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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.79
Went to the OVW "March Mayhem" show on March 3rd. I didn't have a pen and paper with me, nor was I able to get a copy of the card, but I can at least mention some observations I made while watching it. This is really kinda skipping around, but I'm going "stream of consciousness" here, so bear with me.

The line waiting outside to get in was huge! Possibly coming close to the length of the line outside for the very first show they did at the New Davis Arena a year and a half ago. I'm sure they had to turn some people away, although the OVW people tried their best to make room for as many people as possible inside. Which leads to . . .

There were plenty of grumpy regulars who, although seating is not reserve, didn't like the idea of giving up their "regular" seats for all the newcomers that were there to see the show. The OVW people had a hard time getting people to scoot over to the far wall first in order to be able to accurately nail down how many chairs they had left. And the thing was, there' really isn't a bad seat in the place. Well, maybe for those stuck in the front row on the concession stand side (due to traffic there), but beyond that, there was no reason for people to not comply with the OVW people asking them to free up seats so that others could sit down.

Show started late, but the OVW regulars were thrilled to see Rod Steele open up the show in a six-men tag-team event. The only way I can describe the atmosphere for Steele is that he's old-school and the fans love him for it. He's a dark match favorite, and I'm sure there were plenty of confused newcomers wondering what the big deal was with this guy.

Ivory had a match with Jillian Hall. Hall was fine, but still needs to work a bit on her stamina, as she seemed to blow up about halfway through the match. Biggest problem was that both were playing the face card, and so the audience was really not sure who to cheer on in the match. Hall won, and gave off a quasi-heel vibe in doing so, which isn't the norm for her right now in the promotion.

The feud between Matt Capotelli and John Hennigan continued, only now with John being referred to as Johnny Superstar (and not as Johnny Blaze, as on RAW this past Monday). Matt arrived in a neck-brace, thanks to the earlier piledriver he received from John, and John viciously attacked Matt around the neck for most of the match. At the end of the match, Linda Miles jumped in from the crowd to attack Matt as well, and had to be chased off by the refs.

John Cena was there, but the promised "RAW vs. Smackdown" match didn't occur as Orton did not show. I don't know why, but the impression I got was that something came up and he couldn't make it. Cena was wildly cheered, with the exception of the old OVW fans who started chanting their old jabs at "Prototype" being in the ring. Cena just cheered them on, and did a very heartfelt thank-you to OVW . . . before being attacked by Hardcore Holly. *EDIT* Meant to mention that Cena was wearing a removable cast on his right hand and wrist. Don't know what was up with that, but since he made no mention of it, I knew any run-in to come would be short . . . which it was.

Holly then went into the back and beat up on Matt Capotelli some more.

No, I'm just joking about that part.

Matt Morgan and Sean O'Haire had a tag-team "OVW vs. WWE" grudge match against Inspector Impact and John Laurainitis. Morgan was the "face in peril" for most of the match, with O'Haire cleaning up the place when he finally got tagged in. O'Haire and Morgan are both super-over with the fans here, so it was obvious who was going to win this one.

The Jimmy Valiant retirement ceremony went off well, with Bolin Services making an appearance. Nurse Lulu (Nidia's sister) came to the ring wearing a bikini top and incredibly short cutoffs . . . but both had the "red cross" sign, so she was still in uniform. Good send-off for Valient, btw.

Final match was Magnus, Nick Dinsmore, and Rob Conway vs. Johnny Jeter, Damaja (Danny Basham), and Doug Basham. Funny how the two top babyfaces of the company last year were now the top heels in this match, and vice versa for the Bashams there. Laurainitis interfered, leading to Jim Ross appearing to restart the match.

There was more to the show than that, but I think a lot of it will make the air on Saturday night when they run the two-hour special. Looking forward to seeing what they keep.

Oh, and they ran the new opening credits for the show on the monitors there. Finally. They had the same opening for about three years now and it was full of people that were gone (either to WWE or elsewhere). The new one looks good from what I saw of it.

All in all, good show and a nice way to introduce some of the ongoing storylines to newcomers as well.

(edited by Snookum on 4.3.04 1939)
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#2 Posted on
    Originally posted by Snookum
    The feud between Matt Capotelli and John Hennigan continued, only now with John being referred to as Johnny Superstar (and not as Johnny Blaze, as on RAW this past Monday).


Maybe because Johnny Blaze is the name of Ghost Rider? Also apparenty is the name of a clothing line/designer in NY too.

They shoulda asked The Hurricane about that name first! ;)
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    Originally posted by Ecks
      Originally posted by Snookum
      The feud between Matt Capotelli and John Hennigan continued, only now with John being referred to as Johnny Superstar (and not as Johnny Blaze, as on RAW this past Monday).


    Maybe because Johnny Blaze is the name of Ghost Rider? Also apparenty is the name of a clothing line/designer in NY too.

    They shoulda asked The Hurricane about that name first! ;)


They'll just end up doing one of their famous Sportz Entertainment Spellingz to get around that.

Although really, I think they should go as far over the top with it as possible and have him be Superstar Johnny Blayze.
(note: mispelling not an accident and let me beat half to board to the punch and say, no relation to Madusa :)).




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No, no, no, that would rule... he'd be like her illegitimate kid. And Bischoff could present the belt she tossed in the dumpster as a present to Johnny...

nevermind, this would blow.



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I don't care what his name is as long as keeps on being as entertaining as he was on RAW. For having the smallest role of anyone on the show, he made a damn good first impression.
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    Originally posted by Snookum


    The line waiting outside to get in was huge! Possibly coming close to the length of the line outside for the very first show they did at the New Davis Arena a year and a half ago. I'm sure they had to turn some people away, although the OVW people tried their best to make room for as many people as possible inside. Which leads to . . .



    Oh, and they ran the new opening credits for the show on the monitors there. Finally. They had the same opening for about three years now and it was full of people that were gone (either to WWE or elsewhere). The new one looks good from what I saw of it.

    All in all, good show and a nice way to introduce some of the ongoing storylines to newcomers as well.

    (edited by Snookum on 4.3.04 1939)


Glad you got in Snookum!! We had taken our daughter for her 2 month check up (for those of you who haven't had this pleasure, that means SHOTS! Four of 'em. Two in each leg. She was not pleased), so I had to miss out again.

Thank goodness they've finally updated their opening. That Drowning Pool song HAD TO GO! (of course, they'll just put the new opening vid to that song now just to mess with me . . .)



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Is Jillian Hall, Alexis Laree?

If not, has Laree debuted yet?



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    Originally posted by DrewDewce
    Thank goodness they've finally updated their opening. That Drowning Pool song HAD TO GO! (of course, they'll just put the new opening vid to that song now just to mess with me . . .)


Sorry you couldn't make it, DD, but you certainly had a good excuse not to!

And, heh, they were still using the Drowning Pool song as of Wednesday night, even with the new intro. Now, mind you, that may have just been for the audience there and not the song they have planned for the weekend.

But I wouldn't be surprised.

Kevin, Jillian and Alexis are two different people (if you saw them, you would instantly know). Alexis has been appearing a bit in the show and doing some dark matches. They were just starting to build up a feud between her and Nikita these past two weeks, but I guess that's a bust now with Nikita supposedly out of her WWE developmental contract. So far on television it has mostly just been valet/run-in type things, but off-camera she's been having real matches and she also was part of a tag-team event at the Slamfest done a month back.

One more thing, I see from the OVW website that they have already released the March Mayhem show as their first DVD release. So for those interested in seeing the show in DVD quality, you may want to check that out.

(edited by Snookum on 5.3.04 2031)
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I wonder if the Sean OHaire-Matt Morgan team in OVW means that we'll see them in WWE soon. I'd dig that, as long as they don't finish with OVW Specials...
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