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Founded 2002
Style Lucha Libre
Professional wrestling
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Founder(s) Mike Quackenbush
Reckless Youth
Owner(s) Mike Quackenbush

CHIKARA (sometimes referred to as CHIKARA Pro) is an American professional wrestling promotion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their major events each year include the King of Trios tournament between February and March, Aniversario in May, Young Lions Cup tournament held between June and August, and the Torneo Cibernetico held between September and November.

The company takes both the name and logo from the Japanese kanji meaning strength.



The Wrestle Factory was founded as a wrestling school in Allentown, Pennsylvania by Mike Quackenbush and "Reckless Youth" Tom Carter. After five months, the school started Chikara.

In 2004, Chris Hero became a co-trainer at the Chikara Wrestle Factory, replacing Carter. In 2005, Jorge "Skayde" Rivera joined as the third trainer. In March 2005, the school moved from Allentown to the New Alhambra Arena, in Philadelphia. They then took over the training for Combat Zone Wrestling, leading to the school's new name of CZW/Chikara Wrestle Factory. After the schools split in 2007, the training center became once again simply known as the Chikara Wrestle Factory. In 2007, Claudio Castagnoli took over Chris Hero's training duties.[1]

The company's catalog of events (on both VHS & DVD) are available through Smart Mark Video.[2]

CHIKARA drew their biggest crowd ever of over 550 at the New Alhambra Arena in Philadelphia to see the finals of King of Trios 2008 on March 2, 2008. That record was broken on January 31, 2009, when their first show of season nine, A Touch of Class, drew 600 fans.

Chikara also makes internet pay-per-views by the name of "Pod-Per-Views". Chikara also have a weekly internet show by the name of Chikara Podcast-A-Go-Go which contains matches and interviews.

Current Champions

Championship Champion(s) Defeated Date Won Location
Campeonatos de Parejas The Colony
(Fire Ant & Soldier Ant)
The Osirian Portal
(Ophidian & Amasis)
September 13, 2009 Nashua, NH
Young Lions Cup Tim Donst Player Dos January 31, 2010 Philadelphia, PA


The Chikara roster of 2005



Bruderschaft des Kreuzes

Stables and Tag Teams

STIGMA (left) and Colin Delaney, two members of The UnStable
  • 2.0 (Jagged and Shane Matthews)
  • The Badd Boyz (Brad and Chad Badd)
  • Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Claudio Castagnoli, Ares, Tursas, Tim Donst, Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze, Pinkie "Pink Ant" Sanchez, and Lince Dorado)
  • Cheech Hernandez and KC Day
  • The Colony (Fire Ant, Soldier Ant, and Green Ant)
  • F.I.S.T. (Icarus, Gran Akuma and Chuck Taylor)
  • The Future is Now (Jimmy Olsen / Equinox II, Jigsaw and Helios)
  • Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream and Ice Cream, Jr.)
  • Incoherence (Hallowicked and Frightmare)
  • The Order of the Neo Solar Temple (UltraMantis Black, Crossbones and Delirious)
  • The Osirian Portal (Ophidian and Amasis)
  • The Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno and Player Dos)
  • The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield and Sugar Dunkerton)
  • The UnStable (Vin Gerard, STIGMA and Colin Delaney)


  • Bryce Remsburg – Senior referee
  • Nick Papagiorgio


  • Bob Saget – Commissioner (2006–2008)
  • Dave Coulier – Commissioner (2008–present)
  • Leonard F. Chikarason – Director of Fun (2005–2009), Commentator (2009–present)
  • Dieter VonSteigerwalt – Director of Fun (2009–present)
  • Cavalier Jones – Member of the CHIKARA Board of Directors (2004)
  • Ed O'Mac – Ring announcer (2006–2007)
  • Nick Papagiorgio – Ring announcer (2007–2008)
  • Gavin Loudspeaker (formerly Louden Noxious) – Ring announcer (2008–present)
  • Jakob Hammermeier – German ring announcer (2010–present)
  • Crazy Frank – Czar of Security
  • Wiggly – Co-host of Chikara Podcast-A-Go-Go
  • Chiz – Co-host of Chikara Podcast-A-Go-Go


Tournament Winners

Commercial DVD Releases

Big Vision Entertainment Releases

DVD Name Release Date Region Additional Information
Best of Chikara November 6, 2007 Global Contains 9 matches from 2005 & 2006.


Further reading

External links


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