The Submission Squad (Evan Gelistico & Gary The Barn Owl) vs. The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield & Mark Angelosetti) from Chikara 2014


Originally reviewed here.

Story of the Match: The Throwbacks picked up two points at You Only Live Twice and will earn a tag title shot if they win this match. The Submission Squad were at National Pro Wrestling Day and helped to fight off the Flood.

They did a standard tag match, but there were a number of moments and sequences that added so much color to it. The Submission Squad hit a nasty Reverse STO Doomsday Device, but The Throwbacks finished Gary with a shoulder tackle/lightning spiral combo. The Throwbacks now have three points. The teams hugged after the match.

Analysis: If I could point to one match so far in Chikara’s return that captures everything I would want from Chikara matches, it’s this one. You see the meaningful character redemption from Mr. Touchdown. There was razor sharp action from both teams. The crowd is red hot for everything. The winning team looks strong going into their title match, but the opponents gained a lot of credibility in defeat. To me, this is Chikara.

Match Rating: ***1/2


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