So this blog is going up late because I had a busy Sunday and then on Monday I got heat exhaustion and the thought of doing anything after that was daunting. Hell I'm not to sure I want to do this, this morning but I want to get it posted.
Saturday Night July 28th CHIKARA Pro Wrestling made their debut in Maine with their all star event at the Strive Center in Portland:
In the opening contest Green Ant defeated assailANT with a CHIKARA special: Green
In the Young Lions Cup match Anthony Stone outlasted Kobald, Jivin' Jimmy Capone, & Cameron Matthews to advance in the tournament.
|This was an unbelievable spot where Stone ran across Matthews and Capone then hit Kobald with tornado DDT!!|
Ophidian and his snake style wrestling defeated Frightmare with the Cobra Clutch Death Grip
Next up Icarus was upset by the newcomer The Mysterious And Handsome Stranger with a flying leg drop. (Archibald Peck doing the loser leaves town come back under a mask as someone else gimmick) Hilarious "We don't know you" chant by the crowd.
Trios Action: Gran Akuma & 3.0: Scott "Jagged" Parker & Shane Matthews defeated Soldier Ant, combatANT, & deviANT when Parker pinned deviANT after Sweet Taste o' Professionalism
The Batiri: Obariyon & Kodama defeated Tim Donst & Jakob Hammermeier when Donst was pinned after a flying DDT.
Sugar Dunkerton pinned the Shard with a school boy
ATOMICO: "Lightning" Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, Hallowicked, & Ultra Mantis Black defeated CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas: The Young Bucks: Matt & Nick Jackson & The Heartthrobs: "The Promise" Antonio Thomas & Romeo Roselli when Hallowicked pinned Thomas after a Go To Sleepy Hallow.
Main Event: CHIKARA Grand Champion: Eddie Kingston pinned "The Queen of Wrestling" Sara Del Rey with American D in an unbelievable and emotional match.
This was one of the best wrestling shows I have ever been to! From the get go, walking through the parking lot I saw so many out of state plates that were not the workers but fans that Follow CHIKARA around where ever they may go. The guy sitting next to my buddy Alex he and his girlfriend drove up from New York. I need to find me a woman like that!
The match of the night was no doubt the main event! The crowd wanted Sara to win so bad it was unreal. When Kingston secured the 3 count he was met with a chorus of Boo's that turned to cheers and a standing ovation showing respect for the match he and Sara had just put on for us. I actually found myself getting a bit emotional and teary eyed which has never happened to me at a wrestling show before.
Also making appearances but not competing was Delirious who came out during two matches and Saturyne who did free photos in the ring during intermission.
I cannot say enough positive about this event, from the all the great matches, how the wrestlers interacted with the fans during intermission and before the show. And then, in something I have NEVER seen a receiving line of sorts as the wrestlers lined both sides of the exits to thanks the fans for coming. It's no wonder CHIKARA has such a loyal fan base that literally follows them wherever they go! I went to JoshiaMania in Everette, MA back in December of last year, but I would consider this show to be my first CHIKARA show. I hope they come back to Maine again! Sooner than later!
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