As the #SpeakingOut movement continues to shine the light on abuse in pro wrestling, the latest promotion to come under fire is Chikara. This independent promotion saw many WWE stars frequent their shows over the years.
A woman on Twitter going by Wiggy shared an anonymous story about the company last night. The story details years of gaslighting and mistreatment as well as possible sexual abuse. While the story does not give names of those involved, many have begun pointing fingers at those in charge of the promotion.
This has led to several independent wrestlers severing ties with the company. This includes the Chikara original Hallowicked, as well as The Whisper, Lucas Calhoun, Jacob Hammermeier, and others.
Effective Immediatley I am resigning from CHIKARA and The Wrestle Factory. While I do not believe any of the allegations levied are against me personally, I can not in good conscience continue my association with the group.
— Hallowicked (@Go2SleepyHollow) June 24, 2020
Effective immediately I tender my resignation to Chikara. The Wrestle Factory Carolina Dojo will return to being The Carolina Wrestling Academy. I do not condone any actions by the Philadelphia school and will no longer be associated with the brand.
— COUNT KING WORLDSTAR (@jhammermeier) June 24, 2020
As of last night i can no longer in good conscience be involved with Chikara.
My heart goes out to all of the fans and fellow wrestlers who have been betrayed. It should have been better.
— Lucas Calhoun (@ThatOlJukeJoint) June 24, 2020
I can't emphasize how badly my heart hurts right now.
I've decided to separate myself from CHIKARA.
Please be understanding of others as they process and grieve. This is an especially trying time for all of the members of the family I made there.
— Joshua Wells • BLM • ACAB (@JoshuaWellsWF) June 24, 2020
and the predators it fostered. I feel wildly stupid for so blindly following everything that was always asked of me. I almost feel homeless. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know where to go. But I cannot go back to CHIKARA. I’m so unbelievably sorry to everyone that supported
— The Whisper 🏳️🌈 (@The__Whisper) June 24, 2020
The company announced the dismissal of one of their wrestlers named Kobald last week. Allegations of sexual abuse had come out about him specifically and the promotion was quick to get rid of him. Now, it is clear the abuse in the promotion goes far beyond just one person.
It is currently unclear whether the promotion will continue to operate after these stories have come to light.
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