Episode 153: Mike Quackenbush on High-Spot Pornography and the Joy of Wrestling

Episode 153

25th July 2019

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Mike Quackenbush. He’s best known as the founder of the Philadelphia-based promotion Chikara. He’s also a reputable trainer in the industry, working with well-known names like Drew Gulak and Aleister Black. He shares details about his latest project and his salient thoughts on current wrestling landscape.

Episode notes

This week, Hal Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Mike Quackenbush. He’s the head of the Philadelphia-based promotion Chikara. In just a few months, Chikara will be host to the largest pro-wrestling tournament in the world: King of Trios. Mike will tell us about which teams he’s excited to see.

Mike is also known as a reputable trainer in the wrestling business. He’s worked with tons of well-known stars like Drew Gulak and Aleister Black. Even though he’s still a busy guy, he says that going to the performance center is his equivalent of Christmas. He’ll explain why.

Plus, his thoughts on All Elite Wrestling, how the modern landscape of wrestling is shifting so much and why he believes in balancing quality story-telling with high-spot pornography.

Mike Quackenbush’s newest project is the YouTubeTil We Make It where he tries to give potential wrestlers (and even fans) a look at the best practices and etiquette to begin your professional career.

The Three Count

Mike put over Drake Maverick’s performance with the 24/7 Title.

Danielle put over Stokely Hathaway at the performance center with Josiah Williams.

Lindsey put over the G1 Climax.

Hal put over the future of pro-wrestling MJF.

Hosted by Hal Lublin Danielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk and Mike Quackenbush

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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  • Mike Quackenbush

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Tights and Fights is the podcast that covers pro-wrestling with the sincerity and hilarity that it deserves. Every week, hosts Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk make sense of the chaos that is the world of sports-entertainment. Whether it’s the latest headlines, a cultural analysis of an old angle or a debate about which wrestler has the best merch, Tights and Fights will examine every corner of the squared-circle for your enjoyment.

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