody’s Ryder for two. Ryder clotheslines him as soon as he stands up. He puts on a chinlock. Hallowicked escapes. Ryder tries a knee to the stomach. Hallowicked turns it into a roll-up. Ryder kicks out and thrusts Hallowicked in the throat. Hallowicked comes back with a Rydeen Bomb for two. Ryder knocks him down and goes to the top. Hallowicked throws him off the top rope. He accidentally runs shoulder first into the ring post. Ryder pulls out a chain from his pocket and clocks Hallowicked with it behind referee Bryce Remsburg’s back for the pin in 10:42. The ending was lame but Hallowicked actually got a pretty good exchange out of Ryder, which is sadly rare. **¼

PAC says he didn’t come all the way from England to lose two nights in a row. He tells Claudio to be ready because he’s going to beat him in his home promotion.

PAC vs. Claudio Castagnoli {KOW}

After reaching a stalemate on the mat, PAC uses the ropes to armdrag Claudio to the floor. Claudio grabs his ankle. PAC kicks him away so Claudio knees him a few times in the corner. PAC flips out, kicks Claudio in the chest, and hits a standing twisting splash. He headscissors Claudio to the corner. PAC comes running in but eats Swiss Chin Music for two. He slams PAC into a legdrop for two. He does some damage to his back. He delivers an uppercut in the corner and gets two with a Magistral cradle. PAC throws some forearms. Claudio launches him up and lets him slam into the mat. PAC manages to dropsault Claudio to the floor. He then follows out with a corkscrew moonsault off the second turnbuckle! He takes Claudio down back in the ring. He comes off the second rope with a tumbleweed senton for two. PAC counters Claudio’s slam with a huracanrana. Claudio kicks out. He deadlifts PAC up into a German suplex for two. He picks PAC up by his shoulders for a slam. PAC kicks out of that as well. PAC moonsaults into a tornado DDT! Claudio kicks out. He hits PAC with a step-up enzuigiri on the ropes. He brings him down with an Ace Crusher for two. A rolling uppercut yields the same result. PAC avoids Swiss Death and Swiss Chin Music. He rolls up Claudio and kicks him in the neck. PAC goes for a Dragonrana. Claudio instead catches him and hits the Ricola Bomb for the pin at 11:09. This was tremendous as you would expect. Claudio is the ultimate base for agile high-fliers like PAC and it’s matches like this that show you just why. ***½

Brute Issei cuts a promo in Japanese.

Brute Issei {AJ} vs. Chris Hero {KOW}

Issei coming out to “Through the Fire and the Flames” is giving me serious college flashbacks about playing Guitar Hero III. Hero and Issei exchange headlocks. A battle of shoulder blocks is won by the larger Issei. He slams Hero and gets two with a legdrop. Hero feigns a leg injury to bait in Issei and take control. Hero boots him to stop his comeback. When Issei almost comes back a second time Hero forearms and punches him in the corner. Hero hops onto the floor with a double axe handle. Issei blocks it and throws some chops. His shoulder accidentally collides with the ring post. Hero sends him into the wall. Back in the ring he slingshots into a stomp. He crotches Issei in the corner and boots him in the face. Issei fires up. Hero’s chops do not faze him. He throws some hard forearms and splashes Hero in the corner. Issei spears him for two. Hero evades an attack and nails a rolling elbow. A cravate neckbreaker is good for two. Issei responds with a lariat. He gives Hero a gutwrench gut buster. He goes for a splash and Hero puts his knees up. He gives Issei the Cravate-O-Clasm and a top rope double stomp for the pin at 11:48. A fine showcase match with some cool strike exchanges but not much substance to it. The crowd being so anti-Hero made the match. **¾

Shayne Hawke is facing Lince Dorado. He says Dorado may as well be a black cat since he is unlucky for having to face him tonight. He pulls out a Mexican to English dictionary, which states “this is a real dictionary” on the back. He shows in the dictionary that Lince Dorado in English stands for loser. That’s exactly what he will be when Hawke is through with him.

Lince Dorado vs. Shayne Hawke {KOW}

Some back and forth ends with Dorado running the ropes for an armdrag. Dorado fakes out a dive. Hawke gets hip tossed in from the apron. Dorado comes off the second rope. Hawke gets catches him with a knee to the stomach. Hawke whips him to the corner. Dorado runs the ropes and comes down with a moonsault block. Hawke clotheslines him for two. He drops a knee across Dorado’s face. Dorado lands a couple dropkicks and a backdrop. He Magistral cradles Hawke for two. Same goes for a Lynxsault. Hawke blocks a clothesline with an Ace Crusher. Dorado blocks a superkick. He delivers one of his own, but Hawke collides into referee Bryce Remsburg. Mitch Ryder runs in and gives Dorado a piledriver. Hawke folds him up for the pin at 6:47. Most of this was just killing time until the finish. I like both guys but there was nothing to this. Even the audience wasn’t all that interested in what was going on. *

Mitch Ryder and Hawke stomp on Dorado after the bell. Ryder said Dorado wasn’t ready for the piledriver because it’s illegal in Mexico. He says he can’t send Dorado back to Mexico, but he can’t humiliate him by beating him at his own game. He knows how rich the tradition of the Cibernetico is with luchadores, so he tells Dorado to grab 7 “hoochadore” friends so next month they can have their own Cibernetico match. Ryder’s team will obviously be the members of the Kings of Wrestling. Hawke asks to be a member of the team. When Ryder agrees, Hawke stomps Dorado in excitement. Ryder ends by saying some disparaging things about immigrants and claiming himself to be the last real patriot.

Akira Raijin cuts a promo in Japanese.

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
Mike Quackenbush (Champion) vs. Akira Raijin {AJ}

Quackenbush trips Raijin and picks at his leg. Raijin uses his other leg to kick him away. He forearms Quackenbush multiple times after backing him to the corner. Quackenbush locks his legs on the mat until Raijin gets the ropes. Quackenbush rolls him into a half crab. Once again Raijin gets the ropes. Raijin shoulder blocks him down. Quackenbush sends him to the floor with a headscissors and follows with a tope con hilo. He applies a kneebar back in the ring. Raijin gets the ropes. He gives Quackenbush a knee lift and kicks him in the spine. He snapmares Quackenbush into a chinlock. Quackenbush tries a sunset flip. Raijin drops a knee across his face and delivers a diving seated lariat for two. Raijin attempts a boot. Quackenbush catches it and gives him a dragonscrew leg whip. He tries a Sharpshooter but gets kicked away. Raijin hits him with a lariat. He grabs at Quackenbush’s face and headbutts him. He throws Quackenbush off the top rope. Quackenbush rolls through. He throws some chops. Raijin catches him with a release belly-to-belly suplex. Both men collide with simultaneous clotheslines. Quackenbush peppers Raijin with slaps to the face. He gets two with the Black Tornado Slam. Raijin misses a clothesline. He deposits Quackenbush on his head with a Saito suplex. He does it a second time. Quackenbush kicks out. He ducks a lariat and rolls Raijin into a Chicago Crab. Raijin crawls to the ropes. Quackenbush goes for another headscissors. Raijin blocks it mid-move for a tombstone piledriver. He heads up top and delivers a diving headbutt to the shoulder. Quackenbush blocks some offense and hits his own Palm Strike. He rolls Raijin into the Lightning Lock Beta, then a Stretch Muffler, causing Raijin to submit at 12:42. This was another really good title deefense from Quackenbush. He utilized the same strategy as he did with Black Tiger, but Raijin’s style made the bout feel totally different from that one. Good stuff. ***½

Chiva II & Chiva III vs. Icarus {F} & Gran Akuma {F}

II takes Akuma down with a couple armdrags. He scares Akuma with a scream and tags in III. Icarus takes him down with a fireman’s carry. III gets two with a jackknife pin. He hip tosses Icarus into a neckbreaker. He splashes Icarus in the corner and suplexes him. A flipping legdrop gets two. III headbutts Icarus to the corner and dropkicks him in the back. Akuma kicks III as he hits the ropes, allowing Icarus to sneak in a dropkick. III gets beaten down by F.I.S.T. He escapes by ramming Icarus’ back with his horn. Akuma throws kicks at II’s chest. II catches one and suplexes him. He hits an enzuigiri and gets two with a Magistral cradle. Akuma gets sent to the floor. Icarus jumps II. II ducks a clothesline and suicide dives onto Akuma. Icarus superkicks III as he comes in. He throws him out of a reverse suplex. Icarus tries it a second time but III turns it into a Shiranui back cracker. Akuma tries a tornado DDT. III blocks it. II enzuigiri’s him into III’s suplex. Icarus breaks the pin. III drops him in a pump-handle Michinoku Driver. Akuma makes the save. Akuma throws II into the corner to crotch III on the top rope. He gives III a Spider German suplex and a moonsault. Icarus breaks the cover! He gives III the Shiranui and the Wings of Icarus right on his head. Icarus puts on a fanny pack while Akuma stomps on II. Icarus’ fanny pack assisted splash connects, but Icarus decides to continue to beat him down. Since Akuma and Icarus are beating down Las Chivas with no indication of hoping to win, Bryce Remsburg DQ’s them for Castigo Excesivo (excessive violence) in 12:01. Given the teams for the Cibernetico it made sense to give Las Chivas a reason to be upset with the Kings of Wrestling and make F.I.S.T. look like ass kickers. Las Chivas are a lot better than I remembered. Their exciting offense and F.I.S.T.’s no nonsense attitude made for a great combination. **½

Chuck Taylor is happy because after tonight he will never have to see Ricochet in CHIKARA again. He thinks it’s silly that Ricochet thinks the fourth attempt will be his lucky one. In fact, he finds it quite laughable. He lets out a sound of jubilation thinking about never having to see Ricochet again.

Lucha de Apuesta – Young Lions Cup vs. CHIKARA Career
Chuck Taylor {KOW} (Champion) vs. Ricochet

If Taylor wins, Ricochet is ousted from CHIKARA for good. If Ricochet wins, he wins the Young Lions Cup. Taylor attacks before the bell. He continues the attack on the floor. Back in the ring he claws at Ricochet’s face. Taylor kicks him a few times in the back. Ricochet palm strikes Taylor. He slides under him and snaps off an armdrag. He puts on a hammerlock stretch and tornado clutches Taylor for two. A standing switch ends with Taylor throwing Ricochet to the mat by his hair. He chokes Ricochet on the bottom rope. After a back drop he pulls out an invisible grenade that hurts everybody in a three mile radius, yet when he explodes it with an elbow drop it only affects Ricochet. He puts on a sleeper while laying on Ricochet’s back. Ricochet fights out but Taylor gives him a release belly-to-belly suplex. Taylor boots Ricochet as he runs at him in the corner. His beautiful dropkick gets a two count. Ricochet goes for a tornado DDT. Taylor counters with a bridging belly-to-belly suplex. When Ricochet kicks out Taylor goes up top. Ricochet follows. Taylor tries a super sunset flip. Ricochet kicks out and delivers a basement enzuigiri. Ricochet Cactus clotheslines Taylor out. Taylor gives him a big overhand chop. He backdrops Ricochet into the ring. Taylor evades some of Ricochet’s offense but succombs to a standing moonsault. Taylor blocks a Tiger walk. He boots Ricochet in the corner. Ricochet backflip kicks Taylor and delivers a cannonball senton. He wants the Backslide Driver. Taylor counters with Sole Food. Taylor chops Ricochet from the apron. After a huracanrana Taylor nails a Sick Kick for two. Ricochet elbows Taylor on the apron. He sends him to the floor with a tiger feint kick. He kicks Taylor while attempting a moonsault. In the ring Taylor puts Ricochet in a Gory Special. Ricochet counters it with a Backslide Driver for two. He only gets two with a standing shooting star press as well. They fight on the ropes. Taylor ends up giving Ricochet a senton as he lays across the middle rope in the corner. Ricochet grabs the bottom rope to break the count. Taylor powerbombs him into a jackknife pin but Ricochet kicks out of that as well. Taylor tries the Awful Waffle. He evades it and hits Chocolate Rain for two. Ricochet O’Connor Rolls Taylor. Taylor reverses it and low blows Ricochet, which Bryce Remsburg can’t see it. He also holds the tights and gets the win at 15:57. Ricochet is now out of CHIKARA. With such high stakes it was hard for this bout not to outshine the other three they have had previously. The crowd really responded to all of the nearfalls and the counter wrestling was on point. The thing I loved most was that both guys were more aware of the others’ offense, showing growth from their previous matches. The finish would have been better had it been clean, obviously, but given what was to come I can accept it. ***½

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