Devastation Corporation (Max Smashmaster & Blaster McMassive) vs. Tabarnak de Team (Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois) from BATTLEWAR 18
Post by Kevin Ford:
Things between Dubois and Smashmaster become heated quickly leading to them throwing forearms. McMassive and St. Jacques jump in to brawl with one another as well. When TDT start to get the advantage, the Dev Corp hit the floor. TDT follow with stereo suicide dives, then do it again twice. TDT keeps control as the two teams brawl around ringside and into the crowd. The Dev Corp turn it around when Smashmaster suplexes Dubois onto multiple sturdy chairs. In the ring, McMassive has a fan mask on his head, twisted around so he can’t see. St. Jacques ascends the ropes, but Smashmaster blasts him with a beverage and he falls to the canvas. The Dev Corp pulverize St. Jacques in their half of the ring while keeping Dubois at bay. St. Jacques almost had the tag after taking out Smashmaster and McMassive with German suplexes, but McMassive had the wherewithal to knock Dubois off the ring apron to prevent the tag. He fires up when Smashmaster mocks him for being French, but is quickly cut off with punches from both Dev Corp members. St. Jacques manages to DDT them both simultaneously and tags in Dubois, who comes in with a double dropkick off the top turnbuckle. He belly-to-belly suplexes McMassive, then gives him a lariat to the neck. Smashmaster jumps in to break up the cover. Dubois throws Smashmaster to the floor. McMassive lays in some shots in the corner. Dubois whips him into the opposite corner and St. Jacques takes him down with a spinebuster. Dubois lands a top rope moonsault for a two count. McMassive muscles St. Jacques over the top rope with a belly-to-belly suplex! He drops Dubois with the Boss Man Slam for two. Smashmaster enters with a Swanton Bomb to Dubois for two. Dubois avoids corner attacks from the Dev Corp, stacking them together. TDT bucket toss Smashmaster into one corner. They look for a double waterwheel slam on McMassive when Smashmaster low blows both members of TDT resulting in a DQ at 13:00. After the match, Dubois is pitched to the floor while St. Jacques takes the Death Blow.
If this were the first chapter of a story this would have been a perfectly acceptable way to build heat for the Dev Corp and get some sympathy for TDT. Unfortunately, it was one off and the two teams haven’t crossed paths in the two years since. The bulk of the match was a fun brawl and I always love seeing two big teams beat each other up, but I can’t fathom why TDT, the hometown heroes couldn’t have made a comeback and earned a big win here. If you’re a fan of the Dev Corp in CHIKARA, I’d check it out just to see how they do in a different environment, but I wouldn’t consider this a “must watch” by any stretch. **
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