Armdrags to Riches


Wallingford, CT – 11.16.2008

Commentary is provided by Larry Sweeney, Louden Noxious, Eddie Kingston, Bryce Remsburg, Mike Quackenbush, and Amasis.

Tim Donst {SD} & Hydra {SD} vs. Icarus {F} & Gran Akuma {F}

Akuma and Donst look for control on the mat. Akuma gets in a couple kicks to the chest. Donst locks up his legs and leans back to apply pressure. He puts on a modified Muta Lock until Akuma gets the ropes. Hydra and Icarus have a short pose off. Icarus slaps Hydra in the face. Hydra and Icarus engage in a test of strength. Icarus fails to stomp on Hydra’s hands. Hydra goes for a couple of quick pins to no avail. He can’t get a chokeslam. Icarus and Akuma decide to isolate Hydra in their corner. Icarus misses a moonsault, allowing Donst to tag in. He takes down F.I.S.T. with fireman’s carry’s. He back heel trips Icarus. Akuma lands on his feet out of a German suplex. Donst blocks the Yoshi Tonic with a Backslide for the pin at 8:40. There was nothing to this and some of the offense early on was sloppy. Not the best showing from either team. ½*

Leonard F. Chikarason comes out to the ring with Jigsaw. Chikarason says last month he and Jigsaw had a chat and he wants to take care of Jigsaw’s issue once and for all. With that, he calls Mike Quackenbush to the ring. Jigsaw wants to know why Mike has ignored all of his attempts to reach out to him. They used to be best friends and now he and the rest of the locker room won’t look him in the eye. Jigsaw wants to know what the deal is. Mike says he has to see it from perspective. Jigsaw isn’t just a student of his, but like a little brother. Mike’s wanted he and Jigsaw to win the Campeones de Parejas. Jigsaw says they can still do that, all Mike has to do is shake his hand and say that this will all go away. Mike says he and Jigsaw together are unstoppable, but the Jigsaw that stood next to him when they won King of Trios is not the same guy he sees tonight. Jigsaw wants to know if this is about Ring of Honor and him taking off his mask. He says he had no choice but to do that to hit a career high point. Mike walks to the merchandise table and grabs a Jigsaw replica mask. He says he hasn’t seen his friend Jigsaw in about a year. He tosses the mask to Jigsaw saying this is what he looks like, in case he’s forgotten. The fans chant for Jigsaw to put the mask on, but he tosses it to Chikarason and leaves.

Helios vs. UltraMantis Black {ONT}

Last night, Mantis pinned Helios during the Cibernetico with the Cosmic Disaster. Mantis trips him into a front facelock. Helios escapes and drops a knee across Mantis’ arm. After driving his knee into Mantis’ back he goes for a series of pinning combinations. Helios sends Mantis to the floor with a hiponesa. Helios follows him out with a Sasuke Special. Mantis catches him with a drop toe hold into the ring post. In the ring he drops an elbow on Helios’ back for two. He takes him over with a suplex for another two count. Mantis ties up his arms around his leg and bends back to stretch out Helios’ back. Helios gets the ropes. Mantis chokes him in the corner. Helios delivers a jumping knee strike but Mantis cuts him off with a clothesline. Mantis gives him a spinebuster and puts him in the Safari Stretch. Helios avoids a corner attack and nails a cannonball senton. He lands a lionsault press, a spinwheel kick, and a tornado kick for two. Helios ends up on Mantis’ shoulders. Mantis drops him with a Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex for two. Helios gives him a Cobra Clutch back breaker and the Burning Screwdriver. He misses a moonsault. Mantis goes for the Cosmic Disaster. Helios escapes and hits the Burning Star Driver for the pin at 9:39. You wouldn’t expect it, but these two worked very well together. It was cool seeing Mantis bust out some stuff from his old bag of tricks and Helios utilizing a new finisher to win after teasing the way Mantis defeated Helios last night. A fun surprise. **¾

Cheech and Cloudy don’t understand anything Player Dos is saying since he’s speaking French. Dos is upset when he sees Uno is wearing his NES controller pants. He leads him to the locker room to make them change. Cloudy says they lost last time they were in CHIKARA, but the tides about to change for him and Cheech. Cheech says they will have a whole new wave of momentum starting tonight.

Player Uno {SSB}, Player Dos {SSB}, Cheech Hernandez & KC ‘Cloudy’ Day vs. Jagged {2.0}, Shane Matthews {2.0}, El Hijo del Ice Cream {IC} & Ice Cream Jr. {IC}

Uno causes Hijo to cry due to a chop. Hijo then kicks out Uno’s leg. Uno uses the ropes for a tornado clutch. He chops Hijo multiple times in the corner, sending him to the floor. Matthews takes down Cheech with a hip toss. Cheech comes back with a headscissors. He punches Matthews ten times in the corner. Cloudy armdrags Jagged and holds onto an armbar. Jagged lands on his feet out of a monkey flip. Cloudy trips him into a surfboard and then drops an elbow across his neck. Hijo cries when Dos dropkicks his leg out. Dos drop him on his face when Hijo tries to ride him. Dos headscissors him to the ropes. Hijo grabs his nose and smacks his hand. Hijo takes a clothesline/tiger feint kick combo from the Smash Bros. Hijo piches Uno’s behind and smacks him in the face. Uno gets bullied by the Rudos squadron but is able to slip out to the floor after a leg lariat from Jagged. Cheech gets cut off as he comes in and becomes the Rudos’ new victim. Cheech is able to Superman Spear Hijo. He tries a sunset flip but Hijo sits down on his chest. Cheech rolls out. Cloudy runs in but Hijo headbutts him in the stomach. He gets worn down until he slides out after taking some double team attacks from Los Ice Creams. Dos attacks Jr. from behind. Dos gets his eyes raked. Dos takes down 2.0 with a double DDT. He sends Hijo to the floor and follows with a tope con hilo. Uno gets in chops and clotheslines on Jr. He clotheslines Hijo into a backbreaker before hitting River City Ransom for two. Hijo shoves Cloudy into Uno. Cloudy drop toe holds Matthews into the corner. Jagged then pops Cloudy into a spear from Matthews for two. Uno gives Jagged a Finlay Roll. He cannonball sentons Matthews in the corner as Dos frogsplashes onto Jagged. Hijo hits both Smash Bros. with El Asesino. Cheech knee strikes Jr. to the floor. He and Cheech give Hijo a tandem Hero’s Welcome. The Tidal Wave gets Cloudy a two count. Cheech dives out onto 2.0 and Jr. Uno gives Hijo a waterwheel slam onto Cloudy’s knees. Dos frogsplashes onto him for the pin at 19:16. There were fun moments and good action but it ultimately went too long. Four isolation segments is a lot. Despite that, the crowd stayed with them and it was fun by and large. **¾

Vin Gerard says as much as things have changed in a year, one thing hasn’t changed: Worker Ant still doesn’t deserve a chance at the Young Lions Cup, despite him defeating Gerard twice. Gerard says things will be different when the Cup is on the line because he doesn’t joke around. He says tonight is not Worker Ant’s night.

Young Lions Cup
Vin Gerard {U} (Champion) vs. Worker Ant {C}

Worker Ant throws Gerard out of an aggressive lock up. They trade control on the mat. Gerard punches his way out of a wristlock. He gets in some punches in the corner. Worker Ant blocks the running knee strike with an uppercut. He follows Gerard to the floor with a tope con hilo. Worker Ant grabs a puppet named Greengo from a fan and uses it to punch Gerard thrice. Greengo pins Gerard for a two count. As Worker Ant is giving the fan Greengo, Gerard suicide dives after him. He sends Worker Ant shoulder first into the ring post and ties it up in the ropes. He continues to work over the arm back in the ring. Worker Ant sneaks in a Northern Lights suplex for two. He also gets two with a slam. He goes for a waterwheel slam. Gerard knees his way out of it. He drops Worker Ant with a running STO. He gives him the Rude Awakening for two. Gerard locks on the STF. Worker Ant escapes. Gerard tries for the 2k1 Bomb. Worker Ant looks to counter with an antzuigiri but Gerard ducks. Worker Ant avoids the STF and gets two with a cradle. He hits the antzuigiri and a DDT. Worker Ant gets his Stan Antsen gear on. Gerard cuts him off with a back elbow. Worker Ant catches him with a schoolboy. He then suplexes Gerard. Gerard ducks the lariat, but Worker Ant hits it the second time around. Gerard kicks out. He locks on the STF again. Worker Ant taps out at 12:51. They told a good story with Gerard neutralizing the lariat by working over his arm, and working on that arm to get the submission victory. It was an enjoyable blow off to their feud, but they just don’t have the chemistry that Gerard does with Fire Ant. **¾

Steve “The Turtle” Weiner vs. Brodie Lee

Lee attacks Weiner from behind and chokes him in the corner. Weiner slaps him in the face. Lee answers with a clothesline. He chokes Weiner with his boot and bottom rope. He misses a splash. Weiner schoolyard trips Lee into a jackknife pin for two. Weiner’s clotheslines have no effect. He drops Lee with a DDT for two. Weiner avoids the Liger Bomb but eats a big boot for the pin at 2:36. Lee destroying people in a short time will never not be entertaining. That said, they gave Weiner a couple hope spots the crowd was into, which was nice. *

The Osirian Portal make their way out. Amasis’ ankle is broken. Amasis says because of this, they can’t defend the titles. Leonard F. Chikarason comes out. He feels bad Amasis’ ankle is broken, but says that when CHIKARA advertises title matches, they deliver. Since they happened to add a new Portal member last night, the belts will be defended by Ophidian and Escorpion Egipcio. The Portal is outraged but has to oblige.

Campeonatos de Parejas
Ophidian {OP} & Escorpion Egipcio {OP} (Campeones) vs. Jimmy ‘Equinox’ Olsen & Lince Dorado

Equinox and Dorado waste no time, as they dropkick Ophidian and Egipcio to the floor and follow with suicide dives. Equinox gets in chops and palm strikes on Ophidian back in the ring. Ophidian gets in his own strikes. He gets two with a Ranhei. Equinox gets two with a roll-up. He sends Ophidian out with a Frankensteiner. Dorado shows no fear against the larger Egipcio. Dorado stomps on his foot so he can get in a test of strength. Egipcio overpowers him, but Dorado comes off the ropes with a neckdrag. He sweeps out Egipcio’s legs but only gets a one count. Dorado sneaks in a headscissors. He uses Ophidian to headscissors Egipcio to the floor. Equinox and Dorado double hip toss Ophidian out of the corner. They double dropkick him on either side of his head. Dorado lands a lynxsault to pick up the first fall at 6:05. The Portal take down Dorado with a double boot. Dorado blocks Egipcio’s pop up and dropkicks Ophidian. He headscissors Egipcio to the floor and follows with an Asai moonsault. Egipcio however avoids it and tosses Dorado into a gut buster from Ophidian. Dorado is worn down by the Portal for awhile. He finds a moment to tag out but Equinox was knocked off the apron. Dorado tries for a Mexican catapult, but Ophidian turns it into an Egyptian Destroyer which almost kills Dorado. Egipcio comes off the top with a splash to pick up the second fall for the Portal at 12:37. Dorado hits Ophidian with an enzuigiri and tags in Equinox. He dropkicks Ophidian to the floor. He gets in a couple dropkicks and clotheslines on Egipcio but Egipcio won’t budge. He goes for a TKO which Equinox counters into a DDT. He backdrops Ophidian for two. He gives Ophidian the Overbomb. Dorado lands a shooting star press. Egipcio breaks the cover. Dorado and Equinox trip Egipcio. Dorado holds onto a Camel Clutch. Egipcio ducks so Equinox accidentally dropkicks Dorado. They begin to argue and Egipcio jumps in. He tosses Dorado out. Egipcio somersault senton’s onto Equinox’s back. Ophidian rolls him up in a seatbelt pin for two. Ophidian hypnotizes Dorado and dropkicks him down. Egipcio drops Ophidian onto Dorado with a splash for two. Equinox lands a superkick and a fisherman’s DDT. Egipcio rolls Equinox into a modified CHIKARA Special. Dorado kicks Egipcio to release the hold. Egipcio misses a corner splash and eats a superkick. Ophidian misses double knees. Dorado spaceman dives onto Egipcio. Equinox missile dropkicks Ophidian. He puts on the CHIKARA Special, the same way the Cibernetico ended last night. Ophidian rolls through and locks on the Death Grip. Egipcio holds onto Dorado. Equinox is able to fight out of it himself. Ophidian spikes him with a reverse Frankensteiner and re-applies the Death Grip. Equinox’s arm drops thrice, giving the Portal the third fall and the win at 19:36. Everyone stepped up to deliver a really good match in spite of Amasis’ injury (who took commentary and added a lot to the match). The finishes of all three falls were very well done and the tease of Equinox getting on the CHIKARA Special added quite a bit to the story since there was a lot of overlap in this crowd and last night’s crowd. It was a good first defense for the Portal and Equinox in particular looked exceptional. ***½

Eddie Kingston says CHIKARA gave him a match he didn’t ask for against Claudio Castagnoli. He says he respects Claudio a little bit, but not enough. Kingston admits he’s a little worried, which is when Brodie Lee steps in. Lee says Kingston has nothing to worry about, as Lee left Claudio laying last time they were in Wallingford. Kingston helped out Brodie with Hallowicked last night, so Lee offers to help out Kingston tonight. Kingston agrees.

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Eddie Kingston

This is a rematch from “Best Imitation of Myself.” When Claudio gets control on the mat, Kingston hits the floor. Claudio looks for a gutwrench suplex but Kingston grabs the ropes. Kingston goes after his knee. Claudio deadlifts Kingston up into the gutwrench suplex he was going for earlier. Kingston again hits the floor. Back in the ring Claudio takes him over with a butterfly suplex. Kingston rakes his eyes and throws Claudio face first into the second turnbuckle. He gets one with a belly to belly suplex. Kingston throws Claudio out of the corner with an overhead suplex. Kingston chops him against the ropes and bites his forehead. He chokes Claudio with his boot. Kingston knocks Claudio down with a couple slaps to the face. He throws some European uppercuts, possibly to mock Claudio. Kingston yakuza kicks him. Claudio absorbs a short-arm lariat and hits a clothesline of his own. Kingston’s eyelid is now busted open. Claudio gets two with a powerslam. He lifts Kingston into a Samoan Drop for two. Claudio blocks a bicycle kick and slams Claudio to the mat. He hits the Sliding D for two. Claudio ends up taking Kingston over with a deadlift German suplex. Kingston kicks out. Claudio calls for the Ricola Bomb. Kingston blocks it with a uranage suplex. Claudio ducks the Backfist. Claudio uppercuts Kingston and bicycle kicks him. Kingston hits the Backfist to the Future and a Saito suplex. Claudio kicks out! Claudio avoids another Saito suplex. He uppercuts Kingston in the neck and nails Swiss Chin Music. The Ricola Bomb gets him the pin at 11:14. This went from scientific wrestling to a hard hitting brawl. It was a crowd pleaser and easy since these guys have great chemistry. The ending sequence was especially good and makes me look forward to future matches between these two. ***½

Larry Sweeney grabs the microphone. He tells Claudio that was a great match and tips his hat to him for beating Kingston. Sweeney knows the history between him and Claudio is bad, but right now they both need partners. December 14th in Philadelphia is Sweeney’s last chance to get his hands on Mitch Ryder and Buck Hawke. He knows Claudio wants to get his hands on them too. Sweeney wants to express his question one last time via t-shirt. Sweeney then reveals a “Swiss & Sour” t-shirt he made with markers. Sweeney holds out his hand for a handshake, saying if Claudio accepts it, then the team is official. With some coercing from the crowd, Claudio decides to shake Sweeney’s hand! Sweeney then pulls out a second homemade t-shirt for Claudio. Claudio is hesitant to put it on, but does so in the end. Sweeney says the Fabulous Two are going down on December 14th, and their ain’t no doubt about it.

Colin Delaney approaches Leonard F. Chikarason. Delaney asks why they won’t have theme music tonight. Chikarason says he’s done so much for them already, making sure they have a private locker room away from everywhere. Delaney says he’s used to better conditions coming from the WWE. Delaney says LFC saw what happened to Bob Saget and that he can make a phone call to make something similar happen to him. LFC’s demeanor changes. He tells Delaney not to make a call and that he will make things happen.

Elimination Match
Hallowicked {I} & Delirious {I} vs. Fire Ant {C} & Soldier Ant {C} vs. STIGMA {U} & Colin Delaney {U} & Mitch Ryder {FT} & Buck Hawke {FT}

The newest member of Incoherence, Frightmare, is brought out on a chain by Hallowicked. Delirious freaks out at the bell and gets knocked down by a back elbow from STIGMA. Delirious responds with a trifecta of clotheslines. STIGMA sends him into the ring post. Fire Ant rolls Delaney into a couple armdrags. He headscissors Delaney to the floor and pescado’s after him. Hawke headbutts Hallowicked in the chest. Hallowicked pushes him back by his head and drops him to the mat. He sends Hawke face first into three of the four corners. After a backdrop, Hallowicked tags in Soldier Ant. Hawke salutes him. Soldier Ant slaps him in the face. He salutes and slaps Hawke in the face again. Hawke goes to complain and get slapped to the floor. Soldier Ant slaps him a few more times. Fire Ant gets in a slap of his own. He takes over Hawke with a fireman’s carry. Hawke drops Fire Ant with a clothesline. The Fabulous Two double team Fire Ant in their corner. Fire Ant manages to tag in Soldier Ant who slams Ryder and Samoan Drops Hawke. He kicks Hawke to the floor and O’Conner Rolls Ryder to eliminate the Fabulous Two at 7:41. STIGMA jumps Soldier Ant right away. The UnStable beat Soldier Ant down while keeping Fire Ant at bay. Since they kept Fire Ant off the apron, Soldier Ant tagged in Delirious. Delirious gives STIGMA a twisting neckbreaker. Delaney gives Delirious an Attitude Adjustment. He goes for the five knuckle shuffle, but instead lays down on him with a nonchalant pin. It ends up costing Delaney, as he pins him with a crucifix pin at 10:13. Delirious talks some trash to the Colony. Delirious and Soldier Ant are sent to the floor. Hallowicked hits Go 2 Sleepy Hollow on Fire Ant. Fire Ant counters the Rydeen Bomb by Burning Down the House. He and Soldier Ant drop Hallowicked with the Ants Marching neckbreaker. Delirious breaks the pin. He catches Soldier Ant with a headbutt to the stomach. He misses the Panic Attack. He calls out Evan Bourne’s name before hitting the Here It Is Driver. Fire Ant makes the save. Hallowicked pitches him out. Incoherence go for a double suplex on Soldier Ant. Fire Ant jumps back in and instead suplexes Delirious while Soldier Ant suplexes Hallowicked. Revenge of the Ants lands on both members of Incoherence. Delirious blocks Fire Ant’s Beach Break with a Cobra Stretch. Hallowicked puts Soldier Ant in an abdominal stretch. The Colony gets the ropes to break both holds. Incoherence go for the Sidewinder on Soldier Ant. Soldier Ant fights out of it. He and Hallowicked trade chops. Hallowicked drops him with the Rydeen Bomb. Delirious follows with Shadows Over Heck for two. Incoherence go for their tandem super fisherman’s buster. Soldier Ant fights out, sending Hallowicked to the floor and Delirious to the mat. Fire Ant comes off the top with a senton. Soldier Ant hits a diving saluting headbutt for two. Hallowicked yakuza kicks Soldier Ant. Fire Ant hits Hallowicked with the Heat of the Moment. He goes for a Cobra Clutch suplex on Fire Ant. Fire Ant counters with a Beach Break for the pin at 15:18 and now have six points. The action got good with the last two teams, but before that it was rather pedestrian. It goes to show that the Fabulous Two and UnStable are best in matches where a feud or story is involved. ***


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