The Global Gauntlet, Night II

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Philadelphia, PA – 10.19.2008

Commentary is provided by Mike Quackenbush, Leonard F. Chikarason, Eddie Kingston, and Louden Noxious.

Tim Donst {SD} & Hydra {SD} vs. STIGMA {U} & Colin Delaney {U}

Hydra takes down Delaney in a waistlock. He and Donst double shoulder block Delaney and pose like the Steiner Brothers. STIGMA tosses Hydra to the floor. Donst forces STIGMA play air guitar before rolling him up for two. He sends STIGMA into the mat with a front face trap. Donst dives after STIGMA after low bridging the top rope. Hydra chops the top of Delaney’s head. He stomps on Delaney’s hand. Delaney responds with some punches. Hydra armdrags him twice and sends Delaney out with a headscissors. When Hydra goes for a suicide dive, STIGMA cuts him off with a boot to the side of the head. This allows the UnStable to isolate Hydra from Donst. Hydra victory rolls his way off of STIGMA’s shoulders and tags in Donst. Donst takes both STIGMA and Delaney down with fireman’s carry’s. He goes for the Donst Cap on STIGMA but is cut off with a spinebuster from Delaney. Delaney looks for the People’s Elbow but Donst gives him an STO instead. Donst falling headbutts him in the ribs. STIGMA trades chops with Donst, then comes off the second rope with a knee to the neck. Hydra breaks up the fall and gives STIGMA a modified UnPrettier. He then flapjacks Delaney onto STIGMA. The UnStable shove the Donsters into each other. STIGMA hits Hydra with the Stigmata. Delaney takes out Donst, allowing STIGMA to pin Hydra at 8:34. This had solid back and forth action with a little humor to break things up. Both teams worked hard but the crowd just wasn’t feeling it for whatever reason. **

Vin Gerard makes his way ringside. He notes that Jigsaw is in the crowd. He believes they got off on the wrong foot and invites him into the ring. Jigsaw obliges. Gerard says he has no idea what Jigsaw did to get so hated, but nobody wants him in the locker room. Gerard says that he and Jigsaw have quite a bit in common: they both unmasked and went on to bigger things and they’re both Young Lions Cup champions. He says they all have made mistakes, but it’s time for Jigsaw to put his past to rest and join the UnStable. Jigsaw saya to give him a second to think about it. Suddenly he superkicks STIGMA! Gerard pounces on Jigsaw and Delaney helps put the boots to him. Mike Quackenbush runs out with a chair, causing the UnStable to run scared. Jigsaw wants a handshake. Quackenbush tells Jigsaw that they’re “now even” (Jigsaw saved Quackenbush from an attack last month) and leaves. Jigsaw looks to head backstage, but Leonard F. Chikarason says they need to talk before he can do that. They head off to the office.

Lince Dorado is ecstatic about him and Jimmy Olsen getting three points last night. He turns his attention to his opponent Icarus who is one-half of the longest reigning CHIKARA tag champions. If he wins tonight, it would boost his ego even more, because he would prove to himself that he has what it takes to win the gold.

Lince Dorado vs. Icarus {F}

Dorado comes to the ring on a Razor scooter. Icarus has his own scooter that he got from under the ring. They race around the ring before the match and Dorado wins. Dorado snapmares his way out of a hammerlock. He puts on a side headlock. Icarus breaks out of it in the corner. Dorado headscissors Icarus and springboards off the second rope with an armdrag. He walks across the top rope into a seated Thesz Press. Icarus drops down the top rope causing Dorado to crash on the arena floor. Icarus baseball slides him into the guardrails and chokes him. Back in the ring he suplexes Dorado into a butterfly lock. He butterfly suplexes Dorado across his knee before applying a Camel Clutch. Dorado gets the ropes. Icarus dropkicks him for two. He kicks Dorado against the ropes. Dorado pump-handle suplexes Icarus to the corner. He comes in with a seated dropkick. Dorado misses a Lynxsault. Icarus turns him inside out with a lariat. The Blu-Ray is only good for two. Dorado sends Icarus to the apron with an enzuigiri. Icarus guillotine’s Dorado on the top rope. Dorado blocks the Shiranui. The standing Spanish Fly and a shooting star press get Dorado the win at 7:50. Icarus really upped the aggression making for a more exciting match. The Philly crowd also didn’t turn against Dorado, which really would have derailed their story. **¾

UltraMantis Black tells Crossbones that they face a true challenge tonight against Incoherence. He and Hallowicked have some unresolved issues from many years ago. He says tonight he gets the chance to finally get his revenge. Crossbones says not only that, but they would get their third point if victorious. Crossbones has a pumpkin, prompting Mantis to say he will share a soup recipe with him later. He then says that Incoherence are doomed.

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

Delirious freaks out at the bell. He works over Mantis’ left arm. Hallowicked puts on a wristlock. Mantis forearms him and rolls to tag in Crossbones. Hallowicked gives Crossbones a wheelbarrow armdrag. Crossbones responds with an armdrag of his own. Hallowicked dropkicks and enzuigiri’s him in the corner. Mantis and Hallowicked exchange forearms. Mantis blocks the super snapmare. Hallowicked sends him out with a step-up Frankensteiner. Crossbones attacks Hallowicked from behind. Hallowicked ducks a clothesline and bulldogs Crossbones. Incoherence take turns striking Crossbones in their corner. They each land a senton on his back. Mantis knees Delirious from the apron. Crossbones gives him a body block. The Order bully Delirious in their corner until The Sea Donsters make their way ringside. Mantis gets distracted by them. Delirious meanwhile trips Crossbones in the corner and hits the Panic Attack. Hallowicked yakuza kicks Crossbones twice. Mantis chases the Donsters up the ramp. Delirious hits Shadows Over Heck on Crossbones for the pin at 11:28. Not a bad way for Incoherence to recover after their title loss. It also was a clever way to keep Hallowicked and Mantis’ long standing issue unresolved while also building the Donsters feud with the Order (they did cost them three points after all). **½

Jimmy Olsen says last night he got some revenge after he and Lince Dorado won three points over the UnStable. One night however is not good enough for him, as Gerard got into his mind for months. Jimmy Olsen wants to show Gerard exactly what that’s like. He puts on an Equinox mask and heads to the ring.

Jimmy ‘Equinox’ Olsen vs. Vin Gerard {U}

Olsen has donned the Equinox mask and gear which spooks Gerard as he enters the building. Gerard bails to the floor at the bell but Equinox gives him a baseball slide. He chops and forearms Gerard before bringing him back in the ring. Gerard tries to leave again. Equinox catches him, throwing more strikes around ringside. He hip tosses and armdrags Gerard back in the ring. Gerard gets in a right hand to cut him off. He chokes Equinox in the corner. He throws some knees to the mid-section and bashes Equinox’s head into the second rope. Gerard nails a running knee strike to the face. Equinox ducks a clothesline and delivers a flying forearm. Equinox blocks a leg trip and takes Gerard over with a huracanrana. Equinox suicide dives onto Gerard. He missile dropkicks Gerard back in the ring for two. Gerard catches him coming off the second rope with a choke STO. He lands a 2k1 Bomb. Equinox kicks out. Gerard goes for it again. Equinox slips out. He drops Gerard with an inverted DDT. He locks on the CHIKARA Special. Gerard taps out at 8:30. These two have great chemistry. Gerard did a great job playing up how thrown off his game he was by Olsen donning the Equinox persona, and Olsen did a great job bringing the aggression and incorporating a little more high flying into his repertoire. Him putting on the mask was an unexpected and great twist to the feud. ***

The Super Smash Bros. are talking about apple pie. Player Uno said their quest was over last month, but it’s just the beginning. Uno reminds us that they beat the Portal on their way to the titles and will beat them again tonight. He mentions that they’ve beat a bunch of difficult video games with handicaps, so there’s no way the Portal can beat them. Dos says they’re going to beat some Egyptians and high fives Uno hard.

Campeonatos de Parejas
Player Uno {SSB} & Player Dos {SSB} (Campeones) vs. Amasis {OP} & Ophidian {OP}

The Portal jump the Smash Bros. before the bell. Dos takes a double Stroke into the mat. He comes back with a tandem Pele kick. The Smash Bros. hit Ophidian with a tiger feint kick/knee lift combo in the corner. Dos dropkicks Ophidian to the floor. Uno gives Amasis a gut buster. Dos gives him a neckbreaker across Uno’s knee. The Smash Bros. hit a fist drop/standing moonsault combo for two. Amasis fights Uno off the ropes. Dos enzuigiri’s Amasis. He tries the B13. Amasis shoves him down. The Osirian Sacrament earn the Portal the first fall on Dos in 2:41. Uno tries fighting the Portal by himself. Amasis powerslams Uno. Ophidian headscissors Dos into the barricades. While he recovers, Uno gets worn down by the Portal. Uno escapes their grasp when he reverses their double suplex attempt. Dos comes in with double Baba chops. He spin kicks them both. Amasis slips out to the floor. Ophidian looks to cut off Dos’ dive, but Dos spins him out into a slam. Dos gives Amasis a DDT-esque facebuster. He then drops him with a Canadian Destroyer. He goes for the Final Smash on Ophidian. Ophidian instead puts on the Death Grip. Uno enzuigiri’s Ophidian. Dos lifts him up and successfully pulls of the Final Smash. This ties up the match at two falls a piece in 10:38. Ophidian tries a quick roll-up on Dos but fails. Amasis drops Dos with a running STO. That Move I Beat Moses With gets a two count. Amasis splashes Dos in the corner. Dos rolls out. Uno gets shoulder blocked in the stomach. Uno forces Ophidian to give Amasis a stunner, then Shiranui’s Amasis who DDT’s Ophidian. Ophidian takes out Uno with a modified Ranhei. He fisherman’s suplexes Dos. He and Dos hit the Mummification for two. Uno catches Amasis with the Bubble Bobble Buster. Amasis knocks Uno into double knees from Ophidian. Ophidian blocks Dos’ superkick attempt. Dos spins him out into a facebuster. Amasis then hits Dos with a 450 splash. Uno gives Ophidian the River City Ransom. He goes for the M. Bison Stomp but Amasis cuts him off. The Portal try the Pyramid suplex. Dos superkicks Amasis. Uno gives Ophidian the Lambeau Leap. Dos then Swanton’s onto Ophidian while Uno cannonball sentons Amasis. Ophidian kicks out. He gets his boots up to block the Smash Bros. double charge. Uno gives him a backbraker and rolling forearm. Dos superkicks him. Dos then tope con hilo’s onto Amasis. Uno calls for the Dig Dug Driver. Ophidian pauses Uno and sweeps out his legs! This gets him the pin, the win, and the titles at 17:16. This was shocking, as while the Portal seemed destined for the tag titles one day, nobody thought the Smash Bros. would lose them in their first defense. The match itself was excellent, with lots of great nearfalls and really exciting action. Even if they only had one defense, it was one the Smash Bros. can be proud of. ****

The Global Gauntlet – CHIKARA vs. Big Japan Wrestling

Gran Akuma {F} vs. Jaki Numazawa {BJW}

Numazawa rolls out of a wristlock. Akuma puts on a hammerlock. Numazawa reverses it and trips Akuma into a side headlock. Akuma puts on a standing Octopus Stretch. When it falls apart, Akuma delivers a Frankensteiner. Numazawa strings a knee lift, chinbreaker, and dropkick together. Numazawa dropkicks him across the ring. He clotheslines Akuma in the corner and brings him down with an Iconoclasm. Akuma ducks a clothesline and hits Numazawa with a fallaway kick. He kicks Numazawa to the corner and delivers an enzuigiri from the apron. Akuma comes off the top with a dropkick. Numazawa snaps off a Frankensteiner. He gets two with a Shining Wizard. Akuma catches Numazawa on the top rope and brings him down with a spider suplex. He follows up with a moonsault for two. They trade boots and chops. Numazawa back suplexes Akuma. Numazawa distracts referee Nikkan Lee so he can low blow Akuma. He gives him a spinning Samoan Drop for the pin at 8:00.

Fire Ant {C} vs. Jaki Numazawa {BJW}

Fire Ant flies in with the Heat of the Moment. He then comes off the top with a senton splash. Numazawa blocks a chop and delivers a fisherman’s suplex. Numazawa barely grazes Fire Ant with a moonsault. Fire Ant gets two with a victory hold. He antzuigiri’s Numazawa and goes for a Beach Break. Numazawa low blows Fire Ant, but this time Nikkan Lee catches him, leading to a disqualification at 9:55.

Fire Ant {C} vs. Atsushi Ohashi {BJW}

Ohashi dropkicks Fire Ant in opposite corners. He gets two with a tornado DDT. Fire Ant misses a high crossbody. Ohashi missile dropkicks him for two. He puts Fire Ant in a Boston Crab. Fire Ant forearms Ohashi away. He goes to Burn Down the House but gets slammed face first into the mat instead. He does however pull off a pair of fireman’s carry’s. Ohashi hits a Yoshi Tonic to pin Fire Ant at 13:04.

Soldier Ant {C} vs. Atsushi Ohashi {BJW}

They trade forearm strikes. Ohashi chops Soldier Ant in the stomach. Soldier Ant shoulder tackles him. Ohashi goes for some quick pins to no avail. Soldier Ant chips him hard and slams him down into an elbow drop. He comes into the corner with a diving saluting headbutt. He pins Ohashi with a TKO at 15:07.

Soldier Ant {C} vs. Katsumasa Inoue {BJW}

Soldier Ant suicide dives onto Inoue as he makes his way to the ring. They exchange chops around ringside. Forearms are thrown back in the ring. Soldier Ant chops Inoue up in the corner. Inoue stops a charging Soldier Ant with a dropkick. Soldier Ant kicks him in the shoulder. He goes for a headscissors but Inoue crumples. Inoue headbutts Soldier Ant. A fisherman’s buster gets him two. Inoue gets the pin with a bridging Dragon suplex at 18:59.

Worker Ant {C} vs. Katsumasa Inoue {BJW}

Like his partner, Worker Ant decides to trade strikes with Inoue. Inoue wins the exchange, knocking Worker Ant down with forearms. He puts on an armbar and pulls on Worker Ant’s fingers. Worker Ant gets the ropes. Inoue butterfly suplexes him and applies a chinlock. He puts on a Fujiwara armbar. Again Worker Ant gets the ropes. He and Inoue go back to trading forearms. Worker Ant shoulder blocks Inoue and drops him with a DDT. He gives Inoue a brainbuster for two. Inoue headbutts Worker Ant in the stomach and his head. He ties up Worker Ant’s arms around his leg. Worker Ant gets his foot on the ropes. Inoue drops him with a fisherman’s buster. Worker Ant kicks out. Inoue misses a diving headbutt. Worker Ant gets him in a Magistral cradle for a pin at 24:54.

Worker Ant {C} vs. Shinya Ishikawa {BJW}

A dazed Worker Ant decides to throw a forearm. Ishikawa responds in kind and gives him a bodyslam. Ishikawa forearms him to the ropes. Worker Ant single leg dropkicks Ishikawa and gets two with a sit-out hip toss. He also gets two with a bodyslam and again with a tornado clutch. Ishikawa blasts him with a running forearm. He Northern Lights suplexes Worker Ant out of the corner. Worker Ant blocks the lariat. Ishikawa blocks his lariat. He nails a rolling forearm for the pin at 27:24.

Eddie Kingston vs. Shinya Ishikawa {BJW}

Ishikawa forcefully forearms Kingston to the corner. Kingston responds with rapid fire chops and a yakuza kick. He belly-to-belly suplexes Ishikawa for two. Ishikawa ducks a lariat and dropkicks Kiingston to the ropes. He nails his rolling forearm but Kingston is able to kick out. Kingston dumps him on his head with a Saito suplex. Ishikawa fires up, so Kingston gives him the Backfist to the Future for the pin at 29:03.

Eddie Kingston vs. Ryuji Ito {BJW}

Kingston wins the forearm exchange. Ito kicks him from the apron and delivers a dropkick off the top turnbuckle. Kingston blocks an Irish whip. He slaps Ito before giving him a uranage suplex. He gets two with a short-arm lariat. Ito blocks the Backfist and German suplexes Kingston on his head. He enzuigiri’s Kingston for two. Ito nails a moonsault for two. Kingston enzuigiri’s Ito. He hits the Backfist to the Future and Ito manages to kick out! Ito Saito suplexes Kingston. He sole butt and axe kicks Kingston before legdropping him across the neck. Ito gives Kingston a sit out slam. The Dragon Splash puts the War King down at 33:05.

Mike Quackenbush vs. Ryuji Ito {BJW}

This is a rematch from Night 1, and the two captains of the teams. Quackenbush targets Ito’s left arm right away. He rolls Ito into a seated hammerlock. Ito elbows his way free. Quackenbush goes back to twisting up the arm. Ito backdrops Quackenbush as he comes off the ropes. Ito puts him in the tarantula. He misses a top rope dropkick. Quackenbush locks on an armbar. Ito gets the ropes. He kicks Quackenbush in the chest. He ducks the palm strike and Dragon suplexes Quackenbush for two. He goes for another one but Quackenbush backs Ito to the corner. He palm strikes him on the top turnbuckle and brings him down with a Frankensteiner. He puts on a Fujiwara armbar. Ito fights out of it and spinwheel kicks Quackenbush for two. He does the deal with a Falcon Arrow. Ito goes for the Dragon Splash. Quackenbush evades it. He locks on the CHIKARA Special. Ito taps out at 38:27.

Mike Quackenbush vs. Yuji Okabayashi {BJW}

Okabayashi goes for multiple pinfall attempts right away. He muscles Quackenbush up, but Quackenbush slaps on an abdominal stretch. Okabayashi marches to the ropes. Quackenbush gives him the Kangaroo Blaster and snapmares him out of the corner. He drops his knees across Okabayashi’s chest for two. Quackenbush tries a Stretch Plum but Okabayashi gets the ropes before it’s fully applied. Quackenbush gives him a gutbuster. He comes off the top with double knees to the chest for two. Okabayashi avoids a palm strike and spears Quackenbush. He tries a torture rack. Quackenbush fights out. He avoids a second spear. He pins Okabayashi with the Alligator Clutch in 42:18.

Mike Quackenbush vs. Daisuke Sekimoto {BJW}

Sekimoto German suplexes Quackenbush across the ring. He goes for it again. Quackenbush stomps on his feet and palm strikes him twice. Sekimoto ducks a third and O’Conner Rolls Quackenbush into a deadlift German suplex. Quackenbush kicks out. He kicks at Sekimoto’s legs and superkicks him. He follows up with a DDT for two. Sekimoto lariats Quackenbush twice in the corner. He hits a third regular lariat for two. Sekimoto German suplexes Quackenbush from the ring apron into the ring. Another German suplex gets Sekimoto the pin at 45:15.

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Daisuke Sekimoto {BJW}

Sekimoto throws chops while Claudio throws European uppercuts. They remain steadfast as they charge at each other simultaneously with shoulder blocks. Claudio takes Sekimoto off of his feet with a dropkick. Sekimoto comes off the second rope with a missile dropkick. He slams Claudio into an elbow drop. He gets two with a suplex. Sekimoto applies a half crab. Claudio gets the ropes. He comes off the second rope with a European uppercut. He Giant Swings Sekimoto. The Match Killer gets him two. He calls for the Ricola Bomb. Sekimoto backdrops out of it. He powerbombs Claudio into a high angle Boston Crab. He then transitions into an STF. When Claudio escapes, Sekimoto gives him a brainbuster for two. His deadlift German suplex has the same result. Sekimoto tries a frog splash. Claudio gets his knees up to block. He blasts Sekimoto with a running European uppercut. He deadlifts Sekimoto into his own German suplex! Sekimoto kicks out. Sekimoto peppers Claudio with forearm strikes. Claudio catches him with Swiss Death. Sekimoto kicks out at one! Claudio then nails Swiss Chin Music. The Ricola Bomb gets him and CHIKARA the win at 54:00.

This started out pretty ugly, with some miscommunication and awkwardness. However, once Kingston got in their with Ishikawa, things smoothed out and we had some really awesome contests. The last match with Claudio and Sekimoto was particularly exciting, but I really enjoyed Ito’s two offerings and Quackenbush mixing it up with Okabayashi. Overall the Big Japan crew made a good impression during the weekend and the match-ups they decided to showcase in the Gauntlet made sense and were the best choices they could make. Man would I love to see Claudio and Sekimoto mix it up today. ***¾

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One Response to The Global Gauntlet, Night II

  1. Chris says:

    Surprised your ratings are changing from your 411 reviews! Rewatching and rethinking a few things? So glad to see this blog being updated again, can’t wait til you get to the rest of the 2014 stuff!

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