Wildman Academy preps students to hit the ropes
Students of the "Wildman" wrestling school will tag into the ring once they graduate in September
Professional wrestlers will go over the ropes and into the ring Thursday night for an ultimate showdown at the Halifax Forum, while a class of wrestlers-in-training take notes.
Pros like Lance Storm, Christopher Daniels and Titus will go head to head.
Students at Halifax’s only professional wrestling school have been training under the guidance of pro wrestlers like Gary “Wildman” Williams since May.
They won’t be in the ring Thursday night but their time will soon come.
In March, Williams founded the Wildman Academy Titans MMA, a boxing gym on Horseshoe Lake Drive. The school offers a five-month crash course in pro wrestling.
"It's theatrics, it's entertainment, you got be an athlete. There are so many aspects involved in pro wrestling,” said Williams.
“People think it's just a bunch of dumb guys bouncing off the ring but you really have to use your mind."
In September, six people will graduate from the Wildman Academy, ranging from military members to Dalhousie accounting student Jordan Comeau.
"I just always loved wrestling. I loved the story lines, I loved the physical attributes to it. It's just larger than life, really," he said.
Comeau says he doesn't have his "persona" quite yet.
"I think it's not for the faint of heart. The first two days, I'm not going to lie, you feel like giving up,” said Comeau. “Because it's just not natural to learn how to fall and how to do all the proper things you're supposed to do."
Tyler Burns is a writer and producer with the WrestleCentre, building up the entertainment factor for the big shows.
"I think it's because of the story. Because of the fact that if you miss a show, you're missing out on a huge chunk of story and character development."
Williams says something about the spectacle draws students to the ring.
"Yes I can teach it, but it's one of those things where you [have to] kind of experience it."
Fights begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Halifax Forum.