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Taz plans pro wrestling school

Taz in 2000

Taz in 2000 Credit: AP

A new professional wrestling school is set to open on Long Island next month, under the direction of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling announcer Taz.

"TNA announcer Taz will be launching a new pro wrestling dojo in January 2011," the fan website pwtorch.com reports.

"The stated objective of the 'finishing school' is to help current pro wrestlers reach the next level and be noticed by major pro wrestling promotions."

Taz (whose real name is Peter Senerchia) says on his own website,  "The rare opportunity to have the Human Suplex Machine fine tune your In Ring Wrestling Skills & Talking Skills is HERE!"

He does not say where on Long Island the camp will be held.

He plans to hold a series of six three-hour sessions, accepting only eight students per session. Students must have at least two years' pro wrestling experience.

"School will be located on Long Island, driving distance from MD, DC, NJ, PA, OH and New England… no need to re-locate (weekly classes)."

Here’s a snippet from a 2009 Taz interview with Newsday’s Alfonso Castillo, on The Steel Cage blog, about a TNA show in Westbury:

Castillo: As a guy who’s from here, is it kind of cool to have the company that you’re working for right here in your backyard?
Taz: Oh, yeah, absolutely. I believe TNA has come to Long Island once or twice in the past. It’s kind of cool, now that I’m still kind of new with the company, that Friday night, January 8th, we’re going to invade Long Island and Westbury. So I’m excited about it. When I heard that the show was going to happen I was like, All right. I hope there’s enough seats in the Capital One Theater to get us all in there.” Hopefully it’s a good show.”

In photo above left, Taz in 2000.

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