Friday, November 30, 2012
Chikara "Under The Hood" iPPV Preview!
Chikara has it’s third iPPV this weekend, with their Season 11 Finale, “Under the Hood” taking place in Philadelphia, PA. The show will certainly see the culmination of several feuds, while also perhaps setting the tone for what is to come in Season 12 as well. Here’s a look at each of the matches scheduled for this Sunday’s show!
Dasher Hatfield vs. Icarus
This is a rematch from Cibernetico, as they’ve built a little feud here. Icarus really doesn’t do much for me in the ring, but I love Dasher Hatfield, such a fun character, and a really nice guy to boot. I think this is the opener, and Hatfield gets the win here to start of the show on a fun note.
Mike Quackenbush, Fire Ant, Green Ant & assailANT vs. Jigsaw, The Shard, deviANT & Soldier Ant
The story here is that Jigsaw super kicked Quackenbush at Cibernetico, and has apparently aligned with The Shard and deviANT. This HAS to be the end of the “Soldier Ant with the Swarm against his will” and “assailANT with the Colony against their will” stories...really, it does. Jigsaw’s blog this week is an interesting read about where this might be going, saying that he’s mentoring The Shard and showing him a different way (check it out here: http://www.chikarapro.com/blog/11-29-2012.php). Is it really a different way though with him cheap shotting Quack? This will absolutely setup a huge storyline one would think for Season 12, and I’m interested to see where it all leads. I’d guess that the Jigsaw team should probably win this one to get his apparent heel turn off to a good start.
Young Lions Cup Mach
Mr. Touchdown (C) vs. ACH
ACH is one of the hottest prospects on the indy scene right now, and lost to Mr. Touchdown in the finals of the Young Lions Cup Tournament, so this is a rematch of their finals match from Indianapolis back in August. I have to say I’m a bit shocked that we don’t have Mr. Touchdown vs The Mysterious and Handsome Stranger here on this card, but this will be a heck of a match regardless (and I’m guessing we’ll get the confrontation between those two when they announce “Homecoming King & Queen”). Touchdown should keep the cup here as he’s the one they are obviously building up here in Chikara, and ACH isn’t a regular. That being said, I could see the Stranger costing Touchdown the Cup too.
3rd Point on the Line
3.0 vs. F.I.S.T
Each team here has 2 points, so the winner will be in line for a shot at the titles after this show. 3.0 defeated F.I.S.T. for the titles earlier this year, and then lost them right back to them in their first defense, so this is a rubber match of sorts between these two. It’s so interesting to see Gargano in F.I.S.T. here, instead of at the absolute top of the card like he is in DGUSA and Evolve as I’ve mentioned before. This should be a perfectly good match, and with The Young Bucks as the current champs, 3.0 winning here would make sense. Another one I can see going either way though.
The War to Settle the Score!
Ultramantis Black, Hallowicked, Frightmare, Crossbones & Blind Rage vs. Delirious, Ophidian, Kodama, Obariyon & Kobald
This war has been building all year, but Delirious has said it would be a 2 year reckoning for Ultramantis Black, so perhaps it doesn’t really end here. This will be all over the place, and should be a heck of a brawl. I don’t know alot about Blind Rage, but those who have followed Chikara longer than I have seem excited about it, so I’m good with that! I had hoped for Amasis (and wouldn’t be shocked to see him show up with a run in or soething anyways), but Blind Rage works too. If it really is the end of the war, than the Spectral Envoy has to win. But, if it’s only the mid point of the feud, and it really is going to go into 2013 as well, then Delirious and his army will get the duke by some cheating method, and the pin probably won’t include Ultramantis. So, it’s all about where these teams head in Season 12!
Campeonatos de Parejas - 2 out of 3 Falls
The Young Bucks (C) vs. 1-2-3 Kid & Marty Jannetty
Having Kid and Jannetty, former WWF Tag Team Champions challenging for the tag titles is pretty cool! These two teams should be able to put together a fun match, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see it go 3 falls (most 2 out of 3 falls matches tend to anyways). But, in my eyes, unless The Young Bucks are headed back to TNA or something (which was rumored at one point, but I haven’t heard anything in a while on it), there’s no reason to put the titles on a nostalgia act, keep them on the Bucks and let them enter Season 12 as the champs, and build to another team taking them from them (I’m begging ya...the Bravados, PLEASE!).
Chikara Grand Championship
Eddie Kingston (C) vs. Tim Donst
This has been building since King of Trios, and it’s the most interested I’ve been in Tim Donst in...well, ever! Kingston won the title at the their season finale last year and looks to try and make it through all of Season 11 as the Grand Champion. Part of me thinks he will, and that he’ll eventually lose it to a newly heel Jigsaw. But, a short run for Donst could work here too. I think this will be a war back and forth, but in the end, I see Donst coming close, but Jakob Hammermeier finally snapping from all the times Donst has treated him badly, and Jakob turning babyface by costing Donst the Grand Championship, setting up Donst/Hammermeier as a feud in Season 12. Perhaps after the match we’ll also get an idea of who will be gunning for Kingston next year as well. Should be a great end to a good show!
Chikara’s “Under The Hood” iPPV comes to you live from Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon at 4pm Eastern time on SMVOD.com for just $16.99. Head on over there to order it today, or if you’re still on the fence, they are airing a live, free pre-show preview on Saturday night at 8pm Eastern time on the same site to make sure everything is working perfectly for Sunday, so give that a look as well!
Posted by Jim at 6:05 AM