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

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March 14, 2013

Kurt Angle

From the moment he met Dory Funk Jr., all Kurt Angle could talk about was becoming a pro wrestler.

“I called to congratulate him on winning the Olympic gold medal,” Funk recalled. “The first words Kurt said to me were asking about training for professional wrestling.”

Beginning in 1998, Funk was Angle’s primary trainer in the ways of the squared circle. Teaching the Olympic gold medalist was quite easy for the WWE Hall of Famer.

“I told him anything you did in amateur wrestling you can do in professional wrestling, but you’ve got to adapt your style to what we do here at WWE,” Funk said.

Angle adapted and added to his unbelievable arsenal. When Angle debuted a year later, he made an immediate impact, winning both the European and Intercontinental Titles within months of his first match. The medalist went on to become one of WWE’s most prolific competitors, capturing the WWE, WCW and World Heavyweight Championships.

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