Easton, PA – 8.14.2009

Commentary is provided by Mike Quackenbush, Bryce Remsburg, Louden Noxious, Leonard F. Chikarason, UltraMantis Black, and Ophidian.

The show starts with all of tonight’s competitors posing for the ceremonial Young Lions Cup picture. Create-A-Wrestler is absent, as to not reveal his new personality before match time.

Brendan Michael Thomas introduces himself. He’s traveled all the way to Easton to win the Young Lions Cup. He’s going to snatch Frightmare’s dream away from him in just 3 seconds.

Young Lions Cup VII Quarter-Final Round
Frightmare {I} vs. Brendan Michael Thomas

Frightmare avoids Thomas’ lock-up attempts and kicks him in the buttocks. He baits Thomas to the floor. When Thomas comes back in, Frightmare takes him down with an armdrag and a clothesline. He bodyscissors Thomas back to the floor and follows with a tope con hilo. Thomas catches Frightmare in the second rope and slingshots in with a back cracker. He chops Frightmare in the corner. He jabs Frightmare with his afro pick behind referee Nick Papagiorgio’s back. He delivers a dropkick and a knee lift. Frightmare catches Thomas on the second rope and German suplexes him for two. Thomas comes back with a running boot. Frightmare kicks him to avoid a corner attack and backflips into a Pele kick that sends Thomas back to the floor. He comes off the apron with a headscissors to the floor. In the ring, Frightmare spikes Thomas with a Frankensteiner for two. Thomas comes back with a brainbuster. Frightmare hangs Thomas from the second rope. He comes off the top with Kneecolepsy. Thomas gets his foot on the ropes. He tries a tornado DDT. Thomas counters with a small package for two. Frightmare sweeps his legs. He goes for a super Kneecolepsy. Thomas avoids it and gives Frightmare a low crossbody for the upset victory at 7:53. Frightmare was certainly a favorite by many to win, so him losing to a debuting Young Lion in Round 1 was a heck of a surprise. Frightmare looked great and Thomas was plenty competent so that match itself was fine. **¼

Tim Donst says he hasn’t be able to sleep all week because he’s through dreaming. He’s making his Young Lions Cup aspirations a reality.

Young Lions Cup VII Quarter-Final Round
Hydra {SD} vs. Tim Donst {SD}

Donst goes for a quick pin. He backs Hydra to the ropes to break his wristlock. Donst goes for a variety of different pins but can’t get the victory. After a test of strength, Donst goes for a shoulder tackle. Hydra remains steadfast. Hydra pulls Donst by his singlet into a side headlock on the mat. Donst sneaks out and inserts Bryce Remsburg’s head without Hydra knowing it. Bryce shoots Hydra off. Before they collide they stop themselves. Donst then shoulder tackles Hydra to the floor. He misses a dive to the floor. Hydra instead lands a suicide dive onto him. In the ring, Donst wins the battle for a suplex. They fight for a waistlock until they end up in the corner. Donst turns him around and hits a release German suplex for two. Hydra goes for the Hydralock. Donst counters with a Japanese Ocean Cyclone suplex for two. Hydra front trips Donst as Donst comes off the ropes. He applies the ankle lock. Donst reverses it. He let’s go when he realizes he’s grabbed Hydra’s hurt ankle. Hydra takes him down with a hooking clothesline. Donst puts on a full nelson. Hydra uses the ropes to roll back and pin Donst’s shoulders to the mat at 9:14. This had a great blend of humor and wrestling. Donst busted out of some stuff I can’t recall him using before or since and the finish gave Hydra a solid win while leaving Donst internally doubting himself. Good stuff. **¼

Young Lions Cup VII Quarter-Final Round
Dasher Hatfield vs. Jason Hades

Dasher Hatfield is Create-A-Wrestler’s newest persona; an old timey baseball player. He and Hades fight over a wristlock. Hatfield smacks his buttocks which gets Hades to break the hold. Hatfield ducks his kick. He grabs a courting hold and snapmares him into a Japanese armdrag. Hatfield charges in with a clothesline to the corner. He tries it again but Hades puts referee Jonathan Barber in the way. Hades hits a jumping gamengiri. He misses an enzuigiri, but comes back with a rebound spin kick. Hades delivers some strikes in the corner. Hatfield comes back with a clothesline for two. Hades front trips Hatfield and kicks him in the face. He drives a falling double axe handle into his chest. Hatfield catches Hades coming off the rope with a leg-capture brainbuster. He puts Hades in the Seventh Inning Stretch. Hades escapes. He low bridges the rope to send Hatfield to the apron. He kicks him from inside the ring, then hits a scissors kick for two. Hades gets two with a pump-handle suplex variation. Hades goes for the Killswitch. Hatfield reverses it into a full nelson. Hades rolls through and hits the Killswitch for two. He goes for it again. Hatfield reverses with a modified Beach Break for the pin at 8:35. Wrestler was having some strong matches this year and that streak continues. He and Hades had a very competitive bout and both came out looking strong. **¾

Young Lions Cup VII Quarter-Final Round
KC ‘Cloudy’ Day vs. Chimaera

The fast paced action leads to Cloudy putting Chimaera in a surfboard. Chimaera knees him in the stomach. Cloudy neckdrags Chimaera. Chimaera comes back with a courting hold drag. Cloudy headscissors him. Chimaera armdrags him to the corner. Cloudy headscissors him to the floor. He hits a twisting crossbody through the middle rope. Back in the ring, Chimaera enzuigiri’s Cloudy and gives him a belly-to-back suplex for two. He chokes Cloudy with his shin. He strings two backbreakers and a gutbuster together for two. Chimaera blasts him with a running boot. He drives Cloudy’s face repeatedly into his knee. Cloudy avoids a corner attack. He sends Chimaera face first into the turnbuckles and hits a top rope dropkick. Chimaera stops Cloudy’s charge with a Hot Shot. Back in the ring Cloudy comes back with a tornado DDT. Chimaera kicks out of an O’Connor Roll. Cloudy spikes him with a crucifix driver for two. He slaps Chimaera a few times. Chimaera gives him a bridging fallaway slam for two. He gives Cloudy a double chickenwing slam for two. Same goes for a brainbuster. He misses a cancun tornado splash. Cloudy spikes him with a flipping square driver for the pin at 10:42. Cheech is usually the one known for singles wrestling, but Cloudy looked absolutely fantastic in this match. He and Chimaera had a fun Lucha bout with some really cool offense and reversals. It was really fun. ***

Young Lions Cup VII Quarter-Final Round
Stinky the Homeless Guy vs. Colin Delaney {U}

Delaney kicks Stinky in the stomach and pummels him with right hands. He goes for the Attitude Adjustment early. Stinky counters with the Stink Bomb (a powerbomb). Delaney rolls out so Stinky can’t go for a pin. He brings Delaney back in for a two count. Delaney fights out of another Stink Bomb attempt. Stinky hip tosses him to the corner. He lands a flying hip attack. Delaney side steps an attack, sending Stinky to the ring apron. Stinky clotheslines Delaney from the apron back into the ring. Delaney bribes Stinky with some money. As Stinky goes for the dollar, Delaney hits him in the back of the head. He takes his dollar back as he stomps away. Delaney applies a chinlock. Stanky fights out and hits a swinging neckbreaker for two. He lands a splash for two. Delaney rakes his eyes. He comes off the second rope with a dropkick. He leg lariats Stinky in the back of the head and to the floor. Delaney stage dives over the top rope onto him. Back in the ring he calls for the Dreamer DDT. Stinky counters with an Angle slam for two. He goes for the Stink Bomb. Delaney fights out and backslides Stinky for two. The O’Connor roll has the same effect. Stinky misses a splash. As he comes off the second rope, Delaney catches him with the RKO for the pin at 7:24. Another fun back-and-forth match. Stinky was very beloved and Delaney played right into that. The finish is always cool when Orton does it and was also cool here. **¾

Prince Mustafa Ali does not understand why Americans question the violence of Muslims. He talks about the hardships he endures while Americans have it easy. He says while he is a prince, he’s about to become a king, starting with Lince Dorado.

Young Lions Cup VII Quarter-Final Round
Lince Dorado {TFN} vs. Prince Mustafa Ali

An aggressive lock-up leads to Ali shoulder blocking Dorado. Dorado comes off the second rope with an alita. Ali tries backdropping Dorado to the floor. Dorado skins the cat back and lands a headscissors. They switch nearfall attempts. They slap each other in the face, devolving into a forearm exchange. Dorado and Ali go to the apron. Ali dumps Dorado to the floor after ducking a kick. Back on the apron, Dorado headscissors Ali to the floor. Dorado lands the Sasuke Special. Back in the ring, Ali back suplexes Dorado and kicks him in the back on the way down. He whips Dorado into the corner and jackknife pins him for two. Ali snapmares him into a chinlock. Dorado fights out but Ali powerslams him. Ali counters a DDT by grabbing the top rope. Halfway through a Falcon Arrow he kicks Dorado in the spine for two. Ali sends him to the floor. Dorado blocks a suplex on the floor by shoving Ali crotch first into the ring post. They slap one another back in the ring. As they get to their feet they trade forearms. Dorado takes Ali over with a Frankensteiner and follows up with a spin kick. Dorado Tiger walks up Ali’s chest. Ali fips out of the corner, but Dorado lands a moonsault block for two. Ali enzuigiri’s Dorado as he’s on the top rope. He climbs the ropes and back splashes onto Dorado’s back as he hangs on the top turnbuckle. Dorado tosses Ali to the mat. He comes off the top with a shooting star press and misses. Ali misses an inverse 450 splash. Dorado takes Ali off the top with a Spanish Fly for the pin at 12:33. These two have styles that compliment each other, allowing each other to showcase their absolute best. Ali was quite impressive here and it’s a shame he didn’t get to do more in CHIKARA. ***¼

Cheech Hernandez vs. Brodie Lee {R}

Lee breaks Cheech’s sunglasses. Cheech throws some forearms. He cascades up Lee into an armdrag. He uses the ropes for a sunset flip attempt. Lee pulls him up. Cheech headscissors him to the floor. He tries a pescado, but Lee catches him mid-air with a strike to the throat. Lee chops him against the ring post. He misses a clothesline, causing his arm to crash against the ring post. Cheech brings Lee back in the ring and jams his arm across the top rope. He takes Lee down with a Thesz Press. He goes to Lee’s shoulders. Lee tries a press slam but Cheech slips off. Lee tosses Cheech overhead by the throat. He chokes Cheech on the middle rope and stands on his chest. Lee rolls him up for two. He misses a knee drop. Cheech divorce courts his arm. Lee smacks him in the face. He mocks Cheech by striking a surfer pose while standing on his back. Lee delivers a running chop in the corner for two. He drops Cheech with a brainbuster. As Lee comes off the ropes, Cheech manages a powerslam. Lee rolls out. Cheech’s suicide dive sends Lee into few rows of chairs. In the ring, Lee reverses an Irish whip. Cheech hits the apron and comes off the top with a Frankensteiner attempt. Lee catches him, so Cheech turns it into a falling X-Factor. He gets two with a Busaiku Knee. He superkicks Lee into a seated position then lands a dropkick. He hits a tiger feint kick for two. Lee tries a chokeslam. Cheech chops Lee in the neck until he escapes. Lee blocks a superkick and half-nelson suplexes Cheech. He hits a rolling lariat. Cheech tilt-a-whirls Lee into a facebuster. He gets two with an Oklahoma Roll. He tries an armbar. Lee powers Cheech up into a Buckle Bomb. A running big boot and the Truck Stop get Lee a two count. Cheech rolls Lee into a Ranhei for two. He rolls Lee over looking for a Kimura Lock. Lee powers Cheech into a Michinoku Driver. The Doctor Bomb gets him the pin at 10:02. This had a great power vs. speed dynamic. Cheech working over the arm was something new and it played into Lee’s victory. I love watching these two fight one another in any iteration. ***

Fire Ant {C} & Soldier Ant {C} vs. Jagged {2.0} & Shane Matthews {2.0}

Soldier Ant rolls his way out of Jagged’s headlock and snaps off an armdrag. Matthews knees Soldier Ant in the stomach. Soldier Ant armdrags Matthews as well. Soldier Ant slingshots Jagged in from the apron. Jagged tries to punch Fire Ant, but Fire Ant blocks and punches him. Soldier Ant armdrags Jagged into an armbar. The Colony double hip toss Jagged into a senton splash/falling headbutt combo. The Colony take turns striking him. Fire Ant gets two with a suplex. Matthews blind tags in. Fire Ant fireman’s carry’s Jagged. Matthews gets dropkicked to the floor. Fire Ant gives chase to Matthews. He ducks Jagged’s clothesline, but Matthews drives Fire Ant back first into the ring post. 2.0 now isolate Fire Ant in their half of the ring. Fire Ant manages to catch them both with a double DDT and tags in Soldier Ant. Soldier Ant backdrops Jagged for two. The Colony double boot him. Fire Ant hits a flip senton while Soldier Ant delivers a running basement headbutt. Matthews breaks the cover. Matthews takes the Ants Marching double dropkick for two. Matthews catches Soldier Ant coming off the second rope and goes for the Boston Crab. Soldier Ant kicks him away. Jagged Samoan Drops Soldier Ant. Fire Ant Burns Down the House on Jagged. He misses a super senton. Matthews puts Fire Ant in the Boston Crab. Soldier Ant breaks it up. He chops Matthews in the corner. Jagged blocks Fire Ant’s Beach Break with a roll-up while Matthews fights out of Soldier Ant’s TKO. Fire Ant antzuigiri’s Matthews and Yahtzee kicks Jagged. He goes to Burn Down the House but eats the Sweet Taste of Professionalism. Soldier Ant breaks the cover at the last moment. Matthews clotheslines Soldier Ant to the floor. Matthews goes to superplex Fire Ant. Soldier Ant takes Matthews down. Fire Ant hits Matthews with the Heat of the Moment. Jagged looks to put Soldier Ant in the Gory Bomb. Fire Ant frees him. He and Soldier Ant give Jagged the Ants Marching neckbreaker for the pin at 13:33. This was about on par as their match from “Dual & Duality” though the crowd was not as vocal and the stakes, while big for both teams, did not feel as important here. It was fun though, and 2.0 looked really solid. ***

2.0 are backstage, frustrated. Jagged is unlacing his boots as he tells Matthews that he can’t take it anymore. He can’t believe it took them two years to get a victory, only for them to lose the next night. Jagged says they aren’t going anywhere and that nobody believes in them. He feels it’s because they don’t believe in themselves. Matthews says the one they’re lacking is consistency. He mentions a few teams that bring this to mind. A smile crawls across Jagged’s face. He tells Matthews that he may be on to something and that he has an idea.

Young Lions Cup VII Semi-Final Elimination Match
Brendan Michael Thomas vs. Hydra {SD} vs. Dasher Hatfield vs. KC ‘Cloudy’ Day vs. Colin Delaney {U} vs. Lince Dorado {TFN}

Delaney slaps Hydra and trash talks him. Hydra takes him down and pummels him with right hands. He spears Delaney out to the floor. Thomas snaps off a Frankensteiner on Hatfield. Hatfield alita’s him out of the corner and slams him. Hatfield chases Thomas backstage. Hydra uppercuts Delaney to the floor. Delaney comes back in and trades punches with Hydra until they spill to the floor. Cloudy and Hatfield crotch Thomas on the top rope. Hatfield runs the bases before delivering a baseball slide to Thomas. Hatfield gets mad when Cloudy’s invisible pitch doesn’t go well. Cloudy dropkicks Hatfield to the floor. He looks to dive but Thomas cuts him off with a Pounce. Cloudy takes him over with a headscissors and holds onto an armdrag. Hydra tags in and shoulder blocks Thomas. He puts him in the Hydralock. Thomas rams Hydra into a punch from Delaney. Hydra pulls Delaney in for the Hydralock. Delaney slides out. He misses a running punt but gives him a diving clothesline. Dorado hops in. He Lynxsaults onto Hydra for the pin at 7:18. Delaney chop blocks Dorado’s leg out. He puts him in the STFU. Dorado taps out at 7:32. Thomas missile dropkicks Hatfield from behind. He and Delaney become makeshift tag partners as they take turns wearing down Hatfield. Hatfield ends up catching Delaney with a baseball slide dropkick, allowing him to tag Cloudy in. He latigo’s Thomas and drops him with a sit-out spinebuster. Delaney rakes Cloudy’s back. Cloudy flips out of the Attitude Adjustment and tornado DDT’s him. Thomas grabs Cloudy as he ascends the ropes. Cloudy kicks him away. Hatfield climbs up and hits the Grand Slam on Cloudy for the pin at 13:57. Delaney RKO’s Hatfield. He slams Hatfield and Thomas comes off the top with an elbow drop for two. Thomas and Delaney try the Hart Attack. Hatfield ducks Delaney’s clothesline. He rolls Thomas into the CHIKARA Special. Thomas taps out at 15:40. Delaney gets in some boots. Hatfield gets in a flurry of offense, including a wind up haymaker for two. They fight for control on the second rope. Delaney ends up dropkicking Hatfield to the apron. Hatfield cuts off Delaney’s attack with a boot. He mule kicks Delaney from the apron and slingshots in with an Oklahoma Roll for two. He goes for the CHIKARA Special but Delaney avoids it. He punts Hatfield in the face. Hatfield kicks out and gets his own two count with an inside cradle. Delaney hits the Twist of Fate, following it up with a Swanton Bomb. Hatfield kicks out again. Hatfield backs Delaney to the corner to avoid a DDT. He places Delaney up top and attempts the Grand Slam. Delaney fights up out of it and flips Hatfield on his head with a modified tombstone, getting the pin at 20:08. The beginning of the match was very odd with no rhythm or any real story. Once it got down to four competitors it got much more coherent. It was fine wrestling, and Hatfield slipped into this new persona like a glove, but the crowd seemed pretty done with the match before it ended, unfortunately. **¾