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  • 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 how all the examples actually play out. It's entirely possible some characters have no one regular performer. It's also possible some started out as legitimate new rookies that couldn't make it in the business and thus they just kept the character alive without them. It's also possible some of them can only work indy wrestling part time and such sometimes are played by a regular performer but have someone on the roster fill in if they just can't make it. Lastly some are also regularly known on the indy circuits by other names but were given new gimmicks for their Chikara debut. While this page will cover these subjects as best we know, discussing any of this as a fan of or a performer in Chikara is a good way to get Put on a Bus as far as Chikara is concerned.
    • 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. The most frustrating thing about this example is that most people who have been believed to have played the Ice Creams also have at least one match listing where they fought against the Ice Creams. This one example that probably does have multiple people under the mask over the years.
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    • 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 for the role. So far there isn't much belief this character was ever portrayed by a new 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.
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    • The Latvian Proud Oak was played by the same wrestler who played Archibald Peck (and his other characters including the one he is generally called elsewhere RD Evans)
    • Prakash Sabar and Officer Bruno Meloni were played by the same wrestler who otherwise appears to have been a legitimate new rookie trained by Chikara. It's also thought, though unconfirmed, that he played The Brown Morning of Belarus before becoming Prakash.
    • While this list generally doesn't include wrestlers who only play one character in Chikara but others elsewhere, one now applies to this in The Shard. The Shard was played by regular indy wrestler John Silver. Years after the Shard character was killed off Silver worked a Chikara event as his regular persona.
    • Technically this applies to the original 17, who made an appearance under his real name Kyle Matthews after 17 was written out of the storylines.
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  • 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.
  • Breakup Breakout:
    • In recent times, Darin Corbin is more well-known as the slow motion guy and as one half of AC/DC with Arik Cannon, while Cruz hasn't appeared in CHIKARA since 2010.
    • Amasis was initially more successful than Ophidian as a singles wrestler. During the Osirian Portal's original heel run he was considered the less formidable of the two, but that reversed itself once the team turned face, and he won their singles feud. Ophidian eventually eclipsed him in CHIKARA, however.
    • Averted by Obariyon and Kodama of The Batiri. Obariyon stuck around a little longer into 2017 after Kodama was fired, finally leaving after getting squashed by Merlok, leading to Ashley Vox channeling the darkness inside herself to become Oceanea.
    • "Juke Joint" Lucas Calhoun, of the Two Masked Condor Security Guys, due to his partner Callux being destroyed by Eddie Kingston on orders from Jimmy Jacobs.
    • The Proletariat Boar of Moldova, of the Bloc Party by default - the Polar Baron, the Brown Morning of Belarus and Prakash Sabar have all disappeared, and Mr. Azerbaijan makes very occasional appearances.
    • After Ursa Minor was dispatched from The Nouveau Aesthetic, Still Life started making strides as a singles wrestler, eventually winning the Young Lions Cup.
    • Max Smashmaster outlasted his teammates (Blaster McMassive and Flex Rumblecrunch) in The Devastation Corporation. If you extend that to the entirety of Bakabella's Wrecking Crew, count Oleg the Usurper among the Breakouts and Jaka among the Jannettys.
  • Colbert Bump: It is likely that Jervis gained more popularity after appearing on a stream with New LEGACY Inc, a comedic group of wrestling fans. Some said that one guy bought a large amount of Jervis Cottonbelly merchandising.
  • 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.
  • The Jannetty:
    • BlackJack Marciano, to Eddie Kingston.
    • Mister ZERO, to UltraMantis Black and Shane Storm/STIGMA.
    • Rorschach, to Jigsaw after the breakup of The Conundrum.
    • Marc Roudin, to Ares and Claudio Castagnoli in Swiss Money Holding. CHIKARA pulled him out of retirement for Tag World Grand Prix 2008.
    • Melvin Snodgrass, to Darkness Crabtree
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • In an interview, Vin Gerard claimed he was an indy wrestling fan and Reckless Youth mark, and had watched the first ever CHIKARA show as a fan in 2002. Then in 2005 he enrolled in the Chikara Wrestle Factory...
    • Travis Huckabee is in the front row of many older shows, a thing that's often brought up as part of his journey to becoming a wrestler.
    • It's a whole promotion of this. The December 28, 2011 edition of their YouTube series The Barber Shop involved asking different CHIKARA personalities who, growing up, their favorite wrestlers were.
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  • Schedule Slip: They sometimes go weeks without posting a "Podcast-A-Go-Go" for "Free Match Monday."
  • Unintentional Period Piece: King of Trios 2007 Night 2, February 17, 2007, due to Shane Matthews' shouting "CHRIS BENOIT" at the end of Team IWS' (2.0 and Max Boyer) promo, four months before the tragedy.
  • 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.
    • Sami Callihan revealed on a podcast that he was originally planned to be Vokoder. However, when he told Mike Quackenbush that he was skipping a show to attend a funeral, Quack fired him before he even got started - and demanded the return of the Vokoder costume which Sami had paid for with his own money.
  • 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.
  • You Look Familiar: Vin Gerard resurfaced in CHIKARA at King of Trios 2015 with short, platinum-dyed hair, hawking Electric Monkey energy drink under the name Stan Malibu. Vanished not long afterward and has not been mentioned since.
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