Let’s talk abut Ohio Valley Wrestling, who announced on Thursday that they’ll be going live ever Wednesday night starting on September 11th.
The move is a bold one, as the long time indy and current IMPACT Wrestling developmental territory has a long running history in the Ohio Valley area, just between Ohio and Kentucky. The TV shows have been well attended and always draw a decent crowd for the area. Only time will tell if this is a smart move, but I for one love it.
This move now gives OVW a different approach as opposed to other feds of their size. A live atmosphere is always better in sports than a tape-to-air one. One of the big issues that comes with OVW these days however isn’t ‘live vs. tape’. It’s that they’re stuck in the past.
Not, in the way you think, however. OVW constantly lauds itself as the launching point of Randy Orton, Bobby Lashley, John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Batista and others. Yet, since the WWE stopped signing and sending talent their the lack of big names that they’ve produced has gone to nil.
Sure, guys like Jay Bradley, Crimson, Jax Dane and others work there but they’re not guys who were built by OVW. In fact, despite Bradley being part of the WWE when WWE and OVW had a relationship, it was the former Deep South Wrestling that trained and built up Jay Bradley.
There are some talent to look out for like Tony Gunn, MEG, Kaylee Knox and Justin Smooth among others, but OVW needs to do better marketing, promoting and building their talent. Tournaments are always the way to go, especially if you do more cross brand shows with IMPACT.
This is a good move though OVW and if you’re able to watch live I recommend doing just that.