Ohio Valley Wrestling

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Ohio Valley Wrestling
Acronym OVW
Founded 1997
Style Sports Entertainment
Professional wrestling
Headquarters Louisville, Kentucky
Founder(s) Danny Davis
Owner(s) Danny Davis
Formerly NWA Ohio Valley Championship Wrestling

Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky.[1] OVW was initially a member promotion of the National Wrestling Alliance from its inception in 1997 until 2000, when it became the primary developmental territory for the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE). OVW remained in this role from 2000 until 2008.[2] The promotion was unaffiliated from February 7, 2008 until November 2011, and is run by owner Danny Davis.

In 2012, OVW became the farm territory for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).[3] However, the relationship ended on November 2, 2013.[4][5] As of December 2011, over 100 OVW alumni have appeared in WWE.[6]

History[edit]

OVW was founded by Danny Davis in 1997 as an NWA member. However, OVW separated from NWA in 2000. After, the company became the farm territory of World Wrestling Federation/ Entertainment. Jim Cornette was head booker of OVW and majority investor, but he was fired by WWE for slapping a student, Anthony Carelli.[7] He was replaced by Paul Heyman, who booked OVW until being called up to be the booker of the ECW brand. Greg Gagne was supposed to be booker after Heyman, but his knowledge of OVW was limited so the booking was extended to also include Al Snow and Danny Davis. Gagne was later released from the company, leaving booking to Snow and Davis.

In 2007, Cornette sold his share of the company back to Davis.[8] On February 7, 2008, WWE announced that it had ended its relationship with OVW as a developmental territory, moving all contracted talent to Florida Championship Wrestling.[9] However, on September 23, 2009, OVW announced via a press release from WWE that Senior EVP John Laurinaitis visited and scouted OVW wrestlers and that WWE will take "a much more active role in recruiting OVW developed talent". OVW and WWE maintained a close relationship as throughout 2008 and 2009 WWE-contracted talent would make occasional appearances on OVW shows and OVW talent has remained a large part of WWE's recruiting classes with eight members of the roster being signed to the WWE since February 2008 and many more being used on WWE programming as extras or enhancement talent. On February 22 and 23, 2010 the WWE in conjunction with OVW held a two-day tryout camp for independent wrestlers. It was the first event of this nature held outside Florida Championship Wrestling since FCW became WWE's sole developmental territory.

On September 8, 2010, in what was dubbed the company's season premiere, Danny Davis, who himself was making his return for the first time in over a year, announced that Jim Cornette was returning to his role as head booker of the company.[10] Cornette, who is also executive producer of Ring of Honor's HD Net show, stated that Ring of Honor (ROH) talent as well as talent from other companies were going to work in OVW along with the current crop of stars and returning OVW stars in an effort to return the company to its previous reputation as the best independent wrestling company to get recruited from. A similar claim was made by Cornette during the announcement of the ROH HDnet program moving its tapings to the OVW/Davis arena.

On November 7, 2011, it was announced that OVW and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) had reached an agreement for OVW to become TNA's official training and developmental territory.[11] TNA's Director of Talent Relations Al Snow returned as booker of the company, replacing the outgoing Jim Cornette. The relationship lasted for two years, before ending on November 2, 2013 after TNA ordered all of their talent to report to Orlando.[4][12]

Television[edit]

Ohio Valley Wrestling TV
Created by Danny Davis
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 779 (as of July 26, 2014)[13]
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel United States WKYI-CD
United States WKYT-TV
United States WOBZ-LD
Online[13]
WBNA-21
Original airing 1997–present

OVW currently airs a 60-minute television program Saturdays in the Louisville area on WBNA-21 at 1:00 PM and Wednesdays at 9:00 PM, after WWE Main Event, and on WOBZ-LD in London, Kentucky at 9:00 p.m. OVW also has streaming video via their website ovwrestling.com, where new episodes are streamed on Thursdays following the previous Wednesday's television taping. The television shows originate from the Davis Arena in the Buechel neighborhood of Louisville.[6][13]

Current champions and accomplishments[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Date won Won from
OVW Heavyweight Championship Adam Revolver December 6, 2014 Cliff Compton
OVW Television Championship Michael Hayes November 1, 2014 Chris Silvio
OVW Southern Tag Team Championship Free Bodies December 13, 2014 TerreMex
OVW Women's Championship Lei'D Tapa April 6, 2014 Jessie Belle

Defunct championships[edit]

Championship Final champion Date won Won from Notes
OVW Light Heavyweight Championship Chris Michaels April 12, 2000 Sean Casey Retired on March 1, 2001.
OVW Hardcore Championship Randy Orton May 5, 2001 Flash Flanagan Retired on May 5, 2001.

Roster[edit]

Male wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Aaron Sky Unknown
Adam Revolver Jared Pridgin OVW Heavyweight Champion
Big Jon Jonathan Montgomery OVW Southern Tag Team Champion
Chris Silvio Christopher Osterfield
Cliff Compton Cliff Compton
Dapper Dan Dapper Dan Anderson
Deonta Davis Deonta Davis
Dylan Bostic Dylan Bostic
Eddie Diamond Eduardo Simon
Elvis Pridemoore Elvis Moore
Eric Locker Eric Hastings
Leon Shelly Robert Shell, Jr.
Marcus Anthony Marcus Anthony
Melvin Maximus Hany Salib
Michael Hayes Michael Hayes OVW Television Champion
Mohamad Ali Vaez Ali Vaez
Randy Terrez Randy Gutierrez
Raul LaMotta Aaron LaMotta
Robbie Walker Robbie Walker
Rump Thump Stephon Smith
Ryan Howe Ryan Howe
Shiloh Jonze Shiloh Mount
The Assassin Unknown
The Bodyguy Iain Moore OVW Southern Tag Team Champion
The Mexicutioner Roberto De Luna, Jr.

Female wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Jessie Belle Jessie Belle McCoy
Lei'D Tapa Seini Draughn OVW Women's Champion
Mary Elizabeth Monroe Kelly Klein
Rebel Tanea Brooks

Others[edit]

Name Role
Dean Hill Color commentator
Gilbert Corsey Play-by-play commentator
Interviewer
Michael Titus Manager of Titus Enterprises
Shannon The Dude Ring Announcer
Terry Boddie Color commentator

Referees[edit]

Name Role
David Crowe
Josh Ashcraft Senior Referee
Jordan Barker
Nick Dumeyer
Timmy Danger

Training Staff[edit]

Name Title
Danny Davis Owner of OVW
Matt Cappotelli Beginner Class
Rip Rogers Head Trainer/Advanced Class
Trailer Park Trash (Frank Miller) Intermediate Class
Also wrestler

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ovwrestling.com/about
  2. ^ http://www.1wrestling.com/2008/02/07/wwe-pulls-developmental-deal-from-ovw/[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ http://ovwrestling.com/articles/20111107/tna-impact-wrestling-and-ovw-sign-developmental-deal
  4. ^ a b http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/118-daily-updates/33790-wed-update-more-tna-cost-saving-moves-carters-send-e-mail-to-talent-denying-sale-video-game-promotion-real-story-behind-birth-of-one-of-greatest-world-title-reigns-legednary-mafch-classics-on-demand-weekend-preview
  5. ^ http://www.pwinsider.com/ViewArticle.php?id=81365
  6. ^ a b Marshall, Anne (December 7, 2011). "Learning the ropes". Louisville Eccentric Observer. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Santino Marella". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-04-14.  "Anthony Carelli was the student that Jim Cornette slapped"
  8. ^ http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TNA_News_1/article_31318.shtml
  9. ^ "WWE to cease affiliation with Ohio Valley Wrestling". World Wrestling Entertainment. February 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  10. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-09-09). "ROH/OVW News: Jim Cornette announced as new OVW matchmaker; "working relationship" announced between ROH & OVW". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  11. ^ Caldwell, James (2011-11-07). "TNA News: TNA announces official training program with WWE's former developmental territory". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  12. ^ http://www.wrestlezone.com/news/429491-big-update-on-impact-road-tapings
  13. ^ a b c "Streaming Television Episodes". Ohio Valley Wrestling. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 

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