Houston has been home to many independent wrestling promotions ever since the late 1920’s. Starting with Paul Boesch’s Houston Wrestling which dates back to the first World War. Boesch effectively stopped promoting in 1987. Global Wrestling Federation, based out of Dallas came into the territory in the early 1990’s. Also around this time Texas All-Star Wrestling which at the time, was the first successful promotion in the state of Texas to run since the close of World Class Championship Wrestling. In 2006, Reality of Wrestling was launched by pro wrestling legends who have hall of fame careers and are brothers, Booker T and Stevie Ray.
Originally under the name Pro Wrestling Alliance, Booker T and Stevie Ray had a vision from the start to not only run their own promotion, but to also give back to the community and to the wrestling business as a whole. They wanted to have potential wrestlers train there, and to keep the spirit and legacy of Paul Boesch’s original promotion alive. Money that is made on shows is donated to the Fight For Kids Foundation. This organisation helps kids and teenagers stay off the streets and show them that there is a better path and it also provides college scholarships to high school graduates. With all of this, no wonder why this promotion has a great reputation with the communities and with other pro wrestlers from then, to right now.
In 2012, Pro Wrestling Alliance changed their name to Reality of Wrestling and has had that name since. There is even a two year training school at the promotion and Kylie Rae, Shawn Hendrix, Ivory Robyn, and current WWE Superstar Ember Moon have all trained at the school. In fact, Ivory Brown holds the record for having the Diamonds Division Championship for the longest reign. The trainning program is divided into different sections as there is a Beginner and Advanced Camp, the Fantasy Camp, and the Jr Kids Camp. The Jr Kids Camp ranges from 8-15 years old and not only will they get in-ring training, but they can also develop skills of cutting promos and to learn the importance of teamwork and anti-bullying through the matches that take place in the ring. In 2015, Booker T and Stevie Ray reunited as Harlem Heat for one final match and even won the ROW Tag Team Champions. This was a great treat for the fans since they have not teamed together in a match at the time since 2000.
The next big event will take place on Saturday, Nov 16th titled “Ladies Night Out 8” and there will be a huge number of talent that will be featured such as Jazz, Kiera Hogan, Ivelisse. Veda Scott, and more to be announced. You will not want to miss this explosive show with the amount of talent that will be on this show.
Reality of Wrestling is more than just a wrestling promotion that happens to have a training school, but they take care of their community and their talent in many ways possible and it is great to check them out if you are in the Texas area!