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:
They did a lot of British influenced stuff early on. Then they traded some strikes. Mantis hit a butterfly suplex. ZERO eventually cut Mantis off, and he worked him over for a while. ZERO tied Mantis up in the Tree of Joey Lawrence. ZERO then took out his newspaper from his briefcase to place it on Mantis’s face before he dropkicked him. Mantis finally came back with a STO and a full-nelson slam for a nearfall. Mantis then hit a cut-throat torture-rack backbreaker. Mantis then hit a Killswitch. They then seemingly botched something. ZERO hit the Last Shaven Unicorn Drop: 1…2…3
This was an enjoyable match. Mister ZERO was really quite talented; I didn’t get to watch him at all before this DVD. I’m disappointed that Mantis didn’t win just because it would be very neat if Mantis and Wicked crossed paths in an important way at such an early stage of Chikara. A rudo vs. rudo final could also be potentially weird.
Match Rating: **3/4