We here at Ring Psychology understand that it may have been some time since you’ve followed wrestling regularly. Perhaps you’re looking to jump back into it, but you’re concerned you won’t understand what’s going on. “Oh no,” you may be thinking, “I don’t want to look like a fool in front of my wrestling friends if I can’t tell The Miz from The Morrison!” Don’t worry, we’re here to help! “The State of…” will provide key storyline info and identify the main players of all the major television shows…and ROH, too!
Moving on to the independent scene, next up we’ll take a look at the Philadelphia-based CHIKARA. This promotion has been steadily gaining popularity over the past couple of years, and the roster is made up primarily of graduates from The Wrestle Factory, run by head trainers Mike Quackenbush and Claudio Castagnoli.
CHIKARA takes several novel approaches to professional wrestling, and is very unlike most independent promotions you’re liable to come across. The wrestlers are mostly masked, and wrestle a hybrid American indie and traditional lucha style. The promotion focuses on multi-man matches and tournaments, such as the King of Trios tag team tournament. In fact, the main title, and only “championship belt” in the promotion is the Campeonatos de Parejas, their version of a tag team championship. The other major title is the Young Lions Cup, an annual tournament for wrestlers under the age of 25 (ahem). Once the tournament has crowned a winner, the Cup can be challenged for during the year until the next Lion’s Cup tournament, where a new champion is crowned. Another major element of CHIKARA is its storytelling, with each year starting a new “season” of CHIKARA, similar to a television show. In each “season” there is a main, overarching storyline that is very carefully crafted and resolved at season’s end.
Let’s take a look at the major players and storylines of CHIKARA!