Just curious if anyone is also into Indie Wrestling...
I love Chikara. However, it always seems like it is at a buddy's place or old youtube clips... Does anyone keep current with it? How do you keep current with it and watch it on your tv? I love Kimber Lee and she is one of the best wrestlers going right now and totally want to watch her current matches...
Also, Lucha Underground... Wondering if I jump into season 2 or go back and start with season 01... what say you nerds?
I jumped into Lucha with season two never having seen season one and absolutely love it. It's not the best wrestling, but everything else about it is hot fire. They do a great job of setting it up again so you'll be all caught up.
I hear a lot about chikara but I still haven't checked it out, how do I do that?
PS: I'm not saying the wrestling is bad in Lucha, but they're all clearly not on the same level that all wwe wrestlers are, I imagine some of them just need practice in the same vein that NXT probably is (there was a snake lady that was kind of rough to see wrestle). With that said, some are as good if not better than what I've seen on wwe (in my limited knowledge)!
My biggest obstacle to watching the indies has always been geography. Promotions don't come through here often at all, and it's rare for an indie company to have a streaming service. I'm going to drop a bunch of wrestling listings below, but I wanted to address both of you guys directly first. Kimber Lee is awesome- and just really nice personally with fans and such. Chikara has a streaming service that usually has about a 1 year lag on its streaming library. But Chikara and most indies have downloadable matches and shows at Smart Mark Video ( smartmarkvideo.com ). It's very expensive to stay current, so I usually settle in with some of the streaming services for a few months to catch up and rotate between them. Chikara's streaming service (link in section below) offers a 7 day trial service in case you want to check it out and see what matches they have of hers. Lucha Underground just made Seasons 1 & 2 available on iTunes. Due to limited availability of the El Rey network, it sounds like they're going to try and post new episodes there regularly.
Here's a list of network availability and streaming for shows in case anyone wants to use it as a reference:
Ring of Honor (ROH) Most recent episodes posted: www.rohwrestling.com/tv/current Broadcasts vary by time/day/channel www.rohwrestling.com/content/ROHTVListings TNA PopTV Tuesdays at 9P WWE WWE Network is $9.99 They have a very good back catalog, but they haven't come close to opening their vault with libraries of other wrestling promotions. Every PPV is live-streamed through the network and part of their on-demand library. RAW/Smackdown USA Network Mon/Tues 8-11 Main Event/Superstars Hulu NXT Hulu/WWE Network Wed 8-9P Lucha Underground El Rey Network Wed 8P (El Rey posts weekly matches to their Youtube channel here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCaVwpbqM8dkhQvbL8XileAA ) Chikara Chikara's streaming network is called "Chikaratopia". It launched before WWE's network and clearly doesn't have the budget or programming staff that WWE does, but it's a great way to dip into matches from 10 years or 10 months ago. If you want to see wrestlers hit their head on a low ceiling, start with the early 2000s. Their streaming service has a "7 days free trial" offer here: chikarapro.com/chikaratopia-subscriptions New Japan (NJPW) New Japan has a streaming network for 999 Yen. ...I have no idea how to navigate their webpage because it's in Japanese and Google's translation is super spotty. Check it out here: njpwworld.com/
For other means of watching wrestling- First, let me say that I do not support pirating of indie matches. They work on shoestring budgets and deserve to get paid. However, I recognize that it's difficult to see wrestling at all due to network restrictions (-I never heard of El Rey before and not everyone has PopTV) AND that reposted matches can make people avid fans/supporters of the product. So here's two things- Follow @senorlariato on Twitter. He posts matches & wrestling moments in GIF form. It's a blast. But this website posts streams to things that might help you see if a wrestling promotion is right for you. If you watch something and like it, do check out Smart Mark to see if you can pay for it legitimately: watchwrestling.to/video/watch-njpw-wrestle-kingdom-9-2015/
For Chikara - I saw the Smark Video links and saw the subscription video, plus I know you can purchase the DVDs. Did not know the way that most fans consume if it is match by match with those downloads or the subscription services are the way to go. Maybe it just like comics and depends how you like to consume as well.
For Lucha - Sounds like I can jump in into Season 2 which is not a huge financial barrier so that works.
I am laid up for the next couple of days and it is painful to laugh so I have to consume some alternate media.