QT Marshall, current AEW star and trainer at the Nightmare Factory wrestling school has opened up about not wanting to train too many athletes from other sports.
During a Pro-Wrestling Junkies Q and A, Marshall discussed the approach of recruiting athletes from other fields and training them to be wrestlers. Marshall revealed that he doesn’t think this approach is always the best one to take.
“We’re not really big on hiring a bunch of athletes. We really want people that just want to be wrestlers or at least have learned how to wrestle a little bit. One of the downfalls of developmental programs is hiring a bunch of athletes and trying to teach them how to have the heart to wrestle. It’s very hard to do this. It’s a tough profession.”
WWE has famously recruited athletes from other fields including the Olympics, football, and even rugby. AEW have themselves recruited Olympic bronze-medallist boxer Anthony Ogogo. Once mooted to be part of Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle, the British boxing star is currently training at the Nightmare Factory facility.
The Nightmare Factory was opened in 2020. Current coaches include Marshall, Cody Rhodes, and former WCW star Glacier – Ray Lloyd. Marshall’s wife Carolyn Cuellari, works at the facility as a nutritionist.
QT Marshall has worked as an associate producer at All Elite Wrestling since the company’s inception. He previously had runs in Ring of Honor as well as a handful of enhancement matches in NXT. Marshall is best known on AEW television as being one half of the Natural Nightmares tag team with Dustin Rhodes.
Credit: Pro-Wrestling Junkies
h/t Fightful for the transcription