Sinn Bodhi & his Odditorium (Oliver Grimsly & Qefka The Quiet) vs. The Batiri (Obariyon, Kodama, & Kobald) from Chikara 2014

Story of the Match: In the divide between Chikara and The Flood, the Batiri sided with Chikara. The Batiri were actually trained by Sinn Bodhi, but they broke away from him in 2011. Thus, it actually makes quite a bit of sense that they still have their issues. Unfortunately, storyline sense is the bare minimum I expect from any art form and that is not enough to make me care about a bunch of performers who usually do not do anything fun.

The match itself was basically a lesser version of the opener. It went long, the work wasn’t as sharp, and the crowd wasn’t nearly as hot. The match apparently needed a second heat segment for reasons that I do not understand. Not only was there a second heat segment, but the transition to the hot tag was sloppy as hell. The only way the two heat segments could be more obnoxious is if there was a fuck finish…wait, there was a fuck finish! Sinn Bodhi kicked one of the Batiri in the balls to get disqualified on purpose.

Analaysis: There were a few decent moments that keep this match away from DUD status. Unfortunately, the match contained two of my least favorite trends in American independent wrestling. The match went long for the sake of going long, as there was no substance in the match that could not have been told in much shorter fashion. It also had a finish that was all about continuing a story instead of giving a remotely satisfying finish to a match. As if things could not be more annoying, it’s a bullshit finish to extend a feud between Sinn Bodhi and The Batiri. Anyone who cares about this feud is already in your pocket anyway. You might as well do something more interesting.

Needless to say, this whole dealio offended me as a wrestling fan.

Match Rating: ½*


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