Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
ChikarasaurasRex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur
Really wish this had been a few weeks earlier so I could have been in Philly for the show but I'll do my best to enjoy it anyway and not complain about not being there.
Ophidian vs. UltraMantis Black
Match starts with some deviousness where we see Ultra Mantis stomp on Ophidian's hand and then we see Ophidian do an old school Back Rake. The match as really fun, could have done without all the chops because they were kind of weak, but still found myself really enjoying the match. The crowd was really into everything as well and they fucking love UltraMantis. The place exploded when he kicked out of the mist. Most of the moves were executed perfectly and they kept a nice pace and it last just the ring length for the opener.
Loser Leaves Town:
Dasher Hatfield and Mr. Touchdown vs. Colt Cabana and Mixed Martial Archie
This was nothing like I expected. Archie was hilarious with his random MMA moves that he would just throw into the match but that was really the extent of the comedy. Archie took a huge bump a few minutes into the match and we saw Cabana stuck on his own for a fairly long time. Mr. Touchdown did a good job of just being a huge jerk, which I was able to gather is what his character is supposed to be. One of my favorite moments of seeing how big of a jerk Mr. Touchdown was when he shoved both Dasher and Colt off the ropes and onto the floor so he could win by count out. He clearly didn't care at all about his partner and he would have won the match but at that point Archie came back in his Marchie Archie gear and got the hot tag. The crowd was really behind Archie when he got in the ring. Veronica made an appearance and didn't seem to side with either Arhcie or Touchdown until she made her choice after the match.
The action itself wasn't anything all that incredible but some great story telling. Dasher and Touchdown make a great team as their heel/face dynamic is really interesting to watch and it should only get more interesting now that they have 3 points. The fall of Archibald Peck was also well done. His reactions to Veronica were perfect and you just wanted to give him a hug when everything was done.
Gran Akuma vs. Icarus
The ladder was the real star of this match. On two occasions the ladder just fell on top of Icarus after he had hit a move onto Akuma. There were some other pretty brutal spots that they hit onto the ladders and I was certainly able to sense some of the heat between them. I would have liked a few more false finishes and maybe even a big battle atop the ladder but I think they were limited with that due to the really odd position of the contract above the ring. Another good match though and something really different then the type of matches we normally get in Chikara.
Kobald and the Batiri vs. Sara Del Rey and Saturyne
Pretty old school structure of the match where the Batiri got in a lengthy control segment. I found it odd that they did it against Del Rey instead though (ironically the commentators just said the same thing seconds after I finished watching it). The commentators did explain that the feud was really between Sara and the Baitiri so that made the control segment make a lot more sense. Delirious showing up and causing a DQ was kind of weird and I wasn't a fan of it happening but I'm not someone that's up to date on exactly what's going on with Chikara. This was still a good match and I have to say that the Batiri had some really awesome strings of moves that they were able to hit. SDR and Saturyne both any big moves hit on them amazingly. Just wish it had a better finishing stretch and ending.
Mask vs. Hair:
Tim Donst vs. Hallowicked
Donst cuts and awesome promo where we see him eating cereal out of Hallowicked's YLC and complaining that Cocco Puffs taste better in his YLC. Donst was a great heel in the match. You would see him string some nice moves together only to end up doing something like biting Hallowicked. Donst grabbing both of the YLC and parading around the ring was also a great moment. Donst even had some supporters in the crowd, which isn't normal to see from a heel in Chikara. Hallowicked was really good in this match as well. He was playing pure babyface but sold the beat down well and his comebacks were well done. The ending stretch was as suspenseful as you could hope for and brought the match to the next level. I'm really not a fan of matches being restarted and this one was as Donst had won the match but Bryce caught him with the rope he choked Hallowicked out with. Overall though the crowd was great and they tore the house down. Great match. Loved Donst's post match reactions as well.
Gekido vs. Eddie Kingston, Jigsaw, Mike Quackenbush, Green Ant, and Solider Ant
Fire Ant was supposed to be in the match but he was taken out by Gekido took him out and an "injured" Mike Quackenbush made a surprise return to be the 5th man. Tensions were really high during this match and a few times it just erupted into an all out brawl. There were lots of attempts at ripping masks off as well. The match was a lot of fun with a big dive off the balcony from Green Ant. With 10 guys they were also able to keep up a great pace. Not so sure how much I liked the faces just going over the new big heels but I'm sure this will lead to something much more interesting in the long run. Another really good match and whenever they decide to have a big feud ender it should be incredible.
Campeones de Parejas:
The Young Bucks vs. F.I.S.T(c)
Rather amusing watching both teams heel it up against each other. Wathcing this match gets me really annoyed that I read the Bucks won't be appearing for ROH regularly anymore. The Bucks played the invaders trying to take the belts from Chikara and bring them to ROH. The first two falls were OK but it wasn't until the thrid fall that this was kicked into the next level. Once the crowd saw what was going on they started to cheer for FIST, which was cool to see. This was just about on the same level as the Hair vs. Mask match. Lots of fun spots with a compelling story.
From top to bottom this is one of the all around best indy show I've seen in a while. Everything was good. It's lacking that one stand out match that wouyld bring the show to the next level but this is still a really easy to watch and overall good show. The storylines that they have going have me really interested in Chikara again.