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Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky. OVW is mostly recognized for its up-and-coming wrestlers and served as the official primary training ground for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) until 2008. Starting in November 2011, OVW served as the official developmental territory for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). OVW and TNA parted ways on November 2, 2013.

History

Jim Cornette was head booker of OVW for a period before being fired by WWE for slapping student, Anthony Carelli. 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.

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. 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. Cornette, who is also executive producer of Ring of Honors HD Net show, stated that Ring of Honor talent as well as talent from other companies were going to compete 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 Ring of Honor 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.

On July 7, 2015, an announcement on OVW's website said that owner/founder Danny Davis was immediately stepping away from the company.[1] The announcement also stated that the new majority owner would be introduced at the July 8th television taping.

Television

OVW currently airs a 60-minute television program Saturdays on WOBZ-LP in London, Kentucky at 9:00 p.m., on Lexington, Kentucky's CW affiliate WKYT at 11:00 p.m., and in the Louisville area on WKYI at 12:00 p.m. OVW also has streaming video via their website ovwrestling.com, where new episodes are streamed every Thursday following the previous Wednesday's television taping. The television shows originate from the Davis Arena in Louisville.

Championships

Current champions​​

Championship Champion(s) Defeated Date Won
OVW Heavyweight Championship Rocco Bellagio Big Jon May 14, 2016
OVW Television Championship Bud Dwight Tony Gunn August 17, 2016
OVW Southern Tag Team Championship The Van Zandt Family Circus (Dapper Dan Van Zandt & Mad Man Pondo) The Tag Buddies (Adam Revolver & Reverend Stuart Miles) July 27, 2016
OVW Women's Championship Maria James Jamie Lynne August 17, 2016

Defunct championships

Ohio Valley Wrestling Triple Crown

Ohio Valley Wrestling has a hierarchy similar to WWE, with a Heavyweight, Television, and Tag Team titles. This is a less notable triple crown, because it is technically on the independent circuit, but is possible to make an impressive resume for a wrestler.

List of OVW Triple Crown Champions

The following is a list of individuals who have won the OVW Heavyweight, Television, and Tag Team titles.

Name OVW Heavyweight Championship OVW Southern Tag Team Championship OVW Television Championship
Brent Albright April 25, 2005 March 31, 2004 (with Chris Masters) January 5, 2005
CM Punk May 3, 2006 July 28, 2006 (with Seth Skyfire) November 9, 2005
Idol Stevens March 14, 2007 October 10, 2003 (with Nova) January 4, 2006
James "Moose" Thomas January 6, 2010 September 27, 2009 (with Tilo) September 9, 2009
Mike Mondo May 29, 2010 November 11, 2009 (with Turcan Celik) February 4, 2009
Rudy Switchblade November 2, 2011 February 22, 2012 (with Jessie Godderz & Rob Terry) August 27, 2008

Roster

Male wrestlers

Ring name Real name Notes Role
Adam Revolver Jared Pridgin Heel
Alex Silva Alexandre Freitas also competes in TNA Face
Brandon Espinosa Brandon Espinosa Face
Christopher Silvio unknown Face
Dylan Bostic Dylan Bostic Heel
Elvis Pridemoore Elvis Moore Face
James Thomas Tom Wabs Face
Jamin Olivencia Jamin Olivencia Face
Jason Wayne Jason Light Wayne Heel
Jessie Godderz Jessie Godderz 1/2 OVW Southern Tag Team Champions Heel
Johnny Spade Josh Adamson OVW Heavyweight Champion Face
Mike Mondo Michael Brendli Face
Mohamad Ali Vaez Ali Vaez OVW Television Champion Heel
Mr. Black Jack McCubbins Heel
Paredyse James Long Face
Randy Terrez Randy Gutierrez Face
Raphael Constantine Clint Garner Heel
Raul LaMotta Aaron LaMotta Face
Rob Terry Rob Terry also competes in TNA Heel
Rocco Bellagio Rocco Bellagio Heel
Rudy Switchblade Eric Matlock 1/2 OVW Southern Tag Team Champions Heel
Sean Casey unknown Heel
Shiloh Jonze Shiloh Jonze Face
Ted McNaler Nick Beckham Face
Tony Gunn Anthony Gunn Face
Trailer Park Trash Frank Miller Face

Femme Fatales

Ring name Real name Notes Role
C.J. Lane unknown Heel
Epiphany Devorah Frost Face
Hannah Blossom Lucy Knott Face
Holly Blossom Kelly Knott Face
Josette Bynum Josette Bynum Heel
Taeler Hendrix Taeler Conrad OVW Women's Champion;also competes in TNA Heel

Tag Team and Factions

Group Name Members
Best Team Ever Jessie Godderz, Rudy Switchblade
Bolin Services 2.0

Rocco Bellagio, Mr. Black, Chris Bolin, Joe Coleman

Loco-MG Raul LaMotta, Shiloh Jonze
Mascara Mafia Brandon Espinosa, Paredyse, Chris
Street Kings LaMarcus Clinton, Chase King
Team Tie-Dye Mo Green, Christopher Silvio
X2C Raphael Constantine, Sean Casey

Managers

Officials

Announcing Team

  • Dean Hill
  • Gilbert Corsey
  • Kenny Bolin
  • Brittany Devore
  • Ron Hed

See also

External links

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Current championships
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Former championships
Light HeavyweightHardcore
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