Chikara Pro are putting on matches today in honour of National Wrestling Day, which benefits the Superkick Foundation. A foundation that is so needed, helping those who are veterans, or those or those who are dedicated to the craft of wrestling and need help living.
(I am sorry if it’s not detailed, this is a live blog, not to mention my first look properly at Chikara Pro- I know, it’s shameful).
The show hosts a tradition of Chikara today, the Young Lions tournament, which Chikara are hosting right now (for free, though you should donate here) on their Facebook page here. The first eliminator got the show started excellently, with some great mat work from Delmi Exo and Ashley Vox and an excellent Hurricanrana ending from Space Monkey to win.
I don’t really get the Justin Bieber thing that Everett Connors has, maybe I have missed something but the second eliminator has some great moments, especially from Razerhawk, the pace from the competitors and the show just continues on this show, moving on to the next eliminator with real speed.
Travis Huckabee vs Sonny Defarge is how the third eliminator ends and what an ending it is, Huckabee’s smaller size doesn’t make him any less of a competitor against Defarge on this show, and the surprise win from him in this match gets the crowd with him instantly. The superkick to the face is a highlight and the Springboard is a must see – the spots on this show are so good.
The last eliminator is Sylverhawk vs Steven Mainz vs Hermit Crab vs The Whisper (names are odd in Chikara, if this this the first show you see from Chikara, you might notice that). The Whisperer has a real methodical approach that is really great to watch (and an unsurprising winner eventually), the match staying a lot on the mat in this match not to say there’s no highflying moments. Sylverhawk has some great aerial maneuvers in this match and Hermit Crab’s signature sideways walk on the rope, is pretty cool to see.
Space Monkey v Cornelius Crummels is the first semi-final in the cup. Never in a wrestling match have I seen anyone punch anyone with a banana peel, but 2017 is a new horizon lately for a lot of people, as Space Monkey really is annoyed his snacking is getting interrupted. Crummels hs some good moves, however Space Monkey takes the win and moves on to the final.
One thing I have noticed is that if you’re a big guy, you’re probably going to lose, which is becoming a little bit cliche quickly, especially as the only women in the competition were both eliminated by Merlok in the first round, the largest competitor in the competition. (It’s not classy if big guys can only pin women, it’s not good for women in Chikara much either, it makes it look like there’s a hierarchy and it is a bleak one).
Travis Huckabee v The Whisper comes up next, Huckabee’s amateur background is really clear here and he does have an incredible bridge in this match that doesn’t surprise me aches. The Whisper works with him well on this mat based work and does the classic heel thing with some cheating getting the pin to move on to the final. The two have a great dynamic in this match and they set up a great final here.
Space Monkey v The Whisper. The Lions cup can only be held by someone under 25, and it the longest competition in Chikara Pro and you can tell there’s a lot of respect for it here. The chant of ‘monkey is gonna kill you’ is sometimes an accurate reflection of what might happen with an incredible monkey flip on The Whisper that knocks him on to the mat and then the Moonsault from the top rope on to concrete is madness in wrestling form.
The Whisper comes out with moves too, with a huge Blockbuster to Space Monkey that looks incredible too, though this doesn’t allow him to have any momentum especially when Space Monkey does a springboard like a cannonball into him and then a tailwhip, a literal tailwhip to his face to gain the pin. This match isn’t a long one, however this is hardly surprising after enduring two other matches on the card.
There are other highlights on this show, the speech from Ultra Mantis before the main event was bloody brilliant and definitely worth reading a transcript of – everyone needs this guy telling them they are powerful, especially right now. The holds in the Dasher Hatfield v De Coronado match were excellent too, the other non-cup patches were high class.
A really good competition, go check it out, probably some of the best independent wrestlers here that I’ve seen, it’s a must see.