The Gentleman’s Club Episode 8 ft. Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy, El Generico, Jimmy Jacobs, The Young Bucks, Colt Cabana, and more!
This is great.
A year of Independent Champions
Kevin Steen’s Cibernetico team reads like a who’s who of indepedent wrestling, covering the spectrum from top stars to rising prospects. Here’s the breakdown of who is on Team Steen (from left to right).
Kevin Steen (1st Cibernetico): The team captain, and the current Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and 2CW Champion, has taken independent wrestling by storm. He’s known for being brutally honest and quite hilarious in his promos while also being able to brawl and wrestle the cream of the crop. This year, he did something he had not done in six years: stepped into a CHIKARA ring. After an altercation with Eddie Kingston at ROH’s 10th Anniversary Show, Steen met Kingston in Chicago Ridge to challenge for the CHIKARA Grand Championship. Steen giving Kingston a low blow cost him the match, but that didn’t bother him. He had upstaged King in his home promotion. Kingston was then recruited by Jim Cornette to face Steen at ROH’s “Boiling Point” iPPV in August to try and take the ROH title off of him. Kingston would ultimately fail. Steen returns to face Kingston again in his home turf in the Cibernetico, a match Kingston won in 2010.
The Bravado Bros. (Harlem & Lancelot Bravado) (1st Cibernetico): Believe it or not, the 2012 Cibernetico will celebrate the one year anniversary of The Bravados in CHIKARA. They debuted last year in a losing effort against 3.0, who would become their rivals in 2012. The Bravados returned from a three month tour in Pro Wrestling NOAH as a much more confident and well developed team. They even came close to earning a Campeones de Parejas title matches but never did grab the proverbial brass ring. They’re tired of being pigeon holed as “ROH Students”, and there’s no better way for them to break out of that mold than to win the Cibernetico. Harlem even took Eddie Kingston to task at “The Ring of Wax” so it will be interesting to see how he fares in this bout.
The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) (3rd Cibernetico): It’s not too much of a stretch to call these guys the best tag team going today. The Bucks also have no issue telling you that themselves. Best known for their exploits in PWG, the Bucks have expanded their reach to CHIKARA since debuting at the 2009 King of Trios tournament. Because they only made occasional stops, it wasn’t until June of this year that they were able to capture Los Campeonatos de Parejas from F.I.S.T. They still hold the titles to this day. The Bucks competed on opposite sides of the ring in the 2009 “Increible” style Cibernetico and with each other at last years iteration. Neither Buck lasted very long in either scenario, and they actually were pinned back-to-back in both years. Now that they stand atop the CHIKARA ladder, the results could be very different.
The Briscoes (Mark & Jay Briscoe) (1st Cibernetico): Although they have traveled around the world, The Briscoes are most associated with Ring of Honor. Not only have they been in the company since day one, but they have held the ROH tag titles a record 7 times. If you combine their reigns together, they have held those belts for two years. The Briscoes actually made their first and only foray into CHIKARA in August of 2007 where they challenged then Campeones de Parejas F.I.S.T. (Icarus & Gran Akuma) in a non-title bout. The Briscoes ended up on the short end of the stick and have not been back to CHIKARA since. They’re battles with team captain Kevin Steen (and his then partner now rival El Generico) are the stuff of legend, though they have teamed with Steen at various points as well. Even though The Briscoes are at odds with Steen in ROH they seemingly are willing to put their differences aside for this bout…or are they?
Jimmy Jacobs (1st Cibernetico): It’s been awhile since Jacobs has stepped foot in a CHIKARA ring as well. He was a part of both the 2003 and 2005 Tag World Grand Prix well before he made a name for himself. Since then, Jacobs has fallen in love (and subsequently had his heart broken), nearly died in the ring, started a revolution, publicly battled a drug addiction, cleaned up, and is now a Zombie Princess. Look, I don’t know what that means either, but he has taken solace with Kevin Steen and Steve Corino as part of the S.C.U.M faction in ROH. Jacobs is currently one-half of the ROH Tag champions with Corino. Jacobs has no real beef against Kingston or CHIKARA, but when Steen asked his partner to join him in battle, he was quick to say yes. It will be interesting to see what role he plays in this epic battle.
Chris Hero and Jimmy Jacobs being cute
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