Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015
by Paul in Wrestling
Preamble: Yes, I’m still doing these. Yes, we’re falling further and further behind. That was always the plan, since now I know where a lot of this is going. Anyway, this is the third show on the four-date UK tour.
When and where: It’s Sunday 5 April 2015, and we’re in the Masonic Hall in Cardiff, which the Chikara website gamely describes as “intimate and picturesque”. It is indeed a charming little room, presently dominated by a wrestling ring. Looks like a nicely mixed crowd, actually. The stage set up is a bit rudimentary.
1. Elimination Match: Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream Jr) v. The United Nations (Juan Francisco de Coronado & Prakash Sabar) v. The Wrecking Crew (Jaka & Oleg the Usurper) v. The Gentleman’s Club (Chuck Taylor & Drew Gulak).
The back story: The four-team elimination match is a Chikara staple. The winning team will get a point towards a tag title shot for every team they eliminate. Nobody has any points coming in, but you only need three for a title shot, so a clean sweep could win you a title shot right away. (This handily explains why anyone would bother tagging in for the first fall.) All the teams are technically rudos, but only the UN are unequivocal baddies; Los Ice Creams and the Gentleman’s Club are loveable cheats, while Oleg is teasing a face turn. This is the first time Oleg has wrestled as a member of the Wrecking Crew since being left out of their squad for the season-long Challenge of the Immortals tournament. But it fits with the storyline of the Crew trying to assert their continuing control over him. Los Ice Creams are jobbers, but everyone else has a credible shot. (more…)