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CHIKARA SHUTTING DOWN

By Mike Johnson on 2020-06-24 18:00:00

PWInsider.com has been told in the wake of allegations against CHIKARA and owner Mike Quackenbush, an announcement is forthcoming that the promotion is shutting down.

We are told by multiple sources that Quackenbush will also announce he is resigning at the head trainer of the WrestleFactory wrestling academy in Philadelphia, PA.

CHIKARA was founded by Quackenbush in 2002 in Pennsylvania, eventually running all over the Eastern seaboard and internationally in Great Britain.  It held working relationships with numerous international promotions and brought in a slew of unique international stars from Japan, Mexico, Great Britain and beyond over the years, including lots of joshi puroresu talents.  It's flagship weekend was the King of Trios, a multi-day six-person tag team tournament.

There were numerous allegations made overnight, describing alleged systematic abuse towards female trainees and staffers.  You can find those accounts at this link.  We are told in the wake of the allegations, Quackenbush held numerous meetings with Zoom overnight and this afternoon with talents and staff.

CHIKARA regulars Hallowicked, Jacob Hammermeier and Kimber Lee earlier announced they were done with the company.  Numerous other talents are distancing themselves from the company publicly as well:

 

This is a developing story and we will update accordingly.

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