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Well! We take a couple of days off after the exhausting New England weekend, and the CHIKARA offices don’t cut us any slack. This update alone will hype up two new matches, a blog, a new Podcast and some more little nuggets of info. Let’s not waste time; here come the updates!

First off – new champs! The Colony have won the Campeonatos de Parejas in Nashua on Sunday, defeating the Osirian Portal in two straight falls. Wasting no time, their first defense has been signed and it’s the main event of Easton’s “An Optimistic View of a Pessimistic World” as Fire Ant and Soldier Ant square off against the only currently healthy duo with three points, The Roughnecks of Brodie Lee and Grizzly Redwood. While the Roughnecks have likely been preparing for three falls with the Portal, the ants are looking to prove that they’re not going to be one-and-done like the last tecnico team to hold the belts, the Super Smash Bros. Rumor is that, by the time you read this, the Roughnecks will have some words for the Colony in a Podcast Special Update. We’ll have that video for you here tomorrow!

While Brodie and the Grizz are going to be prepping for three falls of action in Easton, their fellow Roughneck Eddie Kingston is getting himself ready for the following night, where he’ll be taking on Big Japan’s newest rookie sensation Ryuichi Kawakami! Making his debut in December of 2008, Kawakami, a trainee of current Big Japan tag champ (and CHIKARA alum) Daisuke Sekimoto, brings a lot to the table despite being relatively new to the ring. A hype video displaying his sheer power and strength is right on the other side of this link – check it out now.

Sara del Rey has written a very interesting blog here, voicing her recent frustrations with the competition she’s been given recently. Daizee Haze recently voiced similar complaints, so perhaps something is in store for these two down the road.

The latest edition of the Podcast-a-Go-Go, featuring King of Trios 2009 action such as the Soul Touchaz vs. the UnStable and the F1RST Family vs. F.I.S.T., can be seen here

See you tomorrow with more on the latest in CHIKARA!

- 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. Gran Akuma vs. Jigsaw

- CHIKARA “Cibernetico Incredible”
October 18, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA
1. Torneo Cibernetico: Tag teams will be split into two squads of 8!
2. Eddie Kingston vs. Ryuichi Kawakami


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The big Young Lions Cup weekend rolls on tonight with the second night of tournament action in Easton! After a night that saw the birth of a star in young Dasher Hatfield (the new gimmick for Create-a-Wrestler) along with a huge upset as Brandon Michael Thomas put away Frightmare in the first match of the night, the tournament’s already been one where the fans have grown to expect the unexpected. Now, with three inter-stable showdowns and the mysterious “Bret Race” making his debut, it’s certain that tonight should be more of the bizarre and incredible. Thanks to Whittle for our hookup tonight and throughout the weekend!

Preshow Notes: Show’s starting a bit late than usual. Lince Dorado is out for his match with Arik Cannon after last night’s knee injury suffered in his match with Prince Mustafa Ali. Also, Turbo is out after some issues traveling into the country. Replacements will be made for both matches. All 12 of tonight’s competitors are brought out; Bret Race mysteriously didn’t come out when his name was announced.

1. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Bret Race vs. Yellow Dog: Bret Race is, in fact, Lester Crabtree trying to sneak his way into the YLC. He came out to “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” and proclaimed himself to be young and cool. He was disqualified, and his replacement was pulled out of a hat – Vocatur, the secret agent detective that’s been at recent CHIKARA shows, working a very heelish manner. Photo available at this link! Vocatur gets the win over Yellow Dog in quick fashion, around three and a half minutes with a move that was “set up like a DDT, but he fell forward”.

2. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Soldier Ant vs. Carpenter Ant: A very competitive match between the two members of the Colony. Soldier Ant hit a top rope belly to belly suplex, while Carpenter Ant matched him with a ton of neat and wacky submissions. However, it was Soldier Ant that came out on top, tapping out Carpenter with the CHIKARA Special. Fun match!

3. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Darin Corbin vs. Ryan Cruz: Match kicks into gear with a tribute to Young Lions Cup as Corbin and Cruz hit slo-mo against one another, complete with slo-mo “this is awesome” chant. Surely done just to get under the skin of Les Thatcher yet again. In a bit of an upset, Ryan Cruz puts down Corbin in 12 minutes. The less successful member of NSE in singles action reigns supreme tonight!

4. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Shane Hollister vs. Trik Davis: Fun match with both guys busting out their usual stuff. Exactly what you’d expect, except for a finish that is guaranteeing that Trik never works in this town again. Trik Davis gets the win over Shane Hollister with a QD3.

5. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Grizzly Redwood vs. El Leonino: Very much your standard fare match, nothing spectacular. The Grizz advances to the six-way semis with a Fisherman’s DDT.

6. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Player Uno vs. Player Dos: Uno looking great, quite clearly training for this Super Smash square-off as he’s lost quite a bit of weight heading into this. Looks like a new man! The two of them packed a whole lot into their eight minute match that “felt like it went twenty”, when Dos put down Uno with a frog splash.

Intermission. Skayde is feeling under the weather, but it wasn’t clarified if the match was scrapped or what’s up.

7. Arik Cannon vs. Jigsaw: Tag World ‘06 collision between two former Young Lions Cup holders here in this surprise singles matchup! Jigsaw gets the victory in ~10 minutes via superkick, very good match that may be the best of the night so far!

8. Mascarita Dorada vs. Pierrothito: Due to the unfortunate circumstances around Skayde and Turbo, Easton gets the benefit in the end and gets Philly’s big mini singles showdown that was set for tomorrow. An awesome match, Pierrothito wins in 11 minutes, tapping out Dorada with a cobra stretch. After the match, Pierrothito used some very foul language that would be a cardinal sin to repeat here. That may be your third Mexican down for the weekend after that.

9. Young Lions Cup ~ Semi-Final ~ 6-Way Elimination Match: Vocatur vs. Soldier Ant vs. Ryan Cruz vs. Trik Davis vs. Grizzly Redwood vs. Player Dos: The winner of this match goes on to face Colin Delaney tomorrow in the finals of the tournament. Vocatur wastes no time, eliminating Ryan Cruz with the move he beat Yellow Dog with in four minutes. Soon after, Grizzly Redwood goes for a suplex on Soldier Ant, but Soldier rolls through to get the pin to eliminate the Grizz. Vocatur is “gaining robotic powers” as the match goes on. Vocatur pins Trik with the DDT-ish move, but then Player Dos takes him out with the Final Smash. Soldier Ant and Player Dos are the final two left…and Dos pins Soldier Ant with the Frog Splash to advance to the finals! Player Dos vs. Colin Delaney is your big main event for tomorrow’s third night of Young Lions Cup!


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It was quite the opening night in the seventh annual Young Lions Cup as half of the field took to the field and only one man walked away victorious. That man was Colin Delaney, the third UnStable member and the only member of that trio yet to have tasted Young Lions Cup gold. However, the story of the night was not Colin getting one step closer to joining Vin Gerard and STIGMA in the winner’s circle, but the transformation of Create-A-Wrestler. For the third consecutive year the former Moscow and Ultimo Breakfast received a fan-created character. This year’s winning entry – created by this site’s own Smurf and George – has arguably already brought him the most success, as Dasher Hatfield, the baseball player from yesteryear, stepped into the ring. He raised a number of eyebrows in the opening round by surviving Jason Hades’ Killswitch and going on to win, but nobody could have expected what happened in the 6-way. Dasher eliminated both Cloudy and Brendan Michael Thomas, debuting the Grand Slam to finish off the former, and he took Colin to the very limit, kicking out of numerous moves before falling at the final hurdle. Colin Delaney is your finalist but Dasher Hatfield may be here to stay.

CHIKARA “Young Lions Cup VII ~ Night 1″
August 14, 2009 ~ Palmer Community Center, Easton, PA
1. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Brendan Michael Thomas (7:53 ~ Low Crossbody) Frightmare
2. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Hydra (9:14 ~ Front Bridge) Tim Donst
3. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Dasher Hatfield (8:35 ~ Sheer-Drop Beach Break) Jason Hades
4. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: KC “Cloudy” Day (10:42 ~ Flipping Square Driver) Chimaera
5. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Colin Delaney (7:24 ~ RKO) Stinky the Homeless Guy
6. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Lince Dorado (12:33 ~ One-Man Spanish Fly) Prince Mustafa Ali
7. Brodie Lee (10:02 ~ Powerbomb) Cheech Hernandez
8. Fire Ant {W} & Soldier Ant [The Colony] (13:33 ~ Ants Marching) Jagged {L} & Shane Matthews [2.0]
9. Young Lions Cup ~ Semi-Final ~ 6-Way Elimination Match: Colin Delaney (20:08) Lince Dorado, Brendan Michael Thomas, KC “Cloudy” Day, Dasher Hatfield, Hydra
- Lince Dorado (7:18 ~ Lynxsault) Hydra
- Colin Delaney (7:32 ~ STF) Lince Dorado
- Dasher Hatfield (13:57 ~ Grand Slam) KC “Cloudy” Day
- Dasher Hatfield (15:40 ~ CHIKARA Special) Brendan Michael Thomas
- Colin Delaney (20:08 ~ High Speed Prawn Hold) Dasher Hatfield

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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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As the first round announcements for this year’s Young Lions Cup draw to a close, many fans are theorising as to what the remaining matches will be. Well, if any of you predicted that KC “Cloudy” Day would be action against Chimaera, give yourself a gold star, because that’s exactly what’s going down! Like many other wrestlers on the CHIKARA roster, Cloudy did indeed participate on the Dragon Gate USA debut show, attempting to save Mike Quackenbush and Jigsaw from the attacks of YAMATO and Gran Akuma, and he’s expected to go far in this tournament. However, anyone who’s done a YouTube search or two can see that Chimaera is quite the athletic high-flier so this could be quite the little battle.

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Also added to the YLC weekend is participation from the Order of the Neo-Solar Temple. For the first time in many years the Order has no representative in this year’s tournament, but they could walk out of the weekend with valuable points towards Campeonatos de Parejas contendership, as UltraMantis Black and Delirious will be taking part in the night 3 tag team 4-way elimination match. Mantis has never wrestled for the titles despite wrestling for CHIKARA since day 1, but it seems that he now has his best opportunity with Delirious doing his bidding, and May victories over both Arik Cannon and Player Uno (in a trios match) suggest that the former Incoherence member is extremely dangerous and an extremely effective weapon. As long as Mantis holds the Eye of Tyr, you have to imagine that the Order will be hard to stop.

Check out this AWESOME “Previously at CHIKARA” for July, showing a whole lot of recent feuds and angles and all that good stuff.

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
6. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Chimaera vs. KC “Cloudy” Day
Other announced Young Lions Cup VII Participants for Night 2: Yellow Dog, Trik Davis, Shane Hollister, 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: 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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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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At the end of May at the “Aniversario Yang” show a new member of The Colony debuted. His name? Carpenter Ant, and it was his intrusion in the main event of that show, thwarting the interference of Gran Akuma, that lead to his stablemates Fire and Soldier Ant taking the hairs of both Icarus and Chuck Taylor. Well, with that in mind, Carpenter will not have been expecting his first match in CHIKARA to be against one of the men he assisted, as in the first round of this year’s Young Lions Cup it will be Carpenter Ant vs. Soldier Ant! Under any normal circumstances you would have to consider Carpenter to be a great unknown but it is likely that Soldier is aware of what Carpenter can bring to the table, so the odds are well and truly stacked against the newcomer. He’ll be out to pull off a huge upset while Soldier will be aiming to replicate the success of his long-time tag team partner Fire Ant, even if it comes at the expense of the “new generation” of ants!



Also taking place over YLC weekend will be a 4-corners elimination tag team contest. The participants are yet to be announced but you would have to imagine there’s a strong possibility that several of the eliminated wrestlers from the YLC tournament, both CHIKARA regulars and newcomers, will want a spot in this match. As a few teams have shown in the past, most notably The Colony last November, this type of match can be ideal for any team looking to challenge for Los Campeonatos de Parejas.

The new CHIKARA yearbook is available to preorder here. You can get a standard version or a version signed by the CHIKARA roster.

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
2. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Soldier Ant vs. Carpenter Ant
Other announced Young Lions Cup VII Participants for Night 2: Yellow Dog, Cloudy, Darin Corbin, Ryan Cruz, 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 & X 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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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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A new day brings a new entrant into the CHIKARA Young Lions Cup, and this one’s fairly notable as today’s participant is IWA Mid-South high-flier Jason Hades. Hades brings some credibility to the table, having held the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight title in the past. Not only that, but he holds big victories over past and present CHIKARA alumni such as Chuck Taylor, Josh Abercrombie, Acid Jaz, Marshe Rockett and Ricochet, and he held his own when put into a singles match with former CHIKARA ace Chris Hero. Hades is perhaps best known for his devastating finishing hold, the Killswitch, which is best described as a butterfly front flip lungblower, and can be seen in numerous YouTube videos. That move has earned him numerous wins in the stacked IWA light heavyweight division, but whether it can guide him to the Young Lions Cup in his first weekend in CHIKARA remains to be seen.

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, X & X vs. Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen, X & X vs. Fire Ant, X & X

Featuring: Mascarita Dorada

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)


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