DVDs - VGames - Books RADICAN'S CHIKARA DVD REVIEW SERIES: "CHIKARASAURES REX" - Doi & Yoshino & Hulk vs. Jigsaw & Hallowicked & Quackenbush
Oct 18, 2010 - 3:23:05 PM
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By Sean Radican, Torch columnist
RADICAN'S CHIKARA DVD REVIEW SERIES
JULY 25, 2010
(1) BDK (Pink Ant & Tursas & Tim Donst & Lince Durado) beat The Colony & Frightmare. This was a fantastic opening match. They did some great multiple-man spots including one where everyone grabbed a headlock and Tursas took everyone down with a running shoulder tackle. BDK got the heat on Green Ant for a long period of time. Green Ant finally made a tag and the Colony, along with Frightmare ran wild. Frightmare had Dorado beat, but Pink Ant broke up the pin and beat him with a rack bomb. (***1/2)
Vokoder came out after the match and stared at the ring. Pink Ant freaked out as the segment closed.
Donst was shown backstage. Sanchez freaked out and Donst told him there was no Vokoder.
(2) Shingo beat Equinox. Shingo dominated the action during the early stages of the match. Shingo saluted the camera while applying a bodyscissors on Equinox, which clearly shows what a great man he is. Equinox fired back and nailed Shingo with a dive through the ropes, but Shingo didn't catch him clean. Equinox hit a brainbuster moments later for a nearfall. Shingo eventually took the win after a big clothesline. (**3/4)
Eddie Kingston came out and inducted Tommy Dreamer into the Arena Hardcore Hall of Fame. This was a cool moment and Dreamer cut a good promo about his memories of wrestling in the Arena. Dreamer said he was born in New York, but his real home was the Arena.
(3) BDK (Daizee Haze & Sara Del Rey) beat Raisha Saeed & Amazing Kong. Haze and Del Rey got the heat on Saeed during the early stages of the match. Kong eventually got the hot tag and ran wild on Del Rey, who had been avoiding her for a big pop. The finish saw Saeed accidentally hit Kong. Haze then hit a superkick on Kong and Haze nailed her with a German suplex for the pin. This started out slow, but built to a good closing sequence. (**3/4)
-F.I.S.T cut a promo backstage. Icarus said they were all on the same page. Johnny Gargano then came into the picture and stirred things up between Icarus, Akuma, and Taylor. They began to argue before leaving in separate directions.
(4) CIMA & Masaaki Mochizuki & Super Shenlong beat F.I.S.T (Chuck Taylor & Icarus & Gran Akuma). This was a really good match. F.I.S.T got the heat on Shenlong and ended up dominating most of the match. They built up to an awesome exchange where Mochizuki exchanged kicks in the middle of the ring with Akuma. In fact, Mochizuki was easily the M.V.P. of this match with his stiff strikes and kicks that really had the crowd reacting, especially when he took turns with CIMA kicking Akuma while he was tied up in the ropes. CIMA ended up pinning Akuma after nailing him with the meteora. After the match, Icarus and Taylor ended up beating down Akuma and taking his F.I.S.T wristbands. Gargano came to the ring and was presented with the wristbands. This was a good angle and F.I.S.T gets real heat, especially in the Arena.
(5) The Osirian Portal & Drake Younger beat the Unstable (Vin Gerard & Colin Delaney & Stigma). This was a grudge match and these two teams went at it on the outside right away with Ophidian nailing Gerard with a twisting splash to the outside during the early stages of the match. Moments later, Younger took out everyone with a big flip dive off the top. Ophidian had a fantastic sequence where he ran wild on Gerard inside the ring with his unique snake-like maneuvers that popped the crowd. All of the action eventually spilled back to the outside where they built to a big spot with Stigma nailing Younger with a tombstone on the ring steps. The Portal finally put away Stigma with the Osirian Sacrament for the pin. This was a great brawl with good crowd heat. (***3/4)
(6) BDK (Claudio Castagnoli & Ares) w/Delirious vs. Tommy Dreamer & Eddie Kingston. The match was built around the feud between Kingston and Castagnoli going back to 2009 where Kingston said he knew something was wrong with Castagnoli before the BDK was formed. The BDK had their heel ref, who constantly screwed over Dreamer and Kingston during the match. The BDK act gets a lot of heat from the fans and in this case the heel ref gimmick worked. The match built up to a finish where it looked like Dreamer was going to pull out the win, despite the odds, but the ref broke up a DVD attempt on Castagnoli. Dreamer managed to kick out of a big boot from Castagnoli, despite a fast count from the BDK ref. Castagnoli eventually pinned Dreamer with the Ricola bomb for the win.
(7) Jigsaw & Hallowicked & Mike Quackenbush beat World-1 (Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino & BxB Hulk). This was easily the best match on the show and the pacing of the show actually built up nicely to this "showcase" Six Man Tag match. World-1 dominated most of the match. They got the heat on Hallowicked first with some excellent double team maneuvers. Yoshino is just fantastic and he works so well with Doi when they double team their opponents. Hallowicked managed to tag in Jigsaw, but he got cut off right away for another heat segment.
Jigsaw eventually hit a flip dive to the outside to take out Hulk and Doi, which allowed Hallowicked to enter the ring legally. Eventually Quackenbush tagged in, but Doi hit him with the Doi 5's and Hulk followed up with the E.V.O for a great nearfall. They built up to another great exchange where Doi nailed Quackenbush with rapid-fire slaps, but Quackenbush caught him with a rollup for another nearfall. Quackenbush eventually nailed Doi with a tombstone for the pin. (****1/4)
After the match, all six men posed for the crowd, which gave them a huge ovation.
Overall thoughts: (8.5) This is the best Chikara DVD I've ever seen. There wasn't a bad match on the card and the action from beginning to end was simply fantastic. The crowd heat for most of the show was amazing, as Chikara hit a homerun in front of the largest crowd in the history of the company at the time.
The opening match set the town for the night with BDK taking on the Colony & Frightmare. They did some fantastic multi-man spots and built to a nice finish with Pink Ant pulling the victory out when it looked like Frightmare had the match won.
Other highlights of the show included CIMA & Masaaki Mochizuki & Super Shenlong beating F.I.S.T and The Osirian Portal & Drake Younger beating the Unstable in a pair of fantastic Six Man tags that both nearly reached four stars. I really enjoyed the post-match angle after CIMA & Mochizuki & Shenlong had beaten F.I.S.T by pinning Akuma with Gargano joining the group. The Portal & Younger-Unstable match was a fantastic brawl that built to some fantastic sequences leading to the finish.
The main event was insane and well-worth checking out. World-1 is so much fun to watch with their rapid-first double team maneuvers, especially when Yoshino & Doi are working together. World-1 took most of the match, so it was a nice moment to end the show when Quackenbush pinned Doi after the heel stable BDK going over most of the night.
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