Blog: Solo Darling (2.1.17)
How sweet it is! Waking to find some snow on the ground, my fellow furry creatures surrounding me in our wondrous winter fort, thinking of what lies ahead while enjoying a cup of hot tea with lemon and a lot of honey - nature’s finest candy. We're just days away from National Pro Wrestling Day 2017, the perfect day to show the world the positive power of pro-wrestling. Even though I'm not on active duty this Saturday, I know someone that is. So while this space is often reserved for someone to hype up their own match, I have something else on my mind, CHIKARMY.
At National Pro Wrestling Day 2016, I made my CHIKARA debut. It meant a lot to me at the time, and it means even more, looking back on that match with Heidi now. I was nervous, and maybe on that day Heidi was the better wrestler, but I wouldn't trade that experience and memory for all the blue Sour Patch Kids in the world. This morning, I saw the little video you tweeted out, Travis. I can hear the excitement and the nervousness in your voice. Being in the Young Lions Cup tournament IS very exciting, and I'm excited for you. But you don't have to be nervous. You have the heart of a lion inside you.
I've heard you say that you aren't the world's best referee. Well, there's a few reasons why you traded that blue polo shirt for a pair of knee pads. You've called enough matches, now it's time you start WINNING some matches, bro. It's time for people to find out what Travis Huckabee can do. Yeah, the field is loaded with talented people this year! There's no denying that, but you earned your place among them.
This Saturday, show them you have the heart of a lion beating inside you. Don't let your nerves get the better of you out there. I'm rooting for you, buddy.
Blog: Cajun Crawdad (1.27.17)
It’s a warm October afternoon. I’m sitting on my front porch rocking in my chair, and listening to the sounds of the marsh. Dragonflies are buzzing about, frogs are chirping to one another and you can almost hear the faint sighs of the crocodiles. With a cool glass of lemonade, I am basking in the setting, and everything just feels perfect with the world. Except...it's not. There is a sharp pain coming from my knee. The pain pills the doctor prescribed me are wearing off and I’m going to have to get up and take more so that this terrible aching will subside for a bit longer.
Y'see, last year I tore my ACL after only just two matches at CHIKARA. I was devastated. I worked so hard and so long and it all came crashing down in an instant. The year that I could have been a part of, unfurled in front of me, and I just had to sit back and watch. During my recovery time, the thing that bothered me the most was missing out on being apart of the Young Lions Cup. It was going to be my stage to showcase all of my skills and prove to the world that I was going to be a force to be reckoned with. It killed me to have to sit on the sidelines. That’s why I fought back and recovered from my career-threatening injury.
This year, I’m going to be the force to be reckoned with. I didn't get my chance in 2016, so I'm putting the pinch on 2017. I was the first competitor to apply for the Young Lions Cup XIII, and I’m not leaving without that prized cup that so many greats have held. I will show the world what I can do on February 4th at the Wrestle Factory. I won’t let any more time be stolen from me. All the other competitors better be on notice that I’m coming...and I’m coming with salt.
Y'see when I travel back to my porch and I sit there with my lemonade and I listen to the sounds of the bayou...I'll be basking in more than just sunlight. I'll be admiring my reflection in that perfect, golden cup.
Blog: Sylverhawk (1.24.17)
As I sit at my Hewlett-Packard computer, I look to the future with excitement. I, Sylverhawk, will be stepping into the ring with 15 other competitors to compete for the Young Lions Cup on February 4th in Philadelphia. This tournament is truly a milestone and has been the launching pad for so many wrestlers. It has taken unknowns, similar to myself, and propelled them directly into the spotlight. I can only hope that a victory may allow me to take flight in my CHIKARA career, perhaps even launching me to the heights of past YLC winners like Fire Ant, Heidi Lovelace, or Hallowicked.
Winning the Young Lions Cup will not be an easy task. There will be combatants in this tournament who are incredibly quick, incredibly strong, and otherwise incredibly unique. In fact, I hear there is even a Space Monkey, whose brain I plan to pick regarding interstellar transportation. However, none of these competitors possess the skill set I do, nor have they prepared as thoroughly as I have. I am meticulously researching the other competitors in the tournament by studying all their available matches on VHS. I have also simulated matches through hours of video game play, using create-a-wrestler simulacra.
There's no telling if I will face tecnicos or rudos in the tournament, but it doesn't matter, ultimately. National Pro Wrestling Day will provide me with a rare chance. When opportunity pages, you better call it right back. I have seen the future, and it gleams...like a rainbow in the night. I can only hope that the CHIKARMY is prepared to get a glimpse of what the new millennium has in store. #CAWCAW