Updated news on CHIKARA’s North Carolina card!

See CHIKARA in North Carolina!

Gibsonville, NC Card Takes Shape!

CHIKARA goes Out On A Limb when we visit Gibsonville, NC and The New Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium on March 8th! Join us Saturday evening at 7 p.m. for the fun-filled lucha supershow and bring the entire family, as kids 12 & under will be admitted FREE with a paying adult! Advanced tickets are still available here!

In the main event, los Campeonatos de Parejas are on the line when The Devastation Corporation(Max Smashmaster/Blaster McMassive) defends against The Orisian Portal (Ophidian/Amasis!)Sidney Bakabella’s champions look to make their first successful title defense, while The Portal hopes the Egyptian Gods have not forsaken them, as they attempt to become Campeones once again!

Hallowicked meets the newest addition to the CHIKARA roster, Argus! The rookie reptile must keep this eyes open as he faces his toughest test to date, testing his gekko-roman skills against his trainer,Hallowicked!

Two southern gentlemen will fight when Chuck Taylor takes on Trevor Lee! The Kentucky Gentleman is adept at mixing mat wrestling and high-flying with underhanded tactics, but the up-and-coming North Carolina native swears no one does it better than him!

In a Challenge of the Immortals match, The Arcane Horde (UltraMantis Black/Kodama/Obariyon/Oleg the Usurper) battles the United Nations (Juan Francisco de Coronado/Mr. Azerbaijan/Prakash Sabar/Proletariat Boar of Moldova) in a Relevos Atomicos! Both teams want to win their first point in the #COTI15!

Don’t miss out on all the action, excitement, and fun of CHIKARA! Order your tickets now!

As our NC return draws near, three more matches will be announced for Out On A Limb!” Keep current with all the latest news and updates on our NC card via social media or by visiting our website!

CHIKARA: Out On A Limb
Saturday, March 7th, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
Live at the New Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium
1001 Springwood Avenue :: Gibsonville, NC 27249
Order Advance Tickets

CHIKARA: Altar Egos
Sunday, March 8th, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m.
Live at the Norfolk Masonic Temple
7001 Granby Street :: Norfolk, VA 23505
Order Advance Tickets 

On
Upcoming Season 15 Tour Stops:
Wolverhampton, England
Cardiff, Wales
London, England
Haverhill, MA
Easton, PA
Chicago, IL

Rat Queens #9 Review.

From Kurtis Wiebe, Stjepan Sejic, Image Comics.

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I have been very late to the Rat Queens bandwagon.  When the comic book started my life was a bit chaotic with a new baby.  As Kurtis himself can relate too (beautiful kid BTW).  So how easy is it to jump in to this new acclaimed series nine issues in?

Very easy and very fun.

This comic takes you to the beach and then puts you on a 20 foot high slide that tosses you all the way out where the water is over your head and its freezing  but you’re so far out the only option is to go along for the ride and wow what a rush.

I don’t remember the names of any of the Rat Queens nor other characters in the book but you know something?  It doesn’t matter overall.  No one remembers all the characters names after the first episode of a TV show but if its a good enough show you’ll come back week after week and learn along the way.  Rat Queens gets a season pass.

In an early review someone called this book an all female Dungeons and Dragons group and after reading it I couldn’t agree more.  Every ridiculous over the top person who has been working on his/her character for years that you have encountered is here in one of these women.  But better.  Violent, loud mouthed, sexual, strong, sexy, fuck you I’m whatever I want to be.  Its all here.

While I had no clue what was going on, I was still entranced.  Damn right I’ll be picking up all previous issues.  However, this is Empire Strikes Back level in issue nine.  The bad guy has the upper hand.  The Rat Queens and crew are beat down and separated.  They all must overcome something to get back into the fight and it not only makes the book stronger but also makes every character matter.

Kurtis is writing this book like a great wrestling booker.  The hero is only as strong as the villain.  By seeing the Rat Queens beat down like this it means the villain is bigger and his eventual defeat will have that much bigger impact.  I know it seems like a no brainer for comic writing (and wrestling) but there’s a reason Stilt-Man is considered a joke and Green Goblin is a terror.  There is a reason Rat Queens is growing with every issue and titles not to be named are wallowing in quarter bins.

CHIKARA returns to Virginia!

CHIKARA returns to Virginia!

The Season 15 Tour Hits VA on March 8th!

On Sunday Afternoon, March 8th, we travel south and make our triumphant return to Virginia! This season, we’re visiting Norfolk for the very first time, as we present Altar Egos!” Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the event starts at 3:00. As ever, kids 12 & under will be admitted FREE with a paying adult. Advanced tickets are still available here for this season’s stop at The Norfolk Masonic Temple!

Already Confirmed for Norfolk:

CHIKARA Grand Champion Icarus will defend the title against the monstrous Nøkken, the largest challenger he has faced yet! With the BDK’s mastermind, Jakob Hammermeier, in his corner,Nøkken also poses the largest threat to the championship!

In a Challenge of the Immortals match, Crown & Court (Princess KimberLee/Jervis Cottonbelly/El Hijo del Ice Cream/Ice Cream, Jr.) will wrestle The Wrecking Crew (Max Smashmaster/Blaster McMassive/Flex Rumblecrunch/Jaka) in an Atomicos Relevos! Both teams want to gain momentum in the tournament by winning their first point!

In a four corner elimination tag team match, CHIKARA’s fastest rising tag team N_R_G (RaceJaxon/Hype Rockwell) and the unusual combination of Frightmare and Silver Ant will meet two other teams! Points towards los Campeonatos de Parejas are on the line!

UltraMantis Black will fight Volgar! UltraMantis currently has two points towards a Grand Championship match and wants to win his third by beating Jimmy Jacobs’ former acolyte, the dangerous Volgar!

As March 8th draws near, three more matches will be announced for Altar Egos!” Order your tickets now so you don’t miss out on the action of CHIKARA live!
Keep current with all the latest updates via social media or visiting our website!

CHIKARA: Out On A Limb
Saturday, March 7th, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
Live at the New Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium
1001 Springwood Avenue :: Gibsonville, NC 27249
Order Advance Tickets

CHIKARA: Altar Egos
Sunday, March 8th, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m.
Live at the Norfolk Masonic Temple
7001 Granby Street :: Norfolk, VA 23505
Order Advance Tickets 

On
Upcoming Season 15 Tour Stops:
Wolverhampton, England
Cardiff, Wales
London, England
Haverhill, MA
Easton, PA
Chicago, IL

WWE and the Fear of a Black World Champion.

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Disclaimer (probably the first of many): I’m white so chances are I might say something stupid here but I don’t mean for it to be stupid.

I’ve been thinking about this for awhile.  This week wrestling fans have been trying to get the Divas more attention.  Longer matches, more respect.  I agree with all of this and then some.  Wrestling has long loved the blonde champions.  But any other option seems few, far between, and a struggle to come by.

Recently there was a rumor that WWE is looking for a new Hispanic star to appeal to that community.  Rey Mysterio is most likely gone, Alberto Del Rio is definitely out and Sin Cara never caught on.  WWF and WWE has appealed to the Italians, Irish, Hispanic, but where are the great Black world champions?

I’m talking about the classic long running WWE title.  The winged eagle.  The spinner belt.  All of that.  That classic belt has never been won by a black man.  (I know what you’re thinking, and I’ll get there in a minute.)

Booker T and Mark Henry held the World title in WWE.  The absorbed WCW/Ric Flair belt.  The WWE-ECW title was never a world title.  If anything it was equivalent to the Intercontinental or US title.  However, it is within these titles that the glass ceiling for black wrestlers emerges.  Many of the black wrestlers with unlimited potential reach these mid card titles and are never given another chance.  Whether they’re not good enough, or the fans don’t get behind them, or a hundred other reasons – none of these men have stepped up to that WWE title level.  Kofi Kingston, Big E, Ezekiel Jackson, D-Lo Brown, Ahmed Johnson, Marc Mero, Bobby Lashley, The Godfather, Shelton Benjamin, MVP, R-Truth and I’m sure I’m forgetting people.  I’m fans of many of these guys.  I’m sure you’re a fan of lots of them too.  We could both argue at least a name or two that should have been given at least a try at the top.  But alas, no.

Which brings us to the Rock.  I am not counting the Rock as a Black world champion for two reasons.  One, I remember the whole “is Tiger Woods black” argument from a few years back and I just don’t feel like dealing with it.  Two, if WWE is going to build up Roman Reigns’s Samoan heritage and drag out the Rock because he is family (and thus also Samoan) then that is putting Samoan first, not his father’s genetics.

So where are the Black world champions Vince?

Personally I think Titus O’Neil is one piece away from becoming a major star in WWE and the next potential man to step up.

The 25 Year Old Lunchbox Mystery is Solved. (A Baseball’s Greatest Gross Outs Post.)

This mystery is much longer than 25 years old, but I’m going to pretend I still knew what something was 25 years ago and have forgotten since.

In 1988 I was 10 years old and that fall about to start 4th grade.  (I’m pretty sure.  I’m doing some rusty math here and guessing that’s what grade I was in that year.  If not then I’m one off but its not the point of this story.  Which we shall now get back to.)  My mom took me out shopping for new school supplies.  Due to attending a Catholic school with uniforms there wasn’t the same craziness to buy a ton of new clothes.  Kinda going to wear the same thing most days.  That means my Mom was very generous and let me pick out new folders, pens, pencils, crayons, binders, and much more things I didn’t need.  Including a new lunchbox.

My grade school self could probably remember every lunchbox I had and which year or years they lasted.  By the time high school came around I was brown bagging or cooler bagging it and cherished information like lunchbox characters went out my head to make room for what can I pretend to have interest in in order to get this girl to talk to me.  (Answer, 90210.)

Once I discovered the geek community online and started writing about such topics I began to reminisce on the geeky items from my past.  It took a while to hunt for some things that I only had basic memories of.  Things like what was that movie with the hair growing and the peanut butter?  (Answer, The Peanut Butter Solution.)

So when I’m trying to remember a lunchbox that had baseball cards all over it that were kind of like Garbage Pail Kids but not, well, that’s a pretty vague search.  I have tried off an on for years to find out something about this lunchbox.  Checking lunchbox sites, eBay, Etsy.  Giving up and looking up thermos in hopes to find out something new.  Garbage Pail baseball cards.  Nope.  Wacky Packages lunchbox.  Not even close.  I even looked through old Mad magazines to see if someone’s art looked similar to my decades old memories.

Nothing.

Then, randomly today I tried something new.  I typed in “GPK Knock Offs”.  There in a Google Image search was the answer.  The moment I saw it I knew this was the answer.

Except it was not.

I still have not found the lunchbox but thanks to my buddy Shawn at Branded in the 80s who wrote this post before I started reading his site I have my answer.

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Awesome All Stars and Baseball’s Greatest Gross Outs cards from Donruss/Leaf.  Printed in 1988 and with art from B.K. Taylor.

Shawn’s article is here:  http://brandedinthe80s.com/6373/peel-here-109-in-monster-baseball-you-use-grave-markers-as-the-bases

I still cant find any mention or image of the lunchbox.  But now I have at least narrowed it down.  I know what to look for.  I know what to search and ask people about.  Worst of all though, I now have a new collection.  I have to get my hands on these cards.  Maybe once life gets normal again.  Or if some fall in my lap during yard sale season.

I cant express how happy I am to discover this.  Here are some card images to make you fall in love with these strange things as well.  Maybe rekindle some of your own memories.

(Photo from Branded)

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Available Now: National Pro Wrestling Day!

Stream or Download NPWD ’15!

National Pro Wrestling Day comes to CHIKARAtopia!

National Pro Wrestling Day 2015 can be yours to stream or download exclusively through CHIKARAtopia! Get the entire event, or handpick just the matches that you want to see – it’s up to you!

Order National Pro Wrestling Day and see “Smooth Sailin” Ashley Remington face off with the “Legal Eagle” Drew Gulak! Watch as The Osirian Portal (Amasis/Ophidian) test their mettle against The Bloc Party (Prakash Sabar/The Proletariat Boar of Moldova!) Experience the first-ever 22-person tag team match, featuring a gaggle of your past and present CHIKARA faves!

Visit CHIKARAtopia and order National Pro Wrestling Day! Follow CHIKARA on social media or visit our website and keep current on all the latest releases and updates!

CHIKARA: Out On A Limb
Saturday, March 7th, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
Live at the New Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium
1001 Springwood Avenue :: Gibsonville, NC 27249
Order Advance Tickets