This is a semifinal match from the 2002 Young Lions Cup. From Kevin Ford:
This was the first annual CHIKARA Young Lions Cup tournament. Today the tournament states that wrestlers who are 25 years of age or younger could compete in the tournament. At this time, the rules were that participants had to have competed in under 50 matches with no age limit. Sadly, only four matches from the tournament have been released and were on the Best of 2002 DVD. The tournament took place on two nights on back to back weekends.
Recap from TJ Hawke:
It’s still weird for me to watch Akuma with a mask on. I guess I have a few more Best Of Chikara DVDs to get used to it. Akuma sent Wicked to the floor. Akuma went for a dive, but Wicked blocked it and cut Akuma off. Wicked was in control for a while. Akuma finally came back with a diving armdrag and a tope con hello. Back in the ring, Akuma made a professional comeback. Akuma hit a diving crossbody, but Wicked rolled through and nearly had Akuma pinned with his feet on the ropes. Akuma came back with a Falcon Arrow and guillotine legdrop for a nearfall. Wicked bounced off the ropes and hit a hurricanrana. He grabbed a handful of ropes on the pin: 1…2…3!
I enjoyed this match more than Hallowicked’s tournament match against Skittlez. The 2002 versions of these wrestlers are not lighting the world on fire, but I thought this was a fun, compact match. Normally, I’m really bothered by so much non-clean finishes, but for some reason, Hallowicked using the ropes over and over again is working with me. Wrestling Is Weird.
Match Rating: **3/4