This past weekend CHIKARA put on its “SummerÂ Blockbuster” double-headerÂ with two big shows filled with international talent and pivotal matches. Last year’s Chikarasaurus Rex was our first live CHIKARA event. It was highlighted by two Dragon Gate vs CHIKARA six man tags and the appearance of Tommy Dreamer, Amazing Kong, and Cheerleader Melissa. This year’s expanded production featured the 12 Large Summit, along with an Ice Ribbon, CMLL and British invasion. A lot has changed in the year for CHIKARA, as the company continues to expand and improve. Here’s how the bigger, badder, better sequel went down:
Night One: Reading, PA
1. 12 Large Summit – Fire Ant defeated Jigsaw by arm lock submissionÂ â€“ Much is at stake in every match of the 12 Large Summit, a point-drivenÂ round robin tournament to crown CHIKARA’s first singles champion. If that wasn’t apparentÂ during the highly technicalÂ opening moments of this bout, it certainly became clear when Fire Ant made his second suicide dive ontoÂ Jigsaw, propelling both into the last row of seats.
The match was filled with greatness from the two tournament dark horses. The performance fromÂ Jigsaw was particular gutsy asÂ he was just making his return to the ring after a bicep injury. Clearly not 100%,Â Jigsaw had toÂ wrestle the latter half of the match with virtuallyÂ one arm. A sick penalty kick and brainbusterÂ combo almost gave him precious victory, but a few arm locks later and Jigsaw had no choice but to submit. Fantastic opener.