Well, this was the final show of the season for OVW at Six Flags in Louisville. At one point Jim Cornette took the ring to tell fans that the shows had brought in a lot of money for Six Flags, and judging by the increasing number of fans that were coming out for each show, that may very well be the case. Large crowd tonight, although not quite as many as there were for John Cena a few weeks ago.
Lawler was the only one signing backstage before the show. No Eugene signing, and I suspect that Cornette and WWE probably didn't want a bunch of OVW fans asking for Eugene to sign stuff as "Nick Dinsmore." A lot of people had Eugene pictures with them, however.
First match was the 13-men/1-woman battle royale, which featured Shaniqua. She got added after a brief build-up on the television show, but was the third person out, so the build-up really seemed for nothing. She was wearing a weird gold "amazon/roman warrior" outfit and had cut her hair pretty short. The match came down to Elijah Burke and Mean Gene Mondo (not to be confused with Mike Mondo of Bolin Services). Mondo won the match. This is the first time I recall seeing the guy wrestle, and he came across as another "hoss."
Second match was Alexis Laree vs. Beth Phoenix. Decent match. They both seems to miss spots here and there, however. Nothing too terrible that made either of them look bad beyond rushing too soon to complete spots. Alexis won, btw.
Third match was Johnny Nitro, Joey Matthews, and Melina vs. Johnny Jeter, Seven, and Synn. Nitro was really playing up to the crowd tonight, just egging them on. Jeter was in for most of the match, but Seven did fine and was starting to finally getting into playing the face, which is a role he seemed to have trouble getting used to when coming back to OVW. Very solid match, I thought, with Seven and Jeter making a good "spot-guy/hoss" team. Seven and Jeter won the match.
The Troubleshooters with Beth Phoenix vs. Mac Johnson and Seth Skyfire was next. They've been doing a lot of tag-team matches together over the past several weeks and this was more of the same. Good moves on everyone's part, but I'm not really getting into the storyline at all, to be honest. Troubleshooters looked like they won, but ref restarts the match after it was revealed that Phoenis had hit Skyfire with one of the tag-team belts. Johnson then got the win for himself and Skyfire.
Carly Colon & Mike Mondo vs. Matt Capotelli and Eugene was next. Dinsmore was perfectly in character for the match, even tagging in Matt at one point when it looked like he would win the match for them just because a drum-kit on stage caught his eyes. He then went up to the stage and banged on the drums for a bit while everyone in the ring just watched in confusion. He also did a bit where he seemed to roll himself up and pin himself, completely out of the blue. Eugene won with a rock bottom on Colon.
Next match was John Heidenreich vs. Matt Morgan. Actually a better match from Big Bad John than I've seen for a while. Pretty much all big-guy versus big-guy stuff, really. Morgan won.
Main event was the Jersey Shore Crew (Danny Inferno, Idol, and Nova) vs. Adrenaline (Chris Cage and Tank Toland) with Jerry Lawler. The Crew is always good for a laugh, with Nova playing the cowardly heel leader who rants on Lawler, but doesn't want to be tagged in to go against him. Everyone sold Lawler's punches as if they came from Krypton, which is the way it should be. Lawler won the pin after giving Nova a piledriver.
The show ended there, running about 2 hours and 15 minutes, I would think. Good show, with a lot of action. In fact, all of the shows this summer have been good, so I'm glad to see that the audience has increased as the summer has gone by.
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I've never really seen OVW - do the matches more resemble WWE matches or stuff like other indies? I would assume they're more in the mold of WWE stuff since that's what they're (hopefully) being groomed for, but I've always wondered that.
ScottChrist: I would say that the matches actually resemble a mixture of WWE with some old-time Memphis wrestling. About a 85%/15% mix, in favor of the WWE. With Cornette and Danny Davis in charges, you can probably figure out what that 15% is there.
It's obvious that they're trying to train the wrestlers for television, with an emphasis on the television show - i.e., learn how WWE wants you to perform in the ring and how to cut promos on-camera. They've also been doing more "behind-the-scenes/hidden camera" storyline material as well.
Still, there's a kind of local promotion feel to OVW as well. Especially if you head out to the shows. You get to know the people working there, as you see them start as security at the shows or perhaps cleaning up afterwards (I remember once have to get out of the way of Nidia after a show because I was blocking her way as she was picking up trash for the night). If you stand in line outside, it's not uncommon to see some of the wrestlers going to and from their cars, or even seeing people like Dean Malenko and Arn Anderson parking and walking in. Kind of a kick in a way, too.
jjfc: I definitely agree with Carlos Colon going places eventually. One sure-fire way of knowing if someone is getting a push is if they are either in Bolin Services or in a program against Bolin Services. Same with working with Synn, and we're talking about guys like John Cena, Rico and Batista here. Colon is pretty solid in the ring, and he's showing a lot of improvement outside of the ring as well. Especially with getting a reaction from the crowds.
Albright - he's solid, but I just don't get as much out of the tag-team matches he's in. I haven't seen enough of a personality that stands out yet there.
As to missing the boat, I just want to mention that they certainly missed the boat with Rico; and I see Nova the same way. Both of these guys are very entertaining in the ring, and they're both willing to do what it takes to make sure the match goes over with the audience. For some reason I think WWE looks at them and just doesn't know what to do with them really. Shame in a way.
I like Mike Mondo, but he's small and he has a tendency to go for the gags in his matches, which probably doesn't go over well with WWE. Still, I enjoy watching his matches whenever he comes out.
Johnny Jeter is good. Was in a great program with Kanyon last year and I had expected him to move up. He's essentially a cruiserweight and had to take some time off this year, however, so that's probably why. Good potential there.
I still say that the TE3 winners, Matt Cappotelli and Johnny Nitro, are proving that some people can win that thing and actually be worthy of doing something with it. Nitro I believe is about ready to go. Matt should be going up soon, but just waiting it out until he's called up. Too bad that program with Chavo didn't work out, as it would have been a perfect way to debut him.
That's about all I can think of for now. BTW, I see that the OVW site now has some pictures up in their "superstar" section for some of the newer people, including Lulu - Nidia's sister.
Great job again Snookum. I agree with pretty much all your sentiments on the OVW guys. Nova has been gold as both the virtuous OVW champ a year or so ago, and as the cowardly heel leader of the Jersey Shore Crew.
I think Johnny Nitro is the next breakout star OVW has. He's got some cool moves (that sort of moonsault he does using the second rope to balance himself and flip back over is really neat) and he's really learning how to work the crowd.
I've finally gotten settled in the new house and recently watched about 2 months worth of OVW I had TiVo'd and got caught up on what's going on currently. As always, good stuff.
"You have the right to suffer. You have the right to feel pain. If you wish to have an attorney present, I'll hurt him too!" - The Big Bossman
I was half-paying attention to the Asuka/Bayley recap package until I realized they were ending it with a Bayley retrospective. Shit, that was sad. Tye Dillinger + first appearance in months + first entrance of the night at Barclays = SUPER POP