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The CHIKARA Special 5.15.10: Secret Societies?

May 15, 2010 | Posted by Kevin Ford

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s CHIKARA Special! With final exams and my graduation last week, I had to take the week off. Hope I wasn’t missed too much, and you checked out my video reviews in the mean time. Since I’ve been gone, much has been announced for CHIKARA’s 8th Year Anniversary weekend (better known to you and I as “Aniversario weekend”) and we’re going to cover it all in this here column. There’s many matches, blogs, and videos to get to, so enough of my babblin’!

NOTE: Many of the Aniversario matches discussions involve King of Trios spoilers. I’ve listed the match listings for the DVD’s spoiler free, but if you’re seriously trying to avoid King of Trios spoilers at all costs, reading this article may not be the best idea. You’ve been warned!

“Aniversario Zehn” – May 22nd – Tyngsboro, MA

The theme of this weekend seems to have The Colony split up in multiple singles matches. The first of those will be Colony rookie Green Ant taking on one-half of the former Campeones de Parejas, Amasis. These two haven’t met in any matches before, although Amasis and Ophidian did defeat his partners Fire Ant & Soldier Ant twice in tag matches last year. Amasis has had plenty of experience with Ant-folk and that should prove valuable to him. However, Green Ant has really struck out on his own in the past few months and could really push himself over the edge with a victory over the Funky Pharoah. Will Green Ant pull off a big win, or will Amasis dance over his fallen body?

Amasis’ partner Ophidian will be competing in singles action as well against UnStable member STIGMA. Back at Wit, Verve, & A Bit O’ Nerve, The Osirian Portal defeated The UnStable. In a maneuver that is very uncharacteristic of them, The UnStable shook hands with The Portal and congratulated them on their win. As of now, we still haven’t any idea what this is about. If you watch the latest Podcast (provided in the “YouTube Fun” section), Ophidian doesn’t buy into the UnStable’s “act” and looks to prove The Portal’s dominance once more in this match. Will Ophidian’s momentum as the winner of this year’s Rey de Voladores tournament carry over into this match, or will STIGMA’s supposed change in attitude prove him some worth?

A somewhat puzzling tag team contest has been signed. On one side you have The Throwbacks, who come out of King of Trios weekend without any points. On the opposite side you have the most dichotomous tandem possible from the Brüderschaft in Tursas and Daizee Haze. While Tursas won King of Trios with Claudio Castagnoli and Ares, Daizee Haze suffered her first defeat since joining the BDK when she was pinned in the Tag Team Gauntlet by Hallowicked. Perhaps it’s in the best interest for the Throwbacks to target Daizee while keeping Tursas at bay, to increase their chance of earning their first point. But make no mistake about it, Tursas is their to help protect his fellow brethren by keeping potential challengers at bay. The Throwbacks put in a hell of an effort with Claudio and Ares back in February, and who knows how close they could come to winning if the titles were on the line. Will The Throwbacks be able to serve up another loss to the BDK, or will they continue to ward off the “bat man” and the “ball hog”?

This contest between Ultramantis Black and Ares is very interesting. Black gives some thoughts in this Podcast update:

In case you’re wondering who it is to blame for The Brüderschaft’s presence in CHIKARA, you can point your fingers at Ultramantis Black. Ares provides an explanation in a recent blog posting:

5/4/2010: Vernichtung, Mantis. That is my goal on 22 May. It’s just another battle in my war, a battle I had planned for a long time ago. I am smarter than you, bug. I am better than CHIKARA’s best. And when I wage war…I win.

In case you haven’t noticed: the Bruderschaft is dominating each and every aspect of CHIKARA. Claudio Castagnoli and I are los Campeonatos de Parejas, while Claudio, Tursas and I are the King of Trios that history will always remember. Do you notice a theme here? The hallmark of CHIKARA, its Young Lions Cup, is in the hands of Tim Donst. Your other annual tradition, the Torneo Cibernetico, was won by our agent Pinkie Sanchez. Do you think I was given the moniker “God of War” as a joke? When I said a war was coming to CHIKARA, it became fact just by my utterance. And if you think I am finished, you should realize, this war began before you even knew my name. And when it is over, all you will remember, amidst your tears and regrets, is the name of Ares.

I don’t think you realize how much I’ve studied you, UltraMantis Black. I listened as you proclaimed CHIKARA to be your playground. I heard you talk of capturing tag team gold, of leading your bumbling stooges to victory at King of Trios. Tell me, bug, how can you stand to be such a failure? How can you bear to know that everything you desired for yourself I have taken as my own? You cannot hope to defeat a foe that works three steps ahead of you. I have foretold all of your moves.

You ask for me to leave my soldiers behind? Your wish shall be granted. I don’t need any soldiers to defeat the likes of you. But I might bring my new pet…

Im Namen der Bruderschaft,

The most interesting thing to take away from this blog is Ares’ mentioning his “new pet”. Logic dictates this to be Delirious, last seen running amok in Pottsville, PA after Ares interrupted his and Ultramantis Black’s Campeonatos de Parejas title match against The Colony. Ares used the Eye of Tyr (that belongs to Ares’ family, and Mantis stole, leading Ares and the BDK into CHIKARA) to make Delirious run out of the building. It’s been nearly three months since Delirious has been seen; will Ares bring him back to use him against Mantis once more? Or will Mantis defy the odds and beat one-half of the current Campeones de Parejas and one-third of this year’s King of Trios winners?

Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen posted this challenge on a CHIKARA Podcast Update. Granted this update was posted after the match was made, but I digress.

As we all know, Lince Dorado ditched his buddies Helios and Equinox to join the BDK back in January. Since then, he’s defeated Equinox in singles competition. Tim Donst has been recruited as his teammate for this match, and as the current Young Lions Cup champion he’s been quite successful. While a pinfall wouldn’t get Helios or Equinox a shot at the Cup (both are former holders and are therefore disqualified from challenging for it again), they’d love to beat him and shake his confidence before defending the Cup against Soldier Ant the next night (more on that later). Of course, both teams would love to get some points towards a title shot as well. Will the Future Is Now gain some revenge on their former partner, or will Dorado prove he made the right call in ditching them?

Fire Ant, and the rest of the Colony, got burned (Get it?) by Pinkie Sanchez when he revealed himself to be Carpenter Ant. Pinkie has taken down Green Ant in singles action, and while Soldier Ant has his eyes set on Tim Donst, Fire Ant will look to exact a measure of revenge on the Tecnico turncoat. Pinkie seemed quite devastated when his team lost to the Colony at King of Trios, and Fire Ant can use that to his advantage. Will Fire Ant be able to avenge Green Ant’s loss in January, or will Pinkie use this as an opportunity to get back on the right track?

Here’s a special update from Pinkie, talking about Fire Ant dropped him on his head with a Beach Break during King of Trios.

In the main event, CHIKARA looks to continue its streak of awesome Atomicos matches. The quartet of Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, Hallowicked, and Frightmare take on the unique tandem of F.I.S.T. members Gran Akuma and Chuck Taylor, and UnStable members Vin Gerard and Colin Delaney. The Tecnico group won an Atomicos match last month against Icarus, Gran Akuma, Ultramantis Black, and Crossbones. They look to repeat that win here against Akuma and three brand new Rudos. The UnStable has spent most of 2010 as losers and a win here could be a good way to get them back on the right track. Taylor was absent from CHIKARA in 2010 up until King of Trios, where he and the rest of F.I.S.T. were unsuccessful at winning the tournament for the second year in a row. He did however defeat El Oriental on Night 3 using his patented heel hook. All the Rudos have something to gain from this victory while the Tecnico squad have the ability to derail their momentum while continuing their own. Needless to say, this is likely be a crazy fun and awesome match.

“Aniversario Elf” – May 23rd – Union City, NJ

Vin Gerard did something unplausible. After he and STIGMA lost to the Osirian Portal back at Wit, Verve, & A Bit O’ Nerve, he congratulated the Portal on their win. You can check that out here:

Vin goes on to explain his actions in a recent CHIKARA blog:

5/10/2010: Aniversario is upon us, and as unbelievable as this may seem, it really means a lot to me.

I attended the first CHIKARA show as a fan, and from that point forward, all I wanted was to wrestle for CHIKARA. That, was my goal in wrestling. Obviously, I’ve accomplished much more than I ever expected.

I also debuted for CHIKARA at the third Aniversario in what should have been the DREAM moment of my life. Instead, it was just full of resentment towards everything and anyone involved with CHIKARA.

Which brings us to now, the eve of the ninth Aniversario…and I’m low, real low. I don’t even know what I’m saying or doing anymore, and it’s pretty apparent that I just haven’t cared. Loss after loss, month after month, what’s stopping me from just giving up? That question was answered for me on March 20th when STIGMA and I faced The Osirian Portal.

Maybe I got caught up in the moment, but when’s the last time I did a Moonsault?! Or cared so much about impressing someone that instead of resorting to cheating, I tried to out-wrestle them? If that’s not enough, when was the last time I extended my hand to someone and actually MEANT IT?! That’s why I said what I said to the Portal, they’re good and I can learn a lot from them. They’ve got that one point STIGMA and I have been dying for. That one point we’re not ready for yet.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve actually been trying to change, but…I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to wrap my hands around Jigsaw’s throat. I hate him! Nothing will change that. Actually, for that matter, I really don’t like any of the tecnicos.

I just haven’t been able to get my mind off of that match. The Osirians. I cared. I really did. I want that feeling again. May 23rd, I have my chance.

Amasis, listen to me…everyone knows I like to play mindgames, don’t take it personally. When I get in there with you, I only have one thing to prove: that I can hang with the best. And I’m willing to do whatever it takes.

I expect your A game, you’ll have mine.

Amasis was confused, and for good reason. Since he was unveiled in November of 2007, outside of his group, Gerard’s been a selfish goon. These actions are completely out of character for him, and at the moment it’s difficult to tell whether or not he’s sincere. With that said, he’s looking to make up for that loss by taking on Amasis in singles competition (much like STIGMA is facing Ophidian the previous night with revenge on his mind). Will Amasis be able to upset Vin once more, or will Gerard’s new approach prove to be serviceable?

There is no faster way to accumulate the points necessary to earn a shot at the Campeones de Parejas then to win a Four Team Elimination match. The first team in this match is 3.0, formerly known as 2.0. After a major dry spell of victories (I believe over 9 months long), 2.0 finally won a match as Jagged (now known as Scott “Jagged” Parker) and Shane Matthews. With their confidence in check, 2.0 upgraded themselves to 3.0 and collected their first point by defeating The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple at Dead Men Don’t Laugh. When 3.0 claimed they were upgrading, Icarus and Gran Akuma of F.I.S.T. called them jokes and said no matter what, they would be losers. This would be 3.0’s chance to earn a title shot and prove them wrong. While Gran Akuma is in this tag match, he will be teaming up with F.I.S.T. stablemate Chuck Taylor, not Icarus. Taylor and Akuma have not teamed together as a duo since September of 2008. And yet, the duo still have TWO points towards title contention. All it takes for them to earn a shot would be to outlast two other teams and score the deciding fall. Helios and Equinox need something to bide their time with since Jigsaw seems busy teaming with Mike Quackenbush. What better way than to score themselves a title match? Between this and their tag match the previous evening, they’ll have the opportunity to rack up quite a few points. Finally, the Super Smash Bros. enter as the fourth team.. Player Dos was busy defending his Young Lions Cup, but seemed to have lost his way since losing it to Tim Donst. Player Uno went down with an injury, keeping him out of CHIKARA action since February. Uno and Dos’ last effort saw them come out on the losing end of a Four Team Elimination match, meaning they’re coming into this with zero points in their name. What better way than to pick up after a two month absence than to earn a title shot right off the bat? Anyone can take this, but only one team can walk out with any points at all. Which team will it be?

Dropped off yesterday was a blog from 3.0:

5/14/2010: It would seem like it’s time to FEEL THE FLOW OF 3.0!!!!

Identity is a very tricky thing. There are many events through one’s life that shapes and moulds and changes who you are and what you stand for. The past two years or so have been full of ups and downs for 2.0. Over the course of the last couple of years, we were given the great honour and opportunity to travel the world and represent CHIKARA in California, Germany and Japan. While attaining levels of international success the two young snot nosed kids from Montreal, Quebec, Canada never thought they could reach, something still felt off. On paper, this last run has been, by far, the best of our career, but again something always felt a little off. While we were getting all these international opportunities, things at “home,” meaning CHIKARA, were rough. If you go back and check the record books in MARCH 2007 2.0 defeated BLK OUT.

Our next tag team victory wouldn’t come until APRIL 2009 when we severely upset the team of Hallowicked and Frightmare. Take a second to look at that. Can you do the math? Don’t worry cause we’ve rolled the numbers in our head over and over again. It comes out to 2 years and 1 month between wins. When we first sat down and talked about that together, it was a real tough pill to swallow. However, we knew we had finally gotten that 1 point that had eluded us for so long, and we felt like things were finally looking up…only to lose that point our next match out. This would be the story of our year. We’d pull things together for a match, or two, we’d get the ball rolling…then the wheels would fall off. Needless to say it didn’t do much for our confidence. We knew a serious change was needed.

As Shane explained in Easton back at “Wit, Verve and a bit o’ Nerve,” we did what any other logical professional wrestler would do, we went to the store, we bought some denim, and we pretended to be bikers. The funny thing is that it actually worked, and we began to consistently win matches!

The funny thing is, even though we were winning at the time, the victories and the points all felt empty. While the job was getting done, we still didn’t feel like the engine was running as well as it could, and we knew that unfortunately, the Badd Boyz, while they were an effective band aid so to speak, weren’t what we wanted to do and we could tell that it wasn’t what you, the CHIKARA fans, wanted from us either. Over our shoulders and on message boards we’d keep hearing people say “wish it was 2.0” or playful calls in our direction of “Feel the Flow!’ and “BOOYA!” Now without trying to sound overly cheesy or sappy, that is what started to give us our confidence back. The fact that while we were trying to do this completely different thing, people were still asking for the old us back.

That’s when fate kinda lent us a helping hand. Since the whole BDK attack, CHIKARA has been totally flipped upside-down, and while the old Director of Fun Lenny Chikarason seemed to be onto us, the new big man on campus Dieter Von Somethingorother was the one who pulled the trigger and scheduled a “loser leaves CHIKARA” match between The Badd Boyz and 2.0 back in March.

You all know how that one played out. If you don’t, you should purchase the DVD (cheap plug! YES!) So here we stand as 3.0. Upgraded! New and improved! While the current version isn’t a complete change, it’s more of a reinvention of our identity. Like any facet of life, you have to evolve and adapt to your surroundings, which is something Shane and myself failed to do for so long.

It’s funny, but we feel a bit of a weird relation to the current events in the NHL playoffs. Our home town team, the Montreal Canadiens, are pulling off things that people never in a million years thought they could do. At the beginning of the playoffs this year, the Habs, who just barely made it into the playoffs, were up against the best team in the league, the Washington Capitals. Everyone figured that Montreal would promptly be swept aside and demolished by the most decorated and established team in the league but fate dictated a different course. While the battle looked like it was just about over for the Canadiens, they kept clawing back into it. The war lasted 7 long games and in the end, the team that everyone thought of as nothing but a joke, beat that top team.

Does any of this sound a little bit familiar?

Who is the most dominant; the most established and decorated team in CHIKARA?

Who were the ones who decided that they were gonna come out and mock us during a proud moment we shared with the fans in Easton?

And who’s the little underdog team from Montreal that absolutely NO ONE thinks has a chance?

Who are the ones that are looked down upon by the top dog as nothing more than a joke?

Shane and I believe that this is more than just a simple coincidence. F.I.S.T., you can mock us all you want. You can laugh until tears stream down your ugly faces, but if I were you, I wouldn’t underestimate what someone is capable of when their back is against the wall and success is their only option.

Please…keep laughing.

Fire Ant continues his solo adventure, taking on that pesky feline Lince Dorado. As stated before, The Colony dished out the BDK’s first non-DQ loss over King of Trios weekend, and the BDK aren’t happy. Hoping to prove it’s a fluke, Lince will take on the most decorated member of the group. As a former Young Lions Cup tournament winner, Campeone de Parejas, and Tag World Grand Prix 2008 winner, Fire Ant has the one-up on Lince, who was one-third of the 2008 King of Trios and won La Lotería Letal with Jimmy “Equinox” Olsen. This isn’t about championships or tournaments though, it’s about seeing who’s the best. Can Fire Ant hand the BDK another loss, or will Dorado bring the BDK back to their winning ways?

Speaking of the BDK, four of its members (Tursas, Pinkie “Pink Ant” Sanchez, Sara Del Rey, & Daizee Haze) are set for Atomicos action against Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, Dasher Hatfield, & Sugar Dunkerton. The only time we’ve seen the BDK in an Atomicos match was at A World Of Comforting Illusions where Tursas, Sanchez, Lince Dorado, and Tim Donst defeated Quack, Jigsaw, Helios, and Equinox. While the teams have changed, the objective for the Tecnicos is the same: keep the BDK down. They also have a slight advantage, as Dasher and Sugar take on Tursas and Daizee the night before. The Throwbacks will be able to hash out a game plan around those two and bring it to the table, if they choose to do so. Really it’s another brawl between CHIKARA and the BDK. Much like the previous night’s Atomico, this could be a whole lot of fun.

You know what I didn’t know? That this existed:

Yes, The Former Young Lions Cup Secret Society! It’s a thing! And it’s something Soldier Ant would enjoy being apart of. He’ll get the chance, as he challenges Tim Donst for the Young Lions Cup in Jersey. Soldier Ant made Tim Donst submit to the CHIKARA Special, eliminating the second BDK squadron from the tournament. With that victory, Soldier Ant earned himself a shot at the Cup. He made Donst submit once; but can he do it a second time? This will be Donst’s third defense of the Cup, and looks to be the toughest of the three.

Claudio Castagnoli & Ares defeated The Colony at Wit, Verve, & A Bit O’ Nerve in a semi-controversial fashion, with the BDK using stairs and the other members of the BDK destroying the Colony before the bell rang. In addition, Claudio and Ares teamed up with Tursas to win the entire 2010 King of Trios tournament with the help of Derek Sabato, the official referee for the BDK. Also during King of Trios weekend, Incoherence of Hallowicked & Frightmare collected the three necessary points needed to challenge for the Campeonatos de Parejas in the Tag Gauntlet. Not only that, but they defeated their old rivals (The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple), former Campeones de Parejas (F.I.S.T., who Hallowicked also defeated to win the Campeones de Parejas with Delirious in 2007), and the BDK duo of Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze. With Incoherence dishing out a loss to the BDK, they look to do it again this time. Claudio and Ares had Incoherence’s number last month in a Trios match, but this time around, they can’t (legally) hit their devastating “Ragnarok” triple team finisher like they did in that match. Will Incoherence shorten BDK’s title run, or will the BDK trounce on?

One of the most surprising moments of King of Trios weekend was Tommy Dreamer’s surprise appearance after Eddie Kingston defeated Christopher Daniels. After professing his love for Dragon Dragon, Dreamer told Kingston he was aware of his back story. Kingston, like Dreamer, is from Yonkers, and looked up to Dreamer as a fellow Yonkers wrestler. Dreamer then told Kingston he was going to give him the same opportunity that Terry Funk gave Dreamer; to wrestle his idol. With that said, these Yonkerrs natives will face off for the first time ever minutes from New York City. Both these guys are known for their rougher style, so it will be quite interesting to watch how this match unfolds. Will Eddie Kingston be able to topple to Innovator of Violence, or will Dreamer leave the fans chanting “you still got it?”

Of course, with both these weekends, you have to taken into consideration that Brüderschaft referee Derek Sabato will likely play a pivotal role in the outcome of most of the BDK’s matches. It’s likely that he will short-change the CHIKARA guys while committing any underhanded tactics to give his BDK buddies the win. You have to wonder what role Sabato will play, and if any officials or CHIKARA wrestlers will have something to say about it.

The biggest tournament of the year is now available on DVD. That’s right, all three nights of the 2010 King of Trios are available right now at Smart Mark Video. Just for you, here are spoiler-free cards for all three nights:

Night One
Round One: The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield, Sugar Dunkerton, & Matt Classic) vs. Team F.I.S.T. (Icarus, Gran Akuma, & Chuck Taylor)
Round One: Team Frightning (Mike Quackenbush, Hallowicked, & Frightmare) vs. Team Big Japan (Kankuro Hoshino, Yuji Okabayashi, & Daisuke Sekimoto)
Round One: The Brüderschaft des Kreuzes (Claudio Castagnoli, Ares, & Tursas) vs. The Osirian Portal (Amasis & Ophidian) & Sara Del Rey
Round One: Team Osaka Pro (Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada, & Tadasuke) vs. The UnStable (Vin Gerard, STIGMA, & Colin Delaney)
Round One: The Colony (Fire Ant, Soldier Ant, & Green Ant) vs. The Jack of All Trios (Johnny Gargano, Flip Kendrick, & Louis Lyndon)
Round One: The F1RST Family (Arik Cannon, Darin Corbin, & Ryan Cruz) vs. The Brüderschaft des Kreuzes (Tim Donst, Lince Dorado, & Pinkie “Pink Ant” Sanchez)
Round One: Team Perros del Mal (El Oriental, Alebrije, & Cuije) vs. Curry Man and Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream & Ice Cream Jr.)
Round One: The Future Is Now (Jigsaw, Equinox, & Helios) vs. The Jackson 3 (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, & Malachi Jackson)

Night Two
King of Trios 2010 Quarter-Finals Matches
Both Rey de Voladores Elimination matches featuring Matt Cross, Cheech Hernandez, Rich Swann, and competitors eliminated from King of Trios!
Brodie Lee’s Open Challenge
And one more singles contest (featuring a major CHIKARA debut)

Night Three
King of Trios 2010 Semi-Finals and Finals Matches
Rey de Voladores Finals
The annual Tag Team Gauntlet featuring The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple, Steve “The Turtle” Weiner, the epic return of Dragon Dragon and many more!
Eddie Kingston’s Open Challenge (featuring a surprise visitor post-match)
A single’s matches featuring King of Trios competitors
And a Major tag team match featuring King of Trios competitors

As someone who attended all three nights, I highly recommend picking up the entire tournament.

Youtube Fun!

The 212th CHIKARA Podcast-A-Go-Go is live! This week, Wiggly and Bryce cover Three-Fisted Tales, the season finale from 2009. This episode covers the double main event of Claudio Castagnoli vs. Eddie Kingston, and the Colony defending the Campeonatos de Parejas against The Osirian Portal.

Here are hype videos for every CHIKARA 2010 DVD aside from King of Trios. As usual, you can pick up all these titles at Smart Mark Video or stream them at Hybrid Entertainment Television

Here’s the latest episode of “Claudio’s Café”.

So sometimes I post videos I think are awesome that have nothing to do with CHIKARA; this is one of those. Paul London & El Generico, the brand new PWG Tag Team Champions, have some words for the fans. This is an absolute must watch.

Pluggity Plug Plug Plugs

My CHIKARA blog, The CHIKARA Special, is still going strong. I have tons of new reviews of matches from 2002, and entire 2003 shows up there right now. Also, CHIKARA matches from Dragon Gate have been reviewed! Go there, subscribe to the blog (on the right) and continue reading my sweet CHIKARA related reviews. Subscriptions are good because: A) They let me know you’re reading and B) They get delivered right to your inbox. Its good times, so check it out and tell your friends about The CHIKARA Special.

While I didn’t have a CHIKARA Special last week, I did post a few video reviews for your pleasure: Dragon Gate USA “Open The Freedom Gate”, EVOLVE 2: Hero vs. Hidaka”, Absolute Intense Wrestling’s “Hell On Earth 5”, and Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Jack of All Trios tournament; Night One and Night Two. Read and love all of those wonderful reviews! And don’t call me lazy. I know when you do.

This week, myself, Brad Garoon, and Alan4L discuss more Dragon Gate! More concisely, we talk the King of Gate tournament and the “Dead or Alive 2010” Pay Per View. Get yer listen on right here!

Brad Garoon’s blog, Open The Garoon Gate is all about Dragon Gate and Dragon Gate USA. He reviews every Infinity, PPV, appearance of a Dragon Gate wrestler in the U.S. and other Japanse promotion, etc. You owe it to yourself to check out that blog, as well as his Toryumon and dragondoor/El Dorado/Secret Base blogs which you can find links to on his Dragon Gate blog.

Jake Ziegler, another Cool Kids Table founder, writes some fantastic wrestling DVD reviews in his A 2 Z Analyzis.

Ryan Byers’ delivers another very enjoyable Into The Indies this week, discussing my favorite tag team right now; Munenori Sawa & Sanshiro Takagi. Believe the hype!

Ari Berenstein gives his live perspective of Supercard of Honor V in this weeks Column of Honor.

And of course, I’d be remiss not to mention Jasper Gerretsen’s That Was Then, Is This Too? from last week that discussed the similarites between the BDK and the nWo. Good stuff.

If you have not begun listening, Mike Quackenbush and Clayton Morris (of FOX News & Friends) host a pop-culture podcast known as The Grizzly Bear Egg Cafe. Clayton and Mike talk about all things geek such as movies, music, television, comic books, tech stuff, and wrestling here and there. I find it wildly entertaining, as Clayton and Mike play off each other very well. It’s also really cool to hear Mike talk about non-wrestling stuff as well. So please, check out The Grizzly Bear Egg Cafe and subscribe to their podcast on iTunes.

Thanks so much again for reading this weeks CHIKARA Special! Look out for next week’s CHIKARA Special where I’ll wrap up whatever else is announced for Aniversario weekend, etc.

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