When my brother Lancelot and I were approached by the CHIKARA office about participating in the Tag World Grand Prix, The Bravado family couldn’t
help but feel like this was our shot at redemption. Grandma said, “Chicago loves a good comeback story,” and since Derrick Rose blew his
opportunity, we are going to give the Windy City the comeback it deserves.
The TWGP is truly something special, not only to me professionally, but personally as well. When I was just 15 years old, the 2005
edition was my first-ever CHIKARA experience. The 2006 edition of the Grand Prix brought the coronation of the first Campeones de Parejas.
The 2008 edition was held internationally in Oberhausen, Germany. Due to the talent level of all involved, this tournament has helped launch
and solidify the careers of teams that not only won, but that have had great showings. We couldn’t ask for a better return than coming back
and winning the 2013 edition.
Unfortunately, to say that we have not lived up to our potential in CHIKARA thus far would be an understatement. We went 0-3 in our main
event matches in 2012, we were eliminated 2nd and 3rd overall in the Cibernetico match, and we lost to a couple of girls.
But worst of all, we didn’t achieve our goal of capturing the Campeonatos de Parejas. As a matter of fact, we were only able to gain
two out of the three points that you need to challenge for them. Things need to change for us. Last year we were focused on fighting
battles for Ring of Honor and for Kevin Steen...but this year we are fighting for our ourselves.
No more distractions. The only flag we will be waving going forward is for the Bravado Bandwagon. 100% of our focus and energy
is going into winning the TWGP. The 500 hindu squats we were doing everyday in the Pro Wrestling NOAH Dojo became a lot easier knowing
that our 2nd chance in CHIKARA was on the horizon. I dare any other team to work harder than us. My brother and I need this right now more
anything. I remember the feeling of the 15 year old me watching the Tag World '05. I can only imagine the feeling when 23 year old me actually