Grapplers Anonymous opened in July 2014 to give wrestlers in the Buffalo/Western New York (WNY) area a place to train and improve. Since opening, we’ve taken on new trainees who do not have prior pro wrestling experience.
High Standard of Training
We require all prospective students to take a physical tryout to demonstrate they are prepared to begin pro wrestling training. We believe this helps us offer the best possible learning environment for our trainees. Contact us about visiting our school or scheduling a tryout.
All active pro wrestlers are welcome to train with us. Active wrestlers frequently sharpen their skills at our gym, which only enriches the varieties of experience we offer in our training.
Everyone who trains with us must be at least 18 years old.
Read more about our curriculum.
Who are the trainers?
Fundamentals, match psychology and more are taught by Brandon Thurston. He trains on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Mikey Everynite and “Kaiju” Chris West manage the school and assist with training.
Braxton Sutter (fka Pepper Parks) on Wednesday nights runs an advanced class for active wrestlers and students ready for practice matches.
Read more about our trainers.
The fee to take the tryout is $40. Other than that, there is no upfront cost to begin training with us.
If you pass the tryout, these are the fees to train with us:
- Unlimited sessions (Sunday-Tuesday) for the month: $80
- Wednesday advanced class with Braxton Sutter: additional $10, each session
We strongly recommend training with us 3-4 days a week for at least the first few months of your training.
Active wrestlers may be charged a lower fee and may be offered single session fees. All payments must be made in cash at the gym itself. Single session fees must be paid on the day of the session.
We occasionally offer optional seminars with special guests for an additional fee.
Who Have We Trained?
We have trained these wrestlers at Grapplers Anonymous who have made their pro debuts:
- Andy Williams (Every Time I Die guitarist)
- Daniel Garcia
- Kevin Blackwood
- Nick Marek
- The Landlord
- Vinnie Moon
- Wes Adams
- Xavier Jones
Before Grapplers Anonymous opened, one of our trainers Brandon Thurston had a hand in training:
- Anthony Gaines
- Kevin Bennett
- Frankie Feathers
- James Sayga
- Roscoe Black (received WWE tryout)
- Terrell Kenneth