Mike Quackenbush, UltraMantis, Dragonfly, & Gran Akuma vs. Mister ZERO & Night Shift (Blind Rage, Hallowicked, & Ichabod Slayne) from A Sandwich Called Destiny 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.

Recap from TJ Hawke:

This was Akuma’s Chikara show debut.  He was in a mask.  Icarus was wearing a dress per a stipulation in a previous match.  Not too much of note happened in the early goings, as neither team could get an advantage.  UltraMantis tried to do something flippy on the ropes, but it did not go well.  At one point, all the rudos (besides ZERO) ended up on the floor. All the tecnicos but Dragonfly hit them with slingshot hilos.  ZERO then cut off Dragonfly in the ring, and the rudos got the heat on him.  At one point, Dragonfly had ZERO in an abdominal stretch in the tecnico corner instead of just leaving the ring.  That was stupid.  Shortly thereafter, Dragonfly failed to leave the ring when it would have been easy for him to do so.  The easiest way to get me to lose interest in a match is to see stupid tecnicos.  Finally, Dragonfly avoided a dive from Blind Rage, and he then tagged in to UltraMantis who ran wild for a bit.  All the tecnicos started to run through the rudos.  There was a seven man submission spot that ended when Quack kicked Slayne in the head.  The rudos came back with a quadruple suplex.  The tecnicos came back with a quadruple pinning combination.  There was a seven man headlock spot that ZERO broke up with a domino DDT. Zero avoided La Magistral from Akuma, and then hit Akuma with a bridging German suplex: 1…2…NO! Akuma came back on ZERO with a diving crossbody, but Hallowicked made the save.  Hallowicked reversed an UltraMantis Tiger Driver with a hurricanrana for a nearfall.  Slayne got a nearfall on Dragonfly with a Sliced Bread #2.  Rage hit Quack with a dragon screw legwhip and then locked in a STF.  Quack got to the ropes.  The rudos double teamed Quack, but the other tecnicos made the save.  The tecnicos quadrupled teamed Hallowicked, but the other rudos made the save.  Quack finally hit Slayne with a SUPER TIGER DRIVER: 1…2…3! Damn.

This match really had an interesting story that you rarely see in any other wrestling promotion (at least in America).  Basically, each team used teamwork to try to beat the other team, but both teams were so evenly matched that they couldn’t put each other way. The only way to beat the team was to make it so that it was 1v1 in the ring, while everyone else was held up on the floor. The first time that happened, ZERO was able to cut off Dragonfly. The second time that happened, Quack was able to kill Slayne.  Fun match with some goofy spots. It’s hard to repeatedly do quadruple team spots and make them seem organic.

Match Rating: ***


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