Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Jul 16, 2014 18:53:52 GMT -6
WWE star Seth Rollins posted the following on Twitter, announcing the formation of a new training academy for wrestling and Crossfit with independent wrestler Marek Brave, who Rollins had a long rivalry with in Mid-West promotion AAW a few years ago:
Seth Rollins ✔ @wwerollins Follow www.blackandbravewrestling.com is live! They say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. Let's see what ya got world! 11:24 AM - 16 Jul 2014
Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Jul 26, 2014 18:49:53 GMT -6
WWE's website has a new interview up with Seth Rollins, talking about the new "Black & Brave Wrestling Academy" he's opened with his former tag team partner Marek Brave. He talked about why he's opened the school:
"It just felt like the right time. I feel like I’m in a good position here at the company. I’ve got the Money in the Bank contract, I’ve been successful for a couple years, and I feel firmly implanted in the WWE family, I guess you would say. I feel like it’s a good opportunity. Marek is at a good place in his life where he’s ready to commit more time to something like this, and I just feel it’ll be good, especially moving forward, as something to do in the future as well."
Rollins also was asked if there's any affiliation with the WWE Performance Center:
"There is no affiliation with WWE, [but] they are super-supportive of it. They have given me the go-ahead; I think they see it as good for all parties involved. I’ve got a good set of eyeballs on me, so I can spot talent. If there’s somebody that I need to recommend to the WWE Performance Center that the coaches down there can take a look at, I certainly can do that, and that’s an advantage of coming to my academy. At the same time, there’s no affiliation with WWE. I’m doing this on my own time, with my own backing. So there’s a partnership, but it’s very unofficial."
STUDENT PASSES AWAY AFTER TRAINING AT SETH ROLLINS' WRESTLING SCHOOL
WKBW-TV channel 7 in Buffalo, NY is reporting that Jonah Snyder, a 20 year old wrestling student at the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy in Moline, Illinois, which is operated by WWE's Seth Rollins and Maverik Brave, passed away last Thursday after going into cardiac arrest while training.
According to reports, Snyder was training with other students when he began feeling ill. He was instructed to sit and rest as trainers called 911. He then went into cardiac arrest. Snyder was rushed to a hospital but was later pronounced dead. An investigation into his passing is still ongoing as autopsy results were inconclusive.
On behalf of everyone associated with PWInsider.com, we'd like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Snyder.
20-year-old dies after medical emergency at Seth Rollins' wrestling academy
Authorities are investigating the death of 20-year-old man last week at a Moline gym.
Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said Jonah Snyder, of West Seneca, New York, suffered cardiac arrest last Thursday following a workout at The Black & The Brave Wrestling Academy, a camp run by WWE superstar Seth Rollins.
“He (Snyder) wasn’t able to keep up, but he kept trying to fight through it,” Gustafson said.
Trainers urged Snyder, a former University at Buffalo student, to take a break and called 911 when they realized something wasn't right.
“After the ambulance got there, his heart rate slowly went down, and they never got him back," Gustafson said.
First responders “urgently rushed” Snyder from QC CrossFit, 3800 River Drive, to Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, in Silvis. An autopsy was performed the following day in Rockford, but preliminary results were inconclusive, he said.
Specimens taken during the autopsy will undergo toxicology and histology examinations, which could take weeks to complete.
“I’m trying to figure out what happened in the days and hours prior to his death,” said Gustafson, who noted Snyder was living in Davenport.
When asked to comment on the incident, Rollins, whose real name is Colby Lopez, directed the Quad-City Times to his academy's statement, which was released Wednesday on Twitter.
"It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our student, Jonah Snyder," the statement read. "Jonah loved professional wrestling."
According to the release, Snyder "abruptly fell ill" following a brief fitness drill with his classmates on the first night of the academy's seventh session.
Lopez and friends launched the program, which offers a 12-week crash course in professional wrestling, in August 2014.
The statement also featured the following excerpt from Snyder's essay that accompanied his application submitted to the wrestling school:
"I live, breath (sic), sleep, and eat wrestling. It's in my blood. I want to learn it so I can travel the world putting a smile on people's faces. I wanna give them hope or something to believe in."