Brent Albright won the OVW Heavyweight Championship belt against CM Punk tonight.
Punk took what appeared to be a very legit and serious spill off the top rope about ten minutes into the match. Albright looked a bit surprised and held off as Punk began clutching his left knee in pain. Finally Albright got back into character and attempted to attack Punk but was pushed off by the ref. Soon several refs came out as well as Al Snow and the medic was called out by head ref Robert Brisco to bring a stretcher.
Albright held back in the corner watching and looking a bit confused by it all, as everyone else helped Punk out of the ring and s-l-o-w-l-y worked him on to the stretcher. As they wheeled the stretcher around the ring, Albright got out and calmly began walking to the back ...
... then suddenly burst into a run and turned the stretcher over. He began whipping Punk and punching at the refs when they tried to pull him away. Punk hopped back to the ring clutching his knee and demanded the match to be restarted. He eventually was put into a submission hold involving the knee and after the ref saw Punk's hand fall three times without a response, he gave Albright the win.
Very, very good job with the injury. Punk's slip on the ropes looked legit and having the head ref shout for the medic to come out (instead of the normal worked response of the medic being right there with the stretcher without anyone asking) really helped sell the injury. Albright and Punk also played their parts well and I have to say I did believe it to be real ... until the stretcher spill.
Roadkill had a match against Johnny Jeter, which brought out all of the Spirit Squad to help a couple of times. Roadkill won the match, BTW, with a move off the top-rope.
Tank and Chad were interviewed by Maria backstage. They were wearing their Dicks outfit, but Tank eventually tore it off and announced that they were Tank and Chad Toland. Good promo.
Paul Birchall had a good match with Deuce Shade. There were also some skits with Shelly, Osama, and a quick bit with Mr. Kennedy at the beginning of the Albright/Punk match as well.
Now you'll see reviews here and there always talking about turn-away crowds at Davis Arena, and typically they're just pulling that out of the air, but there was definitely a turn-away crowd at the show tonight. Understandable really.
Oh, and Al Snow could not stop laughing during the skits when they aired between the matches.
Anyway, excellent night at Davis Arena. Hope it plays off as well on the television show this Saturday night.
Originally posted by Meltzer--The Dicks renounced their gimmicks and announced they were now the Tolands at last night's taping. I'm guessing since they are being paid for 90 more days, they'll stuck around in OVW since they live in Louisville to put over the tag champs.
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"Doubt f***s everything. Take a foundation, no matter how strong, sprinkle generously with doubt, and watch it crumble. Me? I'm unf***withable. Not this knee, not bad weather, and certainly not the many men that wish bad intentions on me can stop me. I rise up, not like a phoenix, but like the zombie corpse of Dick Murdoch. This brainbuster is for you." - C.M. Punk
Stranger things have happened. Story going around (and the promo did hint at this) is that Tank and Chad will get on each other's nerves to the point that they break up and perhaps feud in OVW as well.
Seven stuck around OVW for months after he was let go, and there's still some guys from years back that pop up every so often for a match (like Trailer Park Trash, Flash and Rod Steele). Tank had been around for a long time and I wouldn't be surprised if he sticks it out and sees if he can get back into WWE.
Completely forgot the tag-team match between The Miz, Chris Cage and Seth Skyfire and Chet the Jet. Probably because it came right after the Toland promo, which was great, and having to watch The Miz ... who still isn't really that good. Funny thing about that is that the handful of OVW students have tried to draw cheers for The Miz in his matches, and the vast majority of fans in the building just don't care enough to either boo him or cheer. Funniest thing a few weeks ago was watching The Miz face those students and sink in their cheers, then turn to the side to see just blank faces looking at him. He looked a bit shocked, to be honest.
They've finally given The Miz and Cage matching outfits to wear. The good news is that it appears The Miz may finally lose the whole "I was on MTV" gimmick. The bad news is that the pants look like something a seven-year-old would have bought at K-Mart back in '74 (but maybe that's just me).
I dunno what insiders you hang with. The business was massively exposed long before summer 2001, so much that I don't think seeing people learn how to bump affects the mystique of a wrestling match all that much.