Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nazmaldun's Chosen Warriors to Haunt King of Trios

They're coming...
Graphics via @CHIKARAPro
A year ago, a trio of Hallowicked, Frightmare, and Silver Ant would have been a dream tecnico threesome, one that would have delighted long-time Chikara fans and helped introduce new fans to its wonderful world of masked merriment. Hallowicked has been with the promotion since its inception, and while Frightmare and Silver Ant are relatively recent additions (although now one could consider both of them veterans), they took to the hearts and minds of the fans almost immediately.

However, Delirious used the Eye of Tyr on Hallowicked and Frightmare at Tomorrow Never Dies after the conclusion of his loser-leaves-town loss to UltraMantis Black. Mantis formed the Spectral Envoy with the two pumpkinesque wrestlers, but after falling under the sway of the Eye, they mauled their former comrade, reappearing at A New Start in frightful new masks and carrying macabre banners. They had transformed from affable Halloween-themed fan-favorites into grotesquely evil warriors serving a mostly unknown being by the name of Nazmaldun.

Under the demonic master's watch, Hallowicked captured the Grand Championship from Icarus in England, and he drafted his Nightmare Warriors Challenge of the Immortals team to include his confidant Frightmare, known Spectral Envoy associate member Blind Rage, and the Colony's newest yet most technically proficient member, Silver Ant. Already having survived Colony Collapse Disorder once, Silver looked to continue with Fire and Worker Ants unabated going forward, possibly in a quest to reclaim Soldier Ant and reform the Colony with four strong members. However, that quest has been interrupted thanks to the COTI, and even worse, Silver seems to have begun falling under Nazmaldun's dark sway.

All may not be lost for Silver Ant. Maybe he can break the hold that Frightmare and Hallowicked have begun to clasp around his mind. But either way, adding his talents to a trio that already includes the Grand Champion and a former Young Lions Cup winner makes these three a threat to win the entire thing. And if they do win, it will be the second King of Trios tournament win for all three members. Hallowicked and Frightmare won in 2012 with UltraMantis Black, and Silver Ant won with Soldier and Fire Ants as members of the Colony in 2011.

Thirteen teams have been entered into King of Trios. They are as follows: The Bullet Club (AJ Styles and the Young Bucks), Team Lucha Underground/AAA (Fenix, Drago, and Aerostar), Team Fight Club Pro (MK McKinnan and Moustache Mountain), Team Attack (Mark Andrews, Pete Dunne, and Flash Morgan), the Blue World Order (Big Stevie Cool, Da Blue Guy, and Hollywood Nova), the defending Champion Devastation Corporation (Blaster McMassive, Max Smashmaster, and Flex Rumblecrunch), Dasher's Dugout (Dasher Hatfield, Mark Angelosetti, and Icarus), The Snake Pit (Ophidian, Shynron, and Eddie Kingston), United Nations (Juan Francisco de Coronado, Mr. Azerbaijan, and the Proletariat Boar of Moldova), the Gentlemen's Club (Chuck Taylor, Drew Gulak, and the Swamp Monster), the BDK (Jakob Hammermeier, N√łkken, and Soldier Ant), and the Battle Hive (Amasis, Fire Ant, and Worker Ant). Trio #14 will be announced live on YouTube/Chikaratopia tomorrow on the series premiere of Journey into Chikara. Be there or be square, ladies, gentlemen, and anthropomorphic beings of varying providence.