Trivia / Chikara

  • Acting for Two: Chikara is a strange animal in this regard compared to other wrestling companies, where they often like to train new wrestlers and bring in other wrestlers and sometimes remake them into a new gimmick. But over the years many of the more Out of Focus masked wrestlers have been played by more significant wrestlers on the card either as well or all along. Given there's no out of story documentation how many people actually have trained at the Wrestlefactory in some of these cases it's unknown if some of these characters have always been played as throw in or if they are part timers who sometimes get substituted, or just rookies who flopped and they just kept the character alive.
    • Los Ice Creams being perennial favorites have been this at times if not always. It is believed Quackenbush and Hallowicked have been under the Ice Cream masks before, but for the record most people who have been believed to have played the Ice Creams have been in the ring at the same time as the Ice Creams.
    • Darkness Crabtree has often been played by Mike Quackenbush, maybe from the get-go or taking over the role at some point.
    • Chuck Taylor is sourced on Wikipedia as being Mr. Azerbaijan but it is also believed others have filled in and not much belief there ever was an original rookie.
    • Jervis Cottonbelly was originally played by wrestler TJ Cain until he disappeared Out of Focus for years. While the character had a more recent comeback people noticed that Kevin Condron's leave and Jervis's absence being around the same time has heavily implied to have been Jervis Cottonbelly from at least 2015 onward.
    • The biggest example though being for years it was rumored Soldier Ant and Drew Gulak were the same guy. Especially given how often wherever Gulak went in the states Soldier Ant popped up too. In late 2016 Soldier Ant suffered a "career ending injury" on the same show that Drew Gulak left due to being signed full time by WWE. Naturally, noone was fooled.
  • Big Name Fan: To the surprise of everyone, including Mike Quackenbush and Reckless Youth, Manami Toyota had a foot out of the pro wrestling business until she was inspired to keep at it after spending sometime in Chikara.
  • Fake Nationality: Lince Dorado. Born in Puerto Rico, billed from Mexico.
  • Fan Nickname: Even before he was officially named, Equinox III had already been dubbed "3quinox" by fans. Later ascended as Kid Cyclone used it in an official blog.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Chikarmy during the "Ashes" angle.
  • Old Shame
    • The pre-2004 shows, which most everyone on the CHIKARA roster have referred to as varying degrees of 'bad'. Icarus in particular has said that he'll do everything he can to keep the match in which he lost the Ichabod Slayne mask from seeing the light of day.
    • Jigsaw's brief unmasked run in Ring of Honor is treated as such.
  • One of Us: It doesn't take much to figure out that Player Uno and Player Dos are huge video game geeks.
  • The Pete Best: The Bloc Party debuted in Wrestling Is Fun, but one member didn't make it to Chikara, while another would leave not long after. The Brown Morning of Belarus was Killed Off for Real after being hit with Estonian Thunderfrog's hammer and subsequently replaced with Prakash Sabar, while the Polar Baron, a Non-Action Big Bad, left after the Bloc Party lost a flag match to the Baltic Siege in the main event of The World is Not Enough.
  • Promoted Fanboy: A pre-Director of Fun Leonard F. Chikarason is very visible in the front row at many of the early 2004 shows.
  • What Could Have Been...
    • In late 2002, they experimented with a sister promotion, Kiryoku Pro, which would focus on women's wrestling. It was abandoned after only three shows. Among the women who competed on those shows were Alexis Laree (Mickie James), Phoenix (Beth Phoenix), Macaela Mercedes (Jillian Hall) and Little Jeannie (from WCW).
    • In 2005, while CHIKARA and CZW were still co-running the Wrestle Factory, CHIKARA introduced a promotion for the school's "graduates" called NEXT, later renamed STF (Stars of The Future). It lasted ten shows, from NEXT: Genesis Point on April 7, 2005 to STF Monster Mash II on October 28, 2006.
    • Blackjack Marciano was in a prototype of the Kings of Wrestling with Hero and Double C in the winter months in CZW. Whether he was going to join or not if he stayed in wrestling is unknown, though.
    • Don Montoya was offered a teacher spot by Mike Quackenbush, but declined.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Before the Chikara 101 forums, there were the ChikaraFans forums. However, the moderators and a few of the most prominent users developed egos and started posting abusively and berating new users over pretty much everything - essentially falling afoul of the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory. When Leonard F. Chikarason told them to cool off, the owners responded by turning violently against CHIKARA itself, deleting their archives and turning their main forum into a venue to bash the promotion. The Chikara 101 forums are as good if not better than the ChikaraFans forums, but the archives are still missed.
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