Super Friends (Mike Quackenbush & Chris Hero) vs. Swiss Money Holding (Ares & Claudio Castagnoli) from Tag World Grand Prix 2003

7.5.2003

Allentown, PA

This was a second round match in the first ever Chikara Tag World Grand Prix. This match is on the Best of 2003 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:

The teams went back and forth at the start. Quack got Ares in a submission, and Ares was forced to get to the ropes. Hero and CC squared off right after that. These two would go on to have many underwhelming singles matches over the years. Claudio was worked over by Quack for a while. They did chicken fight test of strength. Quack hit Ares with a senton plancha. Claudio then did a Deadman suicida. Hero then did a no-hands corkscrew plancha. They got back into the ring, and Quack was then worked over. Quack caught Claudio with a big palm strike, and Hero then made a hot tag. Hero was then cut off after a bit and worked over himself. Fuck, this match is long. Hero caught Ares with  suplex that dropped him on his neck. Quack then made a comeback. The teams went back and forth. Ares ate the doubleteam Hero’s Welcome, but CC made the save. Hero got Ares in a submission, as CC got Quack in a submission. The thirty minute time limit expired before either man tapped out. Both teams were eliminated from the tournament.

Long does not equal good. While it’s possible to have thirty minutes of story to tell in a wrestling match (or even 60+), the degree of difficulty is much higher. This match was a case of a long match not having nearly enough in-ring story to tell in the thirty minutes of action. If they cut the length in half, I could almost guarantee that I would have enjoyed it twice as much. As it was, I enjoyed some of it, but I cannot get all that excited about it.

With all that being said, these two teams clearly had chemistry, and the match made me want to see them wrestle again under different conditions.

Match Rating: **3/4

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