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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.

In April 2018 Danny Davis sold OVW to Al Snow.

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

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

See also

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