Archive for the ‘CHIKARA’ Category

The State of CHIKARA for August

August 12, 2009

chikaraWe 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!

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Ring Psych Interview: The Young Bucks

August 6, 2009

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Southern California natives and brothers Matt and Nick Jackson have had quite a year.  It’s only August, and already The Young Bucks have made their debuts in Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, and Dragon Gate USA, the latter of which will be their first match on PPV in North America.  Since mid-2008, the buzz surrounding the Young Bucks has grown steadily, originating with their hometown crowds in Southern California and spurred on by their performances in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.  They have been PWG Tag Team Champions for nearly a year, picking up wins against teams like the Motor City Machine Guns and successfully defending the belts in Japan.  Nick and Matt are considered one of the premier tag teams in the world today, and their popularity has recently exploded on the East Coast, where fans are just now being exposed to their high-flying style.  Clad in tiger-print tassled tights, they are a callback to the glory days of tag team wrestling like The Rockers, and are reminding fans around the world how exciting and unique tag team wrestling can be.

The Young Bucks were kind enough to take time out of their busy schedule for an interview with us here at Ring Psych.

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CHIKARA Fan Appreciation Night

July 31, 2009

Pennsylvania-based promotion CHIKARA holds its fan appreciation night tonight in Reading.  The event, titled “Never Kneel at the Altar of Conformity” will feature several solid matches, and also Tim Donst.  If you’re not familiar with the promotion, CHIKARA is a family-friendly organization with larger-than-life characters, most of them masked, most of them students of Mike Quackenbush.  Here’s a recap video covering most of the current major storylines:

Full card and information after the jump, courtesy of Chikarafans and Chikarapro.com

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