A World Of Comforting Illusions


February 28th, 2010 – Pottsville, PA

Continuing the trend of “new CHIKARA venues that look like old ones”, tonight’s Pottsville arena looks very similar to the old Pittston CHIKARA arena.

Commentary is provided by Bryce Remsburg, Colin Delaney, Icarus, and Gavin Loudspeaker.

Dasher Hatfield {T} & Sugar Dunkerton {T} vs. Vin Gerard {U} & STIGMA {U}

Hatfield powers STIGMA to the corner. Hatfield ducks a chop and gives STIGMA a pair of armdrags. Hatfield sends STIGMA to the floor and follows with a pescado. Dunkerton shoulder tackles Gerard down and runs over his back before dropping on him with a senton for two. The Throwbacks knock Gerard down with some double elbows. Dunkerton gives him a bulldog. Hatfield hip tosses STIGMA. Gerard attacks Dunkerton. STIGMA spears Dunkerton, and Gerard gives Hatfield an STO to turn the tide. Hatfield is bullied by The UnStable until Hatfield reverses a tornado DDT with a fisherman’s suplex. Dunkerton and STIGMA tag in. Dunkerton hits a series of strikes to knock STIGMA down. Gerard cuts off Dunkerton, but Dunkerton drops him with a half-nelson suplex for two. STIGMA gives Dunkerton a German suplex and attacks Hatfield as he comes in the ring. Hatfield applies a sleeper and STIGMA uses the corner to fight him off. Dunkerton cuts Gerard off the top rope, and Hatfield victory rolls STIGMA for the pin at 8:00. Pretty disappointing considering how great both teams were the previous night before. The opening stuff was a bit off, the heat segment was good, and the ending showed promise but ended kind of abruptly. Guess you can’t win em’ all. **

Brodie Lee says tonight is the end of Green Ant. Lee says the last time they were in the ring, it was only for 5 seconds, and he pinned Green Ant. Brodie plans to do the same tonight.

Green Ant {C} vs. Brodie Lee

Lee pushes Green Ant down. Lee hits on a girl outside, and Green Ant hits a clothesline off the apron. In the ring, Green Ant hits a splash on Lee and an elbow. Green Ant gives Lee some strikes, but Lee knocks him down with a rolling throat thrust for two. Lee blasts Green Ant with a forearm and tosses him to the floor. Green Ant gets whipped to the corner and Lee follows through with a two-handed chop across the chest. Lee chokes Green Ant with his boot. Lee drops Green Ant with a pump-handle toss for two. Green Ant fires up as Lee lays in some headbutts. Green Ant comes back with some headbutts of his owns. Green Ant hops out of the corner with a flying headbutt. Green Ant ducks the big boot and sunset flips Lee for two. Lee tries the Bossman slam and Green Ant rolls him up for two. Green Ant jumps on Lee’s back with a sleeper hold while laying in headbutts. Green Ant hits the ropes, and Lee boots him for two. Lee drops Green Ant with the Running Liger Bomb for the pin at 4:13. This was a lot of fun for the time it was given. Green Ant has been impressing me, and Brodie Lee is severely underrated. With more time the rating could’ve been higher. *1/2

Hallowicked {I} & Frightmare {I} vs. Sara Del Rey {BDK} & Daizee Haze {BDK}

Sara and Daizee attack Incoherence as they pose on the corner. Haze and Sara maul Frightmare in their corner. Frightmare is able to evade a double team attack and give Sara a jump-up neckbreaker. Frightmare gives Haze a step-up hurricanrana. Frightmare then tope’s onto Haze, tagging in Hallowicked. Wicked lays in forearms to Sara. He gives her a step-up enzugiri in the corner, and Wicked pops up Frightmare for a splash on Sara. Incoherence send Haze to the corner. Frightmare misses a big boot, and Sara gives Hallowicked a cappo kick to send him out of the ring. Sara and Haze once again maul Frightmare in their corner. Frightmare lands a jaw breaker and a cartwheel double-kick to the back of Sara’s head. Halloiwcked again gets tagged in and sends Haze to the corner. He mows Sara down with two clotheslines. Haze chokes Wicked, and Wicked snapmares her over. Haze slaps Wicked. Wicked gives Haze a HYUUUGE Rydeen Bomb, and Frightmare follows up with a kneecolepsy for two. Sara breaks the pin, and Wicked gives her a big boot for two. Haze low bridges the ropes to send Wicked to the floor. Sara drops Frightmare over and over with piledrivers, so the referee calls for the bell, disqualifying the BDK at 9:49 for excesivo de castigo. This means Incoherence has earned their first point, and Sara and Daizee are back down to zero. A good way for this match to end, as Sara and Daizee continue to show they’re tag team dominance. Incoherence as usual delivered. **1/2

The Badd Boys are playing pool. They say just like in pool, you got to stay one step ahead. They say they see the faces of their opponents on the balls while they shoot them. They say wrestling isn’t a game, and when you step in the ring it gets real bad. Chad almost says “Boo Ya”. Hmm…

Elimination Match
Amasis {OP} & Ophidian {OP} vs. Player Uno {SSB} & Player Dos {SSB} vs. Claudio Castagnoli {BDK} & Ares {BDK} vs. Brad Badd & Chad Badd

“Rockit” by Herbie Hancock sounds and Amasis and Uno both dance. Claudio shakes his head in disapproval. The Badd Boyz run in and attack Amasis and Uno. Ophidian and Dos come in, and the Badd’s bail. Dos and Ophidian jockey for position. Ophidian headsiccosrs Dos and Dos comes back with a hurricanrana. A stalemate leads to Chad running in. He gets sent to the apron by Dos. Dos gets sent to the floor by Chad. The Badd’s double team Ophidian to the floor. Amasis comes in and takes them both down with a flying clothesline. The Portal then beat up on the Badd’s. They get sent to the floor and Ophidian dives on them with a tope. Claudio comes in and clotheslines Amasis as he hits the ropes. Claudio tosses him across the ring with a fallaway slam. The Brüderschaft double team Amasis in their corner. Ares hits the Tiger Driver to pin Amasis at 9:53. The Osirian Portal is eliminated.

The Badd’s and the Super Smash Bros. come in and beat up the BDK. The Badd’s trick Player Dos into trusting him, but he gets beaten up while Claudio throws Uno onto the bar outside. The Badd Boys isolate Dos in their corner Dos turns a double suplex into a double DDT and tags in Uno. Uno knocks down the Badd’s with forearms and clotheslines. Uno forces Brad to give Chad an ace crusher. Uno drops Brad with a DDT for two. Dos comes back in and gives Brad a superkick. Uno then punches Brad for two. Chad and Brad give Dos a lariat/chop block combo. Uno comes back in. Chad gives him an enzugiri in the corner. The Badd’s give Uno Demolition Decapatation, but Dos gives Chad a frog splash for the pin at 15:21 as Ares prevents Brad from making the save. The Badd Boyz are eliminated.

Claudio immediately enters and disposes of Dos. The Brüderschaft focus on Uno, and Uno is able to fend them off, sending Ares to the floor. Claudio is unaffected by a barrage of Uno’s strikes. Ares grabs Uno’s foot, and Claudio mows him down with a clothesline. Ares and Claudio isolate Uno. Dos makes a save on a double team, but Ares brings him outside and rams him back first multiple times into the ring frame. The BDK go back to work on Uno. Uno blocks a Ricola Bomb. Claudio gives Uno a European Uppercut and locks on the Inverted CHIKARA Special. Uno taps at 20:52, giving Claudio and Ares the victory and the win. Claudio and Ares now have three points; they will challenge The Colony for the Campeones de Parejas on March 20th in Easton, PA. I’ve seen a lot better from every team in this match, although this was still pretty good. Not a heck of a lot happened, so I don’t have much more to say than that. I am looking forward to the Claudio/Ares vs. Colony match though. ***

Eddie Kingston says tonight is a new building, old enemy; Gran Akuma. Kingston says he’s happy they’re having this match because they’re both going to hit hard and test each other. Kingston says every morning he loses feeling in his arm because Akuma dropped him on his head years ago. He says tonight will be a war and he wants Claudio to watch the match. He says if he’ll hurt Akuma, a guy he likes as much as he’s going to, imagine what he’d do to a guy like Claudio who he doesn’t like.

Eddie Kingston vs. Gran Akuma {F}

Akuma kicks Kingston to escape a wristlock. Kingston forearms Akuma and drops him with an inverted DDT for two. Kingston gives Akuma a fisherman’s suplex for two. Kingston chops Akuma, and Akuma retorts with kicks to Kingston’s leg, stomach, and head. Akuma evades a splash in the corner and kicks Kingston in the head. Akuma comes off the top rope with a dropkick to Kingston’s cranium for two. Akuma applies an abdominal stretch on the mat. Akuma kicks Kingston in the back a couple times. Kingston chops Akuma, and Akuma responds with a kick. Kingston slaps Akuma, and Akuma kicks Kingston for two. Akuma scrapes his shoe across Kingston’s face. They trade slaps, and then kicks and chops. Kingston rolls to the floor and Akuma follows. They trade shots and Akuma throws Kingston’s face into the ring apron. In the ring, Akuma kicks out Kingston’s leg. He snapmares him over and kicks him in the back a couple times. Kingston blocks a kick and throws Akuma with a t-bone suplex. Akuma kicks Kingston, and Kingston knocks him down with a lariat. Back on their feet, Kingston gives Akuma a barrage of strikes and a Yakuza kick. Kingston drops Akuma on his head with a body slam for two. Akuma drops Kingston with a flatliner, and then a DDT. Akuma goes up top and hits a suplex for two. Kingston slaps Akuma as he goes up top again. Kingston brings Akuma down with an ace crusher for two. Kingston lands a Back Drop Driver and Akuma gets right up. Akuma drops Kingston with a Back Drop Driver and he gets up. Kingston gives Akuma another and he gets up. Akuma gives Kingston a rolling clothesline, and both men are now down as the effects of their moves hit them. Akuma kicks away at Kingston. Kingston fires up and peppers Akuma with slaps. Akuma ducks a backfist and drops Kingston with a Samoan drop. Akuma tires for the Yoshi Tonic, and Kingston flips him over into a powerbomb. Akuma kicks out of a Sliding D. Kingston hits a second Sliding D to get the win at 9:27. These guys sure did hit hard, but definitely left something to be desired. The crowd sucked too, which was really unfortunate. I think with a little more time and in front of a different crowd, this would’ve been much more significant. ***1/4

Kingston yells out Claudio’s name and says that they aren’t done.

Lince Dorado, Pinkie Sanchez, Tim Donst, and Tursas are backstage. Dorado says Jigsaw and Helios tossed him aside. Donst says Dorado is better than that and that his break-up with the Future Is Now was the best thing that ever happened to him. Donst says Lince will show his former friends why break-up hurts.

Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw {TFN}, Equinox {TFN}, & Helios {TFN} vs. Tim Donst {BDK}, Lince Dorado {BDK}, Pinkie “Pink Ant” Sanchez {BDK}, & Tursas {BDK}

The Tecnicos run in and attack the BDK. The bell sounds and its mayhem all over as guys are fighting in and outside of the ring. Sanchez ends up with Equinox and chokes him with his pink bandana. Equinox blasts Sanchez with chops. Sanchez boots Quinox, and Equinox backdrops him. Quack and Jigsaw come in and double team Sanchez. Donst runs in when Sanchez hits the floor. Jigsaw suplexes Donst, and Quack follows with a senton. Jigsaw double stomps Donst and Quack boots him. Tursas sends Jigsaw out. Helios dropkicks Tursas twice to no effect. Dorado hops in and gives Helios a Lynxsault. Helios pops up and Dorado bails. Donst comes in and gives Helios an overhead suplex. Helios and Equinox double team Donst for a two count. Helios misses a springboard splash, and Tursas comes in. The Brüderschaft trap Helios and team up on Helios in their corner. Helios bails to the floor after a triple team and Quack comes in. Tursas splashes Quack right on his lower back. Quack is now the one targeted by the Brüderschaft, concentrating on his back. Jigsaw comes in when Quack is able to roll to the floor. Tursas immediately drops an elbow not allowing him to get any offense in. Jigsaw then gets beaten on until hitting the floor, allowing Equinox to come in with a missile dropkick on Sanchez. Tursas gives Equinox a big time shoulder block, making this the third time Tursas brought the match back in the BDK’s favor. Equinox gets teamed up on, with the focus being on his injured ankle. Tursas misses an elbow, and Equinox kicks him away. Helios Tiger walks Tursas, and takes down Sanchez and Donst. Helios gives Dorado a 619 on the apron. Donst and Sanchez double team Helios to cut off his momentum. Helios comes off the second ropes with chocolate rain. Dorado sends him to the floor with a spinwheel kick. Quack lights up Dorado with some chops. Dorado comes off the ropes with a spinning body press. Quack evades a lynxsault. Quack drops Dorado with a spin-out slam for two. Quack calls for the Quackendriver II. Dorado escapes and eats a pair of superkick sfrom Quack and Jigsaw. Quack dives onto Dorado. Jigsaw looks to follow, but Sanchez come in with a springboard double stomp for two. Jigsaw gives Sanchez a brainbuster for two. Sanchez gets sent to the floor, and Jigsaw follows with a dive. Equinox looks to dive even with his bad ankle. Donst kicks his ankle out from under him as he comes off the ropes. Equinox misses a standing shooting star press. Donst drives him in the mat with a Donstitution for two. Donst looks for the Hydalock. Equinox punches Donst right in the face. Equinox punches Tursas with no affect. Tursas drops Equinox with a double-rotation Boss Man Slam. Sanchez slaps Quack, and then knocks him down with a polish hammer for two. Quack palm strikes Sanchez and drops him with the Quackendriver IV. Donst breaks the pin. Jigsaw brings Donst off the top with a hurricanrana after Helios gives him an enzugiri. Quack follows with a senton off the top, and Equinox gives him a shooting star press for two. Tursas beats on Quack on the floor. Helios looks for the Sasuke Special, but Tursas catches him and slams him on the floor. In the ring, Dorado gives Helios a shooting star press for the pin at 22:55. This was another fantastic Atomico which is now the story of this weekend. I loved the story they told, with Tursas being the guy who turned the favor back in the BDK’s favor whenever a fresh man entered. Then the other members would do the dirty work. Exceptional story telling with great wrestling made for a real fun match that the fans ate up. ***1/2

The Brüderschaft clean house on the Tecnicos and are left standing tall in the ring. They then bully Jigsaw on the floor until referee Nick Papagorgio forces them to stop.

UltraMantis Black says he is redeeming their points tonight to challenge the Colony for Los Campeonatos de Parejas. Mantis says if it weren’t for Delirious, The Order would not be here today. Mantis says tonight they’ll win the belts, then King of Trios, and only then will his plan be complete.

Campeones de Parejas
Fire Ant {C}& Soldier Ant {C} (Campeones) vs. UltraMantis Back {ONT} & Delirious {ONT}

Fire Ant forearms Delirious a few times after Delirious knocks Soldier Ant off the apron. Fire Ant’s offense has no effect. Fire Ant evades Delirious’ attack, and Delirious throws Fire Ant face first as he tries to wheelbarrow up. Mantis and Delirious knock down Fire Ant with stereo back elbows. Black gives Fire Ant the Mongolian chops. Fire Ant takes Mantis down with a Fireman’s carry. Soldier Ant drops a saluting elbow drop, and Fire Ant gives Mantis a back senton. Fire Ant then gives him a somersault senton for two. Black sends Fire Ant to the apron. Delirious drops Fire Ant face first on the apron. The Order capitalize by double teaming Soldier Ant. They only get a two count, but the Order continue their onslaught on Soldier Ant. After some time, Soldier Ant floats over a suplex and rolls up Delirious for two. Soldier Ant crawls to the floor. Fire Ant comes off the top with a crossbody to Delirious. He headscissors Delirious to the floor and dropkicks Mantis in the chest. Fire Ant hits a tumbleweed senton off the second turnbuckle onto Delirious on the floor. Soldier Ant locks Mantis in the CHIKARA Special. Delirious hits the Panic Attack to break, and another in the corner. Delirious misses Shadows Over Hell, but gives Soldier Ant a twisting neck breaker for two. Fire Ant cuts off Delirious on the top rope, and drives him down with a super fireman’s carry. Soldier Ant gives him a saluting headbutt, and Fire Ant comes off the top with a senton splash for two. Fire Ant jackknife pins Delirious for two to block Delirious from the Praying Mantis Bomb. Mantis drives Fire Ant in the corner with a double underhook suplex. Mantis brings Fire Ant up top and follows. Mantis drops him with a super double underhook suplex, and Soldier Ant breaks the pin. Delirious throws Soldier Ant to the floor with Mantis. Fire Ant gives Delirious a wheelbarrow stunner. Soldier Ant drops him with a release German suplex. Mantis looks for the Praying Mantis Bomb on Soldier Ant, but Soldier Ant turns it into a TKO. Fire Ant gives him an Antzugiri and a brainbuster. Soldier Ant follows with a diving saluting headbutt for two. Delirious drops Solider Ant with a stunner on the ropes. Delirious then gives Fire Ant a cobra clutch suplex. Mantis gives him a wrist clutch suplex for two. Mantis tells Delirious to finish Fire Ant as he stomps on Soldier Ant. Fire Ant escapes the Praying Mantis Bomb and prawn holds Delirious for the pin at 15:47. The Colony are up one fall to two.

Mantis gives Fire Ant a Michinoku Driver. Soldier Ant drops Mantis with a revers TKO. Delirious drops Soldier Ant with a Praying Mantis Bomb. Ares comes to ringside and holds up the Eye of Tyr while looking into Delirious’ eyes. Ares whispers something to Delirious, and Delirious freaks out. He bails through the door leaving Mantis alone. Fire Ant gives Mantis the Heat of the Moment. Soldier Ant rolls up Mantis with the Skayde Schoolboy for the pin and the win at 17:17. The Colony retain the Campeones de Parejas, and UltraMantis continues to be title-less in CHIKARA.

As it was, this was a good match. Both teams made the most out of the first fall, as of course the second fall was a total angle in the end. I heard some great/funny stuff happened with UltraMantis Black and Delirious outside the area outside the show, but sadly Smart Mark Video didn’t include any footage (probably because they didn’t take any). But I’ll give each team credit for what the conditions they were given. ***


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