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  • Writer's pictureCarlos Astorga

ESW Opens Wrestling School

ESW Training Academy now open

Western New York’s top independent wrestling promotion has its own training center

As Empire State Wrestling (ESW) prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, it is fitting for Western New York’s premier wrestling promotion to announce its formal plans for training the next generation of ESW stars.

ESW is proud to announce the official opening of the ESW Training Academy – its own wrestling school. Anyone interested in becoming a professional wrestler can now learn the craft under the tutelage of some of the most knowledgeable wrestlers in Western New York. Training is available for non-wrestling roles such as referees, managers and behind-the-scenes work, as well. The ESW Training Academy is also open to established wrestlers looking for additional ring time.

The ESW Wrestling Academy trainer is 12-year wrestling veteran "Invincible" Vince Valor. As an ESW roster mainstay for the last nine years, Valor is the current holder of the Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Cup and previously held the ESW Tag Team Championships. A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., he trained at the NEO Dojo in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Outside of ESW, Valor wrestled in promotions across New York and in Ontario, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia. He wrestled on All-Elite Wrestling's Dark: Elevation show in April.

The ESW Wrestling Academy is located at 2425 Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls, N.Y. The class schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Training fees for new students are $250 as a down payment which includes the first month of training. Monthly training fees are $125 thereafter.

Anyone interested in enrolling at the ESW Wrestling Academy should email or message the ESW Facebook page at to begin the training process.

As Western New York’s premier independent professional wrestling promotion, ESW over the years hosted many of pro wrestling’s top up-and-comers and biggest legends.

Many current All-Elite Wrestling stars wrestled for ESW including Matt Hardy, Billy Gunn, Dustin Rhodes, MJF, Adam Cole, Orange Cassidy, Eddie Kingston, Ruby Soho, Jay Lethal, Colt Cabana, Lucha Bros, Best Friends, The Butcher and The Blade, Daniel Garcia, Brian Pillman, Jr., Allie, Matt Sydal, Ethan Page, Evil Uno, Private Party, Shawn Spears, Bear Country, Bobby Fish, Brody King, Tony Nese and Mark Sterling.

Current World Wrestling Entertainment stars Kevin Owens, MVP, Jinder Mahal, Cedric Alexander, Tommaso Ciampa, Damian Priest, Joaquin Wilde, Robert Stone, Joe Gacy and Josh Briggs all wrestled in ESW’s ring.

Pro wrestling legends Kevin Nash, Brutus Beefcake, Sgt. Slaughter, X-Pac, The Honky Tonk Man, Jim Duggan, Koko B. Ware, Bushwacker Luke, Demolition, D-Von Dudley, Raven, The Sandman, Bob Holly and several others appeared at previous ESW events.

Founded in 2002, ESW is run by Brett Stymus. Over half of ESW’s performers reside in the Western New York area. ESW runs regular shows throughout the year that draw several hundred fans with some events being attended by up to 1,000 people. For more information, to schedule an interview or request media credentials for an event, please contact David Jarka at or (716) 348-4598. All cards are subject to change.

You can connect with ESW on the following platforms:

Over-The-Air TV: Throwback TV - WBXZ - Channel 56.4 (Thursdays at 8 p.m. & Fridays at 10 p.m.)


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