Cibernetico & Robin

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Philadelphia, PA – 9.22.2007

Commentary is provided by Bryce Remsburg, Leonard F. Chikarason, Larry Sweeney, and UltraMantis Black.

Brodie Lee vs. Mike Stevens {BSE}

Stevens ducks the opening boot. Lee however nails him on the second attempt. He stands on Stevens long hair while pulling up on his arms. Lee gets in a few strikes before choking Stevens on the middle rope. He pump handles him into a suplex for two. Stevens spears Lee and throws some punches. Lee whips him into the corner and follows in with a boot. The running Liger Bomb gets Lee the win at 2:31. I could watch Brodie Lee kill people all day long. *

Daizee Haze vs. Candace LeRae {PWG}

Haze pulls on LeRae’s hair as she brings her to the corner. LeRae avoids a punch and rolls Haze up for two. She snaps off a couple of armdrags and a headscissors. Haze trips her into the middle rope and chokes her with her boot. She rakes at LeRae’s face. LeRae throws some forearms to the chest. Haze responds with one of her own. She gets two with a Northern Lights suplex. LeRae delivers a chinbreaker when another roll-up doesn’t do the trick. She throws some clotheslines and dropkicks Haze in the side of the head. Haze gets two with another Northern Lights suplex. LeRae rolls her into a neckbreaker. Haze forearms LeRae as LeRae goes to the top rope. LeRae missile dropkicks her for two. She attempts a sunset flip. Haze sits down on it and holds the ropes, getting the win at 4:39. LeRae had a couple missteps but overall looked good. There’s only so much you can do in four minutes but they made good use of the time. *

UltraMantis Black is talking with Bryce Remsburg about the PWI 500 for the year. Bryce said Incoherence wanted him to tell Mantis and Hydra that they are sissies. Mantis makes some ludicrous threats. He knows Incoherence has two points, with that first one being earned in 2006 over him and Hydra. Mantis says that won’t happen again and that they will earn their second point tonight. DOOM!

Delirious {I} & Hallowicked {I} vs. UltraMantis Black {ONT} & Hydra {ONT}

Delirious goes crazy at the bell. Hydra is unafraid, posing right in Delirious’ face. Delirious outsmarts Hydra, stomping on his left hand twice. Hallowicked tags in. He and Delirious take turns throwing Hydra’s hand repeatedly into the top turnbuckle. Hallowicked gives the hand a yakuza kick! Mantis tags in which hurts Hydra’s hand. Delirious blocks his big boot and bites on Mantis’ bare foot! Both he and Hallowicked chop the bare foot. Delirious stomps on it and throws it into Hydra’s hand. Incoherence dropkick the Order to the floor. Delirious and Hydra are about to lock up when Mantis attacks Delirious from behind. He chokes Delirious on the middle rope. He hangs him up in the tree of woe and whips Hydra into him for a dropkick. Delirious throws Hydra off his shoulders, chest first into the mat. Hallowicked tags in. He chops up Mantis and gives him a step-up Frankensteiner. The Rydeen Bomb gets two. Hydra axe handles him in the back and drops him with a Complete Shot. The Order hold onto his arms while digging their feet into the side of his head. Delirious breaks that up. He gives Mantis a headscissors and headbutts Hydra in the stomach as he comes off the top rope. He hits Mantis with the Panic Attack. Hydra drops Delirious with a hooking clothesline. Hallowicked yakuza kicks Hydra for the pin and their third point at 7:04. This was goofy and really fun. Of course these two teams have excellent chemistry and the crowd was into it. **¼

Mike Quackenbush vs. Tim Donst

Quackenbush maneuvers Donst into a Judo throw. Donst responds in kind while holding onto a double knuckle lock. Quackenbush turns that into a headscissors, which Donst escapes and applies a side headlock. Quackenbush avoids an up-and-over out of the corner and armdrags Donst back down. Donst uses his neck strength to avoid a crucifix pin. Impressed, Quackenbush releases the crucifix. He comes off the middle rope, armdragging Donst into a Tornado clutch for two. Donst puts on a side headlock to stop a Magistral cradle. Quackenbush avoids another headlock and spin kicks Donst in the stomach. He snapmares Donst into a back kick. He stretches out both of his arms. When Donst maneuvers out, he drops a knee onto Donst’s neck and stomps on his arm. Quackenbush puts on a modified bow and arrow. Donst grabs the ropes. He twists on Donst’s fingers and wrist while digging his knee into the shoulder. He then puts on a modified crossface. Donst looks to roll Quackenbush onto his shoulders and ends up getting a two count. Donst avoids double knees in the corner. He drops Quackenbush with an STO and a Gator Roll for two. Donst gets in a chop before eating a palm strike. Quackenbush gives him a reverse brainbuster. He’s surprised that Donst is able to kick out. Donst avoids a suplex. He German suplexes Quackenbush for two. He pulls down the straps and sends Quackenbush to the apron. Quackenbush headbutts him in the chest. He sunset flips Donst into the CHIKARA Special. Donst taps out at 7:39. I loved this. Donst got to go hold for hold with THE top guy in the company, almost having him beat on a couple of occasions. This had awesome back and forth wrestling you rarely see nowadays. With some more time this could have been even more memorable but I still enjoyed what we got immensely. ***

(Note: You can check out the entire in its entirety here.)

Colin Olsen takes us back in time to November 2006 when The Olsen Twins made their CHIKARA debut in a tag team tournament. Cheech and Cloudy rained on their parade and beat them in the first round. Jimmy says tonight they’re not getting pinned. They don’t even know what pins are. They fire themselves up taking about how badly they’re going to hurt their opponents.

Cheech & Cloudy vs. Colin Olsen {OT} & Jimmy Olsen {OT}

Jimmy and Cloudy engage in a wristlock exchange. Jimmy elbows Cloudy in the face and puts on a side headlock. Cloudy escapes. He sends Jimmy to the corner with a headscissors, then headscissors him out of the corner. He catapults himself onto Jimmy’s shoulders only to pull off a satellite headscissors. Jimmy throws him to the floor. Cheech knees Jimmy out to the floor as well. He goes for a dive, but Colin cuts him off with a quesadora armdrag. They each get in creative armdrags. Colin gets his own headscissors in. Cheech uses the top rope for another armdrag. Cloudy drop toe holds him. He sentons Colin onto Cheech’s knees for two. Colin sends booth Cheech and Cloudy to the floor. Jimmy dives and catches Cheech with a DDT on the floor! Colin hot shots Cloudy onto the guardrail. The Olsens carry Cloudy back into the ring and work him over while Cheech recovers. Colin even gives him a neckbreaker in the ropes when he starts to come to. The Olsens collide in the corner, allowing Cloudy to hit Colin with a missile dropkick. With Cheech still down Cloudy’s beat down continues. Cloudy manages to spike Jimmy on a reverse Frankensteiner and tag Cheech in. While holding his neck, Cloudy clothesline Colin. He pulls of a backdrop but Jimmy forearms him in the neck. Cheech blocks a Rude Awakening with a backdrop. He clothesline him into an STO. Cheech superkicks Colin and gives him a Superman spear. He can’t bridge on a fisherman’s suplex because his neck is too hurt. Colin leapfrogs over Jimmy into a legdrop on Cheech’s neck. Cloudy breaks the pin. The Olsens collide again. Cloudy puts them both in an Octopus Stretch. Jimmy goes to break it but accidentally dropkicks Colin. Same thing happens with Colin dropkicking Jimmy. The Olsens wheelbarrow Cloudy into a neckbreaker/powerbomb combo. Cheech breaks the pin. Colin leg lariats Cheech back to the floor. Cheech comes back in to stop Cloudy from taking a double superplex. He dropkicks Colin to the floor. Jimmy takes Death by Knee for the pin at 12:50. This was the definition of a show stealing tag match, one that I hear about to this day. Both teams stepped up their games in a big way. I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that this is the defining match of both teams’ CHIKARA runs or that it made the Olsens’ CHIKARA career. ***¾

Super Xtremo {BSE} vs. Kris Chambers {BSE}

Chambers kicks Xtremo instead of shaking his hand. Xtremo throws some chops after ducking a punch. He cartwheels to avoid a hip toss. He satellite headscissors Chambers before dropkicking him to the floor. When Chambers comes back in, Xtremo catches him with a leg lariat. Chambers releases Xtremo out of a German suplex for two. Another suplex also gets him two. He chokes Xtremo on the middle rope. Xtremo catapults his way out of a Japanese strangle hold. He comes off the second rope with a tornado DDT to Chambers. After a backdrop Xtremo clotheslines him to the floor. Xtremo follows with an Asai moonsault. In the ring Chambers rolls through a high crossbody for two. He gets two with a powerbomb too. Chambers kicks Xtremo. Xtremo uses the momentum to hop up into a huracanrana for the win at 7:08. Like he did over Young Lions Cup weekend, Xtremo looked impressive. Chambers was nothing special but did his part in making Xtremo look great. *½

Jigsaw and Shane Storm are backstage. Jigsaw is excited about them going to win their third point tonight. Storm seems more unsure of themselves, especially since they lost to F.I.S.T. early in the year. Jigsaw tells Storm to change his attitude and gets himself pumped up.

Jigsaw & Shane Storm vs. Amasis {OP} & Ophidian {OP}

This is Amasis’ CHIKARA debut. Storm throws some forearms to Ophidian’s neck. Ophidian throws some chops. He Tiger walks up Storm and Matric moves out of a chop. He Ranhei’s Storm for a two count. Storm slams Ophidian on his stomach and chest. He cartwheels into a splash for two. Jigsaw and Storm attack Ophidian in the corner. Ophidian slips out of Jigsaw’s hands and tags in Amasis. Jigsaw puts him in the Gory Stretch. He drops him into a Gory Catapult for two. Amasis hops up after taking a shoulder block. He does a little dancing before delivering a clothesline. He and Jigsaw get into some Kid N’ Play. Amasis throws three different kicks, impressing the crowd. Jigsaw goes to attack Ophidian in the corner. Amasis picks up Ophidian and they hypnotize Jigsaw! They take him down in the corner. The Portal continue to wear Jigsaw down until he clotheslines Amasis from the mat. Storm gives Ophidian some clotheslines upon tagging in. He gets two with a Blue Thunder Bomb thanks to Amasis breaking the cover. Jigsaw nails Amasis with a superkick for two. Ophidian stops him from giving Amasis the Jig N’ Tonic. He drives his knees into Jigsaw’s chest. Storm makes the save. Amasis shoulder tackles Jigsaw to cut off his Leap of Faith attempt on Ophidian. Ophidian puts the Death Grip on Storm! While Jigsaw and Amasis fight on the floor, Storm passes out at 9:46. Talk about making an impact. The Portal, especially Amasis, impressed the crowd and stopped the top Tecnico team from getting their third point. Even back then you knew the Portal were a team to keep your eyes on. **¾

In the back Storm tells Jigsaw he can’t believe they lost. Jigsaw tells Storm that he lost the match before they even went out to the ring with his negative attitude. Storm tries to tell him that he did his best, but Jigsaw knows he only gave 50 percent. Since he to has start all over again when it comes to getting points, Jigsaw decides he would rather do so with a different partner. He leaves Storm who seems to be in disbelief.

Eddie Kingston is with his BLK Out partners Sabian and Joker. Joker says he’s tired of having to face the same three skinny, low lifes over and over again. He won’t let the Colony use the BLK Out as their stepping stones. He’s going to pick them apart and keep them out of CHIKARA for good. Sabian says last time they were in the building they almost killed Worker Ant and tonight will be more of the same. Kingston says he can’t believe he’s in a match with the Colony, not the guy who he’s been asking for for months. He keeps his cool for his own sanity. He says if he has to murder the Ants, then so be it, but sooner or later he’s going to get the match he wants. If they don’t, he’s going to keep hurting people. Joker says this all started in April, and it’s going to end tonight.

Fire Ant {C}, Soldier Ant {C} & Worker Ant {C} vs. Eddie Kingston {BO}, Joker {BO} & Sabian {BO}

The Colony charge the BLK Out to start. Worker Ant fights with Joker on the floor. Soldier Ant and Fire Ant dive onto Kingston and Sabian respectively. Joker tosses Worker Ant back into the ring. Worker Ant armdrags him back out. Sabian tries attacking from behind but gets caught. Sabian fakes a hurt ankle so Joker can catch Worker Ant with a lariat. Kingston whips Soldier Ant into the guardrails. BLK Out continue to bully Worker Ant while his partners regain their composure. Kingston misses a yakuza kick and Worker Ant gives him an antzuigiri. Fire Ant comes in with a high crossbody. He goes for a Beach Break on Sabian but Joker stops him. Joker snapmares him into a stomp. It’s now Fire Ant’s turn to get mauled by the BLK Out, with Joker going after his mask in the process. Fire Ant smartly rolls Joker over and tags in Soldier Ant. He takes out Joker and Sabian before giving Kingston a headscissors. He German suplexes Sabian. All three members of the BLK Out retreat on the floor. Fire Ant gets Antapulted onto them! The Colony bring Joker back into the ring. Joker lariats Worker Ant and gives Soldier Ant a backbreaker. He belly-to-belly suplexes Fire Ant onto Soldier Ant in the corner. Kingston yakuza kicks Fire Ant and Sabian gives him a basement dropkick. Joker ends the sequence with a cannonball senton. Soldier and Worker Ant break the pin. Joker jumps off Worker’s Ant on Kingston’s shoulders into a splash on Soldier Ant. Kingston drops Worker Ant on top of Soldier Ant and Sabian senton splashes the pile from the top rope. All three BLK Out members go for dropkicks. Fire Ant and Worker Ant trip Sabian and Joker while Soldier Ant avoids Kingston. Kingston takes top rope offense from all three Colony members. Sabian takes the Ants Marching dropkick, as well as a saluting headbutt/double dropkicks. Worker Ant helps Soldier Ant with a German suplex to Joker. Fire Ant kicks him in the head before delivering the Beach Break for the pin at 13:30. I believe I said this in a different BLK Out/Colony match, but this is the feud that began the Colony’s ascent to becoming CHIKARA stars. It showed their intensity, leading to people taking them more seriously, and they improved tremendously as the matches progressed. Of course, the BLK Out deserve love too for being such good adversaries. Well done, guys. ***½

As it turns out, due to a contract snafu, everyone in the Cibernetico match had to resign a contract the day of the show. While the Lucha team signed with no question, the Kings of Wrestling had something up their sleeves. Each member asked Director of Fun Leonard F. Chikarason for a signing bonus that if they didn’t get, they wouldn’t sign. Therefore, the Kings got their wish. Backstage, each member of the Kings of Wrestling shared what extravagant item they had asked Leonard for…all except Claudio. When questioned about what he asked for, Claudio just smiled and walked away. The Kings are in high spirits going into the match.

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Torneo Cibernetico
Lince Dorado, Chiva III, El Hijo del Ice Cream {IC}, Chiva IV, Ice Cream Jr. {IC}, Equinox, Magno & Incognito vs. Chuck Taylor {KOW}, Larry Sweeney {KOW}, Icarus {F}, Gran Akuma {F}, Shayne Hawke {KOW}, Chris Hero {KOW}, Claudio Castagnoli {KOW} & Mitch Ryder {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
– Equinox becomes the first man eliminated, succombing to a powerbomb from Chris Hero at 17:40. They met twice in the batting order, and while Equinox more than held up his end of the bargain, he was no match for Hero’s power.
– Chiva III falls at 24:52 when Akuma hits him with a moonsault.
– Larry Sweeney was the first member of the opposing team eliminated, caught by Incognito in a prawn hold in 33:04.
– Ice Cream Jr. is eliminated by Akuma after taking a final cut and being caught in a Skayde schoolboy at 34:44.
– Gran Akuma is eliminated at 35:30 by Magno via top rope Spanish Fly.
– Icarus gets a surprise elimination at 42:50, when Hijo turns Icarus’ wheelbarrow into a Bucanero Driver at 42:50.
– El Hijo del Ice Cream succombs to a roll up from Shayne Hawke at 43:40 in which he also grabbed the ropes. This was after Hawke escaped from a Jack N’ Jill Hammer attempt.
– Chiva IV is also eliminated by Hawke, falling to the Tomahawke at 44:35.
– Shayne Hawke gets eliminated by Magno, who blocks a Tomahawke and gives Hawke a brainbuster at 44:46.
– Magno gets pinned by the Hero’s Welcome (from Chris Hero) at 45:47. Magno almost had Hero pinned with a roll-up, but obviously it did not come to pass.
– Chuck Taylor is eliminated at 48:28. He went for the Awful Waffle on Lince, but Lince rolled him up as a counter and managed to get the pin.
– Incognito is put away with Swiss Death (a pop up European uppercut) from Claudio at 49:50.
– Lince Dorado is eliminated by Mitch Ryder’s piledriver at 50:50. This would be the first time in CHIKARA history in which the remaining members of a Cibernetico team would have to fight amongst one another.
– Chris Hero is put away with the CHIKARA Special by Claudio at 51:39. Hero and Ryder forgot they had to fight amongst themselves, allowing Claudio to catch Hero off guard with Swiss Chin Music and the Ricola Bomb before locking on the submission. Claudio knowing this submission was quite the revelation.
– Claudio Castagnoli wins the 2007 Cibernetico, lastly eliminated Mitch Ryder with the Ricola Bomb at 52:08.

Additional Notes

– Magno was a replacement for Sicodelico Jr.
– Obviously, the main two rivalries of this match where Chris Hero vs. Equinox and Mitch Ryder vs. Lince Dorado. Hero was all for going after Equinox, squaring off with him every time they ended up in the ring together. They had by far the most exciting exchanges out of everyone in the match. After Hero eliminated Equinox first, he went after his mask. Magno stopped Hero from completely unmasking him.
– Ryder and Dorado crossed paths, but unlike Hero, Ryder was unwilling to face his foe the first time they met in the ring. The other times however, Ryder was more game to fight and even almost tore off Dorado’s mask.
– Hero and Claudio had their issues during the match, mostly with Claudio being unwilling to participate in tandem offense and rather going it on his own. He even jumped off the apron to avoid a tag from Hero instead of doing the King’s Swing. It almost cost Hero the match, as Magno rolled him up during this exchange. Claudio accidentally popped up Dorado into a dropkick on Hero which almost had them come to blows.
– As it turns out, Claudio asked for, and was granted, freedom from the Kings of Wrestling when he signed the contract earlier tonight. Of course, he kept that a secret going into the match. Now he is free to fight the Kings as he pleases.

This was a weak Cibernetico for a few reasons. There were only two real feuds holding things together. The Equinox/Hero and Ryder/Dorado feuds were displayed excellently, and the Claudio revelation was a good one, but it left six of the other members of the Luchadores teams without much a purpose. Heck, half the team weren’t even regular roster members. The Lucha guys also messed up a lot of stuff which is never a good thing. You’ll notice not much commentary on the eliminations, because a lot of them lacked much drama or build up and seemed to happen at random. It accomplished the goals it needed to but wasn’t a highlight of the year like this match usually is. ***

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