Steve Corino Calls The WWE Performance Center "Wrestling Heaven"

Former ECW champion Steve Corino spent a week at the WWE Performance Center training young wrestlers and it was basically a dream come true for him.

"It’s a place I’ve always wanted to be," he said. "Twenty-two years that I’ve been in the business of wrestling, so I wanted to make that transition over to coaching and you know, this is the Number 1 place in the entire universe, so you know where else would you want to be?"

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Corino trained at an early version of the Performance Center almost twenty years ago, schooled by a future WWE Hall of Famer. "Training under Dory Funk Jr was amazing. Growing up a wrestling fan all my life, to get a chance to go up to Stamford Connecticut and train with him in 1998 was a dream come true. But you could see it was the infancy of what the Performance Center has now become," he said. "You know, back then we had one ring in a warehouse and now you look at the Performance Center, just seeing the state-of-the-art gym, the rings, the way that the training goes, it was mind-blowing. The first half of the day on Monday, I was just sitting there in awe thinking “This is Wrestling Heaven.”

He was apprehensive at first about being accepted in a WWE system that he was a stranger to, but his anxiety was soon assuaged. "As a guy who wasn’t lucky enough to be in the WWE system for the last 22 years, I felt like an outsider on Monday morning at nine o’clock, and then I felt like I belonged by 9:02.”

After a recent neck surgery, Corino used the opportunity to work at the Performance Center as a carrot to motivate him. “I doubted myself a year ago when I had major neck surgery, and I thought that my career was over. And I used the Performance Center as a tool of inspiration, you know, like “If I get back to 100% or 120%, maybe I’ll get that chance to come down for a week and be a part of this great company and this great facility, so for me it was a justification for all the pain and travel that I’ve gone through over the past two decades that I finally got here."

Corino was ECW Champion from November 2000 to January 2001.

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