Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, & Reckless Youth vs. The Kings of Wrestling (Claudio Castagnoli, Chris Hero, & Arik Cannon) from Aniversario Orange 2005

5.21.2005

Emmaus, 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:

Quack has had a few battles with the Kings since their last match. Hero and Quack looked like they were about to square off to start the match, but Hero immediately tagged out before that could happen. Both teams were being pretty tentative at the start. Hero and Reckless squared off. It looks like Reckless’ jorts are not in fact jorts. That’s sad. The tecnicos had a fair amount of success early on. They ran a train on Cannon. The Kings eventually cut off Jigsaw and then worked him over. Cannon hit him with Total Anarchy, but I guess that was not his finisher yet. Jigsaw was worked over forEVER. Jigsaw finally escaped and tagged out to Reckless. Reckless made a huge comeback, but then Hero cut him off with a hot shot. Reckless then got worked over. The match almost broke down, but things settled own again with the Kings still getting the heat on Reckless. Reckless avoided KRS-1 and got to the floor. Jigsaw made a comeback. The match broke down. Hero ate a diving Manhattan Drop/Palm Strike combo from Reckless and Quack. Quack and Hero finally squared off. Quack hit him with Paroxysm, but Cannon made the save. Claudio hit Jigsaw low. Jigsaw ate the CC/Cannon doubleteam finisher. Hero locked in Hangman’s Clutch. Jigsaw was passed out, but Quack and Reckless made the save. Reckless and Quack hit Hero and CC with stereo dives. Cannon almost ripped off Jigsaw’s mask, which would have been a DQ. Jigsaw fired up and hit Cannon with a Jig ‘n’ Tonic: 1…2…3!

While Hero, Claudio, and Jigsaw (and probably even Quack quite frankly) were nowhere close to their peak as performers, you truly see how much talent they had at this point. The action was crisp, the tag team psychology was sound, and the match perfectly built to the finish. They even managed to give the tecnicos some measure of revenge on the Kings of Wrestling in a way that clearly did not kill the heat for the Kings. It also needs to be mentioned how great Cannon and Reckless looked in this match. Cannon is someone that clearly was once incredibly motivated in the ring, which makes his later years as a performer more disappointing. Reckless was so damn good, and he looked to be in phenomenal shape. It’s a shame he hasn’t remained in Chikara all this time.

Match Rating: ***3/4

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