Black T-Shirt Squad (Mike Quackenbush & Reckless Youth) vs. La Parka & Mister ZERO from June 2002


Allentown, PA

This match is on the Best of 2002 DVD, which is available for purchase at Smart Mark Video.  For a more informed opinion on this match, check out Kevin Ford’s review. Make sure you check out Kevin’s review so he doesn’t get mad at me for stealing his screen cap.

Recap from TJ Hawke (written 10/21/2012):

I imagine it was somewhat of a big deal for La Parka to appear in CHIKARA, especially since CHIKARA was in its infant stages of development.  The story was that ZERO was searching for the ideal partner.  ZERO was one of the first graduates of the CHIKARA Wrestle Factory.

La Parka and ZERO attacked the Black T-Shirt Squad before the bell.  The T-Shirt Squad managed to send their opponents to the floor, and then they wiped them out with stereo tope suicidas.  Things settled down, as Reckless and ZERO squared off in the ring.  La Parka tagged in and hit Reckless with a diving spinning heel kick.  La Parka then danced, because he is La Parka.  ZERO got Quack in a submission, and he then read a newspaper. Wresssstling! YAY!  ZERO and La Parka worked over Quack.  The commentators just noted that Paul Turner, aka long time ROH referee (who appeared on the very first ROH show), was the referee of this match.  Quack managed to tag out to Reckless.  ZERO and La Parka worked over Reckless briefly, but Reckless escaped and stole ZERO’s newspaper.  Quack gave ZERO a big running palm strike and a double stomp for a nearfall.  Reckless and Quack worked over ZERO for a while.  Unlike at the first CHIKARA show, this match used lucha tag rules.  La Parka saved ZERO, and he went to work on Reckless.  ZERO came into the ring, but Reckless sent him to the floor and hit ZERO with an elbow suicida.  La Parka hit Reckless with a corkscrew plancha.  Quack hit ZERO with a springboard somersault plancha.  Back in the ring, Quack hit ZERO with a diving headbutt.  La Parka then botched a split-legged move on Quack.  La Parka hit a pair of powerbombs on Quack.  La Parka went for the corkscrew moonsault, but Quack avoided it.  Quack went for a senton atomico, but La Parka avoided it.  ZERO got on the microphone and yelled at La Parka, because he didn’t want La Parka getting the win for the team.  That seemingly came out of nowhere. Zero attacked La Parka. Paul Turner pulled Zero back, which caused Turner & Zero to fall to the mat.  Parka went for a frogsplash, but he connected with Turner by mistake.  Reckless wiped out La Parka with a diving plancha.  Quack had La Parka defeated with a frog splash, but Paul Turner was still knocked out.  Quack accidentally hit Youth with the chair. La Parka then hit Quack with the chair.  La Parka got disqualified for that. La Parka then celebrated. As you would.

This was a 22 minute match that felt like it was building for a forty minute match.  By that I mean everything that happened before Mister ZERO started arguing with La Parka felt like seeds being planted before an extended heat sequence and then a finishing sequence. In other words, the story of the match was only half done (at best), and then we got a sloppy trainwreck finish where La Parka stood above everyone else.  I’m not surprised that La Parka never appeared in CHIKARA again.  When you buy this DVD, don’t expect much from this match. It was entertaining in bits and pieces, but it did not come together well at all. I imagine it’s only on a “Best of” because 2002 didn’t have a ton of matches to choose from and because of La Parka’s name value.

Match Rating: **1/4


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