Harley Race's Wrestling Academy

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Harley Race Wrestling Academy
HeadquartersTroy, Missouri
Founder(s)Harley Race

Harley Race's Wrestling Academy is a professional wrestling school located in Troy, Missouri. It was established in 1999 by former NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Harley Race. Students of the school are incorporated into the professional wrestling promotion World League Wrestling.



The Harley Race Wrestling Academy is operated by Harley Race.[2] It provides training programs for those looking to enter the professional wrestling industry. The objective of the program is to "Teach safe wrestling technique, draw on Harley Race's experience and to give students tools to succeed in professional wrestling".[3] Programs include both courses to become a professional wrestler, which requires anywhere between 300–500 hours of training, and professional wrestling referee training, which entails 60 hours of training.

The school has two wrestling rings and weight room.[2] The school is attended mostly by men, but occasionally women join as well.[2]

The school initially put on local wrestling events that raised money for local charities in Missouri.[2] The wrestling school later began a running partnership with Pro Wrestling Noah that includes many of the program's talent touring with the Japanese-based wrestling promotion. YouTube celebrity OutlawDipper has stated in his previous videos that he attends this wrestling school and lives in Eldon, Missouri.

History of World League Wrestling[edit]

Logo of World League Wrestling.

In 1999, Race began World Legion Wrestling, (WLW), an independent professional wrestling promotion that integrates current and past students of the Harley Race Wrestling Academy.[2] At first they did television for the America One Television Network, and added their show to the weekly line-up of a different wrestling promotion every night at 11:00 p.m. eastern time. After they lost their TV, they changed their name to World League Wrestling, and continued promoting in the Missouri area. World League Wrestling is based out of Troy, Missouri, and puts on approximately 60 shows a year.[2] The slogan for the company is Shut up and wrestle, which expresses its theme of more old-school wrestling and less "showboating".[2][4] The promotion is family-style professional wrestling entertainment that excludes nudity and swearing.[4] The shows also sometimes features guest wrestlers.

Current champions[edit]

Ryan Drago in 2013 with the WLW Tag Team belt.
Championship Champion(s) Date Won
WLW Heavyweight Championship Derek Stone May 4th, 2019
WLW Tag Team Championship Kyle Roberts & Rex Fults October 6, 2018
WLW Ladies Championship Lucy Mendez March 9, 2019
WLW Junior Heavyweight Championship Da'Marius Jones March 9, 2019


  1. ^ Sloca, Paul (April 12, 2000). "Learning from Harley Race, A dream fulfilled: Getting slammed at the wrestling academy". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Weber, Bruce (March 15, 2005). "Don't Let Your Head Flop, And Flip the Other Guy". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  3. ^ "Brochure". Harley Race's Wrestling Academy. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  4. ^ a b Oliver, Greg (July 10, 2005). "Newton HOF set to grow by six". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-09.

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