Chikara is back! Yay!
On May 25th, Chikara is finally having an event after an almost yearlong gap between shows. With that being said, the last Chikara article was posted almost a year and a half ago and that article doesn’t exist anymore. So in reality, it’s been about two years since this site has talked about Chikara, so I’m talking about Chikara.
[adinserter block=”1″]I ordered Anniversario and like most people I was pretty shocked by how the card ended but in a good way. I thought it was a huge risk to do something like that, it was well executed and it certainly got the wrestling community talking. Twitter was lit up with accounts of what happened and people trying to latch onto the angle, and Green Lantern Fan did something stupid among other things. I registered at the Chikara 101 forums and then promptly realized that there were hundreds upon hundreds of people who claimed they were ants. Plus conspiracy theory on top of conspiracy theory as events were cancelled and all forms of Chikara social media went dead. I ended up spending the good majority of my day off going through all the theories, pictures, videos and all that jazz. In my defense, it was about ninety degrees outside and I don’t do ninety degrees quite well.
I pretty much thought that this angle would go on a few months with hints towards the fate of the company in the “Wrestling Is” groups. The company would re-launch with King of Trios, and then a big Cibernetico of Chikara guys against Wink’s guys. Winner gets control of the company back, the good guys win and Chikara is back!
Things then got weird…about as weird as a wrestling company like Chikara can get. Due to the fact that I enjoy my sanity and Garguilo doesn’t pay me to do this, I’m just going to link to the insanity:
And if you really like to think that your Firefly obsession isn’t really that bad: http://chikaralives.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/chikara-is-it-really-dead.pdf
Everybody got that? Alright, I can be honest and admit that what was going on was starting to annoy me. I’m not one of the dedicated hardcore fans like many of the Chikaramy are; I just wanted some type of answer. It seemed that the company was losing some of it’s goodwill they had built up over the years by doing underground shows and scavenger hunts. Even some of the super fans that I knew were starting to lose patience. Just give us a resolution and a return date and luckily the company finally decided it was time to do that. It really didn’t help my interest in the company when Quackenbush later claimed on various wrestling shows that the non-wrestling stuff was actually season thirteen. Yes, in a certain world a season of a wrestling company can have no wrestling at all and still be a wrestling company.
At National Pro Wrestling Day, the company announced that they would return on May 25th bringing a resolution to the whole thing. Obviously it seemed to have some big buzz as the event is already an iPPV usually saved for the big summer and year end cards. The Palmer Center is completely sold out and they’ve opened up both sides for the show. With the Palmer Center improving its internet capabilities, I wouldn’t be surprised if King of Trios ends up on iPPV. It would certainly help offset the costs of bringing in all the big talent from overseas if they go that route.
[adinserter block=”2″]So, I guess the big question is what direction Chikara will be going in after Sunday night. If they try to do something similar to the Never Compromise finish, they could lose some of that rebuilt goodwill. If they deliver a satisfying event with nothing screwy, then I presume most of the people they potentially drove away will come back. I presume that Eddie Kingston’s three year title reign (Hey, he did defend it last year) is coming to an end, but this is Chikara. You never know, but I’ll be approaching this card with some hesitation. If they deliver a satisfying resolution with nothing screwy, I’m back on the Chikara bandwagon. If they try to pull the wool over the fans again with Never Compromise like shenanigans, then I’m done with the company. Simple as that, and I presume that most fans in my position are taking the same stance.
Robert Goeman has been writing for CamelClutchBlog since 2014 and has written for FiveOuncesofPain and What Culture. Follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/RobertGoeman. After every article, Robert usually does “Talking Points” on twitter, bringin up points that didn’t make the article.
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