Blog: Travis Huckabee (10.25.17)
It’s been a long two weeks for the Rumblebees. I've just recently recovered from my #HourOfPower match against Rory Gulak and despite her unwillingness to admit it, I know the same could be said for my partner Solo. She took a pounding at the hands of Sonny Defarge, but gave it her all, and even in defeat, can be proud of what she left in the ring. We've both needed this week to recover. And though we've enjoyed tag team success lately, we've had less luck individually. I am disappointed to have lost to Rory once again, and I’m disappointed to have been unable to help out my friend and fellow Rumblebee.
We're about to depart for Chicago, and we both have unique challenges ahead of us at the double-header on October 28th. Solo is set to rumble against perhaps the most accomplished graduate of the Wrestle Factory, Hallowicked, and I'll be against the midwestern up-and-comer, Everett Connors. Last time we were in Chicago, Swolo fought a bigger, stronger opponent and of course, she never backed down. Not even for a second. EC is as tough as they come but I've made my name as someone who will always endure. Everett Connors recently came close to capturing the Young Lions Cup - I can't say the same. And Hallowicked is the only 2-time Grand Champion in the history of CHIKARA. These are tall tasks awaiting us on Saturday in the Windy City, Solo. Don't let our recent defeats bog you down. We keep training, we keep improving, each and every day. People might think you don't stand a chance again Hallowicked. Then again, people didn't think we could ever capture Los Campeonatos, either.
Blog: Ophidian (10.18.17)
The path I am on is steady. Unwavering. My ultimate victory is growing ever closer as I continue to prove myself to be the superior Ophidian. Win the Rey de Voladores tournament? Check. I did so in less time than the inferior Ophidian.
Secure the Young Lions Cup? Done. An accolade he never earned. I took it with ease. Everything is exactly as I have planned.
Do you understand now? This power you have wasted for so long? Do you see now what could have been? Overtaking the mind of your opponent and controlling their every move. Two kinds of people I suppose. You were the first. I am the second. The type that makes people hurt each other. The type that makes people lose motor function, rendering their bodies useless. Look what I’ve accomplished as a result.
While your accomplishments now pale in comparison to my own, this whole time I’ve felt something has been… missing. It was only recently that I realized what I had left to do. What I needed to truly cement my victory. Los Campeonatos de Parejas. More importantly. The Osirian Portal. Your greatest failure will become my greatest achievement. It was your duty to protect him, and you failed with flying colors. What you let die last year, I will resurrect. On October 28th I turn back the clock on the Portal of Osiris - the very same thing that brought you CHIKARA - to December of last year. I’ll forge my path to greatness in the place of your darkest hour, and I’ll do it with the Pharaoh you failed for the last time.
Blog: Razerhawk (9.29.17)
Another late start.
Indeed, I haven’t been entering sleep mode as easily these past few days—the anticipation of finally getting back in the ring is simply too overwhelming. Tomorrow afternoon. “Tooth and Caw”. It’s a big day for X2K, and a big day for CHIKARA.
I still don't quite understand how they're gonna stream this event tomorrow, even on their fancy new DSL connection. It's mind boggling.
At any rate, Sylverhawk and I will attempt to gain our third point toward contention for Los Campeonatos de Parejas. This is the same type of match in which we won our second point back at ""Aniversario: School Reunion", a 4-corner tag match.
Man, it seems so long ago... A Sylver Splash and a Xwanton Bomb to that loudmouthed Crawdad, and victory was ours, indeed. Tomorrow, we’ll do our best to ensure history repeats itself.
Things are different this time, however. We’ve got new opponents—ones Sylver and I haven’t yet faced. The Chucks and the Rumblebees are both extremely capable teams, and heck, the Bees are former Campeones, after all! They'll take plenty of focus and cunning to overcome, and it'll be a fun challenge to mix it up with those two teams, for sure.
But the fun stops there. Quite. We have a specific target in this match: Hermit Crab.
Sylverhawk certainly hasn't forgotten the physical and emotional pain he endured when his back was nearly broken at the hands of Hermit Crab. And even though I managed to take the Young Lions Cup from Crab at the "Hour of Power", the wounds are still there. I still have a displaced rib from that power bomb on the edge of the ring. Hermit Crab has yet to receive a proper receipt, and Sylverhawk wants to make sure he gets it.
Lastly, of course, there's the concussion.
At King of Trios I took out Cassandra Miyagi and in doing so, pinged my head off the floor so hard it made Nytehawk cry when he saw the swelling. Spoiler alert: Nytehawk doesn't cry.
It was grueling therapy this past month. Every single day took all I had to control my emotions and continue to put in the work. Making the walk down that cold corridor leading to the X2K infirmary where I'd be examined for hours each day. The mainframe insisted that it was necessary, and for my own good, and for the good of the team.
But I felt like a guinea pig. Whatever the test was, it was like hammering all over my skull.
The headaches are all but gone, and I've been cleared to return. The mood swings persist, and I just get angry no reason at all. So very angry...
I'm going to use this as an opportunity to refocus. I will focus on making everything count. I will focus on being a better teammate. I will focus on being a fighting champion.
Sylverhawk and I are on our way to becoming Campeones de Parejas in the next few months and, if we succeed, we'll be the first team to each win both the Young Lions Cup trophy and Campeonatos de Parejas in the same year. Now that, friends, would be fly.