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 (NWA) 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 currently run by Dean Hill, who took over from founder and former owner Nightmare Danny Davis.

In 2012, OVW became the farm territory for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) (now Impact Wrestling).[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.[2]

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.[9] Cornette, who is also executive producer of Ring of Honor's HDNet 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.[10] 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][11]


Created by Nightmare Danny Davis
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 953 (as of December 3, 2017)[12]
Running time 60 minutes
Original network United States WBNA-21
United States WOBZ-LD
Original release 1997–present
External links
Website ovwrestling.com

OVW currently airs a 60-minute television program on Saturdays in the Louisville area on WBNA-21 at 11:00AM and replay at 9:00PM, and on WOBZ-LD in London, Kentucky at 9:00PM. OVW also has streaming video via their website, 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][12]

Current champions[edit]

As of December 16, 2017

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
Location Notes
OVW Heavyweight Championship Michael Hayes 1 November 4, 2017 42+ Louisville, Kentucky Defeated Tyler Matrix at an OVW Saturday Night Special
OVW Television Championship Randall Floyd 2 October 25, 2017 52+ Louisville, Kentucky Defeated Logan James on OVW TV
OVW Southern Tag Team Championship The Bad Boys Club
(Randy Royal and Shane Andrews)
3 November 22, 2017 24+ Louisville, Kentucky Defeated The Top Guyz (Adam Slade and Kevin Giza) on OVW TV
OVW Women's Championship Jaylee 1 September 2, 2017 105+ Louisville, Kentucky Defeated Cali at an OVW Saturday Night Special for the vacated title

Defunct championships[edit]

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


Male wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Adam Revolver Jared Pridgin
Adam Slade Unknown
Aloicious Hamilton Unknown
Amon Stuart Perry Formerly Reverend Stuart Miles
Apollo Garvin Unknown
Big Jon Jonathan Montgomery
Billy O Unknown
Ca$h Flo Unknown
Chace Destiny Unknown
Christian Hernandez Unknown
Colton Cage Unknown
Damion Unknown
Dapper Dan Daniel Anderson
David Lee Lorenze III David Lo
Deonta Davis Unknown
Dre Blitz Unknown
Dustin Jackson Unknown
Houdini Unknown
Jade Dawson Unknown
Jamin Olivencia Jamin Olivencia
Justin Smooth Unknown
Kevin Giza Unknown
KTD Unknown
Logan James Unknown
Michael Hayes Michael Hayes OVW Heavyweight Champion
Randall Floyd Unknown OVW Television Champion
Randy Royal Unknown OVW Southern Tag Team Champion
Sam Thompson Unknown
Shane Andrews Unknown OVW Southern Tag Team Champion
SK Eveslage Unknown
Stephon Smith Stephon Smith
The Assassin Unknown
The Blue Chipper Unknown
Tony Gunn Anthony Gunn
Tyler Matrix Kalieb Gibson
Willie Cranium Unknown
Zo Cowann D Owens

Female wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Cali Unknown
Jaylee Unknown Valet of David Lee Lorenze III
OVW Women's Champion
Jessie Belle Jessie Belle McCoy Valet of Boy Boyz Club
Maria James Maria James
Meg Unknown
Torey Payne Unknown


Name Role
Annie Steele
Gilbert Corsey Play-by-play commentator
Jim Cornette Director of Operations
Josh Ashcraft Manager of the 'Legacy of Brutality'
Ron Hed Color commentator
Occasional ring announcer
Shannon The Dude Color commentator. World Heavyweight Radio Champion


Name Role
AJ Lucio
David Crow
David Banyan
Jamie Lynn Female Referee
Joe Wheeler Senior Referee
Jordan Barker

Training staff[edit]

Name Title
Dean Hill Majority Owner of OVW
Matt Cappotelli Beginner Class
Rip Rogers Head Trainer/Advanced Class

Notable alumni[edit]


(+) No longer with WWE.

Impact Wrestling[edit]

(×) No longer with Impact.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About OVW | Ohio Valley Wrestling". Ovwrestling.com. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  2. ^ a b "WWE to cease affiliation with Ohio Valley Wrestling". World Wrestling Entertainment. February 7, 2008. Archived from the original on February 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  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. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Big Update on Impact Road Tapings, More on TNA/OVW Relationship". Wrestlezone.com. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  12. ^ a b c "Streaming Television Episodes". Ohio Valley Wrestling. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 

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