On May 25th, 2014, exactly 12 years after their first show, Chikara is back. This is good news. No, this is great news. For the wrestling fan who has found their love of wrestling in the eight months without Chikara this couldn't have come a day sooner. As WWE fails to understand the wants of their most dedicated fans and TNA continues to fail to understand the basic idea of good business, the return of Chikara is the greatest thing. I can't wait for Chikara to return.
Which isn't to say that it is all sunshine and roses. At the end of the long eight months I find myself with more questions than answers. I know that this was designed, that this was a story and that Chikara had to tell this story to get to where they wanted to go. I know all of this, but I still have one question: why?
Before we get further into that let's catch everyone up with the story and how we got here: Read more
Over the weekend I was sent this video from a mysterious source. It shows a preview of the next Ashes video which will feature Green Ant and the Colony's search for Soldier Ant taking them to a mysterious bar where UltraMantis Black is. Is this Parts Unknown? Will 3.0 make their way here as well? Does UMB know where Soldier Ant is?
This looks like it's going to be a good one. Read more
Survivor Series was this past weekend and for a lot of people that show is supposed to mean Thanksgiving. For many years it was a Thanksgiving (or Thanksgiving eve) event, but that was a long time ago. Before that Jim Crockett promotions used to run Starrcade on Thanksgiving every year until 1987 when WWF pulled a power play on them with Survivor Series that caused them to move the event to December, but that was an even longer time ago. In the old days there was something about Thanksgiving that fit in perfectly with wrestling. Now, it's more of a football holiday as the traditional two games has turned into an entire day worth of NFL and college games and wrestling doesn't mean what it once meant to Americans. Still, just because the Thanksgiving big show is a thing of the past doesn't mean that you can't watch wrestling on Thanksgiving. In fact, I do it every year.
(No, I'm not recommending you watch Impact.) Read more
You can trace the end of Chikara all the way back to the BDK. Wink Vavasseur was brought into Chikara as an internal auditor to keep an eye on Director of Fun Dieter VonSteigerwalt who was allied with the BDK. Wink was brought into Chikara by WMD Corp (which was a Titor Conglomerate shell company) to learn information which then led to WMD's purchase and everything that has happened since. So an argument could (maybe) be made that without the BDK Chikara would still be here today, but that is a big what-if.
The end of the BDK wasn't as exciting as their beginning. Claudio Castagnoli lost to Icarus and moved to Florida. Pinkie Sanchez left. Ares never came back after losing the Eye of Tyr to UltraMantis Black. Tursas never came back after losing to Green Ant. Tim Donst and Jakob Hammermeier stopped claiming themselves as members of the BDK shortly after. Their world ended with a whimper, not a bang. Until now...
The BDK released this video titled "kalt wetter" (which translates to "cold weather") in which the BDK guy states that "what belongs to me will be mine once again" and that "destruction awaits those who stand in my way."
What does this mean? Read more
This weekend saw the destruction of another Wrestling Is promotion as Sinn Bodhi made good on his promise to destroy Wrestling is Art. I can't say that I was surprised, but I can say I was surprised at exactly how he did it. At some point during the show, Sinn Bodhi purchased Wrestling is Art from promoter Henry Babbitt. We know this because Chikara super sleuth Private Eye Jr posted this photo on his Instagram.
After legally(?) purchasing the promotion, Sinn Bodhi shut it down. He was the owner of the company so he could do whatever he wanted. This wasn't a hostage situation like with Gekido at Intense or a straight up robbery like Dr. Cube at Awesome, this was a business transaction. Plain and simple.
Except this is Sinn Bodhi we are talking about and a simple business transaction doesn't really seem like his M.O. Instead, this situation has caused more questions than answers. Read more
In the lead-up to Never Compromise this blog was one of the top destinations for Chikara conspiracy talk. Some of the most viewed posts in our history are about this very topic. That period between Tag World Grand Prix and Never Compromise was the most speculation heavy period of pro wrestling I can remember and some of the most fun as well. Hours upon hours were spent listening to podcasts, reading theories, chatting on message boards and everything else, and then Never Compromise happened and it all shut down.
Not only did the promotion shut down, but that spark that I felt where I needed to know more shut down too. No longer did I research conspiracy theories and attempt to read into tweets. I followed, sure, but the obsession was gone. Over the past few months things have happened, some big and some small, that have moved this thing forward and made us finally start to believe that Chikara could one day return. While at the same time things have happened that have made it seem like the Titor Conglomerate and their thugs have made it seem like they would never, ever allow Chikara return. While I'm not sure what is going to happen or how imminent a Chikara return is, I felt it was time to do a catch-up on everything that has happened since Never Compromise because now is the time that things are starting to happen. Now is the time that the feeling is starting to return. I may never understand why all this ever happened, but I'm ready to jump back in. I'm ready to get my favorite wrestling promotion back. Read more
The silence of Chikara has been deafening. After a brief period where all the wrestlers were looking for work, followed by members of the WMD Corp auctioning off Chikara items (ring entrance, lights, Campeonatos) at the 101 forum and a few nice words from people, we haven't heard much. No new info on the Vavasseurs or Titor from Derek Sabato or related updates on the No Private Army blog. Just a fake Condor twitter and a bunch of silence. (Seriously, why would a PRIVATE ARMY have a twitter? Stop grasping, people.)
I haven't had much to say and without Chikara I haven't had much to get me excited. The Chikara memories have been fading as message board threads and twitters are silent on Chikara because there isn't anything new to talk about. Until now...
Last week Dasher Hatfield started a thread at the Chikara101 forums to talk about his favorite Chikara memories. After 30 days without hearing anything, Dasher has given up and has decided to let go of his Chikara memories. He wasn't the only one either, a lot of other wrestlers have chimed in with their thoughts on the matter as well. Jakob Hammermeir has talked retirement without Chikara. Green Ant, Tim Donst, Kobald, AssailANT, Gavin, Bryce and even UMB have all shared their memories. It's a great thread and you should check it out.
It seems that the wrestlers and staff who posted in this thread are reaching that final stage of grief, acceptance. To paraphrase Tim Donst, it was Us against The World and The World won. It's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all, seems to be the rallying cry for everyone. Well, almost everyone. There is one man who doesn't feel this way, one man who won't give up, one man who wants to fight for Chikara and that man is... Icarus. Of course it is. Read more
Chikara's Never Compromise was a great show. The show featured a lot of different wrestling styles and did its best to have something for everyone. My favorite match was probably The Colony vs. The Devastation Corporation, but I enjoyed pretty much every match and there is a strong chance Tim Donst vs. Gavin Loudspeaker will be the one I always remember. The main event was actually better than I expected despite the lack of finish. Of course, nobody wants to hear about the wrestling portion of the show because of that non-finish in the main event because that non-finish could be the end of Chikara as we know it.
I suppose we should start with Derek Sabato and mention that we kinda called it on that one (was he the one emailing us? I don't think so because he didn't seem to have the info until late Saturday night, but who knows), but it is the information that we have been seeking that is what got us into this predicament. To this place where we don't know if we'll ever see Chikara again. Was finding out the truth about the Titor Conglomerate really worth the end of my favorite thing ever? If we could do it all over again, would we just accept Wink's flaws and ask no questions about his family? Was the quest for knowledge worth it? I am going to say no. I wanted to attend my first King of Trios this year. I wanted to do whatever it takes to help Chikara return to Milwaukee this year. I wanted to buy DVDs and IPPVs and go see my favorite wrestlers do my favorite thing. That's what I wanted from this year. These questions I asked were not worth the price of the answers.
But here we are. The past cannot be undone because the Everett-Wheeler model is correct. This is the darkest timeline and CHIKARA is really gone right now. So, what do we do? We've gone this far down the rabbit hole, looking for answers that people don't want us to know and it has ended Chikara. We might not be able to bring it back (or maybe we will,) but I don't think we should stop trying to seek these answers. If these questions are so powerful that they could shut down the promotion than they probably need to be answered. We owe Chikara that much. Read more
Never Compromise is tomorrow and there are a lot of questions heading into the show. Is this the end of Chkara as we know it? Or the beginning of the next chapter in a whole new world? We've asked many questions here at the site that others are afraid to ask, but we aren't the first ones to ask them. Other blogs have done so as well, but the only member of the Chikara roster that we have ever seen make public comments about the Titor Conglomerate is Derek Sabato. He posted a blog on Chikara's website asking some difficult questions and shortly afterwards that blog was deleted and Sabato was released from Chikara. As we've seen, WMD/Titor do not like people asking questions about them and the silencing of Sabato should have been our first clue that something was not right in the world of Chikara.
While Chikara deleted the blog from their website and hoped to make it disappear, we luckily have the Chikara Special who saved the blog. Here's a snippet of it:
So I’ll have to take this to a public forum if I want any answers to my questions. What is it exactly that Condor Security does for the Titor Conglomerate? There are some outrageous allegations out there about the group. How do you respond to them? Read more
I may be thinking about this entirely too much.
I mean, I have this tendency. I once was so deep into a run of NBA 2K13 I forgot what day it was. (It's Thursday...right?) But something didn't sit right. It's not just that Archibald Peck was clean shaven for the January 31st Event Center and then not two weeks later he showed up with a fancy beard. It's not just the fact that even Veronica Ticklefeather seems scared of what's to come. Heck, it's not even that Vince is getting warned by the son of Chikara about him getting too close.
It was that Delirious has come back for a return match with Dasher Hatfield.
Chikara's seen very little of Delirious in 2013. A 51 second upset loss to Dasher and a Batiri assisted beatdown on Feburary 9th, and that's it. No blogs. Very little mention. Heck, the atomic elbow and pro graps lady made
no mention of him in any of their CHIKARA podcasts mentioned him in the one podcast I apparently missed. But I'm glad I'm not alone here. Because we're looking at someone who made a lot of long term threats and proclamations toward the person of one UltraMantis Black.
Take this from an April 13th, 2012 missive. Read more