King of Trios 2009 Night II


Philadelphia, PA – 3.28.2009

Commentary is provided by Bryce Remsburg, UltraMantis Black, Mike Quackenbush, Louden Noxious, Leonard F. Chikarason, Colin Delaney, Jimmy ‘Equinox’ Olsen, and Chuck Taylor.

Rey de Voladores Qualifier – Elimination Match
Fire Ant {C} vs. Player Dos {SSB} vs. Matt Jackson {YB} vs. Austin Aries

Matt breaks Dos’ wristlock and dropkicks him. He sends Dos to the floor with a headscissors. He hip tosses Aries. Fire Ant snaps off a couple armdrags on Matt into a crucifix pin for two. After some chops, he successfully pulls off the Stop, Drop, and Roll. Fire Ant sends Matt to the floor and takes over Aries with a fireman’s carry. Fire Ant and Aries exchange wristlocks. Aries applies a side headlock. He shoulder blocks Fire Ant and sends him outside. Aries brings down Dos in a side headlock. Dos puts on a headscissors, which of course Aries pops out of into a dropkick. Matt avoids the dropkick when he puts Aries in a headscissors. Aries baits Matt into a knee to the stomach and pitches him to the floor. Dos trips Aries. Aries knocks Dos back to the floor. Matt trips Aries. He snaps Aries’ neck on the top rope. Fire Ant crossbody’s Aries. Dos moonsault presses onto Fire Ant. Matt missile dropkicks Dos to the floor. Aries clotheslines Matt to cut off his dive. Aries puts on a Stump Puller then knees Matt in the back. Aries panders to the crowd for too long, allowing Matt to recover. Aries pulls him down to the mat by his hair. He misses the pendulum elbow and takes a standing Shiranui. Matt backdrops Fire Ant and spears Dos. Matt clotheslines Aries out with Fire Ant and Dos. He dropkicks all three, then moonsaults onto them. In the ring Matt hits a tumbleweed Ace Crusher on Dos for two. Fire Ant gamengiri’s Aries off the second rope. He hits Matt with the Heat of the Moment and Burning Down the House. When Matt kicks out, he hits the Beach Break for the pin at 9:25. Aries goes for the IED on Fire Ant but ends up hitting Dos, who is crotched on the top turnbuckle. Fire Ant hits a flying antzuigiri on Aries. He tries Burning Down the House but Aries evades it. Fire Ant gives him a straight up Ace Crusher for two. Fire Ant misses a senton. Dos frog splashes onto him for the pin at 11:09. Aries tosses Dos out and follows with the Heat-Seeking Missile. Dos escapes a brainbuster attempt. He gives Aries a reverse DDT and a standing moonsault for two. Dos places Aries on the top rope. Aries brings Dos down with a super bulldog. He puts on the Last Chancery. Dos gets his foot on the ropes. Aries murders Dos with an overhand chop. He looks for a super brainbuster. Dos knocks him down. He misses the frog splash. Aries goes up top. Dos cuts him off. He hits the B13 for the pin and the win at 14:31. This was fast paced and really fun. The crowd was really into it and Aries stole the show with his antics. It was smart for him to be the last one eliminated, as it made Dos look strong and kept the most entertaining competitor around for the longest period. Good stuff. ***¼

Arik Cannon says his team got eliminated in round one last year. This year they’ve made it to the second round where they face F.I.S.T. Ryan Cruz points out that F.I.S.T. and F1RST sound similar, but Cannon says their are some differences. Corbin says the R name in their name stands for respect, resilience, and RASSLIN. Cruz and Cannon leave as Corbin goes off about how he’s going to beat down F.I.S.T in a redneck voice.

King of Trios 2009 Quarter-Final Round Match
Arik Cannon, Darin Corbin {NSE} & Ryan Cruz {NSE} vs. Icarus {F}, Gran Akuma {F} & Chuck Taylor {F}

Corbin puts Icarus in a front facelock. Akuma blind tags in. He sentons Corbin while Icarus legdrops him. Akuma drop toe holds Corbin into a back senton from Icarus. Akuma puts on a Camel Clutch. Icarus dropkicks Corbin in the face. Taylor chokes Corbin with his boot. Corbin sends Icarus to the floor. Akuma kicks him in the chin. Corbin rolls out. Cannon blasts Icarus with a haymaker. He armdrags Taylor a few times. Cannon cartwheels out of a monkey flip attempt. He and Taylor sweep each others’ legs out repeatedly. Bryce Remsburg gets tied up in the leg sweeping and has a stand off with Cannon and Taylor. Cruz wins a wristlock exchange with Akuma. He and Corbin give him a double gutbuster and tandem dropkicks to the sides of his head. Corbin Manhattan drops Icarus. He takes the Shellshock. A headscissors circle is formed. It breaks when Bryce starts counting. Cannon and Akuma trade haymaker for kick and end up tumbling to the floor. Corbin suicide dives onto Akuma while Icarus suicide dives onto Cannon. Cruz dives over Taylor onto everyone. Taylor dives, but everyone moves and he hits the floor. Cruz misses a corner attack, and with his partners recovering, F.I.S.T. is able to isolate him and take control. Cruz avoids an enzugiri from Akuma and dropkicks him to the floor. Corbin mows down Icarus and Taylor. He tornado DDT’s Icarus for two. Taylor kicks Corbin into Icarus’ back cracker. Cannon gives Taylor an exploder suplex. He misses a moonsault. Akuma kicks Cannon in the side of the head twice. He hits a fallaway kick to the chin. Taylor comes in with a springboard dropkick. Akuma frog splashes Cannon for two. Cruz and Corbin bust out the Everlasting Gobstopper on Icarus. They call for Cruz Control. Taylor cuts them off. Corbin eats F.I.S.T. kicks. Taylor tries a pescado on Cannon but eats a haymaker on his way down. Akuma goes to moonsault Cruz but Corbin catches him mid-air with an Ace Crusher. Cannon nails the Glimmering Warlock. Taylor makes the save. Corbin counters Icarus’ Shiranui with a backpack stunner. Taylor gives Corbin the Sole Food. Icarus hits him with the Wings of Icarus for the pin at 15:12. This had so many good counters and moment. The two teams meshed perfectly, got the crowd hot, and ended it at the right time. The F1RST Family always make a great impression at Trios and this was no exception. ***½

LWA Showcase
Davey Vega & Gary The Barn Owl vs. Pierre Abernathy & Evan Gelestico

Gelestico and Abernathy attack Gary and Vega. Gary and Vega reverse a double whip and throw some forearms. They position their opponents so that when Vega boots Abernathy, he DDT’s Gelestico. Gary double chops him and Vega knocks him down with a kick. Gelestico and Abernathy pull Gary and Vega to the floor. Abernathy chokes Gary and rubs his saliva covered hand across his face. Gelestico sidewalk slams Gary and rolls into a splash for two. He also gets two with a fisherman’s suplex. Gary comes out of the corner with a stunner. He wheelbarrows Gelestico into a pin for two. Gelestico spins him out into a slam and applies a chinlock. He and Abernathy use some knee strikes to take him down. Gary uses a chinbreaker to escape Abernathy’s chinlock. Vega takes down Abernathy. He sends Gelestico out with him. Vega and Gary land stereo tope con hilo’s. Back in the ring, Gelestico drops Vega with an Ace Crusher for two. Gary lands a spin-out facebuster. Abernathy gives Gary and modified facebuster. Vega clotheslines Abernathy out. Gelestico hits a pump-handle piledriver for the pin at 6:02. Originally when I reviewed this match I gave it a snarky FAIL rating. While I do feel this match was a failure, they were put in a tough spot. They followed two fantastic, dramatic, action packed bouts with an incredibly simple, unexciting bout on a very star studded weekend. They had an uphill battle fighting a crowd who had no interest in what they had to offer and did nothing to change their minds. This was the definition of wrong place and wrong time, but they would get their chance for redemption many years down the line. ½*

Jimmy ‘Equinox’ Olsen says the Future is Now will continue their winning ways tonight. Helios and Dorado agree.

King of Trios 2009 Quarter-Final Round Match
Jimmy ‘Equinox’ Olsen {TFN}, Lince Dorado {TFN} & Helios {TFN} vs. Amasis {OP}, Ophidian {OP} & Escorpion Egipcio {OP}

Amasis and Helios do a little bit of dancing as they exchange wristlocks and hammerlocks. Helios snapmares him into a chinlock. Amasis headscissors free. They kick each others’ legs, leading to the Kid N’ Play dance. Helios kicks down Amasis as Amasis does some splits. Equinox and Egipcio tag in. Egipcio misses his overhand chops. Equinox monkey flips him across the ring. He headscissors Egipcio to the floor and suicide dives into an armdrag on the floor. Ophidian tackles Dorado and digs his elbow into his knee. They exchange pinfall attempts, then chops. Ophidian rolls to the apron to avoid a Lynxsault. He misses a springboard stomp but pulls of Deja vu. Dorado armdrags him away. He comes in with a springboard seated senton and a quebradora backbreaker. He and Helios look for a tandem Hero’s Welcome. Egipcio distracts them but gets sent to the floor. All of the Future is Now dropkick Amasis and Ophidian in the foreheads. Egipcio clotheslines Dorado and Equinox to the floor and crotches Helios on the top rope. They bring him down with a Pyramid suplex. Helios gets beaten down by the Portal for awhile. He’s able to slip out of the ring as the Portal have a disagreement. Dorado comes in and throws chops at Egipcio. Egipcio throws him down by his mask, ripping off an ear as he falls. The Portal tear at his mask as they beat him down. Dorado enzuigiri’s Egipcio and tags in Equinox. Equinox missile dropkicks Egipcio. He tosses Ophidian out after some strikes. He superkicks Amasis for two. Equinox and Dorado double suplex Egipcio. Helios misses a twisting moonsault. Equinox blasts Egipcio with haymakers on the floor before sending him into the guardrails. Amasis drops Helios with That Move I Beat Moses With. He and Ophidian hit the Osirian Sacrament. Both Dorado and Equinox break the pin. Egipcio holds them both on his shoulders. Amasis and Ophidian missile dropkick them off of his shoulders. Helios spin kicks Ophidian. He dropkicks Egipcio to the floor. He slams Amasis. Egipcio tosses him out. Dorado bulldogs Egipcio. Equinox dropkicks him to the floor. Dorado dives onto Egipcio and into the crowd! Equinox suicide dives onto Amasis. Ophidian puts Helios in the Death Grip. Helios turns it into a Death Valley Driver for the pin at 17:53. The match started out quite good, but really turned into a mess with hesitancy and questionable action. The crowd really has turned against Dorado which you could tell by their general apathy and backlash when he was on offense and when the Future is Now won. It was a weird match. **½

Rey de Voladores Qualifier – Elimination Match
Jigsaw vs. El Generico vs. Kota Ibushi {DDT} vs. Nick Jackson {YB}

Ibushi and Jigsaw kick at each others’ legs. Jigsaw puts Ibushi in the Gory Special. Jigsaw armdrags Ibushi. Ibushi spin kicks him to the floor. He kicks Generico to the mat. Generico avoids a standing moonsault and hits a leg lariat. Nick headscissors and dropkicks Generico. Nick runs the ropes for a skytwister armdrag. Jigsaw dropkicks Nick to the floor. Ibushi kicks Jigsaw to the floor. Nick drives his knee into Ibushi’s back before grabbing a front facelock. Generico assists Nick with a dropkick when Ibushi gets out. Generico and Nick bust out a variation of N’Sync. Generico gives Ibushi the Blue Thunder Bomb. Nick and Generico fight over a pin. Generico gives Nick a quebradora backbreaker. He ascends the ropes, but Ibushi cartwheel Pele kicks him to the floor. Jigsaw suicide dives onto Generico. Ibushi kicks down Nick and lands a standing moonsault for two. Ibushi chest kicks Nick to the floor. Ibushi follows him out with a moonsault. Jigsaw stops Generico’s yakuza kick and drops him with a torture rack powerbomb. Jigsaw stomps Nick’s back and headscissors Generico to the floor. He gets two on Nick with a brainbuster. Ibushi missile dropkicks Jigsaw. Nick slingshot X-Factors Ibushi, then moonsaults out on the floor onto Generico and Jigsaw. Nick then hits a 450 splash on Ibushi. Generico breaks the pin, foolishly. Generico fozberry flops onto Nick, dives through the turnbuckles for a tornado DDT on Jigsaw, then yakuza kicks Ibushi. He half-nelson suplexes Ibushi onto his head for two. Generico and Ibushi kick each other in the face. Ibushi kicks Generico in the side of the head and German suplexes Generico for two. Ibushi lands the double jump moonsault and Generico kicks out of that as well. Generico catches Ibushi on the top rope. He looks for the top turnbuckle brainbuster. Ibushi instead brings him down with a super reverse spike Frankensteiner for the pin at 11:45. Nick clotheslines Ibushi to the floor. Jigsaw gives him the Jig N’ Tonic for the pin at 12:19. Ibushi and Jigsaw trade kicks. Jigsaw superkicks Ibushi after he climbs the ropes. He gives him a rope-assisted DDT for two. He goes for the Jig N’ Tonic. Ibushi instead Dragon suplexes Jigsaw onto his head twice. After a slam he hits a Phoenix Splash for the pin and the win at 13:36. This was unbelievable. Everyone was on and delivered an absolute spectacle of a match. It’s considered by many to be one of CHIKARA’s best matches and is still talked about to this day. One heck of a surprise, and a match that exceeded expectations. ****

You can watch this match in its entirety here.

Colin Delaney says last year Da Soul Touchaz impressed everyone by making a mark in King of Trios. Delaney is not impressed because he was busy making a mark in WWE then. He says they will win tonight, and STIGMA says that will bring them one step closer to CHIKARA dominance.

King of Trios 2009 Quarter-Final Round Match
Marshe Rockett {ST}, Willie ‘da Bomb’ Richardson {ST} & Trauma {ST} vs. Vin Gerard {U}, STIGMA {U} & Colin Delaney {U}

Delaney can’t suplex the larger Richardson. Richardson gives him an atomic drop. Delaney fails at a hip toss. Richardson pulls off his own. Delaney tags in Gerard who gets slammed by Richardson. Trauma and Richardson double shoulder block Gerard. Trauma hits the Stroke for two. He and Rockett double flapjack Gerard, then scare him with a double “U!” STIGMA attacks Rockett from behind. Rockett sends him out with a dropkick. He drop toe holds Delaney. Richardson gives Delaney a delayed vertical suplex. Rockett and Trauma suplex Gerard and STIGMA as well. Rockett dives out onto them. He legdrops Delaney for two. STIGMA grabs Rockett’s leg, allowing Gerard to attack him with a flying clothesline. The UnStable bully Rockett until he double dropkicks Gerard and STIGMA. Trauma hip tosses Delaney in from the apron. Delaney tries trading punches with Richardson, but Richardson gets the better of the exchange. STIGMA chops Richardson in the corner. Delaney and Gerard get in some punches. Richardson leg lariats Gerard. He catches Delaney’s high crossbody attempt and stacks him on top of Gerard. He puts them both in a Boston Crab. STIGMA breaks it. Trauma Irish whips Gerard to Richardson, who gives him a Rydeen Bomb off the second rope. Gerard sends Trauma to the floor. Rockett drops Gerard with the M-80. Delaney and STIGMA make the save. Richardson pounces STIGMA. Delaney leapfrogs over Richardson, sending him to the floor. He follows with a tope con hilo. STIGMA chop blocks Trauma. Gerard pins him with a lateral press while STIGMA holds his legs for the pin at 9:07. Some really fun moves from Da Soul Touchaz made this entertaining and the UnStable were perfectly serviceable foes. **½

Player Uno says he and Twiggy have been friends for five years. Their friendship will not get in the way of the Interspecies Wrestling belt being in his possession. Uno shows how he sees tonight going by forearming a piece of wood. Player Dos comes in and sees Uno in his controller tights. Dos hands him a bag saying he got him a gift. Uno is quite happy with it. As we’d see, it would turn out to be dope new gear.

Interspecies Wrestling Championship
Player Uno {SSB} (Champion) vs. Twiggy

Twiggy and Uno exchange wristlocks to start. Twiggy transitions into a side headlock. His shoulder block attempts are unsuccessful. Twiggy reverses Uno hip toss into a hiponesa. He gives Uno a Frankensteiner. After some positioning, he gives Uno the Flip, Flop and Fly. Uno catches Twiggy with the River City Ransom. He legdrops Twiggy for two. Same goes for a sidewalk slam. Uno puts on a chinlock. Twiggy breaks out and spikes Uno in a tornado DDT. He hits the Church of Al Bundy (a high crossbody) for two. Uno blocks a superkick. He puts Twiggy in the Gory Gallows and drops him out of it into a backbreaker. He gets two with folding press. Twiggy fights out of the Bubble Bobble Buster. He backslides Uno for two. He also gets two with a schoolboy. Uno gives him a modified Rock Bottom for two. He misses a moonsault. Twiggy lands a top rope senton. He pins Uno but Uno reverses into a crucifix pin. Twiggy superkicks Uno. He goes for a tornado DDT. Uno counters with a backbuster. The Bubble Bobble Buster gets him the pin at 9:50. A solid story and solid action but unremarkable in the grand scheme of the weekend. Uno’s new gear was the best part to be honest. **¼

You can watch this match in its entirety here.

Team Uppercut is backstage. They’re facing the Masters of a Thousand Holds. Dave Taylor says he’s wanted to get his hands on Johnny Saint for a long time. Claudio says he’s looking forward to fighting Mike Quackenbush again. Bryan Danielson doesn’t know Skayde, but is looking forward to facing him. Claudio says they’re going to win, Team Uppercut style.

King of Trios 2009 Quarter-Final Round Match
Mike Quackenbush, Jorge ‘Skayde’ Rivera & Johnny Saint vs. Claudio Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson & Dave Taylor

Saint and Taylor reach a stalemate in the opening exchange. Danielson and Saint exchange wristlocks. After some more exchanges, Saint reapplies the wristlock after escaping a full nelson. He snaps Danielson’s leg which was worked over by the Roughnecks last night. Quackenbush and Claudio tag in. They lock knuckles. Claudio blocks a sunset flip and goes for the Giant Swing. Quackenbush blocks it and puts on a neck-tie headscissors. Claudio flips Quackenbush to the corner. He holds him up in a reverse parachute position. Quackenbush rolls him into a prawn hold for two. He monkey flips Claudio across the ring. Skayde and Taylor tag in. They headscissors one another. Taylor dropkicks Skayde to the floor. Danielson works over Saint’s left arm. Saint runs him to the floor to escape a hammerlock. All three members of Team Uppercut go after his leg and get flipped over. Saint puts Claudio in an Octopus stretch. Claudio escapes and puts on a side headlock. Saint slowly inches his way out and tags in Skayde. They posture for control on the mat. Skayde headscissors and cartwheel armdrags Claudio into a Skayde schoolboy for two. He cascades up into an armdrag to send Claudio to the floor. Taylor brings Quackenbush to the mat in a courting hold. Taylor slams him out of and delivers a pair of uppercuts. Danielson stomps on Quackenbush’s elbow. Quackenbush stomps Danielson’s injured leg into the mat. Angry, Danielson uppercuts and headbutts Quackenbush before rocking him with forearms in the corner. Quackenbush responds with chops. Danielson lands on his feet out of a monkey flip. He hip tosses Quackenbush into a cross armbreaker. Quackenbush gets his foot on the ropes. Danielson headbutts Skayde twice. Skayde avoids some of his and Claudio’s offense. He headscissors Danielson to the floor and uses the ropes for a courting hold armdrag to send Claudio out. Taylor breaks out of Saint’s double knuckle lock and uppercuts him. He puts Saint in a Japanese choke hold. Saint wiggles down and steps over Taylor’s arms, reversing the hold. Taylor flips Saint over to escape. Claudio fails to keep Saint down in a lateral press. He holds Quackenbush in a wristlock so Danielson can uppercut him. Quackenbush kicks out Danielson’s bad leg. He and the rest of the Masters of 1,000 Holds take turns targeting his leg. Danielson knocks Saint and Skayde off the apron and gives Quackenbush a backbreaker. This leads to Team Uppercut wearing down his notoriously bad back. Quackenbush ends up catching Danielson in the Cattle Mutilation, Danielson’s calling card. He then turns it into the CHIKARA Special. Taylor breaks it. Saint ties himself in a knot, which Taylor can’t seem to crack. Saint baits him into a lateral press for two. Taylor kicks Saint to the floor. Skayde and Danielson trade pin attempts. Danielson gets on the Cattle Mutilation. Skayde gets his foot on the rope. He dropkicks Danielson out and follows with a tope con hilo. Quackenbush backflips off the top rope into a DDT on Claudio for two. Quackenbush places Claudio on the top rope and palm strikes him. He looks for a super Frankensteiner. Claudio counters with a super Ricola Bomb for the pin at 33:35. This flew by. It was an absolute joy seeing these tremendous wrestlers mix it up and put on a clinic. They paced the match well, getting more aggressive after the opening exchanges and working in the story of Danielson’s knee and Quackenbush’s back flawlessly. It even played into the finish, making the work all that more rewarding. You’ll never get the opportunity to see these six together again in a ring, and it was truly awesome to watch. ****¼


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