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10/7 CHIKARA results Gibsonville, N.C.: 10-man tag main event, Bravados vs. Throwbacks, plus review of live show experience

Oct 7, 2012 - 11:57:51 PM
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Chikara "Zodiac Crimes" show results
October 7, 2012
Gibsonville, N.C.
Report by Chris Davidson, PWTorch correspondent

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The arena was at capacity, and it looked to be about 150-200 people in attendance. The crowd was hot the entire night. We were informed Frightmare was injured, so the card was going to be modified from what was promoted. They also mentioned that there would not be an intermission, which excited the crowd.

(1) The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield & Mr. Touchdown w/Veronica) beat The Bravado Brothers (Harlem & Lancelot) by pinfall when Dasher pinned Harlem. This was a really fun match, in which one of the Bravados blew an air-horn to signify a halftime. Veronica did a cheer for Mr. Touchdown and was booed out of the ring so Harlem could perform a cheer to a loud ovation. After the halftime "show," they started the match with a Harlem Globetrotters inspired two-on-two football scrimmage, including a fumble and plenty of holding. For the pinfall, Veronica distracted the ref when Harlem had Dasher pinned, and Mr. Touchdown threw a football right at Harlem, knocking him over so Dasher could roll him up for the win. The crowd was hot for the match and ate up all the antics from both teams. The Bravados are from North Carolina, so the only boos were directed at Touchdown and Veronica. Great opener.

(2) Ophidian beat Gran Akuma by pinfall. This was a good comedown match and had some quick action Ophidian is known for.

(3) Saturyne beat Amber O'Neal by submission. This wasn't great. Saturyne has potential, but she didn't mesh well with Amber O'Neal. Not to knock O'Neal, but she was pretty obvious when calling out moves. I think the whole crowd heard her call for an X Factor, and heckled her for it.

(4) The Mysterious and Handsome Stranger beat Walter Eaton by pinfall in an open challenge. This was kind of a let down, as many people were hoping for a big North Carolina wrestler to come out, but it was essentially a local jobber. Nonetheless, The Stranger entertained and his skinny-masked-Dusty Rhodes gimmick is hilarious and must see. After the match, they were tightening the ring ropes and had a (seemingly) impromptu interview with The Stranger. He said Air Stranger was taking off but he thinks it's about ready to "Touchdown," which sets up something with Mr. Touchdown, perhaps to avenge Archibald Peck's banishment from Chikara.

(5) Tim Donst & Jakob Hammermeier beat Soldier Ant & deviANT by submission. Donst made Soldier submit. The match wasn't bad, but the focus was on both teams fighting against each other. Afterwards, Donst beat up on Hammermeier.

(6) assailANT beat Sugar Dunkerton by pinfall. Basic heel victory. Decent match.

After this, Gavin Loudspeaker announced that no one had bought a raffle ticket, so they were going to have an impromptu Raffle-Mania. This segment lasted about 15 minutes, and near the end, Loudspeaker and senior official Bryce Remsburg were trying to squash the popular consensus that this was indeed an intermission. It technically wasn't, but it served a good time to check out merchandise and cool down from the somewhat stuffy arena. Afterwards, Gavin introduced the main event: a five on five tag match.

(7) Ultramantis Black & Hallowicked & Mike Quackenbush & Green Ant & Fire Ant beat Icarus & Chuck Taylor & Obariyon & Kodama & The Shard by pinfall when Ultramantis pinned Icarus. This match was insane. There were tons of athletic spots, group spots involving between six and all ten men, making fun of Icarus's disturbingly horrible back tattoo, and quick, hard-hitting action. Ultramantis was only able to get the pin after three of his teammates took out three members of the other team on the floor, falling into the crowd. There weren't any guardrails, so they were right in the middle of the fans, almost injuring a mother sitting two seats from me. Nonetheless, the match was incredibly fun to watch, and all the men put on a great show.

After the show, they had a meet and greet with almost all of the babyfaces in the lobby. Everybody was extremely nice and seemed genuinely happy to meet fans. My wife commented that it was the most relaxed and friendly meet and greet we've ever been to (we've also been to TNA and ROH meet and greets, which were more structured and rushed).

Overall, the first and last matches were supremely entertaining, and the crowd was hot the entire night. It was my first Chikara event, but I will definitely go next time they are anywhere near me and I would recommend checking out a live show if you get a chance.


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