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About the School

Welcome to the National Wrestling League - Superior Pro Wrestling Training Center/HOUSE of PAIN (NWL SPWTC/HoP) 

NWL/HoPWF Training Center
...Offering students the opportunity to wrestle weekly, since April 1997!

WWE superstar Mick Foley did a book signing session at the Borders Book Store in Hagerstown, MD, on Sunday, March 11, 2007. After the signing, Mick Foley went out for a quick dinner with NWL President Dick Caricofe before stopping by the NWL's Superior Pro Wrestling Training Center/HOUSE of PAIN to say hello to John Rambo and to take some photographs. Mick Foley's first ever professional wrestling championship was the NWL Heavyweight Title which he won when he defeated John Rambo on the south Pacific island of Guam. Dick Caricofe, John Rambo and the entire NWL/HOUSE of PAIN would like to thank Mick Foley for taking the time out of his busy schedule to say hello to some old and new friends.

More Pictures from the Visit

237 East Franklin Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(240) 329-6001

Superior Pro Wrestling Training Center/HOUSE of PAIN
Formal Training Class - Mon., Tues., Thurs. school open 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Informal "Open Gym" Training - school/weights available to members upon request. Weds., Fri., Sat., Sun. 24 hr request required.

The Neil Superior Pro Wrestling School was founded in 1991 by Neil Superior, who tragically passed away in 1996. In 1997, John Rambo (who was a very close personal friend of Neil's) took over operations of the school by request from NWL Owner/President Dick Caricofe. On April 1, 1997, the NWL SPWTC/HoP "advanced era" was started and instructor John Rambo began offering students the opportunity to put what they have learned to immediate use in the HoPWF (HOUSE of PAIN Wrestling Federation, a developmental training league for the NWL). Since that time, many schools have adopted the practices and training methods. 

There is no "learn how to wrestle, then go out and try it" here. You learn all the techniques and skills required to make it in the business, along with all the needed out of ring politics and respect. As soon as a student is ready, they're given the opportunity to take part in the weekly "Thursday Night Matches" practice sessions. These are training classses where students jump right into an actual wrestling match (before a crowd of their classmates and instructor John Rambo). This is the best way to learn how to "work" and become a true professional. Performing in front of your peers and teacher is much different than performing for wrestling fans.

A student receives more accurate and helpful constructive criticism with this approach, making it much easier to go out and represent the NWL SPWTC/HOUSE of PAIN in the best professional manner possible. Bottom line, we want every student to be the best they can be. The greater success a student achieves, the better our reputation becomes as a top notch training facility for future pro wrestling superstars.

Over the past 25 years, our graduates and students have wrestled actual matches against top names such as:

Afa & Seika, The Wild Samoans
The late Yokozuna
Headshrinker Samu
Jake the Snake Roberts
Diamond Dallas Page
Micky James
Sua Vachon
Matt Hardy
Honky Tonk Man
The late Kerry Von Erich
King Kong Bundy
Rock & Roll Express
Hacksaw Jim Dugan
Rasta the Voodoo Man
Bam Bam Bigelow 

Sal Sincere
Paul Orndorf

​The Fantastics
Iron Shiek
Ivan Koloff
Marcus Buff Bagwell
Jerry Lawler

​Al Perez
Doink the Clown
Buddy Landell
Nicolai Volkoff
Scott Putski
​Brutus the Barber Beefcake

​The late "Fly Boy" Rocco Roc AKA Cheetah Kid

B. Brian Blair Matt Hardy
Ivan Putski
Rocky Johnson
Million Dollar Man Ted Debiase
George The Animal Steele
Outlaw Ron Bass
Cowboy Bob Orton
Kamala the Ugandan Giant
Larry Zybisco
Terry Funk
The Headbanggers
Cousin Luke
Sgt. Slaughter
Big John Studd
Matt Borne
Jimmy Superfly Snuka
The late Rick Rude
Kevin Von Erich 

...and many other big name stars

237 E Franklin St, Hagerstown, MD 21740