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The big day is here, readers of CHIKARA Fans – the final day of Young Lions Cup VII! In just a few short hours, a new king of the singles’ land will be named, and it’ll either be The UnStable’s Colin Delaney, or one of this year’s biggest surprise singles competitors, Super Smash Brother Player Dos. That’s not all that’s set for today, though, as we’ll also see the continuation of the traditional Golden Dream match as three trios of former YLC holders will do battle. Add into the mix a four-corner elimination tag match that could see a team gain three points in a matter of one match, a rematch from last night’s showdown between Mascarita Dorada and Pierrothito, the latest battle in the ongoing feud between Claudio Castagnoli and Eddie Kingston…and we’re in for one heck of an afternoon in Philadelphia! Thanks – and more importantly, a very happy birthday – to Whittle for hooking us up yet again today.

Preshow Notes: Really strong attendance today, the line outside longer than for your average Philly show on a Sunday. Might possibly be related to the rave reviews of the CHIKARA product at the Dragon Gate USA show last month. Estimated number is 350-375, not bad at all.

1. Dasher Hatfield, Player Uno & Yellow Dog vs. Tim Donst & Hydra [Sea Donsters] & K.C. “Cloudy” Day: How far Create-a-Wrestler has come in one weekend; the guy’s leading off his own trio now as the unofficial captain as his squad enters to the ring to the sounds of “Tessie”. The old timey king of swing backs up that nickname with pure strength, lifting the man-monster Hydra up and swinging him like a Louisville Slugger at Donst and Cloudy! Dasher maintains dominance by pinning Hydra following his patented Grand Slam. However all doesn’t stay happy for long as after the match, Tim Donst takes out his mounting frustrations by throwing Hydra with a German suplex, then hitting Cloudy with a belly-to-belly and heelin’ it up all over the place.

2. Grizzly Redwood & Brodie Lee [The Roughnecks] vs. Darin Corbin & Ryan Cruz [North Star Express: Another really fun match, though nothing too outstanding. However, the Roughnecks gain their third point and their own title shot as Grizzly comes off the top with the Axehandle Doomsday Device on Cruz to get them the win.

3. 4-Corners Elimination Tag Team Match: UltraMantis Black & Delirious [The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple] vs. Gran Akuma & Icarus [F.I.S.T.] vs. Soldier Ant & Green Ant [The Colony] vs. Halcon Guerrero & Chiva VI: Before we even had time to figure out if this was actually the sixth Chiva, Mantis put the goat away with a Cosmic Disaster to eliminate the random Mexican team. Not too long after, Delirious puts down Green Ant with the Praying Mantis Bomb. This now moves Mantis and Delirious up to two points, meaning that the winner of the fall between the Neo-Solar Temple and Team F.I.S.T. will also gain their third point. Icarus rolled up Ultramantis Black to get the win and F.I.S.T.’s third point as Mantis was distracted by a man in all white. This man delivered a mysterious white box with a note in it; Mantis threw the box into the crowd after the match.

4. Mascarita Dorada vs. Pierrothito: In a very similar match to the one in Easton the night before, Mascarita Dorada regained the honor of his mother by putting away Pierrothito with a wacky lucha pin.

Intermission.

5. Mike Quackenbush & Jorge “Skayde” Rivera vs. Frightmare & Turbo: Turbo fought down the dastardly border guards with the help of his friend in small stature Frightmare, and now they take on the biggest challenge yet – two thirds of the Masters of 1000 Holds! In a complete lucha clinic that saw all four guys push themselves to their limits, Quackenbush pinned Turbo with the Quackendriver. Best match so far tonight!

6. Eddie Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli: One heck of a match here, tons of drama like you’d only expect these two to bring in the CHIKARA rings. Kingston hits a Backfist to the Future and a Saito Suplex, Claudio rolls out of the ring to recover. In a move of desperation, Kingston attempts a tope but misses. Claudio rolls back into the ring at the count of nineteen to win via countout.

7. Golden Dream Triple Threat Trios Match: Vin Gerard, STIGMA & Chuck Taylor vs. Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen, Helios & Jigsaw vs. Fire Ant, Hallowicked & Arik Cannon: Remember that hair tonic that Chuck Taylor got from the Big Japan young boy in exchange for the Green Ant costume? Well, it has turned his entire head green, much to the comedic delight of the tecnicos. Reportedly one of the best CHIKARA matches of the year! Fire Ant was launched to the outside by his teammates Wicked and Cannon, shooting him into the barricades so hard that they were bent to a ridiculous degree. Wicked pinned STIGMA with a top rope fisherman’s buster for the win. “This was awesome!”

…Intermission #2?! The Curse of the Golden Dream continues, as the ring was broken for the second time in a row in Golden Dream matches, the last one being when Max Boyer’s face broke the ring back in 2005. To make time for the ring crew, Bryce and Louden did a quick song and dance number.

8. Young Lions Cup ~ Final: Colin Delaney vs. Player Dos: We’ll be sure to get more details when our fans on the board head home, but Player Dos is your new Young Lions Cup champion, defeating Colin Delaney with a very bizarre move off the top rope. “Strangely anticlimactic” finish, though it seems that the Cup didn’t come without a price as Dos may have hurt his left shoulder in the process.


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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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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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Following all of the partner vs. partner announcements this week for the opening round of the Young Lions Cup, it feels a bit odd to be talking about a match between men who aren’t members of the same tag team. However, we finally have one, as The Future Is Now member Lince Dorado tackles Elite Pro’s Prince Mustafa Ali. Both men are known for their high-flying abilities so this shouldn’t be expected to remain on the ground for long. You would also have to imagine that if Lince improves this weekend for Dragon Gate USA in their Fray match that he would come into this match with much confidence, while Ali will be out to embarass Lince on his home turf and perhaps earn a regular spot on the CHIKARA roster!



Since it was announced a few weeks ago that the Reading show would feature a match involving wrestlers from CHIKARA’s past, many people have been theorising as to who could be involved, especially considering the timing of the announcement came very close to the announcement that Jolly Roger will be returning on the upcoming ISW show in Connecticut. Well, CHIKARA have finally confirmed who will be taking part, and it’s two men from the early days of CHIKARA who participated in the alumni battle royal back in December. Taking part in this match are Dragonfly, a graduate of the very first Wrestle Factory class, and Rorschach, one of the two graduates from the third class. Rorschach disappeared from regular CHIKARA competition in late 2006 so he would under normal circumstances be at a severe disadvantage, but Dragonfly left CHIKARA before the first anniversary show so who knows how he will look following such a long absense.

- CHIKARA “Never Kneel at the Altar of Conformity ~ Fan Appreciation Night”
July 31, 2009 ~ Riverside Beneficial Assoc. Building, Reading, PA
1. Rorschach vs. Dragonfly
2. Daizee Haze vs. Rayna Von Tash
3. Brodie Lee & Grizzly Redwood [The Roughnecks] vs. KC “Cloudy” Day & Cheech Hernandez
4. Hallowicked & Frightmare [Incoherence] & Hydra vs. Vin Gerard, STIGMA & Colin Delaney [The UnStable]
5. Lince Dorado vs. Amasis
6. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Tim Donst
7. 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]
8. 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
1. Fire Ant & Soldier Ant [The Colony] vs. Jagged & Shane Matthews [2.0]
2. Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Hydra vs. Tim Donst
Young Lions Cup ~ Opening Round: Lince Dorado vs. Prince Mustafa Ali
Announced Young Lions Cup VII Participants for Night 1: Create-A-Wrestler, 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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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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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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