Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chikara: Mike Quackenbush

Mike Quackenbush & his 6 belts
By Chad Smart
@chadsmart on Twitter

This is going to be shorter than I wanted. A head cold has been feeling like Eddie Kingston just hit me with Backfist to the Future. But I wanted to give somewhat equal time to the other half of the High Noon main event.

Yesterday, I briefly talked about Eddie Kingston as I looked at the main event of Chikara’s High Noon Internet Pay Per View. Today, we shift focus and look across the ring to Kingston’s opponent in his quest to become the first Grand Champion, “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush.
Without Quack there would be no Chikara. Mike founded the Wrestle Factory training school in early 2002. A few months later the first Chikara show was held with a main event of the Black T-Shirt Squad (Quack, Reckless Youth, Don Montoya) vs. the Gold Bond Mafia (CM Punk, Colt Cabana, Chris Hero). Over the last ten years Quackenbush has built Chikara into a promotion that epitomizes everything that made me a wrestling fan as a kid.

In addition to the moniker “Lightning,” Mike is also known as the “Man of 1,000 Holds.” Mike is a technical master of various wrestling holds and counter-holds. The pure wrestling wizardry will make for an interesting match up with Eddie Kingston who is more of a brawler. Can Quack avoid the hard strikes Kingston will be unleashing long enough to take him to the mat and possibly get King to tap?

Quack has wrestled all over the world, winning titles in various promotions. In 2007 he won the IWA: MidSouth Ted Petty Invitational Tournament. I believe it was during this tournament while attempting a dive to outside the ring; Mike’s feet caught the middle rope leading to a headfirst landing on the arena floor.  That landing is one of the scariest things I’ve seen during a wrestling match. 

While I’m pulling for Kingston to win the match, by no means would I be upset to see Quack pull out the win. There are just as many logical feuds that would produce highly entertaining matches if Quack wins as there are for a Kingston title match. 

Compared to the other two PPV main events this month, High Noon’s main event has more emotion and will most likely be the best match.  Plus, it should be a straight up match with very little sports entertainment factored into it. To give you a glimpse of “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush here is the promo video Chikara released as part of the hype for High Noon.

High Noon is this Sunday. You can order the show by clicking on this link.  All the cool kids will be talking about it on Monday. You do want to be cool, don’t you?

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