Archive | June, 2013

I’ve Got My F.I.S.T., I’ve Got My Plan, I’ve Got Survivalism

10 Jun

year zero

By now, readers of The Mandible Claw are well aware of how Chikara’s Anniversario iPPV ended last week. Condor Security swarmed the ring, ended the main event and on Wink’s orders, tore down the set itself: the entrance on stage, the curtain, barricades. Condor then started shouting at the audience and entering the crowd. When they got to the balcony, the security guards began barking “no pictures” and marched us all out of the Trocadero. When it really got surreal and exhilarating was when we all went down the stairs, only to see a barren lobby. Just 90 minutes earlier at intermission, the lobby had been full of t-shirts and DVDs and even Icarus’ skeevy “great x 10” photo for sale. Now those tables were completely empty. Continue reading


Chikara – A Love Letter

5 Jun


“Not like this.”

Jenna Antonelli said that to me as we stood on Arch Street in front of the Trocadero Theatre last Sunday, still reeling from what we had just witnessed. Sitting here, staring at a blank Word document, waiting for the right words to come, those are the only words still ringing in my ears. We knew it was going to happen, but…not like this.  Continue reading

Aniversario: Never Compromise – Photos from the End of the World

4 Jun


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Condor Security Ends Aniversario: Never Compromise

3 Jun

Not even in the face of Armageddon…