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Results courtesy of Trent Van Drisse and PWInsider.com
Here's the report for the July 7th Ohio Valley Wrestling's Saturday Night Special from sweltering Louisville, Kentucky. They claim the Davis Arena is air conditioned, but my disbelief isn't suspended on that one, that place was a sweat box. This was a major Saturday Night Special though, and the show delivered. This was for all the marbles, Danny Davis' picks vs Josette Bynum's picks in a best of 7 series matches tonight, with the winner getting full storyline control of OVW, as ordered by storyline OVW Board of Directors member, Ken Wayne.
OVW is huge on doing very long storylines, and this was the culmination of one that began in 2011, when Attorney Christian Mascagni gained power as the heel "Talent Arbitrator" in OVW, but Mascagni was legit fired from OVW in February, so his role was then given to Josette Bynum, who has ran with it since in pretty impressive fashion. Bynum was given full storyline control of OVW a few months ago when her man Rob Terry beat Trailer Park Trash, thanks to TPT being hit with a roll of coins, and Bynum then abused her authority, until Ken Wayne came on to the scene, and since then the whole thing has been a wacky, frustrating, confused mess. The booking had fallen off a cliff of late, but things seemed to flow pretty well tonight, which is a good thing because this show had more stipulations then you can shake a stick at, not the least of which all titles were vacant after Wayne stripped all the champions, and all the title vacancies were refilled tonight.
Dean Hill and Kenny Bolin were the announcers for the upcoming DVD release of this show. Ron Hed and Terry Boddie were the ring announcers. The place was pretty full, I'd guess around 300 in attendance. The show opened with yet another very well done music video by OVW of things that have transpired in the Josette Bynum era of OVW, or I really should say Jo-VW I suppose.
1. Elvis Pridemore won a Bunkhouse Battle Royal
The faces represented the OVW side here, the heels represented Jo-OVW, whoever won would score a point for their side in the best of 7. All the heels were eliminated but Fabiano Rolento, but Raul Lamotta and Shiloh Jonze then ripped off their OVW t-shirts, in what was I guess a confusing heel turn, who knows. Lamotta has been very upset because Danny Davis didn't pick him twice in recent weeks to represent OVW in key matches on this show. Jonze and Lamotta though then eliminated Rolento. Music came up, and out came The American Assassin, again wearing a suit. Assassin sent both Jonze and Lamotta over the top at the same time with a double clothesline, then climbed out over the top rope, I guess eliminating himself too in the dumb Mil Mascaras way, if he was ever in it. Elvis Pridemore then climbed back into the ring, and was declared the winner, he'd been missing from the match for awhile, but I guess was not sent out over the top rope. So that made it...
OVW 1 Jo-VW 0
2. Dylan Bostic, Kharn Alexander, Eric Wayne, & Jose Del Barrio beat Nick Dumeyer, Cliff Compton, Jamin Olivencia & Chris Silvio w/Mo Green in an 8 man elimination match
It looked like a major mismatch in favor of the babyface side representing OVW here, but Cliff Compton and Chris Silvio can't stand each other, and are feuding, so I figured they'd cancel each other out in this one. Why is Eric Wayne representing Jo-VW here when his dad Ken Wayne is on the OVW BOD? Crappy booking, that's why. All babyfaces early on. Silvio with a top rope belly to belly on Kharn Alexander. Eric Wayne with a big released German suplex on Silvio. Guys all started hitting big moves on each other. Silvio hit his Rocket Punch finisher on Jose Del Barrio, but Cliff Compton then tagged himself in, and pinned Del Barrio after a top rope splash, which annoyed Silvio, so he and Compton started shoving each other around. Alexander pinned Randy Royal, but Jamin Olivencia, who got a big pop for his return here and looked sharp all match, then pinned Alexander with his "O Drop" clamping DDT finisher. Dylan Bostic blasted Olivencia from behind with a low blow, and Eric Wayne then pinned Olivencia with a wicked looking Death Valley Driver. Silvio hit Wayne with his Rocket Punch, but Cliff Compton distracted the ref to prevent his teammate from getting the pin. Silvio and Compton arguing again, so Wayne pinned a distracted Silvio with a school boy. Compton then pinned Wayne with a Michinoku Driver. Cliff Compton went up top to try and finish off Dylan Bostic to end it, but Silvio shoved Compton off the rop rope, and Bostic pinned Compton for a huge win for him, and an upset win for the Jo-VW side. I wonder if Silvio and Compton fighting with each other, and it costing OVW a point tonight, will play into future storylines here?
OVW 1 Jo-VW 1