QT Marshall names AEW star he wanted in the factory
During a recent episode of AEW unlimited, Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone met QT Marshall from The Factory. Marshall spoke about his wrestling background and explained how he started his wrestling school.
“I’ve always wanted a job in wrestling and I was doing really well in New Jersey. I was a trainer at The Monster Factory, kind of a volunteer because a wrestling school isn’t really a source of training. ‘money, but it’s more of a passion project, “Marshall noted.” So I was doing that, then I had my normal job. And then I decided, man, I really don’t like this job. normal I hated It is not something I want to do every day for the rest of my life.
“So I spoke to my wife. We decided to move to Atlanta. I had talked to a bunch of people there who had facilities, I kind of let them know what I was going to do. They all decided not to do business with me. It was even more chips on the shoulder and my goal has always been to be such a good trainer that I would probably find a job with WWE, it’s kind of the one place you could really make a living. That’s why I never named it ‘The QT School’. He always had a name and a brand.
“That way, if I ever left, they could have approached who Glacier would have been, my business partner when we started. So we call it “The Power Factory” because Power Plant is where it came from, then Monster Factory. I always knew, because I had no name value, that I had to make this installation the most beautiful of all. He must have had some brand new stuff. I sold my house in Florida.
“I spent all my money on rings, banners, ring skirts, custom ring skirts, all the whole artwork. So that way when you walked in you thought, wow, look. this place, and luckily I was able to partner up with Chip Smith, who owns the NFL training facility, and he gave us some space. And then we started doing some local shows at from this space.
The Nightmare Factory was used for AEW’s television recordings at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Marshall revealed how much it cost him to recreate this setup for his students.
“When the pandemic hit, I remember they were talking about places and things. And they’re like, well, we just need a little studio, and we’ve closed our athletic training facilities, ”recalls Marshall. “And they said, ‘Do you think that’s an option?’ I was like, ‘Well if you’ve got Keith our amazing production team is coming over, they can take a look and see what they think.’ And they stayed in there for two minutes.
“And they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, that could happen.’ I remember just walking in and seeing the way they set it up with the big screen and the lights, and now I’ve spent around $ 40,000 on my own money trying to recreate this which, if you look on Cody’s Nightmare Family’s YouTube channel, you’ll see our student showcases, which are basically modeled on the Dynamite which were filmed in our establishment.
“Obviously having all these athletes ready to at least do improvement games, some of them got a little bit more, some of them got nothing at all, that was really cool. It was a proud moment for us to go in there and also to know that I was able to help because when I was a little broke and I was coaching wrestlers, AEW they got me helped and gave me an opportunity. So it was really nice to be able to give them the opportunity to be able to continue the show because I remember hearing Tony Khan say how much it would cost if we didn’t have life content.
Marshall explained how Cody Rhodes got involved in The Power Factory and the move to The Nightmare Factory.
“So Cody started using the facility to train and do his strength training with my wife, including her trainer, and conditioning, all of that,” Marshall said. “And then I offered him school. I said, ‘Would you like to have this school? It’s pretty cool. You are the executive vice-president. It could become something more, and I’m not done with it, but I don’t need it. I have a job now. ‘ And then he said to me, ‘Well, this is what I would like to do with it’ and I said to him, ‘If this is something that really works for you, let’s do it. I think it could be really good for AEW, also for our pockets. It’s extra money. Even if you just give the money to Brandi, that’s what he is. He said, ‘All right, well, I got that idea. I want to put the logo on the wall, and let’s dress everything. ‘ And luckily, he has a good relationship with Highspots and all those other people who were able to dress the facility up right away.
“I think we turned everything upside down in two days. Charlie painted the logo with one of the kids at the facility, his dad helped him out. He said, “Well, we’re just going to put my mark with your mark, and we’ll put them together. I never used it, neither him nor Brandi when I was training Brandi in commercials. I never put their photos there. I never said, hey, come meet Cody, because that’s what a lot of schools do, and that’s why a lot of schools don’t work because they sell people on all these other things. , while I’m just trying to teach them how to wrestle and hope they realize, oh, wow, it’s not really that easy.
“But if we work hard and do all of this, then that’s good too because Cody has a lot of different philosophies than mine. He’s more on etiquette and teaches people how to talk to each other when it comes to preparing for a game. And he’s very diplomatic about it, and I’m not at all, but I’ve learned now. I learned it wasn’t that bad.
Many have claimed that Marshall is only in AEW because he is friends with AEW EVP Cody. A fan asked Marshall if he could ever speak out against this claim.
“I can never rise above it. I realized that a long time ago, ”admitted Marshall. “I actually went over there on national television and said, ‘I’ll always be known as Cody’s friend.’ It bothers me a bit, but at the same time they’re not there at 6am when I’m working side by side with Tony, and I think if it wasn’t for Cody I wouldn’t have the chance. I opened the doors to my students.
“He opened the door for me, but I could still be his assistant, earn the money I made as an assistant or I could have done what I did, which was watch around me and realize, wow, this is a startup. There are a lot of things to do that if you don’t tell people to do it they might not be done. So let me do it, and then when I claim my reward, that was always going to be to be a wrestler. I always knew, okay, I’ll ask that, but let me have enough brownie points in the bag so I can turn around and say, well, look what I did for you. That’s all I ask. Just give me a hit.
“I’ll never be able to get rid of him, and honestly, he’s my friend, and he’s a good friend.” We might not agree on everything, but he’s my best friend. So shit, and honestly, looking at our whole list, someone must have vouched for you to come in here. This goes for any job. Even all the extras, I had to vouch for them. The extras who turned into jobs like Max Caster, someone vouch for him. Anthony Bowens, someone had to vouch for him.
“This is how wrestling works, and this is how life works. It’s not about who you know or what you know, it’s about who is willing to say they know you. If someone is willing to say that they know you and hold a prominent place, they will because it will likely benefit them as well. I’m sure Cody wanted to help me, but he also knew that putting me as an assistant, letting me help him, I could be good at something.
Another fan asked Marshall if he plans to add more members to The Factory.
“Well, I think maybe the most important thing we talked about was adding a woman,” Marshall revealed. “Before signing with Mark Sterling, Jade Cargill would have been the first choice because she trains at the factory, but we wanted her. She has a lot to do for herself.
“We kind of wanted to let that go, but there’s a lot of extra talent coming in and I think if you teach them the right things at the right time, they have a lot of potential, and that’s what happened. spent with Aaron Solow. I didn’t train him from scratch. He’s been around for 13 years, but he just needed some proper guidance, and that’s where his opportunity came.
“There are people there, but I think adding a woman to the group would really help us. There was a couple on Elevation and Dark who are not affiliated with any other faction of AEW. So we’ll see. It’s just about getting them to make sure they understand what it means to be a part of The Factory and it literally means you have no problem stepping on anyone and everyone to reach. the top.
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