|Ophidian has reinforcements|
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This year, The Crucible has established itself as a dominant force in Chikara. Although they ostensibly formed in secret over a year ago, they only really emerged in the last few months, again, sowing destruction and asserting dominance wherever they went. The team of Ophidian, The Whisper, and Lance Steel was announced earlier. Now, they have a second team of their recruits in the fray, Matt Makowski, Devantes, and EM DeMorest. Obviously, they don't come with the cache that Ophidian or even Whisper have, but they are also acolytes of the Venomous and Vile Serpent from the Nile. They could advance in the tournament based on their devotion to the group and not wanting to let them down.
Currently, the Crucible's second team is the tenth announced for Trios. The rest are:
- Team Pump (Scott Steiner, Jordynne Grace, Petey Williams)
- The Ancient Order of Nations (Mick Moretti, Adam Hoffman, Jack Bonza)
- The Carnies (Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy, Tripp Cassidy)
- The Embassy (Prince Nana, Jimmy Rave, Sal Rinauro)
- The VeloCities (Mat Diamond, Jude London, Paris DeSilva)
- Team FIST (Icarus, Tony Deppen, Travis Huckabee)
- The Crucible (Ophidian, The Whisper, Lance Steel)
- The Creatures of the Deep (Oceanea, Merlok, Hermit Crab)
- The Colony (Fire Ant, Green Ant, Thief Ant)
In other Chikara news, they announced today that they would be forming a partnership with Michinoku Pro Wrestling, the Japanese promotion that Extreme Championship Wrestling and WWE latched onto in the late '90s. While the tenor of the promotion has changed drastically since then, it is still a highly regarded promotion, probably one on the level in Japan that Chikara is in America. Additionally, wrestling's most prominent communist Dick Togo, the legendary Ultimo Dragon, and former Hakushi and current fed owner Jinsei Shinzaki all compete in it. Although the partnership will not yield a team for King of Trios, it will manifest itself in other ways over the coming year. Right away, Sonny DeFarge will go to M-Pro for a tour starting September 4. All in all, it's an exciting announcement for Chikara.