Chikara Wrestle Factory was founded in January, 2002 by Mike Quackenbush
and Tom "Reckless Youth" Carter. After the debut of their first class of students that May, and the birth of the CHIKARA
promotion, Reckless departed the company. Quackenbush trained the second through fifth classes of students by himself, before recruiting Chris Hero to assist
him in the summer of 2004. Hero relocated to Pennsylvania to accept the position as co-trainer, and teach at the Allentown-based facility.
In March of 2005, Chikara Wrestle Factory moved from Allentown to Philadelphia, supplanting the existing CZW school at the ECW Arena (formerly "New Alhambra.") The staff of the Wrestle Factory is periodically augmented by guest instructors, most notably Jorge "Skayde" Rivera of Dragon Gate/Toryumon in years past, and by legendary luchador El Pantera.
In March of 2007, Chikara Wrestle Factory separated from the CZW training facility, but the Wrestle Factory is still stationed inside The Arena. In October of 2007, Claudio Castagnoli was promoted from his role as guest trainer to head trainer, alongside Quackenbush, to aid in the training of the ninth class of students.
With the sale of CHIKARA to Worldwide Media Development Corporation, Chikara Wrestle Factory was rebranded as The Wrestle Factory, although it's chief function remains the cultivation and development of new talent.
Castagnoli signed with World Wrestling Entertainment in August of 2011, and departed the Wrestle Factory. As ever, the responsibility for all training classes at the Wrestle Factory belongs to company founder and 18-year pro, Mike Quackenbush. At the start of 2012, the Wrestle Factory relocated from Philadelphia to Huntingdon Valley, PA.
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