[ wrestling ]
For 11 years, Chikara has been putting its earnest mark on the professional-wrestling circuit. The 34 wrestlers on the homegrown company's roster still pull off half nelsons and acrobatic assaults on their paths to victory, just without the vulgar gruffness and half-nude women of WWE Raw. "We provide something for everyone," explains Wink Vavasseur, the circuit's "director of fun," "whether you're a little kid looking for colorful cartoon characters ... or you've been watching wrestling for decades." Chikara's ball-busting theatrics channel the camp of Mexican lucha libre while adopting the physicality of traditional American wrestling.