Indie wrestler Pepper Parks – best known to many for his four year run with Impact Wrestling as until his departure earlier this year – announced on Twitter yesterday that he spent the past week in Orlando working as a guest coach at the WWE Performance Center.
Thank you to these coaches, the staff, the talent, everybody at the @WWE #PerformanceCenter for having me as a guest coach this past week. The amount of hard work & positive energy that place puts out on a daily basis could light the city of Orlando ! pic.twitter.com/cXQzYoMgIS
— Pepper Parks (@BraxtonSutter) July 15, 2018
Parks got his start in 2000 as a student of the legendary Les Thatcher with Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) in Ohio, where he was a 2x HWA Heavyweight Champion, HWA Cruiserweight Champion and HWA Tag Team Champion. The 38-year old Buffalo, New York native has also spent the better part of the past eight years working with his hometown promotion Empire State Wrestling (ESW), where he’s also one of the promotions trainers. He’s also competed for the likes of CZW, Ring of Honor, MCW Pro, as well as Canada’s Smash Wrestling, where he’s currently one half of the Smash Tag Team Champions, The Well Oiled Machines, with “Psycho Mike” Rollins. His real life wife Allie still remains with Impact Wrestling as one of the top stars of the company.
Hats off to Pepper Parks/Sutter, or by any name for his week at the WWE Performance Center. A class young man & proud to say one of "My KIds" Much love & respect.👍
— Les Thatcher (@LesThatcher) July 15, 2018
Alongside their own stellar coaching staff, the WWE Performance Center routinely brings in guest coaches for week long stints, many of whom end up with full time jobs with the company, like Serena Deeb, Johnny Moss, Johnny Saint and Steve Corino. Other guest coaches have included CHIKARA‘s Mike Quackenbush, former Ring of Honor manager Truth Martini, former ECW Superstar Jerry Lynn, and The Outsiders, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.
One of the good guys
— My Shoot Name Brand (@WWEMaverick) July 16, 2018
Congrats you deserve it
— Bad Boy Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) July 16, 2018
Congrats man, Is that Warren Moon?
— Konnan (@Konnan5150) July 16, 2018