Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Boo: Out of the Darkness

Darkness Crabtree
Courtesy: ChikaraPro on Photobucket
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents

When my co-blogger Chad introduced me to Chikara Pro several years ago, I wasn't overly interested in the product.  Fast forward to 2012 and picking up some hands on experience in the world of indie wrestling, I've come to appreciate Chikara and can say that I am a big fan of what they do.  Back when I first watched, "Sweet 'n Sour" Larry Sweeney was the biggest standout for obvious reasons.  But close behind him was Darkness Crabtree.

I can't exactly explain what it is about Darkness that I enjoy, but I find the character to be very entertaining.  He's the perfect representation of not taking wrestling too serious.  For those who aren't aware of Darkness Crabtree he's an elderly wrestler who has taken on all comers.  His slow saunter to the ring makes it seem like the Undertaker is speed walking.  His moves are slow and comical, but not in a Kevin Nash sort of way.  In short, Crabtree is awesome.

Matt Classic & Darkness Crabtree
Photo from
I do know who the man under the mask is, but for the sake of not ruining it for those who don't want to know,  I won't say.  However, you can pretty much find it anywhere online these days.  And that's the beauty of Chikara fans.  They (we) know who some of the characters are, but unlike fans of other companies they don't try to ruin the storyline with chanting names.  It's what we're currently seeing with the Mysterious and Handsome Stranger storyline right now.  It's great getting into a storyline or character without over analyzing things.

Anyway, back to Darkness, obviously he'll never be the Young Lions Cup champion as he's too old.  At this point, I don't see his Stone-Age Stunner putting Grand Champion Eddie Kingston down for the three count.  Perhaps he and Matt Classic compete for the Campeones de Parejas, but dare I say it Darkness Crabtree doesn't need a title to get over with me.  I hope to see him wrestle in person some day.  He wasn't on the shows I attend back in April, maybe he'll be wrestling Wrestlemania weekend.  I'm seriously crossing my fingers (and now having trouble typing) that he will be.

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