Training at new WWE school in Florida

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by Matt Friedman, Associated Press

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Posted on August 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

ORLANDO, Florida -- World Wrestling Entertainment's new professional training facility in central Florida is the company's largest investment to date and it has dozens of aspiring young wrestlers seeing stars.

Slapping, shoving, even body slamming is allowed at this school.

Then again, these aren't your average students and they don't give a flying leap about grades.

Welcome to the world wrestling entertainment's new professional school in orlando.

From olympians to former NFL players, 75 aspiring wrestlers, including Leo Kruger, also known as the South African Super Stud, hoping to make it to the top of the heap.

"The next step is either Smackdown or Raw. I've dominated the NXT. And it's on to the next step, it's on to bigger things." said Leo kruger, wrestler

The 26,000 square foot facility is WWE's largest investment to date.

"The end goal is to be a star. In order to do this job, you have to be so committed to what you do. It's not easy. It's extremely physical, as you can see," explained Jane Geddes, WWE Senior Vice President of Talent and Development

Students split their time between training and appearing in WWE's weekly one hour show, "NXT"

"I have not one but two degrees, a masters, currently working on my dissertation to obtain my Ph.D. So yes I will be the first and only doctor."

Crafting a wrestling persona is equally as important as doing the heavy lifting.

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