PWG Chikarticles: A Recap of All Things Indy!


Opening Segment

What is Wrestling?

I was browsing the Chikara Website looking for updates on the King of Trios Tournament. When I was about to close out the window, my eyes wandered to the bottom of the page and found the Chikara Copyright with a question next to it: “What Is Wrestling”. Well of course, I thought to myself “Oh, this question is easy. I’ll write about it in my Opening Segment”. I sat in front of the computer with a blank word document, finding myself at a loss of words. I couldn’t write anything down. The question was a LOT harder than I thought it was. This is a question Ring of Honor fans, Chikara fans, WWE fans, and even TNA fans need to ask themselves.

In an effort to find what others think is the correct answer to this question, I asked fellow Inside Pulse writer Pulse Glazer and contacted Mike Quackenbush to see their interpretation of the answer. Below is what they sent back to me.

“Wrestling is the performance art of competition building drama in order to tell a compelling story with a satisfying resolution. To this end wrestlers will chose a style, present strengths and weaknesses to engage the audience, causing emotional investment in seeing the story resolved through pure competition.”Pulse Glazer

“So…what is wrestling? Why is that question even worth asking? Or, are we just being sarcastic or obtuse? Well, in spite of our penchant for both being obtuse and being sarcastic, it is a question worth asking. For the last 20+ years, the world of professional wrestling, at least in the U.S., has been one of two things – an imitation of Vince McMahon’s creation, the WWE (then WWF), or an imitation of something from another country. I don’t want to get into details here, but so much of what American independent wrestling is today can be traced back to either the WWF model, or the extreme nature of ECW (which is in itself an extension of FMW, W*ING, etc.) So let’s say, just to get started, that we reject those two models immediately. Their interpretations of our performance genre are out-dated, rusty and moot. Forget about them.

So…what is wrestling, then, when you want to re-invent that wheel? It is a performance genre that marries violence and vanity and molds it onto the framework of the classic Greek morality play. Can it be sophomoric? At times. Does it flirt with homoeroticism? You bet, but boy does Vince and the gang not want us to talk about that. Pro-wrestling, like theater, like a good novel, should provide escapism, provide engaging characters in whom the viewer can make an emotional investment (be it good or bad), and maybe even show us something about ourselves, our lives and our culture, that we might otherwise not see. But unlike so much of what makes up the modern wrestling genre (imitations of the same monotony), all novels are not imitations of Shakespeare. All plays are not imitations of Tennessee Williams.

Just like a writer chooses his genre, so too can any creator – when you realize that you can make anything you like – so long as there is an audience to accept it. Sci-fi novels have an audience. Comedies have an audience. Fantasy films have an audience. And Shakespeare never wrote Sci-fi…but that doesn’t make it wrong, bad, or non-viable.

So….what is wrestling? It’s whatever your imagination can mold it into. It is a limitless art form, with limitless possibilities. Why keep exploring the same two over and over?” Mike Quackenbush

What Is Wrestling? Do you have an answer? If you do, please send it to I will read all of the responses I recieve and send feedback. Not only that, but next week there will be a special section titled “What Is Wrestling” where all of the responses I got from my readers will be posted.

Independent Wrestling News

1) The Colony (Soldier Ant, Worker Ant and Fire Ant), Team FIST (Chuck Taylor, Gran Akuma and Icarus), The Order of the Neo Solar Temple (Ultramantis Black, Hydra and Crossbones) and Team Ring of Honor (Shane Hagadorn, Alex Payne and Rhett Titus) have all been confirmed for the 2008 King of Trios Tournament.

2) Worker Ant vs. Vin Gerard has been added to “Two Eyebrows Are Better Than One”.

3) Tickets for all 2008 Events are on sale at You can purchase tickets to all 3 Night of King of Trios and Two Eyebrows Are Better Than One. ALL tickets are General Admission at the price of $15.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
1) All Star Weekend 6 is this weekend. Check it out if you are in the area. Sorry for the lack of preview and predictions… it has been a very busy week.

Other Indy News

1) NWA Wrestling has recently scored a television deal with Colours Television. If you have Dish Network, you can find NWA on channel 9407 on January 16th at 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The show will feature wrestlers: Joey Ryan, Karl Anderson, Brent Albright, Psicosis, Nick Dinsmore, Mike Quackenbush, Puma and more.

2) Combat Zone Wrestling Champion Nick Gage will defend his title against Danny Havoc in an Ultra-Violent Match. This match will take place on January 12th.

3) Dragon Gate have announced their latest additions to the Wrestle Jam 3 Tour. Confirmed for the tour are Austin Aries, El Generico, Human Tornado, PAC, Jorge Rivera, Jose Maximo and Joel Maximo.

Upcoming Independent Wrestling Events

1/27/2008 at the Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA: Two Eyebrows Are Better Than One
1. Shane Storm vs. Eddie Kingston
2. Worker Ant vs. Vin Gerard

2/29/2008 at the New Alhambra Arena in Philadelphia, PA: King Of Trios 2008 Night One
Details Coming Soon…

3/1/2008 at the New Alhambra Arena in Philadelphia, PA: King Of Trios 2008 Night Two
Details Coming Soon…

3/2/2008 at the New Alhambra Arena in Philadelphia, PA: King Of Trios 2008 Night Three
Details Coming Soon…

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
1/5/2008 in Van Nuys, CA: All Star Weekend 6 Night One
1. Bryan Danielson © vs. CIMA for the PWG World Title (Best in the World vs. Best in LA)
2. Super Dragon vs. Susumu Yokosuka
3. Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs vs. Joey Ryan and Scott Lost
4. Alex Koslov vs. TJ Perkins
5. Jack Evans vs. Roderick Strong
6. Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino vs. The Young Bucks
7. Karl Anderson vs. El Generico
8. Ronin vs. Scorpio Sky
9. Claudio Castagnoli, Eddie Kingston and Human Tornado vs. Chris Hero, Necro Butcher, and… Candice LaRae

1/6/2008 in Van Nuys, CA: All Star Weekend 6 Night Two
1. Bryan Danielson vs. Roderick Strong (If Danielson is still champion, this will be a PWG World Title Match)
2. CIMA vs. Jack Evans (If CIMA wins the PWG World Title on Night One, this will be a PWG World Title Match)
3. Taro vs. Super Dragon
4. Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs vs. The Young Bucks
5. El Generico vs. Susumu Yokosuka
6. If Human Tornado’s Team Wins Night 1, it will be Human Tornado vs. Candice LaRae where Hero and Necro are barred from ringside. If Chris Hero’s Team wins, there will be a No DQ match between Chris Hero and Human Tornado where Kingston and Castagnoli are barred from ringside.
7. Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino vs. Scott Lost and Joey Ryan
8. Karl Anderson vs. Alex Koslov

1/26/2008… Location and Show Name Unknown
Details Coming Soon…

Around the World…

CZW on 1/12/2008 in Philadelphia, PA
1. Greg Excellent and Beef Wellington vs. Stupefied and Player Uno
2. Whacks vs. DJ Hyde
3. Lufisto vs. Mickie Knuckles
4. Ruckus vs. Drake Younger
5. Joker vs. Brain Damage
6. Nick Gage vs. Danny Havoc

UWA Hardcore Wrestling on 1/18/2008 in Toronto, Ontario
1. Ruckus vs. Josh Prohibition
2. Sabian and Joker vs. Cheech and Cloudy
3.Delirious vs. Tyler Black
4. The Flatliners vs. Ring Crew Express
5. Ricky Reyes vs. Arik Cannon

International Wrestling Cartel on 1/19/2008 in Elizabeth, PA: A New Beginning 2008
1. The Sandman © vs. Dennis Gregory
2. John McChesney© vs. Larry Sweeney
3. BabyFace Fire© vs. The Burning River Brigade
4. Super Hentai vs. Ruckus
5. Troy Lords vs. Delirious

Full Impact Pro on 2/16/2008 in Crystal River, FL: Redefined
Details To Come

IWA Mid South on 3/1/2008 in Joilet, IL: The 500th Show
1. Eddie Kingston © vs. Too Cold Scorpio
2. LuFisto and Mickie Knuckles vs. Vulgar Display of Power
3. Drake Younger vs. Roderick Strong vs. Michael Elign vs. Viking
4. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Jack Thriller

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