Archive for the ‘Indies’ 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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Lil Dragon meet Big Dragon

August 10, 2009

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Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat teams up with his son Ricky Steamboat JR. Saturday at WWC’s Summer Madness show. They will face Orlando Colon and Hiram Tua.

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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Kendrick Back in PWG

August 5, 2009

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Brian Kendrick is back in the indies after a four year WWE run. Pro Wrestling Guerilla is wasting no time finding him an amazing match with which to make his return. The opponent?

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Colt Cabana Helps El Generico Learn English

August 5, 2009

El Generico, “The Generic Luchador” is not generally known for his promos, but thankfully Colt Cabana was around at a recent PWG show to give him a helping hand.

Indie Guys You Need to Know: Scott Lost

August 5, 2009

For the first few years of his career, San Diego native Scott Lost made a name for himself as a solid tag team wrestler.  Based primarily in PWG, he teamed with Chris Bosh as Arrogance and formed The Dynasty with Joey Ryan.  Though at times he didn’t get the credit he deserved while fans took notice of his more flamboyant and over-the-top partners, Scott has, over the course of his nine-year career, more than earned his nickname, “The Professional”.  Over the past two years, I’ve been noticing Lost significantly stepping up his game, which was always solid to begin with.  Everything he does looks good and looks like it hurts.  Perhaps most importantly of all, everything in his demeanor and mannerisms makes you genuinely believe that everything he is doing matters.  You believe he hates that guy’s guts, and he’s going to do everything in his power to prove that he’s the better man.  He manages to do all of these things and be a fantastic heel while still retaining a genuine sense of humor.  He’s one of my very favorite wrestlers in the world today, he brings out the best in just about every opponent he faces, and he has, bar none, the best spear in professional wrestling history.  You owe it to yourself to check out more of Scott Lost.  I recommend any PWG DVD from 2008 on.

Indie Guys You Need to Know: Eddie Kingston

August 4, 2009

Eddie Kingston is a wrestler who has worked for essentially every wrestling company apart from TNA and WWE.  He’s an angry, angry, angry young man who is better on interviews than a good 90% of the current WWE roster.  He was trained by Mike Quackenbush and hits people really hard.  He knows how to build a match and be a bruiser.  He’s not the greatest wrestler out there, but he puts everything together incredibly well.  One of his spectacular promos follows the jump.

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Spend an afternoon with a legend

August 3, 2009

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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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PWG Threemendous II Tomorrow Night!

July 31, 2009

Everyone who lives in the Los Angeles area would do well to attend Pro Wrestling Guerrilla‘s sixth anniversary show on Friday, July 31st in Reseda.  While the midwest and east coast indie feds get all the adoration and press, PWG has been putting on the most consistantly impressive events of 2009 once or twice a month.  Every single show they’ve had this year has been at worst “great”, and this big anniversary show is no exception.  The main event features Chris Hero taking on Joey Ryan for the PWG World Title.  If Hero defends successfully, he will break Ryan’s record for longest PWG title reign.  Check out this hype video by the always-stellar TigerDriver98:

And as an aside: when Colt Cabana was released by WWE, he showed up at a PWG show the next night.  Brian Kendrick got released today.  Paul London has been at a handful of PWG events this year.  Not saying Kendrick’s going to be there but uh…I wouldn’t miss it just the same.  Visit http://www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com for ticket info, full card after the jump.

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