This week, well-known wrestling trainer Kevin Knight joins Brady Hicks IN THE ROOM to talk about his IWF Wrestling school, some of its past students, and his current, most high-profile student: The Jersey Shore‘s Angelina Pivarnick. What does Knight think of Angelina and her true dedication to becoming a full-time wrestler? Tune in to find out. All that, plus, Brady and Kevin McElvaney talk Edge’s possible retirement, WrestleMania fallout regarding Trish Stratus, and TNA/”Network” nonsense. Best wishes for DJ to get some sleep and come back refreshed!
On How Serious Angelina Is:
She said she wants to give it a serious go and do some training the proper way and do more than one or two handsprings like Snookie did. I’m sure Snookie’s training consisted entirely of a few small things to help get her through what she had to do at WrestleMania. Maybe one day, [Angelina] will be able to do a really good singles matchon her own.
On How Angelina Is Coming Along:
She’s been training here for about two weeks, and usually in that time you get a pretty good idea – and this goes for the guys in the school too – if a person is going to make it. She has proven she’s not afraid to hit that mat, to take bumps. She wasn’t afraid to get in there and mix it up and get tossed around. And I believe her only previous athletic experience was playing softball. She never did gymnastics or anything like that. When a lot of the women come to the school they are like, “Wait a minute, I have to fall down?” But with her that wasn’t a problem, and that was good.
On Angelina’s Wrestling Knowledge:
Obviously it’s helpful for a trainee to be a fan not just of wrestling, but of the business as a whole. You have to understand about the falls and the takedowns, what is in the business and how the business works, and how to best connect to an audience for the enterainment aspect of it. The more of a fan you are of the business, the better off you are. As for Angelina, I don’t know how much she has been a fan of wrestling in the past, but I know she is a HUGE fan of the current product, and that is great to see.
On Angelina’s REAL Personality (vs. TV Persona):
I guess it was good that I’ve never seen her on that show. I’ve seen all the commercials and the hype for it and the clips and the controversy, but I had no pre-conceived notion of what to expect. I’ve heard things about her personally but I have not had any complaints at all. From the beginning she just fit right in and was very down to earth and willing to learn. She fit in right away and every body liked her. That’s very important because professional wrestling is about working together to convince the audience about what they’re seeing. She’s been fine. She’s fit right in and blended right in and not acted like she was any type of “celebrity.”
On the Importance of Looking the Part:
I think it’s been detrimental to the business when people look on TV and see a guy like CM Punk, who doesn’t necessarily live in the weight room. I’m not taking anything away from CM Punk, it’s just that there is only one CM Punk. It’s like every football team, there is that one fighting guy who is 5’6″, but he is the rare exception. People think “I could go and do that.” But, no you can’t. That’s what hurts the wrestling business. That’s what makes our school differnt. We try to find guys who look the part. That’s what wrestling needs to be. That’s important.
All that, plus Kevin Knight checks in with his thoughts on training men such as TNA’s Robbie E and WWE’s Darren Young, the state of the current business, the need for more real, legitimate wrestling trainers, and information about his upcoming clinic with WWE’s Tom Pritchard. More information is available at http://www.campiwf.com.
“Kevin Knight does a great job of training future stars of sports entertainment. To make it in professional wrestling today is tough, because there are no more minor leagues. This is why what Kevin does is the future of the sport. Kevin has the best facility and methods for training I have ever seen. I wish I had this when I started.”–John Bradshaw Layfield.