Monday, May 19, 2014

From the Archives: Mike Quackenbush vs. Eddie Kingston, 12 Large Summit Finals

I've been to and seen so many outstanding Chikara shows in the last five years that my fits of hyperbole may have led me to claim roughly 20 or so shows as the "best card I've ever watched." In truth, only one, singular show can hold that claim. High Noon, Chikara's first ever Internet pay-per-view, was a pitch-perfect card from the pre-show match featuring El Generico against Jigsaw through the Assassination of Amasis by the Coward Ophidian, through the legalized murder of Jakob Hammermeier by Sara del Rey, up to the Chikarafied (Chikara Fried?) hardcore match between the remnants of the BDK and the united front of UltraMantis Black and Hallowicked. But the cap on the show, a match to crown the first ever Chikara Grand Champion, may be the finest in company history. In one corner, Mike Quackenbush, the founding father of the outfit. In the other, Eddie Kingston, the embattled first son of the roster. The locker room poured out during the match, and afterwards, well, things may have gotten a bit dusty as the surviving family members of one Larry Sweeney, for whom the tournament to crown said Champion was named, presented the Championship belt. If you watch any match out of this feature, make it a point to view this one, please.