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Recap from TJ Hawke:
Red is the cousin of the Maximos. Toyota was brought back after a great weekend the year before. Jig and Quack have matching green gear for this show. Jig screams, “This is for you Sweeney” right before the match starts. Jigsaw took out one of the Maximos with a suicide dive DDT. Quack and Red then squared, and they displayed their awesome chemistry. Toyota locked in a Muta Lock on one of the Maximos, but that didn’t finish the match. Red took down Jigsaw with a diving cross-body and a brainbuster. Jigsaw was then worked over by Red and the Maximos. Quack managed to tag in and come back on Red. Quack hit a DDT on the apron and then a springboard splash in the ring for a nearfall. Toyota hit a missile dropkick on a Maximo. I can’t keep up with the action. The Maximos killed Quack with a some headropping move. The tecnicos then hit a Maximo with a Ghetto Stomp, a senton atomico, and a moonsault: 1…2…NO! Jigsaw then got killed with a series of big moves. Toyota took out Red and one of the Maximos with a plancha. Quack then hit the other Maximo with the ’68 Comeback Special and Jigsaw hit the 12 Large Elbow: 1…2…3!!!
In my mind, this is one of the more underappreciated matches in King of Trios history. Just a super fun match and a great effort from everyone involved. The Larry Sweeney tribute at the end was also a great touch.
Match Rating: ***3/4
Thoughts from Ryan Clingman:
It wasn’t a match of the year candidate, nor was it even a great match, but Manami Toyota, Mike Quakenbush & Jigsaw vs. Amazing Red & The Maximos was a delightfully fun opening round match of the 2011 King of Trios tournament. The match was a part of the second set of US performances by the legendary Manami Toyota that started the year prior, which made everything feel all the more special.
The match was very fast paced and filled to the brim with nearfalls and creative spots. At times it was almost too fast paced for my liking, but that is probably just a personal preference and the very site of Manami Toyota in a US ring was pretty much enough to draw me into the match already.
Quakenbush, who in many ways seemed to be swelling with pride was also a pleasure to watch as he almost always is. Jigsaw did a great job together with the Maximos and Amazing Red. The match came to a close with Jigsaw landing the 12 Large Elbow as a tribute to Larry Sweeny who tragically passed away earlier that year.
This was the kind of match that really made me wish that this year’s batch of King of Trios shows were on internet pay-per-view. The match wasn’t necessarily the best King of Trios match from last year, but it really captured the spirit of the tournament – this is the kind of action that the King of Trios is all about and pretty much what the entire tournament is built around, which always makes for three of the most fun nights of wrestling you will see all year.
Thoughts from Chris GST:
This match I did remember and it was crazy not only to see Minami once again as I had watched some of her stuff from Japan but that some of the stuff that Quack & Red were able to pull off nearly a decade later after I first saw them wrestle each other was tremendous. Los Maximos are a team I’ve been viewing again recently for some stuff that should be on MLW.com soon have always been a favorite of mine even though in their current incarnation are a tad different than the time period of what I’m watching now. This was a fun match and all 6 participants really gave it their all.
Thoughts from Lee Goodfellow:
I love how they just go all out with fast paced action in Chikara trios matches, so much fun to watch. I bet they’d be really cool to see live. The highlights for me were Toyota’s crazy diving crossbody to the outside, and the commentators absolutely losing their minds towards the finish.
Thoughts from Jack Sehn:
In Chikara’s annual King of Trios tournament, the Philadelphia crowd saw the team of Japanese female superstar Manami Toyota, Jigsaw and Lightning Mike Quackenbush take on Amazing Red and Los Maximo’s. This trios match was filled with high flying action that seemed to really satisfy the crowd. There were times in the match when it was nearly impossible to guess the winner. The team of Amazing Red and Los Maximo’s almost picked up a victory when Jigsaw was on the receiving end of a springboard kick from Amazing Red followed by an assisted ace crusher. However the resiliency of Jigsaw played a part in the match as he was able to pop the shoulder up. Shortly after Team Quackenbush almost picked up the win with a top rope stomp, swanton and moonsault combination from the entire trio. Even though the pin was broken up, the team of Quack, Jig and Toyota would pick up the victory after one of the Los Maximo’s would miss a moonsault Mike and Jigsaw would capitalize with a 68 comeback special. A pleased audience would then chant “This is awesome!” It was a fantastic match.