Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, & Sabian vs. The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, & Arik Cannon) from Remain in Light 2005

3.18.2005

Reading, PA

This match is on the Best of 2005 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 the main event on the first show after the 2005 TWGP. Hero infamously turned on Quack in the finals to give Claudio and Cannon the tourney win. The three of them then formed The Kings of Wrestling.

The match started as a brawl all around the ring. They got back into the ring faster than I expected. Eddie Kingston was doing play-by-play. The Kings ended up back on the floor, and the tecnicos did some dives. The match settled down again. The Kings managed to isolated Sabian, and they worked him over for a long time. The Kings of Wrestling are getting so much heat on Sabin that it’s now Winter. Sabian murdered Cannon with a 450 stomp, and Quack then made a big hot tag. The teams started going back and forth. Jigsaw got murded by a pop-up. Quack and Sabian got dumped to the floor. Jigsaw got hit with a sequence of movez, and Hero then locked in the Hangman’s Clutch. Jigsaw passed out.

I thought this was a bit of a mixed bag. I loved the intensity from Quack, and the Kings were the metaphorical well-oiled machine (despite it being their first trios match together as far as I can tell). However, the actual in-ring action really suffered from the absurdly long beatdown of Sabian. I get that the Kings needed to look dominant, but I believe the match suffered as a result. However, there was definitely enough here to earn a recommendation.

Match Rating: ***

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