Remember that time I wrote about that promotion on that website that one time? No? Do you remember when I wrote that story about CHIKARA Pro Wrestling on The PractitioNERD sometime last year? Maybe? Well, I did. I wrote a brief history on the CHIKARA promotion, along with some general information about the company and what makes it truly awesome. Then, sometime after that post, CHIKARA went “on hiatus” — and unlike myself taking credit for the WWE Championship redesign, I’m not taking credit for this….yet — and BOY do I have an update for you guys: in only ten days, CHIKARA IS BACK AND NO LONGER CANCELLED. Well, the truth is that they were never canceled in the first place…
Here’s the thing, on June 2, 2013, Chikara ran an angle –i.e. storyline — at the end of the fourth iPPV, Aniversario: Never Compromise, where the event was (kayfabe) shut down by the “Director of Fun” Wink Vavasseur. Side bar, THAT sounds like a career position that I can get behind. Anyway, after the event, Chikara essentially went inactive, as they “cancelled” all upcoming events, but the truth was that the upcoming event were just never actually scheduled. So for the rest of the year of 2013, Chikara held NO — NONE, ZERO — official events, however wrestlers from the promotion held a small event on November 2 at Philadelphia’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, featuring a storyline involving trying to revive Chikara a’la a grassroots effort.
In October 2013, Neon Alley acquired rights to 26 Chikara events and would begin airing those events on the channel on Sundays as part of their new fall lineup. On February 1, 2014, Chikara announced its return event on May 25, 2010, and 9 days later the announcement was made that The Wrestle Factory (Chikara’s wrestling school) would start a new training class at the 2300 Arena on March 1st.
Allow me to transition from smark to mark in three. Two. One. LONG LIVE CHIKARA!!!