May 25, 2002 was a day I will never forget. A day that changed my life. As a 19-year-old college freshman,
my life lacked a certain purpose or direction. I had channeled my lifelong pro-wrestling obsession
into training to be a referee, but I still had my doubts. On this day, CHIKARA presented its first live event,
and my doubts evaporated. Even though I was just the ring announcer, I knew that this was something I loved.
The thrill of being a part of live entertainment, meeting friends that have become my family, all this shaped
my life and the person I am now.
On November 13, 2011, just 9-1/2 years later, that life and this organization that I love take the next step.
A step I truly believe it is ready for as a company. I have watched this "little engine that could" grow from
paying audiences of only 13 to traveling across the United States, to shipping DVD's worldwide. We have become a
legitimate force in the pro-wrestling world, and this Sunday, we show that world who we are. Live, for the first
Without exaggeration, our main event is 10 years in the making. In this digital age of 140 characters,
10 second YouTube clips, and short attention span theater, that is a remarkable accomplishment. CHIKARA has
identified itself without a Grand Champion, without that unequivocal "face of the company" for too long.
That all changes at "High Noon" in Philly.
Quackenbush vs. Kingston. The patriarch against the prized pupil. I remember the day I wandered into an awful
neighborhood in Philadelphia to get a copy of "Headquarters" signed by Mike. I remember the day Eddie walked
into the Wrestle Factory, traveling with him and sleeping in cars with him. I have been privileged to watch these
two careers flourish from inside the ring for over nine years. Now, I can think of no bigger privilege than being in
the ring with them Sunday, as our brother Alex watches from above.
Not to mention all the active CHIKARA originals in action. Not to mention world class talents such as El Generico,
The Young Bucks and Colt Cabana helping us out. Not to mention Tommy Dreamer in Eddie's corner.
Tommy himself has said that CHIKARA embodies the spirit of ECW, so its fitting this all transpires in the house
they built. In fact, at the risk of sounding corny, it brings to mind a famous quote from Paul Heyman,
from Beyond The Mat.
"This is the dance."
On Sunday, the CHIKARA family is bringing its dancing shoes.