OVW Heavyweight Championship

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OVW World Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionOhio Valley Wrestling
Date establishedAugust 17, 1997
Current champion(s)Abyss
Date wonOctober 10, 2018
Other name(s)
NWA-OVW Heavyweight Championship

The OVW Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling heavyweight championship owned by the Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) promotion. The title was introduced on August 17, 1997 at an OVW live event, then known as the NWA-OVW Heavyweight Championship due to OVW's relationship with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) governing body. OVW eventually parted ways with the NWA in October 2001, and the title was renamed the OVW Heavyweight Championship. OVW later became a developmental territory for the World Wrestling Entertainment organization, but their partnership eventually ceased on February 7, 2008.[1] The title has no known weight-limit, even though it is a heavyweight championship.

Title changes happen mostly at OVW-promoted events. The inaugural champion was a man known as Trailer Park Trash. His reign began on August 17, 1997, but ended in a vacancy for unknown reasons; it is also unknown how he became the first champion. Nick Dinsmore holds the record of most reigns, with ten. At 322 days, Rocco Bellagio's reign is the longest in the title's history. Rob Conway's fourth reign, Chet the Jett's second reign, and Vladimir Kozlov's only reign are all tied for the record of shortest reign in the title's history at less than one day each. Nick Dinsmore's combined ten reign lengths add up to 529 days—the most of any wrestler. The current champion is Abyss; the previous champion was vacant, who lost the championship on October 10, 2018. Overall, there have been 117 reigns shared between 64 wrestlers, with 11 vacancies. One of those vacancies was due to then-champion Matt Cappotelli being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, and thus he chose to vacate the championship.[2]

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name Years
NWA-OVW Heavyweight Championship 1997 – 2001
OVW Heavyweight Championship 2001 – present

Reigns[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
N/A Unknown information
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Trailer Park Trash August 17, 1997 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 1 76 Trailer Park Trash defeated Vic The Bruiser to become the inaugural champion
Vacated November 1, 1997 [3]
2 Bill Dundee November 16, 1997 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 1 7 Dundee won a battle royal to win the vacant championship
3 Rip Rogers November 23, 1997 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 1 192
4 Nick Dinsmore June 3, 1998 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 1 7
5 David C. June 10, 1998 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 1 25 David C. won the title by forfeit
6 Doug Basham July 5, 1998 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 1 70
7 Rip Rogers September 13, 1998 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 2 107
8 Doug Basham December 29, 1998 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 5
9 Rip Rogers January 3, 1999 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 3 30
10 Rod Steele February 2, 1999 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 75 Nick Dinsmore defeated Steele on February 7, 1999 at a live event, but returned the title to Steele after learning of outside interference during their encounter
11 Nick Dinsmore April 18, 1999 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 2 10
12 Rob Conway April 28, 1999 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 1 9
13 Nick Dinsmore May 7, 1999 Live event New Albany, Indiana 3 32 [4]
14 Damaja June 8, 1999 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 70
15 Rob Conway August 17, 1999 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 85
16 Rico Constantino November 10, 1999 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 46
17 Flash Flanagan December 26, 1999 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 42
18 Rico Constantino February 6, 2000 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 11
19 Flash Flanagan February 17, 2000 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 2 47 [5]
20 Damaja April 4, 2000 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 50
21 Nick Dinsmore May 24, 2000 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 4 45
22 Flash Flanagan July 8, 2000 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 3 27
23 Nick Dinsmore August 4, 2000 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 5 33
24 Rob Conway September 6, 2000 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 3 49
25 Nick Dinsmore October 25, 2000 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 6 125
26 Rico Constantino February 27, 2001 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 3 36 [6]
27 Flash Flanagan April 4, 2001 Bluegrass
Brawl
Louisville, Kentucky 4 112
28 Doug Basham July 25, 2001 OVW TV Tapings Jeffersonville, Indiana 3 126 OVW breaks away from the NWA in October 2001. The championship is renamed the OVW Heavyweight Championship
29 Leviathan November 28, 2001 OVW TV Tapings Jeffersonville, Indiana 1 84
30 The Prototype February 20, 2002 OVW TV Tapings Jeffersonville, Indiana 1 84
31 Nova May 15, 2002 Live event Jeffersonville, Indiana 1 175
32 Damaja November 6, 2002 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 3 105
33 Nick Dinsmore February 19, 2003 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 7 46 [7]
34 Doug Basham April 6, 2003 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 4 115
35 Damaja July 30, 2003 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 4 14
36 Rob Conway August 13, 2003 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 4 <1
37 Johnny Jeter August 13, 2003 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 63
38 Mark Magnus October 15, 2003 OVW TV Tapings N/A 1 56
Vacated December 10, 2003 The championship was vacated due to Magnus being pinned by both Nick Dinsmore and Johnny Jeter in a three-way match on December 3
39 Nick Dinsmore January 7, 2004 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 8 98 Dinsmore defeated Johnny Jeter to win the vacant championship
40 Matt Morgan April 14, 2004 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 182
41 Chris Cage October 13, 2004 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 49
42 Chad Toland December 1, 2004 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 7
43 Elijah Burke December 8, 2004 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 126
44 Matt Morgan April 13, 2005 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 2 14
45 Brent Albright April 27, 2005 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 98
46 Johnny Jeter August 3, 2005 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 2 98
47 Matt Cappotelli November 9, 2005 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 91
Vacated February 8, 2006 Live event Louisville, Kentucky Cappotelli vacates the championship after announcing that he had a brain tumor[2]
48 Brent Albright March 1, 2006 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 2 63 Albright defeated CM Punk in a tournament finals to become the new champion[8]
49 CM Punk May 3, 2006 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 119 [9][10]
50 Chet the Jett August 30, 2006 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 56
51 Jacob Duncan October 25, 2006 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 49
52 Chet the Jett December 13, 2006 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 2 <1
53 Paul Burchill December 13, 2006 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 66
54 Cody Runnels February 17, 2007 Live event Elizabethtown, Kentucky 1 1
55 Paul Burchill February 18, 2007 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 24
56 Aaron Stevens March 14, 2007 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 56
57 Paul Burchill May 9, 2007 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 3 14
Vacated May 23, 2007 Live event Louisville, Kentucky The championship was vacated after a double pin in a contest between Burchill and Idol Stevens
58 Jay Bradley June 1, 2007 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 26 Bradley defeated Burchill and Stevens in a three-way match to win the vacant championship[11]
59 Paul Burchill June 27, 2007 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 4 31
60 Vladimir Kozlov July 28, 2007 Live event Elizabethtown, Kentucky 1 <1
61 Michael Washington Kruel July 28, 2007 Live event Elizabethtown, Kentucky 1 130 Pinned at backstage
62 Matt Sydal December 5, 2007 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 70 Sydal is the last OVW Heavyweight Champion while OVW is a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) developmental territory
63 Jay Bradley February 13, 2008 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 7 Became the first OVW Heavyweight Champion since OVW and WWE parted ways
64 Nick Dinsmore February 20, 2008 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 9 126
65 Anthony Bravado June 25, 2008 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 115
66 Ryback October 18, 2008 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 14
67 Anthony Bravado November 1, 2008 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 28
68 Aaron Stevens November 29, 2008 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 49
69 Vaughn Lilas January 17, 2009 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 21
70 Apoc February 7, 2009 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 77
71 Vaughn Lilas April 25, 2009 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 22
72 Apoc May 17, 2009 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 62
73 Low Rider July 18, 2009 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 172
74 Moose January 6, 2010 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 52
Vacated February 27, 2010 Moose was stripped of the championship due to attacking officials
75 Brent Wellington February 27, 2010 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 91 Wellington won a battle royal to win the vacant championship
76 Mike Mondo May 29, 2010 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 18
77 James Thomas
(Formerly known as Moose)
June 16, 2010 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 2 45
78 Low Rider July 31, 2010 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 161
79 Cliff Compton January 8, 2011 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 1 56 This was a three–way match, also involving Mike Mondo
80 Mike Mondo March 5, 2011 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 60 This was a three–way ladder match, also involving Low Rider[12]
Vacated May 4, 2011 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky The championship was vacated after Mike Mondo attacked OVW president Danny Davis[13]
81 Cliff Compton May 14, 2011 Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 11 This was a brass knuckles on a pole match against Mike Mondo with special referee Danny Davis[14]
82 Elvis Pridemoore May 25, 2011 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 7 [15]
Vacated June 1, 2011 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky Pridemoore vacated the title after finding out that he had won it due to outside interference from Mike Mondo[16]
83 Jason Wayne July 1, 2011 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 117 Defeated Mike Mondo in a tournament final to win the vacant title[17]
84 Nick Dinsmore October 26, 2011 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 10 7 [18]
85 Rudy Switchblade November 2, 2011 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 122 Defeated Nick Dinsmore, Jason Wayne, Adam Revolver, Ted McNaler, James Thomas, Rocco Bellagio and Mike Mondo in an Eight Man Melee[19]
86 Johnny Spade March 3, 2012 Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 70
87 Rob Terry May 12, 2012 Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 46 [20]
Vacated June 27, 2012 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky OVW Board of Directors member Ken Wayne vacates all OVW championships
88 Johnny Spade July 7, 2012 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 2 67 Defeated Rob Terry in the finals of a ten men gauntlet match to win the vacant title
89 Crimson September 12, 2012 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 80 [21]
90 Rob Terry December 1, 2012 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 2 60 [22]
91 Doug Williams January 30, 2013 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 70 [23]
92 Jamin Olivencia April 10, 2013 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 241 [24]
Vacated December 4, 2013 N/A Louisville, Kentucky Title vacated by OVW owner Danny Davis over inappropriate actions on OVW TV
93 Jamin Olivencia December 7, 2013 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 2 28 Defeated Johnny Spade to win the vacant title[24]
94 Marcus Anthony January 4, 2014 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 126 [25]
95 Jamin Olivencia May 10, 2014 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 3 56 [25]
96 Marcus Anthony July 5, 2014 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 2 28 It was a Last Man Standing match[26]
97 Melvin Maximus August 2, 2014 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 63
98 Cliff Compton October 4, 2014 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 3 63 It was a Triple threat match also including Marcus Anthony
99 Adam Revolver December 6, 2014 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 63
100 Mohamad Ali Vaez February 7, 2015 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 81
101 Eddie Diamond April 29, 2015 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 86
102 Chris Silvio July 24, 2015 OVW Friday Night Fights 2 Louisville, Kentucky 1 134
103 Ryan Howe December 5, 2015 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 4
104 Rob Conway December 9, 2015 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 5 24
105 Ryan Howe January 2, 2016 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 2 77
106 Devin Driscoll March 19, 2016 Live event Elizabethtown, Kentucky 1 28
Vacated April 16, 2016 Live event Elizabethtown, Kentucky Title vacated by OVW founder Danny Davis
107 Big Jon April 16, 2016 Live event Elizabethtown, Kentucky 1 28 Defeated Rocco Bellagio to win the vacant title
108 Rocco Bellagio May 14, 2016 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 322 This was a No Holds Barred match
109 Big Jon April 1, 2017 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 2 91 This was a Steel Cage match
110 Adam Revolver July 1, 2017 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 2 63 Michael Hayes served as the special guest referee
111 Tyler Matrix September 2, 2017 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 63
112 Michael Hayes November 4, 2017 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 102 This was Hayes War Games cash in match
113 Randy Royal February 14, 2018 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 17
114 Michael Hayes March 3, 2018 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 2 126 This was a Triple Threat Elimination match also including Chris Silvio
115 Amon July 7, 2018 OVW Saturday Night Special Louisville, Kentucky 1 18 This was a Casket match
116 Abyss July 25, 2018 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky 1 7 Became champion after Amon gave him the title
Vacated August 1, 2018 OVW TV Tapings Louisville, Kentucky Title vacated by Dean Hill.
117 Abyss October 10, 2018 OVW 1000 Louisville, Kentucky 2 59+ Defeated Justin Smooth in a tournament final to win the vacant title

List of combined reigns[edit]

As of December 8, 2018

Indicates the current champion(s)
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
<1 Indicates that the combined total is less than one day.
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Nick Dinsmore 10 529
2 Low Rider 2 333
3 Rip Rogers 3 329
4 Jamin Olivencia 3 325
5 Rocco Bellagio 1 322
6 Doug Basham 4 316
7 Damaja 4 239
8 Flash Flanagan 4 228
Michael Hayes 2 228
10 Matt Morgan 2 196
11 Nova 1 175
12 Rob Conway 5 167
13 Brent Albright 2 161
Johnny Jeter 2 161
15 Marcus Anthony 2 154
16 Anthony Bravado 2 143
17 Apoc 2 139
18 Johnny Spade 2 137
19 Paul Burchill 4 135
20 Chris Silvio 1 134
21 Cliff Compton 3 130
Michael Washington Kruel 1 130
23 Adam Revolver 2 126
Elijah Burke 1 126
25 Rudy Switchblade 1 122
26 Big Jon 2 119
CM Punk 1 119
28 Jason Wayne 1 117
29 Rob Terry 2 106
30 Aaron Stevens 2 105
31 Moose/James Thomas 2 97
32 Rico Constantino 3 93
33 Brent Wellington 1 91
Matt Cappotelli 1 91
35 Eddie Diamond 1 86
36 Leviathan 1 84
The Prototype 1 84
38 Ryan Howe 2 81
Mohamad Ali Vaez 1 81
40 Crimson 1 80
41 Mike Mondo 2 78
42 Trailer Park Trash 1 76
43 Rod Steele 1 75
44 Doug Williams 1 70
Matt Sydal 1 70
46 Abyss 2 66+
47 Melvin Maximus 1 63
Tyler Matrix 1 63
49 Chet the Jett 1 56
Mark Magnus 1 56
51 Chris Cage 1 49
Jacob Duncan 1 49
53 Vaughn Lilas 2 43
54 Jay Bradley 2 33
55 Devin Driscoll 1 28
56 David C. 1 25
57 Amon 1 18
58 Randy Royal 1 17
59 Ryback 1 14
60 Bill Dundee 1 7
Chad Toland 1 7
Elvis Pridemoore 1 7
63 Cody Runnels 1 1
64 Vladimir Kozlov 1 <1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
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Specific
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  22. ^ Van Drisse, Trent (2012-12-02). "OVW Saturday Night Special report 12-1 Louisville Big Robbie T vs. Crimson". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
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