The Bullet Club vs. Team Fight Club Pro (Chikara King of Trios 2015 – Day 3 September 6, 2015)

By January of 2017 four of these six men would be employed by the WWE and two of them would hold championship gold. There’s a weird clash of styles here with the British boys rocking their World of Sport inspired stuff while the Bucks wrestle every Young Bucks match you’ve ever seen for the millionth time and AJ Styles is just kind of there, but it’s a pretty fun match if just for the weirdness of seeing AJ Styles and Tyler Bate going toe to toe.

Mickie James vs. Princess KimberLee (Chikara National Pro Wrestling Day February 6, 2016)

Kimber Lee is the Chikara Grand Champion here, but this is a non-title match. Decent grappling in the first few minutes before Mickie James gets annoyed at her inability to put Kimber Lee away and starts heeling it up. At one point she kicks Kimber Lee in the midsection and shouts, “NO BABIES FOR YOU!” which is horrible and hilarious.

Less than a year after this match took place both women would be in the WWE with Mickie James facing Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship in a one off match that impressed the powers that be so much she earned herself a spot on the Smackdown roster and Kimber Lee appearing in NXT where she has thus far appeared as “enhancement talent.”

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brodie Lee (Chikara Style & Substance September 7, 2008)

Back in 2008, the man we know and love as Cesaro was going by Claudio Castagnoli and in Chikara was wrecking house on…well, pretty much everyone…everyone except Brodie Lee (aka a slightly less hobo bearded Luke Harper).

The pair had a few matches.  There were some DQs, maybe a count out, a Dusty finish or two.  Try as he might, Catagnoli couldn’t get a decisive win over Lee, and so a steel cage match was booked…the first in Chikara history!

Here’s a gimmick match done right!  The two had a long running feud.  Regular matches could not resolve the issue…cue cage match.  Kudos to you Chikara! Over in the WWE Universe, I’ll say that NXT is pretty good about using gimmick matches sparingly, but my god, Original Recipe WWE do we need so many annual gimmick PPVs?

The Attitude Era is long gone.  You can let guys and ladies just get out there and wrestle and that’s enough.  Save the no DQ matches, the ladder matches, the street fights, and the steel cage matches for those long running feuds that deserve them.  Remember that Big Show “stairs match” against Erick Rowan?  Why was that a thing that ever happened?  The feud between those two dudes did not warrant any sort of gimmick match, even one as stupid as a “stairs match.”