UltraMantis Black - the maniacal insectoid overlord - is a name which is almost as synonymous with Chikara history as that of the founder Mike Quackenbush, being one of just 4 competitors - alongside the aforementioned Quackenbush, Icarus and Hallowicked - back in May of 2002.
Unfortunately, his stay of over 13 years in the promotion has come to an end today after he announced his retirement on Twitter, citing his leg injuries which kept him out of Chikara's three day 'King of trios' event this year.
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While he never achieved singles title success in Chikara, his biggest accomplishment being a 2012 King of Trios tournament win alongside Frightmare and Hallowicked, UltraMantis' career will be remembered for a lot more than title wins.
For almost 13 years now, he has been a huge part of one of the more entertaining federations in independent wrestling. Working a gimmick that you could only expect to see in Chikara, Mantis executed it to perfection, playing a huge part in a lot of the storylines for the last five to six years.
Soon after the news of his retirement broke, Twitter was flooded with lots of messages of thanks and support for Mantis from both fans and colleagues alike. These included fellow Chikara wrestler Dasher Hatfield, referee/commentator Bryce Remsburg and even WWE legend Mick Foley, with many using the hashtag #ThankYouMantis.
In terms of the future for UltraMantis Black, he may well choose to stick around in Chikara as a manager or a commentator - both roles he has been used in by the company before.
If he wants to stay involved in the business then this would be a good way for him to do so and a good way for Chikara to keep one of their most recognisable performers involved in the company that he made his name in.
Whatever the future may hold for Mantis, I would like to wish him the best of luck and to thank him for the many years of great entertainment he provided to myself and many wrestling hands across the globe.
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