Superstars' Training Grounds

Natalya and Tyson Kidd, trained by the Hart family

NAME OF SCHOOL: The Hart Dungeon

LOCATION: Calgary, Alberta

TRAINERS: Bruce Hart, Ross Hart

OTHER CLASSMATES & ALUMNI: David Hart Smith, Lance Storm, Chris Jericho, Bret Hart, "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith, Jim Neidhart, Owen Hart, The Dynamite Kid, Brian Pillman, "Superstar" Billy Graham, Greg Valentine, Bad News Allen, Jushin Liger

Perhaps wrestling's most famous breeding ground, The Hart Dungeon was a legendary training school for 60 years. The dingy and confined quarters were the stomping grounds for a host of sports-entertainment legends, including most of the Hart family and countless others passing through Calgary. Eventually, the school was taken over by two of family patriarch Stu Hart's sons — Bruce and Ross, brothers of Bret and Owen — who operated Hart Brothers Wrestling and trained Tyson Kidd and Natalya.

Located in the basement of Stu's family home, Kidd described The Dungeon as having a "a very thick, musky air down there," and recalled that "when guys would hit the mat you'd see the dust popping up and start floating in the air. It was real hard to breathe." The tiny room was home to very thin padding whose unforgiving canvas would scrape the pupils while training. "There were these huge pipes that would hang from the ceiling," Kidd explained. "It was almost guaranteed that in their first week students would run head first into those pipes." Kidd also recounted the decrepit nature of The Dungeon. "There were a lot of holes in the ceiling from people's feet and heads going through it. Actually, in the Owen Hart vs. Ken Shamrock match [from Fully Loaded 1998], Owen put Shamrock's head through the ceiling." (WATCH)

Natalya, as one of The Dungeon's only female graduates, explained it was often said that "If you can survive in The Dungeon, you can survive anything." She reminisced, "There was one other girl there that came after me, and her name was Belle Lovitz. We had a heated rivalry, mostly because she was the only other girl, but I was really happy when another girl came. It was an amazing experience."

"I was there the day we ripped The Dungeon apart," Kidd recalled. “We took the canvas out, we took the padding out. We disabled the whole thing.” "I was there until the very end. It was an experience from all ends of the spectrum, physically and mentally." Natalya also remembered the bittersweet closing, "When The Dungeon finally closed down it was very historic. It was really, really fun to train there."