Sammy Guevara Is Unrecognizable in Throwback Picture With WWE Hall of Famer Booker T

Published 06/07/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


Sammy Guevara is one of the youngest yet most coveted superstars in AEW. However, many fans might not realize that a WWE Hall of Famer actually trained a young Guevara.

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Recently, Guevara shared a throwback picture from his initial days as a pro-wrestling student. His picture featured none other than WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.

Guevara used to train in Booker’s wrestling school in Huston and wrestled in the latter’s Reality of Wrestling promotion. Then, Sammy branched out to various indie promotions like MLW, EVOLVE, PWG, and Lucha Underground.

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In the picture, Sammy is almost unrecognizable with his lop-sided hair and short stature, while Booker looked evergreen as always. Sammy acknowledged his hair faux pas in the caption, Young Sammy. That hair tho!”

 

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Sammy was a onetime AAA World Cruiserweight Champion before he signed up with AEW in 2019. He is one of the founding members of the Inner Circle alongside Chris Jericho and Jake Hager. Santana and Ortiz joined the stable later on.

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Sammy Guevara recalls training with Booker T during initial days

As a Huston native, Sammy chose Booker’s academy for his first step into pro wrestling. He still remembers when Booker used to come in to train them.

“One of the lessons he imparted on me might be something he didn’t even realize affected me the way it did,” Sammy told Bleacher Report.

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Booker called him in his office before Sammy’s first-ever match and gave some words of advice.

“I think he could tell I was nervous and told me ‘Look, if the worst thing that happens to you is you go out there and have a bad match, life is going to be OK.’ I remember that to this day because we get so caught up in our own heads with what is going on in the moment and that’s not your whole life. It’s just a little piece of it. If you make a mistake, you can learn from it and have a better tomorrow.”

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Despite a brief departure, Sammy is a valuable member in the stable and got the win for his team during their ‘stadium stampede’ match at Double or Nothing this year. Booker T also praised Sammy after the match.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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