The 7/9 OVW Six Flags show, which was to feature Eddie Guerrero, was cancelled after waiting an hour and a half for rain to stop in Louisville tonight. The weather had looked stormy for most of the day, but the skies were clearing up a little bit in the late afternoon and it was hoped that it would end up passing by as people entered the open-air arena at Six Flags that night.
Unfortunately, around 7 the sky just opened up and a torrential rain started up that really didn't stop until a little after 8.
In this pouring rain stood a long line of people waiting to meet Eddie backstage at an autograph signing that OVW does at each of the Six Flags shows. And those people stayed in line waiting, even with the buckets of rain coming down. Typically, they'll have the WWE guest do the signing at a table in the back, but due to the rain, they had Eddie located in an RV, and then escorted groups of people back to the RV. While it was a help for those of us who came prepared for rain and had something to cover up our items with, there were a lot of people trying to hide their autograph items under their soaked shirts. I would suspect there were a lot of ruined autographed items tonight from that show.
Anyway, Cornette came out about 7:15 and told everyone that they hoped to start up the show soon. They appreciated everyone staying in the rain and thought the storm would pass quickly enough.
Cornette came back out about 7:40 and said the same thing essentially.
Then about 8:10, the rain finally slowed down enough for people to come out from the semi-protected bleachers and to the ring. That's when Cornette came out and announced that, while the rain was stopping, they had just been told about another storm coming into the area and that there was no way they were going to be able to do a show that night.
To show OVW's appreciation for those fans that stuck it out, they arranged for everyone to get free Six Flags passes (so the fans that stayed ended up not really losing on the deal) and asked them to come back in two weeks for the next OVW show, which would feature John Cena.
Cornette then introduced Eddie to the crowd, and Eddie came out in a lowrider. He then hopped out and shook hands and even hugged a few of the fans that ran up to the ring to greet him. After doing that for a while, he got up on stage and talked for a little bit, thanking everyone for coming out to the show and to see him. He then posed on the ringposts in the ring before heading off.
So, although we didn't get a show, OVW did do a nice job in giving the fans something for their trouble tonight.
I'm surprised Old School James E. Cornette would let a little rain get in the way of a wrestling card. Teach the young whippersnappers that the show must go on, and that they need to be prepared to work no matter the circumstances.
Any third world countries want Kevin Millar? I'll throw Ramiro Mendoza in the package just to give you a good deal.
I think the main problem was that Six Flags has a curfew to follow. That, and there really was another storm that hit about 30 minutes later and lasted for another hour or so.
But at one point I saw Johnny Nitro take a peek out of a backstage door, and you could see a few of the wrestlers in their gear and ready to go, trying to stay out of the rain. So Cornette certainly made sure at least some of them were ready to go if they did proceed.
IN-DEPTH UPDATE ON STEVE AUSTIN STORY; AUSTIN HAS NOT BEEN ARRESTED by Mike Johnson @ 10:15:00 PM on 3/26/2004 In update from an earlier story posted here on PWInsider.com, Steve Austin has not been arrested.