The Living Daylights


Manhattan, NY – 7.19.2014

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

Elimination Match
Fire Ant {C} & Worker Ant {C} vs. Obariyon {B} & Kodama {B} vs. The Proletariat Boar of Moldova {BP} & Mr. Azerbaijan {BP} vs. Haack {TF} & Slaash {TF}

Dr. Cube is in Haack and Slaash’s corner. The Polar Baron is in The Bloc Party’s corner. Azerbaijan shoves Fire Ant to the mat. Fire Ant brings him down in a wristlock. Azerbaijan pulls him by the antennae. Azerbaijan and the Boar get annoyed by the USA chants and threaten to leave. Fire Ant and Azerbaijan engage in some Lucha rolling. Azerbaijan shoulder blocks him down. Fire Ant gives him a chop, causing Azerbaijan to bail. Boar gives him a strike to the chin and tosses him to the floor. Worker Ant headbutts Boar in the shoulder blades and pitches him out. Haack and Slaash double back elbow Worker Ant. Kodama pounds on Haack. He shoulder blocks him from the apron and slingshots in with an armdrag. Kodama lands a dropkick to seend Haack to the floor. Obariyon trips Slaash then hits him with a flying leg strike. He trips Slaash into a slingshot double stomp from Kodama. Kodama suplexes Slaash in from the apron. Haack comes in and helps Slaash send the Batiri to the floor. Worker Ant throws some strikes to Haack. Haack pounds him to the corner. Haack accidentally hits Slaash, sending him to the floor. Worker Ant hits Haack with the GTS, eliminating him and Slaash at 5:29. Boar Samoan Drops Worker Ant. He spears both members of the Batiri. Azerbaijan knocks Fire Ant off the apron, allowing the Bloc Party to dominate Worker Ant. Worker Ant manages to send them into each other. He tags in Fire Ant. He high crossbody’s Boar and hits him with the Yahtzee Kick. Azerbaijan tries a suplex, but Fire Ant turns it into Burning Down the House. He follows Azerbaijan to the floor with a suicide dive. The Colony hit Boar with the Ants Marching dropkick. Azerbaijan double clotheslines the Colony. Fire Ant ducks a clothesline and spikes Azerbaijan with a tornado DDT for the pin at 10:33. The Batiri and Colony face off, then trade blows. Kodama dropkicks Worker Ant off of the apron. He gives Fire Ant a twisting neckbreaker. The Batiri hit him with stereo dropkicks. Worker Ant clotheslines Kodama from the apron. Obariyon slingshots him in. Obariyon catches Worker Ant with a back cracker. Kodama and Obariyon give him multiple dropkicks in the corner. Fire Ant crossbody’s onto Kodama. Kodama rolls through for a two count. Fire Ant antzuigiri’s Kodama. He goes for a tornado DDT on Obariyon. Obariyon counters with a roll-up for the pin and the victory at 12:39. This was pretty fun, especially with the final two teams. A Batiri vs. Fire/Silver Ant match would be grand. **½

Eddie Kingston vs. Juan Francisco de Coronado

Like last month, Kingston is apathetic towards this match. He’s in jorts and a sleeveless Joker t-shirt. He beckons Coronado forward for a lock-up. Kingston shoves him to the mat. We see Volgar looming around ringside. Kingston shoves Coronado to the mat again and leaves the ring in disinterest. Coronado tries a German suplex when Kingston comes back in. Kingston easily frees himself. Coronado slaps Kingston in the face. Angry, Kingston whips Coronado to the ropes and gives him an overhand chop. Coronado dropkicks him to the corner. Kingston looks to suplex him, but Kingston let’s him go. Coronado spin kicks Kingston in the corner and gives him a German suplex. Coronado puts on the Coronado Clutch. Kingston gently taps out at 3:22 and leaves the ring immediately. This made Coronado look like garbage. Kingston barely took him seriously, overpowered him when he wasn’t trying at all, then simply walked away after being in his submission for a bit? Yikes. I get what they were trying to do with Kingston, but doing it at the expense of someone who has as much promise of Coronado was a poor idea. DUD

Silver Ant says just saying the name Missile Assault Ant makes him sick to his stomach. He says Wink Vavasseur, whose name also makes him sick, invented the Colony: Xtreme Force to capitalize on the Colony’s success. Yet, they’re still around even though Wink is long gone. Silver Ant says Missile may like to yell his name, but at the end of the match, all he will be yelling is “I Quit.”

Silver Ant {C} vs. Missile Assault Ant {CXF}

Missile avoids a lock up and poses on the middle rope. After locking up, Missile takes Silver Ant to the mat in a waistlock. He hooks his arms behind his back. Silver Ant picks at his leg, but before he can do anything, Missile gets the ropes. Silver Ant snapmares him into a chinlock, transitioning into an armbar. Missile grabs a side headlock and shoulder blocks Silver Ant to the mat. Silver Ant responds with a dropkick. He gives Missile a sit-out Gourd Buster for two. He twists on Missile’s arm. He puts on a full body abdominal stretch, then rolls Missile into an ankle pick. Missile escapes and grabs a hammerlock. Silver Ant tries to roll free but Missile holds on. Silver Ant ducks a pump kick and goes for the Cloverleaf. Missile rolls to the floor before it can be applied. Silver Ant brings Missile into the crowd. Silver Ant puts on a Guillotine. Missile escapes and throws some uppercuts. Silver Ant tosses Missile back ringside. Missile boots Silver Ant as he tries to come back over the guardrail. In the ring, Missile uppercuts Silver Ant in the corner. Missile charges Silver Ant in an opposite corner. Silver Ant catches him with a tiger feint kick and slingshot senton. Silver Ant headbutts Missile from the apron. He tries a tornado DDT, but Missile counters into a bridging Northern Lights suplex. Silver Ant is able to lock on a Guillotine. Missile escapes that with a Northern Lights suplex. Silver Ant upon landing puts on a modified triangle choke. Missile lifts him up with one arm and delivers a buckle bomb. He pummels Silver Ant with punches in the corner. As Missile stomps him on the mat, Silver Ant throws some kicks. He dropkicks Missile in the side of the head as Missile dangles on the second rope. Silver Ant comes off the apron with a running knee strike to the floor. Silver Ant drapes Missile on the guardrail. He comes off the apron with a double stomp to Missile’s back! In the ring, Silver Ant lands a frogsplash. Missile kicks out! Silver Ant goes for the CHIKARA Special. Missile rolls him up for two. Silver Ant puts on a rear naked choke. Missile gets to his feet, looking for the Missile Launcher. Silver Ant brings him back to the mat in the rear naked choke. Missile walks up the ropes and uses his body weight to push back. That lands Silver Ant on his shoulders and gives Missile the upset victory at 11:54. This was some excellent technical wrestling with some unexpected stuff outside the ring as well. Silver Ant is one of the best technical wrestlers in the country and Missile was able to hang with him the entire time. This one of the better technical wrestling matches CHIKARA has put on since it’s re-launch. ***¼

Dasher Hatfield {T}, Mark Angelosetti {T}, The Estonian Thunderfrog {BS}, Latvian Proud Oak {BS} & Jervis Cottonbelly vs. Tursas {BDK}, Nøkken {BDK}, Sinn ‘Kizarny’ Bodhi {ODD}, Sir Oliver Grimsly {ODD} & Qefka the Quiet {ODD}

Milo Schnitzler is in the Flood’s corner. Grimsly and Cottonbelly trade wristlocks. Cottonbelly takes Grimsly over with a fireman’s carry. Qefka tags in. Cottonbelly catches him with an atomic drop. Tursas tags in. Cottonbelly ducks his clotheslines but gets knocked down with a shoulder block. Oak’s flying front rake does nothing. Tursas holds him in his arms. Angelosetti dropkicks Tursas over Thunderfrog as he kneels, giving Oak a two count. Tursas throws the Baltic Siege into one another. Nøkken pounds on the Thunderfrog’s back. Thunderfrog throws some strikes to his chest, but Nøkken cuts him off with a running body block. Thunderfrog fights out of a BDK double suplex and tags in the Throwbacks. They get into a slugfest with Tursas and Nøkken. The Throwbacks drop down the top rope, sending Nøkken to the stage. Angelosetti triple shoulder blocks Tursas in the corner. A shoulder tackle leads to Hatfield’s baseball slide dropkick. Cottonbelly grabs their buttocks to say good game. Oak and Thunderfrog join in. Nøkken and Tursas attack them all from behind. The Odditorium join in. Grimsly gets in some shots on Oak. Oak backrakes Grimsly. Thunderfrog belly-to-belly suplexes Grimsly and Qefka multiple times. Bodhi drops off the apron when the Thunderfrog charges, allowing Grimsly to give him the Bed of Nails. Hatfield stops Qefka’s top rope attack. The Throwbacks drop Grimsly with a 3D. Angelosetti gives Qefka a delayed vertical superplex. Meanwhile, the BDK, Baltic Siege, and Cottonbelly are fighting on the floor. Tursas breaks the count. Nøkken and Tursas send the Throwbacks outside and follow. Cottonbelly looks to attack Grimsly. Bodhi however trips him and snaps off a dragonscrew leg whip. He and the rest of the Flood bully Cottonbelly in their corner. Hatfield takes matters into his own hands, dumping Cottonbelly to the floor so he can tag in. He clears the Flood’s corner and gives Grimsly a jackhammer. He suicide dives onto Bodhi. Nøkken pounds on Hatfield. Angelosetti press slams Grimsly onto Nøkken and Qefka. Tursas Cactus clotheslines himself and Angelosetti outside. Oak falls off the top onto the BDK, Grimsly, and Qefka. Bodhi cuts off Thunderfrog’s dive and schoolboys him, holding the tights to get the pin at 15:01. This was fun and the crowd dug it. Like all of these ten men tags, you had to take the match for what was on the surface, but thankfully what we got was pretty consistently entertaining, if not slightly long. **¾

The two teams continuing fighting. Nøkken chokeslams Cottonbelly. Tursas comes off the top with a splash. Oak tries fighting off both Tursas and Nøkken. Nøkken gives him a chokeslam as well. Tursas misses a splash onto him. As Tursas is laying, Thunderfrog comes off the top and nails him with the Hammer of Peace! The rest of the Flood team checks on Tursas. Cottonbelly is also laying on the stage holding his ribs. The Flood carry Tursas through the crowd and to the back (with great difficulty). Ironically, “Zombie Nation” plays over the arena’s sound system as this happens. This would be the last of Tursas in CHIKARA.

Amasis {OP} & Ophidian {OP} vs. Jigsaw {G} & The Shard {G}

The Pieces of Hate are once again in possession of Los Campeonatos de Parejas after taking the physical belts from Jolly Roger and Lance Steel at last month’s Wrestling is Fun! event. Amasis cracks Shard with a rolling forearm after a failed roll-up. Ophidian enzuigiri’s Jigsaw into a DDT from Amasis. Amasis dropkicks Jigsaw in the corner. The Portal hit him with the Slave Initiation. Amasis gets a nearfall with a spinebuster. He O’Connor Rolls Jigsaw for two. Shard kicks Amasis from the apron into a roll-up from Jigsaw for two. Amasis avoids a brainbuster. Ophidian shoulder blocks Jigsaw from the apron. He back elbows and spin kicks Jigsaw. Shard comes in and takes an enzuigiri. Jigsaw cuts off Ophidian with a superkick. The Pieces of Hate cut the ring in half, beating down Ophidian for awhile. Jigsaw goes for a Jig N’ Tonic. Amasis superkicks Jigsaw, allowing Ophidian to reverse it into a Yoshi Tonic! Amasis comes in with a high crossbody onto Shard. He back elbows Shard after a leg lariat. He forearm strikes Shard and Jigsaw in opposite corner. He drops Jigsaw with That Move I Beat Moses With. Shard pump kicks Amasis. He looks for the Gory Special. Amasis turns him around. Ophidian takes Shard off of Amasis’ back with a Complete Shot. Jigsaw breaks the cover. Ophidian sends Jigsaw to the floor and follows with a dropkick through the middle and top rope. Amasis nails a tornado enzuigiri to Shard. Ophidian comes in with a slingshot quebrada for two. Jigsaw shoves Ophidian back first into the ring apron. He snaps Amasis neck across the top rope. Shard kicks Amasis into a brainbuster from Jigsaw for two. Ophidian sends Jigsaw to the floor. He saves Amasis from Shard’s waterwheel slam. Amasis Jon Woo dropkicks Shard into double knees from Ophidian. Jigsaw superkicks Amasis. He picks up Ophidian into a wheelbarrow suplex for two. Ophidian counters Jigsaw’s superkick with his own leg. The Portal bring Shard off the top rope with a Pyramid suplex. The Portal call for the Osirian Sacrament. Jigsaw knocks Amasis off the rop. Shard waterwheel slams Ophidian into Amasis. Jigsaw hits them both with a coast-to-coast dropkick. Ophidian kicks out of the Shard’s cover! He puts Ophidian in an ankle lock. Jigsaw keeps Amasis at bay. Ophidian rolls Shard forward. Jigsaw superkicks Ophidian. Shard low blows Ophidian behind referee Dan Yost’s back and gets the pin at 10:26. This was an absolute blast of a match spoiled by a rotten finish. Could you really not have the Pieces of Hate win cleanly? With how utterly fantastic this was, the crowd deserved it. This was fast-paced, exciting, and the near falls got the crowd going. Finish aside, I totally loved this. ***½

Ashley Remington vs. Chuck Taylor

This is a rematch from “You Only Live Twice.” Taylor reluctantly shakes Remington’s hand to start. He shoves Remington to the corner. He misses a clothesline. Remington takes him over with an armdrag that he holds onto. Taylor tries grabbing his hair. Remington instead shoves him to the corner and breaks the hold on a one count. Remington tries a shoulder block. Taylor bounces off the ropes and knocks Remington down instead. Remington smacks Taylor in the buttocks as he comes off the ropes and gives him a finger gun. Remington slams him out of a waistlock for two. Remington sweeps out Taylor’s leg, but offers to help him up, which Taylor accepts. Taylor kicks him in the stomach and stomps him down in the corner. They fight for a German suplex. Taylor eventually kicks Remington in the stomach and rakes his back. He chokes and back elbows Remington in the corner. He slams Remington, then comes in from the apron with a very gentle headstand senton. Remington grabs him for a German suplex. Taylor escapes. Remington dropkicks him to the corner. He spins out Taylor into Fair Winds for two. Taylor back elbows Remington and pitches him to the floor. Taylor kicks Remington from the apron after teasing a dive. Remington knees Taylor and wants a German suplex on the floor. Taylor backs him into the barricades. Remington uses the ropes to pull off a Frankensteiner on the floor! In the ring, Taylor catches Remington with the Brodie Knee and a DDT for two. He misses a second rope moonsault but lands on his feet. He feigns an injury to his knee, baiting Remington into a small package. Remington kicks out. Taylor superkicks him. Remington looks for a German suplex. Taylor counters with a prawn hold. He superkicks Remington for another two count. Remington avoids an oncoming charge with a back elbow. He blasts Taylor with a haymaker and deadlifts him into a German suplex! This gets him the pin at 8:11, but Taylor had his feet on the second rope, so the finish is not without controversy. This was on par with their initial counter, allowing their strong personalities to shine through the wrestling. They make a fine pair. **¾

Taylor is once again gifted a fruit basket. Taylor complains about his feet being on the ropes as he carries the basket backstage. You can watch this match here.

Sidney Bakabella says the Wrecking Crew is usually headlining for Vince Jr. when they’re in New York, but they’re going after the Spectral Envoy tonight as there is a supposed bounty on their head. The Devastation Corporation argues over who will collect the bounty. Bakabella says that his team is ready.

UltraMantis Black {SE}, Blind Rage {SE}, Hallowicked {SE} & Frightmare {SE} vs. Max Smashmaster {DC}, Blaster McMassive {DC}, Flex Rumblecrunch {DC} & Jaka {TWC}

The Wrecking Crew sneak attack the Spectral Envoy before the bell. Mantis is left in the ring. Jaka snapmares him into a back kick and delivers a falling headbutt. He jabs Mantis in the eyes. Rumblecrunch kicks Mantis in the stomach and gives him a Baba chop. Jaka headbutts him in the stomach. McMassive gets in a few shots to the stomach. Mantis whips him to the corner and snaps his neck across the top rope. Hallowicked jumps in but McMassive slams him right away for a two count. Jaka gives him a headbutt to the stomach in the corner. He splashes Hallowicked in the corner. Rumblecrunch and Smashmaster help Jaka attack Hallowicked. Jaka accidentally overhand chops McMassive and Smashmaster. Frightmare comes in with a high crossbody to Jaka. Jaka accidentally overhand chops McMassive and Smashmaster again. They come in to yell at Jaka and chop him. Rage crossbody’s onto Smashmaster and McMassive. He chops up Jaka in the corner. Rumblecrunch cuts him off with forearms to the back. Rage and Jaka chop one another. Jaka takes control with a Camel Clutch. He rakes his back. McMassive strikes him. age unloads his own chops on McMassive before clotheslining him to the floor. Frightmare hops off of Rage’s back onto McMassive on the floor. Jaka levels Frightmare with a clothesline back in the ring. He succombs to a beatdown from the Wrecking Crew until comes off the second rope with a tornado DDT to Rumblecrunch. Mantis and Hallowicked take down the Wrecking Crew with clotheslines and forearms. Hallowicked step-up enzuigiri’s Jaka and Rumblecrunch while Mantis takes down McMassive and Smashmaster in different corners. They give Rumblecrunch a Rydeen Bomb/neckbreaker combo for two. Smashmaster forearms Hallowicked. Rumblecrunch comes off the top rope with a diving shoulder tackle. Mantis breaks the pin. Frightmare yakuza kicks Jaka. Hallowicked and Frightmare take him down with the Headless Horsemen. Mantis and Hallowicked nail him with the Catacombs of Abaddon. Rumblecrunch breaks Frightmare’s pin. McMassive gives Frightmare a Boss Man Slam. Jaka comes off the top with a headbutt. Smashmaster lands a Swanton Bomb for two. Mantis, Rage, and Hallowicked jump in and dispose of everybody but McMassive. Hallowicked super snapmares McMassive into a Perfect neck snap from Mantis and a basement clothesline from Rage. Frightmare hits Kneecolepsy. He looks for the CHIKARA Special. Sidney Bakabella distracts Bryce Remsburg. Oleg the Usurper runs in and hits Frightmare with Off With His Head. He places McMassive on top. Somehow, Frightmare kicks out! Jaka superkicks Mantis. Rumblecrunch clotheslines Rage to the floor. McMassive and Smashmaster call for the Death Blow. Oleg tries clobbering Frightmare with his helmet. Frightmare grabs it and uses it to break free from McMassive. He hits Kneecolepsy on him. Hallowicked shoves Smashmaster off the top. Frightmare locks on the CHIKARA Special! McMassive taps out at 14:15. I don’t really understand Oleg’s interference aside from feeling the need to shoehorn him into the evening somehow. This was pretty good, with some nice wrestling and cool stuff from the Envoy. Had they ended with Frightmare’s first CHIKARA Special it would have been even more satisfying. ***


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