15 Wrestlers Taught By Surprising Trainers

Like teacher, like student? Yes, but you might be surprised exactly how much.


With the possible exception of Kurt Angle, no one just learns to be an amazing wrestler by sheer will and talent. It's a long and arduous process, and even the best in the world started out as lowly pupils; every superstar began as a student, and every student needs a teacher.

Some teacher/student relationships are common knowledge; everyone and their mother knows that Daniel Bryan, Paul London, and Bryan Kendrick trained under Shawn Michaels, for example. Anyone lucky enough to have trained in Stu Hart's Dungeon gave the commentary team a backup talking point for every match they ever wrestled. And, of course, most second and third generation stars were shown the ropes by their parents or grandparents.

This article isn't about that. This is about wrestlers who trained under teachers who you wouldn't expect, and that unexpectedness comes in many forms. There are teachers and students on this list who are surprising because they come from very different places, and there are those whose styles are so wildly different that it's hard to see a connection. There are some who come from such different eras that you might be hard-pressed to imagine them sharing a planet, much less a training ring.

But share it they did! Read on, and perhaps you'll learn some connections that you never knew were there.


Long-time fan (scholar?) of professional wrestling, kaiju films and comparative mythology. Aspiring two-fisted adventurer.