DDS ace photographer Gregory Davis was on hand for this year’s edition of CHIKARA‘s annual, massive, King of Trios weekend. 2012’s KOT was all about the Queens though, as seven Joshi came to CHIKARA and demolished preconceptions, gender barriers and, most enjoyably, Matt Classic. Tsubasa Kuragaki told me she’s looking forward to returning to America again soon. Until then you can enjoy Greg’s shots of three days of wrestling excellence. You can also order the shows via SmartMarkVideo.com.
Tonight, tonight in Chicago brings Rise, the second Resistance Pro show. Greg was live at the first taping and turned the everlasting gaze of his camera eye onto the sweet sweet in-ring action. Check them out as the stars fall in line for one more rock and roll, Pro Wrestling, show.
November 11th, 2011
Excalibur – Chicago, Il
- R-Pro Title Men’s Title Tournament Semi-Final: The Sheik defeated El Generico with a Spike Choke
- Kyle O’Reilly and Tony Kozina defeated Hallowicked and Matt Classic by submission by Guillotine Choke on Hallowicked by O’Reilly
- Jay Bradley defeated Icarus with a Lariat
- The Briscoe Brothers (w/ D’arcy Dixon) defeated Teddy Hart and Akuma with a Springboard Doomsday Device
- R-Pro Women’s Title Gauntlet Match: Melanie Cruise defeated Cheerleader Melissa, Miss December, Sassy Stephie, Serenity, Simply Luscious, and Taylor Made to become the 1st Champion
- Petey Williams defeated Colt Cabana and Necro Butcher with a Canadian Destroyer on Cabana
- R-Pro Title Men’s Title Tournament Semi-Final: Kevin Steen and D.H. Smith wrestled to a draw
This past weekend CHIKARA put on its “Summer Blockbuster” double-header 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 submission – Much is at stake in every match of the 12 Large Summit, a point-driven round robin tournament to crown CHIKARA’s first singles champion. If that wasn’t apparent during the highly technical opening moments of this bout, it certainly became clear when Fire Ant made his second suicide dive onto Jigsaw, propelling both into the last row of seats.
The match was filled with greatness from the two tournament dark horses. The performance from Jigsaw was particular gutsy as he was just making his return to the ring after a bicep injury. Clearly not 100%, Jigsaw had to wrestle the latter half of the match with virtually one arm. A sick penalty kick and brainbuster combo almost gave him precious victory, but a few arm locks later and Jigsaw had no choice but to submit. Fantastic opener.
This is massive. Chris, Greg, and Ayzali took an incredible amount of pictures of CHIKARA this weekend. Nearly 360, covering every angle of CHIKARA’s return to Chicago as well as their appearance the next night near Detroit. Chris also provided a write-up of the Chi-Town show. Enjoy these shots and share with your fellow CHIKArmy members!
CHIKARA: The Case of the Bullet-Proof Waldo – 6/24/2011 Chicago, IL.
1. The Batiri: Obaryion, Kodama, and Kobold def. The Throwbacks: Sugar Dunkerton, Dasher Hatfield, and Matt Classic with a Blockbuster – A back and forth match until a miscommunication between Classic and Dasher led to Kodama pinning Classic.
2. Ophidian def. Isaiahs Velasquez with the Cobra Clutch - A fine match which saw Ophidian gain the win by blocking a superkick with astonishing skill and locking on a bridging Cobra Clutch for the submission win.
3. FIST: Chuck Taylor and Johnny Gargano def. The Colony: Solider Ant and Green Ant with the Hertz Donut – An excellent match that capped off with some hard-hitting double team action by FIST and Gargano’s Hertz Donut for the pin on Solider Ant.
4. Young Lions Cup holder Frightmare def. Hieracon with a rollup in a Non-Title Match - Hieracon came close, but Frightmare survived a crossface and Lightning Spiral and secured the pin.
If Sara Del Rey needs to be explained to you, you may be on the wrong website. She is the Best. The Queen. She will undoubtedly go down as one of the Greatest to ever step foot in the ring. Even with 10 years of experience and accolades, Sara is constantly training and watching footage in order to improve herself, and it shows. Aside from her temper and sometimes tentative relationship to the rules, Sara is the best representative the sport wrestling can hope for, and we are lucky to have her as a part of it. We caught up with Sara just before she begins her campaign to become the first ever CHIKARA singles champion, a crown we hope our Queen will be wearing by the end of the year.
Interview by Sonny
Please tell us who trained you, and how long you have been wrestling professionally.
I started training in 2001 with APW in California under Mike Modest and Donovan Morgan. Shortly into my training Bryan Danielson took over role as head trainer and I would say he has had the most influence on me as a trainer. I would say I have been a professional, as in wrestling has been my main source of income, since 2005.
You’ve said before that the wrestler that most inspired you was Aja Kong. How did she inspire you, and how would Sara Del Rey fare in the ring with Aja Kong today?
I was never really inspired by what I saw the women in America doing. I liked the way the guys wrestled; the more technical holds and harder hitting. so when I started training I didn’t know women out there were doing that. It wasn’t until a few months into my training that I first saw Aja and was just star struck. She was so different from everything I had seen and she had an attitude and style that made her, as a fighter, so legit.
If Sara Del Rey and Aja Kong were to wrestle today it would be the best match ever!
What is a day off like for Sara Del Rey? Do you have any hobbies?
I like to relax, watch TV, cook, go to the gym. I have no other hobbies besides wrestling, it is pretty all-consuming.
You and Chris Hero both walk into your own closets. When you come back out, which of you has the best shot at looking “Very European?”
I do! I think I have more accessories. If it were a t-shirt contest Chris would win hands down but being Very European? I think I got that.
Many fans feel that the BDK is losing it’s stronghold on CHIKARA. Your thoughts?
We purged ourselves of the weak and are only stronger now. When I win the 12 Large Summit, our hold on CHIKARA will not be questioned!
Along with Cheerleader Melissa, you are the only wrestler to have appeared on every SHIMMER volume. You were both just announced for the upcoming tapings in October. What do you think of her quest to win the SHIMMER championship? Does she need to go through you? Or do you feel it’s your right to take the SHIMMER title next?
Good luck to her. I know she’s been trying real hard and always comes up short, that must be rough. I’m currently busy with other goals, so if she gets another crack at the belt before me I’m not worried.
For a man who gets “Worst in the World” chanted at him on a regular basis, CHIKARA’s Icarus doesn’t seem to be lacking in self-confidence, or success. While fans may think he’s only the 4th most valuable member of the F.I.S.T. trio, in reality he’s the one who has survived the endless battle of CHIKARA the longest. Names bigger and more loved have come and gone, yet Icarus remains. Having won both King of Trios and Campeonatos de Parejas, and now in the tournament to crown the first ever CHIKARA singles champion, Icarus is on his way to going down as one of the companies’ all time greats. We caught up with him as he prepares to start his campaign int he 12 Large Summit with a match against the formidable Sara Del Rey.
Interview by Sonny
For anyone that doesn’t know, please tell us who trained you.
I was trained by Mike Quackenbush, Reckless Youth, Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, and David Xanatos.
You’ve been in CHIKARA for 9 years now and the fans still hate your guts. How do you put up with it?
I have big ears and often times funny hair. I’ve also managed to stay better looking then 98% of the general population my whole life. I am used to people hating me. It never bothers me in the least. Some people spend wasted lives looking for approval. I’ve accepted hate and therefore accepted myself. The ones who hate are insecure thumbsuckers whose Daddies didn’t hug them enough.
The Warm-up jacket. Fans don’t want you to take it off, yet you always do. Is it to show off your impressive physique, or is to just shove it in their faces?
Neither. I take it off cause it gets rather hot. Also, the zipper can be dangerous to my very chiseled, yet baby smooth, chest.
F.I.S.T. are former King of Trios champions, and you were the runners-up this year. Before losing to The Colony in the finals, you had very impressive wins over Team Osaka Pro and Team Michinoku Pro. Please tell us your thoughts on those victories.
The Osaka gents took us to limits the modern day man will never know. Kotega, Harada, and Spider are some very impressive chaps. Men who fight with valor and integrity could never beat them. Men who blur the rules line go on to the semi finals. If you don’t own King of Trios Night 2 pick that up. That match alone is worth the money.
The Michinoku guys are legends for a reason. They showed us the meaning of the words “heart” and “dedication.” F.I.S.T. Showed them the meaning of “Win at All Costs”
You have another big match this weekend with the BDK’s Sara Del Rey. However, you’ve been very dismissive of her, in spite of the fact that she’s killed men, and women, bigger and tougher than you. Do you want to retract your statement about how you were going to spend an easy weekend “beating up a chick?”
My therapist says I’m “massaginistic.” Sara Del Rey is strong, tough, and relentless. However Icarus is sly, cunning, and has a strong hatred towards women. I retract no statement.