Legendary Pro Wrestling Trainer Larry Sharpe Has Passed Away At Age 66

“Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe, taking on Dominic DeNucci at Madison Square Garden in 1980.

If you’re a longtime professional wrestling fan with specific memories of the NWA and early-WCW, it’s incredibly likely that you remember Larry Sharpe. Sharpe had a pretty decent career as a mid-card wrestler, but he’s likely best remembered for running the legendary Monster Factory, which he and Buddy Rogers opened in 1983 in Paulsboro, New Jersey. For the uninitiated, the Monster Factory is notable for produced perhaps more pro wrestling stars than any one training facility before WWE consolidated its developmental promotions to its Performance Center and NXT. Continue reading “Legendary Pro Wrestling Trainer Larry Sharpe Has Passed Away At Age 66”

A Brief History of “Dragon Gate”

Dragon Gate (traditionally spelled as ドラゴンゲート and pronounced Doragon Gēto) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion — formerly known as Toryumon Japan, as most of Dragon Gate’s wrestlers are graduates from Último Dragón’s Toryumon Gym (makes sense, right?), Dragon Gate is based on a Junior Heavyweight pro wrestling style with emphasis on high-flying maneuvers, flashy technical grappling, and submissions holds.  Dragon Gate is also often associated with Mexico, as it is based on Mexican lucha-libre wrestling style, as many wrestlers in Dragon Gate trained in Mexico earlier in their careers. Continue reading “A Brief History of “Dragon Gate””