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The CHIKARA Grand Championship, is the top title contested in CHIKARA.

History

12 Large: Summit

On February 3, 2011, CHIKARA's new Director of Fun Wink Vavasseur announced that the promotion would be determining their first ever singles champion, nine years after the promotion was originally founded in 2002. Being new to his job, Vavasseur asked the CHIKARA roster to cast their vote on who should get to compete for the title with the only provision being that a wrestler cannot vote for themselves.

For the next two months wrestlers such as Vin Gerard, UltraMantis Black, Green Ant, Brodie Lee and Icarus pleaded for votes on Chikara's official website.

While most of Chikara's top rudo (villainous) stable Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (BDK) seemed united behind their leader Claudio Castagnoli, who had ordered his stablemates to vote for him, BDK member Sara Del Rey also asked for votes for herself.

On April 21, Vavasseur announced the result of the vote. Castagnoli had received the most votes, getting five votes from his seven stablemates. The others qualified were Jigsaw with three votes and Amasis, Brodie Lee, Eddie Kingston, Fire Ant, Hallowicked, Icarus, Mike Quackenbush, Sara Del Rey, UltraMantis Black and Vin Gerard, all with two votes.

Vavasseur then revealed that the twelve wrestlers would then be divided into two blocks in a round-robin tournament, starting on May 21. On April 11, Chikara Wrestle Factory graduate and former CHIKARA Young Lions Cup Champion Larry Sweeney committed suicide. On April 29, Chikara announced that the tournament to determine the promotion's first ever singles champion would be named 12 Large: Summit, after Sweeney's catchphrase and finishing maneuver.

On May 10, Chikara revealed the tournament's block structure and rules; each match in the tournament had a 60-minute time limit, a win was worth two points and a draw one point. The top wrestler from each block would then face each other on November 13 to determine the first ever Chikara singles champion.

On May 16, Vavasseur announced that Amasis had suffered an injury, which would force him out of the tournament. He then gave Chikara's fans the right to vote one of his Osirian Portal stablemates, Hieracon or Ophidian, to take his place. On June 18, Vavasseur announced that Ophidian had won the vote and would get the vacant spot in the tournament.

Meanwhile, also Brodie Lee was sidelined with an injury and was forced to pull out of his match with Eddie Kingston on June 26, giving Kingston two points via forfeit. Lee was, however, given the opportunity to rejoin the tournament later, but never did make his return, forfeiting the rest of his matches. Jigsaw started the tournament on the sidelines, but returned at the July 30 event.

On July 25, Ophidian announced that he had broken his jaw and would be forced to forfeit his match with Icarus on July 31.

On August 27, Claudio Castagnoli became the first person eliminated from contention in the tournament, after being defeated by Icarus. Following the event, Castagnoli signed a contract with WWE and was forced to forfeit his final match against Ophidian.

On August 1, Chikara announced that the finals on November 13 would take place on the promotion's first ever live internet pay-per-view High Noon. When the event's poster was revealed on August 29, the championship's name was at the same time revealed as the CHIKARAK Grand Championship.

On October 7, Mike Quackenbush secured the top spot in Block A with a win over Sara Del Rey. The following day, Eddie Kingston won Block B, when Jigsaw defeated the only man who could have threatened his number one spot, UltraMantis Black. On November 13 at High Noon, Kingston defeated Quackenbush to win the 12 Large: Summit and become the inaugural CHIKARA Grand Champion.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Mike Quackenbush   8   Eddie Kingston   8  
Icarus 6 Fire Ant 6
Hallowicked 6 Jigsaw 6
Sara Del Rey 6 UltraMantis Black 6
Ophidian 2 Vin Gerard 4
Claudio Castagnoli 2 Brodie Lee 0
Block A Castagnoli Del Rey Hallowicked Icarus Ophidian Quackenbush
Castagnoli X Del Rey
(13:15)
Castagnoli
(14:34)
Icarus
(12:45)
Ophidian
(forfeit)
Quackenbush
(19:59)
Del Rey Del Rey
(13:15)
X Hallowicked
(11:56)
Del Rey
(13:56)
Del Rey
(13:59)
Quackenbush
(15:00)
Hallowicked Castagnoli
(14:34)
Hallowicked
(11:56)
X Icarus
(15:16)
Hallowicked
(14:28)
Hallowicked
(18:50)
Icarus Icarus
(12:45)
Del Rey
(13:56)
Icarus
(15:16)
X Icarus
(forfeit)
Quackenbush
(6:59)>
Ophidian Ophidian
(forfeit)
Del Rey
(13:59)
Hallowicked
(14:28)
Icarus
(forfeit)
X Quackenbush
(17:31)
Quackenbush Quackenbush
(19:59)
Quackenbush
(15:00)
Hallowicked
(18:50)
Quackenbush
(6:59)
Quackenbush
(17:31)
X
Block B Fire Ant Gerard Jigsaw Kingston Lee UltraMantis
Fire Ant X Fire Ant
(11:45)
Fire Ant
(11:40)
Kingston
(22:27)
Fire Ant
(forfeit)
UltraMantis
(12:46)
Gerard Fire Ant
(11:45)
X Jigsaw
(12:48)
Gerard
(9:47)
Gerard
(7:15)
UltraMantis
(forfeit)
Jigsaw Fire Ant
(11:40)
Jigsaw
(12:48)
X Kingston
(19:43)
Jigsaw
(forfeit)
Jigsaw
(12:13)
Kingston Kingston
(22:27)
Gerard
(9:47)
Kingston
(19:43)
X Kingston
(forfeit)
Kingston
(11:56)
Lee Fire Ant
(forfeit)
Gerard
(7:15)
Jigsaw
(forfeit)
Kingston
(forfeit)
X UltraMantis
(forfeit)
UltraMantis UltraMantis
(12:46)
UltraMantis
(forfeit)
Jigsaw
(12:13)
Kingston
(11:56)
UltraMantis
(forfeit)
X
Final
A1Mike QuackenbushPin
B1Eddie Kingston17:52


Current champion

The current champion is Princess KimberLee, who defeated Hallowicked at CHIKARA Top Banana.

See also

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