Duel & Duality


Philadelphia, PA – 12.14.2008

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

Lince Dorado {TFN}, Halcon Guerrero & Chiva V vs. Icarus {F}, Gran Akuma {F} & Chuck Taylor {F}

Chiva armdrags Taylor. He puts on a courting hold. Taylor turns that into a hammerlock. Chiva comes back with an armdrag off the middle rope. He chops Taylor from the apron and comes in with a high crossbody. He dropkicks Taylor to the floor. Akuma baits Guerrero into a back leg kick. Akuma side steps an alita but takes Guerrero’s next two armdrags. Dorado gets in some armdrags on Icarus. He huracanrana’s Icarus for two. Dorado comes off the top with a seated senton. He dropkicks Icarus to the floor. Taylor cuts off Dorado’s dive with a dropkick. Chiva dropkicks Taylor. Akuma kicks Chiva out. Dorado ends up getting isolated in F.I.S.T’s half of the ring. Taylor misses a monsault, allowing Dorado to escape. Guerrero takes down Icarus and Akuma with a London Bridge. Icarus accidentally assists Guerrero with a headscissors to Akuma. Guerrero headscissors Icarus out with Akuma and slaps them both on the back. Icarus and Akuma pummel Guerrero back in the ring. Guerrero armdrags them away. Chiva and Guerrero rowboat Akuma and Taylor’s legs. Dorado hits a Spanish Fly on Icarus in the middle of the rowboat for two. Akuma enzuigiri’s Guerrero in the corner. He pops up Dorado who takes Akuma off the top rope with a Frankensteiner. Icarus spears Taylor by accident. Dorado Asai moonsaults onto Taylor. Chiva backdrops Guerrero onto Akuma. Icarus gives Chiva the Shiranui and holds the tights in a pinning combination for the pin at 10:04. The “real” luchadores actually didn’t look too bad here. It was of course mostly a feeding frenzy for F.I.S.T. when all was said and done. I was SO DONE with armdrags within three minutes. It was brutal. *½

Hallowicked {I} vs. Grizzly Redwood

Hallowicked has reverted to an older mask, thanks to Brodie Lee stealing his most current mask. Redwood steps on Hallowicked’s foot before grabbing a side headlock. Hallowicked tosses him by his beard. He gives Redwood a super snapmare by his beard. Redwood ducks a yakuza kick and chops out Hallowicked’s legs. He continues focusing his attack on Hallowicked’s legs. Hallowicked gets two with a schoolboy. Redwood dropkicks his leg back out. He nails Hallowicked’s back with multiple axe handles. He comes off the top, but Hallowicked catches him mid-air with a Rydeen Bomb for the pin at 3:15. Short but sweet. Redwood makes for a really effective heel and did a great job focusing on Hallowicked’s leg. The finish came out of nowhere but was very cool. I look forward to seeing more of what Redwood has to offer in CHIKARA. *

Player Dos gets mad at Uno for wearing the NES controller tights. He grabs Uno by his ear and pulls him away, presumably to get changed.

Player Uno {SSB} & Player Dos {SSB} vs. Ophidian {OP} & Escorpion Egipcio {OP}

Amasis is in the Osirian Portal’s corner. Uno starts out with a charging shoulder block to Ophidian in the corner. Ophidian takes Uno down with two double knuckle lock drags. Uno chops him. He also chops Ophidian to block his crossbody. Egipcio shoulder blocks both Smash Bros. Egipcio absorbs Dos’ clotheslines. Dos armdrags his way out of a TKO. Egipcio misses a corner attack, sending himself shoulder first into the ring post. Dos enzuigiri’s Ophidian to the floor. Amasis shoves Ophidian out of the way so Dos crash and burns on a pescado attempt. Egipcio holds up Uno for a crossbody from Uno. The Portal take Dos and wear him down while Uno recovers. Dos drops Ophidian with a reverse DDT. Dos slides to the floor, bringing in Uno who lays out Ophidian with clotheslines and chops Egipcio. He sends Ophidian boot first into Egipcio. Uno knee strikes Egipcio in the corner. Egipcio tosses him overhead with a belly-to-belly suplex. Dos ducks Egipcio’s big boot. The Smash Bros. give him jabs. Uno enzuigiri’s Egipcio while Dos superkicks him. They send him out of the ring when hitting those kicks simultaneously. Uno suicide dives after him. Dos Tiger suplexes Ophidian. He looks for Final Smash. Ophidian turns it into the Death Grip. Uno suplexes Ophidian off of Dos’ back. Ophidian goes for the Duat Driver. Uno blocks it, but Ophidian is able to put him in the Death Grip. Egipcio spears Dos so he can’t break it. Uno’s arm drops thrice, giving the Portal the win at 9:19. Uno looked really good in this match. This was a nice way to piggyback off of the Portal’s win of the titles over the Smash Bros. the last time they were in the Arena. Solid action overall. **½

UltraMantis Black has a water jug wrapped in Christmas lights. Mantis says he doesn’t need any weapons tonight, as he will tear down Hydra limb from limb with his bare hands. Mantis says Hydra knows what he needed to do to make the transaction with Dr. Cube, but Hydra doesn’t know that he was a pawn in his plan the whole time. He says tonight, the Order of the Neo-Solar Temple will be victorious once and for all.

Hydra {SD} vs. UltraMantis Black {ONT}

Mantis and Hydra roll to the floor in an aggressive collar and elbow tie-up. Mantis Mongolian chops Hydra. Hydra responds with a chop of his own and a double axe handle to the back. He drives Mantis back first into the ring apron. He sits Mantis by the guardrails and facewash kicks him into the guardrails! He misses a cannonball senton, sending himself into the guardrails. Hydra makes it back into the ring right before the twenty count. Mantis chokes Hydra with a scarf. He gives Hydra a spinebuster. Mantis goes for the Safari Stretch. Hydra fights out, so Mantis clotheslines him down. Mantis gives Hydra the Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex. He pulls up Hydra before the three count. Mantis drops Hydra on his head with a modified belly-to-back suplex for two. He goes for the Praying Mantis Bomb. He changes his mind and gives Hydra three Heart Punches instead. He misses a series of corner attacks. Hydra rolls him up for two. Mantis tries for the Cosmic Disaster. Hydra slips out and bodyslams Mantis. He goes for the Hydralock. Mantis slips out and rolls Hydra into the Praying Mantis Bomb. Hydra backdrops out of it. Mantis has the arms hooked still and looks for the Praying Mantis Bomb again. Hydra switches into the Hydralock. Mantis can’t free himself, even after driving Hydra into the corner multiple times. Mantis submits at 7:49. This was exactly the way the people wanted this feud to end; Hydra making Mantis submit cleanly. They had a fun brawl in the beginning and evolved it into a dramatic bout. While it wasn’t long or the best wrestling you’ve ever seen, it was satisfying. **½

Shane Matthews has a chain wrapped around his fist. He’s in a grumpy mood. He says they’re going to do whatever it takes to get the job done tonight. Jagged attempts to relax him with a story about how Father Christmas brought him an ant farm when he was a child. However, months later the ant farm was smashed, and he’s been looking for those ants ever since. Jagged has realized all that hunting has been a waste of time and he will take out his heartache on the Colony tonight.

The Colony team set for tag action tonight were Fire Ant and Worker Ant, but due to Grizzly Redwood attacking Worker Ant’s leg last night during the Battle Royal, he is too hurt to compete. Leonard F. Chikarason says for the sake of delivering what they’re advertising, Soldier Ant will take Worker Ant’s place. Fire and Soldier Ant have 6 points, but could lose it all if 2.0 were to be victorious. Now we know why Amasis inspired Redwood to go after Worker Ant.

Fire Ant {C} & Soldier Ant {C} vs. Jagged {2.0} & Shane Matthews {2.0}

2.0 attack The Colony before the bell. Matthews slams Soldier Ant. Jagged suplexes him and drives his elbow into his neck. He chokes Soldier Ant with his vest. Jagged digs his knee into his back and applies a headscissors. Matthews headbuts his ribs for two. Jagged misses a second rope moonsault. Matthews kicks Soldier Ant so he can’t slip to the floor. Matthews puts on the Boston Crab. He releases it when Soldier Ant becomes fidgety. Jagged hits him with a leg lariat for two. Matthews clotheslines Soldier Ant into a knee drop from Jagged. Soldier Ant slides under a double clothesline, bringing in Fire Ant. Fire Ant gives Matthews a fireman’s carry and Burns Down the House on Jagged. Matthews gives Fire Ant a spinebuster. Jagged exposes the top turnbuckle in his corner. Matthews sends Fire Ant face first into it. He jackknife pins Fire Ant with his feet on the ropes but only gets a two count. Jagged throws baby powder in Fire Ant’s eyes, but because of his mask it does nothing. Jagged holds Fire Ant’s legs as Matthews pins him, but Fire Ant is able to kick out. Soldier Ant takes the Sweet Taste of Professionalism for two. Fire Ant comes in with the Heat of the Moment on Matthews. Soldier Ant lands a saluting top rope headbutt. Fire Ant comes off the top with a senton. The Osirian Portal make their way ringside. Worker Ant fends them off. Soldier Ant drops Jagged with a TKO. Fire Ant follows up with the Beach Break for the pin at 8:50. This gives The Colony an unprecedented seven points. This told a great story from start to finish, with the Colony’s points being in jeopardy, to 2.0 going to desperate measures to win, to the Portal coming out when things looked bleak. The action itself was also good, with 2.0 picking up the aggression and The Colony matching it when they were on offense. This was a great way to build up the title match between the Portal and Colony and portray 2.0 as losers. ***

Eddie Kingston says he was kind of excited about his match with Drake Younger tonight because he’s been empty inside. He’s a soldier, he needs a war to keep him going. Nobody in the locker room has been able to give him the war he needs to keep him happy. However, a friend of his, Brodie Lee, beat him in around 5 minutes a few months ago. If Brodie can beat him like that, there’s no chance Younger can give him the war he wants. Kingston says he’s still going to beat him down, because if Younger can’t give him his beautiful death, than Younger deserves to die himself.

Eddie Kingston vs. Drake Younger

Younger is sporting a bandage on his head, as he wrestled in CZW’s Cage of Death last night. Kingston brings Younger down in a waistlock. Younger reverses and throws forearms at Kingston’s face. He gives Kingston a wet willy. Kingston slaps Younger in the corner. Younger responds with chops. Kingston throws some chops of his own. Younger has himself a violence party. He flapjacks Kingston and puts him in an inverted butterfly lock. He switches into the regular butterfly lock. Younger headbutts Kingston. Kingston knee strikes him in the stomach and face. Younger fights off the Saito suplex. Younger ducks the Backfist. Kingston pokes him in the eyes. They trade forearms and slaps on their knees. Kingston bites Younger when Younger throws a headbutt. They trade chops. Younger goes for a sleeper. Kingston evades it, but gets taken down by a flying forearm. He dumps Kingston on his head out of an Angle Slam for two. Kingston rolls to the floor. Younger follows with a somersault senton from the top rope. He crossbody’s onto Kingston back in the ring. Kingston strings a chinbreaker and lariat together. With one arm he powerbombs Younger for two. Younger blocks the Backfist and dumps Kingston on his head with a half-nelson suplex. Younger goes for the Drake’s Landing. Kingston resists it. Younger throws forearms while Kingston slaps him in the face. Younger sets Kingston on the top rope, looking for a super Drake’s Landing. Kingston fights him off. Kingston brings Younger down with a super F5. The Sliding D gets Kingston the win at 11:23. This was exactly what it needed it to be: hard hitting, head dropping fun. These guys tore into each other and made it entertaining. The finish was sick, and solidified the Sliding D as one of Kingston’s newest finishers in his arsenal. ***¼

Mitch Ryder says he finally gets the chance to get revenge on Claudio for all the things he had done to him. He destroyed the Kings of Wrestling which Mitch worked hard to put together. Hawke begins to go off, but Ryder gets upset with Hawke for interrupting him. Ryder gets back to his point, saying every time he buries his fist in Claudio’s face he will remember all the things Claudio did to him. He sets Hawke straight, saying he better do everything he tells him to do.

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

Hawke tries attacking Claudio, but Claudio throws him out of a gutwrench suplex. He throws Hawke to the corner where Sweeney gets in a boot from the apron. Claudio lays in nine punches and an uppercut. Sweeney double axe handles Hawke’s arm. He drives his elbow into Hawke’s arm twice. Sweeney and Claudio double chop Hawke down for two. Claudio shoulder blocks Hawke down. Sweeney double axe handles Hawke for two. He snapmares Hawke and drives his knee into his back. Claudio and Sweeney back elbow Hawke down. Claudio drops an elbow. He lifts Hawke up into a slam. Ryder kicks Claudio from the apron. Claudio uppercuts Hawke. Ryder snaps Claudio’s neck across the top rope. The Fabulous Two take turns beating down Claudio, including some cheating when they see fit. Claudio throws them into each other and delivers double bulldogs. He goes for a Giant Swing on Ryder but Hawke chops Claudio. Claudio simply puts Hawke on his shoulders and airplane spins him as he Giant Swings Ryder. Claudio only lasts about one revolution. He then Giant Swings Ryder while Papagiorgio is checking on Hawke. Sweeney clobbers Claudio from the apron with a loaded fist! Ryder rolls up Claudio for the pin at 8:45. That was a great swerve. The action before hand was pretty pedestrian, but the payoff certainly had the crowd going wild. *½

Vin Gerard says he made 2008 his year. He says in 2008 Jimmy Olsen was a nobody, while for the first time in his life, Gerard was a somebody. Thanks to STIGMA he was able to free himself of the tyranny of Equinox until Olsen came along. He says all Olsen has done is given him the ability to end something for himself.

Young Lions Cup
Vin Gerard {U} (Champion) vs. Jimmy ‘Equinox’ Olsen {TFN}

They aggressively trade blows. Gerard kicks Equinox into the guardrails. Equinox knocks him down with a haymaker. Equinox accidentally chops the ring post. Gerard chokes Equinox back in the ring. Gerard knocks him down with a clothesline and goes after the mask. He trips Equinox into a senton splash. Gerard again goes for the mask. Gerard rakes Equinox’s back. Equinox comes back with a missile dropkick from the second rope. He backdrops Gerard for two. Gerard tris a 2k1 Bomb. Equinox turns it into a Guillotine Choke. Gerard turns that into the 2k1 Bomb for two. Gerard tries the CHIKARA Special. Equinox counters with a Frankensteiner. He hits a standing shooting star press for two. Gerard hot shots Equinox on the top rope. He puts on the CHIKARA Special. Equinox escapes. He puts on the STF, Gerard’s calling card. Gerard gets the ropes. Gerard leg trips Equinox into the STF. As Equinox goes to the ropes, Gerard unlaces Equinox’s mask. Equinox kicks him away. Gerard goes after the mask again. Equinox chops him and goes for the Overbomb. Equinox elbows Gerard away, knocking referee Bryce Remsburg down. Gerard falls pretending he got kicked in the groin. In response, Equinox throws off his mask pretending that Gerard unmasked him! Leonard F. Chikarason makes his way down to the ring as the bell rings at 10:02. Angry, Chikarason says he’s seen enough shenanigans tonight. Effective immediately, the Young Lions Cup is being held up. Gerard is furious. Olsen is all smiles. This was effective storytelling, with Gerard trying to get Olsen to stop the mind games while Olsen ultimately got what he wanted because of it. It was a nice precursor to their ultimate encounter and the ending was legitimately intriguing. ***¼

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

Quackenbush controls Delaney by his arm. He takes him down with an armdrag and backdrop. STIGMA attacks Quackenbush from behind. Quackenbush forces STIGMA to backdrop and dropkick Delaney. Quackenbush armdrags STIGMA and looks for the CHIKARA Special. STIGMA escapes before it’s fully applied. Donst suplexes STIGMA four times. He then suplexes Delaney onto STIGMA. He forearms STIGMA in the corner. He places Delaney onto STIGMA’s shoulders and drop toe holds him down. He puts STIGMA in a Boston Crab. He backdrops Delaney when he tries to break it. STIGMA kicks Donst away. Donst’s knee buckles when he goes to dive onto Delaney. STIGMA shoulder tackles Quackenbush to stop his dive onto Delaney. STIGMA kicks Donst hard to the floor. With Donst out, Quackenbush becomes easy pickings for the UnStable. Donst eventually is helped to the back by security and officials, leaving Quackenbush to fight the UnStable by himself. Just as Quackenbush has an opening, after using the ropes to double DDT STIGMA and Delaney, Jigsaw, mask and all, appears on the ring apron! Quackenbush tags him in. Jigsaw crossbody’s STIGMA and Delaney. He lights them up with forearms. Jigsaw strings a back elbow and enzuigiri together on STIGMA. He snaps Delaney across the top rope and comes off the top with a double stomp. He dropkicks Delaney to the corner for a two count. Quackenbush palm strikes STIGMA twice. Jigsaw brings him off the top with a Frankensteiner. Quackenbush hits a Swanton Bomb. Delaney breaks the count. He throws Jigsaw outside. Quackenbush looks for the CHIKARA Special on STIGMA but Delaney stops him. Quackenbush double stomps Delaney to counter a sunset bomb to the floor. Quackenbush then lands a tope con hilo onto Delaney. Jigsaw superkicks STIGMA thrice. He gives him the Jig N’ Tonic for the pin at 11:28. Jigsaw returning turned the crowd from lukewarm to red hot. It was somewhat expected, but still really cool and genuinely heartwarming. It was a nice way for Quackenbush and Jigsaw to re-establish their team while also putting Quackenbush’s issue with the UnStable to rest (sort of). It’s a shame we’ll never get the Quackenbush/STIGMA singles match this feud called for, but this was a perfectly acceptable alternate to end the season. ***


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