Passion & Persistence


Philadelphia, PA – 4.20.2008

Commentary is provided by Mike Quackenbush, Louden Noxious, Bryce Remsburg, Leonard F. Chikarason, and UltraMantis Black.

Vin Gerard interrupts Nick Papagiorgio’s opening announcements. He brings out Bull Pain (and his baseball bat, Brother Pain), saying the three on one attacks from The Colony are over. He reminds us that last night Worker Ant was the first one to learn by example. The other two Colony members run out and we have ourselves a tag match.

Fire Ant {C} & Soldier Ant {C} vs. Vin Gerard & Bull Pain

Pain absorbs Soldier Ant’s strikes and gives him a headbutt. Gerard takes out Fire Ant in the corner. Pain rakes Soldier Ant’s face across the top rope. Gerard chops Fire Ant against the guardrail. Pain suplexes him onto the floor. Gerard chokes Soldier Ant back in the ring. Soldier Ant trips Gerard as he hits the ropes. Pain gives Fire Ant a backbreaker through a steel chair. Gerard clotheslines Soldier Ant in the corner. Pain uses a pipe on Fire Ant’s back. Gerard tosses Soldier Ant to the floor. Pain DDT’s him onto a chair. Gerard drives his knees into Fire Ant’s chest. Pain Pillmanizes Soldier Ant’s leg. He sends Fire Ant into the ring post. Gerard misses a running knee to Soldier Ant. Soldier Ant counters a Rude Awakening attempt with a backslide. Pain hits Fire Ant across the back with a chair. When Soldier Ant picks up Gerard for a TKO, Pain hits him in the leg with the bat. This causes for a DQ at 4:09. This was mostly a beating of the Colony, but did a really good job pushing the issue between the two sides. *

The beating from Pain continues, but multiple members of the CHIKARA roster come out to fend them off. Leonard F. Chikarason suspends both Gerard and Pain for 30 days for their actions. Gerard and Pain speak in the parking lot. Pain says this reminds him of when he had to wear a mask in the AWA as part of the Texas Hangmen because the pretty boys couldn’t take him. He says they ended a couple careers this weekend, and if they keep bringing in more ants, they will keep knocking them down. Pain would never be seen in CHIKARA again after this show.

Hydra {ONT} vs. Chuck Taylor {F}

Taylor shoves Hydra. Hydra then more forcefully shoves Taylor to the mat. A Lucha sequence ends with a Hydra armdrag sending Taylor to the floor. Hydra wants a test of strength. He wins and shoves Taylor to the mat. Hydra gets multiple two counts with various pinning attempts. Taylor asks for a handshake. Hydra takes the bait and gets a boot to the stomach. He punches Hydra to the mat for two. Taylor applies a rear chinlock. Hydra makes it to his feet, so Taylor rakes his eyes. He slams Hydra, posing with confidence afterwards. Hydra avids a superplex. He comes off the top with a headscissors. Hydra throws a flurry of forearms. He gets two with a hook clothesline. Taylor stops from being put on Hydra’s shoulders with Sole Food. He drops a grenade. Hydra avoids an elbow. He eats the grenade! As he’s choking, Bryce Remsburg gives him the Heimlich. Hydra spits the grenade out at Taylor who goes to the floor. Hydra follows with a pescado. Taylor takes control and throws Hydra back in the ring. Hydra catches him on the top rope and tosses him off. He puts on the Hydralock. Taylor rakes Hydra’s eyes. He hits the Awful Waffle for the pin at 7:38. This was as entertaining as you would expect, but honestly, the wrestling was really good too. This also may have been the match Taylor claimed to be still drunk from the night before during on his Kevin Steen Show. If so, kudos, because this was really fun. **¼

Jimmy Olsen says he doesn’t need Colin Olsen anymore. He may not be picking up his phone, but he can hang as a singles competitor. He may have dropped a big one against Akuma last night but he’s looking to make up for it tonight against Player Uno. No funny business, he’s punching Uno in the face.

Player Uno {SSB} vs. Jimmy Olsen

After exchanging waistlocks, Olsen grabs a wristlock. Uno switches to a side headlock. Olsen reverses. He slaps Uno across the face when he breaks free. Uno Shoryuken’s Olsen in the stomach. Olsen pauses Uno when he comes off the ropes. He turns Uno’s mask, has Derek Sabato unpause him, and Uno runs right into Olsen’s fist. Olsen gets two with a side suplex. He drops a fist when Uno tries fighting up. He catches Uno coming off the ropes with a knee to the gut. Uno catches Olsen’s dropkick attempt. He slingshots him to the corner. Olsen lands on the second rope. He hops off looking for the Overbomb but Uno counters with an enzuigiri. Olsen pauses Uno again. Sabato unpauses him and this time Uno catches Olsen with a punch. Uno lays in more strikes. Olsen forearms him in the face. Uno hits the River City Ransom for two. He goes for the Dig Dug Driver. Olsen slips out at first, but Uno catches him with it on the second try. Olsen kicks out of the pin. He dropkicks Uno to the corner and delivers a crossbody. A missile dropkick and brainbuster get him two. Uno gives him a stunner and the Level 17 Wizard. He follows with the Blanka Roll. He misses the M. Bison Stomp. Olsen releases him out of a German Suplex. The Overbomb and a piledriver get Olsen the win at 7:55. Once again Olsen got to look strong in singles competition. Uno got a chance to shine too, but I don’t think the crowd was as impressed with Olsen’s win here as they were with him going toe-to-toe with Akuma the night before. Good action, but nothing terribly spectacular. **½

Tim Donst is backstage with the Order of the Neo-Solar Temple. Mantis tells Donst that they had a match last night and that he took a nasty spill on his head. Mantis calls Donst a member of his family and says they will protect him since he’s not technically cleared to wrestle. He claims the Order will be unstoppable.

Tim Donst vs. Ophidian {OP}

UltraMantis Black and Crossbones are in Donst’s corner. Ophidian avoids Donst’s opening attacks. Donst does manage to hold onto a side headlock. Ophidian trips Donst but finds himself in a bodyscissors. Ophidian pushes his arms under Donst’s legs and slithers his way free. Donst consults Mantis. He goes after Ophidian’s ankle. Ophidian makes his way up and puts on an Octopus stretch. Donst grabs the ropes. Mantis gives him some advice. Donst pokes Ophidian in the eyes! He gives him a belly-to-belly suplex for two. He puts Ophidian in a straightjacket choke. Ophidian uses his feet to bring Donst to the mat. He sits on Donst’s shoulders while applying a straightjacket choke of his own. He double armdrags Donst to keep the hold on. Donst reverses. Ophidian prawn holds his way into a reversal. Donst deposits him out of a German suplex. Crossbones distracts the referee. During this, Ophidian cradles Donst. Donst kicks out in time. He catches Ophidian with an STO. Donst tosses off his headgear. Ophidian puts on the Death Grip. Donst’s arm drops three times, but his foot was on the rope by the third drop. Mantis crotches Ophidian when he goes to the top rope while Crossbones distracts Sabato again. Donst uses the Gator Roll to get the pin at 9:49. The story with Donst was interesting but the match was not. The choke reversal lasted forever and the initial distraction from Crossbones seemed unnecessary and ham-fisted. This was a case of in ring action being sacrificed for a story and it showed. **

Helios vs. Amasis {OP}

Both men cleanly break lock-ups in the corner. Amasis dances to block an Irish whip and puts on a side headlock. He shoulder blocks Helios to the mat. Amasis avoids a roll back and reapplies the side headlock. Helios rolls out. Amasis backs away when he does some flips. He trips Helios into an arm wringer. Helios tries flipping up but Amasis catches his leg and rolls him away. He rolls off the top rope onto Amasis’ shoulders. Helios armdrags him to the floor and follows with the Sasuke Special. He gets two with a dropkick. He misses a second rope crossbody. Amasis delivers a suplex, then chokes Helios with his boot. Helios trips him. He misses a back handspring twisting splash. Amasis chokes him on the ropes. He then puts on a straightjacket choke. Helios escapes. Amasis mows him down with a clothesline. He gets two with a splash. Amasis tries whipping him across the ring. Helios stops him with the Burning Screwdriver. He hits a tiger feint kick in the corner. Amasis avoids him coming off the top rope and nails a running knee to the face. Helios blocks another whip with a Cobra Clutch backbreaker. He follows with a standing moonsault for two. Amasis comes back with a diving shoulder block. Helios gets whipped to the corner. He hops to the top and quickly hits The Sky is Fallin. A shooting star press gets him the pin at 9:40. This is more like it. This was really good back and forth wrestling where both guys, especially Amasis, got to look good. His effort in keeping Helios grounded was unique. The atmosphere may have been even better if it were a YLC defense, but what can you do? **¾

Mike Quackenbush, Shane Storm, Cheech & Cloudy vs. Larry Sweeney {FT}, Mitch Ryder {FT}, Shayne Hawke {FT} & Robbie Ellis {FT}

Yes I know I have four people in the Fabulous Three, but this is the only time it ever happens so deal with it. Sweeney pulls Cloudy’s hair as he takes him to the corner and throws him to the mat. He playfully slaps Cloudy in the face. Cloudy then throws Sweeney down by his hair twice and hairmares him across the ring. He slingshots him into the mat. Quackenbush and Hawke tag in. Quackenbush smacks Hawke in the stomach as he puts on a courting hold. Hawke gets the ropes to avoid his other arm being pulled. Quackenbush avoids the running double axe handle and trips Hawke. He ties Hawke up in a cue ball. Hawke bites the ropes and Quackenbush mercifully frees him. Hawke calls for a test of strength. Quackenbush armdrags out of it. He gives Hawke an atomic drop. He rolls Hawke over to Cheech for a high crossbody. He then helps Cloudy with an elevated legdrop as Cheech holds Hawke. In comes Ellis. He pulls Cheech by his hair and slaps him in the face. Ellis sends Cheech to the floor with a headscissors. Ryder gets caught with an armdrag from Storm. He hip tosses Ryder into an elbow drop. Ryder drops some elbows across Storm’s neck. The Fabulous Four all land clotheslines to him in the corner. Storm slips out allowing Cloudy to come in. Cloudy is jumped by Sweeney and Hawke right away. The Four wisely isolate the smallest member of the opposite team in their corner. He slides out after taking some elbow drops. Cheech comes in. Sweeney goes right to his eyes and Cheech effectively takes his partners place in the beatdown. Same thing happens to Quackenbush when Cheech hits the floor after taking multiple back elbows. He palm strikes Ryder and Hawke and backdrops Sweeney. He grabs Ellis so Storm can put on an abdominal stretch. Cheech comes off the top to dropkick Ryder and Sweeney who were looking to break the hold. Quackenbush and Cloudy dive after them. Ellis hip tosses his way free. He dives off the second rope onto everybody on the floor! In the ring, Cheech and Cloudy hit an enzuigiri/superkick combo on Sweeney while Quackenbush palm strikes him for good measure. Storm capitalizes with That Japanese Move for the pin at 14:51. Really fun Atomicos match. There are few more fun Rudos to watch than the Fabulous Three when they’re in full force. Cheech, Cloudy, and Quackenbush also served as really fun foils. Storm was kind of there. This was a real fun time. ***

Ryder admonishes Sweeney for taking the fall. Hawke follows his lead and they leave Sweeney alone in the ring.

The next match was supposed to be Eddie Kingston & Sabian vs. Lince Dorado & El Pantera, but Kingston was nowhere to be found during this time. With the other three present, this will now be a singles match. A coin flip determines that Pantera will face Sabian.

El Pantera vs. Sabian {BO}

Sabian beats down Pantera at the bell. Pantera whips him to the corner and comes off the top with a neck-tie headscissors. He gives Sabian a double underhook backbreaker. He rolls up into a headbutt that sends Sabian to the floor. He follows with a suicide dive. Sabian chops Pantera as he comes back into the ring. Pantera brings him off the top rope with a headstand Frankensteiner for two. Sabian catches him with a knee to the stomach. He rakes his feet across his face. Sabian lands a dropkick and goes after Pantera’s mask. The mask comes off when Sabian sends him to the corner, seemingly Pantera’s fault. Sabian tosses him to the floor and Pantera gets his mask back on. He whips Pantera to the guardrail and delivers a chop. Back in the ring he rolls him up for two. Sabian comes off the top rope but gets caught with a dropkick. Sabian tries a huracanrana. Pantera counters with a Styles Clash for two. He also gets two with a Swanton. Sabian comes back with an enzuigiri and a Complete Shot. He hits a frog splash for two. Sabian kicks Pantera low behind Derek Sabato’s back and rolls him up for the pin at 7:03. This was a mess. The mask stuff, the action, almost everything was just sloppy from the beginning. I get they had to make the best of an awkward situation but the match should have just been axed altogether. ½*

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brodie Lee

Claudio and Lee take turns shoulder tackling one another, but each man remains standing. Lee wants a test of strength as Claudio says HEY! Lee forearms Claudio in the stomach when he’s about to lose the test. Claudio sends Lee to the floor with a running shoulder block. He follows him to the floor and delivers some uppercuts. Lee catches Claudio back in the ring. Claudio uppercuts him in the corner. Lee clotheslines him in the opposite corner and gives him a belly-to-back suplex. Claudio rolls to the floor. Lee gets in some strikes before bringing him back in the ring for a back elbow. He chokes Claudio on the middle rope. He applies a rear chinlock. Claudio escapes. Lee splashes him against the ropes and gets two with a slingshot suplex. After trading strikes, Claudio catches Lee with a powerslam. He throws a series of uppercuts. After a backdrop, Claudio comes off the second rope with an elbow drop. He gets two with the Match Killer. He goes for the Ricola Bomb. Lee backs him to the corner and unleashes some chops. Claudio forearms Lee off the second rope. Lee however comes back and brings Claudio down with a butterfly superplex. He misses the Big Boot. Claudio comes off the second rope with a diving uppercut. Lee blocks a German suplex. He pulls Derek Sabato in the way to take the brunt of Claudio’s Swiss Chin Music! Lee clotheslines Claudio. He calls for a Liger Bomb. Claudio counters it with the Giant Swing. He goes to get Derek Sabato conscious to no avail. He then successfully pulls off the Ricola Bomb. Bryce Remsburg runs out to count the pin, while at the same time Derek Sabato calls for the bell. The match ends at 10:45 with some confusion. Ultimately, the decision is Lee wins by DQ. For a first in a series of matches this was very good. There was lots of good action but enough to leave you wanting more. These guys have great chemistry, as would be evident in the coming months. ***

You can watch this match in it’s entirety here.

All three members of F.I.S.T. are in the back. Chuck Taylor says Incoherence are going down tonight. Akuma has to break the news to him that he’s not in the match. He and Akuma question each other’s F.I.S.T. loyalty. They laugh at the idea at their being tension between them. They all list their CHIKARA accomplishments, ending with the Campeonatos de Parejas. Icarus says all they have left to do is bring those belts back to F.I.S.T.

Campeontos de Parejas
Delirious {I} & Hallowicked {I} (Campeones) vs. Icarus {F} & Gran Akuma {F}

Delirious freaks out at the bell. He and Icarus start. Delirious wants to make Icarus poop his pants. They both grab waistlocks which are broken via ropes. Delirious challenges Icarus to hit the ropes. He headbutts Icarus in the stomach twice and punches him in the stomach as well. Hallowicked tags in and grabs a wristlock. Icarus reverses and Akuma tags in. He puts on a courting hold. Hallowicked runs the corner and armdrags his way free. He sends Akuma out with a step-up Frankensteiner and follows with a suicide dive. Delirious does more damage to Icarus’ stomach. He gives him a belly-to-back suplex. Incoherence drop Icarus on the top rope. Hallowicked gives him a quarterback kick. Icarus slides out. Akuma tries sneaking in but Delirious smacks him in the back of the head. Icarus enzuigiri’s Hallowicked. Akuma and Icarus take turns working over Hallowicked’s legs, as well as some other offense. Hallowicked was able to catch Icarus with a backbreaker, but Akuma wisely took out Delirious with an enzuigiri before a tag could be made. Icarus puts on a fanny pack as Akuma brings Hallowicked down with a super Frankensteiner. Icarus hits a frog splash, giving F.I.S.T. the first fall in 10:25. The second fall begins with Hallowicked still finding himself on the receiving end of F.I.S.T.’s punishment. Delirious runs in to headbutt Icarus, but his head hits the fanny pack and Delirious finds himself knocked down. Icarus hits another frog splash on Hallowicked for two. The F.I.S.T. beatdown continues. Icarus brings in the ring bell while Akuma distracts Bryce Remsburg. Hallowicked cleverly uses the bell, which revives Delirious and causes him to run amok with clotheslines. Hallowicked chokeslams Akuma. He catches Icarus with a Rydeen Bomb for a pin in 14:34, tying up the match at two falls a piece. Icarus and Hallowicked slap each other silly. Icarus ducks a boot and gives Hallowicked a release German suplex. Akuma powerslams him. He goes to powerbomb Icarus onto him but Hallowicked gets his knees up. Delirious and Hallowicked attack Akuma in the corner. They hit the Sidewinder for two. Akuma throws kicks at Delirious who responds with chops. Akuma wins the exchange with a flying chest kick and a powerbomb. Icarus misses a frog splash. Hallowicked misses a Swanton. Akuma misses a moonsault and Delirious hits Shadows Over Heck. Akuma kicks out. Akuma rolls through the Chemical Imbalance #2 attempt. He gives Delirious a tombstone. Icarus hits the fanny pack frog splash for two. He calls for the Wings of Icarus. Delirious avoids it. He drop toe holds Icarus into the Panic Attack. He hits the Here It Is Driver and Akuma breaks the pin. He drives Delirious into the corner. Delirious hangs him in the tree of woe. Both members of Incoherence dropkick him. Delirious tosses him into Go 2 Sleepy Hollow. Icarus makes the save. He pitches Delirious to the floor. He blocks a Rydeen Bomb and nails the Shiranui. He misses a moonsault. Hallowicked hits him with the Wings of Icarus! Icarus fires up but gets hit in the face with a big boot. Unlike when F.I.S.T. lost the title, Icarus kicks out. Hallowicked boots him to the floor. Akuma German suplexes Hallowicked and gives him a Cheetah Swipe. He follows up with a brainbuster. He pulls down his kneepads before ascending the ropes. Delirious holds onto Akuma. Hallowicked follows, leading to a double super fisherman’s buster. That gets Incoherence the third fall and the win at 21:59. This was fantastic. Really good wrestling, clever storytelling, callbacks to the first title match; this had it all, including a crowd who got really into the nearfalls by the end. This was the main event this show needed and it adds a very strong defense under the Campeones’ proverbial belts. ***¾


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