WWE’s infamous training ground: Inside the Funkin’ Dojo

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March 14, 2013

Every month between January 1998 and 1999, hopeful Superstars like Edge, Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy descended on WWE headquarters in Stamford, Conn., in hopes of making an impression that would land them on the company’s main roster. To be considered, they’d be put through one of the most grueling weeks of their lives by former NWA World Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Dory Funk Jr., someone who certainly knew what it took to be a Superstar.

One-half of the hallowed Funk Brothers, Dory and his brother Terry were feared for their mastery of the mat game. Funk’s extensive knowledge of holds and counterholds made him the perfect person for the job when WWE’s talent relations department was looking for an evaluator of potential Superstars.

The Funkin’ Dojo camps were some of WWE’s earliest attempts at centralized recruiting for future generations of Superstars. And while the WWE Hall of Famer, along with co-trainers Tom Prichard and Pat Patterson, pushed them to their physical limits, the punishing work paid off. Many of the graduates of the Funkin’ Dojo became WWE and World Heavyweight Champions, Tag Team Champions, Intercontinental Champions and even a WWE Hall of Famer. (PHOTOS | VIDEO PLAYLIST)

To get the lowdown on the Funkin’ Dojo and its graduates, WWEClassics.com went straight to the man who put them through the paces, Dory Funk Jr.

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