The jury may still be out on whether the reopening of schools during the pandemic will prove to be a disaster of epic proportions. However, for America's most essential sport, pro wrestling, operating during the pandemic, is business as usual. And so, in September, Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall will open their new wrestling school, The Nightmare Factory, for a series of 25-person wrestling training camps starting every three months. A press release announced the news on Thursday.
Nightmare Factory, the premium training facility owned and operated by AEW's Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall, today announced its new development camp to propel the next generation of professional wrestling talent.
Starting on Monday, Sept. 21, the inaugural class of 25 aspiring male and female wrestlers will experience the unparalleled three-month curriculum at the world-class Nightmare Factory facility in Norcross, Ga. The premium Nightmare Factory facility, which encompasses 43,000 square feet, includes four wrestling rings and a complete Olympic style weight room. AEW filmed several closed-set DYNAMITE shows at the Nightmare Factory earlier this year.
The Nightmare factory, according to the press release, aims to be more than just an ordinary wrestling school. The school purports to teach lessons "never before presented in a wrestling school."
Designed by head trainers Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall, the rolling curriculum incorporates programming never before presented in a wrestling school. In addition to customized workouts and fitness regimes, students will engage with prominent nutrition counselor Carolyn Fazio to develop meal plans, and participate in exclusive seminars on topics such as HD makeup, the history of American wrestling and "Wrestlenomics," an in-depth look at the past and present of the wrestling economy.
Aspiring wrestlers can apply for the first Nightmare Factory camp at www.NightmareFactoryGa.com. Camps are limited to 25 athletes and open to men and women of any level of wrestling experience. New camp sessions will begin every three months. The opening camp commences on Sept. 21, followed by the second session in early January 2021.
"I've had the best trainers throughout my career, and now I feel a responsibility to pass on the fundamentals and traditions of our sport and entertainment medium to aspiring wrestlers," said Cody Rhodes in the press release. "What I love the most about the Nightmare Factory is its push towards the future and innovation, as well as its focus on the history of wrestling and how it has shaped our current business climate."
In order to enter the facility, students will need to pass a COVID-19 test, just like performing at AEW shows. Co-founder QT Marshall, in fact, has been absent from recent episodes of AEW Dynamite after testing positive for the virus. Head to the website to learn more about the Nightmare Factory.