Wednesday, July 22, 2015

From the Archives: The First Ever Encore in Professional Wrestling History

Jervis Cottonbelly was part of the first ever encore in wrestling's rich history
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
Pro wrestling is an art that dresses itself up like a sport. Many companies, I dare say most companies, try to adopt more of the "sport" ethic. I won't necessarily say Chikara eschews its sporting aspects completely. In fact, the way the promotion decides who gets shots at the Grand Championship and Los Campeonatos de Parejas is the most sporting thing one could find across the land. But it embraces the theatrical elements more than a lot of promotions do as well. Perhaps the best and most recent example happened at Sword of Destiny in Chicago.

The crowd chanted for one more match after the main event, and, well, the people got what they wanted. When you visit a town like the Windy City, where every event you have there sells out in short order, you need to have a special, sweet treat lined up, and what sweeter treat for a Chikara-loving crowd could be offered than a trios match featuring Los Ice Creams? The villainous dessert-based wrestlers teamed up with their way-too-kind cohort in Crown and Court, Jervis Cottonbelly, to take on the dastardly United Nations envoy of Juan Francisco de Coronado, The Proletariat Boar of Moldova, and Prakash Sabar. This match is the first ever encore in professional wrestling history. Enjoy.