Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky. OVW is run by owner Danny Davis and the organization was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (as NWA Ohio Valley Championship Wrestling) from 1998 until 2000, when OVW became part of the WWE developmental program, which it was a member of until February 7, 2008. Jim Cornette was head booker of OVW for a period before being fired by WWE for slapping a student, Anthony Carelli (who is currently in the WWE as Santino Marella). He was replaced by Paul Heyman who booked OVW until being called up to be the booker of the ECW brand. Greg Gagne was supposed to be booker after Heyman, but his knowledge of OVW was limited so the booking was extended to also include Al Snow and Danny Stead. Gagne was later released from the company, leaving booking to Snow and Davis.
On February 7 2008, WWE announced that they had ended their relationship with OVW as a developmental territory, moving all contracted talent to Florida Championship Wrestling. However, on September 23, OVW announced that WWE Sr. VP John Laurinaitis visited and scouted OVW wrestlers and that the WWE will take "a much more active role in recruiting OVW developed talent.
OVW runs five live events on average per week. It is considered to be the last of the wrestling territories. No other independent wrestling company in the United States runs that many shows per week.
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Date won||Won from|
|OVW Heavyweight Championship||Anthony Bravado||June 25 2008||Nick Dinsmore|
|OVW Television Championship||Rudy Switchblade||August 27 2008||J.D. Michaels|
|OVW Southern Tag Team Championship||APOC & Vaughn Lilas||September 10 2008||Darriel Kelly & Josh Lowry|
|OVW Women's Championship||Serena||August 9 2008||Josie|
|Championship||Final champion||Date won||Won from||Notes|
|OVW Light Heavyweight Championship||Chris Michaels||April 12 2000||Sean Casey|
|OVW Hardcore Championship||Randy Orton||May 5 2001||Flash Flanagan|
On with the show; There's more than a few differences between wrestling for the Gophers and wrestling for the WWF. Brock Lesnar is learning.(SPORTS)
Oct 06, 2001; Byline: Michael Rand; Staff Writer RSEC: + When Brock Lesnar wrestled for the Gophers, he gained a reputation as a crowd pleaser....