RADICAN'S TAKE RADICAN'S CHIKARA King of Trios 2014: Night 2 report 9/20 - Rey De Voladores mini-tournament begins, Spud, Sanda, Tatsu in action, Flood-Colony main event
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By Sean Radican, Torch columnist
RADICAN’S CHIKARA “KING OF TRIOS 2014: NIGHT 2 REPORT”
SEPT. 20, 2014
Chuck Taylor cut a promo saying he won the first Rey de Voladores tournament in 2007. He said he had two brown guys and a Mexican in the first round and he was going to beat them and go on to win the tournament.
Chuck Taylor ready for Rey De Voladores action.
(1) Shynron vs. Chuck Taylor vs. Rich Swann vs. Tigre Uno in a Rey de Voladores Semi-Final Elimination match. Chuck Taylor sat down and grabbed a beer at the commentary table instead of getting into the ring. Taylor said he wanted to make double pay tonight by commentating on his own match. Swann and Uno had some crazy exchanges early, but Shynron got into the ring and nailed Swann with a springboard 450 clothesline. Shynron had the upper hand on Swann, but Taylor cut him off when he went for a dive to the floor. Taylor continued to play the role of spoiler, as he cut off Uno going for a dive and suplexed Shynron into Uno in the corner a short time later. Swann tried to surprise Taylor with a dive off the top, but he nailed him with a dropkick. The fans fired up as the action continued at a breakneck pace. Shynron got a double submission on Swann and Uno, but Taylor broke it up. Swann and Shynron had a sick kick exchange that Shynron won and everyone was down on the mat. Taylor sent Swann to the outside with a superkick and then hit a huge flip dive over the top to the floor to wipe out everyone and the fans went insane. Uno hit a frog splash on Taylor and Swann finished him off with a 450 for the first elimination of the match.
It was down to Uno, Shynron, and Swann. They exchanged a series of pinning combinations, but nobody could get the pin. Uno ended up rolling up Swann and then he transitioned into a kimura when Swann kicked out. Swann quickly tapped and the fans booed. The match is now down to Shynron and Uno. Shynron hit a step-up tumbleweed dive off after getting a running start on the apron and connecting with Uno on the floor and the fans fired up. Uno fired back and nailed Shynron with a corkscrew dive over the top to the floor and the fans went insane again. Uno caught Shynron with a sick leg capture suplex, but he got his foot on the ropes at the last second. Wow! Uno went up top, but Shynron only got a piece of him with a rolling kick and hit a 360 degree neck breaker. Shynron followed up with a second rope 630 for the win. This was a sick opening match.
Shynron got a big ovation after the match. He then shook hands with Uno and they posed for the crowd as the fans applauded.
Winner: Shynron to advance to the Rey de Voladores Finals
Star rating: (****1/4) – This was an amazing match to watch unfold. There was some insane high-flying during the match, but Shynron broke through with some incredible jaw-dropping offense throughout the match before he put away Uno with a sick looking 630 off the second turnbuckle. Go out of your way to see this match.
3Peck0 cut a promo backstage. They seemed confused about cutting a promo for the DVD release. They a parody of a generic promo before leaving the picture.
The GEKIDO came out for their match against 3Peck0 to massive boos from the crowd. 17 scolded Jigsaw in the corner when they got into the ring. 3Peck0 came out to a good pop from the crowd.
(2) GEKIDO (Jigsaw & 17 & The Shard) vs. 3Peck0 (Scott Parker & Shane Matthews & Archibald Peck) in a 2014 King of Trios Round 2 match. The crowd fired up as 3Peck0 worked over Shard during the early going. Shard finally fired back and decked Peck with a big clothesline out of the corner. Shard came off the top, but Peck got his boot up. He wavered and nearly went down, but ended up doing a Flair flop much to the delight of the crowd. Peck teased debuting his new move, but Shard took him down and landed several punches before tagging in 17. GEKIDO went for a tower of doom spot on Peck in the corner, but Matthews and Parker broke it up. The action broke down a short time later and GEKIDO ended up isolating Peck. The fans mocked Jigsaw by chanting his name solemnly and he went to the floor to jaw with them. 17 pointed to Jigsaw and said he was going to show him how it’s done before he nailed Peck with several blows to the head from the mount. Peck finally mounted a comeback and hit an awkward looking neck breaker on Shard. Peck struggled to tag out and 17 eventually cut him off. 17 continued to jaw at Jigsaw while he worked over Peck. 17 chopped Jigsaw to tag him in and pushed him towards Peck. The fans chanted “Jerksaw” at Jigsaw and he got upset. Jigsaw went after Matthews and Parker on the apron, which eventually backfired and Matthews got the hot tag and ran wild.
Jigsaw hesitated to break up a Boston crab from Matthews on Shard and ended up missing a kick. The action broke down and Matthews suplexed 17 into the turnbuckles. Parker went for a running kick in the corner on 17, but Jigsaw nailed him with a kick from the apron. The Shard then connected with a double stomp on Matthews out of the corner. The action continued at a rapid pace and Jigsaw and Shard hit chasing the dragon on Peck, but he kicked out at the last second. Jigsaw and Shard began arguing and Parker dragged Jigsaw to the floor. Jigsaw broke up a double team attempt on Shard from Peck and Matthews. The pace picked up again and everyone hit big moves. Parker got a running start and dropped a jumping elbow over the top rope onto 17, but Jigsaw broke up the pin. Jigsaw hit a coast-to-coast dropkick on Matthews and got a near fall. Shard shoved Jigsaw away and began nailing Matthews with clubbing blows and elbows. Jigsaw eventually dragged Shard away from Matthews after he shoved the official. Matthews tossed Shard out of the ring and applied a Boston crab on Jigsaw and he tapped out.
The fans booed GEKIDO after the match when they were left alone in the ring. 17 and Shard got in Jigsaw’s face after the match and told him to come with them. The fans urged Jigsaw to walk away from them and he did. Shard came back to the ring and came up to Jigsaw from behind, but Jigsaw turned around and nailed him with a superkick. The fans popped big as Jigsaw sold anguish in the corner. Mike Quackenbush got on the mic and told him he didn’t have to do this with GEKIDO. He told Jigsaw that CHIKARA is his family. Quackenbush asked Jigsaw where he stood. The fans chanted “CHIKARA, CHIKARA.” Jigsaw went back and forth between the heel entrance and the CHIKARA entrance. He ended up leaving through the fans and said he is the best wrestler in the building and he doesn’t need anyone. Quackenbush shook his head and looked upset to close the segment.
Winners: Archibald Peck & Shane Matthews & Scott Parker to advance to the semi-finals of King of Trios 2014.
Star rating: (**1/2) – The fans were into the action as the storyline with Jigsaw having tension with his fellow GEKIDO members continued throughout the match. I really like the storyline, but the action in this match was disjointed at times and several spots seemed off. The fans were silent at times, but got into the post-match segment with Jigsaw nailing Shard with a superkick. I’m looking forward to seeing how this angle unfolds.
Gavin Loudspeaker introduced a woman that had won the first ever CHIKARA talent competition. Her name was Kristin, who won with her flute playing. Loudspeaker said she was going to play entrance music on her flute. Loudspeaker introduced the upcoming match as a battle of the bowties. Kristin played her flute to bring out both wrestlers. Juan Francisco De Coronado came out to boos and took Kristin’s flute and smashed it on the entrance ramp. Kristin sold dismay behind him. Francisco waved the Ecuadorian flag to massive boos before adjusting his bowtie in the ring. Rockstar Spud came out next to a good pop from the crowd. Both men took turns adjusting their bowties. The crowd cheered each time Spud did it and booed Coronado each time he did it. Spud won the contest of bowtie adjustment and went to leave the ring, but the ref stopped him and told him he had to wrestle. The fans chanted “Read your contract” at Spud.
TNA's Spud ready for action against Coronado in a battle of the bowties.
(3) Juan Francisco De Coronado vs. Rockstar Spud. Coronado backed Spud into the corner and adjusted his bowtie for him and the fans gasped. Spud flipped out and said, “Nobody touches my bowtie” before charging at Coronado, who ducked under the ropes. Spud ended up saying he wouldn’t touch Coronado’s bowtie before getting in a cheap shot by kicking the ropes into Coronado’s leg. Spud then grabbed a bowtie out of his crotch and put it on the ref. The fans went nuts as Spud posed with the ref, but Coronado jumped him from behind. Coronado took off the ref’s bowtie and stomped on it. Spud then nailed Coronado with a slap to the face and began working him over. Coronado eventually got control of the action and began working Spud over inside the ring. Coronado worked over Spud’s back for a long period of time and the fans were not happy with his actions in the ring, as he grabbed at Spud’s bowtie and twisted it. Spud eventually fired back and nailed Coronado with a kick. The fans fired up as Spud began to take control of the match. Spud hit a slice bread variation into an ace crusher, but Coronado rolled to the outside. Spud nailed Coronado with a flip dive over the top to the floor and the fans fired up. Spud went up top, but Coronado crotched him and grabbed him right off the ropes and hit a German with a bridge for the win.
The fans booed after Coronado won.
Winner: Juan Francisco De Coronado
Star rating: (***) – This was a fun comedy match. It was a bit odd that the announcers simply dropped out after the pin fall and the fans seemed shocked as well. Both men did some good comedy revolving around their respective bow ties early before Coronado began to dominate the action. Spud made a spirited comeback and his flip dive to the floor was memorable.
The Greenhorn Militia was in the ring. Kid Cyclone got on the mic and said he hates bullies. He said bullies are cowards and last night when Deucalion refused to accept a straight up fight, he proved that he’s a coward. Cyclone said he was going to give him one more chance. Nobody came down to the ring and Cyclone said Deucalion doesn’t want a part of any fair fight. The fans chanted “Coward, coward.” Cyclone said if Deucalion didn’t want to come to them, they were going to come after him when his back was turned. Cyclone said when they came for him, he wouldn’t be able to walk out.
(4) Team UK (Peter Dunne & Damian Dunne & Mark Andrews) vs. Devastation Corporation (Max Smashmaster & Flex Rumblecrunch & Blaster McMassive w/Sydney Bakabella) in a 2014 King of Trios Round 2 match. Andrews took a beating during the early going from Smashmaster and McMassive. Andrews finally managed to tag in Damian, who ran wild on Rumblecrunch and McMassive. McMassive countered an octopus submission into an air raid crash for a 2 count. Damian took a beating as Devastation Corporation tagged in and out of the match. Damian finally fired back on Rumblecrunch and nailed him with a double knees strike off the turnbuckles. Pete got the tag and ran wild. He eventually hit a big powerslam on McMassive and the fans went nuts. Rumblecrunch walked the ropes and hit a big shoulder tackle on Damian after the action broke down. The Dunne brothers hit a double knee strike on Smashmaster and dominated the action until McMassive dropped them with a double clothesline. Andrews eventually hit a springboard splash on McMassive for a 2 count, but walked right into a surprisingly high dropkick from Smashmaster. Smashmaster crotched himself going up for the death blow on Damian. Andrews hit a standing sky twister on him, but McMassive tossed Damian into them to break up the pin. Devastation Corporation isolated Pete and Smashmaster hit a swanton off the top, but Andrews broke up the pin. The fans fired up and Andrews hit a running SSP on Smashmaster for a near fall. Andrews went up top, but Smashmaster rolled out of the way of a SSP attempt. Devastation Corporation cleared the ring and hit the death blow on Andrews for the win.
Winners: Max Smashmaster & Blaster McMassive & Flex Rumblecrunch to advance to the semi-final round of KOT 2014.
Star rating: (**3/4) – This was a solid match that saw Devastation Corporation dominate most of the action until Team UK mounted a spirited comeback. Some of the spots seemed a bit off during the match, but McMassive wowed the crowd showing some high-flying ability with a big swanton at one point as well as hitting a nice dropkick as well.
A.R. Fox wears a super small fur coat to the ring for his Rey De Voladores match.
(5) A.R. Fox vs. Orlando Christopher vs. The Great Sanada vs. Amasis (w/Ophidian) in a Rey De Voladores Semi-Final Round match. Fox got the fans fired up after running wild on Christopher early. He set up for a dive, but Sanada dragged him to the floor. The ref stopped Christopher from doing a dive for no reason at all, so Christopher dove over him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ref stop someone from diving before. Fox setup on the apron and hit a springboard Lo Mein rain to the floor to wipe out everyone a short time later. Amasis missed a charge in the corner and Christopher nailed him with a coast-to-coast headbutt. Sanada then immediately rolled him up with his feet on the ropes and the fans booed after the elimination. The ref looked so stupid, as he clearly saw Sanada use tape to choke Amasis, but ended up looking away and then came back to check on the submission hold. Fox and Amasis went back and forth. Fox ended up hitting a senton off the top. He then knocked Sanada off the apron and covered Amasis, but could only get a 2 count. Amasis blocked Lo Mein pain from Fox and hit a 450 to eliminate him. It now down to Sanada and Amasis. Sanada immediately nailed Amasis with a superkick after the pinfall. Sanada worked over Amasis and went for a moonsault. Amasis got out of the way, but Sanada landed on his feet. Amasis went for a springboard, but Sanada caught him and hit two German suplexes and then a dragon suplex, but Amasis kicked out. Sanada dragged the ref in front of Amasis when he charged at him and then shoved him away before mist in Amasis’s face for the win.
Amasis screamed after the match, as Ophidian tried to wipe his eyes.
Winner: Sanada to advance to the Rey De Voladores Finals – This match never clicked for me. It seemed that there was a lot of needless movement in the ring to build up to spots that looked choreographed. The ref incompetency came off poorly, as Sanada and the ref didn’t seem to be on the same page when it came to the ref not being able to see Sanada cheating.
The Golden Trio cut a promo backstage. Icarus talked about the journey to bring CHIKARA back and become the CHIKARA Grand Champion. Icarus said they had one more journey tonight and it wasn’t finished. Icarus looked at Hatfield and Touchdown and told them he would see them in the finals.
The Spirit Squad came out to a good reception for their match against The Golden Trio. Kenny got on the mic and said they had a chant for the fans. Johnny and Mikey interrupted him and whispered in his ear. Kenny said they are what we thought they were. He said the fans have no spirit. Kenny said they would win the King of Trios and keep repeating every year. The fans chanted “Back in the crate” at them. The Golden Trio then came out to a good ovation. Icarus threw his football into Johnny’s crotch before the match started much to the delight of the fans.
(6) The Golden Trio (CHIKARA Grand Champion Icarus & Campeonatos De Parejas The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield & Mr. Touchdown) vs. The Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey & Johnny) in a 2014 King of Trios Round 2 match. Hatfield tied up Mikey in a submission move using Mikey’s pants to tie up his legs. Mikey finally realized Hatfield wasn’t applying any pressure. Mikey got the ropes and finally managed to free his legs and the fans applauded. Hatfield pulled down Mikey’s pants when he went for a sunset flip and tossed him to the floor. He set up for a dive, but Kenny cut him off. Hatfield took Kenny’s straps down and tied up his arms. They went to an exchange off the ropes and Hatfield wanted a hip toss, but couldn’t get one, so he nailed him with a punch. Johnny and Icarus ended up in the ring and Johnny asked him if he knew who was in the ring with. Johnny took out a karate bandana. Icarus didn’t know what to make of it and tagged in Touchdown. A short time later, Johnny was in the ring with Icarus and he cut him off. The Spirit Squad then began choking Icarus in the corner while one of them distracted the ref. Icarus finally tagged in Mr. Touchdown, who ran wild. Mikey cut him off quickly and The Spirit Squad began working him over in their own corner. They worked over Touchdown for a long period of time. The fans tried to rally behind Mr. Touchdown. He eventually sent Mikey over the top and he landed on the trampoline on the outside and crashed to the floor. Hatfield got into the ring and tied up Johnny and Kenny in the corner before nailing them with a running dropkick. Mikey recovered and hit a trampoline assited bulldog on Hatfield for a near fall. Kenny and Mikey went up top, but Icarus and Touchdown cut them off. Icarus hit a superplex on Mikey for a near fall. The action broke down and Hatfield and Icarus hit a 3D on Kenny and then Johnny. Icarus then tapped out Kenny to the CHIKARA special.
Winners: Dasher Hatfield & Icarus & Mr. Touchdown to advance to the Semi-Final Round of King of Trios 2014.
Star rating: (**3/4) – This was a fun match with Spirit Squad turning heel before the match started. They did some comedy early before getting into the meat of the match. The Spirit Squad dominated the action for a good portion of the match, but the action heated up down the stretch before The Golden Trio got a convincing win.
Yoshi Tatsu cut a promo saying he was happy to be at King of Trios. Ashley Remington interrupted him and apologized for his squash match interrupting him. Remington said they were going to make some magic. Remington gushed over Tatsu and said he would let him continue his promo. Remington told Tatsu he loved his eyes before walking away.
Tatsu vs. Remington was a nice addition to the card in non-tournament action.
Tatsu came out for his match against Remington to a big ovation. Remington looked so overjoyed when he got streamers. He put his sailor hat on the ref and said he felt bad for not bringing the fans streamers. The fans chanted “We forgive you.”
(7) Ashley Remington vs. Yoshi Tatsu. Coronado came into the commentary booth. They did some chain wrestling early and came to a stalemate. Remington smiled at Tatsu and did his signature finger point. Coronado complained about the misuse of the German suplex in CHIKARA on commentary. He said everyone performed them at a sub-par level compared to him. Tatsu fired up on Remington and sent him to the floor. Both men teased dives, but couldn’t connect. Neither man could get blow in until Remington connected with a right hand on the apron. Tatsu teased falling, but Remington ran to the floor to catch him on the apron. Tatsu held the ropes for Remington, but he insisted on holding the ropes for Tatsu. Tatsu ended up getting into the ring and he hip tossed Remington over the ropes back into the ring. Remington eventually fired back and they went to a double clothesline spot that left both men down. Remington got the upper hand and eventually decked Tatsu with a dropkick. Tatsu fired back and nailed Remington with some kicks, but ended up missing an elbow drop. Remington caught Tatsu coming off the turnbuckles and hit a belly-to-belly suplex for a 2 count. Tatsu fired back and hit a springboard clothesline for a 2 count. Remington hit a dead-lift German with a bridge on Tatsu, but Coronado ran into the ring and broke up the pin. He then tossed Remington into the ringpost for a DQ.
Tatsu ended up decking Coronado with a kick to the head and the fans went crazy. Remington then got back into the ring and shook hands with Tatsu. Remington’s lovely assistants then came down to the ring and gave Remington a fruit basket, which he presented to Tatsu on his knee.
Winner: Ashley Remington via DQ
Star rating: (**3/4) – I really like Remington’s character and you could tell he and Tatsu were having a lot of fun early in the match with Remington’s antics. There was some good action leading into the DQ, which was a flat ending to what was otherwise a match that was on its way to being very good. It looks like we are going to see a feud between Remington and Coronado in the near future.
Jimmy Jacobs cut a promo backstage and said this war hurts him. He said there’s nothing nice about it. He said CHIKARA is family friendly, but there’s nothing friendly about real violence. Jacobs said there have been losses on both sides. He said there were people we will never see again. Jacobs said he wants it to be a slaughter and be as quick and clean as war can be. Jacobs said he came here to end war. He said up until now it has been pretty even. Jacobs said Kingston fighting for The Flood has tipped the scales. He said for the last year Kingston had dominated as the Grand Champion, but he fights for the flood now. Jacobs said he promised Eddie Kingston he would deliver the Grand Championship to him once again and that’s all it took to convince Kingston to join The Flood. Jacobs said he had already earned his three points to face Icarus, but he said he might not wait until he faces Icarus for the Grand Championship to take it from him and give it to Eddie Kingston. He closed by saying he didn’t come here to start a war, but to end one in reference to CHIKARA closing its doors.
Jimmy Jacobs discusses war prior to the main event.
The fans surrounded the ring and pounded on it as Gavin Loudspeaker introduced the main event of the evening. The Flood came out through the side entrance to a chorus of boos from the fans. Jacobs beat up the Snow Troll before tying him to the ringpost. The Colony then came out to a big pop and the fans threw streamers at them once they got into the ring. Jacobs continued to abuse the Snow Troll every time the fans chanted for him. The fans chanted “Free Snow Troll,” so Jacobs put the boots to him on the floor.
(8) The Flood (Jimmy Jacobs & Eddie Kingston & Volgar w/ The Lithuanian Snow Troll) vs. The Colony (Fire Ant & Green Ant & Worker Ant) in a 2014 King of Trios Round 2 match. The match started hot with Fire Ant wiping out Kingston with a flip dive over the top to the floor immediately. The action continued at a break neck pace, as Silver Ant cut off Jacobs going for a dive with a kick on the apron and Worker Ant wiping out Volgar with a dive to the floor. The action spilled to the floor with both teams going back and forth. The commentators talked about how CHIKARA was in the middle of a war with the flood, which had a deeper meaning than King of Trios this year. Jagged said that it was weird to see Kingston join The Flood because he always touted his love for CHIKARA. Fire Ant got isolated inside the ring and The Flood began working him over. Fire Ant ducked a clothesline from Volgar and went right into a dive through the ropes to wipe out Jacobs. Silver Ant legally entered the ring and ran wild. Volgar ended up cutting him off with a Samoan drop, but Worker Ant got into the ring and wiped him out after Silver Ant rolled to the floor. Both teams went back and forth, as neither could establish an advantage.
Fire Ant eventually drilled Kingston with a running kick to the face and the fans fired up. Fire Ant went for a springboard hurricanrana to the entrance ramp on Kingston. Kingston caught him, but Fire Ant countered it into a hurricanrana that sent Kingston into Jacobs and Volgar. The Colony then followed up with the catapult from the entrance ramp to the floor to take out Volgar and Kingston and the fans went nuts. The Colony hit ants marching in the corner on Volgar, but Jacobs and Kingston attacked them from behind. They ended up isolating Worker Ant and Jacobs got the end time on Worker Ant. The fans went nuts chanting for Worker Ant, who had a hard time getting to the ropes because of his injured leg. He eventually rolled on top of Jacobs for a 2 count. Jacobs and Kingston took turns working over Worker Ant’s injured leg for a long period of time. Kingston went over to The Colony’s corner and wiped out Silver Ant and Fire Ant, which caused the fans to boo. Chikarason said his son used to look up to Kingston, but he couldn’t bring him to the show tonight because of the man Kingston had become. The fans chanted “Traitor” at Kingston and he mocked them. Volgar prevented Worker Ant from getting to the ropes while Kingston had him in a leg submission and continued to work over his leg. Worker Ant finally hit a spinning Rock bottom on Jacobs and made the tag to Fire Ant.
Fire Ant ran wild in the ring on Jacobs and hit a big DDT on Jacobs. The action picked up with Silver Ant hitting a huge frog splash on Kingston, but Volgar broke up the pin. The announcers said nobody knows anything about Volgar, who dumped Silver Ant to the floor and hit a big sit out piledriver on Fire Ant, but Worker Ant broke up the pin. Both teams went back and forth as the action picked up once again. Fire Ant hit a beach break on Kingston, but he kicked out at the last second. He went after Kingston on the apron, but Jacobs nailed him with a big spear. Jacobs abused the Snow Troll before going back into the ring. Jacobs set up for end time, but Snow Troll grabbed his legs. Jacobs put the boots to Snow Troll. Worker Ant hit Jacobs with a modified GTS. Snow Troll begged Worker Ant to free him. The fans fired up and wanted Worker Ant to free Snow Troll. Deucalion came down to the ring with Solider Ant, who wiped out Worker Ant. Kingston nailed him with a backfist and Jacobs covered him for the win. Wow!
The fans booed as Deucalion stood on the entrance ramp. Deucalion got into the ring and Jacobs and Volgar kneeled before him. Kingston didn’t want to do it. The Greenhorn Militia ran down to ringside and the fans went nuts and chanted for CHIKARA. The Batiri ran down to help as well. They fought off The Flood and went after Deucalion, but he fought them off. His mask ended up falling off and he shouted coward. He lifted up Helios 3 and the fans booed. He slammed him down to the mat. He shouted at Cyclone to look at him. Deucalion then lifted up Create-A-Wrestler 2 and choke slammed him to the mat. Cyclone was furious and Jacobs tried to give him to Deucalion, but he ran away. The Flood Stood tall in the ring over Helios and Create-A-Wrestler 2 as the fans booed. They showed Deucalion up close and he was wearing black contacts. The Flood finally left to a chorus of boos.
The fans clapped as The Batiri and Silver Ant recovered at ringside. The fans chanted “Where were you” as the lights came up and Hallowicked knelt over his fallen students. The fans then chanted “GHM.” Hallowicked and Fire Ant got help from an attendant to carry Helios 3 away. The Batiri and Worker Ant and Silver Ant then carried Create-A-Wrestler 2 to the back.
Jimmy Jacobs then came back out and beat up the Snow Troll. He then whipped him with his belt and they took him to the back to end the show.
Winners: Eddie Kingston & Volgar & Jimmy Jacobs to advance to the 2014 King of Trios Semi-Final round.
Star rating: (****) – This was a really good match between the main heel unit in CHIKARA, The Flood, taking on one of the top babyface factions in the Colony. The action developed nicely with The Flood working over Worker Ant’s injured leg. The fans really got into the back and forth action late in the match after The Colony mounted a spirited comeback and appeared to be on the verge of winning until Deucalion brought out Solider Ant to take out Worker Ant. The post-match activity took things to another notch here, as Deucalion took out two members of the Greenhorn Militia to end things on a down note.
Overall thoughts: (7.5) – I really enjoyed the beginning and ending of this show and there was enough in the middle for me to give this a solid recommendation, although once again the middle of the show dragged a bit at times, as it did on night 1. The big story here is the continuation of the storyline of The Flood vs. CHIKARA and the show ended with a tremendous angle with Deucalion unmasking and taking out Helios 3 and Create-A-Wrestler 2.
The opening Four-Way Rey De Voladores Semi-Final match blew me away at times mostly because of Shynron being a human highlight film during the match. It’s hard to get my jaw to drop because I’ve seen just about everything, but Shynron did a ton of innovative high-flying in what turned out to be an excellent opener.
The mid-card dragged at times, but the action was entertaining. I enjoyed the battle of the bowties between Spud and Coronado. They had some great interaction together and the fans ate up the comedy. I hadn’t seen Ashley Remington before, but his act is hilarious and he had a fun match with Tatsu that entertained the fans in attendance.
Jimmy Jacobs cut a promo before the main event to set the stage for the war between CHIKARA and The Flood. The Colony and The Flood had a really good match, but the storytelling took it over the top. The crowd was hot for the action as The Flood worked over Worker Ant’s injured leg once the action settled down. The finish was very nicely executed with Deucalion coming down to the ring with Solider Ant and sending him into the ring to go after Worker Ant before Kingston finished him off with a backfist.
The post-match angle was great and is a must-see. The Greenhorn Militia tried to attack The Flood, but were eventually overwhelmed as Deucalion took out Helios and Create-A-Wrestler 2 with his devastating choke slam. The heat for this angle was tremendous and I loved the fans chanting “Where were you” at Hallowicked when he came out to check on his fallen students.
Overall, this was a good show with a fantastic main event match and post-match angle to close the show. When CHIKARA storylines are clicking they are highly entertaining and engrossing and that was the case here, as the latest chapter of The Flood-CHIKARA feud packed a big punch.
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