F1RST Wrestling: Face/Off

Amasis cuts a promo about his history with Ryan Cruz and how he’s going to win the tournament. Ryan Cruz then gets a promo about how winning this match will allow him to break out as a singles wrestler.

Sweet Sixteen Tournament, Round One
Amasis vs. Ryan Cruz

Amasis immediately hits the floor as if he’s better than this match. Amasis comes back in locks up with Cruz. Cruz and Amasis trade wrist locks. Amasis breaks the chain with some dancing. Amasis applies a side headlock which Ryan reverses. Ryan takes Amasis leg down for a two count. Amasis pins Cruz for two and both men pop-up to a stalemate. Amasis throws Cruz to the mat with a waist lock. Cruz snapmares Amasis down and Amasis pops-up sending Cruz to the ropes. Cruz takes Amasis down with a trio of armdrags and then a dropkick. Amasis goes to the floor and Cruz dropkicks Amasis while holding on the ropes. Cruz comes off the apron with a standing moonsault. Cruz pins Amasis for two. Amasis slaps Cruz and hits the ropes. Cruz slaps Amasis right back and hits the ropes. Cruz takes Amasis over with a hurricanrana. Cruz goes to springboard off the second rope, and Amasis follows and takes Cruz down to the mat with a side Russian leg sweep. Amasis grinds his boot on the back of Cruz’s head. Amasis chokes Cruz on the middle rope before pinning him for two. Cruz fights up as Amasis tries to pick him up. Cruz and Amasis trade slaps and Amasis kicks Cruz in the back of the head then the groin. Amasis lands a basement clothesline for two. Amasis chokes Cruz in the corner. Amasis pushes Cruz to the mat and lazily pins him for two. Cruz fights up and punches Amasis. Cruz catches Amasis off the topes, but Amasis comes off again with a flying knee for two. Cruz drops Amasis gut first over his knee, knees him in the face, then legdrops Amasis for two. Amasis hops over Cruz’s back and sledges him in the back. Amasis looks for a reverse rana, but Cruz picks him up. Cruz hits the Finlay roll and then a moonsault off the second rope for two. Amasis flips over and plants Cruz with a chicken-wing facebuster for two. Amasis comes off the ropes and misses the elbow due to too much dancing. Cruz comes back with a flipping kick to the face and then hits the Boom-Shaka-Laka for the victory. Good opening contest with some cool stuff from Cruz. Amasis looked good too, but nothing out of the ordinary. **1/2

Sweet Sixteen Tournament, Round One
Rob James vs. STIGMA

STIGMA attacks Rob before the bell and chops him on the ropes. Rob comes off the ropes with a shiney hiney then takes STIGMA down again with a dropkick. STIGMA goes to the floor and Rob chases him. STIGMA tells Rob to wait when they’re back in the ring. STIGMA asks for a push-up contest. As Rob is distracted, STIGMA pops up and hits a back senton. STIGMA lays in the forearms and chops as Rob lay against the ropes. Rob hits the ropes and gets knocked down with a back elbow from STIGMA. STIGMA lays in the shots again and takes Rob over with a snapmare. STIGMA kicks Rob in the small of his back and pins Rob for two. Rob hops off the ropes into a sunset flip. STIGMA rolls through and dropkicks Rob in the face. STIGMA chops away at Rob in the corner and mares him down. STIGMA chops Rob in the back and pins Rob for two. Rob blocks STIGMA’s attack in the corner. Rob comes out of the corner with a clothesline. STIGMA and Rob trade forearms. STIGMA whips Rob to the ropes. Rob comes off with a crossbody which STIGMA catches. STIGMA tries the Stigmata and Rob escapes. Rob drops STIGMA head first onto his knee and pins him for two. STIGMA rakes Rob’s eyes and lays in more forearms. STIGMA hits the Command Seven (lung blower/neck breaker combination) on Rob. Rob fires back with a Manhattan Drop and gives STIGMA a backbreaker. Rob turns it into a facebuster. Rob goes up top and misses the whoopee cushion. STIGMA looks for the Stigmata and Rob escapes again. Rob drops STIGMA with the Here It Is Driver for the win. Solid match, with STIGMA looking better than his usual CHIKARA outings. Rob also looked pretty good but he seems like a less talented Cutler brother (in terms of his character). **1/4

Sweet Sixteen Tournament, Round One
Mike Quackenbush vs. Ophidian

Ophidian grabs a wristlock which Quack twits into a takeover. Ophidian applies a waist lock and takes Quack down to the mat. Ophidian wraps his legs around Quack’s mid-section. Quack moves Ophidian’s legs around and rolls to his knees. Quack picks up Ophidian and slams him down. A frustrated Ophidian asks for Quack to lock hands. Quack accepts and Ophidian pokes Quack in the eyes. Ophidian pulls on Quack’s arm. Quack steps on Ophidian’s foot, springboards off the ropes and trips Ophidian into a pin for two. Ophidian and Quack go back and forth for a bit with Quack landing a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Quack sends Ophidian to the floor with a monkey flip. Quack follows over to the ropes, and Ophidian snaps Quack’s arm on the top rope. Ophidian comes in and delivers a series of headbutts to Quack’s arm. Ophidian bites the arm and pins Quack for two. Ophidian locks Quack’s arm in a full nelson with his legs. Quack rolls back to pin Ophidian for two. Ophidian turns and headbutts Quack’s arm. Ophidian continues to target Quack’s arm. Quack grabs Ophidian and throws him off the ropes. Ophidian comes back with a rope-assisted headscissors takedown. Ophidian drops Quack with cross-arm breaker. Ophidian has Quack on the mat and keeps attacking the arm. Quack catches Ophidian with a chop, and Ophidian responds with a dropkick to Quack’s arm. Ophidian pins Quack for two. Quack gets sent to the corner and catches Ophidian with a dropkick. Ophidian evades a cross body and heads up top as Quack nurses his arm. Ophidian misses the double knees as Quack moves. Quack holds his arm as he gets to his feet. He chops Ophidian with his good arm into the corner. Quack clotheslines Ophidian a couple times. Ophidian sends Quack to the apron. Quack goes up top and Ophidian throws him off. Quack rolls through and backdrops Ophidian to the mat. Quack gets a dragon screw leg whip on Ophidian. Ophdiian kicks Quack off the ropes and hops up. Quack dropkicks Ophidian’s leg and pins him for two. Ophidian stands on the apron and tries to sunset flip in. Quack catches him and gives Ophidian the Alabama Slam. Quack applies a sharpshooter on Ophidian. Ophidian slithers to the ropes to break. Ophidian goes to Quack’s face and shoots him to the ropes. Ophidian wheelbarrows into a face plant for two. Ophidian rolls into an arm breaker. Quack lays in some chops. Ophidian crucifix pins Quack for two. Ophidian wheelbarrows up, but Quack turns it into a suplex. Quack locks in the Lightning Lock Beta. Ophidian crawls and grabs the ropes. Ophidian escapes the face palm but eats the super kick. Ophidian turns the Quackendriver I into a victory roll for two. Quack rolls back, and Ophidian rolls into the Ophidian Death Grip. Quack stands up and rams Ophidian head first into the corner. Quack comes out of the corner with a clothesline. Quackenbush slams Ophidian with the Quackendriver III to secure the win. Fantastic match here, with these guys showing what CHIKARA is all about. Quack also is known for delivering the goods, and Ophidian is just a stand out student of the Wrestle Factory. The two meshed very well, obviously. ***1/2

Lince cut a promo saying he takes offense to Yellow Dog sniffing his butt and trying to catch him.

Sweet Sixteen Tournament, Round One
Yellow Dog vs. Lince Dorado

Cat vs. Dog! They meow and woof back and forth. They lock up and Dog gets a wristlock. Lince rolls through to reverse. Lince bites Dog’s hand. Dog escapes and licks himself in the nether regions. Lince gets a headlock and licks Dog’s head. Dog takes Lince down with a waistlock and begins getting excited. Lince quickly grabs the ropes to escape. Lince trips Dog, hits the ropes and takes Dog over with a rana. Dog knocks Lince down with a shoulder tackle and lifts his leg to wiz on him. Dog and Lince go for double dropkicks, then go face to face on their knees. Lince chops at Dog and Dog comes back with one of his own. Dog gets a side headlock and hits the ropes. Dog ducks a clothesline and sunsets Lince. Lince tells Yellow Dog to stay and dropkicks him in the head for two. Lince snapmares Dog over and dropkicks him in the neck for two. Lince stretches Dog’s back out over his knee. Dog elbows Lince in the gut and hits the ropes. Lince hits a dropkick and pins Dog for two. Lince hits a standing senton splash for two. Lince applies pressure to Dog’s shoulder. Dog comes off the ropes and eats an elbow from Lince for two. Lince bites on Dog’s tail as he gets to the rope. Lince puts Dog in the tree of woe. Lince lands a basement dropkick for two. Lince picks up Dog who now has a chew toy in his mouth. Lince tosses the toy into the crowd, a fan throws it. The fans keep throwing it around the ring and to Lince. Yellow Dog keeps following it. Lince comes off the ropes with a tornado press onto Dog. Lince sends Dog into the ring. Dog pulls out a cat nip ouse and throws it. Lince is to smart to follow, but still eats the Pounce from Dog for two. Dog gives some JYD style headbutts to Lince. Lince fights back and headbutts Dog in the stomach. Lince comes off with the ropes with a backspring elbow. Lince chops Dog in the corner and shoots Dog across the ring. Lince gives him a clothesline and sends Dog across the ring. Lince gets popped to the apron and Dog gives him an enzugiri. Dog gives Lince a sloppy tornado DDT to the floor. Dog sends Lince back in the ring and follows with a slingshot senton for two. Dog chops Lince in the corner and then sends Lince across. Dog hits a bulldog. He goes up top. Lince catches Dog with knees to the gut. Lince and Dog trade shots in the middle of the ring. Dog sends Lince to the ropes and boots Lince down. Dog misses a legdrop and Lince comes with a kick and the Lynxsault for two. Lince gives Dog a solebutt and springboards into a backflip. Dog takes Lince over with a half-nelson suplex for two. Dog picks up Lince and hits him with a forearm. Lince blocks a spin-out from Dog. Lince kicks Dog in the side of the head and hits a standing Spanish Fly for two. Lince rams his shoulder into Dog’s stomach and places him up top. Lince follows and Dog blocks the hurricanrana attempt. Dog comes off the top with a spike DDT to Lince for two. Dog places Lince back on the top rope. Lince kicks Dog in the head and comes off with a dropkick. Lince places Dog on the top rope and brings him off with a snap hurricanrana. Lince goes up top and hits the Shooting Star Press for the win. This was a cute comedy match with plenty of good wrestling to boot. Aside from the sloppy tornado DDT, this was a solid match. I don’t necessarily think it should have ended the show, but the crowd got a kick out of it and so did I. **3/4

Read my review of the entire show here!

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