These rumors have no basis what so ever and it shocks & amazes us that something like this could even be so fabricated. This all stems from an article that Monster Factory co-owner Danny Cage did with the college, Temple University for their newspaper. It was an innocent enough piece that discussed college athletes persuing a wrestling career after their graduatiom from Temple University & even covered such topics as the Monster Factory Birthday Parties! In no way during this interview did Danny Cage ever say the Monster Factory & WWE would be or have any talks in the process. Danny Cage merely states (as you will read below) that the Monster Factory loves what the WWE is doing with the Performance Center and states that they can’t train everyone who wants to be a wrestler at the WWE Performance Center and would hope the WWE would refer people to them.
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Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the Monster Factory offers a 50 percent discount on tuition and tryout fees until Jan. 1, 2014. Enrollment is $50, and tuition for wrestling training costs $3,000, while training for referee, management, promotion or announcement positions is $2,000.
Cage warns potential students about walking in and expecting the fantasy lifestyle purported through TV.
“Every bump you take is a mini car crash,” Cage said. “Check your attitude at the door. Wrestling is built on respect, especially nowadays. WWE will let someone go because of an attitude problem. Don’t come in with a preconceived notion of what you’re going to be. We get that all the time where guys come in and say, ‘My gimmick is going to be –.’ Listen, you don’t even know how to wrestle yet.”
While college athletes may have an easier time adapting to the squared circle, Cage said he believes physicality is only one part of grasping sports entertainment.
“It’s going to be hard work and it’s going to be unlike anything you’ve ever done,” Cage said. “It trains your mind, body, everything. You have to be an athlete, actor and public speaker. If you’re a football or basketball player, you can make a living as long as you play well. If you’re a wrestler, you can’t make a living unless you can also act, look the part and cut a good promo.”
As WWE encourages aspiring grapplers to train in its new Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., Cage said Monster Factory enrollment won’t be hindered.
“I love what they’re doing with the Performance Center,” Cage said. “When Gerald Brisco came to our place, he suggested we discuss with Triple H and check the center out. We run a very similar program to WWE developmental because they’re also looking for the basics rather than the high spots. But there are only so many people they can train at once, and people can’t always move to Florida to train. It would be great if they sent people over to us to check out. I can’t ever see there being a problem with us finding students because it’s for the better of the business.”
Despite the seven rings, strength and conditioning program, and video editing and production facilities, there is one thing WWE’s Performance Center lacks: birthday parties.
“The Monster Factory gives these kids a memorable birthday party,” Cage said. “They get in the ring, we show them how to closeline or whip a wrestler into the ropes, we’ll bump for them and they get to pin the wrestlers. The wrestlers also put on a match, we order pizza, it’s like an hour and a half and it’s a blast.”
While Sharpe and Cage deserve credit for shaping rosters for three decades, I admire their efforts in allowing young wrestling fans to live out their dreams for just a few minutes, to capture that innocence before we realized the often heartbreaking reality of our predetermined sport.
Breaking adults into the business and fostering children’s imaginations. The Monster Factory sure sounds like a magical place.
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So to set the record straight: The Monster Factory & WWE do not & have not spoken of any agreements to work together. Thank you very much. Any questions feel free to contact Danny Cage himself through our company email. MonsterFactoryTV@gmail.com