Strongsville, OH – 7.17.2010
CHIKARA Young Lions Cup VIII Tournament Qualifying Match
Eric Ryan vs. Gregory Iron
Both guys start with a series of roll-ups. Ryan hits an armdrag, and Iron responds in kind. Ryan armdrags Iron to the corner. Iron side steps a dropkick. Ryan traps Iron in the middle rope and throws him down to the mat. Iron clotheslines Ryan to the floor. Iron hops off the apron with a crossbody block. In the ring, Iron ducks a pair of clotheslines and hits a springboard elbow. Iron lands a senton for two. Ryan drops Iron with a TKO for two. Ryan slams Iron and hits a legdrop for two. Iron ducks an attack from Ryan in the corner, but Ryan comes back with a clothesline. Ryan lands a series of knees to Iron’s face, transitioning into a vertical suplex for two. Iron blocks a clothesline and hits three of his own. He throws a series of elbows to Ryan’s forehead in the corner. Iron runs to the opposite corner, and Ryan follows with a dropkick. Ryan hits a cannonball senton for two. Ryan hits two suplexes. He looks for a third, but Iron counters with a chin breaker and ace crusher for two. Iron blocks an O’Conner Roll. He hits a wheelbarrow bulldog for two. Iron picks up Ryan, and Ryan drops him with a DDT for two. Ryan goes up top. He lands on Iron with a splash, and Iron somehow kicks out. Iron looks for a snapmare, but Ryan rolls him up and holds the tights to score the pin at 10:38. I love the finish calling back to the beginning of the match. Iron and Ryan worked really hard and put on a great contest. Each of their moves was executed with purpose, and you got the idea that both guys really wanted to win. Very good job by both guys. **3/4
As it would turn out, both guys in this match would enter the Young Lions Cup tournament. Although Iron lost, he was randomly drawn to replace Sindarin, a California luchadore, who was unable to make it. Unfortunately, Ryan and Iron were both knocked out in the first round, but not without putting on very good performances. Iron would return the following night to compete in non-tournament action against Tursas. Iron lost that match as well.
Johnny Gargano (Champion) vs. Tim Donst
Gargano spits water in Donst’s face before the bell. Donst spits at Gargano at the start of the match, then goes to the apron to avoid repercussions. Gargano rolls through a wristlock and hits a dropkick. Donst takes down Gargano in a waistlock. Donst trips Gargano and applies pressure to his leg. Gargano transitions into an armbar, which Donst escapes via rope break. Donst and Gargano go back and forth until Gargano takes Donst down with a headscissors and a hurricanana. He sends Donst to the floor with a spinwheel kick. Gargano brings Donst back in and hits a few punches. Donst drops Gargano with a neckbreaker as Gargano charges at him. Donst snaps off a suplex for two. Donst gets whipped to the corner. Donst sends Gargano to the apron, and brings him back in with a belly-to-belly suplex. Donst picks up a cornhole bag from ringside and throws it at Gargano. Gargano catches it. Donst covers up to stop Gargano from throwing it, and Gargano instead gives him an Atomic drop. He knocks Donst down and drops the cornhole bag on Donst’s groin. Gargano goes to the floor and rams Donst’s groin into the ring post. Back in the ring, Donst blocks the slingshot spear with a DDT and gets a two count. Gargano makes a comeback and hits Donst with a clothesline. He follows up with a sole butt. Donst looks to suplex Gargano from the apron. Gargano claps his ears and comes in with the slingshot spear for two. Donst kicks Gargano away and looks for the Gator Roll. Gargano escapes, but Donst comes back with a modified bulldog. Gargano comes back up with an enzuigiri. Gargano sends Donst to the floor with a rolling kick. Gargano jumps to the outside and Donst catches him with an ace crusher. Back in the ring, Gargano hangs from the ceiling to kick Donst down, and falls off into a splash. Gargano applies a crossface. Donst escapes and tries an O’Conner roll. Gargano blocks. Donst ducks a kick and rolls up for Gargano for two. Donst sunset flips Gargano. Gargano rolls through into a cross-legged cloverleaf. Donst taps out at 13:05. This was a very fun and unique main event to cap off the evening. Gargano just gets better every time I see him, and Donst has improved leaps and bounds in 2010. These two together meshed really well and put together a match that the crowd really got behind and that made the Absolute Title look good. ***
Donst puts his hand out for a handshake. As Gargano goes for it, Donst drops and rolls out of the ring. Donst heads to the back as the fans chant to Gargano “You deserve it” (the title, that is).