I hadn't planned on going to the Six Flags show on June 17, but ended up there at the last minute anyway. Turned out to be a decent show; better than I expected. Lawler's match with Chris Cage against The Blonde Bombers (Tank and Chad Toland) was the one that won me over for the night, surprisingly.
Lawler seemed to have more fun in this match since I can't remember when and even pulled out a standing drop kick, not to mention the sitdown piledriver on Tank Toland. Lawler got the pin, but the Tolands attacked, leading to everyone heading over to the concession stand for some destruction. Funny enough, this was the first time (and probably the last time) that Six Flags had set up a concession stand at one of these shows. Which was good, or else Lawler would have been stuck with the only normal vendor they have at the shows, which is a guy selling cotton-candy. Not only did everyone in the match get soaked with ketchup, mustard, popcorn, and coke products, but so did any bystanders standing too close.
But the big news was the return of Jim Cornette to OVW at the taping for the 6/18 show and at the Six Flags event.
In the 6/18 show (filmed 6/15), Cornette spent the first 25 minutes of the show ranting about how being matchmaker was his job at OVW and his only concern was putting on a show that the OVW fans would want to see. And after watching "five terrible weeks of OVW shows," he was back.
The whole thing turned into a work about taking time off to find out who in OVW had tried to get him fired and discovering it was Kenny Bolin. To resolve the storyline, the two will be involved in a match at Six Flags that will have each picking teams of wrestlers (selected from OVW, WWE or even ECW) to go up against each other, with the loser manager having to kiss the other manager's foot.
Meanwhile, also featured at the next Six Flags will be the Dudley Boyz with Chris Cage vs. The Blonde Bombers and Ken Anderson. So much for that story about Bubba never working OVW again, "if Cornette was still there."
I hadn't really planned on doing any report this time around, but the events that occurred seemed big enough that I wanted to pass it on.
Can someone give me a synopsis of what happened with Cornette in OVW? Why wouldn't Bubba work with him there (or was that a storyline?)? I've never seen an OVW show and had no interest in following but now, the last few weeks hearing about Cornette leaving and returning, I'm curious.
Here's the story that went around on the internet (all from memory):
During a dark match at the OVW tapings, Seven (aka Mordecai, aka Kevin Fertig) was doing a schtick where he would lose his baseball cap and halt the match to retrieve it. I've seen him pull this in house shows and it's a cute bit. Cornette, so the story goes, told him to cut it out and get back to being serious. Seven either didn't hear the message sent out to him in the match, or didn't pay it no mind, as he kept it up.
After the show, Cornette dug into him in front of everyone about continuing to do it even after he was told to stop. This was supposedly the reason Cornette was suspended, as he was yelling at a signed WWE developmental wrestler.
The story later developed into one where the Dudleys had a dark match after the show where they went up against the Blonde Bombers, who had Jillian Hall with them. The Dudleys were told to lose the match, but that they would get their heat through the Tolands at the end of the match, so don't worry about it. Instead, Bubba put Jillian Hall through a table - a typical stunt for them - although Cornette told them not to rough her up as he wanted to use her the next week for a developing storyline with Alexis Laree.
So after the show, Cornette supposedly tore into Bubba about the stunt, as he would now have to rewired weeks of storylines in order to play off of Jillian's injury she suffered at the hands of the Dudleys. It was then that Bubba went to Johnny Ace and swore that he would never work in OVW if Cornette was around. From there, the story goes that Ace tried to have Cornette fired and that Jim Ross jumped in and told him no. Instead, everyone agreed that Cornette would take five weeks off for a "vacation."
So, it may have been one or the other, both, or neither that got Cornette placed on vacation for a few weeks. The other story going around is that Cornette had always made it a practice to have storylines set up weeks, if not months, in advance for OVW, and the arbitrary way WWE brings people up at the drop of a hat and then sends them back down has ruined more than one storyline in OVW over the past two-three years. This had led to a simmering situation between Cornette and Ace.
I would not be surprised if Bubba and/or Seven mentioned something off-hand to Ace and then Cornette and Ace got into it. I would like to think that Bubba wasn't being a whiny little so-and-so and went crying to WWE when he got his wittle feelings hurt (certainly doesn't sound like him, does it?). A confrontation between Cornette and Ace leading to the "vacation" would make more logical sense to me.
But since when has the world of wrestling ever been logical?
Thanks for the info Snookum. I guess the concession stand bit was an homage to the Lawler/Dundee v. the original Blonde Bombers match they showed footage of on OVW's weekly show a few weeks ago.
I remember some concession stand brawls back in the day from Memphis (or Channel 3 rasslin' as we called it), but wasn't sure if that was the particular one I remember or one of the many times they rehased it (I'm sure).
Fun stuff as usual.
It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. P. G. Wodehouse (1881 - 1975), The Man Upstairs (1914)
Former NOAH and ROH wrestler Bison Smith passed away in Puerto Rico. Reports at this time say heart attack. Smith was recently on Colt Cabana's podcast talking about working in Japan and other stories from the road.