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It's False

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#1 Posted on
411's Jay Bower via the Torch (glad SOMEONE pays for it) sez:

In what has to be the biggest story of the weekend, it appears as though World Wrestling Entertainment's long standing relationship with Ohio Valley Wrestling may be coming to a close soon due to irreconcilable differences between Jim Cornette and Vince McMahon. Problems have been constant between the two with Cornette's grassroots approach to wrestling clashing with Vince McMahon's vision for the future of the sport. Cornette has been responsible for giving World Wrestling Entertainment by far it's greatest class of developmental rookies ever in John Cena, Randy Orton, Dave Batista, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Hass, Brock Lesnar, Rene Dupree, Rodney Mack, Victoria, Jamie Noble, Danny Basham and Doug Basham. Every single one of these stars has made a big impact on wrestling and in my opinion are the sole reason that World Wrestling Entertainment isn't in much deeper trouble than it is right now, yet Vince McMahon and WWE continue to cut the developmental budget and criticize Cornette despite the fact that he is turning out better weekly television than WWE according to many.

World Wrestling entertainment is apparently ready to pull out of the Ohio Valley and relocate their developmental program to the New England area where it would be closer to WWE offices and visits by WWE staff members to the territory would be much easier. While the decision isn't set in stone as of yet, World Wrestling Entertainment needs Jim Cornette a lot more than he needs them so here's to hoping some kind of a compromise can be reached.

If WWE and OVW do sever ties, then it'd be a very sad situation. WWE is pretty much set for the future, but OVW continues to train guys for when WWE needs new faces. And as Bower mentioned, OVW was there to provide WWE with Brock, Orton, The World's Greatest Tag Team, John Cena, and countless others. Not to mention that WWE has a safety net to send people like Jackie Gayda and Mark Henry when their wrestling reaches the "atrocious" level. This will hurt WWE a lot more than it'll hurt Jim Cornette and Danny Davis.

I'm surprised Cornette didn't threaten to walk out earlier, considering the way some of his talent was used. He had Rico pegged as a "can't miss" prospect and WWE has turned himi into a joke. He built Nick Dinsmore up for years just so he could debut last week on Smackdown as DOINK THE CLOWN! And when he broke up Doug Basham and Damaja, WWE called them up a few weeks later and made them into a tag team, completely screwing over the main OVW storyline. Cornette's had a lot of reasons to be happy, but he's also had a lot of reasons to complain. If Vince does take his ball and goes home, I don't think Corny will be crying in his beer over that one.

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#2 Posted on
I guess the story could be true in the sense we have seen so much developmental talent get called up to WWE in the last few months. Vince muts have made his decision to sever ties some time back and used the time since then to gauge which ones he wants to keep for himself.

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Since: 2.1.02
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#3 Posted on
Torch referring to Jamie Noble as one of the OVW developmental rookie is pretty sad/funny.

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It's False

Since: 20.6.02
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#4 Posted on

    Originally posted by Crip
    How's Cornette's relationship with Jarret?

I can imagine that Cornette and Jerry Jarrett are on good terms, but as long as Vince Russo's around, I don't think Corny will be going anywhere near TNA.

But we could be seeing Cornette elsewhere. He just made his managerial return at the last Ring of Honor show.

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#5 Posted on
WWE would be better off to hire Jim Cornette as their head booker. From all acounts that I have heard, OVW has probably the best product in the US today, with awesome weekly TV, a million times better than WWE.
Mr Heel II
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#6 Posted on
While I think that cutting ties at OVW would be a dumb idea, I have a question about the noted list of talent that has come from there...How many of them were in fact signed by WWE, then sent there, as opposed to OVW developing them, then getting signed by WWE?

The point being, if WWE is doing the signing, and could have a New England territory helmed by, say, Payl Heyman and Al Snow, is this really that big a deal talent quality wise?


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#7 Posted on
I know this will get spun into 'Bash Hunter Hearst Helmsley' territory, but the only person in New England who would appear to be in place to run such a company is Killer Kowalski, who trained Hunter.
This is a huge mistake on many levels, the key one being that New England is weak in terms of indy wrestling, where as OVW has been built up for a few years and has developed some grass roots support. Why tamper with a product that has worked reasonably well.

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Mike Sweetser

Since: 2.1.02
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#8 Posted on
I e-mailed Meltzer about this and he said there was nothing to the rumor, so there you go.

For one, I wouldn't trust the Torch anyway.



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#9 Posted on
kind of convenient this shows up right after the "FBI sent to OVW" and the thing about Gerwitz and Prichard no-showing a meeting there...
Spaceman Spiff

Since: 2.1.02
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#10 Posted on

    Originally posted by Ubermonkeys
    Torch referring to Jamie Noble as one of the OVW developmental rookie is pretty sad/funny.

Yeah, not only was he WCW-bred, but he also went through HWA instead of OVW.


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#11 Posted on
The Torch's story doesn't name wrestlers who went to OVW, that's the work of 411's ace reporter.

On top of that, the Torch's story doesn't say WWE is going to shut down OVW because Vince and Cornette are having problems. It says there are rumors that WWE wants to move their development system closer to their homebase. That's it. The mention of differences between Cornette and Vince is in reference to Cornette's WWF debut ten years ago, which the Torch has been covering in retro articles on their member's only site.
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