The King of Trios 2008 tournament, which saw the surprising reemergence of Glacier, a throwback from WCW's later days; he was basically treated as another generic mid-carder after his heavily hyped debut in WCW, but when he took the King of Trios tournament by storm, he was more over there in ten seconds than he EVER was in WCW. Other Crowning Moments in the 2008 KoT include:
Egyptian time travelers Ophidian and Amasis (collectively known as The Osirian Portal) bringing in Mecha Mummy as their teammate, who busted out his own special counter to opponent Mike Quackenbush's trademark palm strikes.
The 2009 King of Trios event's biggest Crowning Moment has to go to Gran Akuma, Icarus, and Chuck Taylor, aka Team FIST (Friends In Similar Tights), for basically the entire weekend:
First, they beat the Death Match Kings (a trio that happened to include the current-day hardcore icon Necro Butcher) in the opening round, despite being seemingly in over their heads.
In the next round, they defeated the F1RST Family, a trio who had frequent standout matches in 2009 and 2008's Trios tournament; the team was headed by Arik Cannon, who is no stranger to going all the way in CHIKARA tourneys.
In the semifinals, they took out The Future Is Now...which, despite the fact that FIST were the heels and TFIN were the faces, earned them a "Thank You FIST!" chant because the fans were just that sick of TFIN (and, specifically, Lince Dorado).
And to cap it all off, they beat Team Uppercut (the all-star team of Claudio Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson, and Dave Taylor) in convincing fashion: first they killed what should have been a CMoA for Team Uppercut by rushing them at the entrance when they had come out to Danielson's classic ROH theme ("The Final Countdown" by Europe), then Chuck Taylor then ended up winning the match (and the tournament) for FIST by making Danielson, one of the best technical wrestlers on the planet and one of the biggest names in indy wrestling, tap out.
The entire eight-man tag match at Under The Hood, which may just be the best-booked wrestling match of all time. So many underlying sub-plots, in-jokes and running gags, along with a few genuinely emotional moments, payoffs to storylines long-forgotten by many... just a sublime wrestling match which included more character development and storyline progression in one match than many WWE wrestlers are allowed in an entire storyline.
The end of Three-Fisted Tales, with the shocking return of Ares after four years in absentia and the huge riot that marked the formation of the BDK, as seen here. In fact, near the very end, someone in the crowd can be heard saying, "This is the greatest thing ever." One of the moments that makes it so powerful is how the announcers are completely silent throughout the whole thing, as if either they trust the audience to be able to piece it together themselves or they were simply too scared to say anything.
The Rey de Voladoresnote Spanish for "King of Flyers" qualifier from King of Trios 2009 Night II with El Generico vs. Kota Ibushi vs. Nick Jackson vs. Jigsaw, with tremendous action from all four guys, as seen here.
The re-emergence of CHIKARA at National Pro Wrestling Day 2014.
The reveal of the then-leader of the Flood: Jimmy Jacobs.note Jacobs was busted down to The Dragon status three months later after the introduction of Deucalion.
The Submission Squad, who had broken down on the side of the road (and in the same spot as the last time!), successfully arriving and declaring that the Flood had to go through them to destroy everything. They were beaten down, but they were saved by the timely arrival of Icarus and his allies.
AssailANT finally winning the trust of the Colony, denying his former allies, and drawing the line.
The reveal that Icarus' allies had infiltrated the Flood's ranks, dressed as Dr. Cube's henchmen, immediately after 17 was yanked through the entrance curtain by a cane.
3.0 and Archibald Peck rolling up in a DeLorean to help run off the Flood.
Archie and Mr. Touchdown burying the hatchet with a great big hug.
CHIKARA's return on May 25th, 2014 (a date seen in the Ashes video "When?") being made official.