1) BDK (Tursas, Ares, Nokken) b Spectral Envoy (Ultramantis Black, Hallowicked, Frightmare) - Tursas' surprise return, replacing Milo Schnizler (who seconded the team instead.) 2) Ashley Remington b Chuck Taylor - "Smooth Sailing" Ashley Remington's debut. He gave Taylor a fruit basket after defeating him. 3) Obaryion, Kodama, Kobald DQ Sinn Bodhi & The Odditorium (Oliver Grimsley & Qefka the Quiet) - Bodhi fouled Kodama 4) Juan Francisco de Coranado b Jervis Cottonbelly 5) The Throwbacks (Mr. Touchdown & Dasher Hatfield) b 3.0 (Scott Parker, Shane Matthews) and 17 & DeviANT and the Pieces of Hate (Jigsaw & the Shard) - Eliminations went 3.0, 17/DeviAnt, then the Pieces of Hate - three CHIKARA trainees attacked 17 after his elimination to avenge 17 killing (???) another trainee previously. Trainer Hallowicked pulled them off. 6) Jimmy Jacobs b Archibald Peck 7) The Colony: Xtreme Force (Arctic Rescue Ant, Missile Assault Ant, Orbit Adventure Ant) b The Colony (Fire Ant, Green Ant, Worker Ant II) - Worker Ant II is the fomrer AssailANT - Despite the loss, Green Ant's team took their 2011 King of Trios medals back from the Xtreme Force team in a post match fight. 8) Eddie Kingston b Icarus [CHIKARA GRAND CHAMPION] - Icarus becomes the second champion. - The Flood - a collation of various heel CHIKARA heel groups - attacked the celebrating good guys. Exiled Colony member Solider Ant was with the heels. A unnamed tall man in a Bane/Predator costume, apparently the leader of the heels, stood in the center of the ring whiel everyone else brawled outside. Kobold attacked him, and Mystery Man gave him a chokeslam into a backbreaker, which was treated as a possible career ending injury.
I regret typing all of those names!
The other two notable plot points were the announcers explaining no one knew exactly what the deal is with the tag team titles - it's complicated, and actually not that interesting outside of three different teams having a decent claim at being tag champs - and Mike Quackenbush being named the new Director of Fun (commissioner). Quack gave a rah rah thanks for following us through the last 11 months of purposeful weirdness (not his words) and the usual bit about the fans being part of the promotion. can't decide if
a) this has now become his Ian Rotten speech (but does anyone get that reference?) b) this feel way too much like when WWE talks about the Universe and I don't buy into it there either. c) it's probably meant to be sincere and I'm being mean by treating it as patronizing.
They also announced King of Trios would (of course) be coming back in the middle of September, with tickets on sale today.
This felt much more total CHIKARA focused the the past iPPVs - they seemed to squeeze in more outside Indy Guys You May Know on past ones, and I think that meant it was just mostly people who are way into the CHIKARA storylines than people (like me) who only check in when they're running an iPPV or a show near me. That also meant I was only vaguely familiar with a lot of people - the first half of the card specifically followed up plot points from the Wrestling Is shows, which resulted in a lot of the announcers explaining why I should be caring about things. They did get you up to speed, but this was not a particularly easy jumping on point.
The four way tag and the Colony/Colony tag were good. I recall not liking the Kingston/Icarus match for most of it and then getting into it late when they did it last time, but it was more steady here. They really wanted you to be into Icarus as a valiant babyface and that part still isn't working for me.
Jacobs/Peck completely lost me. They did a comedy spot where Peck gave Jacobs 10 straight DDTs, and then Jacobs kicked out at two, and it wasn't really funny. And then Peck got hit by a shoe and then a move and lost and it really wasn't that funny. They wanted to give Jacobs an establishing win before setting him up for whatever - it seems too soon for Icarus, but maybe not if Jacobs isn't the Big Bad - and I had no problem with the result itself, just how they got there.
Remington would be a heel in any other promotion. CHIAKRA fans throwing playing their roles made it work, and the fruit basket bit was great.
I figure the Bane/Predator guy is no one in particular, because they would've shown the face right away if that was important. Which means it's probably a less known/experienced guy in a big role.
Those good matches were quite good, but at $18 you probably need to also care about the CHIKARA storylines and if you did, you probably didn't need to read this post in the first place. This was actually more of clarifying the status quo then moving things forward from where they were a couple months ago - the post match brawl was the biggest advancement in their giant storyline arc, and a little bit of video of that has snuck online already. (I actually missed the attack starting - I waited for the usual post show teaser, gave it enough time to be surprised there wasn't one, and then must've turned it off just as it started.)
I was there in person and if you know and love Chikara, this was certainly a Chikara show. No complaints, just nice to have The Band Back Together and that Chikara vibe once again. My favorite match of the show was the Ants.
Also notable for so many heels winning, but I figure that is also part of setting things up for this Season.
There was also a pre-show match for fans who bought an "Expansion Pack" ticket and were in the building early - The Estonian Thunderfrog, Latvian Proud Oak & Lithuanian Snow Troll vs. the Baltic Siege (Mr. Azerbaijan, The Proletariat Boar and a new guy whose name I didn't memorize but was randomly an X-Pac parody, complete with black-and-green singlet, rubber tongue sticking out of his mask and Waltman's moveset).
The UFC incentives for a night's best submission, KO, and fight can greatly -- and the Rock means greatly -- swing a paycheck. And that's before one considers a guarantee purse for a fight. They encourage competition with big bonuses.