Ohio Valley Wrestling

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Ohio Valley Wrestling
Acronym OVW
Founded 1997
Style Sports Entertainment
Professional wrestling
Headquarters Louisville, Kentucky
Founder(s) Nightmare 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][unreliable source?] The promotion was unaffiliated from February 7, 2008 until November 2011, and is run by owner Nightmare 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]


OVW was founded by Nightmare 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]


Ohio Valley Wrestling TV
Created by Nightmare Danny Davis
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 851 (as of December 12, 2015)[13]
Running time 60 minutes
Original network United States WKYI-CD
United States WKYT-TV
United States WOBZ-LD
Original release 1997–present

OVW currently airs a 60-minute television program Saturdays in the Louisville area on WBNA-21 at 9:00AM and replay at 10:00 PM, 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 Ryan Howe January 2, 2016 Rob Conway
OVW Television Championship Devin Driscoll October 28, 2015 Mitch Huff
OVW Southern Tag Team Championship Band of Brothaz (General Pope & Private Anthony) December 5, 2015 The Van Zandt Family Circus
(Dapper Dan Van Zandt & The Ringmaster)
OVW Women's Championship Jessie Belle November 21, 2015

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.


Male wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Adam Revolver Jared Pridgin
Adam Wylde Unknown
Big Jon Jonathan Montgomery
Bud Dwight Dwight J. Coulter
Chris Silvio Christopher Osterfield
Cliff Compton Cliff Compton
Dapper Dan Van Zandt Daniel Anderson
Deonta Davis Deonta Davis Inactive; has not appeared in over 30 days
Devin Driscoll Devin Driscoll OVW Television Champion
Dylan Bostic Dylan Bostic
Eddie Diamond Eduardo Simon
Elijah Burke Elijah Burke OVW Southern Tag Team Champion
Elvis Pridemoore Elvis Moore
Eric Locker Eric Hastings
Jay Best Unknown
Jade Dawson Unknown
Jay Bradley Brad Thomas
Leon Shelly Robert Shell, Jr.
Marcus Anthony Marcus Anthony OVW Southern Tag Team Champion
Melvin Maximus Hany Salib Inactive; has not appeared in over 30 days
Mitch Huff Mitchell Huff
Mohamad Ali Vaez Ali Vaez
Randy Royal Tyler
Raul LaMotta Aaron LaMotta Inactive; has not appeared in over 30 days
Reverend Stuart Miles Stuart Perry
Robbie Walker Robbie Walker
Rocco Bellagio Unknown
Rook Unknown
Rump Thump Stephon Smith
Ryan Howe Ryan Howe OVW World Heavyweight Champion
Shane Andrews Shane Andrews
The Assassin Unknown
The Mexicutioner Roberto De Luna, Jr.
The Ringmaster David Dumso
Trevor Steele Trevor Foy

Female wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Hayley Shadows Emily Elizabeth
Jessie Belle Tiffany Dean Gravile OVW Women's Champion
Luscious Lexi Green Unknown
Maria James Maria James
Ray Lynn Rachel Kelvington Valet of Dylan Bostic
Rebel Tanea Brooks


Name Role
Gilbert Corsey Play-by-play commentator
Jim Cornette Director of Operations
Josh Ashcraft Manager of Devin Driscoll and Rocco Bellagio
Ron Hed Color commentator & occasional ring announcer
Scarlet Valet of The Circus
Shannon The Dude Commentator
'Bobcat' Casey Reeves Sparring partner/trainer for Devin Driscoll


Name Role
David Crowe
Joe Wheeler Senior Referee
Jordan Barker
AJ Lucio

Training staff[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About OVW | Ohio Valley Wrestling". Ovwrestling.com. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Pro Wrestling's Daily News Source". 1Wrestling.com. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  3. ^ "TNA Impact Wrestling and OVW Sign Developmental Deal | Ohio Valley Wrestling". Ovwrestling.com. 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b "FRI. 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". F4wonline.com. 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  5. ^ "TNA-OVW RELATIONSHIP ENDING, IMPACT ON THE ROAD IN 2014 AND MORE TNA NEWS". PWInsider.com. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  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. ^ "TNA News: Jim Cornette says TNA needs a developmental program, criticizes WWE's developmental program". PWTorch.com. 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  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. ^ "Big Update on Impact Road Tapings, More on TNA/OVW Relationship". Wrestlezone.com. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  13. ^ a b c "Streaming Television Episodes". Ohio Valley Wrestling. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 

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