Welcome to family friendly wrestling.
This is OVW's first TV episode. At this point in time, the promotion is called "Ohio Valley Championship Wrestling." It was previously founded in 1993 as NWA-Ohio.
Announcer Dean Hill welcomes us to the show. He promises good clean family friendly wrestling. Call back to USWA as an example of what we can expect. This was the height of controversial, risky professional wrestling in WWF, ECW, and WCW. So OVW is presenting itself as an alternative to that.
Dean establishes that Rip Rogers is the Heavyweight Champion. Ring announcer Faye Davis introduces the competitors in the first match.
Doug on the left and David on the right.
The match starts with the babyface out wrestling the heel and working the arm. Basham is in good shape. He does a kip-up, a flipping armbar escape, and generally moves around pretty well in the ring. At this stage in his career, Doug Basham is very different from what fans might remember from his Basham Brothers run in WWF in the mid-2000s. He's a lot closer to Chad Gable today. Doug keeps working circles around the heel. A big leg drop by Basham, but DC gets the advantage via a jawbreaker when Basham goes to pick him up. DC only keeps the momentum for a few seconds before Basham hits a big bulldog off the corner. Basham wins via sit out neck breaker.
A short and sweet squash match. Doug Basham displayed some good athleticism.
Dean Hill plugs the OVW wrestling school. OVW owner Danny Davis is the head trainer. Nightmare Danny Davis was a well-traveled territory wrestler from the late 1970s to the 1990s. He retired from full time wrestling the previous year. Danny Davis comes on TV to assure us again that OVW is family friendly wrestling.
Cousins on the left and Jason and intern on the right.
Gotta love a good Create-A-Wrestler gimmick, The Intern. Jebediah and Otter are the local Kentucky fan favorite good old boys.
Hollywood takes an early advantage in the opening exchange. The announcer explains that Jebediah started as a masked wrestler named Blackhawk. Jebediah gains control of the match. Otter tags in. He has a strong man gimmick. Throwing Jason Lee into the corner with one arm. Jebediah tags in. Babyfaces hit a double shoulder tackle. Jason pokes the eyes of Jebediah, and tags out. Intern walks right into a hip toss. Otter tags in. Jebediah hits the Intern with a nice chokeslam and Otter picks up the win with a top rope splash.
The very definition of an average TV squash. It didn't feature the athleticism of the previous match, but still perfectly watchable.
Hustler Rip Rogers heel promo with Dean Hill. Brags about being the champion. It's your standard 1980s heel promo. Rip is a contemporary of Danny Davis. They both debuted in 1977.
Ninja on the left and Trash on the right
On the one hand "The man whose house is mobile" is a fantastic pro-wrestling hometown. On the other hand, American Ninja looks far more low rent than the movie American Ninja 4: The Annihilation. Yes, that is a cheap way for me to reference 1980s Ninja movies. They were awesome.
According to the announcer, Trash just recently turned heel. He starts off by working a headlock. Ninja takes over by showing off some agility. He moves well around the ring, hits a somersault leg drop, but misses a follow-up springboard leg drop from the outside. Trash takes over. He hits a nice lariat. He works over the ninja. At one point he grabs a bear hug, but the ninja fights out of it. Ninja fights back. He tries to run wild, but Trash hits a big powerbomb. He picks up the pin with a top rope leg drop.
Another squash match. This one moved at a nice quick pace. Both guys looked like good wrestlers. I enjoyed it.
Dean Hill tells us about upcoming events, and how businesses can advertise on OVW TV. “All American” Doug Basham then cuts a pre-taped promo. He puts over how he is an OVW graduate, and how he has found success in places like USWA and WWF.
Nick and Rob on the left and Assassin and Juan on the right
Assassin #2 and The Intern must buy masks in the same place. Dinsmore and Conway both look very different here than later in their careers, far more generic than they did later in their careers. They look so similar here that the could pass as a brother gimmick if they wanted to. Juan and Nick start off the match. Apparently, they are former partners, but Juan walked out on Nick during a match. Nick takes the advantage, Juan tags out, Nick keeps the advantage on the Assassin, and Nick tags in Rob. Nick and Rob beat up the Assassin as Juan walks away from the match as well. It's his thing. It leaves the action 2 Vs 1. Nick Dismore gets the pin with the Rocket Launcher.
Nick and Rob were a little bit too generic here. They didn't do much to stand out.
I'll give the show an additional 2-star rating for the non-match content. There wasn't much in the way of story, and the promos were nothing special. Dean Hill was a very good host and announcer, but half an hour is too short to do much on a wrestling show.
The show gets an average match rating of 2.25, a total match rating of 9, and an overall average rating of 2.2. It's an average territory style show. Lots of squash matches, nothing terrible, but also nothing important.