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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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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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The first official match in the 2009 King of Trios tournament has been confirmed, and it will match up a trio of familiar faces and a trio of debutants as the F1RST Family of Arik Cannon, Ryan Cruz & Darin Corbin will wrestle Team EPIC WAR of Austin Aries, Tony Kozina & Ryan Drago. Cannon and Aries have had issues in the past, with Aries breaking Cannon’s collarbone about 5 years ago when Cannon was the IWA-MS Champion, so “The Anarchist” will not be best pleased if his team fails to make it past Aries’ EPIC WAR trio.

- CHIKARA “King of Trios 2009: Night 1″
March 27, 2009 ~ The Arena, Philadelphia, PA

1. King of Trios 2009 ~ Opening Round: Arik Cannon, Ryan Cruz & Darin Corbin [The F1RST Family] vs. Austin Aries, Ryan Drago & Tony Kozina [Team EPIC WAR]

1. The Masters of a Thousand Holds (Mike Quackenbush, Jorge “Skayde” Rivera & Johnny Saint)
2. The Osirian Portal (Ophidian, Amasis & Escorpion Egipcio)
3. Incoherence (Hallowicked, Delirious & Frightmare)
4. Team PWG (El Generico, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
5. The Future Is Now (Lince Dorado, Helios & Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen)
6. The Death Match Kings (Necro Butcher, Toby Klein & Brain Damage)
7. Da Soul Touchaz (Willie Richardson, Trauma & Marshe Rockett)
8. Team CZW (Beef Wellington, Pinkie Sanchez & Greg Excellent)
9. The Cold Front (Al Snow, Iceberg & Glacier)
10. F.I.S.T. (Gran Akuma, Chuck Taylor & Icarus)
11. The Roughnecks (Brodie Lee, Eddie Kingston & Grizzly Redwood)
12. Team Uppercut (Claudio Castagnoli, Dave Taylor & Bryan Danielson)
13. The UnStable (Vin Gerard, STIGMA & Colin Delaney)
14. Team DDT (Kota Ibushi, KUDO & Michael Nakazawa)

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- “The Anarchist” Arik Cannon
Height: 5′7” ~ 170 cm
Weight: 210 lbs ~ 95 kg
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Promotions: F1RST, CHIKARA, AAW
Signature Moves: Glimmering Warlock, Total Anarchy (sitting sitout side slam), Anarchy Hammer (burning hammer), German Suplex
Titles Held: CHIKARA Young Lions Cup, IWA-MS Heavyweight Championship (2)

- Darin Corbin
Height: 5′10” ~ 178 cm
Weight: 198 lbs ~ 90 kg
Hometown: St. Cloud, Minnesota
Promotions: F1RST, CHIKARA, AAW
Signature Moves: Cruz Control, Everlasting Gobstopper, nonstop dancing
Titles Held: IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title, AAW Tag Team Titles

- Ryan Cruz
Height: 5′9” ~ 175 cm
Weight: 186 lbs ~ 84 kg
Hometown: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Promotions: F1RST, CHIKARA, AAW
Signature Moves: Cruz Control, Everlasting Gobstopper, looking like Matt Hardy
Titles Held: AAW Tag Team Titles

Arguably one of the best teams in 2008’s King of Trios tournament returns again in 2009, as F1RST Wrestling’s Arik Cannon joins up once again with fellow F1RSTers The North Star Express of Darin Corbin and Ryan Cruz to try and take CHIKARA’s top trios crown. Despite being bounced in the first round of the ‘08 tourney, the F1RST Family as they have been dubbed showed their skills against the super squad of El Generico and the Super Smash Bros., and are looking to wow the crowds again this coming March. With the NSE as CHIKARA tourney vets (nearly ousting the Kings of Wrestling in the 2006 Tag World Grand Prix quarterfinals) and former Young Lions Cup holder Arik Cannon together, there’s no denying that this is a team that has all the potential to steal the show and take the tournament home.

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