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JXT & FOX On How Pete Dunne inspired Them to Run a Wrestling School

Melbourne promotion Mayhem Pro have launched a fascinating podcast interview between the two core owners, Melbourne wrestling superstars JXT and Big Rig Fox.

In the interview they talk about their careers, their journey, and WHY they decided to get into the wrestling training business:

JXT: “I live out in Melton, which is an hour west of Melbourne. Phil (FOX) lives half an hour west in St Albans, and to train at the time I was either driving to the MCW Academy in Thomas Town which is over an hour for me, or I was driving to Carlo Cannon’s Vicious Pursuit which became over an hour for me as well.

And I would drive an hour and twenty minutes to work, work a full day, then drive half an hour to train, train for 2 hours, and then I would drive over an hour home. I would be spent. I would do that once a week and I would be spent.

And… Jake Navara came to us, in about October and he said ‘I’m looking at getting a bigger venue, a bigger building for personal training, and to get it, I can afford it, I only need to make a bit more money to make it worth it. And I’ve found a building, I’ve put in a deposit, it’s big enough and we could put the ring in there, run a wrestling school out of there, and that would not only make the extra money needed to keep the training center stay afloat, but we could start a wrestling school here.’

Ideally running a wrestling school would be awesome, but I always thought like yeah when I’m in my mid to late forties and I can’t wrestle anymore, that would be a thing. But like you said Phil with Pete Dunne, in that seminar, and I remember having those moments too, not just with him but with other wrestlers who have been successful, they’re all trainers at wrestling school, help run promotions, helps you learn the business inside and out.

Jake came to us with this idea, and between us there wasn’t a moment of hesitation and we thought ‘sh*t we can do this… and be much easier than we thought. We can f**king do this!’ “

In addition, JXT also address his opinion as to why Mayhem decided to buck the trend of Friday and Saturday night wrestling shows and instead run shows on a Sunday:

JXT: “When wrestling was on TV in Australia and it was big in the 60s and the 70s and the early 80s, it was on a Sunday afternoon. That’s when wrestling was known for being on. And yes, it was a long time ago, and people have either forgotten about it or it’s something they wouldn’t remember the time of necessarily. It was Sunday afternoon wrestling Wide World of Sport, Festival Hall, sitting in front of your TV, here they come.

And the other thing I found, especially when I was younger, with Saturday night, people had sh*t on a Saturday night. People had parties, birthdays, engagements, weddings, you know? Whenever do you have an event not on Saturday or a Friday night? If you run on a Sunday you have no chance of clashing with people’s birthdays, weddings their engagements, all that stuff I just named.”

Stay up to date with Mayhem as they continue their relaunch post pandemic by following their YouTube page.

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Lord Andy Coyne is Australia's number one commentator and ring announcer. In addition for working for many of Australia's top promotions, his international work includes for the likes of Ring of Honor, Progress and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

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