Posted on 5/07/122 by Mike Fraschilla
This summer, I am making a documentary interviewing and
putting together stories about the World Famous Monster
Factory. If you or anyone you know trained there and would
like to contribute, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be an independent project on a minimalist budget
and crowdfunding information will be out by May 15th, 2022
with tiered benefits for those who help support it.
Monster Factory: A Legacy of Construction and Destruction
If you are reading this, I would put money that you like
wrestling. If you like wrestling, you have had that moment
in which you dreamed that you heard 1-2-3, the crowd roars,
and the referee hands you a giant belt and the place goes
crazy. On my show, The Wrestling Independent, one of my
usual questions is asking what that moment was. Everyone
asks it. But, if you are like the majority of wrestling
fans, something stopped you.
Have you ever wondered what happens if you do take that
Last night, May 5, 2022, I was able to see two things that
only the initiated typically get to see:
1 - Someone getting the courage to walk in and start a
journey that could change their lives
2 - The single most dangerous move in professional wrestling
I am going to be honest, I can't recall the names of
everyone that I have met at the Monster Factory. While there
are people I am familiar with: Gabby Ortiz (the OG TWI
Guest), Brian Morris, Marvelous, and a few others... Coach
Cage's classes seem to have upwards of two dozen students
attending. Why that many? Probably because of names like
Matt Riddle, Damian Priest, The Godfather, Raven, Paul
Wight, Bam Bam Bigelow, and the dozens more who have become
legends in this business and the one thing in common is the
As I approached the building, only the second time that I
have been there, the front door was locked and a skinny kid
with a bush of curly hair was hanging around out front.
After a moment, he asked me where he goes to sign up, and I
helped him find the way around into the building. We have a
short conversation. He grew up in the neighborhood, his dad
used to bump into the legendary Larry Sharpe around the
neighborhood. He could just never shake it and decided that
today is the day where he finally makes his first step.
There's a nervousness that happens the first time you walk
into a wrestling school. You suddenly, whether you though
you were a big fan before, a realization that you know
actually nothing about what actually goes into wrestling.
You see people practice moves without the lights and a
cheering crowd. Every bad bump, you hear the wind getting
knocked out of them and you watch them slowly get up.
Suddenly, this abstract idea of being a wrestler and what it
takes become real. In the back of your mind the reality of
working out and eating right and the pain that you are going
to be in, because you see it plain as day on every single
person who tells you that they have been doing this for over
a year and it still hurts. It's the difference between
watching a UFC fight and standing still with your hands
behind your back and wait for a 225lb beast punch you in the
The second thing that I got to see is 'The Most Dangerous
Move in Wrestling'. Call it that. Hell, call it 'The Career
Ender.' There is one single solitary move that has ended
more careers than anything else. You may not know it... but
every single person who ever trained is screaming out the
The FIRST bump.
Before you read any further, no, the guy who I was talking
about as walking in the door with me is not the guy I am
talking about. Coach Cage doesn't even let you run certain
drills until you've trained long enough. Why am I putting
emphasis on the first bump? You've seen a match, wrestlers
bump dozens of times. Hell, they'll bump and pop back up.
The truth is, that first bump is your real initiation. That
is your cherry popper. You may not believe it, ask Coach
Cage, Lance Storm, HHH, QT Marshall, and I will name every
trainer worth their salt ever... and I would put money that
they can tell you if someone even has the chance to be
successful based on how they react to that FIRST bump.
Remember what I said about still being in pain? That's from
bumping. Ever hear of a career ending (or paused) Spinal
Stenosis? From bumping. Broken necks, concussions, even
death can be the result of a bad bump.
That first bump though. That is 15-30 years of being a fan
and dreaming about winning the gold. It is the courage that
you had in walking into the building for the first time.
It's the first true test that you have as a wrestler. It is
the point in which you finally realize that the dreams you
have will hurt. The matches that you had in your backyard or
living room was really nothing but fun. It hundreds of hours
spent watching and hundreds if not thousands spent on a
'hobby'. As I said, more people have quit because they can't
get over the shock of that first bump.
May 5, 2022 8:47 p.m.
'That was real good but we need to fix it.'
'I know, I needed to prove I could do it first.'
The Wrestling Independent is not affiliated with the Monster
Factory but this project is being done with the knowledge
and cooperation with the Monster Factory. Please email
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participate. For information about the Monster Factory,
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