OVW TV 4/27/2002

From: Louisville, KY

1.) Disciples of Synn (Payne & Damien) defeated David Flair & Mark Magnus
2.) Nick Dinsmore & Rob Conway defeated Trailer Park Trash & Flash to become number one contenders
3.) Nidia, Redd Dogg & Shelton Benjamin defeated Queen Victoria, Doug Basham & Damaja

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) OVW pays tribute to Chief Wahoo McDaniel who recently passed away in Charlotte.

2.) Magnus and Damien start off the tag match. Magnus shoulder blocks Damien and is met with a hip toss. Magnus avoids an elbow drop and Payne tags in to clothesline Magnus. Magnus fights back with strikes and Flair tags in. Flair cleans house with strikes. Bull Buchanan has come out and tossed Magnus into the ring post. Buchanan has taken Magnus backstage with him. Payne beats on Flair, but runs into an elbow in the corner. Flair plants Payne with a tornado DDT and plants Damien with a spinebuster. Flair drop toe holds Damien into Payne’s groin. Flair rams Damien and Payne into each other. Payne holds Flair, but Damien clotheslines Payne on accident. Flair ducks a clothesline and has a rollup, but Damien sends Flair to the floor. Payne rams Flair back first into the apron. Damien scoop slams Flair for a near fall. Damien shoulder rams Flair in the corner. Payne takes Flair over with a snap suplex for a two count. Flair almost pins Payne with an inside cradle. Flair comes off the ropes and is met with a double flapjack leading to the three count. (*1/2. Flair did a decent job being a face in peril. I’m curious why Buchanan abducted Magnus. Disciples of Synn worked well and they tend to entertain men they are in action.)

3.) Jim Cornette is in the ring and announces that Leviathan will be getting his title shot on May 11th at an OVW live event. Cornette is with two local guys to talk about the show, but OVW Heavyweight Champion the Prototype, Sean O’Haire and Kenny Bolin come out to the ring. Prototype says this is disgusting to not mention him as the star of the show. Prototype can’t wait for his match against Leviathan and believes he’s in great shape. Prototype says they have a surprise for Leviathan. Prototype says that Leviathan will be perfectly handicapped. Bolin chimes in and calls the local guys goofs and out of shape. Cornette refutes Bolin’s insults on their behalf. Bolin makes up some excuses when the idea of competing against the local guy is suggested. It’s eventually agreed upon.

4.) Backstage, Trailer Park Trash says they aren’t going to be walked over. Flash talks about getting his WWF contract recently and that he’s going to steal the show.

5.) Backstage, Rob Conway says that they have some stuff to prove and they want to be on the main roster, too. Dinsmore chimes in and says they will wrestle them face to face and may the best team win.

6.) The winner of the next match will get a shot to go to the May 17th WWF show and earn an OVW Southern Tag Team Championship at Freedom Hall.

7.) Conway and Trash kickoff the tag match with a lockup. Trash gets out of a head scissors on the mat and they have a standoff. Dinsmore tags into the match and Trash is met with a double back elbow strike to the chest. Dinsmore is double teamed by Trash and Flash. Flash misses a springboard leg drop and Dinsmore nearly wins with a northern lights suplex. Conway enters, but Flash staggers him to tag in Trash. Conway keeps control with a front face lock. Trash counters with a hammerlock on the mat. Trash forearms Conway followed by a few chops. Conway forearms Trash and kicks Trash to deliver a knee strike. Conway decks Flash on the apron. Trash powerbombs Conway and Flash nearly pins Conway after a middle rope leg drop. Flash clotheslines Conway for a two count as the show goes to commercial.

Flash nails Conway with a superkick for another two count. Flash dropkicks Conway coming off the ropes for a near fall. Conway boots Trash in the corner and tries for a sunset flip, but Trash blocks it with a right hand leading to a two count. Conway is sent into Flash’s boot in the corner. Flash chokes Conway over the middle rope. Conway is met with a back elbow strike coming off the ropes, but kicks out on the cover at two. Trash tries to cover Conway, but can’t keep him down. Conway comes off the ropes and they collide on a double clothesline. Flash is dropkicked by Dinsmore. Dinsmore cleans house with a side Russian leg sweep on Trash, but Flash makes the save on the cover. Flash grabs a chain out of his trunks. Conway backdrops Flash and grabs the chain. Conway decks Flash and Dinsmore hits a German suplex to pin Flash for the win. (*1/2. I guess they aren’t pivoting away from Conway and Dinsmore in the tag scene just yet. I thought this would be a spot where Flash and Trash would become number one contenders to freshen the scene up. I’m fine with Dinsmore and Conway winning as they are going to put forth good matches. I also forgot that the winning team goes to the WWF event in Freedom Hall. That makes a lot more sense for Dinsmore and Conway to win.) After the match, Flash hits a blockbuster on the referee because they aren’t happy with the result.

8.) Benjamin and Damaja kickoff the tag main event. Well, they tag out quickly for Nidia and Victoria. Victoria decides against it and tags Damaja back into the match. Damaja gets out of a go-behind by Benjamin with a headlock. Benjamin counters a backslide, but misses a spin kick. Damaja delivers a strike to the midsection. Benjamin almost wins with a victory roll. Basham tags in and beats on Benjamin with strikes. Benjamin blocks a slam and keeps arm control. Dogg tags into the match and Basham is hip tossed by both men. Damaja is driven down with a double Rock Bottom. Dogg no sells a ram into the corner and fires back with strikes. Dogg headbutts Basham to the mat. Dogg catches Basham in the corner and hits a powerslam for a two count. Victoria knee lifts Dogg from the apron allowing Basham to hit a back suplex. Victoria tags in and beats on Dogg, but that doesn’t last. Dogg holds Victoria and tags in Nidia. Nidia enters to spear Victoria followed by a clothesline and forearm strike. Nidia head scissors Victoria to the mat. Damaja tags in and Benjamin enters the match. Benjamin delivers a leaping shoulder block to knock Damaja into a corner. Spade drops Benjamin over the top rope from the apron. Basham stomps on Benjamin and chokes him with his knee as the show goes to commercial.

Basham hits a leg lariat on Benjamin and tags in Damaja. Damaja chokes Benjamin over the middle rope. Basham tags in and works over Benjamin with strikes to the back. Basham continues with a strike to the back and a somersault splash for a two count. Basham nails Benjamin with a clothesline. Damaja forearms Benjamin and connects with a scoop slam. Victoria hits a standing moonsault for a two count on Benjamin. Basham returns to the match and works over Benjamin against the ropes. Basham slams Benjamin and Victoria nearly wins following a somersault leg drop into the ring. Basham slams Benjamin again and Victoria goes to the top rope. Victoria misses a top rope moonsault as Benjamin rolled out of the way. Benjamin is able to tag in Dogg. Dogg cleans house on the Revolution. Dogg slams Basham coming off the ropes. Dogg sends them into each other as Benjamin gets up and hammers away on Damaja. Nidia has Victoria and gets the pin with a sunset flip. After the match, Spade throws powder into Dogg’s eyes. The Revolution attack their opponents. Victoria has a figure our on Nidia as Benjamin tries to make the save, but can’t. That ends the show. (**1/2. Yet again, Victoria does the job for the Revolution. They are absolutely trying to avoid Basham and Damaja doing many jobs, and I think that is a smart decision. Realistically, this shouldn’t make Benjamin/Dogg top contenders since they didn’t get the win, but I’m sure in wrestling logic it will. I thought the action was solid enough and they all did a good job throughout.)

Final Thoughts:
An average episode this week with a decent main event to close things out. The tag division has several contenders to the Revolution, which makes for intriguing TV and prevents predictable TV. Also can’t forget that they’ve been doing a good job promoting Leviathan vs. Prototype feud.

Thanks for reading.

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