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Conversations with Mercury Yaden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mercury Yaden.

Hi Mercury, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I discovered my love for Professional Wrestling later in my childhood. It was something I thought was cool and knew about at a younger age, however, I didn’t discover how much I enjoyed it until I was around 16. During my Senior Year in High School, I met a group of guys who did the backyard wrestling thing in Ontario, Ohio.

I became pretty good friends with them and started hanging out during their NRW shows, eventually jumping in and doing it myself. After a couple of years of doing that, I was properly trained by Jay Kilgore, a local wrestler in the area that sought to help us do this safely and the right way. My official training was in 2001.

From there I wrestled around Ohio, mainly for our promotion NRW and another promotion out of Canton Ohio called MCW. In early 2003 I moved to Colorado. Here I worked with several promotions throughout the years. I never sought to own my own business, run my promotion, or operate a Professional Wrestling school.

What sent me down this path was the closing of Colorado’s top Professional Wrestling Promotion at the time, Fusion Pro Wrestling. I believed their exit from the Pro Wrestling landscape in Colorado left a hole in professionalism that needed to be filled. They ceased operations in 2009, and by June 2010, I decided to take a shot at running my promotion, founding New Revolution Wrestling (NRW), which is now Rocky Mountain Pro (RMP).

After 2 years of operation, I received an opportunity to be an intern for TNA Impact Wrestling in Nashville, TN, which turned into a full-time position as a Talent Relations Manager. That opportunity was from June 2012 to June 2013, and my operation of NRW back in Colorado ceased. Upon moving back to Colorado in September 2013, I decided to apply what I’d learned during my time at TNA Impact and start a school, officially opening in January 2014.

My reasoning was similar to the starting of the promotion in 2010, as I saw a need for training in Colorado and felt I could address it. The school was named Mercury Pro Wrestling Academy (MPWA), changing to the Al Snow Wrestling Academy-Rocky Mountain in 2020.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. Several roadblocks have appeared, from financial issues to location difficulties. The biggest struggle is successfully making the public aware that you are in town and offering a quality entertainment option. We’ve had to relocate several times since opening the school in 2014, but each move was a step forward for both the school and promotion. We meet these challenges head-on every time they show themselves.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Professional Wrestling is an art form that combines so many aspects of sport and entertainment. We combine athletics, storytelling, audience interaction, drama, and a live experience unlike any other. It’s the age-old battle of good versus evil, right versus wrong, in a setting that encourages maximum participation from its audience. The ability to connect with your audience in the setting of Pro Wrestling is truly magical.

Our fans don’t just sit and watch what unfolds, they actively participate in it. We hear them. We see them. We react to them. We truly connect with them. My career in Pro Wrestling began as a hobby. In the beginning, I did not seek this out as a career. I met a group of guys that loved Pro Wrestling, leading to me getting trained, as I fell in love with the crew and Pro Wrestling. Growing up I didn’t watch much, as anyone in my family watched Pro Wrestling.

This group of guys changed that, and I became a huge fan rather quickly. Little did I know that this would lead me down the path to my career, as I stayed around long enough to decide that I didn’t just want to do it, but I wanted to do it for a living. This was after 8 years. It has not been easy, as making a living in this industry is very difficult to obtain. The challenge of being paid by a larger organization is a hard one, and I had several opportunities that did not pan out to a contract.

However, I did not give up on my goal to make a living in Pro Wrestling, finding that I could do so through training Pro Wrestlers from the ground up and helping those with experience tighten up their game. I’ve learned that to make a living in something, you need to find what is needed and serve that market. This is a piece of advice I received from another mentor of mine, Brutal Bob Evans. That is what led me to the blessing of doing this for a living. I found a need in Colorado, which was quality training, and served that market.

This led to a place where talent could train and grow, allowing for the growth of RMP as an organization through the improving quality of wrestlers in Colorado. We hope that the world can see what dedication, hard work, and banding together with your teammates will lead to. This brand is truly special, and it’s special because of those who work hard, train and dedicate themselves to it.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Be kind and professional to all you encounter. You never know who you are talking to, and should show everyone you encounter the level of respect you would want from others. If you are easy to work with and a pleasure to be around, you’ll find that your network will grow quickly. Ensure that when you are being educated and mentored that you are listening and humble.

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Tim Melnyk, Adam Brester, and Rebecca Worthington

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