CHIKARA Returns to iPPV with a Massive, Action-Packed Lineup!!
CHIKARA Chikarasaurus Rex: How To Hatch A Dinosaur
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 6/2/12
1.) UltraMantis Black vs. Ophidian: ***
CHIKARA's second iPPV starts off with a battle of CHIKARA's Most Devious. This was a good opening contest and a great way to start of the show.
2.) Loser Leaves Town – Colt Cabana & Mixed Martial Archie vs. The Throwbacks: ***1/4
This match has A LOT story behind it, and whoever looses the fall in this one must leave town! Mid-Match Mixed Martial Archie gets taken out by Touchdown, but returns as Archibald Peck!! The match was very entertaining and the story contributed greatly to that greatly. Archie gets pinned an thus has to leave town.
3.) Ladder Match – Special Guest Referee: Greg Iron – Gran Akuma vs. Icarus: ****
Here is the final match of the Gran Akuma Trial Series. If Akuma wins, he's back in CHIKARA, but if Icarus wins, Akuma's done with CHIKARA for good. This was a great ladder match, and much like the previous match the story only added to it. Akuma ends up getting the win & is back in CHIKARA. I think this is one of my new favorite ladder matches.
4.) Sara Del Rey & Saturyne vs. The Batiri: **1/2
So the story here is that The Batiri has been harassing Sara Del Rey on Twitter for months, and it has spilled over into the ring with several matches, including this one. It was a decent affair. Del Rey was her usual self and Saturyne has a promising future. During the match, Delirious makes his way out to ringside and eventually gets involved, causing a DQ. He then kisses all 3 members of The Batiri on the forehead and they follow him to the back.
5.) Lucha de Apuesta – Mask vs. Hair – Hallowicked vs. Tim Donst: ***1/2
This is the second match these two have had on CHIKARA iPPV (the first being a Tag Team Match) with both guys, much like their first iPPV match, putting something of value on the line. Donst initially get's the win using an unseen shoe lace to choke out Hallowicked and it looks like he's going to unmask, but the ref (Bryce Remsburg) notices it and restarts the match. Hallowicked proceeds to pick up the win using Donst's own finisher, and Donst gets his head shave. Taking everything into account, this was pretty entertaining.
6.) Eddie Kingston, Jigsaw, The Colony (Green Ant & Soldier Ant) & Mike Quackenbush vs. GEKIDO: ***3/4
Here we have an all out war between CHIKARA and the outsiders known as GEKIDO. Fire Ant was attacked by GEKIDO before the show and is thus unable to compete, making this 5 on 4 at the start. Mike Quackenbush eventually makes his in ring return to even up the sides. This was a very entertaining match. It was a good mix of tag team action and an all out brawl that went out of control at times. Props to Green Ant for the dive off the balcony.
7.) Campeonatos de Parejas – F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano) vs. The Young Bucks: ****
This is an interesting contest as Rudos battle Rudos in the Main Event. All match-ups for the Campeonatos de Parejas are two out of three falls. The Young Bucks pick up a huge win 2 Falls To 1 and capture the Titles!! The match was pretty good. I'm proud CHIKARA is giving The Young Bucks a chance here, but I find it kind off odd. Ring of Honor somehow fails to use these guys to their full extent yet they win CHIKARA's Campeonatos de Parejas and are regularly stealing the show in PWG.
I tip my hat off to CHIKARA. They were able to top themselves on this iPPV and produced probably their best show of 2012 up to this point. Much like the other CHIKARA shows I have reviewed so far, their was not a single bad match on here, and entire show was able to provide a mix of entertainment and great wrestling.