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Between 1994 and 2013, Mike Quackenbush wrestled thousands of matches all over the globe, extensively traveling the United States, and appearing in Mexico, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Holland, and other countries. Sadly, he never made it to Greenland.

In his active career, Mike captured 34 championships, at least one in every weight class, and earned numerous tournament accolades, most notably winning the inaugural King of Trios. From Jushin Liger to Johnny Saint, from Manami Toyota to Eddie Guerrero, he’s had the chance to share the ring with virtually every wrestler that inspired him, and even came out of retirement in the spring of 2016 for the chance to wrestle British mat master Johnny Kidd. Their bout, before a sold-out crowd in Manchester, England, ended in a draw.

Mike innovated dozens of moves and holds over the years, some of which, like the Quackendriver and the Lightning Lock, are synonymous with him. He is largely responsible for bringing the nuanced dialect of Mexican lucha libre called “llave style” to American audiences, and helped repopularize the clean, classy and clever British style of wrestling made famous by the World of Sport television program some 40 years ago. His deep knowledge of the art form is evident in the way he commentates matches; Mike now serves behind the microphone for CHIKARA events, in addition to his duties as the Director of Fun.

As co-founder of CHIKARA’s Wrestle Factory, training aspiring professional wrestlers has been part of Mike’s weekly workload since 2002. He’s served as Head Trainer ever since the departure of co-founder Tom Carter, at times overseeing a faculty made up of as many as six other instructors. While the majority of the classes he teaches take place within the walls of Philadelphia’s Wrestle Factory, he still travels the globe to present special focus clinics and seminars for pro-wrestlers of all ability levels.