CHIKARA Exodus Following Allegations of Inappropriate Conduct

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The indie wrestling was stunned on Tuesday when allegations came out in regards to the behavior of Mike Quackenbush, owner of CHIKARA and longtime indie veteran wrestler, who was described as using “numerous misogynistic, racist, and homophobic remarks” to students and wrestlers amongst other details in allegations released online via the #SpeakingOut movement. The news hit hard for many fans, as CHIKARA is a promotion whose rabidly loyal fanbase had developed a close-knit community regarding the family-friendly and cartoonish promotion, its characters, and storylines. The news also saw a wave of resignations from multiple top stars for the company, with more expected as the day rolls on, with Dasher Hatfield, Kimber Lee, Hallowicked, and many more announcing their resignation from the company.

CHIKARA was founded in 2002 and was part of the first indie revolution of the early 2000s that saw the rise of indies like Ring of Honor, Major League Wrestling (MLW), Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), SHIMMER, and others emerge following the demise of WCW and ECW. CHIKARA had come up last week during the on-set of the #SpeakingOut movement, following allegations against Kobald that resulted in swift removal from the roster. CHIKARA has not made any comments yet on the current situation.

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