New pro wrestling training center launches in Raytown - KCTV5 News

New pro wrestling training center launches in Raytown

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Pro wrestling has long been popular in Kansas City, and some fans are now hoping to successfully launch a school to train future superstars.

Jordan "Smiley" Rogers and two others are opening Xtreme Wrestling Center in Raytown.

"Professional wrestling is theater on a stage," said Rogers, who is the school's general manager. "It's comedy and tragedy all right there."

Wrestling great Harley Race some years back opened a wrestling school in the Kansas City area.

And wrestling has come a long ways since Race's heyday of the 1970s and 1980s. One of the classes at XWC is helping students developing their wrestling character.

"When you get booked for a professional wrestling event, you have to impress and be liked by the promoter as opposed to just having the skill to beat someone else," Rogers explained.

While most of wrestling is "fake," injuries can occur so choreographing is needed to avoid injuries.

"It's about looking like you're getting hurt or hurting someone as opposed to actually injuring someone," Rogers said.

The classes range from beginner to more experienced. You have to be 16 years old to participate and pass an evaluation.

Rogers hopes to help the students hone their skills to make the big time.

"Wrestlers like Hulk Hogan aren't known for their high flying or having great ability," he said. "It's their great charisma."

While the venture is a risky one, Jordan is optimistic that the popularity of wrestling in Kansas City will pay off for both his school and for more pro wrestling events in the Kansas City area.

"Kansas City has just been the place to be for many years for professional wrestling," Rogers said. "We want to make it that way again!"

Rogers served in the Marine Corps during the Iraq War. He is joined in the venture by local pro wrestlers David Cattin and Adam "Jude Vice" Houck.

For more information on the wrestling school, click here.

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