CHIKARA Counting Backwards
By Big Red Machine
From November 05, 2016
DREW GULAK vs. LUCAS CALHOUN- 6.25/10
Good solid opener. Gulak wins clean in ten minutes. After the match Calhoun asked Gulak for another match and Gulak said yes so again we got...
DREW GULAK vs. LUCAS CALHOUN II - no rating, good segment.
Calhoun wins clean in two minutes with a roll-up. After the match Gulak cut a promo saying that he was very unhappy that he lost in his home city and vows to make Calhoun pay for this.
RICK ROLAND & SLOAN CAPRICE PROMO - very good.
Caprice did most of the talking. This was my first exposure to Roland, but I think he might me Rhett Titus' long-lost brother.
FOUR WAY ELIMINATION MATCH:
Team Sea Stars (Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo) vs. Chuck Taylor™ & DUSTIN vs. N_R_G vs. Rick Roland & Sloan Caprice (w/The Big Deal)- 5/10
So the Sea Stars are a tag team, with matching gear and Quack said they were sisters and grew up together... so why don't they have the same last name?
Roland & Caprice looked good, and the stuff between Chuck Taylor™ and the man whose intellectual property he stole was very good, with a very surprising turn at the end in which Chuck Taylor™ actually contributed to the victory.
CHUCK TAYLOR™ PROMO - I wasn't into the comedy.
CHIKARA YOUNG LIONS CUP MATCH:
Estonian ThunderFrog(c) vs. Hermit Crab- 6.75/10
Lot of thematic offense in this match to go with the good storytelling. This was great for the time it got.
OFFICER WARREN BARKSDALE vs. THE BIG DEAL (w/Rick Roland & Sloan Caprice)- 4.25/10 (but really good for what it was).
Swoggle is SOOOOO great in this role.
DASHER HATFIELD & HEIDI LOVELACE PROMO - Great
This was a great promo, but I'm not going to lie: just hearing the words "Challenge of the Immortals" still makes me angry, and probably always will.
DASHER HATFIELD & HEIDI LOVELACE vs. The heXed Men (Mark Angelosetti & Icarus)- 8.25/10
This was one heck of an intense grudge match, just dripping with emotion. They started fast and furious right out of the gate and never let up. Heidi was a great babyface in peril, as usual, and everyone else was great in their roles. After finally disavowing him as a cheater, Dasher realized in this match that Angelosetti is currently being mind-controlled and now feels very bad about disavowing him, to the point of seeming like he was on the verge of a mental breakdown in a post-match interview.
ZACK SABRE JR. vs. JUAN FRANCISCO DE CORONADO- 8.5/10
A BEAUTIFUL technical wrestling match with a great but simple story. Francisco wrestling surprisingly cleanly really added a lot to this, as did the commentary of Mike Quackenbush and Joey Styles.
A GREAT show from CHIKARA, with a very fun undercard rounded out by two awesome matches on top!