Left Behind

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Philadelphia, PA – 2.4.2017 (Air Date; Film Date Unknown)

Championship Rundown
Grand Champion: Hallowicked
Campeones de Parejas: Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate)
Young Lions Cup Champion: ThunderFrog

Commentary is provided by Mike Quackenbush.

N_R_G are talking backstage. They have different reasons for why they lost in Chicago. Hype Rockwell feels like Race Jaxon abandoned him, but Race says he only left because Hype hit him in the face. Hype also feels if Race could just “be where he needs to be” during their matches, they can become Campeones once more. Race says it’s not a one way street; Hype also needs to promise to not hit Race in the face anymore. Although Hype doesn’t feel in the wrong, he agrees to not hit Race, and the two of them shake hands, trepidation palpable.

Ophidian is outside in Philadelphia. He is talking to someone we can’t see, or possibly talking to himself or someone in spirit. He recalls hearing the song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott-Heron on a road trip in Pittsburgh and how it changed the mindset of himself and whomever he’s speaking to. Although they occasionally had their differences, Ophidian never expected his partner to be a casualty of war. He wants his partner to know that none of what happened was their fault.

Officer Warren Barksdale vs. Hermit Crab

Cajun Crawdad is in Crab’s corner. Crab shoves Barksdale’s away twice after ducking a collar and elbow tie-up. Barksdale takes Crab down in a waistlock, transitioning into a front facelock and then a fireman’s carry. Barksdale gets multiple two counts with different pinning combinations. He shoulder blocks Crab in the corner before whipping him across the ring. He gets two with a running lariat. He pats down Crab on the mat before rolling him into a double chickenwing pin. Barksdale slams him and hits the ropes. Crawdad interrupts his momentum by grabbing his foot. Crab press slams Barksdale for two. He gives Barksdale a spinebuster for another two count. Crab’s Naniwa elbow doesn’t get the job done either. Barksdale looks for Hard Time (formerly Obey The Law) but Crawdad intercepts. Crab goes for the Flat Crab but Barksdale resists. He hoists up Crab for Hard Time. Crawdad enters and jabs Barksdale in the throat with a foreign object, causing the DQ at 6:12. Barksdale has found himself beaten down by two teams in the past few months, so the obvious solution is for him to find a partner. I said during their first encounter at the 3rd Hour of Power that both are ready to move into more substantial offerings, and it looks as if they’re headed in that direction. **

Crab locks Barksdale in his Flat Crab submission after the bell. Crawdad uses Barksdale’s own handcuffs on him. Crab releases the hold and the crustaceans celebrate their dirty deed.

Kobald is backstage in half green/half red attire. Kobald says the curse has been lifted. He talks to himself in distress, stating he can do whatever he wants, but isn’t sure where to go or who would take him.

Kobald {B} vs. Hiptoss Hank

Despite his appearance in the pre-match promo, Kobald is all decked out in red for this match, like he was at “Orientation.” Kobald dropkicks Hank. He pummels Hank in the corner. He whips him into the opposite corner and follows in with two spears. Kobald asks “who am I?” as he hip attacks Hank. Hank throws some forearms as he gets to his feet. Kobald blocks a hiptoss and heel trips Hank into the mat. Kobald nails a flying clothesline and running shoulder tackle. The Demon’s Toilet gets Kobald the win at 1:53. This was all to show us that Kobald is conflicted as to what to do, which we already surmised from the pre-match promo.

Fire Ant {C} vs. Razerhawk {X2K}

This is the debut of Razerhawk, the third member of the Xyberhawx 2000 unit. Fire Ant trips Razerhawk into a leg lock. Razerhawk turns over and wristdrags Fire Ant across the ring. Fire Ant uses a courting hold to bring Razerhawk into a seatbelt pin attempt. Razerhawk takes a Lucha exchange with an armdrag. He bodyscissors Fire Ant into a prawn hold for a very close nearfall. Fire Ant comes back with a flying forearm. Fire Ant takes him over with a fireman’s carry for two. He puts on a Royal Octopus but has some trouble given Razerhawk’s relatively small stature. He wiggles his way free and kicks Fire Ant in the stomach. He double underhooks Fire Ant’s arms. Fire Ant carries Razerhawk to the ropes, but Razerhawk converts into a sunset flip for two. Fire Ant cracks him with a standing enzuigiri for two. He places Razerhawk on the top turnbuckle. Razerhawk shoves Fire Ant away and poses. Fire Ant approaches him with hesitancy. Razerhawk fights off Fire Ant a second time. He baits Fire Ant into a clothesline. He back handsprings into a hip attack. Razerhawk ascends the ropes but is cut off with a flying forearm and enzuigiri from Fire Ant. He brings Razerhawk down with a superplex. The Yahtzee Kick and Beach Break gives Fire Ant the pin at 7:02. Impressive debut from Razerhawk, who held his own with the man who trained him, but still could not defeat him. I think some of the momentum halted when Razerhawk spent a long time on the top rope, but despite that I thought this was an excellent match to showcase Razerhawk’s talent. **¾

We’re back at the same barbershop we saw in “Orientation” where Princess KimberLee was. This time, Sonny Defarge wants a new look for when he and Cornelius Crummels accomplish their crowning achievement. He leaves his bowler hat on, telling the unseen barber that it’s his facial hair he wants cleaned up.

Princess KimberLee, El Hijo del Ice Cream {IC} & Ice Cream Jr. {IC} vs. Solo Darling, Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo

Darling kicks KimberLee in the head multiple times from different positions. She steps on KimberLee’s back before giving her a senton splash across the back. KimberLee retreats and Vox tags in to face Jr. Vox and Jr. trade wristlocks. Hijo comes in to put Vox in an overhead wristlock on her free arm. Vox uses the ropes to back flip out and armdrag both Ice Creams. She high crossbody’s onto and dropkicks Hijo for two. Vox and Exo double suplex Hijo. Exo boots Hijo as Hijo tries to attack her in the corner. She comes out with a swinging headscissors and a facebuster for two. Darling comes in. Hijo shoves her into Exo. He chops both women and calls for his brother. Los Ice Creams swing Exo into Darling. They stop Vox as she enters the ring and feed her to KimberLee for a powerbomb. Vox is worn down in the Crown & Court corner Hijo foolishly pitches her to the floor. Hijo stops Darling’s charge with a boot and throws her down by her hair. Darling takes her licks from Crown & Court until once more Hijo throws her outside. Exo also finds herself cut off by Hijo, this time with a two scoop slam. Exo uses the ropes for a tornado DDT. Darling gets a sugar rush from her beverage and tags in. She dizzies Hijo with strikes before giving him a slam. She armdrags Jr. as he enters the ring, dropkicking Hijo when doing so. She spears Hijo after hip attacking Jr. to the floor. Vox enters and takes the Cold Stone Stunner from Hijo. They try swinging Exo to KimberLee, but Exo cuts off the powerbomb with a Frankensteiner. Exo and Darling dispose of Los Ice Creams. KimberLee German suplexes all of her opponents one after another over and over again. KimberLee is distracted by a masked man in the aisleway. Darling uses this distraction pins KimberLee in a Mexican rolling pin at 15:52. This was good wrestling with not much cohesion or direction, which has always been an issue with Los Ice Creams trios matches. Given that the story is being purposefully told out of order, I don’t mind telling you that the masked man is The Whisper, and I am interested to learn why he cost KimberLee this match. **¼

Referee Travis formally introduces himself as Travis Huckabee. As of today, he is now a wrestler.

Travis Huckabee vs. Nytehawk {X2K}

Huckabee rolls his way out of Nytehawk’s wristlock. He brings Nytehawk down to the mat, locking one his arms around his left leg and twisting up his right arm in a Breaks’ Special. Nytehawk kicks Huckabee in the shoulder. Huckabee headstands his way into a crucifix pin on Nytehawk for two. Huckabee dropkicks Nytehawk to the ropes after a headbutt to the chest and an uppercut. Nytehawk kicks at his legs before hitting a spinwheel kick for two. Nytehawk hits three first drops in succession for two. They exchange overhand chops. Nytehawk takes Huckabee down with a running knee to the face. After a Samoan Drop, Nytehawk jumps to the top rope and hits the Moon Landing for two. Huckabee fights his way out of a cravate. He knocks down Nytehawk with a back elbow, dropkick, and Polish Hammer for two. He pulls up Nytehawk into a bridging butterfly suplex for two. Huckabee drills Nytehawk with a piledriver. He pulls Nytehawk away from the ropes and into the Sugar Stretch. Nytehawk taps out at 5:19. I was very impressed with what I saw out of both competitors, especially Huckabee, who has excellent technical wrestling prowess. He reminds me a lot of Tyler Bate in his style and comes into his wrestling career at an advantage since the audience is already familiar with him. Nytehawk had some really strong offense and served as an excellent foil. I didn’t know what to expect from this match but left pleasantly surprised. **¾

Race Jaxon {NRG} & Hype Rockwell {NRG} vs. Sonny Defarge & Cornelius Crummels

Jaxon takes the opening exchange with Crummels, taking him over with a Northern Lights suplex before getting a nearfall in a Magistral cradle. Crummels chops Jaxon as he holds onto his wrist. Jaxon escapes and delivers a dropkick. Crummels sends Jaxon to the apron, but Jaxon comes off the top with a crossbody. Rockwell and Defarge tag in. Rockwell holds control with some armdrags and a running shoulder block. He backdrops Crummels and tags in Jaxon. N_R_G double team Crummels in the corner. They try the same offense on Defarge, but Rockwell ends up kicking Jaxon in the face! Defarge small packages Jaxon for two. Jaxon knocks down Defarge with a rolling forearm, then bails on Rockwell. Rockwell beckons for him to come back, but Crummels sneaks in from behind with a dropkick and DDT. Crummels and Defarge take control with ease as they’re able to make frequent tags and use tandem offense and Rockwell is on his own. Rockwell is able to block their super monkey flip and send Crummels crashing down onto Defarge. Defarge still has his bearings to halt Rockwell’s pin on Crummels. Rockwell throws them both outside and chops Defarge around the area ringside, ending up one stage of the entrance ramp. Jaxon meanwhile re-appears atop the entrance way and shoves pieces of the entrance set onto Rockwell! Rockwell is knocked out cold. Jaxon looks pleased with himself. Crummels and Defarge get back into the ring, and of course, Rockwell is counted out at 8:32, giving Crummels and Defarge their third point. Jaxon looks on as Rockwell is attended to by CHIKARA staff. This was a good way to kill two birds with one stone: split N_R_G for good (long time coming) and give Crummels and Defarge the Campeones de Parejas title opportunity that Dez Peloton has cost them twice. The match itself was nothing special, but that finish will be an iconic CHIKARA moment. *½

In the post-credits scene, we see that Ophidian was talking to Amasis’ mask in the earlier video. Ophidian says it took him awhile to find the right place to put Amasis’ soul to rest. He vows to stand in the path of Hallowicked and not let him take over. He then tosses Amasis mask in the fire at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier statue in Washington Square Park in Philadelphia.

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