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CHIKARA (sometimes referred to as CHIKARA Pro) is an Americanmarker professional wrestling promotion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker. 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, Pennsylvaniamarker 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. In 2005, Jorge "Skayde" Rivera joined as the third trainer. In March 2005, the school moved from Allentown to the New Alhambra Arenamarker, 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.

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

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.

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

The Osirian Portal

September 13, 2009 Nashua, NHmarker
Young Lions Cup Player Dos Colin Delaney August 14, 2009 Philadelphia, PAmarker


The Chikara roster of 2005



Stables and Tag Teams

  • Cheech Hernandez and KC Day / Cloudy
  • 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 Sanchez, and ???)
  • 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, Lince Dorado 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 Roughnecks (Brodie Lee and Eddie Kingston)
  • 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–present)
  • Cavalier Jones – Member of the CHIKARA Board of Directors (2004)
  • Ed O'Mac – Ring announcer (2006–2007)
  • Nick Papagiorgio – Ring announcer (2007–2008)
  • Louden Noxious – Ring announcer (2008–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.


  1. Chikara/CZW Wrestle Factory
  2. Chikara DVD

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