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Last night’s Dragon Gate USA show in Chicago saw many great matches, including an outstanding contest between Davey Richards and Shingo Takagi, plus Bryan Danielson vs. Naruki Doi and the Young Bucks against current Twin Gate champions Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito. However, being CHIKARAFans.com, it’s important that we focus on the CHIKARA involvement, which saw Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw looking to avenge the events of Philadelphia against YAMATO & Gran Akuma. They did end up winning after YAMATO accidentally speared Akuma and Quack pinned the F.I.S.T. member with the QD2. However, the rudos had the last laugh after the match. With Jigsaw incapacitated due to damage inflicted on his knee during the match, YAMATO grabbed Quack and clamped the sleeper hold onto him, forcing him to pass out. However, help came in the form of “The Nightmare Warrior” Hallowicked, who rushed to the ring to save his trainer. Once again the tecnicos have achieved the pinfall victory but the rudos have escaped with the last laugh.

Speaking of Hallowicked, he participated in the second FRAY! match, alongside Young Lions Cup participant Prince Mustafa Ali and former YLC champion Arik Cannon. Entering first, Wicked lasted all the way until the end before falling to Johnny Gargano.


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The opening round matches are complete for this year’s Young Lions Cup as just moments ago the final matches were confirmed. First, it’s a clash between a CHIKARA debutant and one of CHIKARA’s youngest lions as the pink ‘n’ black attack of Brendan Michael Thomas confronts Incoherence member Frightmare. In the other contest to round off the opening night action, Roughneck member Grizzly Redwood looks to capitalise on his momentum after tag success in Reading, but his opponent El Leonino will not be intending to give him an easy ride in his CHIKARA debut.

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Moving onto night 2, the debuting and mysterious Bret Race will be taking on the Midwest’s own Yellow Dog. And finally, expect nothing more than tremendous fast-paced action as Trik Davis goes up against a man he knows very well, Shane Hollister. These men have wrestled numerous times in the past and have been compared to fellow speed style wrestlers Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin. Whether they can live up to that particularly high billing is yet to be seen, but only one will advance to the second round of YLC.

Footage of the Dragon Gate USA debut show, Open the Historic Gate, has been released, showing the events following the CHIKARA tag where YAMATO and Gran Akuma beat down Jigsaw and Mike Quackenbush. That can be viewed by clicking here. As a result of that, just added to the September 6th Chicago show is a grudge tag team match between Quackenbush & Jigsaw and YAMATO & Akuma.

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 1″
August 14, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
1. Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] vs. Jagged & Shane Matthews [2.0]
2. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Hydra vs. Tim Donst
3. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Lince Dorado vs. Prince Mustafa Ali
4. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Stinky the Homeless Guy vs. Colin Delaney
5. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Create-A-Wrestler vs. Jason Hades
6. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Brendan Michael Thomas vs. Frightmare
7. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Grizzly Redwood vs. El Leonino

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 2″
August 15, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
1. Arik Cannon vs. Lince Dorado
2. Lucha Libre Showcase: Mascarita Dorada & Turbo vs. Pierrothito & Jorge “Skayde” Rivera
3. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Soldier Ant vs. Carpenter Ant
4. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Darin Corbin vs. Ryan Cruz
5. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Player Uno vs. Player Dos
6. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Chimaera vs. KC “Cloudy” Day
7. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Bret Race vs. Yellow Dog
8. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Shane Hollister vs. Trik Davis

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 3″
August 16, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
1. Golden Dream Triple Threat Trios Match: Vin Gerard, STIGMA & Chuck Taylor vs. Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen, Helios & Jigsaw vs. Fire Ant, Hallowicked & Arik Cannon
2. 4-Corners Elimination Tag Team Match: UltraMantis Black & Delirious [The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple] vs. X & X vs. X & X vs. X & X
3. Mascarita Dorada vs. Pierrothito
4. Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli
5. Young Lions Cup ~ Final: X vs. X


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Wrapping up the news from yesterday and today!

Stinky vs. Colin Delaney!

Many accusations have been made regarding the personal hygiene of Vin Gerard and the UnStable, including numerous implications that they may in fact be homeless and perhaps even live in the many dumpsters across the state of Pennsylvania. We here at CHIKARA Fans couldn’t possibly comment on the matter but someone in the CHIKARA offices is clearly having a good laugh at the UnStable’s expense because round 1 of the Young Lions Cup pits Colin Delaney up against Inter-Species Wrestling’s hungry hungry hobo Stinky the Homeless Guy. Stinky may sound and look like a bit of a novelty character, a man to be taken lightly, but any ISW fan who has seen some of his battles against the likes of Flip (formerly of the “D. Burger” clan) can confirm that he’s anything but a pushover and Colin’s gonna have to be on form to roll over him.

Arik Cannon vs. Lince Dorado!

In non-tournament action over Young Lions Cup weekend, former Young Lions Cup Champion “The Anarchist” Arik Cannon will be in the house as he takes on the winner of the first DGUSA FRAY match, “The Golden Lynx of Lucha Libre” Lince Dorado. Lince will be taking a similar risk to Soldier Ant over YLC weekend by taking a non-tournament match which could hurt him if he wins his singles match and the 6-way on night 1. However, history is on his side if you look at the 2007 Young Lions Cup where Chuck Taylor defeated Cabana Man Dan and won the 6-way on night 1, beat Arik Cannon in a non-tournament match on night 2, and then defeated Ricochet on night 3 to win the Young Lions Cup. This also comes one night before Cannon takes part in the Golden Dream trios match where three of his opponents – Jigsaw, Helios and Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen – are team-mates of Dorado, so he could see this as an opportunity to find out exactly what he’s in for.

Create-A-Wrestler vs. Jason Hades!

In today’s YLC update, the newly-gimmicked Create-A-Wrestler will be in opening round action on night 1 but he won’t have it easy as he faces IWA-MS star and former Light-Heavyweight Champion Jason Hades. Hades will be out to make an impact in his CHIKARA debut but must make sure he doesn’t overlook CAW, who has looked fairly impressive in recent singles competition (including a strong outing against UltraMantis Black). CAW will also have to be considered a bit of a wildcard because Hades will have no idea what to expect from CAW’s new character, but Hades has wrestled some of the best the independents have to offer so you’d have to think that if he can connect with the Killswitch, regardless of CAW’s gimmick, it’ll be over.

In other news, two of the main matches for the second Dragon Gate USA card on September 6th have been confirmed, as Bryan Danielson will take on the Dream and Brave Gate Champion Naruki Doi while Shingo Takagi goes up against Davey Richards. CHIKARA’s Mike Quackenbush and Jigsaw have been confirmed as participating on the card, as has the man who disrespected all of CHIKARA on Saturday, KAMIKAZE member YAMATO, so there has to be a strong possibility of a CHIKARA vs. Dragon Gate match involving those men.

CHIKARA Podcast-A-Go-Go #172, featuring Grizzly Redwood vs. Create-A-Wrestler and The Colony vs. F.I.S.T. in a King of Trios 2009 qualifier.

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 1″
August 14, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
1. Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] vs. Jagged & Shane Matthews [2.0]
2. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Hydra vs. Tim Donst
3. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Lince Dorado vs. Prince Mustafa Ali
4. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Stinky the Homeless Guy vs. Colin Delaney
5. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Create-A-Wrestler vs. Jason Hades
Announced Young Lions Cup VII Participants for Night 1: Brandon Michael Thomas, El Leonino, Frightmare, Grizzly Redwood

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 2″
August 15, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
1. Arik Cannon vs. Lince Dorado
2. Lucha Libre Showcase: Mascarita Dorada & Turbo vs. Pierrothito & Jorge “Skayde” Rivera
3. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Soldier Ant vs. Carpenter Ant
4. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Darin Corbin vs. Ryan Cruz
5. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Player Uno vs. Player Dos
Other announced Young Lions Cup VII Participants for Night 2: Yellow Dog, Cloudy, Trik Davis, Shane Hollister, Chimaera, Bret Race

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 3″
August 16, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
1. Golden Dream Triple Threat Trios Match: Vin Gerard, STIGMA & Chuck Taylor vs. Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen, Helios & Jigsaw vs. Fire Ant, Hallowicked & Arik Cannon
2. 4-Corners Elimination Tag Team Match: X & X vs. X & X vs. X & X vs. X & X
3. Mascarita Dorada vs. Pierrothito
4. Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli
5. Young Lions Cup ~ Final: X vs. X


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SLAM Wrestling’s Mike Mastrandrea was at the DGUSA debut show on Saturday and he snapped some absolutely fantastic action shots from the main card. Below are the choice CHIKARA images, but click here to view the entire gallery!

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Dragon Gate USA “opened the Historic Gate” last night, holding their first show before a packed house at the Arena. The main event saw the holder of both the Brave and Dream Gate, Naruki Doi, overcome the man he defeated to win the Dream Gate, Shingo Takagi, with his signature Muscular Bomb, underlined the fact that he is the man to beat in all of Dragon Gate nowadays. Also on the card was a battle between YAMATO and BxB Hulk (with Daizee Haze acting as one of Hulk’s dancers!), a show-stealing match between the Young Bucks and CIMA/Susumu Yokosuka, and a killer singles battle between Masato Yoshino and Dragon Kid!

However, the biggest news from a CHIKARA perspective has to be the post-match events of the CHIKARA showcase match. The match itself was a grand showcase of what has brought CHIKARA to the dance, if you will, with high-flying, fast paced action all over the place, ending in Jigsaw pinning Icarus with his signature Jig ‘n’ Tonic to earn the tecnicos a big win. Once the match had finished and 7 of the 8 wrestlers had gone to the back, “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush grabbed the microphone and introduced a tribute video for the legendary Jorge “Skayde” Rivera. He also added that perhaps a Dragon Gate vs. CHIKARA match should take place in the future, which brought out KAMIKAZE member YAMATO. Despite a recent change of heart back home in Japan, the ever-devious YAMATO lured Quack into a false sense of security by implying he respected Quack before fouling Quackenbush and adding (via translation) that he had no respect for Quack, CHIKARA or Skayde. Jigsaw attempted to save Quack but also got attacked, drawing F.I.S.T. member Gran Akuma from the backstage area. Jigsaw appealed to him, saying that YAMATO had disrespected all of the CHIKARA wrestlers, but instead of helping him Akuma chose to side with YAMATO, putting a beating on Quack and Jigsaw. Cheech and Cloudy attempted to make the save but were quickly sent to the floor, and the YAMATO/Akuma alliance was finally sent packing by the trio of Fire Ant, Soldier Ant and Lince Dorado. With Jigsaw earning the win in this match that means that he will now be on the second DGUSA card in Chicago (along with Quack), so it’ll be interesting to see if those two challenge YAMATO and Akuma to a tag match.

Other CHIKARA participation saw the aforementioned Lince Dorado overcome Cheech, Cloudy and several others en route to an impressive victory in the FRAY match after using his signature Shooting Star Press.

It was also announced that on November 28, 2009 DGUSA will return to the Arena with a one-night tournament to decide the holder of the Open the Freedom Gate, the top singles title in DGUSA.

- Dragon Gate USA “Open the Historic Gate”
July 25, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
0. FRAY!: Lince Dorado (Shooting Star Press) Cheech, Cloudy, Unbreakable Andy, Louis Lyndon, Chris Jones, Johnny Gargano and Aaron Arbo
1. YAMATO (Gallaria) BxB Hulk
2. 2 Cold Scorpio (Tumbleweed) Ken Doane
3. CHIKARA Showcase Match: Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw {W}, Fire Ant & Soldier Ant (Jig ‘n’ Tonic) Gran Akuma, Icarus {L}, Amasis & Hallowicked
4. Dragon Kid (Ultra Huracanrana) Masato Yoshino
5. Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson [The Young Bucks] (More Bang For Your Buck) CIMA & Susumu Yokosuka {L} [Warriors-5]
6. Naruki Doi (Muscular Bomb) Shingo Takagi


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It appears that the Soldier Ant vs. Carpenter Ant all-Colony clash has set a theme for this year’s Young Lions Cup, as the next two matches added to this year’s tournament pit even more tag team partners against one another. First up is a clash between North Star Express members Darin Corbin and Ryan Cruz. Both wrestlers are extremely untested in singles competition in CHIKARA, but Corbin in particular has achieved slight success elsewhere, most notably defeating Arik Cannon in 2006 for the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight title. The other tournament match has a bit more backstory to it, as Hydra and Tim Donst will battle to decide who is the dominant Sea Donster. These two showed a bit of dissention in May following a tag team loss to 2.0 and Donst in particular appeared to be very frustrated, so it should be interesting to see whether these two hold anything back when put against each other.



Elsewhere on the YLC cards, the UnStable and F.I.S.T. will join forces on night 3 of the tournament in the Golden Dream 3-way trios match as Vin Gerard has recruited Chuck Taylor to team with him and STIGMA. With The Future Is Now & Jigsaw also completing a trio, now all that remains is for Fire Ant to pick his final man out of a selection of Arik Cannon, Max Boyer and Larry Sweeney.



And speaking of Fire Ant, he will be in action on night 1 of the tournament as he teams with Soldier Ant to tackle 2.0 – Jagged and Shane Matthews. This is a rematch from the “Duel & Duality” show last December where the Canadians failed to overcome the record-setting Campeonatos contenders despite using every trick in the book, including a handful of powder! However, this time around 2.0 come in with some slight momentum following a win in May over the Sea Donsters and a trip to Big Japan Pro-Wrestling. Also of note is that Soldier Ant could be making a big mistake by taking a non-tournament match one night before his match with Carpenter Ant, so Jagged and Matthews could look to take advantage of a potential lack of focus and steal the win.

CHIKARA wrestlers will be participating on the second Dragon Gate USA card in Chicago on 9/6. Mike Quackenbush has been added to the card, as will be the wrestler who scores the pin in the upcoming Atomico on the debut show in Philly (assuming that it isn’t Quack who scores it). Other CHIKARA wrestlers should be announced in the coming weeks.

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 1″
August 14, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
1. Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] vs. Jagged & Shane Matthews [2.0]
2. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Hydra vs. Tim Donst
Announced Young Lions Cup VII Participants for Night 1: Create-a-Wrestler, Prince Mustafa Ali, Lince Dorado, Jason Hades, Colin Delaney, Brandon Michael Thomas, El Leonino, Frightmare, Stinky the Homeless Guy, Grizzly Redwood

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
2. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Soldier Ant vs. Carpenter Ant
3. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Darin Corbin vs. Ryan Cruz
Other announced Young Lions Cup VII Participants for Night 2: Yellow Dog, Cloudy, Player Uno, Player Dos, Trik Davis, Shane Hollister, Chimaera, Bret Race

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 3″
August 16, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
1. Golden Dream Triple Threat Trios Match: Vin Gerard, STIGMA & Chuck Taylor vs. Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen, Helios & Jigsaw vs. Fire Ant, Hallowicked & X
2. 4-Corners Elimination Tag Team Match: X & X vs. X & X vs. X & X vs. X & X
3. Mascarita Dorada vs. Pierrothito
4. Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli
5. Young Lions Cup ~ Final: X vs. X


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CHIKARA Fans readers, the petition has worked – Stinky the Homeless Guy, Inter Species Wrestling’s resident hobo, has been added to the Young Lions Cup tournament as the 24th and final entrant! A recent string of bad luck has befallen the homeless hero, as his best friend Flip D. Berger was brainwashed and turned against him by Moohammad, to the point where Flip defeated Stinky last weekend for his ISW Other Title (Flip then handed the belt over to Moohammad). However, despite his poor luck, he’s been fortunate enough to be brought along on somewhat of a US tour, beginning the weekend prior to Young Lions Cup weekend with ISW’s US debut, “The Worst That Could Happen” in East Hartford, CT. Will Stinky be able to turn the tides around and bring the Cup home?

If he does, he’ll have some stiff competition as we all know. Thankfully for him and the other 23 competitiors, they now have somewhat of an idea as to what to look forward to, as CHIKARA announced who will be competing on nights one and two today! The field has been split as follows:

Night One: Create-a-Wrestler, Prince Mustafa Ali, Lince Dorado, Jason Hades, Hydra, Colin Delaney, Brandon Michael Thomas, Tim Donst, El Leonino, Frightmare, Stinky the Homeless Guy, Grizzly Redwood

Night Two: Yellow Dog, Soldier Ant, Cloudy, Darin Corbin, Ryan Cruz, Player Uno, Player Dos, Trik Davis, Carpenter Ant, Shane Hollister, Chimaera, Bret Race

Mike Quackenbush is making his return to wrestling next weekend at the big Dragon Gate USA debut in Philadelphia, but he makes his return to CHIKARA the weekend after as he teams with Jigsaw to take on Icarus and Gran Akuma, Team F.I.S.T. These four men will actually square off against one another in the DGUSA CHIKARA atomico, but they’ll jump into it again in the quest for those three points needed for a shot at the Campeonatos de Parejas in Reading. Two weeks remaining until the big show, get your tickets now.

Finally, in regards to the Dragon Gate USA show, Lince Dorado has been announced as the fourth entrant into The Fray, the big preshow gauntlet. This’ll be a big chance for Lince to make a splash in front of the Philadelphia crowd and impress the DGUSA higher ups. Those with tickets in the first three rows will be the first to see who will stake their claim as the future of Dragon Gate USA coming up in six days!

- Dragon Gate USA “Open the Historic Gate”
July 25, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
0. The Fray: Johnny Gargano vs. Cheech Hernandez vs. K.C. “Cloudy” Day vs. Lince Dorado vs. X vs. X vs. X vs. X
1. CHIKARA Showcase Match: Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] & Jigsaw & X [CHIKARA Tecnicos] vs. Gran Akuma & Icarus [F.I.S.T.] & Amasis & X
2. CIMA & Susumu Yokosuka [Warriors-5] vs. Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson [The Young Bucks]
3. Masato Yoshino vs. Dragon Kid
4. Shingo Takagi vs. Naruki Doi
5. BxB Hulk vs. YAMATO
6. 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Ken Doane

- 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]
7. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. Icarus & Gran Akuma [F.I.S.T.]

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 1″
August 14, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
Announced Young Lions Cup VII Participants for Night 1: Create-a-Wrestler, Prince Mustafa Ali, Lince Dorado, Jason Hades, Hydra, Colin Delaney, Brandon Michael Thomas, Tim Donst, El Leonino, Frightmare, Stinky the Homeless Guy, Grizzly Redwood

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
Announced Young Lions Cup VII Participants for Night 2: Yellow Dog, Soldier Ant, Cloudy, Darin Corbin, Ryan Cruz, Player Uno, Player Dos, Trik Davis, Carpenter Ant, Shane Hollister, Chimaera, Bret Race

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 & Jigsaw vs. Fire Ant, X & X
2. Mascarita Dorada vs. Pierrothito
3. Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli


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We’ve admittedly been a bit slack this week; a pretty neat sideproject is in the works along with some other cool stuff that may affect this site. Regardless, we’re back with a full week of Young Lions Cup VII updates…and man, is there a lot to cover!



First up is the inclusion of three new competitors to the YLC field: both Ryan Cruz and Darin Corbin of F1RST Wrestling’s North Star Express, and Chimaera, a new face to CHIKARA coming out of Southern California. Both Cruz and Corbin were last seen at March’s huge King of Trios tournament, making it to the quarterfinals alongside fellow F1RSTer Arik Cannon before losing to eventual winners Team F.I.S.T. This will be the second YLC tournament for both men; Corbin made it to the semi-finals of the fifth incarnation of the tournament, while Cruz was eliminated in the first round of the same year by Ultra Dragon.

Not much is known about Chimaera, who makes his home in southern California while frequently competing in Tijuana. In just two years of wrestling experience, though, he’s made his name known in FMLL, SoCal Pro, EPIC WAR, Lucha VaVoom!, NWA and AWS. The mythical creature in which Chimaera takes its name has the head of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a serpent, so he’s clearly meant to fit in well with CHIKARA, who has seen El Leonino, Las Chivas and Ophidian, respectively.



Also announced today was the first pick by Vin Gerard for the upcoming Golden Dream Triangle Trios Match, and it’s a surprise to no one as fellow UnStable member STIGMA will be on his side. STIGMA won the third Young Lions Cup tournament as Shane Storm in 2005, defeating Icarus in one of the most famous matches in CHIKARA history. Now he’ll join Gerard and one other former YLC holder in the quest to determine who are the greatest of the greats when it comes to the Young Lions Cup. Fire Ant’s selection is next, with the following six remaining former YLC holders to choose from for his squad: Hallowicked, Larry Sweeney, Jigsaw, Arik Cannon, Maxime Boyer and Chuck Taylor.

Finally, in a very small update to the July 25th Dragon Gate USA card in Philadelphia, CHIKARA tag regulars Cheech Hernandez and K.C. “Cloudy” Day have been added to The Fray, the eight man gauntlet that is exclusive to those with “Golden Section” seats and eventual DVD owners. Dropping from this match is Flip Kendrick, who had to pull out due to injury.

UPDATE: Despite hints towards an Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli match in Reading, the CHIKARA spam indicates that Kingston will be out of action for 4 weeks due to injury and will not be able to compete on the show. However, it has been noted that the card will feature one unannounced match that will “please longtime followers” of CHIKARA…

- Dragon Gate USA “Open the Historic Gate”
July 25, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
0. The Fray: Johnny Gargano vs. Cheech Hernandez vs. K.C. “Cloudy” Day vs. X vs. X vs. X vs. X vs. X
1. CHIKARA Showcase Match: Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] & Jigsaw & X [CHIKARA Tecnicos] vs. Gran Akuma & Icarus [F.I.S.T.] & Amasis & X
2. CIMA & Susumu Yokosuka [Warriors-5] vs. Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson [The Young Bucks]
3. Masato Yoshino vs. Dragon Kid
4. Shingo Takagi vs. Naruki Doi
5. BxB Hulk vs. YAMATO
6. 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Ken Doane

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)


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A quick update this weekend before we hopefully get the chance to punch the clock for the weekend, as the month of July sees a few new additions into the mix. While Ophidian has been removed from the Dragon Gate USA atomico match due to his broken arm (see yesterday’s update for details), the atomico squad has added Jigsaw to the ranks to team alongside Fire Ant and Soldier Ant. Unlike the rest of the men in the match so far, this will not be Jigsaw’s first time appearing on pay-per-view television, as he appeared as a member of the Vulture Squad in past Ring of Honor PPV’s. However, this is possibly Jig’s biggest stage yet in his career, as an impressive performance here could perhaps pay off in the form of a proper Dragon Gate Japanese tour for any of these men.



Also in the month of August is a match added to the “Never Kneel at the Altar of Conformity” card in Reading, as perpetual rivals Lince Dorado and Amasis square off in their first ever CHIKARA singles bout. The two men have had a competitive feud with one another dating back to Amasis’ early days in CHIKARA, when him and Ophidian took two points away from Lince and El Pantera in one of the Portal’s first tag matches way back in November of 2007. How will the devious Funky Pharaoh fare without his partner at his side? We’ll find out in just five weeks when CHIKARA hits Reading for the last time in 2009!

- Dragon Gate USA Debut Show
July 25, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
0. The Fray – Featuring: Flip Kendrick, Johnny Gargano and more!
1. CHIKARA Showcase Match: Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] & Jigsaw & X [CHIKARA Tecnicos] vs. Gran Akuma & Icarus [F.I.S.T.] & Amasis & X
2. CIMA & Susumu Yokosuka [Warriors-5] vs. Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson [The Young Bucks]
3. Masato Yoshino vs. Dragon Kid
4. Shingo Takagi vs. Naruki Doi
5. BxB Hulk vs. YAMATO
6. 2 Cold Scorpio vs. X

- 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


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Many CHIKARA fans were excited when it was announced that CMLL stars Pierrothito and Mascarita Dorada would be wrestling for in Easton at the Young Lions Cup, with many assuming that they would only be working a singles match against one another. However, the stakes have been raised with the addition of two more familiar faces to their match, as Dorada will be teaming with Turbo and Pierrothito will be teaming with the legendary Jorge “Skayde” Rivera! This adds another element to the match, as Turbo is arguably Skayde’s current top student and they have clashed in CHIKARA in the past (at Aniversarioct last year), but they are both strictly tecnicos, while Mascarita Dorada and Pierrothito are separated by the tecnico/rudo divide. Whether Skayde will go over to the dark side for this match is yet to be seen, but rest assured that this match will be fast-paced and not one to miss!



Also, in a late update from last week, Cheech and Cloudy have made it well known that they’re after their third point towards championship contendership, and they’ll be going for it in Reading as they’re up against the Roughnecks of Brodie Lee and Grizzly Redwood. The Roughnecks come into this match with a single point after they defeated Los Ice Creams last month, and they also hold a recent win over Cheech and Cloudy after they eliminated them from this year’s King of Trios weekend tag team gauntlet match.



Aaaaand in final update for the day, another update from Friday, Ophidian has been added to the Dragon Gate USA card in Philadelphia on July 25th, completing the rudo squad for the CHIKARA showcase match. Ophidian is the other half of the current Campeones de Parejas alongside Amasis and together with various F.I.S.T. combinations the Osirian Portal have formed quite a talented foursome for past 8-man tags, so The Colony will have quite a task in picking partners to form a comparable unit.

Icarus has a new blog up claiming that Carpenter Ant is, in fact, Worker Ant.

- Dragon Gate USA Debut Show
July 25, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
0. The Fray – Featuring: Flip Kendrick, Johnny Gargano and more!
1. CHIKARA Showcase Match: Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] & X & X [CHIKARA Tecnicos] vs. Gran Akuma & Icarus [F.I.S.T.] & Amasis & Ophidian [The Osirian Portal]
2. CIMA & Susumu Yokosuka [Warriors-5] vs. Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson [The Young Bucks]
3. Masato Yoshino vs. Dragon Kid
4. Shingo Takagi vs. Naruki Doi

Also scheduled to appear: YAMATO, 2 Cold Scorpio, Dawn Marie and more!

- 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]

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

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)


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