Archive for July, 2012

1. Mike Bailey vs. Mathieu St. Jacques

Two local wrestler from the C*4 clash off in a very good opener.  I wouldn’t mind seeing these two again in Chikara in the near future.
Grade: C

 

2. Jigsaw vs. “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti

Mr. Touchdown has be causing waves over Chikara lately and with him facing veteran Jigsaw, was no exception. Good football references during the match. Touchdown has earned his spot on the roster and Jigsaw still IMO is underrated and doesn’t get the appreciation he deserves. Archibal Peck’s valet Veronica came out to check out Angelosetti. This definitely brings me back the memories of high school with cheerleaders dating the football jocks.
Grade: B- 

 

3. Sara Del Rey vs. Leah Von Dutch

1 word – Squash
Grade: DUD

 

4. Dasher Hatfield vs. Ophidian

One of my favorite characters Hatfield gets the red hot Ophidian in a easy to sit through match. Hatfield is a tremendous entertainer and his performance didn’t do him justice. Ophidian is getting a bigger star in each show and that’s a great thing as he really is getting the fans to hate him with a passion.
Grade: B-

 

5. El Generico & 3.0 vs. The Batiri

 Canada’s own 3.0le! is always a fun team to see in action as they provide a great overall variety. This match was no exception as they totally gave out a stellar performance. The Batiri is always despised and made their heel roles get noticed. I love seeing these two trios in matches.
Grade: B 

 

6. Spectral Envoy vs. GEKIDO (17 & The Shard)

This match was more focused on storyline than actual wrestling. To just name a few guys – Tim Donst, Delirious & Ophidian. Very unique combination gunning the SE.
Grade: C

 

7. Archibald Peck vs. Chuck Taylor

My thoughts are short and sweet….COMEDY CENTRAL
Grade: C (Entertainment Value is a solid A+)

 

8. The Colony vs. GEKIDO (assailANT, combatANT & deviANT)

As Soldier Ant would say it, LET’S GO TO WAR!!!!!!!! Honestly, it was a bit of a wreck as this only their first meeting in full force. It’s very interesting to see where this may lead up to in the year.
Grade: C

 

9. Grand Championship
Eddie Kingston (c) vs. Brodie Lee

Chikara’s heavyweights clash off in a demolition derby. Hard hitting contest with lots of crowd twitches due to the force of each blow they landed on each other. These are two big men that can work a hell of a match while maintaining the big man element intact.
Grade: A-

In conclusion, this is by far the best card of the year by Chikara. A great mix of matches that leave the audience in satisfaction. Great move by Chikara on doing a small crusade in Canada that will definitely open more doors for the promotion in the near future.

Verdict: 8.5/10

 

 

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1. Sara Del Ray vs. Kobald

Awkward Pairing. Awkward Match. Awkward Everything
Grade: F+ 

 

2. Brent Banks, Alex Vega & Scotty O’Shea vs. Marcus Marquez, Josh Alexander & Sebastian Suave

First time watching these 6 athletes and I gotta say that I was impressed. At one point it was a total scramble that you didn’t know who to pay attention to. But for the most part it was a fun 6 man tag that could have delivered more offense by both parties.
Grade: C

 

3. Fire Ant vs. Brodie Lee

Chikara’s Big Man vs. Chikara’s Hottest Commodity in a fun 7 minute match that had Brodie tossing Fire Ant all over the squared circle.  Brodie is the kind of big man that actually can do anything in the ring and can get oohs and aahs from the crowd.
Grade: C+

 

4. Dasher Hatfield w/ Mr Touchdown Mark Angelosetti vs. Archibald Peck

 There’s some bad blood from last year’s Chikarasaurus Rex. Two of my favorite characters clash in a very exciting and comedic match.  This is good stuff right here. If WWE really wants to be PG that much then I suggest they take a look at these guys perform. This match is storytelling cause Veronica comes out to check on the match in what is hinting to a Veronica/Archie/Mr. Touchdown storyline in the progress.
Grade: B-

 

5. Spectral Envoy vs. The Colony vs. The Batiri vs. GEKIDO (combatANT & deviANT)

Originally it was supposed to be the Ice Creams but Gekido took their place in the match. Gekido is a new group of what seems to be bizarro clones of Quack, Jigsaw and the Colony. It was a complete war from all over. Gekido and Colony really took it to the limits, to the point where there were attempts of unmasking by both parties. Envoy & Batiri have a history and didn’t let bygones be bygones. Eventually all 8 brawl with one another to a complete mess.
Grade: B- 

 

6. El Generico vs. Tim Donst

Two great performers that I expected a lot from and didn’t get much in return. I don’t know what happened with them, I couldn’t get into it like I wanted to. I’m not sure if it was indie kingpin El Generico had a bad day or top rudo Tim Donst got laid right before the match.
Grade: C+

 

7. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. GEKIDO (17 & Shard)

Chikara originals against their bizarro clones. The story of this feud is was the main focus of the whole match. The actual wrestling was pretty basic.
Grade: C

 

8. Eddie Kingston vs. Ophidian

Ophidian who has been on a huge mean streak for a few months now has the opportunity to exceed all expectations against the Grand Champion. What can I say, Ophidian just grows into me in each match and this one was even more convincing of my feelings. His new style of offense based on the throat is very unique in my eyes, perhaps the closest thing I’ve seen of this is the legendary Wild Samoans game plan. The match was pretty average but Kingston sold the moves like a total Boss.
Grade: C+

 

9. Campeonatos de Parejas
F.I.S.T. (c) vs. 3.0 

Canada’s own 3.0 challenge the dominant team of Chuck Taylor & Icarus (replacing an injured Johnny Gargano) in wild and crazy match. Very good chemistry with these four men. FIST who are hated everywhere made sure all the moral support goes to country natives. My hat goes to all four men.
Grade: B

In conclusion, the show was quite good. With the exception of the opener, it was easy to sit throughout the whole card. The consistency of Chikara shows are gaining them a bigger amount of fan base in each upcoming show.

Verdict: 8/10

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1. Francis Kipland Stevens vs. Kobald

Stevens, local wrestler, is a crowd favorite and played the underdog babyface well against the despized Kobald. Stevens goggles played a good part in the match. Fun Opener.
Grade: C 

2. 3.0 vs. The Throwbacks

The match itself on paper looks like a win. The match itself was a win. Good wrestling with top notch comedy makes an excitingly fun match.
Grade: C

3. Archibald Peck vs. Ophidian

Peck, who is a rudo is the de-facto babyface against the now hated Ophidian. Fun match to say the least, the crowd ate it up like it was meatball sub. Ophidian making another rudo get cheered says a lot for his new role. Both Archie and Ophidian are improving with each match which gives kudos to them and Chikara for selecting the right people.
Grade: C

4. Gran Akuma vs. Chuck Taylor

Former comrades face in Akuma’s first match trial. The match was hard hitting and explosive but could have gotten more time to extract the amazing talent these two provide. That is my only complaint.
Grade: C+

5. Sara Del Rey vs. Saturyne

Wow! I never expected to see these two clash already. Saturyne has a lot of potential and did use it on this one. She looked better than a lot of Chikara wrestlers with years of experience. Del Rey as the veteran was just phenomenal and did her job on rubbing some of her magic to Saturyne.
Grade: B+

 

6. Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw and the Colony vs. BDK & The Batiri

If you ever seen Dragon Gate and witnessed the occasional double and triple team maneuvers, well this had lots of em. The rudo stallions gave the tecnico veterans a run for their money. This is by far the best performance I’ve seen done by a rudo team because it was clean all the way. The ending was very shocking to say the least and it looks like the main storyline in Chikara has made it’s debut.
Grade: A- 

 

7. Title vs. Career
Eddie Kingston (c) vs. Vin Gerard

Gerard and Kingston brawled all over the arena as these two hate each other with a passion. Considering the talent and ability these two have, I was quite disappointed with this match. Gerard was always a hit and miss with me. He once was the top performer in Chikara and that said something. He gets momentum and falls down to the gutter all the time. I hate to spoil but the outcome of this match was very obvious. Gerard should re-focus himself and come back more prepared in the future.
Grade: C 

In conclusion. this show was solid all the way through. IMO it surpassed the previous show by a little step. The what appears to be the inception of the main Chikara storyline, it’s safe to say that the next show is a definite must watch.

Verdict: 8/10

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1. Green Ant vs. Ophidian

This match is what Ophidian needed to make his mark on the Chikara food chain. A good solid match that in half the time it provided a lot more meaning and excitement than his match a month earlier. Very good offense by both men and Ophidian is serious threat on that roster.
Grade: B-

 

2. Saturyne vs. El Hijo del Ice Cream

Saturyne is exposed to the Chikara against one of my favorite characters in Chikara. Lots of comedy and athleticism provided in this match. Saturyne clearly has a long way to go but is on the right path to becoming a great performer. She has a lot of spunk and athleticism that you can say it’s a satirical version of WWE’s AJ. Hijo as a true rudo does the classic rule breaking tactics and entertaining the crowd with his evil heart.
Grade:C 

 

3. The Colony (Fire Ant & Solder Ant) vs. The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield & “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti)

Mr. Touchdowns debut in Chikara is against seasoned veterans the Colony. The Throwbacks gimmick really is something special considering the cheesiness. I just crack up with their antics and by having a football guy in there it just keeps progressing more and more. Mr Touchdown for the most part is an aggressive wrestler who tributes football with slams and strikes. The guy looks like he’s gonna be a mad heel in the future with great potential. Colony & Dasher sold him like a million bucks. Great stuff here.
Grade: C+

 

4. Jigsaw vs. Brodie Lee

A very solid performance by both competitors who went right at it between ring bells. Jigsaw has been giving a lot of solid performances lately and it looks like people ignore his progress and talent. Brodie as always is just aggressive and menacing with a quite a mean streak.
Grade: B-

 

5. Colt Cabana vs. Kobald

The antics Kobald and Cabana usually bring out in their matches mixed well in this performance but it is clear that Kobald has a long way to go if he wants to be considered a top performer. Entertainment wise, good; Match wise, not so good.
Grade: C- 

 

6. Eddie Kingston, Greg Iron & 3.0 vs. BDK & The Batiri

Three letter word – WAR
Grade: B

 

7. Sara del Rey vs. Archibald Peck

This match was OK but it went to long to prove the point. Del Ray is an elite wrestler on a worldwide basis and should know better when a match drags too long. On the flipside, Archie’s shenanigans are pure gold and didn’t make the match suffer.
Grade: C

 

8. Campeonato de Parejas
Spectral Envoy (Ultramantis Black & Hallowicked) vs. F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano) (C)

One of the main focal points in Chikara is it’s tag team division this match didn’t do justice. Gargano and Taylor were simply made for each other. Their chemistry is similar to the likes of the Young Bucks or Steenerico. Mantis and Wicked were on fire from the beginning and were determined to win the gold. Very solid performance by these four men.
Grade: B

In conclusion, this show felt like a season premiere with storylines and great mix of matches. They truly made up for the lackluster show from the previous month. Wrestlers I recommend looking out for in the upcoming shows are Ophidian, Sara Del Ray, Tim Donst and the Batiri. They looked great tonight and are giving a whole lot out there to please the crowd.

Verdict: 7.75/10

Let’s do Chikara this time around. I’m just gonna go straight forward with this year and eventually review past shows as there is A LOT of shows in the promotion’s ten year history.

1. Mike Quackenbush vs. Green Ant

Teacher Quack vs. Pupil Green Ant in their third one on one encounter in Chikara history. This is grapple fest from start to finish with great chemistry from both men. If you’e a fan of submission wrestler and grappling arsenals then this match is a perfect fit for your taste. Green Ant showed his growth as an individual performer in this match and it’s one of the young stallions everyone should follow from this point forward. Quack really does a good job in polishing his students to become responsible and effective performers.
Grade: B

 

2. Jigsaw vs. Kobald

Kobald of the Batiri clashing with Chikara Original, Jigsaw, in a very decent match. Kobald has been showing signs of wrestling improvement and better characterization in each match which is great as he fits the mold of the Batiri. Jigsaw is always a stellar performer with great athleticism that captures the audience in awes. This match isn’t bad because they did a good job but on the flipside there’s nothing memorable of this match to talk about in the future.
Grade:C 

 

3. Gran Akuma vs. Icarus

Gran Akuma makes his return to Chikara after a 16 month absence to face his former friend Icarus in the first of many matches of his trial to enter the Chikara roster once again. The hype is self explanatory, reality of things is that  the payoff didn’t occur and it’s understandable since it the first match and obviously this isn’t over by a long shot. Eventually we’ll get the big blow off but for now it’s a small taste for what’s gonna happen.
Grade:DUD

 

4. 3.0 vs. BDK

Scott Parker and Shane Matthews once again face the team of Tim Donst and Jakob Hammermeier. Donst was shown a more aggressive side that I think it’s one that should be taken for face value as a Chikara Grand Champion contender. For the most part the match was not bad but the focal point was tension between Donst and Jakob. This could simmer to an eventual break up in the future but for now looks like it’s taking baby steps.
Grade:C- 

 

5. Hallowicked vs. Archibald Peck

Archie has been a great entertainer for Chikara in 2011 and is quite on a losing streak and things get rough when he faces Chikara Original, Hallowicked. Archie is as funny as usual giving top notch comedy as he’s scared to death of Wicked. He gave good offense and surprised everyone proving that he can play with big dogs. Wicked was just perfect for this match and showing his character in all it’s glory.
Grade: C+

 

6. Ophidian vs. Hieracon

Ophidian coming off from his betrayal to long time partner Amasis thus far ending the Osirian Portal takes on high flyer Hieracon, the other member of the Portal. To be completely honest this match was way too long for what is expected to happen which it did. Ophidian had to be a killer in this match don’t get me wrong he did, but why did it take 20 minutes to do so? There’s an ending to every story in Chikara and this one just began so it was a total waste of time givin emphasis on this match when other could have gotten more time and effectively deliver more than they did.
Grade:D+

 

7. The Colony (Fire Ant & Soldier Ant) vs. The Batiri (Obariyon & Kodama)

Average Match in it’s glory. When I mean by that is the typical babyface initial dominance followed by a long heel devastation to end up in babyface hot tag. To be very honest, this was just a WWE type tag match. Not something I would be proud of considering the amount of talent these four men have.
Grade: D+

In conclusion, this whole card started very good but hit a downward spiral almost immediately. The the majority of matches simply were simply not watchable for the most part and the crowd itself didn’t help on giving moral support, however, I would have done the same. After ending 2011 in a great fashion, they started off in the gutter this time; Although, Chikara is always like this in year openers. The absence of Grand Champion Eddie Kingston and Sara del Rey really affected them in this card. On the flipside, this is just the first show of the year for Chikara and they always make up for their lackluster shows.

Verdict: 5.75/10