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Michael G. Spillane (born March 18, 1976) is an American Professional Wrestler, promoter, trainer and author from West Lawn, PA as "Lightning" Mike Quackenbush. He debuted in 1994 and competed in various independents, training under Ace Darling. In 2002, he founded CHIKARA. Over the course of the promotion's existence, he has worked as a wrestler, trainer, commentator, booker and general face of the company. He has also competed for CZW, Dragon Gate, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and many other promotions. Among his in-ring achievements, he is a 1x CHIKARA Campeon de Parejas with Jigsaw, a former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion, a 2x CZW World Junior Heavyweight Champion and, in 2007, he, Jigsaw and Shane Storm won the inaugural CHIKARA King of Trios Tournament.

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"The Master of a Thousand Tropes":

  • The Ace: From CHIKARA's inception to at least 2008, possibly until 2011 when he lost in the 12 Large Summit final to Eddie Kingston.
  • Arch-Enemy: Chris Hero, Larry Sweeney, Claudio Castagnoli
  • Author Appeal: Jushin Thunder Liger, Manami Toyota, Batman, Mexican wrestling, British wrestling legends Johnny Saint and Johnny Kidd, Tiger Mask, Lost, Comic Books, Anime, Talking Heads, Justice League, X-Men...and references to failed early 1990s WWE gimmicks Kwang and Max Moon.
    • He once said in an interview that, with everyone trying to be "xtreme," he wanted CHIKARA to be "wacky."
  • Badass Teacher: He was heavily involved in training many of the wrestlers who have been on CHIKARA's roster at one point or another.
  • Bash Brothers: With Jigsaw and with Eddie Kingston
  • Big "SHUT UP!": He gave one to UltraMantis Black in this video when Mantis objected to Quack calling him an idiot for giving Vökoder (Tim Donst) the Eye of Tyr, which Donst then gave to Ares following the formation of Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes.
  • Broken Pedestal: He was genuinely surprised in Dragon Gate when Yamato, whom he held among the best wrestlers in Japan, kicked him below the belt.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: The counter to the CHIKARA Special, since the only reason anyone would insist on creating a counter to his own finisher is because it would be important to the story later on, which is exactly what happened.
  • The Comically Serious/Straight Man/Only Sane Man: To the wackier antics in CHIKARA. Generally, if the situation doesn't call for him to be serious, he's this, as seen in this promo with him telling Frightmare about how he needs to start focusing on the CHIKARA Young Lion's Cup, with Hallowicked presumably telling Frightmare the same thing in his own way, and Quack saying, "You heard the man."
  • Determinator/Made of Iron: He suffered a concussion during his IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Title match with Joey Ryan which was a quarterfinal in the IWA Mid-South: 2007 Ted Petty Invitational Tournament, September 29, 2007. Despite that, he managed to win the match, and, ultimately, the tournament that same night.
  • Finishing Move: Several.
    • The Quackendriver (4 versions QD-QD IV)
    • Lightning Lock Beta
    • The CHIKARA Special, which he innovated.
  • Grey and Black Morality: Quack's been deliberately trying to give the GEKIDO wrestlers career ending injuries, and succeeded with 2 of them. But he only started doing this as a response to GEKIDO doing it, and he says he's doing it to protect his roster from GEKIDO and others like them.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In 2012. With the GEKIDO invasion, Quack has been getting increasingly vicious in his attacks on GEKIDO's members.
  • The Hero/Big Good: In the feud with The Kings of Wrestling.
  • The Host: He was the original one for CHIKARA's weekly YouTube series "Podcast-A-Go-Go."
  • Impersonation Gambit: At CHIKARA Young Lions Cup II, Night II, July 31, 2004, there was a trios match where the Dark Breed (Hallowicked and UltraMantis Black) and DJ Skittles defeated the Sweet 'n' Sour International team of Spyrazul, Mobius and Flex Fenom. At Retribution Rumble of Revenge and Rumble to Remember, August 27th, there was an atomicos (8-man tag match) with Jigsaw/Jolly Roger/Men @ Work (Mister ZERO and Shane Storm) vs. the Sweet 'n' Sour International team of Larry Sweeney, Spyrazul, Rorschach and Crossbones, which Jigsaw's team won. Before the match, Sweeney was asking where Quackenbush was. Shane Storm defeated Spyrazul at Beware of Barely Badd Blasts and/or Blood Brawls on the Beach on September 25th. At The Cibernetico Cometh on October 30th, there was the first-ever Torneo Cibernetico match, with Jigsaw's team (Jigsaw/Men @ Work/F.I.S.T. [Icarus & Gran Akuma]/Jolly Roger and Private Eye/DJ Skittles) vs. Sweet 'n' Sour International (Sweeney/Spyrazul/Sharecropper/The Dark Breed/Crossbones/Mano Metallico/Rorschach.) When the match was down to Jigsaw vs. Sweeney/Spyrazul/Rorschach, Spyrazul hit a Black Tornado Slam on Rorschach and allowed Jigsaw to pin Rorschach. Spyrazul removed his mask to reveal, of course, Quackenbush. Quack threw the mask at Sweeney, wished Jigsaw luck and got himself counted out. This led to Jigsaw pinning Sweeney to win the match.
  • One-Hit Kill: His palm strike.
  • Papa Wolf: Toward his students and toward CHIKARA itself, as GEKIDO had the misfortune of finding out for themselves.
  • Power Stable:
  • Put on a Bus: Vanished off the CHIKARA roster in 2013, after he received a packet of information regarding the Vavasseurs' company, Titor Conglomerate.
    • The reason is Quack wanted to step out of the spotlight and leave the company to the next generation of wrestlers (though he's still there behind the scenes). He's mostly retired now.
  • Red Baron: "Lightning," "The Master of a Thousand Holds"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The rational, scientific Blue to Eddie Kingston's Red. That said, as his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against GEKIDO showed, he could also be a case of Beware the Nice Ones/You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry. It's not that he and King are Not So Different, just that they'd get angry for different reasons.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: The booker for CHIKARA.
  • Shout-Out: He chose the name "Lightning" as a tribute to one of his heroes, Jushin "Thunder" Liger.
  • So Last Season: Subverted. He pinned Bryan Danielson with the Alligator Clutch, not seen as a "legit" finishing move since the days of George Becker! Even in Becker's days it often failed.
  • Tag Team:
    • The Black T-Shirt Squad, w/Don Montoya and Reckless Youth
    • The Superfriends, w/Chris Hero
    • Team Frightning, w/Hallowicked and Frightmare
  • Too Many Belts: Held six titles at once in 2004, from promotions in the U.S., Mexico and Germany, calling them the "I-Crown," a tribute to the Octuple J-Crown, which combined 8 different Junior Heavyweight/Light Heavyweight Title from 1996-1997. At the Season 3 opener, Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays, he announced a gauntlet match, ultimately won by Jigsaw, to determine the Number #1 contender to all of them. As shown above, he held six different titles a second time, in 2007-2008.
  • The Unfettered: As of High Noon, when Kingston beat Quack for the Grand Championship, Quack feels like he's not the face of the company anymore and thus doesn't have any obligation to take the high road against invaders like GEKIDO.
    If you think, for some reason, we're going to stand idly by while you come in here and try to wreck what we have built over the last eleven seasons, I will greet you at the door and I will break your bones.
  • Unreliable Narrator: At King of Trios 2010, he told Jigsaw that there wasn't a counter for the Inverted CHIKARA Special. During the Torneo Cibernetico between Team CHIKARAnote -BDKnote  at The Dark Ciberknetico on October 23, 2010, Donst locked the hold on Quack...and Quack escaped, with Donst saying, "You said there wasn't a counter!" Justified, since Shane Storm giving the counter to the CHIKARA Special to Mantis to give to Chris Hero for his Hair vs. Mask match vs. Equinox (Vin Gerard) at The Sordid Perils of Everyday Existence on November 17, 2007 was the first big step toward the debut of the BDK in the first place.

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