Booker T's wrestling school providing students like Hyan and Mysterious Q new opportunities
By Nick Talbot Updated 6:06 pm CDT, Thursday, September 5, 2019
When Raw came to Houston in August of 2016, Hyan Olvera didn't think she was going to be on the WWE show. Olvera, who is a student at WWE superstar Booker T's training center and promotion Reality of Wrestling in Houston, was supposed to play one of Nia Jax's latest victims. As she waited backstage in the catering, she saw noted that producers chose a local talent to face and get squashed by Braun Strowman.
Olvera didn't think the show would feature two one-sided matches.
"I thought 'I guess they're not going to use me. Let me have some catering then,'" she told Bleacher Report in 2017. "I literally just finished eating some pie when they said,
'We're going to use you. Get in your gear.'"
The match lasted a little more than a minute.
"I knew what it was, what my role was. Booker always says, 'Know your role, play your part and do the best you can in that role.'"
Only 22 at the time, Olvera hasn't had the chance to appear on a WWE show since.
But her career took off anyway. She's traveled the country, worked for Shimmer, a Chicago-based independent women's professional wrestling promotion and recently just got back from wrestling in Japan.
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Saturday, Olvera, now 25, will compete in River City Wrestling's Young Guns event at the Hybrid School of Wrestling in San Antonio.
"It is my first time working for RCW and I know they have some talented people come through there, so I am excited to make my debut there," Olvera said. "(Reality of Wrestling) has given me opportunities because they started doing the Ladies Night Out shows. Those gave me the opportunity to wrestle some people that I normally wouldn't have. "Traveling and those shows gave me a lot of exposure. ... It was all just kind of random, but I am really glad it happened."
Others at Booker T's wrestling school and promotion are looking for similar opportunities.
After an AC joint tear took DeQuincy Carter out of the ring, he was forced to sit by and watch his friends leave one by one.
Rex Andrews, Ryan Davidson and Miranda Alize all took tours around the country and to Japan to wrestle. Carter, who goes by the ring name Mysterious Q, hadn't even left Texas.
Carter has trained at for the last seven years at the Booker T school and now, he is more than ready to venture out.
"I was going really going good and then I had some injuries and two years ago, an AC joint tear and that was the worst," Carter said. "It took me a while to come back from that. I was not 100 percent, but I during that time I saw people from Texas get out and go travel and I thought to myself, 'Man I have to start to travel. I've been doing this for 11 years now and there was a stigma about me being comfortable."
One of Carter's first stops along the way will be in San Antonio at RCW's Young Guns event.
"Honestly, I just want to make a comfortable living (from wrestling) and be happy," Carter said. "Everyone wants to make WWE and other competition like that. That is that point of all of this, but it is also just being happy without any financial worries or stress. "
That stress is not the easiest to overcome for many independent wrestlers. Carter has a full-time job at a 9-5 on top of training for Booker T's promotion at World Gym Arena in Texas City.
"A lot of them are shocked by it," Carter said of his co- workers at his day job. "They support me fully, though, and they are like, 'Oh you're the wrestler?' They go creep on me sometimes and say, 'No this can't be you. You're so quiet.' But yeah that is me. I just tell them they should come check the show out sometime."
After graduating from the University of Houston, Olvera worked at Geico before finally giving up the full-time job to wrestle full-time and travel.
"I wouldn't have believed it five years ago," Olvera said. "I didn't imagine that it all would be possible. Now, I am just really grateful for that opportunity. I want to go out into other countries as well, not just Japan and make my way to Europe, Canada and Australia and wrestle places I have never gone before."
Olvera got into the business after attending one of the school's shows a little more than five years ago. She was hooked from the get-go. Telling her sorority at Houston she was leaving it to train full-time, though, didn't go so well.
"They thought it was dumb and didn't really approve of it," Olvera said. "I actually lost a lot of friends because of it --- no one from the sorority talked to me afterward."
She has no regrets, though.
"I am lucky enough to live off of this at least for the time being and I did not think that was possible back then unless you were in WWE," Olvera said.
Carter decided to join Booker T's school after seeing a show as well. The next day he drove by the building and intended to stop and start training.
"I just drove by the building, turned around and went home. It took like the third time before I was like 'Screw it,' and I just walked in and talked to him," Carter said. "He said, 'OK, let's see if you can take a bump,' and everything just seemed to past so fast. It was smooth sailing from that point."
Carter took several bumps when he faced Impact superstar Moose in a cross-promoted show in July.
"It was nerve-wracking in July, but it was good and go to rub elbows with them and see if I can hang with a guy like that," Carter said.
It is those kinds of opportunities that keep Olvera moving forward in the profession.
"I try to tell people to give your dreams 110 percent of you," she said. "Some people might not be supportive. Your family might not be supportive, but if it is important to you go do it."