Quantum of Solace

quantumsolace

Chicago, IL – 6.21.2014

Commentary is provided by Leonard F. Chikarason, Bryce Remsburg, Scott ‘Jagged’ Parker, and Mike Quackenbush.

Dasher Hatfield {T} & Mark Angelosetti {T} vs. Evan Gelestico & Gary the Barn Owl

Hatfield and Gary shake hands. Hatfield applies a courting hold. He then maneuvers around Gary and smacks him in the buttocks. He smacks Gary again when Gary tries using the ropes to go up and over him. Hatfield snaps off a pair of armdrags before shoulder blocking him down. Gary blocks a buttocks smack and gives Hatfield one of his own. Hatfield pulls him into a small package for two. Gary gets two with a crucifix pin. Angelosetti and Gelestico tag in. Angelosetti catches Gelestico with a dropkick. Gelestico knee strikes Angelosetti in the chest. Angelosetti slingshots Hatfield in with an alita. He drop toe holds Gelestico in the corner, but Gelestico knees Hatfield in the stomach as he charges. The Throwbacks land stereo falling headbutts to Gelestico. Angelosetti then lands five consecutive splashes. Hatfield slingshots in with an Oklahoma roll for two. Angelosetti bulldogs Gelestico out of a stretch from Hatfield. Gelestico flapjacks Hatfield onto Gary’s boots. Hatfield is worn down by the Submission Squad until he spins Gary into a neckbreaker. Angelosetti comes in with a springboard shoulder tackle to Gelestico. He slingshots Gary into a backbreaker. He muscles Gary up onto the top turnbuckle. Angelosetti goes for a delayed vertical superplex. Gelestico places Angelosetti on his shoulders. Gary then comes off the top with a Doomsday Complete Shot. Hatfield breaks the cover. Gary fights out of the Suicide Squeeze. He hooks Gary up for the Lightning Spiral. Angelosetti shoulder tackles Gary into it (called “Prime Time”) for the pin at 8:32. The Throwbacks now have 3 points. Gary and Gelestico looked sharp on offense and the Throwbacks never fail to have an entertaining bout. This was more competitive than I expected, but a lot of fun and a great opening contest. ***

Ophidian {OP} vs. Heidi Lovelace {SOR}

Ophidian applies an overhead wristlock on the mat. Lovelace escapes into a headscissors. Ophidian headstands his way free and pulls Lovelace into a seatbelt pin for two. He tries a crucifix pin, but Lovelace turn that over. Ophidian then re-applies the overhead wristlock. After a wristlock exchange Lovelace goes for an armbar. Ophidian turns it into a Gory Stretch, then a bridging backslide for two. They trade kicks to the leg and ribs. Lovelace throws a series of kicks to the chest. Ophidian comes back with a spinwheel kick. Lovelace gives him a lungblower and kicks Ophidian to the mat. She rolls him into a low enzuigiri. She puts on a Rings of Saturn. Ophidian stands up with her on his shoulders. He drives Lovelace into the corner and spins her out into a facebuster. Ophidian kicks her leg and delivers a kneeDT. Ophidian counters her superkick attempt by swatting it away with his leg. He sits down on a half crab. He nails her with a forearm strike when she fights out. Ophidian catches her with a spin kick. He puts on a Kondo Clutch. Lovelace rolls him forward for a two count. Ophidian clobbers her with a diving forearm to the back of the head. Lovelace fights back with some kicks. Ophidian catches a chest kick and throws her leg into the canvas. Ophidian lands a springboard lionsault for two. Lovelace avoids double knees in the corner. She blasts Ophidian with kicks to the face. Ophidian blocks a third kick and forearms her in the face. Lovelace comes back with a Saito suplex for two. Lovelace comes off the second rope with a tornado DDT. She reapplies the Rings of Saturn. Ophidian goes to drive her knee in the turnbuckle. Lovelace breaks the hold herself. She forearms Ophidian from the second rope to the mat. She misses double knees. Ophidian O’Connor Rolls with a back bridge her for the pin at 9:53. Excellent back and forth wrestling with a good story built in. Lovelace looked kind of foolish going for double knees after all the damage done to her leg, but it built right to the finish and paid off all the work Ophidian put in. Lovelace also won over the crowd and gave what some consider to be one of the better matches of this double header. ***

You can watch this match in its entirety here.

Mike Quackenbush, the new Director of Fun came out. He thanks the Chicago crowd for coming out in unprecedented numbers. He thanks the fans who bought the tickets not only for today’s double header, but for the season premiere in Easton and for tomorrow’s show in Detroit. He says gestures like these by fans should not go overlooked; the investment of time and money is appreciated. It means the world to him that there are fans that will support CHIKARA no matter what. Quackenbush says that there is a magic in the room thanks to the fans.

Latvian Proud Oak {BS} & Lithuanian Snow Troll {BS} vs. Mr. Azerbaijan {BP} & Prakash Sabar {BP}

Oak wins a test of strength with Azerbaijan. He turns himself to knock Azerbaijan down with a back elbow. Azerbaijan shoulder blocks him down. Oak responds with a double overhand chop. Sabar tags in and applies a side headlock. Oak fights out and grabs Sabar by the tongue. He rubs his foot on Sabar’s tongue. He rolls up and backrakes Sabar. Troll tags in. Oak tries to whip Troll into Sabar but Sabar gets his feet up. Troll however rubs Sabar’s face and tongue into Oak’s feet. Troll gives Sabar a Complete Shot for two. Azerbaijan knee strikes Troll from the apron. Troll sends Sabar into him. Azerbaijan trips Troll and Sabar legdrops the back of Troll’s head. The Bloc Party isolate the Troll in their corner for a few minutes. Troll catches Azerbaijan with a Code Breaker and tags in Oak. Oak ends up crotching himself when attempting a springboard maneuver, so Sabar and Azerbaijan go back to beating the Troll down. Sabar misses a Bronco Buster. Troll kicks Azerbaijan away. Sabar pulls Oak off the apron. Troll however is able to small package Azerbaijan for the pin at 7:59. More of the same shtick you’ve come to expect from these teams. This was worth watching just to hear Bryce cry with laughter on commentary when Oak crotched himself. **

The Bloc Party attack the Baltic Siege after the match. Azerbaijan gives the Troll a pump-handle slam while Sabar drops the Oak with an X-Factor. They steal the Lithuanian and Latvian flags that the Siege brought out with them.

Worker Ant {C} vs. deviANT {G}

deviANT slaps Worker Ant in the face when Worker Ant refuses to shake his hand. Angrily, Worker Ant drives deviANT to the corner and pummels him with punches, chops, and headbutts. deviANT bails to the floor. Worker Ant follows him and chops him ringside. He misses a chop against the ring post, so deviANT throws his hand into the ring post for good measure. deviANT kicks him in the side of the head. He looks for a powerbomb, but Worker Ant counters with a backdrop. They fight to the stage area where fans are sitting. Worker Ant rips off one of deviANT’s antennae! deviANT fights out of a slam and drives Worker Ant face first into the stage. Worker Ant makes his way into the ring before the twenty count. deviANT stomps on his hand, then focuses his offense on that hand. He goes for a monkey flip. Worker Ant places him on the top rope. deviANT however double stomps his arm and hand as Worker Ant holds onto the top rope. deviANT kicks Worker Ant against the ropes. They collide mid-air grabbing each other by the neck and driving one another into the canvas. They trade forearm strikes as they get to their feet. deviANT nails a rolling forearm. Worker Ant gives him a discuss headbutt. He trips deviANT and suplexes him into a uranage for two. deviANT thrusts his hands into Worker Ant’s throat and gives him a Code Breaker. He attacks Worker Ant in the corner with a forearm strike. Worker Ant responds in kind. deviANT nails a running knee strike. Worker Ant lands a running hip attack. He avoids deviANT’s oncoming charge. He ducks a lariat and hits the GTS for the pin at 9:43. Both guys did a good job portraying their hatred for one another and provided some good action. It’s clear Worker Ant has some more growth before he’s at the level of his Colony comrades, but he can certainly hang. **½

Arik Cannon & Darin Corbin vs. Jigsaw {G} & The Shard {G}

This is a rematch from “Tag World Grand Prix 2013, Stage Two” which took place in this very building. Corbin and Shard fight for control. Shard shoulder blocks Corbin to the canvas. Corbin trips him and delivers a dropkick. Shard avoids the Ginger Snap. Jigsaw and Cannon tag in. Cannon brings Jigsaw down in a wristlock which Jigsaw rolls out of. They exchange wristlocks. Cannon takes him over in a wristlock. He uses Corbin for a Battering Ram into Jigsaw’ stomach. Shard boots Corbin in the stomach. They go into slow motion as Corbin shoots Shard to the ropes and shoulder blocks him down. Corbin ducks a clothesline and drops Shard with a belly-to-back suplex. Corbin hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and the Attitude Adjustment as time goes back to normal. Shard kicks out. Jigsaw kicks Corbin from the apron, into a modified Saito suplex from Shard. The Pieces of Hate wear down Corbin with some excellent tandem offense. Corbin fights out of a waterwheel slam from the Shard and tags in Cannon. Cannon clotheslines and back elbows both of his opponents. He knocks them both down with stereo clotheslines. He goes for a brainbuster on Shard who slides out. Cannon ducks a lariat and drops Shard with a neckbreaker. Jigsaw makes the save. Corbin and Cannon give Jigsaw a tandem gutbuster and dropkicks to the side of the head. Jigsaw shoves Cannon and Corbin together. The Shard enzuigiri’s Cannon into a brainbuster from Jigsaw for two. Corbin looks to superplex Shard. Shard hangs him in a tree of woe while Jigsaw disposes of Cannon.. Shard double stomps Corbin. Jigsaw hits a coast-to-coast dropkick. Corbin kicks out! He spears Shard after catching his superkick. Corbin backs Jigsaw to the corner. Cannon splashes him, then assists Corbin with a standing Shiranui. Cannon superkicks Jigsaw. Shard breaks the cover. He places Corbin on the top rope. Cannon blasts Shard with a haymaker. Jigsaw superkicks Cannon and gives him a German suplex. Corbin breaks the bridge with a top rope splash for two. Corbin goes for the Ginger Snap. Jigsaw escapes and dumps Corbin to the floor. Cannon sends Shard into Jigsaw. Shard fights off a superplex and hits the Canadian Destroyer. Jigsaw follows up with the Jig N’ Tonic for the pin at 13:10. Just like their match from a year prior, it was action packed, the fans were into it, and it was a lot of fun. It is an absolute crime none of these four are in CHIKARA regularly anymore. A crime, I say. ***½

The Estonian Thunderfrog {BS} vs. The Proletariat Boar of Moldova {BP}

Mr. Azerbaijan & Prakash Sabar are in the Boar’s corner and are carrying the flags of the Latvian Proud Oak and the Lithuanian Snow Troll as war trophies. Thunderfrog has an Estonian flag with him. Thunderfrog throws some kicks to the Boar’s legs and follows up with a dropkick. Thunderfrog ducks a boot and brings Boar down with a Thesz Press. Thunderfrog looks for a powerbomb, but Boar backdrops his way free. Thunderfrog hammer attacks Boar from the apron. He comes back in with a boot, then rolls into a forearm strike. Thunderfrog hits a Vader Bomb. He heads up top as Boar rolls to the floor. Thunderfrog comes off the top with a double axe handle. Thunderfrog looks for a slam. Boar reverses and slams Thunderfrog onto the ring apron. He then legdrops the Thunderfrog on the apron. In the ring the Boar knee strikes Thunderfrog multiple times in the corner. He drives his shoulder into the Thunderfrog’s mid-section repeatedly. Boar then drives his body weight onto Thunderfrog as Thunderfrog hangs on the middle rope. Boar slams him into a jumping elbow drop for two. Boar sends Thunderfrog to the corner and drops him with a side slam. He drops Thunderfrog onto the apron over the top rope with a side slam. Boar boots Thunderfrog in the head twice as the Thunderfrog is tied up in the ropes. He gives him a yakuza kick. Boar calls for a powerbomb, but then deposits Thunderfrog to the mat since the fans want to see the powerbomb. Boar misses a boot in the corner. Thunderfrog gives Boar the Estonian Stampede for two. Boar punches Thunderfrog as Thunderfrog ascends the ropes. Boar tosses him off with a slam for two. Boar misses the Gore. Thunderfrog powerbombs the Boar for two. The Thunderfrog grabs his Hammer of Peace. He hits the mat with it to get Azerbaijan and Sabar off the apron and back to the floor. He slams the Boar and calls for the Frog Splash. Boar gets back up and Gores Thunderfrog mid-air! That gives the Boar the pin at 9:40. That finish was crazy awesome and the story was solid. These two work well together, but it’s matches against others that will help them become more well-rounded. **½

The Bloc Party put the bots to the Thunderfrog after the match. Eventually the Latvian Proud Oak and The Lithuanian Snow Troll run out, but the damage has been done. The referees stomp a further brawl from ensuing. The Boar steals the Thunderfrog’s flag, leaving the Bloc Party in possession of all of the Bloc Party’s flags. They throw them in a trashcan as they head to the back.

UltraMantis Black {SE}, Hallowicked {SE} & Frightmare {SE} vs. Blaster McMassive {DC}, Jaka {TWC} & Oleg the Usurper {TWC}

The Wrecking Crew attacks the Envoy at the bell. Frightmare and Hallowicked get pitched to the floor. Jaka chokes Mantis. Jaka accidentally chops his partners and is baited into a high crossbody from Hallowicked. Jaka again slaps his partners by accident. McMassive and Oleg chop him in response. Frightmare high crossbdy’s onto the two of them and chops Jaka. Frightmare sends Jaka to the apron and enzuigiri’s him to the floor. Oleg cuts off his dive with a back elbow. Frightmare gives him a backflip kick. Mantis and Hallowicked hit the Sidewinder on Oleg for two. They double hip toss him into a legdrop/senton combo for two. McMassive and Jaka attack Hallowicked and Frightmare from behind. They send McMassive and Jaka out with stereo step-up Frankensteiner’s. Hallowicked and Mantis come off the apron with somersault senton’s. Frightmare tope con hilo’s onto Oleg. In the ring McMassive catches Frightmare high crossbody attempt and tosses him overhead out of a fallaway slam. The Wrecking Crew picks apart the smallest member of the Envoy in their corner. Frightmare is able to roll out, but when Mantis comes in, Jaka instantly superkicks him. Mantis now gets worn down. Mantis manages to fight out of a double clothesline from McMassive and Oleg. Hallowicked gives McMassive a step-up Frankensteiner. McMassive catches his step-up enzuigiri and lands a Liger Bomb for two. Hallowicked and Oleg knock each other down, allowing Hallowicked to escape the Wrecking Crew’s grasp. Frightmare tags in. He ducks McMassive and Jaka’s clothesline and yakuza kicks Oleg. He bulldogs McMassive and dropkicks Jaka. He drops McMassive with a tornado DDT. Frightmare hits three separate tope con hilo’s on the three members of the Wrecking Crew. He drops Jaka with a crucifix driver. Oleg breaks the pin. Hallowicked Rydeen Bombs Oleg into a neckbreaker from Mantis. McMassive breaks the pin. Mantis overhand chops him to the corner. After a Mongolian chop he whips him across the ring. Hallowicked and Frightmare hit stereo enzuigiri’s. Hallowicked super snapmares McMassive. Mantis gives him a Perfect neck snap and a low clothesline. Hallowicked comes off the top with a Swanton. Frightmare hits Kneecolepsy. Hallowicked locks on the CHIKARA Special. Oleg breaks the hold with Off With His Head. Frightmare breaks the cover. Oleg gives Frightmare a series of knee strikes and a boot. Jaka German suplexes Frightmare for two. Jaka and Mantis trade strikes. Oleg splashes Mantis against the ropes. McMassive Boss Man slams Mantis. Jaka comes off the top with a splash. Mantis kicks out! McMassive hits a huge tope con hilo onto the Envoy, Oleg, and Jaka, who all had fought to the floor. Oleg brings his helmet into the ring. Blind Rage comes out to ensure that illegal object is not used. Jaka grabs Rage’s arms. Oleg goes to hit Rage, but he clobbers Jaka instead. Rage pulls Jaka off the apron. Mantis Uncle Slams Oleg. Mantis puts him in the CHIKARA Special. Oleg taps out at 15:06. This definitely went above my expectations. The crowd was hot, the action was solid, and the isolation segments weren’t overbearing. Blind Rage’s inclusion was totally unnecessary but also didn’t detract from the match overall. CHIKARA trios main events rarely disappoint, and this match continued that very trend. ***½

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