Ohio Valley Wrestling
|Founder(s)||Nightmare Danny Davis|
|Formerly||NWA Ohio Valley Championship Wrestling|
Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) is an independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky. It was initially a member promotion of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) from its inception in 1993 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. 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). The relationship ended on November 2, 2013. As of December 2011, over 100 OVW alumni have appeared in WWE.
OVW was founded by Nightmare Danny Davis in 1993 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. 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. 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 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. 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.
|Created by||Nightmare Danny Davis|
|Country of origin||
|No. of episodes||990 (as of August 11, 2018)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
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.
As of September 7, 2018
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Reign||Date won||Days
|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|
|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|
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Adam Revolver||Jared Pridgin|
|Apollo Garvin||Jason Garvin|
|Big Zo||Cowann D Owens|
|Billy O||Shane Marrit||OVW Television Champion|
|"Bluegrass Brawler" (BGB)||Dereck Higdon|
|Crazzy Steve||Steven Scott|
|Crimson||Anthony Mayweather||OVW Southern Tag Team Champion|
|Dapper Dan||Daniel Anderson|
|David Lee Lorenze III||David Lorenze|
|"Big D"||Jerome Bliss|
|Jay Bradley||Bradley Jayden Thomas|
|Jax Dane||Jaxson Dane||OVW Southern Tag Team Champion|
|Josh Ashcraft||Josh Ashcraft|
|KTD||KarDaniel Terrance Dunn|
|Michael Hayes||Michael Hayes|
|Randall Floyd||Randy Floyd|
|Roberto De Luna||Roberto De Luna|
|Ryan Howe||Ryan Howe|
|Sam Thompson||Samuel Thompson||OVW Anarchy Champion|
|SK Eveslage||Steven Eveslage|
|Tony Gunn||Anthony Gunn|
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Cali Young||Kristen Young|
|Jaylee||Unknown||OVW Women's Champion|
|Jessie Belle||Jessie Belle|
|Maria James||Maria James|
|Megan Monroe||Megan Doheny|
|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 |
|Joe Wheeler||Senior Official|
|Dave Crowe||Head Official|
|Dean Hill||Former majority owner|
|Rip Rogers||Head trainer in the advanced class|
|Nightmare Danny Davis||Founder|
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