By Chad Smart
@chadsmart on Twitter
Sunday, November 13, 2011, Chikara will crown their first Grand Champion. On one side of the ring will be Chikara founder and head trainer of the Chikara Wrestle Factory, “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush. On the other side of the ring stands a guy that upon first glance a lot of modern wrestling fans probably wouldn’t get a second glance, “The War King” Eddie Kingston. Kingston used to be known as “The Last of a Dying Breed” because he doesn’t look like the prototypical wrestler you see in WWE or TNA. He’s a throwback to guys like Dick Murdoch, Dusty Rhodes, and Arn Anderson.
|Kingston vs. Claudio Castagnoli|
He may not stand 6 foot 5 or have six-pack abs but don’t let that fool you into thinking he’s not a talented wrestler. Don’t expect to see hurricaranas or high flying aerial moves of the top rope. Eddie Kingston is a fighter not a flyer. It’s a shame that wrestlers have to look a certain way these days in order to get on mainstream TV because in my eyes, Eddie Kingston should be one of the biggest stars in the game. In addition to not having “the look,” Kingston doesn’t appear to be the type of guy who cares too much for sports entertainment either. One of the features that made me a fan of “The War King” is his promo ability. Chikara could, and has, have a match between two goat like creatures and two human ice cream cones and five seconds after it’s over Kingston could start a promo that will make you believe his next fight is a matter of life and death. Check out the following promos to what I mean.
Eddie Kingston was one of the first graduates of the Chikara Wrestle Factory so his match at High Noon has more than just a title on the line. Kingston will be facing his teacher, the man who helped Kingston break into the wrestling business. A couple years ago Eddie feuded with Hallowicked to see who was the better student. Now the student will try to best the master.
Another potential factor going into the match is the fact Tommy Dreamer will be in Eddie Kingston’s corner. Both Dreamer and Kingston are from Yonkers, New York. Eddie has said Tommy was the one who got him interested in wrestling. High Noon takes places at the former ECW Arena in South Philly, the building where Tommy Dreamer became a hardcore icon. Since this is Chikara, I don’t expect to see a lot of blood shed or extreme violence. What I do expect to see are two men who will hold nothing back in order to become the first Grand Champion.
I can see this match going either way and can’t say I’d be disappointed to see either man have his arm raised in victory. The ECW Arena may be smaller than the Rosemont Horizon, but I feel safe is saying the fans in attendance will make this match rival John Cena vs. CM Punk with their enthusiasm. This match will be epic.
As I was typing this and looking up the YouTube clips, I noticed Chikara put up a new promo with Eddie Kingston talking about the match. I have nothing more to add. If this promo doesn’t make you believe in wrestling and make you want to see High Noon, I doubt anything will convince you.
You can order High Noon by clicking here. The show starts at 4pm EST with a preshow at 3:30 on the Chikara UStream page (we’ll post a link on the my123cents Facebook page on Sunday) featuring a match between Jigsaw and El Generico. I don’t want to overhype the show or go into Tony Schivone territory, but I can honestly say I haven’t been as excited for an entire show, not just a match, an entire show like I am for High Noon since ECW’s Heatwave ’98. I consider that show to be the best I’ve ever seen. I have a feeling High Noon will give it a run for its money. It’s only $15. What do you have to lose by watching?