Trainers

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Brandon Thurston

Brandon Thurston teaches fundamentals, match psychology and more, at Grapplers Anonymous on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Brandon is one of the most experienced and respected wrestlers in the Western New York area. He was originally trained in Niagara Falls, NY, by the All Knighters in 2003 and 2004, and received additional training from Jimmy Olsen in Rochester, NY, in 2006.

Empire State Wrestling and Pier 6 Wrestling have each booked him to do training seminars.

Brandon’s had matches with Chris Hero (Kassius Ohno), Johnny Gargano, Goldust, Brodie Lee (Luke Harper), Trent Barreta, Mark Haskins, and Dalton Castle.

Brandon has worked closely with Empire State Wrestling behind the scenes throughout its existence, helping ESW develop a following that’s resulted in some of the biggest attendances for an indie promotion in the region.


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Pepper Parks

He’s the most experienced active wrestler in the region and has experience working on national television for Impact Wrestling (on PopTV in the U.S., Fight Network in Canada).

Originally broken in by renowned trainer Les Thatcher, at Heartland Wrestling Association in Cincinnati, Ohio, Braxton has been wrestling all over the world since 2000.

He’s worked for major promotions such as WWE, Ring of Honor, ZERO1; as well as high-profile indies like CZW, House of Hardcore, IWC, 2CW and countless others.

Currently he also regularly wrestles for Smash Wrestling in Toronto and Empire State Wrestling in the Buffalo area.


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Mikey Everynite
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“Kaiju” Chris West

Mikey Everynite and “Kaiju” Chris West manage the gym and assist with training.

Both are active in independent wrestling in the region and have each had over 175 matches.

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