Went to the television taping tonight and have the lineup and some observations:
First match was (what I believe to be) a dark match tag-team event with Tank Toland and Chris Cage vs. Carlos Colon and Da Beast. It must have been a night off for Nurse Lulu, as she was not in her nurse's uniform. Instead she had kind of a J-Lo/Pam-Grier-circa-1974 look going on there. The match went to Toland & Cage, but an odd moment came at the end as the opening credits of the show started on the OVW's own version of the Titontron while Lulu, Colon and Da Beast were still in the ring. Usually, the show would begin right as the credits end, but this time Dean and Jim just sat there watching these three in the ring until they finally realized they were supposed to be gone and went to the back. The crowd has to be goosed into cheering as if the show was starting again (although chants for Rod Steele nearly put an end to that), while Dean and Jim started their commentary.
Next match (and probably first televised match of the night) was Johnny Jeter vs. Sylvain Grenier. This is the first time I have seen Grenier perform in OVW (he was over in HWA before going to WWE, if I remember correctly). Match was decent, but slightly sloppy in places as well. Nothing really more than a standard match.
Another dark match tag-team event came next, with Seth Skyfire and Mac Johnson vs. Brent Albright and Chris Masters. As with everything else that night, the wrestlers seemed very up, very active, and very sloppy. That's not usual for these guys, so it just seems like they were all a bit too anxious tonight.
The moment everyone there was waiting for - Rod Steele had his match for the night, and this one was actually a televised match! It was to be against Mondo, but instead became a match against Inspector Impact. Either way, it's always a fun time when Steele appears.
Matt Cappotelli was there as well as John Hennigan (Johnny Blaze/Spade/Superstar), but only for an in-ring promo.
Others who made appearances tonight was Sean O'Haire and Mark Magnus with Nikita (yep, she's still here - at least for now).
Final televised match of the night was Seven & Bane (with Synn) vs. Nova and The Idol (with Trudy). Good final match for the night there.
As before, I'll leave the results to the official site later this week. All in all, a fun night at the show, although I believe we'll only see three televised matches this week when it airs.
I have every PWI year end issue for 1987 on. I used to think they were the be all and end all of info and year end accolaids. Yikes. When I got my first Year End Wrestling Observer it was a real shock. Now people hardly ever mention PWI.