King of Trios 2014, Night III

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Easton, PA – 9.21.2014

Commentary is provided by Leonard F. Chikarason, UltraMantis Black, Louden Noxious, and Bryce Remsburg.

King of Trios 2014 Semi-Final Round
Icarus, Dasher Hatfield {T} & Mark Angelosetti {T} vs. Jimmy Jacobs {TF}, Eddie Kingston {TF} & Volgar {TF}

The Lithuanian Snow Troll is in the Flood’s corner on a leash, tied to the ring post. Icarus runs in and attacks Jacobs right away. The Throwbacks join Jacobs and fight the other two members of the Flood. Icarus goes to untie the Snow Troll but is cut off by Jacobs. In the ring, Angelosetti slams Kingston for one. Angelosetti gets in a couple shoulder blocks in the corner. Kingston gets his boot up to block the third. He throws him with a uranage suplex. Hatfield fights off Jacobs and Kingston but gets dropped by Kingston with an STO. Jacobs pounces on top of him, reigning down with punches. The Flood continue to beat Hatfield down until he catches Jacobs’ attempt at a springback Ace Crusher and gives him a suplex. Icarus flies in with a high crossbody to Jacobs. He lights up Volgar with chops. Icarus strings a backdrop and German suplex together. Kingston and Icarus stare each other down. Angelosetti spears Kingston while Jacobs spears Icarus. They then knock each other down with shoulder tackles. Icarus spears Jacobs. Volgar picks Icarus up but Hatfield throws punches to get Volgar away. Volgar Samoan Drops Hatfield. Angelosetti crotches Jacobs on the top rope. He brings Jacobs down with a delayed vertical superplex. Kingston plants Angelosetti with a lifted DDT. He Saito suplexes Hatfield. Kingston chops up Angelosetti in the corner. Angelosetti tosses Kingston into the Blu-Ray from Icarus. The Throwbacks then give him the 3D. Icarus goes for the CHIKARA Special but Volgar shoves him away. Throbacks give him the 3D. Icarus puts Volgar in the CHIKARA Special. He taps out at 9:01. This was a hot way to kick off the show. I think this was probably everyone’s expectation to be the Finals, but I think it was better served on the card here. Everyone worked hard, the right person took the fall, the right team won, and the action was quite good. **¾

The Lithuanian Snow Troll pleads with the Golden Trio after the match. Icarus let’s him go, only for the Troll to low blow him! Jacobs and Kingston attack the Throwbacks. Volgar jumps back in too. Jacobs notices the Grand Championship laying on the mat. He tells Kingston to wait. Kingston powerbombs Angelosetti. Jacobs ties up the Troll again and pats him on the head. Kingston looks to Jacobs to make sure he’s still holding onto his promise of getting him the Grand Championship. Jacobs reassures him. The Flood then leave through the back.

King of Trios 2014 Semi-Final Round
Archibald Peck, Scott ‘Jagged’ Parker {3.0} & Shane Matthews {3.0} vs. Max Smashmaster {DC}, Blaster McMassive {DC} & Flex Rumblecrunch {DC}

Sidney Bakabella is in the Dev Corp’s corner. Peck and 3.0 are wearing face paint as well! Jagged throws forearms at all three Corporation members. This leads to all of them stomping on Jagged. Matthews and Peck try evening the odds but get tossed to the floor. With nobody to tag, the Corporation are able to beat down Jagged for a period of time. Peck and Matthews do get to take down Smashmaster on the floor near the beginning of the beat down when he mocks Jagged by reaching out for a tag from the apron. Jagged fights his way out of Rumblecrunch’s bear hug and tags in Peck who is back on the apron. He snaps Rumblecrunch’s neck on the ring apron. He hops onto Smashmaster’s back and applies a sleeper. Smashmaster spins around but Peck uses his momentum to drop him to the mat. Peck chops up Rumblecrunch. Rumblecrunch pops him up into a spinebuster from McMassive. Matthews breaks the pin. Jagged trips Rumblecrunch so he hits the apron face first. He dropkicks McMassive in the corner. Matthews drop toe holds him into elbow drops from Jagged and Peck. Peck and Jagged dive onto Rumblecrunch and Smashmaster on the floor. Both Dev Corp members catch them and slam them together. Matthews throws McMassive off the top rope and puts him in the Boston Crab. Smashmaster breaks the hold. Matthews throws some forearms. He tries a headscissors. Smashmaster counters with a backbreaker. Rumblecrunch then comes off the second rope with an elbow drop, Demolition style. Matthews kicks out. 3.0 assist Peck with an electric chair drop on Rumblecrunch. McMassive saves his partner from being pinned. A three person Sweet Taste of Professionalism on McMassive does not get them the win. Matthews puts him in the Boston Crab. Jagged and Peck but the other Dev Corp members in Boston Crabs too! Bakabella pulls Bryce Remsburg out of the ring. Matthews chases Bakabella into the ring. The Corporation attack before 3Peck0 can do some damage. Jagged eats the Death Blow for the pin at 11:05. Coming out of the weekend, 3Peck0 may have impressed me most. Their three personalities and wrestling styles work so well together. They did an awesome job stacking up against the giant Devastation Corporation who also did well in their role in this match. Fun stuff. ***

Oliver Grimsly tells Mark Andrews that he is what his parents warned him about as a kid. He says soon he will figure out that he is his worst nightmare.

Mark Andrews vs. Sir Oliver Grimsly {ODD}

After trading some wristlocks Andrews shoots Grimsly off the ropes and rolls up into the black cueball. Andrews baits him into a takeover. He snaps off a pair of armdrags. Grimsly cuts him off with a knee to the stomach. Andrews responds with a headscissors. Grimsly pulls him off the second rope and has him crash to the mat. He rakes Andrews eyes. Andrews tries a headscissors. Grimsly counters with a Tenchi Crash for two. Andrews is able to send him to the floor and follows with a tope con hilo. Back in the ring he hits a Northern Lights suplex. A standing twisting splash gets him two. Grimsly fights out of a full nelson position and hits the Bed of Nails for two. Andrews enzuigiri’s him in the corner. Grimsly drives his knees into his chest in the opposite corner. Andrews tosses Grimsly off the second rope. He hits a shooting star press for the win at 7:03. Andrews was certainly impressive in his trios outings this weekend so it was nice to see him get a chance to shine as a singles competitor. I’d like to see him back for the Young Lions Cup, or just other events in general. **

Sidney Bakabella is with Jaka and Oleg the Usurper. Bakabella says nobody can stop his team from walking out of the Tag Gauntlet the victors.

10-Team Gauntlet Match

Jervis Cottonbelly & Marion Fontaine vs. El Hijo del Ice Cream {IC} & Ice Cream Jr. {IC}

This is a rematch from “Diamonds Are Forever.” Jr. misses all of his offense against Cottonbelly in the corner. Cottonbelly hip tosses Jr. and puts on a courting hold. Jr. dances the funky chicken to escape. Cottonbelly and Fontaine avoid the Ice Cream Sandwich. Los Ice Creams recoup on the floor. Fontaine holds the rope for them. Hijo comes back in and smacks Cottonbelly in the face! Jr. snaps Fontaine’s neck across the top rope. Hijo throws Cottoneblly into Jr’s feet. Jr. pulls out a bag of sprinkles and dumps them on the mat. Fontaine wisely sweps them out of the ring while Jr. is busy dealing with Cottonbelly. Cottonbelly slips to the floor when Los Ice Creams turn around and are baffled by the lack of sprinkles. Fontaine eats a double throat thrust. Hijo re-sprinkles the mat. Cottonbelly sweeps them up into a dust pan. Jr. looks to powerbomb Fontaine but once again notices the sprinkles are gone. Los Ice Creams are perplexed. More sprinkles are placed on the mat. Jervis brings out a vacuum and sucks them up with a hose. Fontaine backdrops Jr. As Fontaine is helping Cottonbelly, Hijo sunset flips him for the pin at 7:13.

Hype Rockwell {NRG} & Race Jaxon {NRG} vs. El Hijo del Ice Cream {IC} & Ice Cream Jr. {IC}

Rockwell knocks Jr. to the floor. He slams Hijo. Jaxon uses the ropes for a splash and Rockwell for a double stomp. Hijo fights his way off of Jaxon’s shoulders. Jaxon however pulls off a powerslam. Jaxon springboard dropkicks Jr. into a spin-out backbreaker from Rockwell for the pin at 9:36.

Hype Rockwell {NRG} & Race Jaxon {NRG} vs. Arctic Rescue Ant {CXF} & Missile Assault Ant {CXF}

Missile slides to the floor. He boots after Jaxon clotheslines Arctic and slides to the floor. He comes back in and gives Rockwell triple Northern Lights suplexes for the pin at 11:36.

Obariyon {B} & Kodama {B} vs. Arctic Rescue Ant {CXF} & Missile Assault Ant {CXF}

The Batiri hit a tandem running shoulder tackle on Missile from the entrance ramp. They give Arctic the Skull Bronzing. Kodama slingshots in with a double stomp on Missile. Arctic dropkiks Kodama into the ropes to crotch Obariyon on the top rope. Kodama pitches Arctic to the floor. He goes for a dive but Arctic kicks him from the floor. Missile goes for the Rocket Launcher. Kodama slides off his back. Obariyon hits the Rapture for the pin at 13:18.

Amasis {OP} & Ophidian {OP} vs. Obariyon {B} & Kodama {B}

The Portal kick the Batiri to avoid a double backdrop. They give them tandem slams twice. After the third kick the Batiri mow them down with clotheslines. The Portal come back with the Slave Initiation on Obariyon. Amasis brings him out of the corner with a spinebuster for two. Kodama drop toe holds Amasis onto the second rope. Obariyon knee strikes him in the back of the head. The Batiri fight their former field commander Ophidian as Amasis recovers. Amasis comes in with a springboard double shoulder tackle. He puts Obariyon in a Gory Special. Ophidian brings Obariyon off of his shoulders with a Complete Shot. Kodama dropkicks Ophidian to the corner. Kodama and Obariyon hit him with a faceful of dropkick variations. Amasis elbows Obariyon. Obariyon responds with a clothesline to the neck. Kodama puts Amasis in a modified surfboard. Obariyon drives his knees into his neck for two. They hit the Go 2 Hell. Ophidian breaks the pin. He bicycle kicks Kodama and superkicks Obariyon. The Portal land the Osirian Sacrament on Obariyon for the pin at 21:07.

Amasis {OP} & Ophidian {OP} vs. The Proletariat Boar of Moldova {BP} & Prakash Sabar {BP}

Sabar kicks Ophidian to the floor while the Boar forearms Amasis on the back. Sabar drops Amasis with a neckbreaker. The Boar lands an elbow drop. He chokes Amasis with his boot and with Sabar takes him down in their corner. Amasis knocks down Sabar with a running shoulder tackle. Ophidian tags in. He flips over the Boar and gives him a spinwheel kick. Sabar flips Ophidian to the floor. Ophidian ends up landing on the Boar whom he gives a headscissors. Back in the ring Ophidian ducks Sabar’s spin kick. He puts on the Death Grip. Boar pulls Ophidian off and side slams him into the mat. He misses the Gore. Ophidian drives his knees into his chest. Sabar pulls Boar out of Ophidian’s diving trajectory. Sabar misses the Bronco Buster. Ophidian drives his knees into Sabar’s chest. The Boar slams Ophidian off of his shoulders for two. Boar accidentally spears Sabar. Ophidian enzugiri’s Boar back out. He puts Sabar in the Death Grip. Sabar taps out at 28:01.

Amasis {OP} & Ophidian {OP} vs. Silver Ant {C} & Worker Ant {C}

Silver Ant and Ophidian block each others’ initial kicks. Ophidian kicks him out of the ring. He rolls up Worker Ant for two. Ophidian drives him into the mat with double knees. He tries a seatbelt pin on Silver Ant. When that doesn’t work he hits an enzuigiri. Silver Ant drives him into the mat with a Michinoku Driver for two. He slams Ophidian into a legdrop for two. Silver Ant puts on a full nelson. Ophidian rolls him into a prawn hold to escape. Silver and Worker Ant give him some tandem offense before Silver Ant locks on the cloverleaf. Ophidian gets the ropes. Silver Ant kicks him from the apron and nails a slingshot senton. Ophidian begins mounting a comeback and attacks Silver and Worker Ant in opposite corners after hitting them with spin kicks. He drives his knees into Worker Ant’s chest. He comes off the top with double knees onto Worker Ant. Silver Ant pulls Ophidian up. Ophidian slips on the Death Grip. Silver Ant fights out. Ophidian backslides him and puts his body weight on top for the pin at 35:24.

Amasis {OP} & Ophidian {OP} vs. Pete Dunne & Damian Dunne

A four man slugfest sees Damian throw Amasis to the floor. Pete pumphandles Ophidian into a Complete Shot. He delivers a series of headbutts to Ophidian’s chest. Ophidian chops him in the chest. Pete throat thrusts Ophidian into Damian’s German suplex. Amasis high crossbody’s onto Pete. Damian spears Amasis. He comes off the top with a knee to Amasis’ chest as he hangs in a tree of woe. Pete DDT’s Ophidian on the apron. He double stomps Amasis onto Damian’s knees. Pete misses a moonsault. Amasis spinwheel kicks Damian. He goes up top. Damian tries to stop him but gets knocked down. He hits the 450 splash for the pin at 39:55.

Amasis {OP} & Ophidian {OP} vs. Jaka {TWC} & Oleg the Usurper {TWC}

Sidney Bakabella is in Oleg and Jaka’s corner. His men are able to take control of the worn out Portal. They take Ophidian down. Oleg splashes Amasis against the ropes and Jaka pops him into a Samoan Drop. Jaka double choke bombs Ophidian onto amasis. The Portal kicks out at one. They kick Jaka and Oleg to the floor. The Portal is too exhausted to dive after them. They do however get double inside cradles but are unsuccessful. Oleg accidentally splashes into referee Jon Barber. Ophidian tosses Jaka out. He gives Oleg a back cracker and comes off the top with double knees. The Osirian Sacrament has Oleg cooked, but Barber is still out. Bryce Remsburg runs in from commentary to count but Jaka kicks out at two. Bryce helps Barber out of the ring. While he’s doing that, Bakabella hits Ophidian with a sock full of quarters. Oleg covers him and gets the pin at 46:01.

What a lame finish, especially in a match that goes that long. The story of the Portal fighting through five teams and beating Bakabella’s men despite exhaustion would have been much more satisfying than what they did. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see the Portal vs. The Throwbacks? Not to mention that Bakabella’s men look having to cheat against a team that was tired so exhausted from competing. I liked most of the wrestling, really enjoyed the Ice Creams/Old Fashioned match, and thought N_R_G looked promising, but the finish really left a sour taste in my mouth. **½

The Gentleman’s Club are in the back having difficulty getting a good promo for Jagged. They eventually end with a lame “we’re gonna get ya” which Jagged says is definitely the promo to go with.

Pierre Abernathy, Evan Gelestico, Davey Vega & Gary the Barn Owl vs. Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy, Drew Gulak & The Swamp Monster

Taylor shoulder tackles Abernathy to the floor. Cassidy and Gelestico tag in. Cassidy lazily rolls around to evade Gelestico’s offense. They block each others’ hip toss attempts. Gelestico airplane spins Cassidy. Cassidy is in real danger of puking. He and Gelestico knock heads and fall down. Vega and Gulak pick up the pace. They get in a pinfall exchange, ending with Gulak headbutting Vega in the stomach. Vega counters a suplex with a small package, leading to both men rolling around. Meanwhile, Gary is perched on the Swamp Monster. A series of submissions is created by the other six participants. Gary dives onto all of them, then back into the Swamp Monster’s arms. Taylor makes him put Gary down. Taylor pulls out a grenade and drops it in Vega’s gear. Vega stops time causing everyone to freeze. After giving a short speech to the crowd (quoting “The Young Ones”), time unfreezes and Taylor explodes the grenade with a Manhattan Drop. Vega is beaten down by the Gentleman’s Club. He manages to escape when Taylor misses a Swanton. Gary and the Swamp Monster tag in. They end up high fiving and chest bumping, then clotheslining their own partners. They almost clothesline Bryce, who comes back and clotheslines them both! He gets a two count on them both. Gary eats offense from the Gentleman’s Club and Bryce in the corner. Monster misses a cartwheel splash. The Submission Squad and Bryce all attack him (except for Gary). All the participants pose together in the ring, as does Gavin Loudspeaker. The Gentleman’s Club then clear the ring of everyone but Vega. Taylor gives him the Sole Food. Gulak comes off the top with a clothesline. Cassidy lazily hits a diving headbutt and Abernathy breaks the pin. He blocks the Swamp Monster’s kick and gives him a stunner. Gelestico hits the Rock Bottom. Vega follows with a Hogan legdrop. Gary hits a Warrior Splash for the pin at 12:02. That was an absolute blast, very reminiscent of the comedy Atomicos match from last year. Getting a match like this on a weekend that’s generally been on the heavier side was a nice breath of fresh air. ***½

Shynron says tonight is special for him. He believes with the Chikarmy’s help, he will be the next Rey de Voladores. He knows all about the Great Sanada; his history and what he brings in the ring. Shynron says he’s had a lot of turmoil this past year, but all that culminates with him becoming the king of high flying this weekend.

Rey de Voladores 2014 Finals
Shynron vs. The Great Sanada {TNA}

Sanada and Shynron start off slowly trading holds. They quickly trade position on the mat and reach a stalemate. Shynron headscissors Sanada to the floor. Shynron tiger feint kicks him from the apron, then comes down with a kick flip tumbleweed senton. He gets two with a high angle slingshot senton. Sanada pulls on Shynron’s mask. Shynron back handsprings off the ropes and Sanada deposits him to the floor with a German suplex. He illegaly chokes Shynron with wrist tape. After they chop each other in the corner, Shynron hits a back handspring Ace Crusher. He lands a 450 splash off the bottom rope for a two count. Sanada avoids the second rope 630 splash. Shynron lands on his feet, but Sanada again chokes Shynron with tape. Sanada strings three German suplexes together. He goes for a Dragon suplex. Shynron rolls forward to avoid it. He hits a tiger feint kick. He Frankensteiner’s Sanada to the floor. Shynron follows with a skytwister press. Back in the ring Sanada moves Jonathan Barber in the way to avoid some offense. However, Shynron is able to come back with a back handspring Pele kick. Sanada spits red mist into Shynron’s face behind Barber’s back! He hits a superkick, but Shynron is still able to kick out! Sanada misses a moonsault. Shynron drops him back with a 360 neckbreaker for two. Shynron hits the second rope 630 splash for the pin at 10:56. After all the awesome stuff he did this weekend, Shynron truly is the king of the high-fliers. I think he’s been criminally underutilized since the CHIKARA relaunch and I hope this tournament win signifies that changing. Sanada did a fine job in his role, and I like the callback from his win the previous evening. **¾

King of Trios 2014 Final Round
Icarus, Dasher Hatfield {T} & Mark Angelosetti {T} vs. Max Smashmaster {DC}, Blaster McMassive {DC} & Flex Rumblecrunch {DC}

Sidney Bakabella is in the Corporation’s corner. Angelosetti quickly puts Rumblecrunch in a front facelock. Rumblecrunch backs him to the corner. Angelosetti avoids his offense and gets in a series of shoulder blocks and forearm strikes. Hatfield puts Rumblecrunch in a surfboard stretch. Angelosetti bulldogs him out of it. He gets in some more shoulder blocks. Hatfield slingshots in with an Oklahoma Roll for two. He drop toe holds Rumblecrunch into the corner and baseball slides into him. Icarus crucifix pins McMassive for two. He and Hatfield double hip toss McMassive. Angelosetti splashes on him several times before being flapjacked onto him by his partners. Smashmaster comes in and gives Angelosetti a backbreaker. This leads to Angelosetti being bullied by the Devastation Corporation while they keep his partners at bay. Angelosetti fights out with elbows. McMassive accidentally chops Smashmaster. Icarus and Hatfield give McMassive tandem Flip, Flop, and Flies. Rumblecrunch eats a couple Bionic Elbows. They send McMassive into Rumblecrunch. The Golden Trio pulls out a page from the F.I.S.T. playbook with Shooty McGee on McMassive. Smashmaster blocks Icarus’ Shiranui with a tombstone piledriver. Smashmaster misses a Swanton. Icarus successfully pulls of the Shiranui for two. Rumblecrunch slams Hatfield chest first into the mat. Angelosetti helps Hatfield set up Rumblecrunch for the Grand Slam. McMassive breaks the pin. Angelosetti gives him a running spinebuster for two. He avoids Smashmaster’s cannonball senton. McMassive chokeslams Angelosetti. Icarus German suplexes McMassive. Rumblecrunch comes off the top with a shoulder tackle. Hatfield Jackhammer’s Rumblecrunch. Smashmaster powerbombs Hatfield. Angelosetti catches Smashmaster on the top rope and brings him down with a superplex. Smashmaster kicks out. Icarus and McMassive counter each others’ offense. The Throwbacks give McMassive the 3D. Icarus locks on the CHIKARA Special! Bakabella grabs Bryce Remsburg’s leg. Bryce kicks him away! Rumblecrunch grabs a head vice on Icarus to break his hold. Icarus goes for the Blu-Ray. Rumblecrunch shoves him into McMassive’s Bossman Slam. Icarus eats the Death Blow but somehow kicks out! Rumblecrunch turns him inside out with a lariat. Hatfield breaks the pin. All three Corporation members reign down with forearm smashes to Hatfield’s back. Hatfield fights back, sending Rumblecrunch to the floor. Angelosetti clotheslines Smashmaster to the floor. The Throwbacks hit Prime Time on McMassive. Rumblecrunch makes the save. He boots Angelosetti as he hops off the second rope. He give Hatfield a TKO. Hatfield then takes the Death Blow for the pin at 15:12. I love the Devastation Corporation winning with the same move in every round. I also love that they ended up winning cleanly and that Bakabella’s interference was only teased. I want to give the Golden Trio huge props for being fantastic all weekend long. I truly feel the Throwbacks are one of the most underrated tag teams in all of wrestling and that Icarus has really come into his own with his new character. The crowd ate up this match, everyone played their role perfectly, and it was a great way to cap off the weekend. ***½

Sidney Bakabella grabs the trios medals from Mike Quackenbush and places them on his men’s necks. Jaka and Oleg the Usurper come out to join their fellow Wrecking Crew members in the celebration. Jimmy Jacobs then makes his way out with the Lithuanian Snow Troll on a chain. The rest of the Flood joins as well. Out come members of the CHIKARA roster and an all out brawl ensues. Eddie Kingston is standing on the stage while Icarus recovers in the ring by himself. Kingston pulls Mantis into the ring and gives him the Backfist to the Future. Jacobs grabs a microphone. He tells Icarus it’s over. He and his army have been defeated all thanks to Eddie Kingston. Jacobs says Icarus can hand over the title and they will leave in peace, or they can fight him for it and the Flood will end what’s left of CHIKARA. Icarus hands it over to Kingston who is overjoyed to have it in his hands. As he and Jacobs are about to leave Icarus gets the microphone. He says no matter who is Grand Champion, the belt is worthless without CHIKARA. He tells Kingston that he fought for his life to get the belt but there’s always something bigger. He wants to know if Kingston will be worthy of the title or simply the king of actions. Jacobs tries hustling Kingston away. He looks at the belt, hands it back to Icarus, then begins punching Jacobs! The brawl picks back up and Kingston dives onto a group of people. The Flood ends up retreating through the back door. Kingston tells Icarus to keep the belt warm. The ring then fills with CHIKARA roster members to celebrate their victory as the show concludes.

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