Cibernetico Begins

ciberneticobegins

Framingham, MA – 11.15.2008

Commentary is provided by Bryce Remsburg, Leonard F. Chikarason, Louden Noxious, and Larry Sweeney.

Larry Sweeney & Robbie Ellis vs. Icarus {F} & Gran Akuma {F}

Sweeney begins by challenging Icarus to a strut off, set to his new theme music, “Don’t Bring Me Down” by the Electric Light Orchestra. Ellis does some strutting as well, and to everyone’s surprise, Akuma busts a move! Sweeney stomps on his foot when they decide to start wrestling. Icarus kisses his foot to make it feel better. Akuma kicks his leg. Sweeney tries some kicks to Akuma’s legs of his own. Akuma responds with a sole butt. Icarus punches Sweeney in the ribs before suplexing him into a butterfly lock. Akuma kicks Sweeney in the back and goes to work on his legs. Icarus chokes him on the ropes and with his boot. Sweeney eats double kicks. Sweeney and Ellis volley Icarus between them with punches. Akuma ends up in the same predicament. Sweeney throws F.I.S.T.’s heads together and tags in Ellis. Ellis strikes Icarus against the ropes. He sends Akuma out with a headscissors. Icarus tries a Shiranui. Ellis blocks and busts out his own Shiranui for two. Akuma throws Sweeney into Ellis, allowing Icarus to jackknife pin Ellis at 9:40. The strut off was great fun and the crowd loved Sweeney and Ellis, but the action itself was nothing special. *

Ultimo Breakfast makes his way to the ring for a match. The Osirian Portal make their way out to the ring. Amasis said after Tag World Grand Prix, he realized that as the Campeones de Parejas, they have targets on their back. He realized they need a third person watching their back. Amasis asked Osiris to send them someone worthy of watching their backs. The Gods spoke and sent them Escorpion Egipcio, a quite large man and the newest member of the Portal.

Ultimo Breakfast vs. Escorpion Egipcio {OP}

Egipcio throws some punches and clotheslines Breakfast down. He takes him down with a backdrop and drops an elbow. Breakfast gives him a headbutt. Egipcio blocks his kick and drops an elbow on the inside of his thigh. He chokes Breakfast in the corner. Breakfast takes him over with a headscissors. He dropkicks Egipcio’s knee out for a two count. Egipcio cracks Breakfast with a right hand. Breakfast comes back with a quesadora armdrag. Egipcio catches his corner attack and belly-to-belly suplexes Breakfast across the ring. He bites Breakfast’s arm and fingers. He rams Breakfast’s head into the top turnbuckle multiple times but it has no effect. Breakfast headbutts Egipcio to the floor and follows with a somersault senton. In the ring he gets two with a sunset flip. Breakfast also gets two with the Cereal Killer. He nails a diving headbutt to the chest for two. Breakfast looks for He’s Toast. Egipcio is too big for him. Egipcio lifts him up into a TKO. A top rope splash called the Plancha de Cairo gets Egipcio the win at 7:38. I would have expected more of a squash for Egipcio in his debut. As much as I like Breakfast (the meal and wrestler), it would have been more effective. Still, he got the win and looked physically imposing, which was the point. *½

Jagged says something’s brewing tonight, he can feel it in his heart. While he and Matthews are in familiar territory with zero points, the Smash Bros. just lost the Campeones de Parejas and are in the same boat as them. Jagged says they’re going to rise from the ashes and obtain victory. Matthews is fired up, but what else is new.

Player Uno {SSB} & Player Dos {SSB} vs. Jagged {2.0} & Shane Matthews {2.0}

Matthews shoves Dos out of a lock-up. Dos gets on a side headlock and brings Matthews to the mat. Dos escapes Matthews’ headscissors and sends him out with a headscissors. Jagged shoulder tackles Uno. Uno gives him some chops. Jagged avoids a sunset flip. He calls for the CHIKARA Special but has no idea how to put it on. Dos helps Jagged out, but then pushes Uno so that he has Jagged in a roll-up. Uno drop toe holds him into a legdrop from Dos. They give Matthews a tiger feint kick/running knee strike combo. Dos slingshots in with a twisting splash. Dos leaps to the top rope and does a somersault senton onto 2.0 on the floor! Matthews takes a standing moonsault/fist drop combo back in the ring. Matthews catches Dos’ corner attack and drops him with a suplex. Jagged falls with a headbutt for two. 2.0 wear down Dos until he counters a double Irish whip with a double Pele kick. He ducks a double clothesline and tags in Uno. He clotheslines Matthews and clotheslines Jagged into a backbreaker. He gets two on Jagged with a Michinoku Driver. Uno sets up 2.0 so that Jagged gives Matthews a stunner and Matthews DDT’s Jagged. Jagged low bridges the ropes to send Dos out. 2.0 drop Uno with a tandem STO and tandem DDT. Dos makes the save. Jagged pops Dos into a spear from Matthews. Uno kicks Jagged in the corner. Dos sunset flips Uno to help with a half-nelson suplex on Jagged. Pac Man Fever gets the Smash Bros. the win at 13:44. Terrific showing from both teams. It probably helps that they have likely faced each other multiple time, but as a first time CHIKARA bout, it was a fresh, exciting bout. ***

Brodie Lee says he’s been pinned two matches in a row now. He’s never one to turn down a fight. He begins to talk about his opponent Hallowicked when Eddie Kingston shows up. He wants to know why Lee is sweating Hallowicked. He says to take a walk with him, as he has some advice.

Hallowicked {I} vs. Brodie Lee

Lee goes for an early Liger Bomb. Hallowicked then tries the Graveyard Smash. Lee escapes and gets in a couple shots to the throat and stomach. Hallowicked dishes out some chops and forearms. Lee grabs at his mask. He gets in some punches. Hallowicked backdrops Lee to the floor. He misses a pescado. Lee shoves Hallowicked out through the back door! He brings him back into the ring for a two count. After some uppercuts he chokes Hallowicked with his boot. Lee fights off the step-up Frankensteiner and tosses Hallowicked overhead in a belly-to-belly suplex. They exchange strikes on the floor. Back in the ring Lee gets two with a butterfly suplex. Same goes for a slingshot suplex. He blasts Hallowicked with chops in the corner. Hallowicked misses a charging elbow. Lee big boots him and throws a thrust kick. The Truck Stop only gets him two. Hallowicked slips out of the Liger Bomb and yakuza kicks Lee. Hallowicked wins a strike exchange by chopping Lee down. He backdrops Lee and small packages him for two. He successfully pulls off the step-up Frankensteiner and Rydeen Bomb for two. Lee comes back with a rolling clothesline. Hallowicked gamengiri’s Lee as he ascends the ropes. He nails Go 2 Sleepy Hollow. Lee ducks Hallowicked’s boot. Lee big boots Hallowicked twice, picking up the win at 9:25. These guys had a slug fest and boy was it a pleasure to watch. Hallowicked being shoved through the door was one of those moments I still remember to this day because it was so unexpected and unique. Fun stuff. ***

Mitch Ryder says it was a year ago at the Cibernetico when Claudio brought down the Kings of Wrestling, the faction Ryder brought together and was going to be his meal ticket. He also remembers that Claudio humiliated him by pinning him with the Ricola Bomb. Tonight, he and Buck Hawke in a handicap match are going to get revenge. Hawke says he is going to make Claudio regret everything he’s done to Mitch.

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Mitch Ryder {FT} & Buck Hawke {FT}

Claudio angrily shoves Hawke into the corner as he eyes Ryder on the floor. He throws Hawke across the ring. He tries grabbing Ryder who keeps bailing to the floor. Claudio knocks Hawke down with an elbow and clothesline. He slams Hawke and goes for a second rope elbow drop. Ryder trips Claudio off the ropes. He knocks Claudio down with a back elbow and chokes him with his boot. Ryder jabs his thumb in his throat. Claudio sends Ryder away and uppercuts a charging Hawke for two. Ryder goes to Claudio’s eyes. The Fabulous Two do a little double teaming. Hawke rakes his eyes. Ryder rips at his nose. Hawke chokes him as Ryder distracts referee Nick Papgiorgio. Claudio manages to catch Ryder with a powerslam. Ryder bails to the floor, leaving Hawke to eat a pair of uppercuts and a Gorilla press slam. Claudio goes to uppercut Ryder. Hawke cuts him off and eats the uppercut instead. Claudio Giant Swings Hawke. With Claudio dizzy and Papagiorgio busy with Hawke, Ryder kicks Claudio low and rolls him up for the pin at 7:54. This was pretty dull since it was mostly just the Fabulous Two on offense. It was all a backdrop to set up for a future match, but it was still alright for what it was. *

Larry Sweeney comes out afterwards looking to talk to Claudio. Claudio has no interest and heads to the back. Sweeney follows.

Lince Dorado is sitting in the back. Jimmy Olsen approaches him, asking if he’s ready for tonight. Dorado wonders what they will do if they have to square off against each other in the Cibernetico. Jimmy says that tomorrow they have a shot at Los Campeonatos de Parejas, but tonight it’s every man for themselves, and tells Lince to do what he has to do.

Torneo Cibernetico
Jimmy ‘Equinox’ Olsen, Worker Ant {C}, Mike Quackenbush, Tim Donst {SD}, Helios, Soldier Ant {C}, Hydra {SD} & Fire Ant {C} vs. Vin Gerard {U}, STIGMA {U}, Lince Dorado, Amasis {OP}, Ophidian {OP}, UltraMantis Black {ONT}, Crossbones {ONT} & Eddie Kingston

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 pinfall, 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

– Tim Donst is the first one eliminated, being caught by a crucifix pin by UltraMantis Black at 29:25. Donst was going for the Donstitution, but a distraction from Crossbones allowed Mantis to reverse it.
– Crossbones is put down with a standing moonsault from Helios at 32:05 after missing a top rope splash.
– Hydra is pinned at 34:56 when STIGMA hits the Stigmata, escaping the Hydralock.
– Helios is eliminated by UltraMantis Black’s Cosmic Disaster at 44:06. This is interesting because both of these men will meet tomorrow in singles competition.
– Amasis gets caught with his shoulders pinned to the mat by Quackenbush’s knees as he tries a roll-up, causing him to be eliminated at 54:05.
– Soldier Ant passes out to Ophidian’s Death Grip in 58:59.
– UltraMantis Black falls to Fire Ant’s Beach Break in 1:00:04 after Fire Ant countered the Praying Mantis Bomb.
– Vin Gerard gets caught in a roll-up by Worker Ant at 1:03:43. Gerard was distracted by Equinox rolling to the floor, which brought in Worker Ant to pick up the pin.
– Worker Ant shortly after gets put away with STIGMA’s Stigmata at 1:05:00.
– Mike Quackenbush falls to the same fate as Worker Ant, being pinned after STIGMA’s Stigmata at 1:06:32.
– STIGMA is eliminated in 1:06:56 after Fire Ant counters the Stigmata with a victory roll.
– Eddie Kingston is caught by Fire Ant’s prawn hold for the pin at 1:10:33. Eddie Kingston couldn’t get the pin with a Sliding D. He went for a Backfist to the Future, but Fire Ant ducked and caught him by surprise.
– Fire Ant is pinned by Lince Dorado in 1:11:10. After he was eliminated, Kingston angrily Backfisted Fire Ant. Lince Dorado got in Kingston’s face about it, so Kingston gave him a Backfist as well. Dorado landed on Fire Ant and inadvertently got the pin.
– Lince Dorado is pinned by Jimmy ‘Equinox’ Olsen in 1:11:35. With Dorado knocked out by the Backfist, Equinox took advantage and covered Dorado to eliminate him. Equinox shook his head as he pinned his partner, clearly not proud or happy with what he was doing, but that’s the nature of the match.
– Jimmy ‘Equinox’ Olsen wins the 2008 Cibernetico, eliminating Ophidian last by making him submit to the CHIKARA Special in 1:16:06. Equinox broke out of the Death Grip, hit the Overbomb, then locked on the submission to get the victory.

Additional Notes

– Gerard dragged Dorado out to the ring by his ear, Lince was obviously displeased with this and very apprehensive to be involved in the first place.
– This led to a point in the match things imploded and exploded. Lince and Fire Ant were the legal men. Lince was going for a springboard moonsault onto Fire Ant. Gerard grabbed Fire Ant to help his partner. Of course, Fire Ant moved as Lince comes down causing Lince to moonsault Gerard. Gerard and STIGMA berated Dorado, and Dorado retaliated by back dropping STIGMA on the floor. The Osirian Portal and Eddie Kingston came over to yell at Lince, and Equinox came over to help Lince out. This caused both teams to dissolve into a huge brawl on the floor. It ended when Equinox and Amasis (who were next in their respective batting orders anyhow) came into the ring as the legal men.
– After he was eliminated, Amasis tried to attack Quackenbush. Quackenbush sent Amasis to the floor where he awkwardly landed. This caused Amasis to legitimately hurt his ankle, which would end up putting him out of action for the better part of two months. At this moment, the future of the Campeonatos de Parejas were in question.
– After Equinox won, his entire team came out to help him celebrate his victory. His tag team partner, Lince Dorado, stood outside looking none too pleased with Equinox eliminating him earlier. Considering Equinox and Dorado have a shot at the Campones de Parejas tomorrow night, they need to get their stuff together.

Overall this was a terrific match. The 76 minutes flew by, with non-stop action and no overbearing isolation segments to waste time. They did a fantastic job reminding us of stories past, building to the future, and building both title matches for tomorrow night. It was a clever way of mixing a bunch of different feuds together and left me intrigued for what’s to come next. ****

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