Wrestling is Respect: Rebirth

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Boonton, NJ – 1.27.2013

The building they are in reminds me of the old Allentown building CHIKARA ran in 2002/2003. Sadly, the crowd is just as sparse.

Mike Quackenbush vs. Green Ant

This is a rematch almost one year to the day from CHIKARA’s “The Thirteenth Hat.” Quackenbush brings Green Ant to the mat thrice in a collar and elbow tie-up. He goes for a cross armbreaker early but Green Ant counters into an ankle pick. Quackenbush grabs the ropes. They trade full nelsons. Green Ant rolls him into an Achilles lock. Once again Quackenbush gets the ropes. He sits down on a spinning toe hold. Green Ant kicks him in the chest. Quackenbush grabs the leg and rolls into a leg hook. Green Ant grabs at his ankle. He sits down on a spinning toe hold. Quackenbush kicks him in the side of the head to escape. Green Ant puts on a half crab until Quackenbush gets the ropes. Quackenbush tries getting a pin with a double knuckle lock but Green Ant continuously keeps a bridge, even when Quackenbush’s body weight is placed on top of him. Green Ant flips up into a schoolboy then goes for a front chancery. When that fails he locks one of Quackenbush’s legs and pulls back on his arm. Quackenbush uses his other foot to kick him away. He blocks the CHIKARA Special: Green. Green Ant blocks the CHIKARA Special with a Stretch Muffler. He then puts on a cravate. Quackenbush flips out, then rolls back into a standing Octopus. He transitions into a backslide. Green Ant O’Conner rolls him almost into a German suplex. Quackenbush however rolls him and uses the second rope for an armdrag. Green Ant escapes a seatbelt pin. Quackenbush puts on the Skayde schoolboy for the pin at 9:03. I could watch these two wrestle all day long. Their proficiency on the mat and the chemistry they have makes for an enjoyable bout every time out. Thankfully, we already have a rematch set for the second Wrestling is Respect show. ***

Gran Akuma vs. Ophidian

This is a rematch from Wrestling is Fun’s “Allentown Potassium Massacre.” Akuma kicks Ophidian’s legs and takes him over in a side headlock. He transitions into a cross armbreaker. Ophidian turns it into a pin, then a wristlock.. Akuma armdrags out if. He takes Ophidian down with a toreador and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Ophidian armdrags out of a Gory Stretch. He jams Akuma’s arm across the top rope and drives his knee into it. He continues to work over Akuma’s left arm. Akuma throws some more kicks but gets his leg sweeped out. Ophidian slingshots in with a quebrada for two. Amasis is shown in the balcony watching on which takes Ophidian off his game. The distraction allows Akuma to lay in more kicks. He enzuigiri’s Ophidian from the apron and follows up with a missile dropkick. Akuma kicks him in the side of the head before picking him up in a Falcon Arrow. Doing the deal only gets him a two count. He sets up for the Rubix Cube. Ophidian counters with a huracanrana. He hits the Duat Driver for two. He drives his knees into Akuma’s chest twice in the corner. He headstands into another double knee strike. Meteora only gets him two due to a delay between the move and his pin attempt. He puts on the Death Grip. Akuma escapes and looks for the Tenchi Crash. Even though Ophidian escapes, he ricochet’s off the ropes into a German suplex. Akuma nails a frog splash for two. Ophidian uses the ropes to roll back into a tornado DDT. He calls for the Egyptian Destroyer. Akuma turns it into the Tenchi Crash. He puts Ophidian away with the Yoshi Tonic at 9:31. This is maybe the most crisp Akuma has looked since his return. I thought both guys did a terrific job teasing things, paying them off, and shifting momentum at the right times. A step up from their WiF encounter and an instance where both guys got to look good. After the match, Ophidian mists Akuma in the face instead of shaking his hand. If this leads to a rematch, I am all for it. ***1/4

Saturyne vs. Veda Scott

Scott insists that they wrestle as opposed to Saturyne flying all over. They trade wristlocks. Saturyne ducks a kick. She Northern Lights suplexes Scott out of a test of strength for two. She throws three dropkicks, causing Scott to roll to the floor. She trips Saturyne on the ring apron. Scott targets her lower back while also keeping her grounded. Saturyne leans back in a few submissions, forcing Scott to break them since she would otherwise be pinned. Scott gets her own two count with a boot. Saturyne misses a high crossbody. Scott Oklahoma rolls her for the pin at 9:11. Even though Scott’s work to the stomach was consistent it was never all that interesting. Not much to see here. *

Soldier Ant vs. Oleg the Usurper

Oleg is replacing the injured Grizzly Redwood. Oleg shoves Soldier Ant away when he goes after his leg. He gets in a few more strikes. Soldier Ant salutes which confuses Oleg. Soldier Ant gets in a couple chops before Oleg throws more strikes. He forearms Soldier Ant to the floor. He slingshots him back into the ring, but Soldier Ant rolls through. Oleg pitches him right back out. He sends Soldier Ant into the walls. He clotheslines him against the post. Soldier Ant makes it back in right before the twenty count. He throws some strikes to the stomach. Oleg splashes him against the ropes. He builds up some steam by hitting the ropes, but it costs him as it gives Soldier Ant time to move out of the corner. He headbutts Oleg in his chest and comes off the ropes with a back elbow. Oleg ends up tied up in the ropes. He escapes and shoves Soldier Ant to the corner. Soldier Ant elbows him off and kicks him in the face. He comes off the ropes. Oleg catches him with a backbreaker. “Off With His Head!” puts Soldier Ant away at 7:27. Oleg has some talent and plays his character well, but at times it has a tendency to get a bit boring. This is one those cases, though I give Soldier Ant a lot of credit for playing the face in peril role well. *1/2

Delirious vs. The Shard

The Shard is replacing Jigsaw who was originally scheduled for the bout. Delirious goes crazy at the bell. Shard scurries around the ring to avoid getting kicked. They each power the other to the corner. Delirious brings the Shard to the mat by his arm. He grabs his other arm to create the make him tap out in the most literal sense, but Bryce won’t count it as legitimate. Shard hops over Delirious’ log roll attempt. Delirious runs around the ring before coming back in with a hip toss and armdrag. Shard brings him to the corner and gets in a cheap shot. Delirious headbutts him in the stomach when he tries to go up and over in the corner. Shard kicks him in the head. He comes off the second rope and again Delirious headbutts him in the sternum. He does more damage to Shard’s stomach, claiming his goal is to make the Shard poop his pants. For real. Shard knees him in the face and drops him with a reverse DDT/falling clothesline combo. He snapmares Delirious into a back kick. He gets two with an elbow drop. Delirious reverses a suplex attempt. They trade forearms and chops. Delirious mows Shard down with a trifecta of clotheslines. He goes up top but jumps off when the Shard charges. He drops the Shard with a Complete Shot for two. Shard gives Delirious a chinbreaker and a German suplex for two. Shard gives Delirious a snapmare on the apron! He gets two with a double stomp back in the ring. He applies a crossface. Delirious rolls him up out of it for two. He boots the Shard in the side of the head a few times. Shard superkicks him as he comes off the ropes. Delirious counters a German suplex with an O’Conner Roll for two. He also gets two with a basement dropkick. Shard fires up from his forearms. Delirious stomps him down in the corner. Shard comes back and waterwheel slams him into the corner. He follows up with a brainbuster and somehow Delirious kicks out. He looks for the Gory Bomb. Delirious snapmares him into a crucifix pin instead. Shard escapes and superkicks him. Delirious drop toe holds him into the corner. The Panic Attack follows. Shadows Over Heck gets the pin at 18:36. It’s not common you get to see the fun-loving and hardworking Delirious but he was here in full effect. Although I do hope we see him vs. Jigsaw at one point, the Shard made for more than a suitable replacement. The action never subsided and by the end they had everyone buying into their false finishes. A great way to end the Rebirth of what was Pro Wrestling Respect. ***1/2

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