Written by: Bob Colling
From: Louisville, KY
1.) Big Bad John defeated Race Steele
2.) Nick Dinsmore defeated Doug Basham
3.) OVW Heavyweight Champion Prototype defeated Flash to retain the title
1.) Jim Cornette points out this show has been taped before the Spring Breakout event on April 5th. So, next week there may be a lot of changes.
2.) John drives Steele down with a couple of backbreakers for the early advantage. John clotheslines Steele in the corner followed by a gut wrench suplex for a two count. John hits a side slam for a near fall. John misses a leg drop and an elbow drop. Bull Buchanan has come down to ringside as Steele clotheslines John. Steele comes off the ropes to hit a crossbody for a two count. Steele plants John with the Steele Cutter, but Buchanan was on the apron to distract the referee. Steele yells at Buchanan and John drives Steele down with a chokeslam for the win. (*. Steele Is a former multiple time HWA Heavyweight Champion and he looked really green in the ring. This came across like a students match for sure.) After the match, Trailer Park Trash and Flash run into the ring to make the save on Steele.
3.) Flash and Trailer Park Trash are interviewed by Jim Cornette. Trash says that John and Buchanan have been dealing with their business for a while. They are going to be taking care of their business moving forward. Flash says that OVW isn’t big enough for the four of them and someone is leaving OVW.
4.) Jim Cornette is standing in the ring to interview Chris Benoit. Benoit had been out of action since June 2001 with a broken neck. Benoit says he’s six to eight weeks away from getting a release. He’s looking forward to returning to the WWF and get some gold around his waist. Benoit says he’s been paying attention to Nick Dinsmore and Rob Conway and puts over their in-ring ability. That brings out Doug Bashan, Damaja and Queen Victoria. Damaja isn’t happy with Benoit focusing on Dinsmore and Basham. Damaja would rather rip a spine out instead of a wrestling hold. Basham asks if Benoit had neck surgery or brain surgery. Basham proved that he was the best wrestler last week when he defeated Nick Dinsmore. Basham wants to see Benoit prove him wrong right now instead of waiting six to eight weeks. Cornette chimes in and says that Basham has no guts for challenging Benoit to a match. Benoit tells Basham that he’ll put his foot so far up Basham’s ass that there will not be anything left for Dinsmore.
Nick Dinsmore and Rob Conway come out and Dinsmore says the Revolution is always out here with an advantage. Dinsmore suggests that they have a rematch from last week. Damaja doesn’t like that idea. Benoit is going to sit at ringside and he’s going to make sure there’s no interference. We will see who the best wrestler is between Dinsmore and Basham.
5.) Dinsmore keeps control of Basham on the mat for a few moments until he’s kicked away. Dinsmore kicks Basham on the mat and chops Basham a few times. Basham strikes Dinsmore in the midsection, but gets taken down to the mat moments later. Dinsmore tries for a Crossface, but Basham reaches the ropes. Basham cheap shots Dinsmore in the corner and hits a splash. Dinsmore elbows Basham from the apron and tries for a missile dropkick. However, Basham counters with a sit down powerbomb as we go to commercial.
Basham drops Dinsmore with a leg lariat. Basham chops Dinsmore in the corner and sends him hard back first into the corner. Basham scoop slams Dinsmore and comes off the ropes to hit a swanton for a two count. Basham connects with another side slam for a near fall. Basham locks in a standing bearhug. Dinsmore counters a hip toss with a bulldog. Basham plants Dinsmore with a spinebuster. Basham spits on Dinsmore and goes to the top rope missing a diving headbutt. Dinsmore nearly wins with a rollup and Basham nearly wins with a rollup. Dinsmore hits a northern lights suplex for a near fall. Basham hit a pump handle slam an hit a middle rope elbow drop for a two count as Dinsmore reached the ropes. Basham puts Dinsmore on the middle rope, but gets shoved off. Dinsmore nails Basham with a missile dropkick. Benoit pulls Victoria off the apron and Conway carries Victoria backstage. Dinsmore backdrops Basham into the referee and Damaja tried to get involved, but Benoit brawls with Damaja on the floor. Dinsmore hits the German suplex on Basham to get a three count. (**1/2. Two weeks in a row Dinsmore gets a win over Basham, though there was some kind of help to do so. The heels don’t have a lot of momentum going into the control match. Makes me think the heels will win the match, which would make for some good television, I’d think.)
6.) Jim Cornette is in the ring to interview Leviathan. Synn is with Leviathan for the interview. Synn says they are out here to demand a rematch with the Prototype. She wants a championship rematch. Synn doesn’t care about Nidia and Leviathan grabs Cornette by his collar to get his revenge sooner than a few weeks. Leviathan wants Synn to use her favor to get the match. Synn isn’t going to use her favor that Kenny Bolin owes her. Synn wants Leviathan to promise that he will only protect the Disciples of Synn. Leviathan stands there thinking about it as Cornette leaves the ring.
7.) Flash attacks Prototype from behind with several strikes and an atomic drop. Flash fakes a crossbody off the middle rope and instead hit a middle rope shoulder block for a two count. Flash superkicks Prototype after avoiding a clothesline. They end up on the floor and trade a few blows. Prototype clotheslines Flash and keeps control with several strikes. We go to a commercial.
Prototype takes a rope out of his tights and chokes Flash for a few moments to get the cheap advantage. Prototype sends Flash back first into the corner. Prototype plants Flash with a vertical suplex for a two count. Prototype continues to choke Flash with the rope. Flash drops Prototype face first over the top turnbuckle. Flash punches Prototype a few times followed by a clothesline and a springboard leg drop for a two count. Flash backdrops Prototype and gets the ropes from the champion. Flash clotheslines Prototype with the rope and chokes Bolin on the apron. Prototype plants Flash with a twisting slam for the win. After the match, Bolin hits Flash with the briefcase. David Flair runs in and plants Prototype with a spinebuster. Flair gets the figure four on Prototype until O’Haire superkicks Flash and breaks the hold. Leviathan runs into the ring and plants Prototype with a powerbomb to end the show. (*1/2. A fairly basic match with the main objective being the aftermath that gives more hype to Spring Breakout, but also sets up a match between Prototype and Leviathan, which appears to be the “money match” for OVW.)
A solid episode for OVW this week as there was a good Dinsmore/Basham match and the hype for Spring Breakout, which already happened, was done well, too. I’m hopeful that the heels win the control match as it would give the TV some more interest and more directions to go in. Next week should be interesting…
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