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    Mizlining Returns! - Back to Skull

    The F2F trains rolls on!

    Rayman – Oleg’s in quite the nasty place, isn’t he? Glad the quality is keeping up for you, it surely isn’t easy!

    Sub Mariner – I really missed Kingston, he ended up missing about 3 months due to various things! He’s far too essential to CHIKARA to not be a major player though. So strange about those ONO shows, but glad some of them still manage to impress! Thanks for the continued feed, it’s something I really appreciated.

    Zakington – I was really hoping someone would go for my Blackman reference! Alas, it was not to be be. Thanks for the feed brother!


    And now, BACK TO CHIKARA!!!


    Back to Skull
    CHIKARA Event, 5/23/15, Part 1


    This is sort of a special bonus event on the CHIKARA calendar, it’s the official opening of the brand new facility for the CHIKARA Wrestlefactory, the wrestling school associated with the company since their inception in 2002. It could almost be considered sort of a warm up for the much bigger anniversary show happening the next night, but don’t be fooled, CHIKARA can always pull out something big at the most unexpected time.

    Brendan O’Donnell, who I believe typically works with CHIKARA side promotion “Wrestling is Fun!”, is our host and ring announcer. He’s ok, but I miss Gavin.

    And also don’t forget, this event is part of the CHIKARA Challenge of the Immortals 2015 (or, COTI15), a season long competition in which 10 teams compete in a variety of matches for a “Golden Opportunity”. Want to know more? Check out my big ol’ column on it!


    Missile Assault Ant vs. Amasis



    FUNNY!! CAPTION!! Erm… ANT!!!

    The Players: I said it last time, and I’ll say it again! Missile Assault Ant is the last remaining trace of Colony Xtreme Force, a heel group introduced as a soulless merchandising knockoff of the original colony. He wears a toy jetpack during his entrance (sold separately), and when he speaks he only says his own name (for branding purposes). He is also a really promising young talent in CHIKARA and I totally dig him. Amasis, on the other side, is a much more experienced member of the roster and sports an Egyptian theme, known as the “Funky Pharaoh” for his tendency to breakdance on occasion. These two don’t have any direct beef but they should have a solid chance for exhibition here.

    The Match: MAA stalls at the start. They grapple a little, and Amasis breaks away rubbing his ear because MAA is shouting his name too loudly, but MAA has bite as well as bark as he backs Amasis to the ropes and hits a nice uppercut. Amasis dances around MAA’s power game for a bit, until MAA boots him hard in the face to make him stop. MAA stomps him around and hits more sweet uppercuts, then goes for his Missile Corner Splash, but Amasis gets out of the way and gives him a couple kicks. MAA manages to chuck Amasis hard back into the corner, but only gets 2. I’ll admit my attention is wandering a bit in this match, so let me take this moment to mention this event has a raised entrance ramp, which I am always a fan of. Back to the action, Amasis tries a weird looking sunset flip that doesn’t work, but then has a nice superkick to follow it up. Amasis follows with a 450 splash for the win.

    The Winner: Amasis in 6:48

    The Verdict: I was expecting more from this, honestly. Amasis isn’t my personal favorite in singles matches, I find him much more entertaining in tags, but he’s by no means a bad hand, and I’d go so far as to say MAA is rather good. It never seemed to get into gear though, for being relatively short there was much more downtime than you’d expect. Definitely a few good things here, but all in all I was hoping for more.

    Awesomeness Rating: **¼



    You’re gonna bring yourself down…

    MAA heads to the back, but as soon as he gets there Kevin Condron gets in his face and sings “I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier”, another lyric from a “Killers” song. MAA, upset from his loss, shoves him to the ground and walks off angrily. Condron seems pleased.


    Ophidian and Argus are backstage. Ophidian urges Argus to remember his training and show everyone what he’s capable of. He says Argus is destined for greatnessssss (because Ophidian’s a snake, you see). Argus points at his eye knowingly, because… that’s what he does, I’m not sure why actually.


    Ophidian & Argus vs. The Colony (Fire Ant & Worker Ant)



    Submission chain attack!!

    The Players: Ophidian is the snake themed leader of the appropriately named COTI team “The Snake Pit”, and Argus is the “Gekko-Roman” rookie that Ophidian helped train and specifically drafted to his team in order to give him an opportunity to break into the main CHIKARA scene. Ophidian has definitely taken a mentoring role towards Argus which is pretty cool, because Ophidian is excellent in the ring and Argus shows considerable promise as a technical wrestler. On the other side is two members of CHIKARA’s popular ant themed stable, The Colony. Fire Ant is a founding member and a heck of a high flyer, while Worker is a more recent addition and relies much more on the power game. Both teams are pretty firmly on the face side, so this should be a nice and clean competitive match.

    The Match: Ophidian is in with Fire Ant at the start. Crowd seems to be a little more behind Ophidian, but both get a strong reaction. They mat wrestle a bit and Ophidian takes the advantage when he wraps Fire Ant up in a tight bodyscissors. Fire maneuvers him around and tries to pin him while still in the move, but Ophidian kicks out. Fire picks him up while still in the hold then slams him down in an impressive spot. Ophidian escapes further attack and brings in Argus. Argus wants to lock up with Fire, and he actually gets the advantage on the veteran when he grounds him with a hammerlock. Fire escapes it though, and they counter wrestle back and forth for a bit. Fire maneuvers over to his corner and tags in Worker. Worker uses his power to take control of Argus at first, but Argus is superior on the mat and wrestles control back, putting Worker in a tight small package which gets a close two. Worker shakes his hand after the kickout, showing respect for the rookie. They go back to the mat and Worker thinks he has the advantage, but Argus navigates his way through a leg lock and kicks Worker square in the jaw. He moves Worker back to his corner and Ophidian tags in.

    Ophidian wraps Worker’s arm up in a tight hold, brings him down on the mat to stomp hard on his elbow. He keeps right on the arm, but Worker uses his superior power to toss him aside and bring Fire back in. Another lock up puts Ophidian back in the corner, and Fire hits some nice chops. Fire tries to whip Ophidian across, but Ophidian uses the ropes to do a skin-the-cat style maneuver that ends in a headscissors to Fire Ant in nicely done spot. Argus heads in and together they boot Fire Ant, but Argus makes a rookie mistake and Fire Ant escapes to make the tag. Ophidian admonishes Argus to stay on his game but Worker is in quick to isolate the young rookie, and he hits a nice looking suplex to take the advantage. Fire comes in as well and together they hit a powerslam/senton/elbow combination which looks quite nice. Fire is a bit too cocky on the follow up though, and Argus rolls him up! It’s only 2 though, and Fire takes control back as Argus tries to get back in the game. Worker picks Argus up on his shoulders, and he and Fire hit a dropkick/flapjack combo, very nice! Man, I love a good double team. Worker keeps Argus trapped with a Dragon Sleeper, then slams him face first with a gourdbuster. Argus dodges a corner splash to follow up though, and he dives to tag in Ophidian!

    Ophidian is raring to go! He slides in and hits a fantastic looking spinning heel kick on Fire, then a corkscrew enziguiri! Fire Ant crawls to the corner, but Ophidian blasts him with two knees to the face, then swings his body up and crashes those knees down again! Worker Ant tries to peel him off with a back suplex but Ophidian lands on his feet. The crowd chants “Hiss” as Ophidian goes up to the top, but when he dives down Worker dodges and Ophidian cracks his knees hard into the mat! And Fire Ant explodes out of the corner and BURIES his knee in Ophidian’s jaw!! Argus comes back in to save the match, but both Fire and Worker blast him. Fire picks up Argus and Worker goes up top, and together they hit a GREAT looking Spike Beach Break!! Argus is out, but Ophidian saves the match at 2! That was a close one. Fire and Worker try to go to work on Ophidian, but Ophidian kicks Worker right in the ear and then pushes Fire out of the ring, with a small assist from a still groggy Argus. Argus gets his head on straight, and he and Ophidian hit a great looking double kick to Worker before following up with a half nelson/bulldog combo that drops Worker right on his head! Argus then wraps Worker up in a Rings of Saturn-esque submission, but Fire Ant breaks it up.

    Fire and Ophidian go toe to toe and trade forearm strikes, but Fire Ant gets the advantage with a great looking knee to the chin. Fire tries to go behind but Ophidian slithers back between his legs and hits a fantastic looking German suplex! Ophidian puts Fire up top and jumps up to kick him in the head, but when he tries to go up again Worker grabs him off the top and tries to put him in a Torture Rack. Ophidian swings around in midair to counter into the Death Grip! Fire Ant sees what’s happening and tries to sunset flip Ophidian right off of Worker Ant’s back, but Ophidian won’t let go! Fire Ant struggles to peel him off but Argus grabs him as well and applies a stretch muffler! Everyone is hanging off each other and nobody will give! Eventually Worker falls over and the chain breaks, but Argus is still game and he locks Fire Ant in an ankle lock. Fire rolls out and cracks Argus with a great looking kick, then hits a series of palm strikes then snaps another great kick to the head. Ophidian breaks up Fire’s momentum, and Argus is able to leap up for an enziguiri! Worker hits a discus clothesline to floor Argus, but Ophidian jumps off the top and drives his knees into Worker’s face! But Fire is back up and he plants Ophidian with a Tornado DDT! Argus tries to catch Fire in a tight pin but Fire kicks out, and Fire smacks him in the head with another kick. Fire tries to leap off the top but Argus dodges and Fire lands awkwardly, clutching his knee. Argus quickly clips the bad leg and then locks Fire up in a very tight pinning combo, and he gets the upset win!!! Fire Ant can hardly believe it, but he shakes Argus’ hand after the match.

    The Winners: Ophidian & Argus in 19:01

    The Verdict: After the first match I had even lower expectations for this event, I figured these guys would put out something decent but save the hard work for the bigger Anniversary show happening the next night. This match definitely blew those expectations away, everyone went completely all out to impress and put on a great tag team match. The match was definitely structured in part to give Argus more of a shine but he is definitely taking full advantage of the booking, and he looked for the most part right at home with three much more experienced guys apart. This match also really made me want to see an Ophidian vs. Fire Ant singles match, those two are so phenomenal right now it’s scary. Really good work by everyone here, they got plenty of time and they took full advantage of it and really blew my expectations out of the water.

    Awesomeness Rating: ****¼


    Well that gets us startedy, mizfan fans, but of course I wouldn’t leave you without a few ANSWERS to all your pressing questions!

    The man currently known as Ultramantis Black started his career with a cut and dried heroic persona as the vanilla babyface Ultramantis, but only two years into his career he donned the black Mantis and denounced the way of the goody two shoes forever. Many years later he would return to the side of the angels, but he’s never quite given up the devious side of his character that he adopted that fateful day.


    Ultramantis: Year One
    He’s… come a long way.

    Everyone who guessed got this one, so I’ll have to start making them harder!

    Subho – 13 Points
    Rayhagan1 – 11 Points
    Kingzak13 – 5 Points
    MI_Fan – 3 Points
    Mr Chop – 1 Point
    Zzzorf – 1 Point

    Speaking of, now it’s QUESTION TIME!!!

    Amasis and Ophidian have long been known together as The Osirian Portal, but they are not the only members the group has ever had. Which of the following is NOT a former member of the group?

    A. Escorpion Egipcio
    B. Hieracon
    C. Papyrus

    Until tomorrow, mizfan fans!

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    Aah, that second match seems hella fun. Whatever happened to Ophidian's mysterious wishes to some "God" after he lost that match to Nokken? It's good, though, that he's kind of mentoring Argus here, who's actually coming on leaps and bounds. Strong stuff, this.

    You weren't kidding about making the STCFs harder.. I have no idea this time! I'd say C, though, cuz it seems like the most generic name. Though, I'm 95% sure I'm wrong

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    I'm going with B for the STCF. It just seems to be the answer that fits best, and I can't really explain why lol.

    When it comes to the content, I really like Amasis, I think for his size and build he's remarkably agile and can do a lot of cool things in the ring. That said, it's a shame that this match fell somewhat flat. But the second match seems like a real barn burner. I've got to figure out exactly where to start watching from when I dive in lol.
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    F2F once more!

    Sub Mariner – It’s true, Ophidian’s faith in the ancient Egyptian gods seemed quite shaken early in the year, and I believe it is the reason he has temporarily separated from Amasis for the Challenge of the Immortals competition. If his doubts will lead him down a darker path has yet to be seen, but he seems temporarily content to mentor young Argus and fight in new situations with his makeshift team. More to come, I’m sure!

    Rayman – Amasis is a fun guy, and I agree he has some great moves, but I feel he sometimes lacks substance so when he goes out on his own in a singles match, it exposes him a little. CHIKARA is a great home for tag specialists, not to mention a devout follower of the old “accentuate the positives” mantra. If you can find the shows, I highly recommend them! I’m not sure where Sub gets them, maybe he could chime in?


    And it’s, CHIKARA time again for all the boys and girls…


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    CHIKARA Event, 5/23/15, Part 2



    Mr Touchdown is backstage, and he has words for Kevin Condron. He says Condron is a good talker but when it comes down to it he’s just a nerd who likes to type on his computer. He says tonight is his chance to step up with a first string competitor and prove himself.


    Kevin Condron vs. Mr Touchdown



    Kevin Christ, um, Condron saves us from hypocrisy.

    The Players: Mr Touchdown is, who would have guessed, a football themed wrestler, and a pretty darn good one at that, with great power for his size and some seriously impressive athleticism. Kevin Condron though… now he’s an interesting one. I’ll probably do a complete in depth column on him at some point, but here’s the medium sized version…

    Until the end of 2014, Condron was known by the name Kid Cyclone, a masked rookie just graduating from the Wrestlefactory. He and his rookie friends became frustrated with the war being waged against CHIKARA by The Flood, the super-stable trying to destroy the company at the time, and attempted to take on the Flood leader Deucalion alone and against the advice of the CHIKARA veterans and trainers. This attack ended in disaster, as Deucalion destroyed all of Cyclone’s fellow soldiers, and Cyclone himself was so desperate to escape the same fate that he ripped himself out of his cape. He returned many months later, and instead of waging war on the Flood, he went immediately after Eddie Kingston, who had temporarily joined the Flood and even helped destroy Cyclone’s friends. He derided CHIKARA for accepting Kingston back into the fold after his crimes, and denounced their family friendly image as a thin façade. In a move unprecedented in CHIKARA, Cyclone voluntarily removed his mask and rejected the traditions of CHIKARA. He also prophesied that he would be followed by others who would also reject CHIKARA, and from that time he has worked to undermine the system at every opportunity. It’s hard to put into words just how perfectly smug this man is, but everything he does is designed to put a wrench in the system. When he was granted a match against Kingston, rather than try to beat him physically he tricked the referee into disqualifying Kingston and costing him his shot at the Grand Championship. When he was pitted against Dasher Hatifeld, a beacon of sportsmanship and fair play, he avoided confrontation and again tried to trick the referee into a disqualification. He’s also been seen reaching out to former Flood henchman Volgar, urging him to reject the dark role that he fell into in the CHIKARA hierarchy. He’s clashed with Director of Fun (GM) Mike Quackenbush, senior referee Bryce Remsburg, and pretty much anybody else, and he’s done it all with a smile… words really fail me here, but Condron is one of the most interesting people in wrestling right now so I’m stoked to see what he did next.

    The Match: Also, did I forget to mention, Condron is a ludicrously handsome man. He is probably the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen. Just throwing that out there. He comes out to the ring first, and he’s got a mystery box with him that he leaves on the ramp. What’s in the box??? We’ll have to wait and see. Touchdown is very hyped for his entrance, and he literally bounces off the walls as he runs around the venue. Touchdown wants to spike his football as he usually does, but Condron scolds him with a smirk and tells him to not do it because of the low ceiling. Touchdown responds to this warning by throwing the football into Condron’s face and giving him a wild spinebuster!! We are off and running!

    Touchdown drags Condron to the corner and starts chopping away at him before powerslamming him to the ground. Touchdown does a series of splashes, then very deliberately takes down his knee pad and buries his knee cap in Condron’s pretty face. Touchdown takes a moment to take off his jersey, but when he comes back to Condron he catches him with a knee in the gut. Touchdown tries to go back after Condron, but Condron escapes to the outside. Touchdown tries to chase him to the outside, but Condron throws him face first into the ringpost. Condron gets back in the ring and takes his sweet time for his next move. Touchdown tries to crawl back into the ring and Condron kicks the ropes when he’s halfway through to further mess him up. Condron’s advantage doesn’t last long, as Touchdown rallies and hits another big spinebuster! But when Touchdown moves to do more damage, Condron takes his eyes and punches him into the corner.

    Condron hits some basic strikes to retain control, then hits a nice rib breaker. Condron mocks the crowd a little and continues the attack. Condron uses mostly basic moves to stay on top until at one point he takes an age to climb the turnbuckles and pose, at which point Touchdown rallies and jumps up to throw him back down to the mat. Touchdown does a flying shoulderblock and picks the pace back up, knocking Condron down again with a big dropkick. Touchdown is throwing Condron around and hits a 360 shoulder breaker, but Condron counters a charge with a couple forearms to the throat. He complains to the camera that his hair is messed up, but Touchdown is back and he smashes into Condron in the corner, hitting some nice shoulder thrusts. He backs up and tries for a big one, but Condron dodges and Touchdown really plants his head into one of the turnbuckles. Condron hits a GREAT looking DDT and covers Touchdown for the victory!

    The Winner: Kevin Condron in 8:04

    The Verdict: There are two sides to this match. On the one hand you have the character work, which was absolute perfection. Condron is incredibly adept already at just pouring character work into every little movement or facial expression he makes, and Touchdown was a good foil for him here. The other side is the actual action of the match, and here is where it gets a little stick. Condron is already solid in the ring, but I did feel that the pace of the match slowed to a crawl when he was on top. Part of that is just a heel tactic, but it came off a little aimless to me. That’s something he can tighten up as he gets more experienced, but it made this a good match rather than a great one. I’d love to see these guys have a rematch in a year, I think it could be something really special.

    Awesomeness Rating: ***¼


    Volgar REVEALED!!!

    After the match Dasher Hatfield comes out to check on his partner, and stares a hole in Condron. Condron smirks and reminds Dasher that he played by the rules this time, and demands that he remove his partner from the ring. Dasher reluctantly departs with Touchdown, and Condron grabs a microphone. He reminds us all that he knows a secret about Volgar, the now leaderless evil henchman who formerly served The Flood last year. Condron muses that though he gave Volgar an opportunity to come clean with his secret, he hasn’t done so. So he will reveal it himself! Volgar charges out to the ring and threatens Condron, but Condron urges him to hold back and says what he has in the box is for Volgar, then says he will never call him by that name again. The box is retrieved, and Condron gifts it to Volgar. Volgar seems wary but he opens the box up. Inside the box is what looks like a… karaoke microphone? Condron calls him “Lucas Calhoun”, and says he is not the monster CHIKARA has made him out but rather he was meant to perform and be loved. Condron says that Volgar now should have something for him. Volgar hesitatingly reaches for the back of his mask as Condron encourages him. After another moment of hesitation, he removes the mask! As soon as it’s off he has a look of relief on his face, and he hugs Condron! They walk together to the back, and Condron disdainfully kicks the old Volgar mask out of the ring. Very interesting…

    Just the one match today mizfan fans, both because Back to Skull is a bit of a short event and because Condron is just that darn interesting, but I know you’re also very interested in some ANSWERS so I will not disappoint!

    The Osirian Portal has been a two man unit for most of their existence, but they have been joined on occasion, first by Escorpion Egipcio, who was ousted in 2009 when he made one mistake too many, and then for much of 2011 by Hieracon until the Portal temporarily dissolved and Ophidian took a tour of the dark side.


    Hieracon, seen here existing.

    Both of my most loyal and appreciated feeders threw in a guess in this time, but it was Subho who identified that “Papyrus” was just the only vaguely Egyptian word I could think of off the top of my head! His lead grows, can Ray possibly stop him??

    Subho – 14 Points
    Rayhagan1 – 11 Points
    Kingzak13 – 5 Points
    MI_Fan – 3 Points
    Mr Chop – 1 Point
    Zzzorf – 1 Point

    I don’t know if Sub can be caught, but there’s only one way to know for sure! It’s QUESTION TIME!!

    Stump the CF!


    With the unmasking of Volgar we are now left with the as yet unproven character of “Lucas Calhoun”. What unlikely nickname did Condron mention for this new persona?

    A. “Juke Joints” Lucas Calhoun
    B. Lucas “Psychobilly” Calhoun
    C. “Lindy Hop” Lucas Calhoun

    Until tomorrow, mizfan fans!

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    Interesting for sure. Condron is definitely an intriguing character and I look forward to an in-depth look at him. I like the stuff he does in between matches - they might seem a bit slow, or aimless, but like you say, just following his facial expressions and body language is a treat. But, no matter how great it looked, I just can't stand the DDT as a finisher anymore. LOL

    Anyway, Volgar.. karaoke machine?? Wassup with that??? Anything to give that guy some direction, I suppose.


    Also, as for where I get my CHIKARA stuff, it's mostly through torrents, if I'm lucky enough, but they disappear all too quickly as well. If one wants to catch up, though, http://dx-tv.com/?s=CHIKARA is the place to go. They have "For British Eyes Only" now and though they take a little time, every show gets puts on there! Nice place to start for sure!


    And now the ANSWER...

    No idea again. But, you mentioned "unlikely" so I'll pick B, because it's the most unlikely choice. :P

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    I can't believe I read the last question wrong lol! Dammit, I need to close this gap so I'll take a shot with A. I'll be back later to comment on the column itself as I have a family engagement lol.

    God bless you Mizzie you're killllllling it.
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    F2F will be coming around the mountain when she comes…

    Sub Mariner – Except for just a touch of rookie hesitation in his ring work, Condron is an absolute treat in every way. As for the DDT, I get your concern but I love the way Condron snaps it down, I always think any move could be a finisher if it’s done right. Bring back the DDT as a deadly attack!

    Rayman – Many a real life test has caught me with wording, so I share your pain sir! Enjoy your family engagement, and thank you as always for the very kind words.


    And now, back to CHIKARA!!


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    CHIKARA Event, 5/23/15, Part 3


    Princess Kimberlee (Crown & Court) vs. Juan Francisco de Coronado (United Nations) – Challenge of the Immortals Match



    Juan’s face is always worth a thousand words, the man is a face genius.

    The Players: Pretty simple, Juan is your quintessential heel as the pompous, diminutive Ecuadoran aristocrat which a penchant for long speeches and talking down the “United Stations”, as he calls the United States. On the other side you’ve got Princess Kimberlee, a sweet and cheerful princess type character with the twist that she sports devastating offense and incredible toughness when pushed to the limit, especially if insulted or not taken seriously. Both are stellar performers in my book, and the added bonus here is that Princess Kimberlee’s COTI team “Crown & Court” is the last team in the tournament with no points at all. Most of their team’s matches have been lost due to the bumbling of some of her less competent teammates, but here Kimberlee has the chance to go it all by herself and prove that her team can at least get on the board. Juan, on his side, has been taking all the credit for any success his team has had, so now that the chips are down he will also be fighting extra hard not to come up short in front of his troops. Both will be fighting hard to get the win, so this should be quite good.

    The Match: Juan has this way of peeking his flag out of the curtain before he actually appears that is just hilarious. Even with the short ramp he takes an age. He picks up a mic to cut a promo, complete with Spanish subtitles for his legions of fans in Ecuador. He talks about coming to the “United Stations”, and says they have a very filthy town here in “Vile-adelphia”. He says they are in great company solely because he decided to grace their presence, and runs down his opponent whom he calls “Kimber”. He proclaims Ecuadoran aristocracy is always better than United Stations royalty. Kimberlee asks a peasant to hold her crown, and she’s ready to take on Juan as the crowd is heavily behind her. Kimberlee taunts Juan by saying clearly the Princess is more popular than the aristocrat. Juan demands that she bow down to him (and the Spanish subtitles follow him into the match). Kimberlee says she doesn’t bow down to anyone, and that Juan should bow to her instead. The crowd agrees, and Juan seems to acquiesce… but instead he UPPERCUTS KIMBERLEE RIGHT IN THE THROAT!!!

    This vicious underhanded shot sets us off and running, and gets Juan tremendous heat. He keeps the advantage momentarily, but after a short time Kimberlee bounces back and hits a nice looking satellite headscissors! She forces Juan to the corner and CHOPS the living crud out of him! And again! Juan is writhing in pain! Poor Juan, he always seems to get chopped so hard. As if to illustrate my point, Kimberlee hits him with KOBASHI CHOPS!!! Juan tries to turn the tides but Kimberlee puts on a Tarantula-esque submission in the ropes, then boots Juan hard in the head after letting it go. Juan is on the run, and he pushes the referee into Kimberlee to knock her off the apron to the floor. Juan sucker punches her on the floor to cement his advantage, and he tries to start a chant for himself only to meet with more boos.

    Juan takes Kimberlee back into the ring and drives some knees into Kimberlee’s back, but only gets a 1 count out of it. He chucks her front first against the ropes, and starts driving hard forearms into her back as she bounces back, then blasts her with a hard lariat, but still it’s only a 2 count. Juan seems to be trying to save face by finishing the match quickly, but Kimberlee will certainly not go down without a fight. Juan hits her with a powerslam, but again can’t put her away. Juan hits some nice looking shoulder thrusts into her back, and he’s really trying to pulverize that lower back section as he hits a great looking back suplex for a 2 count. He tries to keep Kimberlee down but she manages a jawbreaker, but Juan is only stunned a moment and he manages to nail a GREAT looking Tiger Driver on Kimberlee. But it’s still only two! Kimberlee is fighting through the pain. Juan tries to bounce off the ropes but Kimberlee follows him in and knocks him to the floor, then tries to recover herself before he gets back in.

    Juan heads back in and tries to charge Kim in the corner, but he meets with some hard kicks, and then Kimberlee busts out of the corner with a great spinning boot to the face! Juan kicks out at two and Kim is trying to keep her momentum rolling. They fight back and forth for a German Suplex, but then Kimberlee switches it around and hits a NICE delayed vertical suplex! The crowd is way, way behind Kimberlee but Juan still kicks out at two. Kimberlee takes too long to follow up, and Juan is able to blast her with another great looking Tiger Driver. Kim just barely kicks out and Juan is looking frustrated. He tries to pick Kim up but she escapes, and she tries to hit a piledriver but her back is too damaged. Juan looks for a third Tiger Driver but Kim escapes that too, and she catches Juan in a tight pinning combination to get the sudden victory!! Jerivs comes out to congratulate Kimberlee as Juan looks furious. Kimberlee talks to a fan dressed as princess in the crowd briefly then has Jervis carry her to the back. Juan is just sitting in the ring looking horrified, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

    The Winner: Princess Kimberlee in 10:45

    The Verdict: This pretty much lived up to my expectations of being great, Juan with a genius heel tactic at the start taking advantage of Kimberlee’s good heart and naiveté and really just pasting her one set the tone of the match fantastically. They did a great job building the suspense of Juan getting the slightly underhanded win but still making him look strong with a lot of strong offense and smart tactic, but then letting Kimberlee’s natural toughness and ingenuity shine through as she weathered the worst of the offense and then eschewed a big power move in favor of a smart pinning combo. Juan’s post match reaction was absolutely priceless, the man is seriously gifted in terms of heelish facial expressions. A top 10 CHIKARA singles match of the year so far, and with more time and build I bet they could have topped it with ease. I’m also salivating at the idea of a Princess Kimberlee/Hallowicked title match sometime down the line, make it happen CHIKARA!

    Awesomeness Rating: ****


    Dasher is backstage is honored to be in the very first main event in this venue, but he is well aware of the (Mc)massive hurdle in front of him. He lists the impressive feats that his opponent has accomplished, but he reminds us that he is only 1 point away from a Grand Championship match. He criticizes Blaster for taking shortcuts in his matches and makes fun of his (relatively) skinny legs. He says he will teach McMassive to earn his stripes the right way.


    Blaster McMassive vs. Dasher Hatfield



    His hiding ability is DEVASTATING!!!

    The Players: Blaster McMassive is part of the highly decorated Devastation Corporation, and is both part of the 2014 winning King of Trios team and current one half holder of the Campeonatos de Parejas (tag titles). He is also my favorite member of the whole stable, and one of the most impressive big men on the indy scene for my money. The guy has fantastic agility and flying ability for his size, but can also pull out some great heelish tactics at the drop of the hat. Speaking of hats, Dasher Hatfield is on the other side, sporting his baseball gimmick and his wholesome 1950s morality. Dasher’s team, the Throwbacks, and the Devastation Corporation have been embroiled in a simmering feud stretching all the way back to September of last year. Dev Corp has mostly had the upper hand, but it will be mano-a-mano here so anything could happen. Also of interest is Dasher Hatfield being only 1 point away from the previously mentioned title shot. Dasher has really become something of an in ring ace in the last couple years, so I would love to see him get a shot at Hallowicked. Let’s see what happens!

    The Match: McMassive is out first and he makes the ring announcer say a bunch of impressive things about him. Dasher is out next, and the crowd is way behind him. He does a cheer with the crowd, and they are good to go!

    Blaster says he wants to shake hands at the start, but Dasher polls the crowd and they think it’s a trick. Dasher shakes the hand anyway but when Blaster tries a sucker punch, he dodges and hits him with an atomic drop. They do a bit of technical back and forth to get going, which is well executed but a bit basic for my taste. The match quickly picks up as Dasher starts in with some beautiful Steamboat-esque arm drags. Blaster tries to block a big one, but Dasher changes his game and kicks Blaster into the corner before giving him a baseball slide. Dasher sends Blaster to the outside with a wheelbarrow armdrag, and Blaster steals the chair of an audience member to catch his breath. Dasher will have none of that though, and he dives right out of the ring and knocks Blaster over!

    Dasher chases Blaster around ringside for a bit, and Blaster pulls an audience member in front of him to block Dasher’s attack. Blaster uses the distraction to sucker punch Dasher, then says to the fan “teamwork, brother!”, but then shoves him down!! Blaster kicks away at Dasher while the staff checks on the fans. Blaster mocks the fans for their concern, the shuts down a Dasher comeback with a hard stomp to the chest. Blaster grounds him for a while until Dasher starts chopping back, but when Dasher goes up to the top Blaster intercepts him and hurls him across the ring. Dasher tries another comeback and eats a BIG big boot to go back down, but when he tries to follow up with a powerbomb Dasher escapes and starts fighting back. Blaster AGAIN boots Dasher, but this time Dasher is quicker to recover and he hits a big clothesline to take Blaster off his feet.

    Dasher starts knocking Blaster around a little, then hits a slightly awkward looking side slam for a two count. Blaster gets back into it and they slug it out until Blaster hits a short arm clothesline that he apparently calls LARIAT TUBMAN, which is officially the greatest thing I’ve heard today. Blaster takes too long to follow up, and Dasher catches the big Blaster with a truly impressive Jackhammer!! Blaster has had enough and he tries to retreat into the trainer’s office, but Dasher drags him back to the ring. Dasher then holds Blaster at ringside, and the fan who got pushed down comes over and gets a shot in on Blaster!! Teamwork, brother!! Blaster is irate with the ref, who claims he didn’t see anything. That’s what cheating will get you, Blaster! Blaster crawls back into the ring and Dasher goes up top, and when Blaster tries to throw him down again Dasher rolls through. Dasher comes right back running, but Blaster catches him with a HUGE Black Hole Slam! Blaster goes for the pin, but Dasher rolls his shoulders over into a crucifix pin! And it’s good, Dasher beats Blaster!!

    The Winner: Dasher Hatfield in 15:52, now eligible to challenge for the CHIKARA Grand Championship

    The Verdict: This was good, but I was actually expecting it to be a little better. The Dasher comeback/Blaster shut down cycle got a bit repetitive, and they seemed to waste a little more time than necessary at the start of the match. Aside from that, the fan interaction was fun and whenever they were rolling the action looked great. I also appreciated the ending, Dasher being unable to overpower Blaster so instead of catching him in a surprise pin and walking away with a title shot in his pocket. Dasher may be a face but he’s not stupid! A very refreshing concept at times. The idea of the end was a little similar to the end of the Juan/Kimberlee match, but the execution felt different, less than Dasher was desperate and more than his veteran instinct won the day. Good match, though I feel these two could have a better one in the future with a bit more focus.

    Awesomeness Rating: ***¾


    Well that concludes Back to Skull, ladies and gents! We will return tomorrow with a MUCH bigger show, the anniversary show entitled “Aniversario: A New Attitude”, featuring a Grand Championship match and much more! But before we go, let’s quickly check the COTI standings and see where we’re at:



    Nightmare Warriors – 4
    Wrecking Crew – 4

    Dasher’s Dugout – 3
    Arcane Horde – 2
    Battle Hive – 2
    Bruderschaft des Kruezes – 2
    Gentleman’s Club – 2
    United Nations – 2
    Crown & Court – 1
    Snake Pit – 1

    Everybody on the board now! Still heel dominated but not excessively so. Lots of interesting stuff to come!

    And speaking interesting stuff, I know you’re all waiting for a few ANSWERS!!

    Little was revealed about the former Volgar’s new character at Back to Skull, but Condron did let slip that he was once known by the nickname “Juke Joint”. What does this mean? Join us tomorrow to find out, mizfan fans!


    Preview! Seen here… well, this isn’t a great preview, but seriously just come back tomorrow, it’ll all be clear(ish).

    Our two front runners both took a stab here, which I’m always happy to see, and just to make it more interesting our man Ray got the point! The gap closes a bit and the contest is still hot!

    Subho – 14 Points
    Rayhagan1 – 12 Points
    Kingzak13 – 5 Points
    MI_Fan – 3 Points
    Mr Chop – 1 Point
    Zzzorf – 1 Point

    And last but certainly not least, a little QUESTIONnaire for ya before we send it home!

    Stump the CF!


    The Throwbacks are made up of Dasher Hatfield & Mr Touchdown, two characters bound by their love of sports as well as an obscure relation. How exactly are they related?

    A. Step Cousins in Law
    B. Time Traveling Great Uncle & Nephew
    C. Half Brothers Twice Removed

    Until tomorrow, mizfan fans!

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    Dasher Hatfield eligible for the Grand Championship... YES!! Perhaps that main event was a bit too long, even for a short show, but I do love the antics of CHIKARA's referees, though. We need more stuff like that. And good on Crown & Court to finally gain a point. One should make an album of all of Juan's golden expressions, really.

    Now STCF... these are truly getting harder day by day, but let's go with A cuz it's the simplest option

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    Since they're CHIKARA and we have already seen time travel I'm considering B, but I'm leaning towards A, so I'll go with that.

    Since I owe two days worth of feedback, i want to say that Condron sounds like he would be my favorite character. He just seems like he'd be right up my alley.

    Regarding the last column, I'm not a huge fan of Juan from the little I've seen him, but I do love how CHIKARA delivers intergender matches. They present them in a way where the women can absolutely win, and in this case did. I think that CHIKARA really delivers an interesting take on this.

    Also Lariat Tubman wins the day!
    Read my latest. That's not a request.

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