Mad Monster Mansion by Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie)
Chemical Plant Zone by Masato Nakamura (Sonic the Hedgehog 2)
Stage_04 by David Wise (Beetlejuice, NES)
I’m So Angry by Alice Cooper
Wait what’s Chikara?
A wrestling company that’s a bit out there. Inspired by lucha, anime, cartoons but blended with usually-high levels of wrestling, Chikara have been bewildering people since 2002.
Chikara toured the UK last year and it was so filled with so much booze and hotel fire alarms that they’re doing it again. They’re touring nearby North Shields (which may as well be Newcastle to the rest of the country) so I figured I’d type hype.
Oh. Who are the current champions?
Champion: Princess Kimberlee
Tag champions: NRG (Hype Rockwell & Race Jaxon)
Young Lions Cup Winner: Thunderfrog
Aren’t there a load of groups in Chikara?
Battle Hive (Amasis, Fire Ant, Worker Ant, Ashley Remington)
Gentlemen’s Club (Orange Cassidy, Drew Gulak, Chuck Taylor, Swamp Monster)
Wrecking Crew (Sidney Bakabella, Max Smashmaster, Blaster McMassive, Oleg The Usurper, Jaka, Flex Rumblecrunch)
United Nations (Juan Francisco de Coronado, Mr. Azerbaijan, The Proletariat Boar Of Moldova, Prakash Sabar)
Arcane Horde (UltraMantis Black, Obariyon, Kodama, Oleg The Usurper)
Dasher’s Dugout (Dasher Hatfield, Mark Angelosetti, Icarus, Heidi Lovelace)
Colony (Fire Ant, Silver Ant, Worker Ant , Soldier Ant, Carpenter Ant, Worker Ant)
Crown And Court (Princess KimberLee, Jervis Cottonbelly, El Hijo del Ice Cream, Ice Cream Jr.)
Bloc Party (The Polar Baron, The Proletariat Boar Of Moldova, Mr. Azerbaijan, Prakash Sabar, The Brown Morning Of Belarus)
Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Jakob Hammermeier, Pinkie Sanchez, Jaka, Nøkken, Milo Schnitzler, Ares, Tursas)
Battleborn (Kevin Condron, Lucas Calhoun, Missile Assault Man)
Urghhh that’s a lot of names. Can you just summarise the important bits?
Chikara works by having each year be new chapters and storylines, so last year was all about the team round robin series Challenge Of The Immortals. Crown And Court won and Princess Kimberlee earned a shot at the Big Gold Belt and won it to become the first female world champion of a wrestling company. They beat The Devastation Corporation and they’ve spent this year trying to get revenge on her. DevCorp are big big guys who don’t mess around so they’ve also been after Oleg, who left their clique The Wrecking Crew last year. Aside from that, every group is currently feuding with everyone else because they’re wrestlers, dammit.
Is Dragon Dragon still around?
No Oleg killed him.
Oh. What else is going on?
Chuck Taylor teased retirement last year (spoiler: he didn’t retire) which Chikara took seriously so he lost the rights to the name Chuck Taylor and he’s now er not Chuck. So far he’s gone by Touch Phillips, Bugg Nevans, Rick Beanbag and Scoot Tatum. Chuck Taylor™ took his name.
They’re pretty similar looking.
Also Eddie Kingston is feuding with Jakob & friends after he got Pearl Harbour’d and lost to Jakob in three seconds. This’ll be the first time in years Eddie’s managed to reach the UK so him being there is a special occasion.
Any other special things?
Mike Quackenbush (the owner of Chikara and formerly THE LORD GOD QUACK in the old Botchamania intros when I was paid good money to play James Pond music) is returning to the ring after an absence of three years to wrestle Johnny Kidd. Kidd is one of the last active experts of the World of Sport style of wrestling and has been part-time for the last decade but this year he’s retiring. He’s sixty years old but can still turn you into a pretzel as evidenced by his matches with Jack Gallagher at PROGRESS a few months ago. He’s wrestled for Chikara before and last lost to Quack in a tag match with Colt Cabana and rival Johnny Saint (who was a springy sixty nine years old at the time). Quack’s been walking around with a cane for the past few years so the match has a HBK vs. Undertaker feel to it where this could easily be either man’s last. No pressure guys.
Other than that, anything specific you’re wanting to catch?
I’m insanely biased so I’m looking forward to seeing the UK guys interact with the Chikara crew like Dunne, Seven, Boar, Bird, Bate etc. It’s easier just to type ”the UK guys” as someone will get annoyed I didn’t mention them and they’re all good anyway. Best new guy in Chikara in 2016 is probably Hermit Crab doing a revamped Gran Naniwa impression. I’m sure everybody who reads the stuff on this site will know who that is but just in case, just imagine a crab. Everything involving the Gentleman’s Club and The Artist Formerly Known As Chuck Taylor is a blast.
So when are these shows happening? (all seven of them)…
OH I’M GLAD YOU ASKED
FRIDAY 20TH MAY
NEON, NEWPORT, WALES
Officer Warren Barksdale vs. Chris Brookes vs. Travis Banks vs. Frightmare
The Batiri vs. Dan Moloney & Wild Boar
Pete Dunne vs. Eddie Kingston
Ophidian vs. Heidi Lovelace vs. Mike Bird vs. Touch Phillips
Moustache Mountain vs. The Colony
Nixon Newell vs. Princess Kimberlee
SATURDAY 21ST MAY
FIXXION WAREHOUSE, TOWNWELL FOLD, WOLVERHAMPTON, WV1 4LD, ENGLAND
Frightmare vs. Travis Banks vs. Fire Ant
KYS vs. Nixon Newell / Princess Kimberlee / Heidi Lovelace
Officer Warren Barksdale vs. Touch Phillips
Ophidian vs. Tyler Bate vs. Soldier Ant vs. Chris Brookes
The Batiri vs. The Hunter Brothers
Trent Seven vs. Eddie Kingston
SUNDAY 22ND MAY
BUSH HALL, LONDON, ENGLAND
Officer Warren Barksdale vs. Heidi Lovelace
Chris Brookes vs. Princess Kimberlee
Frightmare vs. Touch Phillips
The Hunter Brothers vs. The Colony
MK McKinnan vs. Eddie Kingston
Pete Dunne vs. Ophidian
The Batiri vs. Moustache Mountain
FRIDAY 27TH MAY Aniversario: Catching Fire
ASTON UNI STUDENT UNION, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
Fire Ant vs. Hermit Crab
Drew Gulak vs. Officer Warren Barksdale
Zack Sabre Jnr. vs. Ophidian
Hallowicked & Icarus vs. Princess Kimberlee & Eddie Kingston
SATURDAY 28TH MAY Aniversario: The Chamber of Secrets
THE UNION, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
Icarus vs. Lucas Calhoun
Eddie Kingston vs. Chuck Taylor
Hermit Crab vs. Ophidian
Mike Quackenbush vs. Johnny Kidd
SUNDAY 29TH MAY Aniversario: The Two Towers
LINSKILL CENTRE, NORTH SHEILDS, ENGLAND
Chuck Taylor vs. Soldier Ant
Lucas Calhoun vs. Heidei Lovelace
Fire Ant vs. Ophidian
MONDAY 30TH MAY Aniversario: The Lost World
ST. LUKES, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
Heidi Lovelace vs. Nixon Newell
The Batiri vs. Fire Ant & Soldier Ant vs. Los Ice Creams vs. N_R_G
Lucas Calhoun vs. Hermit Crab