Arena Reports SHOW RESULTS - 9/26 Chikara in Gibsonville, N.C.: Challenge of the Immortals Trios series continues, Eddie Kingston, Chuck Taylor, more Chikara stars; Overall Review
Sep 27, 2015 - 11:58:50 PM
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Chikara "Justice is Blind" Results
September 26, 2015
Gibsonville, N.C. at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium
Report by R. Eric Smith, PWTorch correspondent
It was a nice little set up, and I do mean little. The front lobby had already been decked out for merchandising and photo-ops with the stars by the time I got there, and a match had already started.
I found my co-worker and his wife and sat next to them. I had front row seats, which meant I could practically reach out and touch the ring. There was very little room for out-of-ring action, so the audience had to move out of the way in case it took place.
The emcee was a curly-haired Greek guy named Gavin Loudspeaker. He really knew how to work the audience. He was all over the arena and among the crowd at points, and got the kids involved to do a drum roll for the main event match.
Much like Lucha Underground, the girls take on the men. Each wrestler had their own flag that they got to come out with a wave during their intro. Under Chikara rules, anybody who engages in "Excessive Violence" is DQ'ed. The Trios matches allow wrestlers to step in when one of their team gets thrown out, without having to tag. Otherwise, a lot like WWE. One thing I noticed a lot of wrestlers were doing, is that whenever a fist or boot would make contact, they'd slap the side of their own belly to get the SMACK sound.
The main focus of the show was the "Challenge of the Immortals" series - a tournament that's spread over the season: one for singles, one for tag team, and one for trios.
(1) Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy beat Amasis & Worker Ant. There's about ten guys who have some kind of ant gimmick. I'm guessing if you haven't thought of an identity yet, they make you one of the ants. Taylor and Cassidy were the young, cocky heels. I don't recall the masked guys contributing much offense, as the heels were always jacking and jawing and posing for the audience. They would even lean over the ropes and tell the front row "Watch this! I'm going to cheat!" and do something underhanded. Taylor and Cassidy won.
(2) Jakob Hammermeier beat Argus, the Master of the Gecko-Roman Style. Argus wears a green bodysuit and lizard mask. During intermission, he sat in the ring ropes and sold t-shirts. Argus was pretty good. I wasn't too impressed with Jakob, but he won the match.
Gavin announced that the next match had a *Magic Move.* If anybody in the next match performed a Over-the-top-rope Cross-body Plancha, otherwise known as the Pescado Plancha, everybody in the audience would get a free souvenir Chikara drinking cup.
(3) Frightmare beat Mr. Touchdown. John Cena is obviously Mr. Touchdown's role model. I really liked him. He did a lot of high-impact moves and showed a keen level of energy. Frightmare was more of a generic lucha and didn't really act the heel too much. When TD was down and Frightmare left the ring, I thought he was going to do the *Magic Move* and got the crowd to chanting PES-CA-DO! PES-CA-DO! He did something else, though. TD later set Frightmare up for a superplex, but a girder was directly over that part of the ring, so he had to hold him at an angle before hitting the floor. Then, Frightmare fell out of the ring and TD did the Pascado Plancha on him, so we all got a free cup! FM won with a crucifix later.
(4) Oleg the Usurper beat "The Last of the Dying Breed" Eddie Kingston. Eddie was using Bull Demspey's old bruiser gimmick, while Oleg was channeling Nord the Barbarian. Oleg was awesome. He really got into character. He was a tall dude with long hair and beard, dressed like a viking. He'd stomp around and talk like Volstagg from Thor comics. "I need more speed" he'd announce before running the ropes and doing a corner charge. "Want me to squash little man?" he'd ask the audience. If Eddie had him in a submission hold, the ref would ask Oleg if he wanted to submit, and he'd answer "Nay!" We started singing OLEG OLEGOLEGOLEGGGG OLEGGGG OLEGGGG, like for Sami Zayn. Eddie popped Oleg in the chest a few dozen times during the match, and it sounded painful. At one point, Oleg had Eddie down for the three count, but Eddie had his leg draped over the bottom rope. I sang OH LEG OH LEG OH LEG OH LEGGGG... Oleg eventually won with "Off With His Head."
During intermission, the stars were at their tables signing autographs and getting their pictures taken with fans. Oleg was milling around talking to people. He saw me taking a picture of him, so he came up to me and put his arm around me. "Let's do selfie." The Android thing is new to me, though, and I couldn't figure out how to switch views. He said "Don't worry, Oleg show you how." He went ahead and pushed every button he could find. I said "Thanks, oh Mighty Oleg," and spent the rest of intermission fixing my phone back.
There was also Prakash Sabar, who wears a mask that looks like X-Pac and sports wild, long hair with his tongue hanging out. He was at the heel table, and kept his hand up with the wolf gesture the whole time.
(5) Los Ice Creams beat Devastation Corporation (Max Smashmaster & Blaster McMassive & Flex Rumblecrush) via DQ in a six-man tag match as part of the Challenge of the Immortals Trios series. The DC guys were the three largest on Chikara's roster teamed together, and all wore Road Warriors style face paint. Max was a big fat dude, probably 350 lbs. or so, Blaster looks kind of like Titus O'Neil with a beard, and Flex was a tall blond guy. The Ice Creams weren't much bigger than Kimber Lee, who resembles pre-heel Alexa Bliss. This match had some funny moments, mainly because the Ice Creams were so ineffective. Kimber Lee wound up working most of the match and took most of DC's killer finishing moves. Max was eventually DQ'ed for the above mentioned "Excessive Violence" rule when he used the Tombstone Piledriver on one of the Ice Creams three times.
(6) Shynron beat Proletariat Boar of Moldavia (w/manager Juan Francisco de Coranado and valet Prakash Sabar). Shynron is Chikara's version of Kallisto. PBoM is a tall guy wearing a boar mask with tusks, and actually has a tail. Juan acted the prissy heel manager, and Prakash was the sneaky underling. PBoM needs to get bigger to be an effective monster heel, but Shynron made the match anyway. He did all the high-flying aerial moves. At one point, he was pummeled in the corner, and while the ref was admonishing PBoM, Prakash slipped into the ring and did X-Pac's Bronco Buster on Shynron. Near the match's end, all three heels were gathered outside the ring close to where I was sitting, and Shyn grabbed onto the overhead girder, climbed over, and dropped on them. Shynron eventually won the match.
Next was another Challenge of the Immortals Trios match - Missile Assault Ant, Lucas Calhoun, and Kevin Condron (with Arctic Ant) versus Icaraus, Heidi Lovelace, and Dasher Hatfield (with Mr. Touchdown). M.A. Ant had a mask with LED lights and took it off before the match started. He's otherwise a bald bearded guy wearing urban camos. Lucas Calhoun is a fat Elvis impersonator like Honky Tonk Man. Kevin Condron is like Raven, a brooding emo guy in white t-shirt and black slacks. There was some kind of love triangle story with him, Icarus, and Heidi. I gather Kevin and Heidi used to be a couple, but he got too controlling and emotionally abusive, so she left him for Icarus. Icarus has long blond hair and wears a bodysuit with wing designs. Heidi is kind of like NXT's Bayley, but not as exuberant. Dasher wears a mask of a guy with a curly mustache, like something from the Vaudeville era. A lot going on here.
(7) Icarus & Dasher Hatfield & Heidi Lovelace beat Missile Assault Ant & Lucas Calhoun & Kevin Condron in a six-man match as part of the Challenge of the Immortals Trios series. The match started with Kevin vs. Icarus. Kevin laid down and said "pin me, I don't care." The ref wouldn't allow it. The other heels wouldn't tag Kevin any more as the match went on, so he sat down in his corner looking depressed. Ant Guy seemed to be the most talented of the bunch as far as working ability goes, but everybody else did their jobs well. At one point, he had Heidi in his finisher, but Kevin ran in and wouldn't let him execute the move. Icarus ran in and all the sudden the action took place at super speed. He kept throwing Kevin to the corner and doing a flying charge on him, and damn, those dudes were fast! I watched a Kevin Condron match when I got home, and he's really talented. He didn't actually work too much in this match, but he played his role well. He retrieved a chair from backstage and acted like he was going to use it on Icarus, but reconsidered and left the building instead. Dasher eventually got the win for his team.
Gavin came out and thanked us for coming, but we chanted ONE MORE MATCH! ONE MORE MATCH! Gavin came back without his shirt. I thought he was going to be in the encore match. He kept saying they were too tired and had been on the road for too long, but then we got our encore match.
(8) Silver Ant beat Juan Francisco de Coronado via submission.
After the event was over, I saw Prakash in the lobby with his hand in the air, still doing the Wolf Sign and nodding his head. I asked if his arm ever loses circulation, and one of the DC guys said "No."
I drove out of the parking lot and saw Kevin Condron standing outside the entrance alone, brooding, still in-character. I pulled over and got a couple of pictures of him. He acted like I wasn't there. I must say, I was expecting silliness and stupidity for this event, but didn't expect this level of serious commitment. Hats off to Kevin Condron. He is now my favorite indie.
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