Reality of Wrestling
FormerlyPro Wrestling Alliance (2006–11)
TypePrivate
IndustryProfessional wrestling
GenreSports entertainment
Founded2005; 17 years ago (2005)[1]
FounderBooker T
Sharmell
HeadquartersHouston, Texas,
United States
Area served
Worldwide
Websitewww.realityofwrestling.com

Reality of Wrestling (ROW) is an independent professional wrestling promotion based in Houston, Texas. It was established as Pro Wrestling Alliance (PWA) in 2005 by Booker T.[2]

History

Pro Wrestling Alliance

The Pro Wrestling Alliance's first show was held in December 2006. Owner Booker T started the promotion to give professional wrestlers the opportunity to properly train, as well as to keep the legacy of Paul Boesch's Houston Wrestling alive.[3][4] The money made at shows is donated to Fights For Kids Foundation, which helps kids stay off the streets and shows them the benefits of a better life.[5]

Monthly events were held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Texas, and later at the Clear Lake Recreation Sports Center in Clear Lake, Texas.

In December 2007, Rob Van Dam wrestled his first match after leaving WWE against Booker T for the PWA, and the match is included on the DVD The Best of RVD TV Vol 1 DVD in the extras.[6]

Reality of Wrestling

On March 9, 2012, after seven years as the Pro Wrestling Alliance, the promotion was re-launched as Reality of Wrestling (ROW) and began holding events at the Booker T World Gym Arena in Texas City, Texas.[7][3] The name change was a spontaneous decision of Booker T.[4] In December 2012, the promotion almost closed with Christmas Chaos planned as the last show.[4] However, last minute investors and partners helped the promotion continue to run.[4]

The promotion produces a weekly YouTube show with tapings taking place once monthly at their live events in Clear Lake. ROW later launched a local television program in Houston, Texas that originally aired on KUBE-TV Channel 57 and currently airs on Sunday mornings on KIAH-TV Channel 39.[4] In February 2014, ROW partnered with the Soul of the South Network to air the show in 20 cities.[4] They aired their first internet pay-per-view in July 2014.[4] Episodes are aired on the website FITE TV.

The promotion also includes a school that has a two-year training program for beginning professional wrestlers, as opposed to the more traditional three and six month programs at other schools.[8]

On July 6, 2019, Reality of Wrestling and Impact Wrestling co-produced an event together called Deep Impact that aired live on YouTube and Twitch.[9]

On October 20, 2021, it was announced that Reality of Wrestling would hold the promotions first event outside of Texas called One Night in Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 19, 2021 at the MGM Grand Ballroom.[10][11]

Current champions

Championship Current Champion(s) Date Won Won from Notes
ROW Heavyweight Championship The Mysterious Q January 30, 2022 Will Allday [12]
ROW Texas Championship Jay Alexander January 2, 2022 Vacant [13]
ROW Television Championship Edge Stone December 4, 2021 Savage King [14]
ROW Tag Team Championship Culture Inc (Eli Knight and Malik Bosede) December 5, 2021 Legion (Isaiah James and Shawn Hendrix) [15]
ROW Diamonds Division Championship Raychell Rose August 14, 2021 Promise Braxton [16]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Reality of Wrestling: Official Twitter".
  2. ^ "Reality of Wrestling (ROW) - Cagematch promotion profile".
  3. ^ a b Damante, Mike (2013-03-26). "Booker T brings Reality of Wrestling to Houston suburb". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Pendergest, Sean (2014-04-02). "Booker T's Reality of Wrestling Gets a Second Chance, Just as He Did". Houston Press. Retrieved 2015-04-27.
  5. ^ Eck, Kevin (2007-06-21). "Q&A with King Booker". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  6. ^ Ward, Marshall (2009-09-17). "Get your Van Dam fill through RVD TV". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  7. ^ "Booker T World Gym Arena".
  8. ^ Ryan, Nathan (2014-07-04). "World Wrestling Entertainment on the hunt for more Australian talent". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  9. ^ "IMPACT & Reality of Wrestling Deep IMPACT - Twitch Specials".
  10. ^ "Booker T's ROW Announces Special "One Night In Vegas" Event".
  11. ^ "Booker T's Reality of Wrestling To Present 'One Night In Vegas' Streaming Live Next Month".
  12. ^ "ROW Heavyweight Championship History".
  13. ^ "ROW Texas Championship History".
  14. ^ "ROW Internet/Television Championship History".
  15. ^ "ROW Tag Team Championship History".
  16. ^ "ROW Diamonds Division Championship History".