Colony Collapse

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Manhattan, NY – 10.9.2015

Championship Rundown
Grand Champion: Hallowicked
Campeones de Parejas: N_R_G (Race Jaxon & Hype Rockwell)
Young Lions Cup Champion: Heidi Lovelace

Commentary is provided by Mike Quackenbush, Leonard F. Chikarason, and Bryce Remsburg.

Challenge of the Immortals
Princess Kimberlee, El Hijo del Ice Cream {IC} & Ice Cream Jr. {IC} vs. Chuck Taylor {GC}, Drew Gulak {GC} & The Swamp Monster {GC}

Kimberlee leads Crown & Court while Taylor leads the Gentleman’s Club. Kimberlee tells Hijo that she believes in him. However, Gulak quite easily controls him in a courting hold. Hijo pushes Gulak to the corner. He back rolls Gulak into a modified prawn hold for two. He tries it again, but Gulak catches him. Hijo holds onto the top rope, and the momentum carries Gulak back and Hijo falls on top of him for a two count. Gulak stretches out Hijo’s arms, but Hijo turns that into a pin attempt for two. Monster and Jr. tag in. Monster takes him over with a pair of Japanese armdrags. Hijo dropkicks Monster’s leg out and Magistral cradles him for two. Monster Mexican catapults up into a sunset flip out of a test of strength. Jr. rolls to the apron to avoid a pin. Taylor and Kimberlee tag in. Taylor laughs at Kimberlee for being a woman, to which she corrects him by saying she’s a princess. He claims he’s the only princess, leading to a shoving match. Kimberlee’s running shoulder blocks are not effective. He pulls her hair. She then pulls his hair and chops him in the corner before throwing Taylor out of the corner by his hair. She gets two with a huracanrana. Taylor finds solace with Gulak, tagging him in. He locks Hijo’s leg and rolls him around the mat. Hijo rolls to the floor. Kimberlee treats Monster the same way but rolls him in a Gedo Clutch. She takes him over with a German suplex. Jr. and Gulak chain wrestle on the mat. Taylor breaks up Jr.’s tornado clutch. Hijo pinches Taylor’s buttocks and strikes him in the face. Taylor hops over a corner attack. He backslides Hijo for two. Hijo lands a one legged dropkick. It seems as if he hurt his shoulder, but that was a fib to bait Taylor into a small package for two. Kimberlee and Gulak criss-cross the ropes. It ends with Gulak rolling under Kimberlee’s leap frog for a sunset flip. Kimberlee rolls forward and traps Gulak in the Alligator Clutch for the pin at 11:41. Seeing the marked improvement of Crown & Court as the tournament progresses has been fun, and you can see it clear as day with Los Ice Creams, especially when you put them up against the caliber of mat technician like Gulak. It was mostly a showcase, but a fun one, though a severe lack of Swamp Monster all around. **½

Argus says Kevin Condron has been kicking down doors he had yet earned the right to open, while he made his way up the CHIKARA ranks as a member of the Snake Pit. He says if Condron shows up and fights like a man, they can truly see who ascend the ranks “the right way.”

However, Kevin Condron has transformed into a new character – Snowflake, the nickname many used to tease or torment him with since the beginning of his training in the Wrestle Factory. Snowflake is wearing a flower crown, eye makeup, white pants with his Kid Cyclone trunks underneath, a white curtain tied around his biceps and tucked behind his neck, gold gauntlets, a long golden scarf, and his signature Kid Cyclone shoes. He also speaks with a different affectation/accent. He even corrects the referee when he’s addressed as Kevin.

Argus vs. Snowflake {BB}

Snowflake slaps his thigh, inviting Argus to go after it. Snowflake throws him off and kicks dirt in Argus’ face. Snowflake hops to the apron to avoid a corner dropkick. He springboards in with a back rake. He throws double axe handles to Argus’ mid-section and chokes him with his white cloth. As Argus lay in the corner, Snowflake follows in with a running dropkick. Snowflake wastes too much time posing for cameras. It allows Argus to make a comeback with some shots to the stomach, but Snowflake cuts him off with a hooking clothesline. He pulls up Argus from a two count. The Dustland DDT follows. Snowflake comes off the top turnbuckle with a splash for the pin at 3:06. I don’t know what to make of Snowflake, but I am pretty sure I like it. There are so many different outcomes that this character could lead to as well, and I for one am interested in staying tuned to find out what that is. *

Snowflake calls the CHIKARMY his mother, his father, his family. All along he was in the back of Condron’s head telling him he was no good, and every bit of negative energy allowed Snowflake to swim to the front of Condron’s consciousness and take over the vessel of his body. Snowflake proclaims that Condron is dead: long live Snowflake.

“Mr. Touchdown” is in a huddle with Dasher Hatfield and Icarus. He tells them they only have five matches left in the Challenge of the Immortals. They currently set atop the standings, and Touchdown thinks as long as they believe in the motto “teamwork makes the dream work”, they will continue to be successful. He has them recite that motto before they break out of the huddle.

Challenge of the Immortals
Dasher Hatfield {T} & Icarus vs. Blaster McMassive {DC} & Flex Rumblecrunch {DC}

Hatfield’s team represents Dasher’s Dugout while the Dev Corp represents the Wrecking Crew. “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti is in the Dugout’s corner. Hatfield throws a flurry of punches to Rumblecrunch’s stomach. Rumblecrunch avoids a neckbreaker and sends him to the floor. Icarus comes off the second rope with a dropkick. McMassive nails him with a lariat and big boot. McMassive gets in Bryce Remsburg’s face for “counting slowly.” Icarus boots McMassive to block an incoming charge, then comes off the ropes with a crossbody. He takes over McMassive with a Judo throw of sorts. He and Hatfield double suplex McMassive. Hatfield hip tosses Icarus onto McMassive. Hatfield tries a couple of pin attempts to no avail. He catches Rumblecrunch coming in with a spinebuster. He goes for the People’s Elbow. McMassive’s distraction however allows Rumblecrunch to recover and hit the Rock Bottom. This leads to the Dev Corp beating down Hatfield in their half of the ring, even yanking Icarus off the apron to prevent a tag from being made. Hatfield is able to take down McMassive off the second rope with a Jackhammer. Rumblecrunch tries to take Icarus off the apron, but this time Icarus has him scouted and comes off the apron with a somersault senton. He takes Hatfield’s tag and lights up McMassive with chops. The Shiranui takes McMassive down. Rumblecrunch mows Icarus down with a lariat. Angelosetti gives Hatfield his elbow pad back. Hatfield hits Rumblecrunch with his elbow from the apron. With Rumblecrunch down, Hatfield slingshots in with the Oklahoma Roll for the pin at 9:21. This was just getting hot when it ended. Elbow pad shenanigans were to be expected though, and these two teams work well enough together that it was enjoyable despite it being slightly truncated. **½

Mark Andrews {TNA} vs. Juan Francisco de Coronado

Andrews replaces Nøkken, who was supposed to compete in a Challenge of the Immortals match with Coronado on this card. Andrews fights out of Coronado’s side headlock. Coronado shoulder blocks him down. Andrews armdrags Coronado and holds onto the shoulder. Coronado pulls his hair and takes him to the ropes for an elbow to the stomach. Once again Andrews armdrags Coronado and bars the arm. He turns it into a wristlock which Coronado eyerakes his way out of. Coronado avoids another armdrag. Andrews dropkicks Coronado and successfully pulls off another armdrag. Coronado knees Andrews in the stomach and chokes him on the middle rope. Andrews drop toe holds him onto the middle rope. Coronado sends him to the apron. Andrews enzuigiri’s Coronado from the apron, then goes up top. Coronado pulls him down, jamming his arm across the top rope. Coronado gets a two count with a Tiger Driver. He does further damage to Andrews’ arm on the canvas. Andrews elbows Coronado from out of the corner. Andrews avoids a German suplex and uses his good elbow to fight off Coronado. He hip tosses Coronado into a standing twisting moonsault. Coronado kicks out. Andrews heads up top. Coronado forces him back down. Coronado clubs Andrews’ hurt arm. He goes for the Tiger Driver. Andrews counters with a Frankensteiner. That leads to a 619 and a shooting star press for the pin at 7:46. This gives Andrews his third point. That was a fun surprise. I liked the simple story and the dynamic these two had. **¾

Challenge of the Immortals
Amasis {OP} & Worker Ant {C} vs. Jakob Hammermeier {BDK} & Soldier Ant {BDK}

Amasis’ team represents the Battle Hive while Hammermeier’s team represents the BDK. The two Ants have an aggressive opening exchange. Soldier Ant takes control with a vertical suplex. Worker Ant responds with a pair of armdrags and a bodyslam. Soldier Ant quickly pops back up. He grabs Worker Ant and allows Hammermeier to tag in. Although Hammermeier gets in a couple shots, Worker Ant is able to knock him down with a pair of back elbows and a scoop slam. Hammermeier rolls out as Amasis tags in. Amasis takes over Soldier Ant with a headlock. Soldier Ant reverses into a headscissor. Worker Ant backdrops him into a uranage. Once again, Soldier Ant pops up immediately and dropkicks Worker Ant. Hammermeier pulls Amasis off the apron by his leg, causing Amasis to crash hard on the floor. The BDK take the opportunity and wear down Worker Ant as Amasis recovers. Worker Ant tries to appease Soldier Ant by saluting. That seems to work, as it allows Worker Ant an opportunity to tag out. Amasis’ offense has no effect on Soldier Ant. Soldier Ant takes him out with a hard clothesline. Worker Ant throws some headbutts to the chest and head. He’s able to give him a spin-out flapjack. Hammermeier sneaks in and delivers the Gute Nacht. Amasis breaks the pin. Although Amasis lands a jumping knee strike, Hammermeier rolls him into the Knockout Punch. Worker Ant makes the save. Hammermeier slides out of the ring to avoid an O’Connor Roll. Soldier Ant goes for the Trench Slam. Worker Ant escapes and bicycle kicks Soldier Ant. He takes him down in a cradle for the pin at 8:16. This is the first fall Soldier Ant has taken since returning to the roster. Aside from that little nugget, there was nothing much to sink your teeth into. The Worker Ant/Soldier Ant saluting bit isn’t as effective as when Fire Ant or Silver Ant would do it, but I appreciate the continuation of that story nonetheless. **

Hammermeier berates Soldier Ant after the match. Worker Ant tells Hammermeier to back off. When it looks like Worker Ant might be getting to him, Soldier Ant attacks Worker Ant’s knee. Hammermeier takes out Amasis with a Gute Nacht. He then berates Worker Ant as Soldier Ant continues his assault. Amasis lay on top of Worker Ant to stop them as multiple referees tell the BDK to scram. The scene fades out with the referee’s assisting Worker Ant.

Shynron vs. Mark Angelosetti {T}

Shynron is able to flip out of a suplex attempt. He pops right up from Angelosetti’s running shoulder block. The Leaning Tower of Shynron takes Angelosetti off of his feet. Shynron then comes in with a twisting senton. On the floor he uses the ropes and apron for a tiger feint kick, then hits a tumbleweed senton off the post. In the ring, Angelosetti pops Shynron to the middle rope and dropkicks him to the apron. He power lifts Shynron up from the apron into a second rope superplex for two. He slams Shynron and lands consecutive splashes. He strikes the Tebow pose before scraping his boot across Shynron’s face. Shynron gets in a few strikes to the mid-section, but is cut off with a couple of backbreakers from Shynron. He calls for a third but Shynron counters mid-air with a headscissors. However, as Shynron comes off the ropes, Angelosetti catches him with another backbreaker for two. He drives his elbow into the small of Shynron’s back for two. Angelosetti lands a couple of shoulder tackles in the corner. Shynron blocks one with a boot. Angelosetti catches Shynron coming off the middle rope, but Shynron takes back control and drops Angelosetti with a tornado DDT. Angelosetti is able to send Shynron to the apron, but Shynron comes back with a slingshot neckbreaker. Shynron hops over Angelosetti and drops him with a back handspring Ace Crusher. Angelosetti kicks out. Some palm strikes take Angelosetti to the corner. Shynron goes to follow in. Angelosetti cuts him off with a big spinebuster. The Overbomb gets Angelosetti a two count. Shynron leapfrogs an oncoming Angelosetti. He hits a Pele kick and standing Spanish Fly. Angelosetti gets his knees up to block a standing shooting star press, earning a two count.Angelosetti tries for another superplex. Shynron slips out. He takes down Angelosetti with a tiger feint kick off of the second rope. Shynron hits the Spirit Bomb for the pin at 9:13. This was a fun, spirited match, with a simple dynamic of speed vs. power. Shynron could freshen up his offense somewhat, as at this point most fans are familiar with his rapport, and more so than other wrestlers it feels like there is a lot of similarity from match to match with him. I might just be nitpicking, though. ***

Hallowicked says UltraMantis Black has raised the Arcane Horde as a mockery of Nazmaldun, who instructed Mantis to not get in his way. Hallowicked claims that Mantis’ injury was punishment, and now that he is unfit for combat, he is no longer in their path. Everything the Nightmare Warriors do in public or private is to ready for Nazmaldun’s awakening. The Nightmare Warriors seeth for the day of his arrival and says it’s time for the tribulation to begin.

Challenge of the Immortals
Oleg the Usurper, Obariyon {B} & Kodama {B} vs. Hallowicked, Frightmare & Blind Rage

Oleg’s team represents the Arcane Horde while Hallowicked’s team represents the Nightmare Warriors. The Warriors grab Oleg from the floor and begin pummeling him. The Batiri save him with stereo suicide dives. Kodama and Frightmare make it into the ring as the others break up their brawl. Kodama comes off the second rope with a back elbow. He comes in from the apron with a quesadora armdrag and dropkick. Obariyon puts Hallowicked in an Octopus hold. Frightmare comes off the second turnbuckle with a dropkick to break it. He chokes Obariyon on the middle rope. Rage and Hallowicked help pummel Obariyon in their corner. Frightmare missing Kneecolepsy allows Kodama to tag in. He dropkicks Hallowicked and Rage off the apron. He gives Frightmare a flurry of kicks, slams his face into the mat, then drops him with a neckbreaker. Hallowicked muscles Kodama up into Go 2 Sleepy Hollow.The Warriors now isolate Kodama in their corner. Kodama kicks out of a tandem Go 2 Sleepy Hollow from Frightmare and Hallowicked and drops Frightmare with a spring back Ace Crusher. Oleg tags in. He nails Rage and Hallowicked with Usurper kicks. He picks up speed off the ropes and splashes Rage in the corner. Hallowicked sees the splash coming and nails Oleg with a yakuza kick. Oleg eats a yakuza kick/step-up enzuigiri combo. Rage takes him over in a Northern Lights suplex for two. Kodama Jon Woo dropkicks Rage. Obariyon high crossbody’s onto Frightmare and Hallowicked. Rage eats a pair of kicks in the corner from the Batiri. Hallowicked sends Kodama shoulder first into the ring post. Obariyon takes the Headless Horsemen but manages to kick out. Oleg double chokeslams Rage and Hallowicked. He blocks Frightmare’s yakuza kick. He swings Frightmare into a Flying DDT from Obariyon. Oleg splashes Frightmare against the ropes. Redrum from the Batiri puts away Frightmare at 12:12. This was heated, with the action never slowing and a hot crowd to keep the flow. I really like how Oleg and the Batiri work together, and obviously these two trios are fantastic foes. A fun way to end the show proper. ***¼

Encore Match
Ophidian {OP} vs. Mr. Azerbaijan {BP}

Azerbaijan kicks Ophidian as he comes into the ring. He gives Ophidian two release vertical suplexes. Ophidian headstands in the corner. He rolls back out of it and strings a bicycle kick and enzuigiri together. He nails a lionsault for two. Azerbaijan drops him out of a side suplex position. He hits the ropes, only to pin Ophidian for two without another offensive maneuver. On the floor, Azerbaijan exposes a section of the floor, but then slams Ophidian onto the doubled up floor pads. Ophidian gets to the apron, where he shoulder blocks Azerbaijan. He comes back in, back elbowing Azerbaijan against the ropes and delivering a spin kick. He drives his knees into Azerbaijan’s chest twice in the corner. Ophidian comes off the top with double knees for the pin at 3:53. Azerbaijan’s antics are what made this otherwise simple contest. *

Challenge of the Immortals Leaderboard
Dasher’s Dugout: 10 Points
The Wrecking Crew: 8 Points
Crown & Court: 7 Points
The Arcane Horde: 7 Points
The United Nations: 6 Points
The Nightmare Warriors: 6 Points
The BDK: 6 Points
Battle Hive: 6 Points
The Snake Pit: 5 Points
The Gentleman’s Club: 5 Points

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