On the recent edition of Chris Jericho's podcast, The Big Show made some comments regarding The Monster Factory wrestling school. Stating he was made to pay 5,000 dollars for very minimal training. When I heard this, I was confused. This was one of the first times I had heard such negativity regarding an otherwise renowned school.
To delve deeper into this, I reached out to Danny Cage, owner of Monster Factory, Glenn Ruth, aka Thrasher of The Headbangers who helped train Big Show during his time there and Chuck Sloan who was training at Monster Factory at the same time.
"I think this is all started with the Big Show documentary dvd that came out a few years ago. It made no mention of the Monster Factory. Instead it stated that Triple H was his first trainer at the Power Plant. If I remember properly, I think he said Hunter and Regal. So I think it was a way of rewriting history. Only thing I really am upset about is the $5,000 because it looks like my company that I now own took advantage of him. He had sponsors pay for the school. Not him. Also our cost haven't changed in decades. It's $3,500 or $3,000 if you pay up front.
I know he really believes he paid the $5,000 because he has said the same thing alone to one of our students that he's run into.
I just want the world to know that even if there is an ounce of truth in what Paul said, that is not how we run things now. I have 100% ownership since 2011. I take this business very seriously or I wouldn't care about my company's name.
But long and short of it I think it's just making a cool story. Rewriting history. Kind of the whole Daniel Bryan was trained by Michaels thing. When in reality it was Rudy Boy Gonzalez. But that's not interesting. Doesn't fit the story. No benefit in saying that. I think it's the same thing here. No benefit in saying he learned stuff here. Got his start here. Better benefit for all parties in WWE to say he started at power plant and trained by Triple H and Regal. And I'm fine with that. It just came off like we ripped him off. The whole "there are sharks out there" It looks like we duped him.
I don't want this make others decide not to join our school. I am more than fair and have actually helped many of our students financially between tuition or extra pay for things that normally don't garner pay. It's a kick in the gut to hear the company you own essentially being called crooks. Whether it be 20 years ago or two weeks ago. All people hear is "they are crooks.
I was fine with the "rewriting" of history. Even when it appeared in his documentary then on Steve Austin podcast. But when he implied on Talk is Jericho that he was taken advantage of by the Monster Factory and we were called "sharks" ....that I had a huge problem with. To intentionally slander my company like that publicly was the last straw. I still have no ill will toward him. He had his reasons I'm sure. It makes a much better story to be discovered by Hulk then train with Triple H & Regal then have your first match with Hulk. I've said nothing bad about Paul, the WWE or anybody for that matter. I just cleared up that we are not "sharks" * Paul in fact trained here. More than ran the ropes and locked up. Wasn't charged 5 thousand and his first match was the Monster Factory and the late Dennis Carluzzo against a fellow Monster Factory student, Frank Finnegan. In December of 1994."
Cage provided me with the evidence that Big Show performed at Monster Factory. From the stories about the Monster Factory I have heard from ex students, I believe Cage is telling the truth. The Monster Factory is world renowned, I just don't see them doing what Big Show accused them of.
Moving onto to the statement from Glenn Ruth, aka Thrasher.
"That's not the way it was, Paul was shown the all basic bumps, holds and yes, running the ropes! Just like everyone else in the beginning stages! Paul was a pure athlete, very athletic! Paul says he paid $5,000! That's total BULLS**T, he had a sponsor pay his training and it was $3,000 not $5,000! People should never forget where there came from!"
Now for a final perspective, Chuck Sloan who was a trainer at Monster Factory during the time has accused Big Show of not wanting to get into the ring and of being lazy.
There was also talk of Big Show bringing entourages to training.
Why Big Show made the comments he did, only he knows. But I know that the guys at Monster Factory work very hard and any prospective trainees should not hesitate in using the amazing services they provide.