Young Lions Cup VII Night III

YLC7N3

Philadelphia, PA – 8.16.2009

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

Dasher Hatfield, Player Uno {SSB} & Yellow Dog vs. Tim Donst {SD}, Hydra {SD} & KC ‘Cloudy’ Day

Donst takes Dog down for a seatbelt pin. Uno tosses Dog’s dog toy to Donst. Dog goes after it, so Donst throws it to the floor. Uno and Donst collide with stereo shoulder blocks. Hydra blind tags in as Donst’s shoulder tackle does not work. A Sea Donsters double shoulder tackle takes him down. Dog joins the Donsters in on their Rick Steiner-esque celebration. Hydra sends him back out by tossing his dog toy outside. Hatfield gives Hydra a double axe handle to the gut and underhand chops Donst. He uses Hydra as a bat to take down Donst. Cloudy forearms Hatfield to the floor and dives onto him and the Donsters. Uno cannonball sentons onto everyone. Referee Nick Papagiorgio tosses the dog toy out, so Dog tope con hilo’s onto the other wrestlers to get it. Dog gives Cloudy a bulldog and pretends to whiz on him. Hydra shoulder blocks Dog. Dog places Hydra on the top turnbuckle. Donst brings Dog down with a Manhattan Drop. Hydra lands a Thesz Press off of Donst’s shoulders. Hatfield baseball slides into Donst. Hydra tries the Hydralock. Hatfield backs into the corner to break it and hangs him in a tree of woe. He tosses Uno into Hydra with a cannonball senton, then lands a baseball slide of his own for two. Hatfield kicks “dirt” on Papagiorgio when he only gets two. Uno gives Hydra the River City Ransom. He catches Cloudy’s crossbody and hits Pitfall. Hydra breaks the pin. He places hatfield on the top turnbuckle and chops him. He looks for a super chokeslam. Hatfield counters with the Grand Slam for the pin at 8:12. This was fun, but not as action packed as I had hoped. The finish made sense given it made Hatfield look strong in his debut weekend and continued Donst’s losing streak, due to his partner taking the fall, going. **¼

Angry for the loss, Donst German suplexes Hydra! Cloudy tries to reckon with Donst and takes a belly-to-belly suplex for his troubles. he drops Yellow Dog with an STO. Uno and Hatfield jump in. With the humbers against his favor, Donst leaves. Hydra is helped to the back.

Grizzly Redwood says he and Brodie are getting their third point tonight. Brodie says it’s not his fault the Northstar Express are dumb enough to get in their way.

Darin Corbin {NSE} & Ryan Cruz {NSE} vs. Brodie Lee {R} & Grizzly Redwood {R}

Cruz snaps off a pair of armdrags on Redwood and dropkicks him to the floor. Corbin foolishly tries shoving Lee and gets shoved down himself. Corbin can’t get a bodyslam. Neither can Cruz. Redwood blind tags in and takes a double team slam. Corbin and Cruz sweep out Lee’s legs and double dropkick him in the sides of his head. Cruz hits Redwood with a western lariat. The Northstar Express follow up with the Shell Shock. Cruz dumps Lee to the floor. Corbin goes for a suicide dive but is cut off by a knee strike from Redwood. The Roughnecks wear down Corbin until he escapes a headlock from Redwood. From there, he tosses Redwood into Lee’s arms and slides through Lee’s legs. Cruz tags in and comes off the top with a dropkick to them both. He hits Redwood with a spin kick and springboard dropkicks Lee off the apron and plancha’s onto him. The Northstar’s slam Redwood face first into the mat. They duck Lee’s big boot and give him the Everlasting Gobstopper. They go for Cruz Control on Redwood. Redwood avoids it. Lee Big Boots Corbin. Cruz takes a double axe handle Doomsday Device for the pin at 8:47, giving the Roughnecks three points. This was a lot of fun. The Northstar Express looked impressive and Lee and Redwood were fantastic foils. Kingston on commentary added to the excitement of them winning their third point as well. **¾

Icarus says he and Gran Akuma are going for their third point. Chuck Taylor jumps in wearing a beanie. He warns them to not use the hair tonic he got from Big Japan’s Kaz Miyakami. When they tell him that they did not use it, he happily leaves.

Elimination Match
Soldier Ant {C} & Green Ant {C} vs. Chiva V & Halcon Guerrero vs. Icarus {F} & Gran Akuma {F} vs. UltraMantis Black {ONT} & Delirious {ONT}

Soldier Ant and Icarus slap each other. Soldier Ant gives him a suplex. Icarus tags in Guerrero. He and Soldier Ant trade armdrags and lateral presses. Guerrero ducks a double clothesline from the Colony. They catch his crossbody attempt, slam him, then double boot him. Green Ant gives Guerrero a backbreaker for two. Guerrero takes him over with a huracanrana for two. Chiva takes Green Ant down with a side headlock. Green Ant hip tosses him over. Overhand chops are exchanged. Chiva snapmares him into a back kick. Chiva unwisely throws kicks to Akuma’s leg. One swift kick from Akuma takes Chiva off of his feet. Icarus comes off the second turnbuckle with a punch to the ribs. Guerrero brings in a soccer ball. Chiva pretends he’s going to kick it, but dropkicks Icarus instead. He and Guerrero drop toe hold Icarus into tandem basement dropkicks. Guerrero drops Chiva into a splash on Icarus. Akuma kicks Chiva from the apron. F.I.S.T. wear Chiva down. The Order join in on Chiva’s beatdown. Chiva rolls out after coming off the second rope with a headbutt to Akuma. Guerrero takes F.I.S.T over with a London Bridge and sends Akuma out with a Frankensteiner. He does the same to Icarus. Akuma brings Guerrero out and rams him into the guardrails. Mantis catches Chiva with the Cosmic Disaster to eliminate Chiva and Guerrero at 12:39. Soldier Ant high crossbody’s Mantis. Green Ant splashes Delirious in the corner. Soldier Ant hits him with a diving headbutt in the seated position. He goes for a headscissors on Akuma. Akuma tosses him into an Ace Crusher from Icarus. This allows F.I.S.T. to isolate Soldier Ant. Once again, the Order help them in their onslaught. Soldier Ant knocks down Delirious with a rolling elbow and tags in Green Ant. He comes off the ropes with a trifecta of crossbody headbutts to Delirious’ chest. He lands a splash. He goes for it again. Mantis trips him. Delirious drops him with the Praying Mantis Bomb for the pin at 16:08. Icarus gives Delirious the Shiranui. Mantis breaks the pin and drops Icarus with the Unprettier. Icarus fights out of a double chokeslam attempt. He spears Delirious while Akuma enzuigiri’s him from the apron. Mantis Cactus clotheslines Icarus. Akuma and Delirious trade offense. Delirious fires up from Akuma’s kicks. He gives him a Cobra Clutch suplex. A man in white places a box in the ring. Mantis, distracted by this, is rolled up by Akuma and pinned at 18:31. There was little rhyme or cohesion to the action and the crowd really didn’t seem all that into it. It got better by the end, but at that point most of the good faith was gone. **½

Mantis opens the box. Inside is a note. We don’t see what the note says, but it spooks Mantis, who heads to the back with Delirious paranoid. Later we would discover that the note said “The War is Coming.”

Mascarita Dorada vs. Pierrothito

This is a rematch from last night, where Pierrothito defeated Dorada with a Last Chancery. Pierrothito shoves Dorada down out of the initial lock-up. Dorada holds onto a front facelock. Pierrothito takes him over with a fireman’s carry for two. He drop toe holds Dorada and puts on a Romero Special. Dorada flops out into a lateral press for not even a one count. He picks Pierrothito’s ankle. Hey locks his legs and pulls back on his mask. Pierrothito rolls Dorada into a Gedo Clutch. Dorada works back into the front facelock, then a sunset flip position for two. Dorada puts on a short-arm scissors. Pierrothito muscles Dorada up, so Dorada switches out into a sunset flip. He barrel rolls Pierrothito, making them both dizzy. He kicks at Pierrothito’s leg and musters up the strength for a suplex. He headscissors Pierrothito to the floor and cannonball sentons after him. In the ring, Dorada hits a springboard dropkick. He drops Pierrothito off of his shoulders and hops up the ropes for a moonsault. He tries another but Pierrothito gets his feet up to block it. He back chops Dorada and clotheslines him in the corner. He hits a slingshot senton. He gets two with a fisherman’s suplex. Dorada avoids Pierrothito’s corner splash. He slingshots in with a dropkick, then headstands into a Bronco Buster. Dorada kicks out Pierrothito’s knee as Pierrothito comes off the ropes. He snaps off a quesadora armdrag and springboards off the second turnbuckle into a headbutt to the chest. Dorada headscissors Pierrothito back to the floor. Dorada comes off the top with a headscissors takedown to the floor. He does the same back in the ring. Pierrothito however lands on his feet and puts Dorada in a Gory Gallows. Dorada armdrags his way free and crucifix pins Pierrothito for two. Dorada puts on an Octopus Stretch, then rolls Pierrothito into a pinning combination at 11:32. This was exciting, fast-paced, and a lot of fun. They did a lot of similar stuff from the night before, but it came off more crisp and exciting here thanks to a more enthusiastic audience. They also changed up just enough for it to not seem like a complete re-hash. ***¼

You can watch the match in its entirety here.

Mike Quackenbush & Jorge ‘Skayde’ Rivera vs. Frightmare {I} & Turbo

Turbo trips Quackenbush. He controls his right arm and leg. Quackenbush escapes and key locks Turbo’s legs. Turbo armdrags Quackenbush to the corner. Quackenbush maneuvers into a backslide. He tries an abdominal stretch. When Turbo looks to escape, Quackenbush applies a modified courting hold. Turbo armdrags him. Quackenbush trips him into a modified crucifix pin. They stand off after Quackenbush armdrags Turbo. Skayde and Frightmare tag in. Skayde wears down Frightmare’s arms and armdrags him to the ropes. Skayde applies pressure to the legs. He stretches out Frightmare’s back before putting on an overhead wristlock. Frightmare backflips his way free, but Skayde takes him back down in a side headlock. They flip up to a stalemate when Frightmare escapes. Quackenbush and Turbo tag back in. Turbo snapmares Quackenbush, then neckmares him to the floor. Turbo rolls up Skayde’s shoulders into an armdrag. He headscissors Skayde to the floor. He misses a baseball slide, but uses the apron for a baseball slide. Quackenbush stops Frightmare’s Frankensteiner attempt and powerbombs him across his knees. Skayde and Quackenbush isolate Frightmare in their corner, now focusing their attack on his back. Frightmare rolls to the floor when he avoids a tandem attack from the more experienced team. Turbo high crossbody’s Skayde. He springboard dropkicks Quackenbush and runs the ropes for an armdrag to send Skayde to the floor. He ducks Quackenbush’s palm strike, then moonsaults onto Skayde. Frightmare armdrags Quackenbush to the floor and follows with a tope con hilo. Back in the ring, Frightmare hits Kneecolepsy on Quackenbush for two. Quackenbush gives Frightmare a slam out of a reverse brainbuster position. Turbo tilt-a-whirl’s Quackenbush into a small package for two. He dropkicks Quackenbush to the floor. He wheelbarrows up Skayde into a lungblower. He then wheelbarrow Skayde into a prawn hold for two. Turnbo headscissors Skayde into a pendulum stretch. Skayde rolls Turbo into a reverse pendulum stretch. Frightmare frees his partner. Skayde claps his feet against Frightmare’s ears and gets two with a crucifix pin. Frightmare takes Skayde to the floor with a Frankensteiner, then comes off the apron with another. Turbo armdrags Quackenbush. Quackenbush hits the Quackendriver II. Turbo kicks out. Quackendriver I does the trick, getting Quackenbush and Skayde the pin at 14:36. This was a terrific, exciting Lucha-inspired contest. Turbo looks light years better than he did just a year ago and everyone else played their role to perfection. This was a real treat and a whole lot of fun. ***½

Claudio Castagnoli reminds us that last time CHIKARA was in Philadelphia, Eddie Kingston defeated him. While he respects Eddie Kingston’s talent, he does not respect him for the street thug he is. He claims he beat Kingston whenever he wants, as he is a real athlete.

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Eddie Kingston {R}

This is a rematch from “Armdrags to Riches” where Claudio beat Kingston with a Ricola Bomb, as well as a rematch from “Aniversario Yang”, where Kingston defeated Claudio with an Oklahoma Roll. After some maneuvering on the mat, Claudio goes for a gutwrench suplex. Kingston resists, but Claudio is able to grab a front facelock. Multiple times Claudio tries pinning down Kingston’s shoulders but can’t get a three count. Kingston claims hair and tight pulling but Nick Papagiorgio isn’t buying it. Claudio gutwrench suplexes Kingston for two. Claudio wins the battle for a lateral suplex and gets another two count. He misses a corner attack and Kingston dumps him to the floor. Kingston whips him into the timekeeper’s table. He throws water all over Claudio, angering Claudio. Kingston claws at his eyes and pummels him against the guardrails before throwing him into the ring steps. In the ring he chokes Claudio on the middle rope. They get into a chop battle which Kingston ends with a headbutt. Claudio brings him to the mat in a double leg takedown. Kingston goes back to the eyes and chokes Claudio. He folds up Claudio for a two count. He throws shots to Claudio’s ribs and takes him down with a belly-to-belly suplex. He puts on a chinlock. Claudio escapes, so Kingston gives him a uranage suplex. He calls for the Backfist. Claudio boots Kingston in the face, so Kingston chops and jabs him in the corner. He ends it with another headbutt. Claudio ducks the Backfist. He lifts Kingston up into a back slam. Like Kingston did earlier, Claudio dumps Kingston to the floor. Claudio suicide dives onto him. Back in the ring Claudio gets a two count with a bridging German suplex. Claudio gives Kingston the Giant Swing. He goes for a pin, but Kingston reverses it. Claudio uppercuts him twice and whips him to the corner. Kingston sends Claudio to the apron. Claudio forearm strikes Kingston, but misses a springboard crossbody. Kingston nails a yakuza kick and the Royal Flush for two. He also gets two with a shotgun lariat. Kingston misses the Sliding D. Claudio nails him with a bicycle knee strike. He goes for the Ricola Bomb. Kingston instead front leg trips him into an Oklahoma Roll. This time, Claudio kicks out. Claudio ducks the Backfist and hits a springboard twisting European uppercut for two. Claudio hits the UFO. When Kingston kicks out, he immediately picks him up for the Ricola Bomb. Kingston hits the Backfist to the Future to counter, as well as a Backdrop Driver. Claudio rolls to the floor as to not get pinned. Kingston comes off the apron, but misses Claudio and hits the floor. Claudio makes it back into the ring. Kingston gets counted out at 15:44. The controversy of the finish (by the rules, referee Nick Papagiorgio should have reset the count when Kingston hit the floor) was interesting and gave Kingston a legitimate gripe and reason for a rematch. They played into their previous two encounters and kicked up the emotion, which is exactly how it should have been done. They have terrific chemistry and I am excited for the final encounter. ***½

Jigsaw, Jimmy ‘Equinox’ Olsen, and Helios are together. Jigsaw says they’re out to prove they’re the best Young Lions Cup champions. Lince Dorado comes in to wish them luck and tells Jigsaw not to drop the ball. Jigsaw brings up one of Dorado’s recent losses, but Helios stops the bickering. Jigsaw re-iterates that they’re going to prove they’re the best and that the future is now.

Golden Dreams Triangle Trios Match
Jigsaw, Jimmy ‘Equinox’ Olsen {TFN} & Helios {TFN} vs. Hallowicked {I}, Arik Cannon & Fire Ant {C} vs. Vin Gerard {U}, STIGMA {U} & Chuck Taylor {F}

Taylor is still wearing the beanie from the promo early on as he starts off with Cannon and Helios. Armdrags are traded. Cannon pulls of Taylor’s hat to reveal a green head of hair! Here’s the explanation as to why his hair is green. Helios and Cannon toss Taylor to the floor. Helios sends Cannon out with a Frakensteiners. STIGMA attacks Helios from behind. Jigsaw comes in with an armdrag to STIGMA. Hallowicked armdrags and trips Jigsaw. Jigsaw counters a super snapmare with a headscissors. Hallowicked assists Jigsaw with a dropkick to STIGMA. He Tiger walks up STIGMA for an armdrag on Jigsaw, then hip tosses Jigsaw onto STIGMA. Gerard sends Hallowicked and Jigsaw out. His two enemies, Equinox and Fire Ant come in. Gerard tries bailing, but they bring him back and deliver a double elbow drop. Fire Ant wants the Beach Break on Equinox. Gerard trips him, causing Equinox to DDT Fire Ant. Gerard puts Equinox in the STF. Cannon breaks him free. Taylor chops Cannon and Equinox. They both bodyslam Taylor. Bryce Remsburg joins in on the fun and slams Taylor on instinct! A string of headscissors is formed by Helios, Gerard, and Fire Ant. Cannon, Hallowicked, and Taylor turn the string into a bow and arrow. The remaining three break it up. The two Tecnico trios attack STIGMA in the corner. The Rudo trio get in a couple shots on Fire Ant, then STIGMA falls victim to move corner attacks. Helios is taken down by Fire Ant’s fireman’s carry. Taylor headscissors him off the top. Helios cannonball snetons onto Taylor. Fire Ant hits Helios with the Yahtzee Kick. He headscissors Taylor. Taylor suplexes him into the corner. Cannon gives Taylor a Saito suplex. Gerard rakes Cannon’s eyes and chops him in the corner. Cannon turns it around. Equinox shoves Cannon to the apron. He tries a superplex on Gerard. Cannon sunset flips Equinox, causing his superplex on Gerard to succeed. Helios hits a shooting star press on Gerard. STIGMA breaks the pin. He German suplexes Jigsaw and Hallowicked, then cannonball sentons onto them on the floor. Equinox moonsaults onto all three of them. Helios lands the Sasuke Special on Taylor, Jigsaw, and STIGMA. Cannon and Hallowicked toss Fire Ant out with the Ant Hill but he collides on the barricade. Jigsaw accidentally dives onto his own partners. Cannon and Hallowicked land stereo pescado’s. Taylor runs up the ropes for a somersault senton to the floor. Gerard teases a dive. Cannon instead superplexes him onto everybody. STIGMA forearms Jigsaw down in the corner and gives him facewash kicks. Hallowicked yakuza kicks STIGMA. Taylor boots Hallowicked. Fire Ant hits Heat of the Moment on Taylor. Helios hits the Sky is Falling on Fire Ant. Gerard drops Helios with a running STF. Gerard ducks Cannon’s haymaker, but eats one from Equinox. Cannon then blasts Equinox with a haymaker before taking a superkick from Jigsaw. Jigsaw gets a two count on Cannon. Taylor pitches Jigsaw outside. Fire Ant antzuigiri’s Taylor and Burns Down the House. Helios spikes Taylor with a reverse Frankensteiner. Fire Ant drops Helios with the Beach Break. Jigsaw breaks the cover. Fire Ant goes to Burn Down the House. Jigsaw counters with a torture rack bomb. Hallowicked hits Go 2 Sleepy Hollow on Jigsaw. The Graveyard Smash gets him two as STIGMA breaks the pin. He drives Hallowicked neck first into his knee. He kicks out Cannon’s knee. Cannon gives him a haymaker and Total Anarchy for two. Cannon looks for a tope rope brainbuster. Taylor saves STIGMA by giving Cannon the Awful Waffle. Hallowicked yakuza kicks Taylor. He brings down STIGMA with a super fisherman’s buster for the pin at 13:53. The best CHIKARA Matches play to everyone’s strengths, have incredible action, and utilize CHIKARA’s deep history. This did all of that in spades, but Hallowicked winning the bout the same way he won the initial Young Lions Cup tournament was icing on the cake. Amazing stuff and one of the most fun matches in CHIKARA history. ****¼

Colin Delaney recites for us a variation of “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King.” He says he shouldn’t even be worried because in high pressure situations, Dos is known to fail. He folds under pressure. Delaney says we’re looking at the next Young Lions Cup champion.

Young Lions Cup VII Finals
Player Dos {SSB} vs. Colin Delaney {U}

Dos gets on a side headlock. Delaney gets the ropes to break it. He also gets the ropes to break a waistlock. They each get in a quick nearfall. Delaney’s shoulder block has no effect. They block each others’ hip tosses. Dos gets two with a backslide. He snaps off a pair of armdrags. Delaney takes a breather. He tries to get an advantage by shoving Bryce into Dos, but Dos dives onto Delaney with a twisting pescado. Delaney chops him in the corner. Dos blocks an elbow and lands a diving forearm. He belly-to-back suplexes Delaney for two. He pins Dos with a folding press for two. Delaney misses the five knuckle shuffle. Dos sends him to the corner with a Frankensteiner. Delaney dumps Dos to the floor with a fireman’s carry. He drives Dos back first into the canvas and hot shots him on the barricades. Dos avoids a punt to the head. He slingshots in with a small package for two. Delaney hot shots him on the top rope. He gives Dos a neckbreaker. He claws at Dos’ face and stomps on the back of his head. Delaney drives his elbows into Dos’ head repeatedly for the camera. He hits the Twist of Fate. Dos attacks Delaney as he goes to the top rope. Delaney however comes down with a tornado DDT. Dos throws some forearms. Delaney back elbows him down. He nails a leg lariat on Dos. Dos kicks Delaney from the mat and then nails an enzuigiri. Delaney and Dos fight for a suplex, ending with them both tumbling over the top rope and to the floor. Back in the ring, Dos lands a moonsault block off the second rope. He spins Delaney out into a face slam. Delaney manages to recover and connect with the punt to the head. Dos and Delaney trade forearm strikes as they get to their feet. Dos ends it with an enzuigiri. Delaney catches him in the corner. Dos slides out of the Attitude Adjustment. Dos lands on his feet out of a suplex and deposits Delaney out of a Dragon suplex. He hits a spin-out X-Factor for two. Dos goes for a split-legged moonsault, but Delaney shoves Bryce into the ropes to stop him. He hits the Go 2 Sleep. Dos kicks out. Delaney tries a super Frankensteiner. Dos holds the ropes and Delaney falls to the mat. Dos tries a frog splash but Delaney gets his knees up. Delaney small packages him for two. Dos hits another enzuigiri. Delaney follows Dos to the top rope. Dos brings him down, falling with him in a mid-air crossbody and gets the pin at 18:23. This was heatless, not very exciting, and without any real emotion. While Dos had some impressive bouts in the past couple of years, his win over Delaney did not feel all that important. Hopefully his reign will solidify his accomplishment because this was quite the weak tournament final. **½

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