July 5, 2003 ~ St. John’s Auditorium, Allentown, PA

Tag World Grand Prix 2003/The International Invasion of International Invaders

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1. Blind Rage {W} and Hallowicked [The Night Shift] (8:07 ~ Double Leg Lock Bridged Pin)  Jimmy Jacobs {L} and Brad Bradley  [Team Midwest]
2. Chris Hero {W} and Mike Quackenbush [The SuperFriends (15:15 ~ Hangman's Clutch) Skayde and Arakencito {L} [Team Toryumon]
3. Gran Akuma {W} and Icarus [Team FIST] (9:28 ~ Flying Cross Body) Jigsaw {L} and Rorschach [The Conundrum]
4. Ultramantis and Mister ZERO{W} [Ultra/ZERO] (7:36 ~ Bodyslam/Ace Crusher Combination) Jolly Roger {L} and American Gigolo
5. Claudio Castagnoli and Ares {W} [Swiss Money Holding] (0:22 ~ Spinebuster) Lester Crabtree and Melvin Snodgrass {L} [Senior Assault Team]
6. Eddie Kingston and Jack Marciano {W} [The Wild Cards] (11:36 ~ Cradled Pin) Sumie Sakai and Mercedes Martinez [Team Kiryoku Pro]
7. Blind Rage and Hallowicked {W} [The Night Shift] (9:29 ~ Michinoku Driver) Gran Akuma and Icarus {L} [Team FIST]
8. Claudio Castagnoli and Ares [Swiss Money Holding] (30:00 ~ Time Limit Draw) Mike Quackenbush and Chris Hero [The SuperFriends]
9. Ultramantis and Mister ZERO {W} [Ultra/ZERO] (12:31 ~ Butterfly Suplex) Eddie Kingston {L} and Blackjack Marciano [The Wild Cards] 

This was the first ever Tag World Grand Prix tournament as well as the first of many appearances of Jorge “Skayde” Rivera in Chikara…the rules for the SuperFriends vs Toryumon match were modified so that Arakencito only required a two count for a pinfall victory, while either Quackenbush or Hero had to pin Arakencito for a four count in order to get the victory (this was declared legal due to the height difference between The SuperFriends and the shorter Arakencito)…Melvin Snodgrass unfortunately suffered countless broken, brittle bones after receiving a spinebuster at the hands of Ares; he was helped to the back by Lester Crabtree while young children in the audience told him to go back to the nursing home…frustrated with the loss by her teammate, Mercedes Martinez powerbombed Sumie Sakai after the conclusion of their match with the Wild Cards, leaving her laying on her own…the finals of this tournament did not take place until the next Chikara event at the St. John’s Auditorium on July 26, 2003; The Night Shift of Hallowicked and Blind Rage defeated Ultramantis and Mister Zero (Ultra/ZERO) to win the first ever Tag World Grand Prix tournament…


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