Monday, April 21, 2014

From the Archives: Sara del Rey vs. Claudio Castagnoli, Chikarasaurus Rex Night 2, 2011

Several of my most cherished live wrestling experiences have come at shows promoted under the Chikara banner. I've enjoyed entire shows better than the one held on August 1, 2011 at the ECW Arena, but scant few matches stand out as more satisfying than the main event of that show. The 12 Large Summit created some matches that wouldn't normally be seen otherwise, the most notable of which pitted fellow members of the Bruderschaft des Kreuzes against each other. Claudio Castagnoli, the leader of the Germanic invading group, decided he didn't want to wrestle Sara del Rey, the breakout star poised to make her own name, so he demanded that she lay down for him. She refused. The match that followed was sheer brilliance. I've seen a lot of people wrestle at the Arena, but not a whole lot were more over than del Rey was during and after that contest, and thanks to the Estonian Thunder Frog, everyone can watch it legally and for free. Enjoy!