Team Toryumon (Skayde & Arakencito) vs. Super Friends (Chris Hero & Mike Quackenbush) from Tag World Grand Prix 2003

7.5.2003

Allentown, PA

This was a first 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:

Arakencito is officially a mini, which means he only needs to pin “full sized” wrestlers for two seconds. Quack and Hero need to pin him for four seconds though. Well, this should be interesting. The teams went back and forth for a bit. Arakencito hit a tope con hello on Quack after a few minutes of action. I just realized this was the first time I have seen Skayde with a mask on. Quack explained at this point on commentary that Ultimo Dragon was very disappointed in Arakencito’s performances at this tournament; as a result, Arakencito was never sent back with Skayde. Arakencito was worked over for a bit, but he made his own comeback. He hit a 450 after a one count. Right, Quack and Hero have to avoid two counts. Quack then hit Arakencito with a Tiger Driver for a three count, which is obviously not a win. After some more action for a while, Hero hit Arakencito with a brainbuster and then locked in the Hangman’s Clutch for the submission victory.

This match was very enjoyable to watch, but it did not build any drama or suspense. The match just sort of ended when it seemed like they were only halfway through their match. Regardless, I think this was really interesting to watch. Also, I have no idea what Ultimo Dragon was talking about. Arakencito looked pretty good here.

Match Rating: **3/4

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