Inside The WWE’s Professional Wrestling Training School

The $2.5 million facility is described as a graduate school for the WWE’s next generation of talent and a training and rehabilitation center for its top-tier pro wrestlers, according to the Associated Press.

1. A brand new training school for the WWE, the Performance Center, opened in Orlando, Fla., in July.

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2. It’s where WWE fighters learn their moves.

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3. And stay in shape.

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4. And of course, craft their “wrestling persona.”

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5. The $2.5 million, 26,000-square-foot facility is WWE’s largest investment to date.

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6. It replaces an older facility located in Tampa that was a much smaller warehouse with no air conditioning.

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7. More than 75 aspiring wrestlers will train there, like Corey Graves, right. “Most kids grow up and at least at some point in their lives want to be a fireman or a cop. I’ve always wanted to be a pro wrestler since I was a little kid,” he said.

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8. According to the Associated Press:

Aspiring wrestlers currently in training range from former NFL players and Olympians to a former beauty pageant contestant. They signed contracts allowing them to work solely on becoming wrestlers … Those who succeed will advance to WWE’s “Raw” and “Smackdown” television broadcasts, as well as to pay-per-view shows, like “WrestleMania.”

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9. WWE’s senior vice president of talent and development Jane Geddes said, “The end goal is to be a star on TV. In order to do this job you have to be so committed to what you do.”

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10. Being committed means things practicing summersault-back-slams over and over until you get it down perfectly.

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11. The WWE was founded in 1952. It was previously known as the World Wrestling Federation, or WWF, but the organization changed its name following a 2000 lawsuit by the World Wide Fund for Nature. It generates a revenue of half a billion dollars annually.

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12. “Total Divas,” a program about female WWE wrestlers, is now airing on E!.

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13. Here’s video of the new facility.

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