National Pro Wrestling Day 2015

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Norristown, PA – 2.8.2015

Commentary is provided by Leonard F. Chikarason, UltraMantis Black, Gavin Loudspeaker, Jonathan Barber, Dasher Hatfield, and Bryce Remsburg.

Gavin Loudspeaker opens the show with the “National Pro Wrestling Day” anthem, a take off of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Missile Assault Ant was also roaming around ringside shouting his own name, as he is want to do.

Fire Ant {C} vs. Juan Francisco de Coronado

Coronado grabs a side headlock. Fire Ant uses his foot to take Coronado’s knee out and apply a wristlock. Coronado grabs the antennae and backs Fire Ant to the corner. Coronado reapplies the headlock. Fire Ant reverses. Coronado elbows out and lands a chop. Fire Ant and Coronado lock up. Coronado lands another chop out of it. Fire Ant ducks a third chop and takes out Coronado by the leg. A Lucha sequence ends with an armdrag to the corner. Fire Ant then sends Coronado out with the Stop, Drop, and Roll. Coronado avoids a pescado, but Fire Ant lands on his feet. Fire Ant chops Coronado around ringside and in the laps of some fans. He continues the chops back in the ring. Coronado pulls referee Jonathan Barber in the way to avoid a chop, then hits Fire Ant with a dropkick for a one count. He slams Fire Ant for two. Coronado bounces him off the ropes and forearms him in the small of the back twice. The third times he takes Fire Ant down with a lariat for two. He drops Fire Ant with a side Russian leg sweep for two. Coronado tries a deadlift German suplex. Fire Ant elbows his way out of the waistlock. Coronado sole butt kicks Fire Ant and whips him back first to the corner. Fire Ant goes to the apron and kicks Coronado. He comes off the top with a crossbody and follows with the Yahtzee Kick. Fire Ant lands a brainbuster for two. Fire Ant gives Coronado a flurry of palm strikes to the chest, ending with a jumping knee strike. They run and forearm one another against the ropes. Fire Ant lands an antzuigiri. Coronado fights out of the Beach Break and hits the Tiger Driver for two. Coronado goes for a deadlift German suplex. Fire Ant counters with a prawn hold for two. Fire Ant headscissors Coronado into a DDT. Missile Assault Ant throws the Ecuadorian flag. While Barber is disposing of it, Missile trips Fire Ant on the ropes. Coronado gives Fire Ant a German suplex for the pin at 9:34. There was no reason for this to end dirty. Coronado and Fire Ant were having a fine back and forth match up until that point, but Missile’s interjection left a sour taste on an otherwise rock solid contest. **½

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

Before the match, a Sexiest Man Alive 2015 contest is held between both teams. Due to the Boar tripping Amasis during the dance portion, Bryce decides it’s a No Contest and puts on the Sexiest Man Alive crown and sash himself. The Bloc Party attack the Portal to officially start the match. Sabar throws kicks at Amasis in the ring while Boar pummels Ophidian on the floor. Sabar rakes Amasis’ eyes. While Ophidian recovers, the Bloc Party take turns beating down Amasis in their corner. Amasis hits Boar with a knee to the face, a rolling forearm, and a DDT. Sabar breaks the cover. Amasis lights up Sabar with forearms. The Bloc Party drop him with a reverse DDT/sidewalk slam combo. Sabar accidentally spin kicks the Boar. As Boar confronts Sabar, Ophidian pulls Boar into an Ace Crusher. Sabar pitches Ophidian to the floor. Amasis hits him with a tornado kick. A 450 splash on Sabar gets Amasis the pin and the Portal their third point at 4:32. A short, concise match and a nice bout for the Portal to pick up their third point. Amasis looked pretty good fighting back and winning the match basically on his own. **

You can watch this match in its entirety here.

Shynron vs. Max Smashmaster {DC}

Shynron avoids the initial lock-up attempts from Smashmaster. Smashmaster ends up catching him with a forearm strike. Shynron ducks a clothesline and rolls to the floor. In the ring he catches Smashmaster with a low dropkick and standing shooting star press. Smashmaster avoids a pin and rolls to the floor. Shynron feigns a dive, then hits Smashmaster with a tiger feint kick. He tries a kick flip tumbleweed senton. Smashmaster catches him and powerbombs him onto the ring apron! In the ring he gives Shynron a backbreaker across his knee and steps on his stomach. Shynron kicks Smashmaster away, but Smashmaster mows him down with a clothesline for two. He does the deal with a Falcon Arrow for two. He tries throwing Shynron to the floor. Shynron skins the cat back into the ring and headscissors Smashmaster to the corner. Shynron hits a cartwheel back handspring elbow. Smashmaster pops up Shynron, who counters mid-air with a huracanrana for two. Smashmaster catches Shynron’s high crossbody attempt. Shynron dropkicks him to the ropes and hits another tiger feint kick. Missile Assault Ant gets on the apron. He gets off when Shynron attempts a front flip into a back handspring Ace Crusher. Smashmaster catches him on the rebound with a tombstone piledriver for the pin at 5:18. A sick finish to a fun sprint of a match. Smashmaster has two points after this, and I think him and Icarus (or whomever) could have a very fun Grand Championship bout. **¼

Ashley Remington vs. Drew Gulak

Gulak throws down Remington by his wrist when Remington is throwing finger guns to the crowd. Gulak backs him to the corner and breaks clean at the count of four. He throws his own finger gun at Remington. Remington neckdrags Gulak and throws a finger gun right back. Remington backs Gulak to the corner and breaks on one as is tradition. He ducks Gulak’s clothesline, but Gulak headbutts him in the stomach and slams him on the ring ropes. He applies a modified armbar. Gulak works over Remington’s left leg and knee. Remington throws some punches to the stomach and forearms him on the back. Gulak takes him down with a chop and hops off the middle rope with a kick to the back. They trade waistlocks. Remington shoots Gulak to the ropes. After a knee strike to the stomach and he gives him two gutwrench suplexes. Gulak avoids a charge with a headbutt to the stomach. Remington takes him down with the Fair Winds two. Gulak goes to the apron. Remington German suplexes him back in for two. Gulak applies a fujiwara armbar, transitioning to an ankle lock. He then puts on the Lightning Lock Omega. Remington gets the ropes to escape. He tries a boot. Gulak counters into a powerbomb. He tries a jackknife pin. Remington turns it into his Anchors Away submission! Gulak fights his way out. He forearms Remington in the back. We get a strike exchange, which Remington shockingly takes the victory in. Gulak headbutts Remington in the stomach as Remington comes off the ropes. He gives him a couple more headbutts. Remington schoolboys Gulak to avoid another. This leads to an exchange of pinfalls. Remington catches Gulak in a sunset flip reversal for the pin at 9:25. Fantastic pro wrestling out of both men. Remington is obviously a great character and entertainer, but she showed he’s one heck of a wrestler going toe to toe with one of the best technical wrestlers today. Really good stuff. ***¼

Remington gifts Gulak with a fruit basket. Gulak is reluctant at first, but ends up gleefully accepting it.

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

This is a three-match from “Diamonds Are Forever” and the tag gauntlet from “King of Trios 2014, Night 3.” Cottonbelly dedicates the match to Princess Kimberlee, who sits ringside for the bout. Fontaine puts Jr. in a wristlock. Cottonbelly grabs a courting hold. Jr. tries to escape but it’s of no use. Fontaine takes him down in a waistlock and applies a front facelock. Cottonbelly puts on a hammerlock. He tags in Hijo who puts his own partner in the hammerlock without realizing it. Hijo grabs a courting hold. Fontaine courting holds his other arm. Cottonbelly then courting holds Hijo’s arm and all four take a bow. Los Ice Creams try Old Fashioned into each other, but they do-si-do and dropkick Los Ice Creams to the floor. Cottonbelly holds the ropes so Fontaine can suicide dive onto Jr. Cottonbelly comes off the apron with a crossbody to Jr. In the ring Hijo slams Fontaine and lands a seated splash. Fontaine reverses the pin into a sunset flip position. Fontaine and Hijo roll around in an inside cradle. Cottonbelly airplane spins Jr. as Fontaine and Hijo roll around then. Everybody falls down due to dizziness, including referee Bryce Remsburg. Fontaine and Hijo fight for a backslide. Jr. chops his own brother twice. Cottonbelly dropkicks Hijo over Cottonbelly. Jr. charges and lands in between Hijo’s legs. Cottonbelly and Fontaine apply a tandem Boston Crab. Los Ice Creams get the ropes. Old Fashioned take them down with stereo side Russian leg sweeps for the pin at 8:26. This was fun, but is now in the “been there, done that” category. To their credit, it was different from their previous two encounters, but it’s as if they exhausted all their best comedy in those bouts and the leftover shtick was relegated to this bout. **

Cottonbelly recites some Romeo & Juliet for Kimberlee while Hijo recites lines from “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Frozen. Kimberlee appreciates their efforts.

Mark Angelosetti {T} vs. Blaster McMassive {DC}

Mac Smashmaster is in McMassive’s corner. Angelosetti pummels on McMassive in the corner. McMassive places Angelosetti on the top turnbuckle and punches him to the floor. Smashmaster kicks Angelosetti in the stomach. Angelosetti shoulder blocks McMassive back in the ring. McMassive tries a chokeslam but Angelosetti jumps on his back with a sleeper. McMassive backs Angelosetti to the corner to escape. He splashes Angelosetti in the corner. A belly to belly suplex gets McMassive a two count. Smashmaster chokes Angelosetti on the middle rope. Dasher Hatfield runs out to even the odds. McMassive steps on Angelosetti’s mid-section a few times but misses a Vader bomb. Angelosetti tosses up a football and tackles McMassive for two. Smashmaster hits Angelosetti with a title belt. Hatfield notices and attacks McMassive. Jonathan Barber throws the match out at 4:28. Why this wasn’t a flat out DQ I don’t know, but the action was alright until things broke loose. *

The Throwbacks and Devastation Corporation continue fighting after the match. Once things are more settled, Hatfield tells them to get some allies and that later tonight they will meet in another bout.

Princess Kimberlee vs. Jenny Rose {ROH}

They exchange hammerlocks and then waistlocks. On the mat they trade front facelocks. Lee comes up into a wristlock which Rose wristdrags out of. Rose baits Kimberlee into a kick to the stomach. She locks Kimberlee’s arms in the ropes and digs her foot into the side of her face. Rose locks on a half crab. Kimberlee crawls her way to the ropes to escape. Rose whips her to the corner and follows in with a clothesline. She uses a fisherwoman’s suplex for a two count. Rose locks up Kimberlee’s right leg. Kimberlee kicks her way and twists up Rose’s leg. Rose turns over to break the hold. They throw forearms at one another. Kimberlee whips her off the ropes and delivers a lariat. Rose comes back with a spear for two. Once again they trade waistlocks. Rose gets two with an O’Conoor Roll. Kimberlee counters with the Alligator Clutch for the pin at 5:21. Like Remington/Gulak, this was a very strong back and forth match and probably the one match that exceeded my expectations. **½

You can watch this match in its entirety here.

Race Jaxon {NRG} & Hype Rockwell {NRG} vs. Matt Novak & Branden O’Connor

O’Connor ducks Jaxon’s clothesline and recites some of “O Canada!” Novak tags in, ten hits the floor so O’Connor can dump Jaxon tot he floor from behind. Rockwell is woken up by a slap from O’Connor. Jaxon catches O’Connor with a high crossbody. He hip tosses Novak into a slam. Jaxon dives off of Rockwell’s back onto O’Connor and Novak, as well as some fans by accident. Rockwell lights up Novak with a pair of jabs and a slam. Jaxon back elbows Noval to avoid a corner attack. O’Connor crotches Jaxon on the top rope and double stomps him into a tree of woe! Novak follows with a cannonball senton. O’Connor knocks Rockwell to the floor so he and Novak can isolate Jaxon in their corner. They try their tandem offense in the corner again, but this time Jaxon is able to sit-up to avoid it. He lands a moonsault press onto both O’Connor and Novak and tags in Rockwell who cleans house. He clotheslines them in opposite corners. O’Connor gets sent to the floor. Rockwell spins out Novak into a powerslam for two. Novak tries a crossbody. Rockwell catches him and tosses him up into a tandem flapjack with Jaxon. Jaxon Jon Woo dropkicks O’Connor to the corner. He hits a through the ropes clothesline. Rockwell drops O’Connor with a spinebuster. Novak puts O’Connor’s foot on the ropes to stop the count. Novak catches Rockwell with a back handspring Ace Crusher. O’Connor lands a frog splash and Rockwell kicks out. Novak accidentally tornado kicks O’Connor. Jaxon superkicks Novak into the Hyper Wheel from Rockwell for the pin at 8:24. This was far and away the most N_R_G has had a chance to be showcased and they made the most of it. Flying Francis were great foils and with N_R_G created a very fun, exciting tag bout. **¾

Dasher Hatfield {T}, Mark Angelosetti {T}, Fire Ant {C}, Worker Ant {C}, Amasis {OP}, Ophidian {OP}, Jervis Cottonbelly, Marion Fontaine, Princess Kimberlee, Argus & Shane Storm vs. Max Smashmaster {DC}, Blaster McMassive {DC}, Oleg the Usurper {TWC}, The Proletariat Boar of Moldova {BP}, Mr. Azerbaijan {BP}, Prakash Sabar {BP}, Juan Francisco de Coronado, Missile Assault Ant {CXF}, El Hijo del Ice Cream {IC}, Ice Cream Jr. {IC} & Shayne Hawke

That’s right; Shane Storm and Shayne Hawke have returned for one night! This is also Argus’ CHIKARA debut. Azerbaijan shoulder blocks Hatfield and pulls down his straps. Hatfield punches him in the stomach, causing his straps to go back up. Hatfield snaps off a pair of armdrags and sends him out with a double knuckle drag. Oleg and Cottonbelly tag in. Oleg legitimately shakes his hand! Cottonbelly blocks a boot and slaps Oleg in the face. Oleg splashes him against the ropes. Argus gives Jr. a sole butt kick and a chinbreaker. He nails an enzuigiri and a twisting neckbreaker. A somersault senton and MAgistral cradle gets him a two count. Storm and Coronado tag in.. Storm drops him with a bulldog after a kick to the stomach. He sends Coronado to the floor with That Japanese Move. Worker Ant and Boar trade strikes. Worker Ant gives Boar a bodyslam. Hawke sneaks in and pitches Worker Ant to the floor. Hatfield pulls him into a slap to the buttocks. Hawke takes him down and runs the ropes, only to apply a chinlock. This leads to people from both teams coming and creating a large submission chain with all competitors. Even UltraMantis Black leaves commentary to join the chain and gets the fans involved. Missile Assault Ant breaks the chain, attacking everybody not on his team. Hawke still has the chinlock on Hatfield. Hatfield fights out and Hawke knees him in the stomach. The Throwbacks look for the 3D. Missile tosses Angelosetti out. Hawke thrusts Hatfield in the throat. Missile bicycle kicks him for two. The Rudos continue to wear down Hatfield until he catches Missile with multiple underhand chops and a spin-out neckbreaker. He manages to baseball slide Missile after ducking clotheslines from Los Ice Creams. The Colony dispose of Los Ice Creams and follows them to the floor with pescado’s. Oleg, Sabar, and Hawke try stereo dives but Storm cuts them off with his STOP sign. He turns the sign to SLOW, giving the Colony time to leave, causing the Rudos to crash to the floor. Storm dives onto all the rudos with a tope suicida. A huge brawl occurs on all sides of the ring. Smashmaster and McMassive bring Kimberlee into the ring. She valiantly fights them off with chops and forearms. McMassive kicks her in the stomach and Smashmaster thrusts her throat with his hands. Los Ice Creams take offense to them hitting Kimberlee, so the Dev Corp toss them out. Old Fashioned toss the Corporation outside. Boar, Sabar, Oleg, and Hawke suplex Worker Ant, Old Fashioned, and Storm. The Throwbacks give Hawke the 3D. They along with Amasis and Fire Ant create the rarely seen Voltron Tower with Argus on top! Argus dives onto Hawke earning the pin for his team at 17:05. It was really smart to have Argus be the one to get the big win here, allowing him to go from an unknown to a commodity. It reminds me of when Yuga Hayashi pinned Jimmy Kanda in a Korakuen Hall main event for Dragon Gate in December. This was a fun fracas to end the show and send the crowd home happy. It had the same formula as most any CHIKARA comedy bout, which your mileage may vary on. As someone whose seen it many, many times, seeing it again just wasn’t all that special. **½

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4 Responses to National Pro Wrestling Day 2015

  1. […] to its somewhat tenuous connection to Chikara. You can check out Kevin Ford’s excellent review here. – At NPWD, however, the Osirian Portal picked up their third point, leading to our main […]

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