The most popular email question I get is about becoming a WWE Superstar. If you want to be successful in most careers, you have to go to school to learn your trade. Wrestling is no different. The ten schools that made this list have a few things in common. They have a track record of getting their students on TV. They are run by someone that knows about the sport. Most importantly, when you graduate from these schools, you are automatically on the radar of the talent scouts of the major wrestling companies. The list is in alphabetical order.
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This school, run by Scott D'Amore, is located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada which is right across the Canada/U.S.A. border from Detroit, Michigan. D'Amore is most famous for being the manager of Team Canada in TNA and a road agent for the company. Some of the wrestlers to graduate from this school include former TNA Champion Rhino, the Motor City Machineguns, and Petey Williams. The school was featured on an edition of the MTV show Made.
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There are hundreds of wrestling schools out there, but this one can make a claim no other wrestling school can. They are the only official developmental territory of the WWE. The school, located in Tampa, Florida, is run by Steve Keirn. Steve was one-half of the Fabulous Ones with Stan Lane and also wrestled as Skinner.
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This school is run by former NWA World Champion Dory Funk Jr. and is located in Ocala, Florida. Some of the wrestlers that have passed through this school during different parts of their training include Kurt Angle
, Edge, Lita, Mickie James, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Test, Christian Cage, Rhino, Mark Henry, Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels, Val Venis, A-Train, Paul London, Jumbo Tsuruta, Tendryu, and Ted DiBiase. Johnny Ace, the current head of talent for relations in the WWE, is listed as a beneficiary of the Dory Funk Method of Pro Wrestling along with Giant Baba, Antonio Inoki, and Ric Flair.
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Of all the schools on this list, no wrestler has a better in-ring resume than Harley Race. The best thing that can be said about the school is that legendary wrestling families have chosen this school for carrying on the family tradition. If this school is good enough for third generation wrestling dynasties like the Hennig and DiBiase
families, it should be good enough for you. The school is located in Eldon, Missouri.
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This school is run by WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz. Unlike anyone else in the WWE Hall of Fame, Johnny is more famous for creating wrestling legends than being a huge main event star. The alumnus of this school includes the Dudleys
, Tazz, Tommy Dreamer, Bill DeMott, and Matt Striker. The school is located inside of Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York.
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The Killer Kowalski wrestling school has been merged with Chaotic Wrestling
. The most famous wrestlers to come out of this school are Triple H
, Perry Saturn, and A-Train. The school is located in North Andover, MA.
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Located in Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio Valley Wrestling was a former developmental territory of the WWE. The wrestlers that passed through the doors at this school is a who's who in the wrestling business. John Cena
, Randy Orton, and Batista are just a few of the wrestlers that were trained here as their final step before entering the WWE. The school is run by Danny Davis, not the evil referee, but one-half of the Nightmares. In 2011, the school became the official training and developmental facility for TNA’s current and future stars.
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Ring of Honor is currently the number three promotion in the United States. Talent scouts from the WWE and TNA closely watch what they do and have not only signed their former champions but in the cases of CM Punk
and Samoa Joe they have made the champions in their own organizations. Ring of Honor has recently opened a wrestling school which is located in Bristol, Pennsylvania. The head trainer at the school is Ring of Honor star DELIRIOUS.
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This school was featured in a 1986 Sports Illustrated article
. The school, run by Larry Sharpe, has had an impressive list of wrestlers come out of it. Some of their bigger stars to graduate from the school are the Big Show, Bam Bam Bigelow
, Raven, D-Lo Brown, Balls Mahoney, Chris Candido, Sunny, Kama (The Godfather), King Kong Bundy, and Sonjay Dutt. The school is located in Bellmawr, New Jersey.
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Just the members of the Wild Samoan Family tree that passed through this school would be an impressive list, but the Anoa'i family has opened a wrestling school that has trained people outside of the family. Their most famous graduate is Batista
, a wrestler that was turned downed by the now-defunct WCW Power Plant. Other graduates that got their start here include Snitsky, Billy Kidman, and Chris Canyon. A few TNA stars that passed through the school later on in their development include Traci Brooks, Gail Kim, ODB, Velvet Sky, Homicide, Eric Young, and Jay Lethal. The school is located in Minneola, Florida.