The first "Summer Sizzlers" card is pretty much set for Six Flags this coming Friday night. Cornette may still show up at the show (he is usually there, either as part of the show, or just hanging around in the back), but I haven't heard anything conclusive there yet.
OVW Championship match: Elijah Burke vs. Brent Albright. Going in as a babyface vs. babyface match, with Brent having just recently gotten out of being a heel thanks to the audience's demand. I sense a turn for Burke (he's never been a heel in OVW), unless someone runs in to DQ the match.
Southern Tag-Team Match: Tonight's show had Jeter being interviewed by Al Snow, with Jeter showing off the wrap over his eye that was injured by a neckbraced-wearing Jillian Hall a couple of weeks ago. He said that he still plans to join Matt Cappotelli in their match against the Tolands for the belts.
Danny Inferno vs. Gangrel. This was to be Inferno vs. Aaron Stevens, but the Idol is still "injured" from his match with Albright a few weeks back, so Gangrel is taking his place at the Six Flags show, with The Idol in Gangrel's corner.
Rey Mysterio and Seth Skyfire vs. M-N-M. Should be the match of the night, I would think. Everyone's solid going into that one.
That's four matches announced. Rey will probably be doing a signing before the show for the fan-club people, and there will probably be at least two other matches that night. Looks like a good start to the series this year.
There's usually about 100-150 people waiting to get in that are the typically the hardcore OVW fans and the WWE fans who want to see the WWE wrestler that is appearing. After 6:30, the place fills up with other OVW fans, WWE fans, and the curious. The OVW fans know everyone and they're upfront, so they pretty much carry the rest of the crowd.
Speaking of that, it used to be funny when Rico was in WWE and would do a houseshow in Louisville. He left as a babyface and there was nothing anyone in WWE could do to make the OVW fans in the audience hate him when he would come back to town, even in his worst heel periods. And those OVW fans would carry the rest of the crowd along with them. So his matches would always end up with the face having to play the heel and Rico playing the face. Usually made for a fun match, actually, and almost a return to a regional wrestling element when WWE comes to town.
I know we're all going to miss the giant fist, but I really like the same-yet-different set on Smackdown. The Undertaker's entrance in HD was suitably impressive. His sexy new submission hold....not so much.