Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chikara Announces Its Own School Show

Kimber Lee will be at Chikara's first show from the new Wrestle Factory
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
Beyond Wrestling started the craze with its secret shows around various wrestling schools, most notably the NEFW Academy and now the RWA Chop Shop. Then, Combat Zone Wrestling hopped on the train with its now-weekly Dojo Wars series, where you can head over to the CZW Dojo and watch five matches for $5 every Wednesday. Now, Chikara has scheduled a show to christen the new location of the Wrestle Factory, which had been located off-and-on at the ECW Arena until now. May 23, which is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and one day before Aniversario in Easton, Chikara heads Back to Skull at the new Wrestle Factory location at 4311 Wingate Street in Philadelphia, PA.

The new address is located in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia, one I know particularly well, as I used to have family living in the area. It's also pretty close to some of the best eats in Northeast Philadelphia, including Sweet Lucy's barbecue, Las Margaritas Mexican restaurant, and Blue Duck Sandwich Co. Don't lollygag on buying tickets, because only a limited amount will be available, and seating is first come, first serve. However, if the facility is anything like the CZW Dojo, you won't be able to find a bad seat in the joint. The event starts at 7 PM local time.

Only one match has been announced so far, but it should be a dandy. Princess Kimber Lee will take on Juan Francisco de Coronado in singles battle. Lee is no stranger to intimate settings, as she's a veteran of both Beyond Wrestling and Women's Superstars Uncensored secret shows. Coronado will be a stiff test, but they should mesh well together and provide a spectacular contest in the confines.

The events at the Factory start actually earlier in the day for those who want to be prospective wrestlers. Chikara has announced a special Scholarship Challenge for those who want to be wrestlers but who have no prior pro wrestling experience. If you want to be among the 36 people to vie for a free scholarship to the Wrestle Factory, you must pay $50 to gain entry and show up at the venue at 1 PM local time sharp. One of the 36 will be selected to train to be a wrestler for absolutely free. It's one heck of an opportunity, and given the caliber of wrestlers who have graduated from the Factory in years past, you know you'll be getting a great wrestling education.