Cleveland, OH – 4.10.2010
Jack of All Trios Quarter-Final Match
Team Oreo (Johnny Gargano, Flip Kendrick, & Louis Lyndon) vs. Team Beyond (Jonny Mangue, Chase Burnett, & Zane Silver)
Gargano pushes Burnett down, and Burnett pops right back up. Burnett kicks Gargano in the chest, and comes off the top rope with an armdrag. Burnett blocks an O’Conner roll and rolls up Gargano into an armdrag. Gargano kicks Burnett’s legs out, and Burnett flies through the ropes and lands back and head first on the floor! Mangue headbutts Kendrick’s palm. They exchange wristlocks. Kendrick takes Mangues over with a headscissors takedown. Kendrick moonsaults into an armdrag. Mangue snapmares Kendrick over and misses a basement dropkick. Kendrick misses a shooting star press, but dropsaults Mangue to the floor. Silver and Lyndon come in. They go back and forth, blocking everything each guy throws at one another. Lyndon tries a German suplex to Silver off the apron. Silver knocks Lyndon down and hits a low DDT on the apron. Gargano hops in and whips Silver to the corner. Silver hops out and takes down Lyndon. Kendrick gets sent out. Silver looks for a dive. As Gargano comes in with a slingshot spear, all three members of Team Beyond dropkick Gargano. Burnett hits a flip plancha onto Gargano and Lyndon on the floor. Silver hits a twisting body press. Mangue looks to dive, and Kendrick cuts him off. He tosses Mangue to the floor, and then hits a top rope sky twister press on all five other participants. In the ring, Mangue takes it to Kendrick with a neck breaker and a Rolling Thunder variation. Mangue fires up when Lyndon kicks him, and Lyndon drops him with a Dragon suplex. Burnett breaks the pin and trades forearms with Lyndon. Burnet flips Lyndon, and then hits a kneecolepsy to Lyndon’s back. Gargano breaks the pin and sole butts Burnett. Gargano looks to lawn dart him. Gargano waistlocks Silver as he charges. Burnett wheelbarrows through both their legs and brings Gargano to the corner. Burnett hits a coast-to-coast dropkick. Silver covers and Aeroform break the pin. Silver sends Lyndon the floor. Kendrick hits a standing moonsault on Burnett for two. Kendrick gets trapped in the ropes, and Silver drops him with a flatliner for two. Mangue wheelbarrows Kendrick into a lungblower from Silver. Burnett goes for a quebrada, but Gargano jumps off the backs of Silver and Mangue and dropkicks him mid-air. Mangue eats a trifecta of kicks and Team Oreo scores the pinfall at 10:00. Really hot opener with some awesome moves that I had never seen before. All these guys really brought and set the bar high for everyone else tonight. ***1/2
Jack of All Trios Quarter-Final Match
Alpha Beta Duke (The Duke, Nick Belushi, & John Thorne) vs. Blackballed (Lamont Williams, Shawn Blaze, & “Kano” Josh Emanuel)
Alpha Beta duke attack Blackballed in their street clothes on the floor. All six guys get in a brawl that officials and staff can’t seem to break up. Because of it, both teams are thrown out of the tournament, and the winner of the No Mercy/Young Studs quarter-final match will go straight to the finals.
Jack of All Trios Quarter-Final Match
Da Soul Touchaz (Marshe Rockett, Acid Jaz, & Willie “da Bomb” Richardson) vs. Da Latin Crime Syndicate (Luis Diamante, Joey The Snake, & K. Fernandez)
DLCS attack the Soul Touchaz on the floor. The brawl takes to the ring, and the Soul Touchaz knock DLCS down with clotheslines. DLCS retreat to the floor. Richardson wrenches on Diamante’s shoulder. Diamante tries a body block, but Richardson doesn’t bulge. Joey comes in and his shoulder block attempts fail. He smack talks Richardson, so Richardson gives him an atomic drop and pounces him to the floor! Richardson dropkicks Fernandez to the floor. He peppers Diamante with punches before giving him the Dusty elbow. Richardson comes off the second rope with an elbow smash. Rockett comes in and slaps the crap out of Diamante. They give him a double flapjack and Rockett pins him for two. Rockett wheelbarrows Jaz and slams him onto Diamante for two. DLCS regain control and isolate Jaz from his partners. DLCS bully Jaz for awhile, but Jaz comes back with a knee strike and uppercut to Fernandez. Rockett tags in and knocks down all three opponents. De dropkicks Joey and follows with a high legdrop for two. Fernandez brings Rockett to the floor and rakes his eyes. Diamante lays in the shots to Jaz and places him on the top rope. Jaz comes off with a tornado DDT. Jaz hits a pair of legdrops, then spinaroonie’s into a fist drop for two. Joey looks for an inverted DDT, and Jaz gives him the Swiss Mist. Willie and Jaz hit a tandem sit-out powerbomb for the pin at 10:10. Good match with some good spots. Good to see that everyone loves the Soul Touchaz because they’re great fun. I’m excited to see them against Team Oreo in the Semi-Finals. **1/2
Jack of All Trios Quarter-Final Match
Team No Mercy (Toby Klein, Chris Dickinson, & Tommy Mercer) vs. The Young Studs (Bobby Beverly, Eric Ryan, & TJ Dynamite)
Dickinson and Ryan vie for the advantage. Ryan shakes his hips and Dickinson is not amused. Dickinson kicks away at Ryan’s chest. Dickinson responds with a hip swivel of his own. Ryan forearms Dickinson as he hits the rope. Dickinson big boots Ryan as he hits the ropes. Ryan knees Dickinson in the face. Dickinson sends Ryan to the floor with a back elbow. Mercer and Beverly tag in while Dickinson and Ryan still fight on the floor. Mercer brutalizes Beverly from corner to corner. Mercer back body drops Beverly out onto Dickinson and Ryan. Dynamite cautiously enters the ring. Mercer lays in the forearms and places Dynamite on his shoulders. Mercer drops him with a moonlight bomb and tags in Klein. Dickinson and Ryan continue to fight on the floor. Dynamite hits a leg lariat and a couple armdrags. Beverly helps Ryan with Dickinson on the floor. Mercer joins the gray on the floor while Klein takes it to Dynamite. The fight on the floor ends, and Dickinson and Klein hit a tandem back elbow on Dynamite. Dickinson gets mowed down with a clothesline from Dynamite, giving the Young Studs the opportunity to cut the ring in half and pummel Dickinson in their corner. Mercer comes in and beats on Beverly and Ryan, but the referee didn’t see Dickinson’s tag. The Studs go back to beating on Dickinson. Dickinson fires up with a barrage of kicks to Ryan. Mercer gets a legal tag and takes down the Studs. Mercer throws Dynamite to the floor and powerslams Ryan. Dickinson comes in with Mercer. Mercer wheelbarrows Ryan and Dickinson kicks him before hitting an ace crusher for two. Mercer gets tossed into the guardrails by Beverly. Dickinson drops Ryan with a Falcon Arrow for two. The other four guys are fighting on the floor. Dickinson heads up top and Beverly crotches him. Ryan sets up Dickinson into the Cop Killer, and Beverly assists with a top rope double stomp for three at 11:59. Good match, with quite the upset. But heck, you don’t kick out of the double stomp/Cop Killer tandem. Dickinson did good in this match as he was in the majority of the time. Really liked this, and the heel team getting the buy into the finals added some heat. **3/4
Frightmare vs. Green Ant
Both guys look for the advantage in the early going. Green Ant seems to target the arm. Frightmare grabs a front face lock, and Green Ant turns into a leg submission. Frightmare armdrags Green Ant. Green Ant trips Frightmare. He turns him over into a stretch. Frightmare kicks out of a prawn hold. Both guys go for a shoulder tackle. Green Ant trips Frightmare and armdrags him over. Frightmare responds with an armdrag of his own. Frightmare kicks Green Ant away and a wheelbarrows into a pinning predicament. Each guy goes for some quick pins with no luck. Frightmare takes Green Ant over with a step-up Frankensteiner. Green Ant hits a flying headbutt off the middle rope. Green Ant toreadors Frightmare to the floor. Green Ant baseball slides Frightmare’s legs out as he gets to the apron. Green Ant lays in the shots to Frightmare on the floor. Green Ant splashes Frightmare and throws him back in the ring. Green Ant goes back to Frightmare’s leg. Frightmare tries to come back. Green Ant locks Frightmare’s arms and twists his neck. Green Ant dropkicks Frightmare and then goes back to Frightmare’s leg. Green Ant snapmares Frightmare into a headlock. Green Ant locks Frightmare in a stump puller then twists Frightmare’s ankle with toe holds. Green Ant applies an Indian Death Lock variation. Frightmare is able to land a moonsault neck breaker once escaping for two. Frightmare hits a pop-up lariat for two. Green Ant drops Frightmare with an Angle slam for two. Green Ant locks in the Clover Leaf. Frightmare drops Green Ant with a crucifix bomb for two. Frightmare misses the kneecolepsy. Green Ant goes up top. Frightmare cuts him off with a step-up knee strike. Green Ant knocks Frightmare back down to the mat and lands a splash for two. Frightmare pops up into the kneecolepsy for the pin at 10:36. That was a great match between these two guys. This was billed as a CHIKARA showcase, and both guys showcased the best of their abilities. I was really impressed with what they did, loved the leg work by Green Ant, and the ending was quite cool. It’s really cool to see these guys go in and be able to have a competitive back and forth singles encounter, especially with how rare it is in CHIKARA for them to do so. **3/4
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Jack of All Trios Semi-Final Match
Team Oreo (Johnny Gargano, Flip Kendrick, & Louis Lyndon) vs. Da Soul Touchaz (Marshe Rockett, Acid Jaz, & Willie “da Bomb” Richardson)
Lyndon goes toe-to-toe with Rockett, throwing some crane poses in his face. Lyndon takes Rockett over with a hurricanrana, but Rockett comes back with a big boot. Jaz and Kendrick tag in and put up their fists. Kendrick and Jaz exchange wristlocks. Kendrick ducks a punch and rolls up Jaz for two. Jaz sends Kendrick to the apron. Kendrick takes Jaz over with a reverse rana. Jaz lays in some strikes. Kendrick backflips to escape a leg swipe and tags in Gargano. Richardson also enters. Gargano ducks Richardson’s punches and lays in some shots of his own. He can’t whip Richardson, so he lays in some more strikes. Gargano a couple clotheslines but eats a leg lariat and a trifecta of atomic dorps. Lyndon enters and takes Richardson to the floor with a satellite headscissors. Lyndon leapdrogs over Rockett and dropkicks him down. Team Oreo keeps Rockett from tagging in to maximize the efficiency of their damage. Rockett takes Lyndon over with a snap suplex and tags in Richardson. Richardson gives Lyndon an atomic drop and a hard clothesline for two. Lyndon comes back with a knee strike and top-rope assisted enzugiri. Kendrick tags in and tries some strikes. Richardson fights back with some of his own, but Kendrick takes Richardson to the floor with a hurricanrana. Jaz and Rockett come in, and Kendrick hits a springboard moonsault to take out both of them for two. Kendrick gives Rockett a tornado DDT and Jaz breaks the pin. Rockett spears Kendrick in the corner and Jaz knees him in the face. Gargano sole butts Rockett. Rockett pops up Gargano into a facebuster to Gargano. Jaz and Rockett both go up top of opposite corners. Rockett his a senton, Jaz hits a frog splash, and Lyndon kicks Richardson off the top rope so he can’t hit his leg drop. Rockett gets sent to the floor. Kendrick suplexes Jaz into a facebuster, and Jaz rolls to the floor. Team Oreo hit their double enzugiri/superkick combo on Richardson to get the pin at 11:10. Real fun stuff from both these tournament favorites, and it sucks both teams couldn’t be in King of Trios. ***
Sugar Dunkerton & Matt Classic vs. Tim Donst & Pinkie Sanchez
Classic doesn’t believe that Sanchez is an actual wrestler. Classic looks to lock up with a fellow mat technician Donst. Classic takes Donst over with a hip toss. Donst dusts off and gets in the amateur position. Classic back rakes Donst. Classic looks for a sunset flip, and Dunkerton throws a basketball at Donst to knock him down for two. Dunkerton comes in and asks for his ball back. Donst rolls it to the floor and Dunkerton grabs a headlock. Donst knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. Dunkerton asks for Classic to pass the ball, but Classic is confused at a basketball being in a wrestling match. Donst attacks Dunkerton from behind. Dunkerton runs the ropes, stepping on Donst. He lands a senton and again looks to get the basketball. He grabs it and uses it to avoid some offense from Donst and knock Donst in the chin. Sanchez comes in and gets tripped. Classic rolls the ball and Donst gets knocked down. Donst and Sanchez hug on the floor. Donst takes Classic down in a waistlock. Classic backs Donst into Sanchez and reverses the waist lock. Donst almost knocks Sanchez off the apron. Donst holds his arms to prevent him from falling, and Dunkerton slam dunks the ball between their arms. Classic lays in some strikes to Donst. Donst sends Classic to the floor and Sanchez gives him a double axe handle. Sanchez and Donst prevent Classic from tagging it out to maximize damage done. Sanchez misses a whoopee cushion, and Classic tags in Dunkerton. Donst comes in, and Dunkerton takes him down with a few strikes and a bulldog. Classic gives Sanchez an airplane spin. Dunkerton peppers Sanchez with punches. Classic gets an abdominal stretch on Donst. He grabs Dunkerton hands, and Dunkerton starts a big chain with the fans in the crowd. Sanchez breaks it. Dunkerton hits a somersault senton off the apron to the floor onto Donst and Sanchez. Classic heads up top, but then climbs down to the apron. Classic falls down onto both guys. Sanchez rakes Dunkerton’s eyes and hits a shiney hiney in the corner. Classic works on Donst’s clavicle on the floor. Dunkerton drapes Sanchez on the top rope, and lands a back senton on him. Donst comes in and drops Dunkerton with the Donstitution and the SDT for the pin at 15:30. This was a good comedic match. All four guys really did put on a fun show, and didn’t slack on the wrestling portion either. It was just a nice goofy match to give the AIW fans a taste of CHIKARA, and it worked very well in that aspect. There’s no possible way to attach a rating to this however.
Jack Of All Trios Tournament Finals
Team Oreo (Johnny Gargano, Flip Kendrick, & Louis Lyndon) vs. The Young Studs (Bobby Beverly, Eric Ryan, & TJ Dynamite)
At the last AIW show, the Studs cost Kendrick and Lyndon the opportunity to be AIW Tag Team Champions in the Tag Gauntlet. Now is the time for revenge! The Studs attack Team Oreo while their backs are turned. They immediately triple team Lyndon. Kendrick tries to come in with a crossbody, but the Studs catch them. They hit an ace crusher/gut buster combo. Gargano comes in and gets taken out by a German suplex from Ryan. Lyndon comes back and lays in forearms to Beverly and Ryan. Lyndon comes out of the corner with a moonsault press on them for two. Lyndon sole butts Dynamite. Lyndon snapmares him over and then lands a slingshot senton. Kendrick comes in with slingshot double knees, and Gargano hits Beverly with a slingshot spear. Beverly eats an elbow from Gargano. Gargano baseball slides Ryan, and Lyndon lands on Ryan on the floor with a senton. Gargano takes down Beverly in the ring. Lyndon tags in and Beverly superkicks him in the back of the head in the corner. Lyndon is the chosen one by the Studs, as they beat him down in their corner. Lyndon fights back against Dynamite and tags in both his partners. Gargano and Kendrick take it to Beverly and Ryan. Gargano assists Kendrick with a 450 senton splash onto Beverly. Gargano wheelbarrows into an ankle lock. Ryan comes of the top rope with a leg drop, but Gargano moves and rolls him up. Dynamite breaks it and Gargano holds on the ankle lock. Dynamite breaks that, and Lyndon dumps him to the floor. Kendrick and Lyndon send Ryan to the corner. Ryanducks their attack, but they nail him with stereo missile dropkicks. Lyndon hits the Bermuda Triangle on Ryan. Kendrick hits him with a fozberry flop. Beverly catches Gargano’s slingshot spear, and DDT’s him for two. Kendrick and Lyndon come back in. They superkick Ryan and Dynamite off the apron. Team Oreo nail Beverly with the double enzugiri/superkick combo. Gargano drops Beverly with the Uniquely You, and Kendrick follows up with a sky twister press for the pin at 10:48. A fun way to end the tournament, and I am pleased with the choice of team to enter King of Trios. I liked the Young Studs as well and hope they get some more recognition. ***1/4
The show ends with Team Oreo being presented a trophy. Gargano cut a promo thanking the fans and saying they were going to go to CHIKARA and win the King of Trios 2010 tournament.