Interview with AEW referee Bryce Remsburg

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Refereeing is an art form. It is in many ways difficult as wrestling and should never be underestimated. Without the referee, the match does not start; it does not finish and it cannot take place. Just being able to slap the mat three times and call for the bell does not make you a referee. […] READ MORE



Retro Review: CHIKARA The Renaissance Dawns (5/25/02)

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CHIKARA has always been an innovator of independent wrestling, founded in 2002 by Mike Quackenbush, Reckless Youth, and Don Montoya, it was only in 2020 that it closed its doors to the world. We thought it would be interesting to watch their first ever show, CHIKARA The Renaissance Dawns, which took place in Allentown, Pennsylvania […] READ MORE


Indie Watch: Edith Surreal (FKA Still Life with Apricots & Pears)

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Disclaimer: This article was updated to reflect a name change from Still Life to Edith Surreal, which occurred on March 4th. Indie Watch is our regular series that looks at all of the amazing talents working the independent circuits around the world. Some are veterans revitalizing their careers, some are indie prospects hitting their peaks, […] READ MORE


Former CHIKARA Star Max Smashmaster Returning to Ring

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From 2013 to 2016, Sidney Bakabella‘s Wrecking Crew stable ran riot throughout CHIKARA. Oleg the Usurper, Jaka, and a three-man unit known as Devastation Corporation caused grief to all the happy faces in the CHIKARA Universe. Devastation Corporation were three big men that were straight out of an unlicensed 80s video game like Mat Mania, […] READ MORE


Camp Leapfrog: The New Mutants of the US Indies (The Comic, Not The Movie)

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There’s a strange coincidence that, in August of 2020, Marvel finally released the film New Mutants and High Tension Wrestling launched Camp Leafrog (23rd and 18th respectively). In the Marvel Comics, the squad known as the New Mutants are the younger trainees of the more popular team of Marvel mutants, X-Men. While they have their […] READ MORE


Former CHIKARA Tag Team Xyberhawx2000 Rebrand as The.Air.Show

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It was a huge blow to fans around the world in recent weeks when beloved promotion CHIKARA shut down after 18 years following allegations against owner Mike Quackenbush. Prior to the shutdown, the majority of the roster resigned from the company, including the 80s animated series Xyberhawx2000 tandem of Razerhawk and Danjerhawk. On July 1, […] READ MORE


BREAKING NEWS: CHIKARA Ceases Operations, Shuts Down

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Following allegations of misconduct against owner and head trainer Mike Quackenbush surfaced during the #SpeakingOut movement, on Wednesday there was a mass exodus of CHIKARA stars including Dasher Hatfield, Kimber Lee, Hallowicked, and Still Life With Apricots & Pears from the longtime US indie staple. In response, Mike Quackenbush has now issued a statement and […] READ MORE


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 […] READ MORE


CHIKARA Removes Kobald From Roster Following Allegations

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The fallout from the #SpeakOut movement online, the pro wrestling equivalent of the #MeToo movement that rocked Hollywood, has resulted in more repercussions as CHIKARA has announced that Kobald has been removed from their active roster ongoing following allegations of sexual misconduct were revealed on Social Media. Kobald has worked for CHIKARA since he started […] READ MORE