Arena Reports SHOW RESULTS - 12/2 Chikara Season Finale in Philadelphia, Pa.: Kingston defends top title, 1-2-3 Kid & Jannetty, Homecoming Dance leads to big reveal
Dec 2, 2012 - 11:59:00 PM
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Chikara Under the Hood results
Season 11 Finale iPPV Report
December 2, 2012
Report by Chris Davidson, PWTorch correspondent
The iPPV opened with Gavin Loudspeaker hyping the crowd, followed by a very slick video package. Chikara always has great video work, and this opening was no exception, showing different moments throughout the year in Chikara as they prepared for the season finale.
(1) 3.0 (Scott Parker & Shane Matthews) beat F.I.S.T. (Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor) to earn a Tag Title shot next year. Good opening match that benefitted from a very hot crowd. Both teams got in some good offense, especially Gargano and Taylor, who never disappoint. The commentary focused on the history between the teams, as well as the current tag champs, the Young Bucks, and that helped tell the story that both teams really wanted to get a shot at the tag titles.
(2) Icarus (w/Sugar Dunkerton) beat Dasher Hatfield. Icarus started action before the bell rang. Icarus’s jacket came off quickly revealing his terrible tattoo while they did battle on the floor. Early on, Sugar protected Dasher from running into the ringpost (Sugar has been forced to be in F.I.S.T. with Icarus although he is still supportive of Dasher, his former Throwback teammate). Dasher dominated the majority of the match, until he missed a baseball slide outside the ring and Icarus hit him with a nasty Blu-Ray Death Valley Driver into the guardrail/floor. Icarus dragged Dasher’s unconscious body into the ring for a pin, but Sugar put Dasher’s leg on the rope. Dasher kicked out of another pin, and Icarus triped to throw powder in Dasher’s face, but hit the referee. Dasher hit the Suicide Squeeze, but the ref was out. While Dasher checked on the ref Icarus tried to hit Dasher with a fanny pack, but Sugar jumped in the ring to stop him, and was pushed into Dasher, knocking him down and letting Icarus hit his finisher for the win. After the match, Sugar tried to check on Dasher but Icarus blocked him for a hug and then dragged him out of the ring while Dasher came to.
Next, a video aired promoting the eight-man “Roster Divided Against Itself” match later involving Mike Quackenbush, Fire Ant, Green Ant, and assailANT vs. Jigsaw, the Shard, Soldier Ant, and deviANT, which was next.
(3) Jigsaw & The Shard & Soldier Ant & deviANT beat Mike Quackenbush & Fire Ant & Green Ant & assailANT by pinfall. The match started off slow, as members of both teams were previously affiliated with each other. The action was typical of a Chikara tag match, with plenty of quick tags, some comedy, and quick action. The action was solid, but not too spectacular, and was used to further a bunch of storylines involving the Colony, the Swarm, and Jigsaw turning on Quackenbush at the previous Chikara show. Jigsaw dominated much of the action, taking on Fire Ant and even getting physical with his own teammates when they weren’t being effective...
Jigsaw hit the Brainbuster on Fire Ant and went for the pin, but pulled Fire Ant up at two. Jigsaw went for another Brainbuster, but Fire Ant hit an impressively acrobatic counter before getting the hot tag. After clearing the ring (multiple people ran in, of course) Fire Ant and Green Ant called for the three-man dropkick, and allowed assailANT to join them, upsetting Soldier Ant. They went for an Ant Hill, but Jigsaw broke it up. After that, everybody traded finishers until Quackenbush ran in to take out Jigsaw...and hesitated allowing Jigsaw to kick him in the stomach. Fire Ant dropkicked Jigsaw, and then Fire Ant, Green Ant, and assailANT hit the Ant Hill on Jigsaw, but their pin attempt was broken up by the Shard. Jigsaw tried to superkick Quackebush, but assailANT jumped in the way. When Jigsaw went for another, Quackenbush caught it, then Palm-Striked Jigsaw. deviANT took out Quack, and the Shard was able to double stomp and pin assailANT, but it was broken up by Quackenbush, who was again taken out by deviANT. deviANT pinned an unconscious assailANT for the win.
After the match, Fire Ant and Green Ant helped assailANT up, but eventually left Soldier Ant at ringside.
A music video aired in memoriam of The Mysterious and Handsome Stranger’s feral pigeon Sapphire. I really hope that’s not stuck in my head.
(4) Mr. Touchdown (w/Veronica) beat A.C.H. to retain the Young Lions Cup. This rematch of the Young Lions Cup championship started with some solid mat work and both men trading momentum. A.C.H. hit some nice armdrags and Touchdown crawled to the outside to regroup. A.C.H. went for a split-legged moonsault onto the floor, but he missed and landed on his feet. A.C.H. ended up on the other side of the guardrails, and in an impressive feat leapt over the railing onto Touchdown’s shoulders. Touchdown threw him into the guardrail and then took control of the match in the ring. Touchdown kept dominating A.C.H. before getting too cocky and Tebowing in the middle of the ring. That allowed A.C.H. to regain control and do some nice maneuvers between the floor and the ring. Touchdown regained control after a missed top rope move, and hit a nasty spear/back body drop type maneuver...
Touchdown put A.C.H. in a “body vice,” but A.C.H. wouldn’t let his arm drop three times, much to Touchdown’s surprise. Both men hit some impressive high-impact moves for nearfalls before trading quick blows, finally ending in A.C.H. hitting a sit-out powerbomb for two. A.C.H. hit a crazy kick while Touchdown was on the top rope, which he followed with a huricanrana and then a splash from up top. Touchdown kicked out and tried a roll-up before getting Veronica’s baton and fighting with the ref over it. Touchdown puched the ref and A.C.H. avoided the same fate. A.C.H. went to roll up Touchdown, but Veronica grabbed the baton while Touchdown held it, keeping him from getting rolled up and giving Touchdown the win. This match had a great amount of nearfalls, and both men put on an athletic show that really got the crowd involved.
Gavin Loudspeaker was in the ring to crown Season 11’s homecoming King and Queen. Veronica was announced as Queen. Mr. Touchdown told the crowd everyone knows he’s the king, to which Gavin disagreed. Gavin then announced that the homecoming king is The Mysterious and Handsome Stranger. Stranger came to the ring to take vengeance on Touchdown, who killed his feral pigeon at the last Chikara event. Stranger got Touchdown out of the ring, and the crowd chanted “Sapphire” and “We Don’t Know You.” Veronica sold disgust at the prospect of the Stranger being the king before they stared each other down then slowly went in for their first dance as homecoming king and queen. This looked super-tense, then awkwardly broke down into a sweet dance. It was pretty funny. Veronica went to take off the Stranger’s mask and kiss him, but he stopped her. Stranger closed her eyes and turned her around then got a bucket of pig slop from beneath the ring, which he then poured on Veronica. He then unmasked himself to reveal that he was Archibald Peck! Since he was banned from Chikara, security escorted him from the ring, as the crowd chanted “We Had No Clue” and the announcers sold shock, wondering how long Peck had been under the mask (hint: the whole time). Touchdown and Veronica then left the ring.
(5) The Spectral Envoy (Ultramantis Black & Frightmare & Hallowicked & Blind Rage & Cross Bones) beat Delirious & Ophidian & and the Batiri (Kobald & Kodama & Obariyon) by pinfall. This was a pretty good five-on-five tag match, which is Chikara’s specialty. The match was basically a brawl for the majority of the match. People came in for a minute, got knocked out of the ring, then battled/rested on the floor, while someone else jumped into the ring. There were a lot of high-flying moves and quick action throughout. Delirious, Ophidian, and the Batiri dominated the majority of the action, and focused on Frightmare’s injured knee, as well as taking out the rest of the Spectral Envoy. Ophidian kept getting distracted by a group of fans wearing his former partner’s Amasis’s mask, until they all removed their masks, except for Amasis, making his “return” to Chikara. Ultramantis Black was able to use the distraction to take out Ophidian and make the hot tag...
The Spectral Envoy maintained control and hit some high-risk maneuvers to the outside. Cross Bones dominated until Obariyon took out his legs and was then beated down by Blind Rage. Kobald took out Blind Rage before being taken out by Frightmare. Frightmare got nailed by Ophidian with the Eqyptian Destroyer (Canadian Destroyer) and the remaining men traded finishers in the ring. There was a lot of group fighting and near falls in the next couple of minutes while more finishers and high risk moves were hit, until Ultramantis, Cross Bones, and Blind Rage hit a triple chokeslam on Kodama that was good for a two count. Both teams traded momentum for a while until Cross Bones knocked everyone onto the floor, leaving Ultramantis and Delirious in the ring alone. Delirious spit in Ultramantis’s face and Ultramantis unloaded with a smattering of forearms. Delirious hit Shadows over Heck and The Praying Mantis Driver, both to two counts. Both men traded blows mid ring, until Ultramantis unloaded on Delirious, finally hitting the Praying Mantis Driver and getting the pin. This match had a ton of fast paced action and everyone was involved. It was a good five-on-five match.
A video package played highlighting the Young Bucks vs. Marty Jannetty and the 1-2-3 Kid for their two out of three falls match for the Tag Titles, up next.
(6) The Young Bucks beat Marty Jannetty & the 1-2-3 Kid two falls to one fall to retain the Tag Team Championship. The Young Bucks dominated Jannetty early until one of the Bucks got Jannetty to go for a test of strength, where he kicked Jannetty in the gut. The next few minutes were pretty even wrestling, until Nick Jackson told Jannetty to tag in the Kid. Kid dominated for a minute until Nick kicked him in the head. Kid rolled out of a Bronco Buster from Nick Jackson, but when he went the Bronco Buster, it was broken up with a low blow. The Bucks hit their spike Tombstone for the pin and the first fall...
Jannetty attached both Bucks right as they started the second fall. He then got superkicked by Matt for a two count. The Bucks set up Jannetty for a double suplex, but Jannetty avoided it. The Bucks went for another spike tombstone, but The Kid knocked one of the apron and Jannetty fought out of the hold. The Kid then hit an X Factor for the second fall...
As the third fall began, Kid hit a suicide dive on both Bucks. Jannetty tried to follow it up with another, but no one was home and he landed on the guardrail. The Bucks took out Kid, too, and seemed to be waiting for the count-out, until they threw Kid back in the ring and abused him and Jannetty. Kid and Matt Jackson fought for a bit in the ring. After hitting him in the face with a dropkick, they bumped Kid off the apron and brought Jannetty into the ring. Jannetty showed a burst of offense, but The Bucks quickly squashed it. The Bucks worked over Jannetty’s elbow in their corner with some quick tags. Matt Jackson lured Kid into the ring to distract the ref, when the commentator almost called him X-Pac. Jannetty continued to play Ricky Morton until he countered the Bucks and made the hot tag to the 1-2-3 Kid...
Kid hit a Bronco Buster, then was X-Factored by one of the Bucks. Nick Jackson hit a flying head scissors on Kid for a nearfall. Nick Jackson tried to hit a 450 splash, but was caught with an X-Factor. Kid went for the pin but Matt Jackson broke it up, then moments later hit a DDT on the 1-2-3 Kid on the ring apron. The Bucks rolled Kid back into the ring for a two count. They then hit the 1-2-3 Kid with More Bang for Your Buck to get the third fall, and the win.
After the match, Kid laid in the ring while Jannetty and the official checked on him. They called out a trainer and helped him to the back, after he and Jannetty embraced. This was a pretty good match, with the Young Bucks putting in a lot of good work. I was surprised Jannetty and the Kid looked as good as they did.
A commercial ran for National Pro Wrestling Day 2013. Gavin came in to announce that it would be February 2 in Philadelphia, and feature stars from over 20 promotions. More information is at NationalProWrestlingDay.com .
(7) Eddie Kingston beat Tim Donst (w/Jakob Hammermeier) to retain the Chikara Grand Championship. Kingston started with a slap, then took the action ringside, where he maintained control. Donst took control and used his brute strength to overpower Kingston. Donst threw Kingston outside, and Kingston hit Donst with a suplex on the (unpadded) floor. Donst slowly got up as Kingston waited in the ring, until Donst pulled him out and hit a sort of backbreaker using the ring apron. Donst tied Kingston up in the ropes and hit him with a back splash followed by a beautiful German Suplex for a near fall. Donst tried to tie Kingston up again, but Kingston got out and started working Donst’s neck. Kingston then went to the second rope and hit a bulldog. Kingston went for the Sliding D, but Donst countered into From Dusk til Donst, which Kingston used the ropes to break. Kingston then used suplexes and a lariat to get a nearfall on Donst...
Kingston and Donst struggled on the top rope and Donst hit a power bomb from the top for a nearfall. Donst slapped Kingston around on the mat until Kingston started trading blows with Donst. As Kingston got up, Hammermeier tried to take out Kingston, but he countered with a hard close line on the apron. Kingston went to attack Donst, but Donst countered and tied Kingston up in the ropes, before bouncing him onto the mat. Donst then hit a belly to belly suplex from the apron onto the entrance ramp. Donst got distracted slapping Hammermeier, so when he got back in the ring Kingston tried to pin him, but he grabbed the bottom rope. Donst was on his knees disrespecting Kingston, until Kingston started slapping him around, which seemed to be Donst’s goal...
Donst drew Kingston’s ire for a lariat, but he pulled the referee into the way and Kingston leveled the ref. Kingston pinned Donst, but then went to check on the ref while Donst got a bag of “wrenches or something” from Hammermeier. Donst knocked out Kingston while Hammermeier woke the ref, but he only got a two count. After that, Donst went back to abusing Hammermeier while the ref and Kingston recovered. Kingston then hit Donst with two Back Fists to the Future to get the pin and retain his title.
After the match, Kingston grabbed Hammermeier, but Donst abandoned him. Kingston showed mercy and let Hammermeier leave. The iPPV ended with Kingston standing strong in the ring after a hard-hitting and brutal match.
About a minute after the iPPV went black, a video aired of two men in Hazmat suits in a tunnel gathering some sort of sample while an evil voice asked if they “have it.” The iPPV went black again and about 90 seconds after that video, Wink Vavasseur was shown talking to his dad who told him to stop screwing up.
Final Thoughts: This was a pretty good card, and successfully ended the major storylines of Season 11, while still leaving room to expound on them in Season 12. There’s still a lot of unanswered questions, but there were also a lot of resolved issues and proper endings given to storylines. The iPPV quality was pretty good (I had some issues but they seemed to be my Internet connection rather than SMVOD) and the video packages as usual were great. If you haven’t seen a Chikara event, this one is as good as any to check out. It deals with a lot of storylines, but the commentators do a great job of mentioning everything you need to know to keep up. It also has some great eight and ten-man tag matches, which are Chikara staples. They consistently put on a fun, family-friendly product that all ages can enjoy.
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