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

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March 14, 2013

Christian

Dory Funk had great admiration for Captain Charisma from the second he walked into the dojo. The WWE Hall of Famer knew that Christian was dedicated to success after hearing stories of how he and Edge used to drive across frozen lakes in Canada to get in the ring and get more experience.

“He came ready to learn,” Funk said.

Attending several dojos in summer 1998, Christian not only impressed Funk with his talent, but also some of his fellow trainees. One in particular, with an Olympic pedigree, thought Christian would have been a success in any field.

“Kurt Angle said that Christian would have made a fabulous amateur wrestler,” Funk said. “I think he would have too. He had the drive and athletic ability to do anything he really wanted to.”

It was that drive that propelled Captain Charisma to superstardom. After winning the WWE Light Heavyweight Title in his debut match, Christian went on to win the World Tag Team, Intercontinental, European, Hardcore and ECW Championship. His most recent accolade is, perhaps, the crown jewel of his career, capturing the World Heavyweight Title.

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