Ohio Valley Wrestling

Ohio Valley Wrestling
Acronym OVW
Founded March 1993
Style Sports entertainment
Professional wrestling
Headquarters Louisville, Kentucky
Founder(s) Nightmare Danny Davis
Owner(s) Al Snow
Formerly NWA Ohio Valley Championship Wrestling

Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) is an independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky.[1] It was initially a member promotion of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) from its inception in 1993[2] until 2000, when it became the primary developmental territory for the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE). It remained in this role from 2000 until 2008.[3] The promotion was unaffiliated from February 7, 2008 until November 2011, and is currently run by Al Snow, 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).[4] The relationship ended on November 2, 2013.[5][6] As of December 2011, over 100 OVW alumni have appeared in WWE.[7]


OVW was founded by Nightmare Danny Davis in 1993[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[3]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[5][13]

On April 6, 2018, it was announced that Al Snow purchased the promotion from Danny Davis, who will be retiring from the wrestling business when the sale is finalized.[14]


Created by Nightmare Danny Davis
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 990 (as of August 11, 2018)[15]
Running time 60 minutes
Original network WBNA-21
Original release 1998–present
External links

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.[7][15]

Current champions

As of September 7, 2018

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
Location Notes
OVW Heavyweight Championship Vacated - August 1, 2018 N/A Louisville, Kentucky Vacanted by Dean Hill at an OVW TV Tapings
OVW Television Championship Billy O 1 July 18, 2018 51+ Louisville, Kentucky Defeated Sam Thompson at an OVW TV Tapings
OVW Anarchy Championship Sam Thompson 1 August 29, 2018 9+ Louisville, Kentucky Defeated Billy O. in a "No Hits to the Face" match at an OVW TV Tapings
OVW Southern Tag Team Championship War Kings (Crimson (3) and Jax Dane) 1 August 4, 2018 34+ Louisville, Kentucky Defeated The Bro Godz (Colton Cage and Dustin Jackson) at an OVW Saturday Night Special
OVW Women's Championship Jaylee 2 July 7, 2018 62+ Louisville, Kentucky Defeated Cali at an OVW Saturday Night Special

Defunct championships

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

Ring name Real name Notes
Abyss Christopher Parks
Adam Revolver Jared Pridgin
Amon Stuart Perry
Apollo Garvin Jason Garvin
Ashton Cove Unknown
Big Zo Cowann D Owens
Billy O Shane Marrit OVW Television Champion
"Bluegrass Brawler" (BGB) Dereck Higdon
Chace Destiny
Colton Cage Unknown
Crazzy Steve Steven Scott
Crimson Anthony Mayweather OVW Southern Tag Team Champion
Dapper Dan Daniel Anderson
David Lee Lorenze III David Lorenze
Dimes Unknown
"Big D" Jerome Bliss
Dustin Jackson Unknown
Houdini Landon Hardison
Jay Bradley Bradley Jayden Thomas
Jax Dane Jaxson Dane OVW Southern Tag Team Champion
Josh Ashcraft Josh Ashcraft
Justin Smooth Unknown
KTD KarDaniel Terrance Dunn
Michael Hayes Michael Hayes
Nigel Winters Unknown
Randall Floyd Randy Floyd
Randy Royal Unknown
Roberto De Luna Roberto De Luna
Ryan Howe Ryan Howe
Sam Thompson Samuel Thompson OVW Anarchy Champion
Scott Cardinal Unknown
Shiloh Jonze Unknown
SK Eveslage Steven Eveslage
Tony Gunn Anthony Gunn
William Lutz Unknown

Female wrestlers

Ring name Real name Notes
Cali Young Kristen Young
Hayley Shadows Unknown
Jaylee Unknown OVW Women's Champion
Jessie Belle Jessie Belle
Maria James Maria James
Megan Monroe Megan Doheny
Nutty Nancy Unknown
Rebel Tanea Brooks
Valerie Vermin Unknown

Commentary team

Name Role
Brittany DeVore Ring Announcer
Mercy Assistant Ring Announcer
Gilbert Corsey Play-by-play commentator
Shannon The Dude Color commentator
World Heavyweight Radio Champion
Ted McNaler Color commentator
Semi-retired wrestler


Name Title
Joe Wheeler Senior Official
Dave Crowe Head Official
Charlene Mackenzie Official


Name Title
Al Snow Owner
Dean Hill Former majority owner
Rip Rogers Head trainer in the advanced class
Nightmare Danny Davis Founder

Notable alumni

See also


  1. "About OVW | Ohio Valley Wrestling". Ovwrestling.com. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  2. Cactus Back Wrestling (2017-05-31), OVW TV #1 (January 17,1998), retrieved 2018-04-18
  3. 1 2 "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.
  4. "TNA Impact Wrestling and OVW Sign Developmental Deal | Ohio Valley Wrestling". Ovwrestling.com. 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  5. 1 2 "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.
  6. "TNA-OVW RELATIONSHIP ENDING, IMPACT ON THE ROAD IN 2014 AND MORE TNA NEWS". PWInsider.com. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  7. 1 2 Marshall, Anne (December 7, 2011). "Learning the ropes". Louisville Eccentric Observer. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  8. "Danny Davis Sells Ohio Valley Wrestling | 411MANIA". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  9. "Santino Marella". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-04-14. "Anthony Carelli was the student that Jim Cornette slapped"
  10. "TNA News: Jim Cornette says TNA needs a developmental program, criticizes WWE's developmental program". PWTorch.com. 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. "Big Update on Impact Road Tapings, More on TNA/OVW Relationship". Wrestlezone.com. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  14. "Former WWE superstar Al Snow purchases Ohio Valley Wrestling". Louisville, KY: WDRB. April 6, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  15. 1 2 3 "Streaming Television Episodes". Ohio Valley Wrestling. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
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