Thursday, July 12, 2018

Class is in session


Courtesy: Chad Flowers


By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

When Stride Pro Wrestling made its debut in March 2016, part of the plan was to not only showcase the great already established indy talent from around the region like Heath Hatton, Tony Flood, Ax Allwardt and Farmer Billy Hills but to also be a training ground for developing the next generation. The veterans of Stride helped create that new generation when Hatton and others on the roster began working with men and women interested in becoming a pro wrestler. 

Courtesy: Chad Flowers
Interest is always high when it comes to wanting to learn the ropes. (Pun intended.) But when the time for talk ends and action has to start, the story often changes. However, there have been a handful of men to come through the Stride school and become a regular part of the Stride roster. I'm going to list them here and if I forgot someone, please call me out on it...

Red Daniels (RIP)
Frank Dillon
Dexter Roswell
Scott Phoenix
Brian Richards
Nathan Brag
Aaron Edwards
Shane Lauder
Ryzer
CJ Jordan 

Courtesy: Chad Flowers
Some of these guys have since left Stride, but most are still wrestling not only on Stride shows but for other companies around the region. Many are still coming back each week and either continuing with their training or helping to pave the way for a new class of indy wrestlers. 



Honestly, if I was 20 years younger, I'd be up at the Illinois Star Centre Mall twice a week going through this training. Hatton and his crew are the best in the region, hands down. His experience in WWE, OVW and on international shows coupled with his passion for the business puts the Stride school in a completely different league. If you just want to check it out and learn more that's an option too. Head to Stride Pro Wrestling's Facebook page and send a message for pricing details and times. 

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