For those of us who are fans of pro wrestling, we hear the jokes.
“How can you watch that crap? It’s just oiled-up men in bikini briefs.” or “Don’t you know it’s fake?” So on and so on. Time and time again you hear it until, to be perfectly honest, there are few things that you would rather be doing than to listen to it time and time again.
Usually we just stand there and take it like it’s no big deal. This is the life that we have chosen after all.
Do you want to know what the worst part is? The absolute thing that makes you wish you would die? It’s that you know it’s special, that it’s art. But the people you trust to defend the thing you love are morons, loud and obnoxious to the point where you wish that they would shut up some more.
Sometimes, just when you think it can’t happen, you get the guy who can speak for your sport. And today, after the jump, you get that guy. “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush is the patriarch of Chikara, one of the last truly innovative promotions that exist. Also he’s competed on 4 continents, wrestled some of the true legends of the sport, and trains the next generation of performers at his Wrestle Factory.
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