Kip JAMES : "If I was an aspiring wrestler in the UK, the VPW training
school is the only place I'd choose to train..."
Bob HOLLY : "VPW is unquestionably the best school around bar none - Tom
(UK Kid) was trained by two of the greatest wrestlers to ever lace a pair of boots
(Shawn Michaels & Dory Funk) and he just 'gets' the business, I can't say that about
alot of guys."
Varsity Pro Wrestling is proud to offer its very own facilities for training and
help you build the perfect gateway into the world of professional wrestling.
Our lead Instructor "The UK KID" has been in the wrestling business over 10 years,
was trained by WWE legend Shawn Michaels and WWE Hall of Famer - Dory Funk Jr.
The UK KID has taught, and has been taught in some of the worlds best schools including
UPW in California giving the VPW head trainer a wide range of knowledge and experience
at picking the curriculum to achieve the best results.
With regular guest trainers including former WWE stars B.G. James (Road Dogg) Kip
James (Billy Gunn) D'lo Brown, Al Snow, and regular VPW guest trainer Bob Holly formerly
known as Hardcore Holly, making VPW highly recommended.
No matter how good our School of Excellence is, the guest trainers we use come with
years of knowledge and successful careers in the WWE and TNA including TV and Pay
Per View experience to guarantee we are offering the best training possible in the
Our school is based in Fratton, Portsmouth and is accessible easily from both bus
and train stations.
Each VPW class is a set class, once started no more trainee's will be allowed to
join. This is to assure that every one in the class is at the same level and there
are no interruptions in the training curriculum.
Before a class starts all potential trainees are required to attend a open day/try
out session.This is for you to evaluate us before committing to our program, and
for us to check out our new potential trainees as we can not except every applicant
due to the high demand. This also gives you a chance to check out other schools,
compare and decide what is the best school for you as not every one has the same
There are a lot of British wrestling companies that have talent from overseas being
booked onto their shows; it gives the promotion a much needed recognised face to
help advertise their show in order to attract as many fans as possible through the
Former WWE wrestler Hardcore Holly is one of Varsity Pro Wrestling’s biggest stars
but whereas most talent coming onto these shores just wrestling for the company,
he has a massive hand in the development of young talent at VPW’s School of Excellence.
“I was asked if I would hold a training seminar, I did and enjoyed it. The students
really applied themselves, if they didn’t I wouldn’t waste my time doing it. They
really took an interest in wanting to learn and getting better.”
Holly has a very direct approach with training believing that getting into the ring
to show the young rookies how it is done is the best method of helping them learn.
“You can tell somebody all day long but until they actually do it they won’t know
how it’s done or how it’s supposed to be done. You can’t talk somebody through it,
or give them a mental image of how it is meant to be done they have to physically
“I don’t just stand outside the ring and instruct them I get in there because I have
a passion for what I do.
“If they don’t see that passion in me and feel like I’m not bothered with training
them, they won’t want to be there. I am still learning, even though those guys maybe
green they may do something I might learn. You just never know.”
The former WWE Tag Team Champion has been asked to wrestle and to take training seminars
all over the world but he shows loyalty to VPW.
“It is a first class promotion.” Exclaims Holly, “They gear everything they do towards
the fans, take pride in the talent that they have and don’t just put anybody out
there to wrestle.
“Everybody is critiqued night after night; The UK Kid won’t let anybody from the
school into the ring, in front of people until he feels they are ready and to me
that is very important.
“VPW is a company that gives people opportunities to become wrestlers and they want
to see people succeed, if wrestlers come out of VPW and get booked elsewhere then
that makes the school look good, the company look good and the UK Kid look good for
Over the years Holly has seen a lot of wrestling promoters push talent who haven’t
deserved their position, giving wrestling fans the best show with the best talent
possible is something he is passionate about.
“Other promoters I have worked for just don’t care about what talent they show, they
are only worried about what they are bringing in at the door. They don’t try and
critique the talent working for them or give them tips. They go out there and just
do whatever and that’s not how it is in VPW.
“The UK Kid is a very good trainer and booker, he is one of the few guys I know who
actually can go out there and knows how to wrestle, he knows how to go out there
and put on a match and tell a story. Nowadays people like that are few and far between,
The UK Kid has what it takes to make it and yeah his size hurts him but other than
that he has what it takes.
“If I was a wrestler just coming in I would want him to train me. I’m not saying
that because I work for VPW I call it like I see it. He is that damn good.”
The former Hardcore Champion whose tenure with the WWE ended in 2008 was a part of
the companies ‘attitude’ era of the late 1990’s which targeted the young male adult
demographic with nudity and swearing to make the WWE more popular than ever before.
Holly now believes that wrestling should be more family orientated and this is what
VPW is catering for perfectly.
“It’s a family friendly show. It’s catered to every one of all ages and it’s important
to do that so everyone can come and enjoy it. There is always a good entertaining
story going on which will give people a reason to come back and watch another show.”
“My goal with VPW is that I am there to help the company.” States Holly, “I want
to see the company become successful, The UK Kid works his ass off for that company
and there is constant work that goes into a show. In those two or three months that
the company isn’t running a show, he is constantly working on trying to promote and
advertise the next show the best he can.
“I don’t care if I make a dime from that company or not I just want that Company