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CHIKARA and CLASH come together for “We Must Eat Michigan’s Brain”!

Yesterday, we talked about “We Must Eat Michigan’s Brain”, CHIKARA’s return to the midwest after nearly two years and the debut in Michigan. Today, we learned some more details on the midwest swing, including the second date of the convoy’s stop. Saturday, June 26th sees the Michigan date, which was announced today by CLASH Wrestling (one of Michigan’s finest independents) to be a collaborative event that will see talent from both promotions on the card. CLASH will offer up some of its best competition such as H3RD, Cameron Skyy, and GQ for this special event. The following afternoon sees the much-anticipated CHIKARA return to Cleveland with “Faded Scars and Lines”. We know that fans on our boards have been petitioning for a Cleveland return, so let’s hope that the attendance shows that they deserve such a stop on the CHIKARA schedule! Get out there and support CHIKARA, folks!

Also announced today was the return of Claudio Castagnoli to Japan, as he’ll be teaming up with former tag team partner Chris Hero in Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Global Tag League. They’ll be squared off to face such duos as Kensuke Sasaki & Takeshi Morishima, current GHC Tag Champs Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Rikio and more. The tour starts on January 9th in Differ Ariake, going on through January 24th where the Tag League wraps up in Korakuen Hall.

- CHIKARA presents “We Must Eat Michigan’s Brain”
June 26, 2009 ~ Taylortown Trade Center, Taylor, MI

- CHIKARA presents “Faded Scars and Lines”
June 27, 2009 ~ Cleveland, OH


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So there’s a rumor flying around that something kinda big happened this past weekend at “Three-Fisted Tales”. Something about guys revealing themselves, forming a new unit, maybe you’ve heard about it yourself. If you’ve been on our message boards since about 7 PM EST on Sunday night, you have to have heard the biggest news to hit CHIKARA in season eight – the Brüderschaft is here, and the war has come.

What is the Brüderschaft, you ask? If you’ve been living under a rock since Sunday, here’s a detailed recap of the events that took place on Sunday evening, provided by our message board’s Player Dos (not to be confused with the current Young Lions Cup holder):

Colony just won, streamers are going everywhere, everyone is standing up. The people leaning on the barricade where I was fell forward as the two BDK dudes push through the audience and get in the ring. Portal and Colony all pretty much sit down on the opposite corner, and they start speaking. “We told you a war is coming, now give us what we want”, (or something along those lines), out comes Green Ant and Carpenter Ant. Out from the back trickles out everyone on the Technico side of things, and 2.0 (they get their own category). Quack and Claudio slide into the ring. BDK men say “Don’t taunt me, you know who we want.” They point up to Mantis and Vokoder who are up in the commentation station. They look at eachother and come down to the ring, accompanied by Delirious. Mantis starts yelling at the BDK guys, and ends in the phrase “I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE!”. The smaller BDK takes off his match to reveal it’s Ares. And with that, BOOM! Claudio nails Quack with an Uppercut. Chaos ensues. Literally, at first a giant brawl broke out. No one had any idea what was going on, I didn’t notice anything odd until I looked up to see Carpenter Ant choking out Green Ant. Looking around, Claudio beating on people, Vokoder choking out Mantis, and Death Haze putting the beat down on people. Haze, Del Rey, Claudio, Carpenter, Vokoder, Ares, and the big BDK guy stand in the ring. In a triangle format. First, Carpenter demasks himself to reveal it’s Pinkie Sanchez, (on a side note, his hair is completely brown, and he had a sick look on his face), then Vokoder reveals himself to be Donst. They all do a salute, the bigger still masked BDK guy then pulls out a remote, and the lights go out. They alliance then fleds the arena, the lights come back on, and everyone (including Chikarason and Louden Noxious) were laid out. They get help to the back, and the show ends.

Since then, Claudio Castagnoli has posted a video message, which you can see here, which states the name of the unit and that there are eight members. Interesting, if you count up the number in the ring from Sunday…

So, as of right now, this is what we know about the Brüderschaft:

  • The name: “Brüderschaft” translates to “brotherhood” in German, so it’s clear that this is a unit that believes in solidarity and a “one for all, all for one” mentality.

  • There are eight members. Currently, we know of Ares, Claudio Castagnoli, Pinkie Sanchez, Tim Donst, Sara del Rey, Daizee Haze and a seventh unnamed member. The eighth member of the unit has yet to be revealed.

  • They currently have the Eye of Tyr. UltraMantis Black handed the Eye to Vökoder before he entered the ring to confront the BDK members, and as we know, Vökoder revealed himself to be a member of the Brüderschaft in Tim Donst.

If nothing else, this has proven to be an amazing twist in the history of CHIKARA. What season nine will hold in 2010 is something that we can’t even predict. It’ll be fascinating to see exactly how this all unfolds. Who will the Brüderschaft target first? Will the tecnicos and rudos of CHIKARA align to stop this massive threat? Where does the Order of the Neo-Solar Temple go from here? While a number of questions were answered on Sunday, a whole lot more were asked.

CHIKARA returns on January 31st to The Arena in South Philadelphia. Is this where the war begins?


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The newest match to the final card of the CHIKARA season has been announced, and it’s one heck of an Atomico match that should be lots of fun. The ThrowbacksDasher Hatfield and Sugar Dunkerton – team up with Colony representatives Green Ant and Carpenter Ant. Their opponents? The UnStable and Brodie Lee. The Big Rig is back on the highway of destruction after eliminating Grizzly Redwood from the CHIKARA roster with one swift boot to the face. Everyone in this match has something to prove to move up the ranks in 2010. We’ll see who walks out on top in 12 days.

It was also announced by CHIKARA that there will be one mystery match unannounced for both season finale cards. Who will be in those matches? Find out first here when we do our live results!

The newest episode of CHIKARA Podcast-a-Go-Go, with clips of The Roughnecks vs. Incoherence and Claudio Castagnoli vs. Shadow Phoenix from “Behind the 8 Ball”, can be watched here.

Be back later today when we put up the promos from “Cibernetico Increible” for your viewing pleasure!

- CHIKARA “Three-Fisted Tales”
November 22, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
1. CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas ~ V2: Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] (c) vs. Ophidian & Amasis [The Osirian Portal]
2. Respect Match: Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli
3. CHIKARA Young Lions Cup ~ V3: Player Dos (c) vs. Lince Dorado
4. Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw & Jorge “Skayde” Rivera vs. Gran Akuma, Icarus & Chuck Taylor [F.I.S.T.]
5. Helios vs. Yujiro Kushida
6. Hallowicked & Frightmare [Incoherence] vs. UltraMantis Black & Delirious [The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple]
7. Green Ant, Carpenter Ant [The Colony], Dasher Hatfield & Sugar Dunkerton [The Throwbacks] vs. Vin Gerard, Colin Delaney, STIGMA [The UnStable] & Brodie Lee


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Two huge matches were announced in the past 24 hours that are huge ways to wrap up the conclusion to Season Eight of CHIKARA action. First up in Easton, Mike Quackenbush, Claudio Castagnoli and Jorge “Skayde” Rivera – the trio of CHIKARA maestros that have had hands in the training of every CHIKARA Wrestle Factory alum – are going to take on The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple’s UltraMantis Black, Crossbones and Delirious. The Temple were given this match as punishment for the huge headache that they’ve caused Leonard F. Chikarason all year, and this form of payback may be the most painful for the rudos as they’re encountering a true dream team. If they’re to pull off the huge upset victory, it would be an achievement the likes of which have never been predicted in CHIKARA in the past.

The next day in Philadelphia at “Three-Fisted Tales”, it’s a title match that co-main-evented the first event of the 2009 CHIKARA calendar year: The Colony, on the champion side this time, defend the Campeonatos de Parejas against The Osirian Portal. This is the third title match between these two this season, and the first two were memorable encounters that saw both teams take each other to the limit. It’ll be no different this time around; will the Portal regain the gold that was taken from them in Nashua back in September, or can the Colony take two of three in both the match and the series?

Also noteworthy: Sara del Rey has written a blog here, clearly outlining her frustrations with the current women’s division in CHIKARA. 2009 was supposed to be a year where she was promised the top female talent from around the world, but she steamrolled over everyone CHIKARA threw her way and has laid out an open challenge for season finale weekend. Who’s going to step up and accept? We’ll find out soon, hopefully.

- CHIKARA “Throwing Life’s Instructions Away”
November 21, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
1. Jigsaw vs. Gran Akuma
2. Loser Leaves CHIKARA: Hydra vs. Tim Donst
3. Mike Quackenbush, Claudio Castagnoli & Jorge “Skayde” Rivera vs. UltraMantis Black, Crossbones & Delirious [The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple]
4. Chuck Taylor & Icarus [F.I.S.T.] vs. Dasher Hatfield & Sugar Dunkerton [The Throwbacks]
5. Player Dos vs. Yujiro Kushida
6. Lince Dorado & Helios [The Future is Now] vs. Chad Badd & Brad Badd [The Badd Boyz]

- CHIKARA “Three-Fisted Tales”
November 22, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
1. CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas ~ V2: Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] (c) vs. Ophidian & Amasis [The Osirian Portal]
2. Respect Match: Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli
3. CHIKARA Young Lions Cup ~ V3: Player Dos (c) vs. Lince Dorado
4. Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw & Jorge “Skayde” Rivera vs. Gran Akuma, Icarus & Chuck Taylor [F.I.S.T.]
5. Helios vs. Yujiro Kushida
6. Hallowicked & Frightmare [Incoherence] vs. UltraMantis Black & Delirious [The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple]


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We apologize once again for being incredibly late with this update; things have been going on behind the scenes with this site, so that’s sort of taken priority. However, we’re back today to play catch-up once again. Let’s dive right in!

“An Optimistic View of a Pessimistic World” ~ October 17, 2009 in Easton, PA

The four-way elimination tag we talked up last week has been filled out with two more teams looking to build up points for title contention. Dasher Hatfield and his new partner Sugar Dunkerton are going to get a prime opportunity to get a feel for one another on a huge stage, as they could launch from zero to three points in the first time they’ve teamed together. While the likelihood of this is slim, stranger things have happened in CHIKARA. Meanwhile, the fourth team represents F.I.S.T. – while the group already has three points, Gran Akuma being sidelined indefinitely has led to Icarus and Chuck Taylor putting their names out there for contention. This is the same duo that lost the titles for F.I.S.T. the last time Gran Akuma was out for an extended injury, so while they’ve been successful in the past, they’ve been known to blow it on the big stage. Let’s see how they do in Easton!

It’s incredibly rare that we get three title matches on any one card in wrestling (well, aside from the WWE, but having a hundred belts diminishes the significance of such an event), but Easton is going to get that honor in October as Mike Quackenbush defends his NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship against Sal Rinauro. Rinauro was incredibly cocky in making the claim in Nashua for Smart Mark’s cameras that he was going to come to CHIKARA, take Quackenbush’s title and run CHIKARA his way. Quack never backs down from a challenge, and as such, we’ve got this matchup!

“Cibernetico Incredible” ~ October 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, PA

The batting order for this year’s Torneo Cibernetico has been determined by team captains Fire Ant and Soldier Ant, and the opening go around the rotation sees some interesting matchups. Starting off the match will be Fire and Mike Quackenbush, who have not been opposite each other in the ring since May of 2007 when Quack put Fire Ant away in a trios matchup with a top rope Tiger Driver. After that will be Hallowicked and Jigsaw, a storied competitive rivalry between two of the top students that dates back many years. There’s also a chance that an early tag out will also see a very early matchup between both members of the Super Smash Bros. and the Young Bucks, and another chance of a matchup like that later on in the first rotation with Green Ant and Soldier Ant, then again with Soldier and Fire. Not to pull a Gabe Sapolsky here, but this match needs no hype – 16 of the best wrestlers in CHIKARA squaring off to be “el Rey de Torneo Cibernetico!”

Sal Rinauro has another big challenge ahead of him in October, as he’s facing both trainers of the CHIKARA Wrestle Factory – in Philadelphia, he goes one on one with Claudio Castagnoli. There’s a chance that this could be an NWA World Junior title match if Rinauro gets the upset over Quack the night before. Could we potentially see two title changes in one weekend?

“Three-Fisted Tales” ~ November 22, 2009 in Philadelphia, PA

Another match that needs no hype – the Respect Match between Claudio Castagnoli and Eddie Kingston. The goal of the match is simple: beat your opponent until he tells the world that he respects you. Kingston wrote a very powerful blog claiming why he wanted this match, which essentially provides as a backstory to this match better than we could write in this space. Check it out!

We’ll be back more often with these updates. Promise!

- CHIKARA “An Optimistic View of a Pessimistic World”
October 17, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
1. CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas ~ V1: Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] (c) vs. Brodie Lee & Grizzly Redwood [The Roughnecks]
2. CHIKARA Young Lions Cup ~ V2: Player Dos (c) vs. Frightmare
3. NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship: Mike Quackenbush (c) vs. Sal Rinauro
4. Four-Way Elimination Tag: Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson [The Young Bucks] vs. Ophidian & Amasis [The Osirian Portal] vs. X & X vs. X & X
5. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Player Uno
6. STIGMA vs. Jigsaw
7. Green Ant & Carpenter Ant [The Colony] vs. UltraMantis Black & Crossbones [The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple]
8. Chad Badd & Brad Badd [The Badd Boyz] vs. Lince Dorado & Helios [The Future is Now]

- CHIKARA “Cibernetico Incredible”
October 18, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
1. Torneo Cibernetico: Mike Quackenbush, Hallowicked, Player Uno, Nick Jackson, Carpenter Ant, Lince Dorado, Cheech Hernandez & Soldier Ant (captain) vs. Fire Ant (captain), Jigsaw, Matt Jackson, Player Dos, K.C. “Cloudy” Day, Frightmare, Green Ant & Helios
2. Eddie Kingston vs. Ryuichi Kawakami
3. Ophidian & Amasis [The Osirian Portal] vs. Brodie Lee & Grizzly Redwood [The Roughnecks]
4. Dasher Hatfield & Sugar Dunkerton vs. Brad Badd & Chad Badd [The Badd Boyz]
5. Sara del Rey & La Malcriada vs. Daizee Haze & Atsuko Emoto
6. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Sal Rinauro

- CHIKARA “Three-Fisted Tales”
November 22, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
1. Respect Match: Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli


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The other day, we made a promise that we’d get everyone caught up on the recent non-Cibernetico related evolutions on October’s cards in Easton and Philadelphia. Have we ever let you down? Don’t mention the failed launch of that new redesign (we’re still coming out with that, by the way, just you wait!), and let’s just go with the popular answer of “never, you love us!” Onward with the matches:

“An Optimistic View of a Pessimistic World” ~ October 17, 2009 in Easton, PA


While we have what’s likely our main event in the form of the Campeonatos de Parejas defense of The Colony vs. The Roughnecks, the rest of this card has unfolded in quite unique fashion. The most notable additions have seen the Super Smash Bros. competing in singles action, both with quite hefty challenges ahead of them. Young Lions Cup champion Player Dos is going to be defending his title against Incoherence’s crazed mini-demon Frightmare, who has been on quite the tear in singles competition this year. He’ll be looking to prove that his first round bounce in the YLC tournament back in August was a fluke; he already avenged his loss to Brendan Michael Thomas, and taking the cup away from the winner of said tournament would only solidify how much of a fluke that was. Meanwhile, Player Uno has been attempting to prove that he’s not playing games anymore, and has targeted the cream of the crop in CHIKARA, Claudio Castagnoli, to prove that he’s serious. This is arguably Uno’s biggest singles bout to date in CHIKARA, and while he’s had some big singles wins over top Wrestle Factory talent in the past, nothing’s been quite as big as the co-head trainer.

Also on this show, we’re going to see a singles match that’s nearly two years in the making. Jigsaw was set to take on Gran Akuma in Easton in October, a continuation of their rivalry that’s brewed to a head in 2009. However, Akuma’s injury that kept him off of the September shows was re-aggravated while on the comeback trail. When word hit the CHIKARA locker room, a certain rudo that Jigsaw has a lot of past with stepped up to the plate – STIGMA. These two have a long history with one another, dating back to their days as the much beloved ShaneSaw team. They had their problems with one another in late 2007, and since that time, Jigsaw left and returned while the former Shane Storm turned his back on the fans and joined Vin Gerard’s UnStable. These two have a lot of unsettled beef with one another, and it’s long overdue that they step in the ring to do battle one on one.

The hunt for three points never quite ends, and while it’s been some time since UltraMantis Black and Crossbones have made an attempt to add on to the one point that they gained in Japan back in June against Shadow WX and Yuichi Taniguchi, the original Order of the Neo-Solar Temple are back on the ball and looking to shoot to the top. Their opponents on October 17th, the newest Colony duo of Green Ant and Carpenter Ant. Will the new hormigas be able to get the ball rolling towards a title shot against their fellow Colony members, or are Mantis and Bones going to establish dominance while Delirious is off in Japan?

“Cibernetico Incredible” ~ October 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, PA

Many expected this to be one of the big title matches coming up towards the end of the year, and while this may have a set of champions involved if Brodie Lee and Grizzly Redwood can snatch the belts from The Colony the night prior, this match between two rudo duos will not be for the Campeonatos de Parejas. No matter what the results of the defense is in Easton, The Osirian Portal are looking to get the ball rolling towards getting the gold back after dropping the belts in Nashua last month, and there’d be no better way to start that off than to get their first point against the Roughnecks.

Two more duos are also looking to grab up some valuable points this weekend, and they’re both quite new to the CHIKARA scene. The Badd Boys have have been flirting with the company for a while – unexpectedly showing up on one of the Big Japan dojo events hosted while CHIKARA was overseas in June – and finally made their debut in West Springfield last month when they put away Fire Ant and Green Ant. This time, the challenge is a bit different; the red hot Dasher Hatfield has been knocking wins out of the park since his debut. His search for a partner ended when a young man by the name of Sugar Dunkerton put his name out there to help Dasher on his quest for three points. It’ll be interesting to see what Dunkerton brings to the table in Philly, as this will be his CHIKARA debut.

One small change to a previously announced match – Atsuko Emoto has been pulled from the ladies’ tag in Philly and replaced with Bullfight Sora, a Big Japan women’s wrestler who has incredible similarities to Emoto. Not much to say, really.

- CHIKARA “An Optimistic View of a Pessimistic World”
October 17, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
1. CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas ~ V1: Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] (c) vs. Brodie Lee & Grizzly Redwood [The Roughnecks]
2. CHIKARA Young Lions Cup ~ V2: Player Dos vs. Frightmare
3. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Player Uno
4. STIGMA vs. Jigsaw
5. Green Ant & Carpenter Ant [The Colony] vs. UltraMantis Black & Crossbones [The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple]
6. Chad Badd & Brad Badd [The Badd Boyz] vs. Lince Dorado & Helios [The Future is Now]

- CHIKARA “Cibernetico Incredible”
October 18, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
1. Torneo Cibernetico: Fire Ant (captain), Mike Quackenbush, Player Uno, Carpenter Ant, Cheech Hernandez, Lince Dorado, Hallowicked & Nick Jackson vs. Soldier Ant (captain), Jigsaw, Player Dos, Green Ant, K.C. “Cloudy” Day, Helios, Frightmare & Matt Jackson
2. Eddie Kingston vs. Ryuichi Kawakami
3. Ophidian & Amasis [The Osirian Portal] vs. Brodie Lee & Grizzly Redwood [The Roughnecks]
4. Dasher Hatfield & Sugar Dunkerton vs. Brad Badd & Chad Badd [The Badd Boyz]
5. Sara del Rey & La Malcriada vs. Daizee Haze & Atsuko Emoto


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As CHIKARA says hello to New Hampshire, they’ll also be saying goodbye to a friend as the Bryan Danielson indy farewell tour will make a stop in Nashua on September 13. He will be teaming with one of his 2009 King of Trios buddies – “Double C” Claudio Castagnoli – in tag team competition. Their opponents are arguably one of the best duos on the indies today, Mike Quackenbush and Jigsaw. “The American Dragon” had quite a heated confrontation with Quack at King of Trios when Danielson focused on Quack’s injured back, leading to Quack applying the Cattle Mutilation in an act of vengeance, so it’ll be interesting to see how long those two can stick to the straight mat wrestling. This match could also bring about some memories of the 2005 CHIKARA vs. Kings of Wrestling tags, where Claudio often clashed with Quack, Jigsaw and various other tecnicos. As all indy wrestling fans wish Bryan Danielson well on his way to the WWE, Quack and Jig won’t be willing to show mercy and allow Danielson to halt their quest to become the Campeones.

Speaking of the Campeonatos de Parejas, F.I.S.T. have a special update posted on the Podcast feed ahead of their title match on September 12 against the Osirian Portal.

The second of three DVD covers for Young Lions Cup has been released.

- CHIKARA “Man Makes Plans, and God Laughs”
September 12, 2009 ~ Elks Lodge, West Springfield, MA
1. Steve “The Turtle” Weiner vs. Grizzly Redwood
2. Brendan Michael Thomas vs. Frightmare
3. Dasher Hatfield vs. Colin Delaney
4. Hallowicked vs. Claudio Castagnoli
5. CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas Match ~ V4: Amasis & Ophidian vs. Icarus & Gran Akuma

- CHIKARA “Hidden in Plain Sight”
September 13, 2009 ~ Boys and Girls Club, Nashua, NH
1. Sara Del Rey vs. Ariel
2. Chuck Taylor vs. Frightmare
3. Jigsaw & Mike Quackenbush vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Bryan Danielson
4. CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas Match ~ V5/V1: Winner of Amasis & Ophidian/Icarus & Gran Akuma vs. Fire Ant & Soldier Ant


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Changes are afoot for the September 12 card in West Springfield, as the QuackSaw vs. Incoherence tag match is off. It’s not known quite why this change has been made yet, but considering Mike Quackenbush’s recent return from back surgery and the July match where Icarus damaged it heavily, that could be the reason. However, both members of Incoherence will be in West Springfield, and both will be in singles competition!

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The first of two matches added to the card pits one of the, if not the top student from the Chikara Wrestle Factory up against one of the current head trainers at the school, as Hallowicked will face Claudio Castagnoli in a match pitting two of CHIKARA’s tallest wrestlers up against each other. This match comes about in quite the fated fashion, as two years ago these two men were scheduled to wrestle on CHIKARA’s first event in Connecticut, entitled “Showdown in CrisisLand”. That match never ended up taking place, as it was cancelled in favour of an NWA title tournament match between Claudio and Sicodelico, Jr. and now the match will finally occur as a result of another match being cancelled. The match is also interesting if you consider Claudio’s current feud with Eddie Kingston, a man who Hallowicked spent much of 2007 battling in wild brawls. Not only that, but in the past year both Claudio and Wicked have had their issues with “The Big Rig” Brodie Lee. Both men also match up stylistically, as both have shown decent strength (Claudio with his suplexes, Wicked with his Go 2 Sleepy Hollow) but combined that with speed and agility, so it’ll be interesting to see how these two match up. Wicked will be intending to win this to underline his position among the elite of CHIKARA, while Claudio will surely be wanting to prove all the naysayers who doubt that he’s still the CHIKARA ace wrong.

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The second match is a rematch from mere weeks ago, as Frightmare will be intending to avenge his Young Lions Cup loss when he goes up against Brendan Michael Thomas. BMT raised a few eyebrows in his CHIKARA debut by pinning Frightmare, a man who was tipped to go far in the tournament, and the young Incoherence member won’t be happy to let a newcomer get into CHIKARA at his expense. However, BMT knows that many were shocked by his initial win and a second victory here would surely convince everyone that it wasn’t a fluke, earning him a regular spot on the CHIKARA roster.

Carpenter Ant has finally been added to the CHIKARA roster page. Here’s his vitals.

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Carpenter Ant – The Newest Arrival from the Anthill!
Affiliation: The Colony
Stats: 5′10” – 168 lbs. – ? years experience
Style: Methodical mat technician
Signature Moves: Hammerlock, Buzzsaw Kick, “The Pliers”

Mike Quackenbush has a new blog up talking, coincidentally, about his back injury.

- CHIKARA “Man Makes Plans, and God Laughs”
September 12, 2009 ~ Elks Lodge, West Springfield, MA
1. Steve “The Turtle” Weiner vs. Grizzly Redwood
2. Brendan Michael Thomas vs. Frightmare
3. Hallowicked vs. Claudio Castagnoli
4. CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas Match ~ V4: Amasis & Ophidian vs. Icarus & Gran Akuma

- CHIKARA “Hidden in Plain Sight”
September 13, 2009 ~ Boys and Girls Club, Nashua, NH
1. Sara Del Rey vs. Ariel
2. CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas Match ~ V5/V1: Winner of Amasis & Ophidian/Icarus & Gran Akuma vs. Fire Ant & Soldier Ant


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Catching up with the week’s news, it’s only appropriate to update everyone on the entrants into this year’s Young Lions Cup of which there are three new ones! First up is yet another talent from the Midwest – Iowa, to be specific – and a wrestler that’s looking to follow in the footsteps of many of his influences, including Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and Tyler Black. This man is Shane Hollister, a young man who’s worked extensively in the past for AAW in Berwyn, Illinois, and more recently IWA Mid-South.

Joining Hollister in the Young Lions Cup is quite possibly the greatest of unknowns in this year’s competition. Going by the name Bret “Restle” Race, even CHIKARA has said that they know quite literally nothing about him. They don’t even have a photograph, so this really does bring into question Leonard Chikarason’s research when it comes to YLC participants. He does however have a bare-bones MySpace page, and there are rumours circling that his name may be an anagram for one of CHIKARA’s more interesting characters. Perhaps the subtitle for this website’s message board is truer than first thought…

And finally, a regular face to CHIKARA fans becomes the penultimate participant in this year’s YLC: The UnStable’s Colin Delaney. This is actually Colin’s first Young Lions Cup despite making his CHIKARA debut in 2006 and he’ll be looking to join his stablemates STIGMA and Vin Gerard as well as his “baby brother” Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen as holders of the Young Lions Cup.



In addition to the tournament action over YLC weekend, night 3 of the weekend will see Claudio Castagnoli and Eddie Kingston clash in a continuation of their growing rivalry. Kingston will be coming off a short injury lay-off for this match – an injury forcing him off the upcoming Reading card – and Claudio has shown his willingness to exploit injuries to defeat Kingston in the past (see their March 2007 match), but Kingston has never gone down without a fight and coming off a win over Claudio at “Aniversario Yang” he may feel he has the momentum coming into this one.

CHIKARA Podcast-A-Go-Go #170, featuring Lince Dorado & Helios vs. Gran Akuma & Icarus and The Osirian Portal vs. The Colony.

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 1″
August 14, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 2″
August 15, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
1. Lucha Libre Showcase: Mascarita Dorada & Turbo vs. Pierrothito & Jorge “Skayde” Rivera

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 3″
August 16, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
1. Golden Dream Triple Threat Trios Match: Vin Gerard, STIGMA & X vs. Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen, Helios & X vs. Fire Ant, X & X
2. Mascarita Dorada vs. Pierrothito
3. Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli

Announced Young Lions Cup VII Participants:
1. Create-A-Wrestler (new character TBA) (3rd Young Lions Cup)
2. Soldier Ant (2nd Young Lions Cup)
3. Trik Davis (2nd Young Lions Cup)
4. Frightmare (1st Young Lions Cup)
5. Player Dos (2nd Young Lions Cup)
6. Yellow Dog (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
7. KC “Cloudy” Day (2nd Young Lions Cup)
8. Player Uno (3rd Young Lions Cup)
9. El Leonino (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
10. Hydra (3rd Young Lions Cup)
11. Grizzly Redwood (1st Young Lions Cup)
12. Brendan Michael Thomas (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
13. Lince Dorado (3rd Young Lions Cup)
14. Tim Donst (3rd Young Lions Cup)
15. Jason Hades (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
16. Ryan Cruz (2nd Young Lions Cup)
17. Darin Corbin (2nd Young Lions Cup)
18. Chimaera (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
19. Carpenter Ant (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA in-ring debut)
20. Prince Mustafa Ali (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
21. Shane Hollister (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
22. Bret Race (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
23. Colin Delaney (1st Young Lions Cup)


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An unusually busy weekend in CHIKARA news – let’s waste no time!

First up is the addition of the 19th entrant into the Young Lions Cup, and its the newest member to the CHIKARA roster – Carpenter Ant. The fourth member of the Colony made his presence felt at the “Aniversario Yang” main event when he helped Green Ant fend off interference from Gran Akuma in the big double mask vs. double hair match. This time around in Easton he’ll be making his in ring debut. Very, very little is known about this young upstart. We’ll see if he can impress the CHIKARA fans and uphold the high standards that come with the Colony name in five weeks!

Next up is a replacement match set for Reading due to the injury of Eddie Kingston that forced his exclusion from the show. In his place in the scheduled match against Claudio Castagnoli will be the all-American powerhouse Tim Donst, who will be looking to capitalize on Claudio’s recent lack of luck to gain a big head of steam rolling into Young Lions Cup weekend. Claudio will be looking to break that losing streak that’s frustrated him so much. Fan Appreciation Night is right around the corner, and this is sure to be one of the most anticipated matches on the card.

CHIKARA also announced their events in September and October, including confirming the big return to New England. Saturday, September 12th will see CHIKARA’s return to Massachusetts as they present “Man Makes Plans, and God Laughs” in West Springfield (hopefully that name is not a negative omen for plans being messed up for that show!). The following day sees their debut in New Hampshire – Nashua specifically, as we hope Holly Flax is in attendance – for “Hiding in Plain Sight”. CHIKARA returns to Pennsylvania on October 17th in Easton with “An Optimistic View of a Pessimistic World”, and follows up the next day in Philadelphia with “Three-Fisted Tales”. We’ll be sure to fill you in on all info with these cards as it comes out.

Finally, Inter Species Wrestling unveiled two matches on their upcoming United States debut show “The Worst That Could Happen”, set for August 8th in East Hartford, Connecticut. Current ISW Champion (and former CHIKARA Campeon de Parejas) Player Uno survived his battle against Viking this past weekend, nearly landing his face into thumbtacks in the process before putting Viking away with a Fire Thunder Bomb onto the tacks. However, coming up in Connecticut may be one of his biggest challenges to date, as he takes on the dark minion of the underworld Hallowicked in what’s sure to be one of the most outstanding matches on the card. The last time these two faced off in singles competition was in the finals of C*4’s first Snowbrawl tournament in 2008; Uno claimed victory and took home a big chocolate bunny for his efforts. Bigger stakes on the line here, who will walk out as the ISW champion? Also added is a Bunkhouse Brawl between two ISW regulars that were seen in CHIKARA at March’s big King of Trios tournament, as Beef Wellington takes on Twiggy. Get your tickets now!

Alright, I’m exhausted after all of that. Let’s get you the info on all of these shows so we can take a quick break until tomorrow!

- CHIKARA “Never Kneel at the Altar of Conformity ~ Fan Appreciation Night”
July 31, 2009 ~ Riverside Beneficial Assoc. Building, Reading, PA
1. Daizee Haze vs. Rayna Von Tash
2. Brodie Lee & Grizzly Redwood [The Roughnecks] vs. KC “Cloudy” Day & Cheech Hernandez
3. Hallowicked & Frightmare [Incoherence] & Hydra vs. Vin Gerard, STIGMA & Colin Delaney [The UnStable]
4. Lince Dorado vs. Amasis
5. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Tim Donst
6. Green Ant USA Debut Match: Fire Ant, Soldier Ant & Green Ant [The Colony] vs. UltraMantis Black, Delirious & Crossbones [The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple]

- Inter Species Wrestling “The Worst That Could Happen…in Connecticut”
August 8, 2009 ~ Knights of Columbus Pavilion, East Hartford, CT
1. Inter Species Championship: Player Uno (c) vs. Hallowicked
2. Three Way Mayhem: Zombified vs. El Generico vs. Jigsaw
3. Bunkhouse Brawl: Beef Wellington vs. Twiggy
4. Izzie Deadyet vs. Pinkie Sanchez
5. Chad Badd & Brad Badd [The Badd Boys] vs. Vin Gerard & Buck Hawke
6. Hydra vs. Jolly Roger
Also Appearing: ISW Other Champion Moohammad the Terorrist Cow, Stinky the Homeless Guy, Sexxxy Eddy and more!

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 1″
August 14, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 2″
August 15, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
1. Lucha Libre Showcase: Mascarita Dorada & Turbo vs. Pierrothito & Jorge “Skayde” Rivera

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 3″
August 16, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
1. Golden Dream Triple Threat Trios Match: Vin Gerard, STIGMA & X vs. Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen, Helios & X vs. Fire Ant, X & X
2. Mascarita Dorada vs. Pierrothito

Announced Young Lions Cup VII Participants:
1. Create-A-Wrestler (new character TBA) (3rd Young Lions Cup)
2. Soldier Ant (2nd Young Lions Cup)
3. Trik Davis (2nd Young Lions Cup)
4. Frightmare (1st Young Lions Cup)
5. Player Dos (2nd Young Lions Cup)
6. Yellow Dog (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
7. KC “Cloudy” Day (2nd Young Lions Cup)
8. Player Uno (3rd Young Lions Cup)
9. El Leonino (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
10. Hydra (3rd Young Lions Cup)
11. Grizzly Redwood (1st Young Lions Cup)
12. Brendan Michael Thomas (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
13. Lince Dorado (3rd Young Lions Cup)
14. Tim Donst (3rd Young Lions Cup)
15. Jason Hades (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
16. Ryan Cruz (2nd Young Lions Cup)
17. Darin Corbin (2nd Young Lions Cup)
18. Chimaera (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA debut)
19. Carpenter Ant (1st Young Lions Cup, CHIKARA in-ring debut)

CHIKARA “Man Makes Plans, and God Laughs”
September 12, 2009 ~ West Springfield, MA

CHIKARA “Hiding in Plain Sight”
September 13, 2009 ~ Nashua, NH

CHIKARA “An Optimistic View of a Pessimistic World”
October 17, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA

CHIKARA “Three-Fisted Tales”
October 18, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA


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