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Recap from TJ Hawke:
Phoenix goes under the name Flash Moon in Osaka Pro. I believe this was the only weekend that Phoenix was in Chikara. Claudio was a babyface here. Claudio showed a lot of sportsmanship early. Phoenix hit a springboard hurricanrana shortly after that. Phoenix went for a running cross-body, but Claudio caught him and hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Claudio worked him over for a bit after that. Phoenix escaped a painful looking submission, connected on some kicks, but Claudio cut him off with a big lariat. Claudio locked in another submission. Phoenix escaped and baited Claudio to the floor. Phoenix hit a skin-the-cat-hurricanranna. Back in the ring, Phoenix hit a diving cross-body: 1…2…NO! Phoenix avoided a Brogue Kick and got a couple of pinning combinations. Phoenix then hit a big swinging DDT: 1…2…NO! Phoenix went for a springboard hurricanrana, but Claudio caught him. BROGUE KICK: 1…2…3!
This was a wonderful opener for a Chikara show. Phoenix’s style was a perfect fit in Chikara, and I truly wonder why he was never brought back. Him and Claudio had instant chemistry, and their matches could easily have gotten much better over time.
Match Rating: ***1/2