This is the finals 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:
This is a rudo vs. rudo matchup to determine the first Young Lions Cup holder. My guess is that ZERO will work tecnico in the match, as Hallowicked has been cheating to advance in the tourney.
It looks like ZERO may have already become a face by the time this match happened. The crowd received him (relatively) warmly. Wicked attacked before the bell. The match immediately spilled out onto the floor. The crowd warmed up to ZERO. Wicked got control of the match, and he worked over ZERO for a while. Wicked got a Dragon Sleeper, but ZERO survived it. ZERO avoided a frog splash. ZERO made a comeback. They ended up on the floor after ZERO did a Cactus Jack clothesline. They brawled on the floor. They disappeared in the back and popped back up in the balcony. They were wearing each other’s masks. I love it. Wicked tried to throw ZERO off the balcony. Bryce Remsburg tried to get them back to the ring. They ended up back in the ring with their masks on the right heads. The goofy charm of Chikara starting to shine through. Blind Rage showed up at ringside. UltraMantis did as well. The wrestlers traded nearfalls. The whole roster came out to watch at ringside. ZERO hit the Last Shaven Unicorn Drop, but ZERO couldn’t make the cover. Wicked got ZERO up on the top rope and hit a super Fisherman Buster: 1…2…3!
This was definitely the best match from the 2002 Young Lions Cup (at least of the available matches). While I’m glad that the match had a clean finish, I have to confess my disappointment that the “Hallowicked using the ropes to win” strategy didn’t have some sort of payoff here. I think ZERO surviving one of those attempts or Wicked just being thwarted in some way would have made the story of his tournament more complete. Regardless, this a good match and good finals for a tournament.
Match Rating: ***1/4