Pro Wrestling: CHIKARA returns to Chicago
BY JESSI VIRTUSIO Sun-Times Media November 10, 2012 10:12AM
Marshe Rockett along with Da Soul Touchaz will compete for the first time against the Batiri at CHIKARA's Zelda the Great show in Chicago.
CHIKARA PRESENTS ZELDA THE GREAT
◆ 7:30 p.m. (7 p.m. doors) Nov. 10
◆ Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie
◆ Tickets, $25
◆ (215) 839-8096;
Updated: December 11, 2012 6:06AM
When it comes to colorful characters, comedic fun and crazy skills, CHIKARA fits the bill.
The Philadelphia-based pro wrestling promotion will be back in Chicago Nov. 10 for Zelda the Great at the Logan Square Auditorium.
The show will include Da Soul Touchaz (“Mr. M80” Marshe Rockett, of Park Forest; “Hot Chocolate” Acid Jaz and “The Urban American Dream” Willie “Da Bomb” Richardson) squaring off against the Batiri (Kobald, Kodama and Obariyon) for the first time.
“From what I’ve heard, the Batiri is quite the force to be reckoned with on the East Coast,” Rockett said.
“We’re going to see if they can handle Da Soul Touchaz. It’s going to be very interesting to say the least.”
Also, CHIKARA co-founder Mike Quackenbush will face Deerfield native Colt Cabana, who now lives in Chicago’s Wicker Park community.
“CHIKARA is one of the best wrestling promotions in the world. They don’t come to Chicago that often so it’s a fun, rare treat when then do,” Cabana said.
“Mike and I represent a rarity in the world of wrestling in which we both love the idea of great scientific hold-for-hold wrestling and the acknowledgment of having a fun time while in the ring. Those two elements always make for a fun, entertaining and memorable match.”
Rockett, who is a teacher’s assistant in special education at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, said it’s rewarding when Da Soul Touchaz get the call to be part of a CHIKARA card.
“A lot of times they try to book us on their East Coast shows, but obviously booking schedules and work schedules (mean it) can’t always happen,” he said.
“It’s nice to know that when they do come to town, Da Soul Touchaz are always the first ones they give a ring to be part of a huge opportunity for Chicago. It’s a great opportunity all the way around.
“Each one of us feels very confident and very fortunate that we do get a call.”
As followers of the local scene know, Rockett is no stranger to wrestling.
He’s been Chicago Style Wrestling heavyweight champion since January and champion of Wisconsin-based Stars & Stripes Wrestling since June.
Rockett also regularly wrestles for Resistance Pro, DREAMWAVE Wrestling and Gladiadores Aztecas y Lucha Libre Internacional.
The latter promotion also features Acid Jaz as the longtime GALLI champion and Rockett and Richardson as the new GALLI tag-team champions.
Rockett had nothing but high praise for the promotion he’ll be wrestling for on Nov. 10.
“CHIKARA is one of those premier wrestling organizations that until you see it live you just don’t know,” he said.
“But when you see it live you’re just blown away. You have to go and buy another ticket because you want to see it again and again.
“CHIKARA is onto something big. They’re the type of company where you don’t want to miss that.
“The last time they were in Chicago, they blew the roof off the place from the bottom of the card to the top of the card. It was just explosive. The crowd loved it.
“Come this Saturday, they’ll be in for a treat. Even if I wasn’t wrestling on the show, I would go because I wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.”
◆ Watch for a Pro Wrestling Extra article at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment with more from Marshe Rockett including what it was like to appear on a segment of WWE’s “Raw.”
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