OVW TV 2/16/2002
Written by: Bob Colling
From: Louisville, KY
1.) OVW Heavyweight Champion Leviathan defeated Mark Jindrak in a non-title match
2.) Redd Dogg & Shelton Benjamin defeated Mr. Black & Sean O’Haire
3.) David Flair defeated The Prototype
4.) Disciples of Synn defeated Flash & Trailer Park Trash
1.) Jindrak doesn’t get an entrance, so that’s not a good sign for his chances. Jim Cornette is surprised by how much the fans are behind Leviathan in recent weeks. Jindrak tries to control the match with left hands, but that doesn’t work out very well for him. Leviathan runs into a big boot but clotheslines a charging Jindrak. Leviathan big boots Jindrak and nearly wins the match. Jindrak dumps Leviathan over the top to the floor to avoid a charging attack. Jindrak rams Leviathan head first onto the apron before keeping control in the corner and dropping Leviathan throat first across the top rope. Jindrak comes off the ropes and jumps down across the back of Leviathan. Jindrak hit a sloppy looking DDT for a near fall. Leviathan attempts a choke slam but Jindrak gets out to hit a couple of standing dropkicks. Leviathan drives Jindrak down to the canvas with a spine buster. Jindrak hammers away on Leviathan, but the champ isn’t bothered by it. Leviathan spears Jindrak and hits the Demon Bomb for the win. (**. They were pretty fast and non-stop with the action here. Jindrak was a little sloppy, but Leviathan does seem to be TV ready.)
2.) Bolin Services is in the ring for an interview segment with Jim Cornette. Kenny Bolin needs the fans to shut their mouths as he has some things to take care of. Kenny says that Mr. Black embarrassed them after his loss to Leviathan. Thus, Black has to pack Sean O’Haire’s bags for every show they go to. Bolin tells another guy that he’s going to pack Prototype’s bags. Jim Cornette focuses the interview on Prototype about his quest to be the number one contender. Cornette reveals that Prototype has been named the number one contender to the OVW Heavyweight Championship and he’ll get the shot next week. Prototype knows that Cornette did this because he wanted the ratings. Cornette notes that Leviathan has only been pinned twice in his career. Prototype says he’s going to do something he should have done a long time ago. He’s going to beat Ric Flair’s son, David Flair tonight. Prototype is going to beat David so badly that he’ll give David up for adoption and adopt the perfect son (him).
3.) Backstage, Synn cuts a promo on Redd Dogg and Shelton Benjamin regarding the dog collar match her team lost. She promises they will get even no matter how long it takes. Damien is bleeding pretty badly and they promise they will beat every drop of blood out of them for revenge.
4.) Black and O’Haire are having some issues early in the match not agreeing on who should be in the match. Dogg controls the early moments on O’Haire with some basic offense. Benjamin gets tagged in and O’Haire is hip tossed. Black tries to get involved but he is taken down to the canvas. O’Haire works over Benjamin with several strikes before tagging in Black. Benjamin jabs Black several times followed by a standing spin kick for a two count. Dogg gets held by Crony on the apron but Dogg moves only to be clotheslined by O’Haire. O’Haire drives Dogg down with an over the shoulder back breaker for a two count. O’Haire pushes his knee into Dogg’s back while pulling on his arms. O’Haire continues to hammer away on Dogg in the corner. Dogg fights back with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Benjamin tags in and cleans house dropkicks and a shoulder block on Black. Benjamin hits a somersault dive off the top for a near fall on O’Haire. All four men are brawling as Crony gets on the top rope and misses a splash hitting O’Haire instead of Benjamin. Benjamin super kicks Crony and pins O’Haire to win the match. (*. Yeah, this was largely just an angle advancement to continue the tension within Bolin Services.)
5.) The new OVW Southern Tag Team Champions, Doug Basham and The Damaja make their way down to the ring with Queen Victoria. Basham feels like he is on top of the world and he believes he’s in control of every situation. Basham says they are the better team and says they will give Dinsmore and Conway a rematch when they feel like they deserve one. Basham believes they will be in control of OVW soon enough after the court situation is resolved. Basham taunts Danny Davis saying that OVW is slowly slipping through his fingers. Doug is quite confident that nobody can stop them. Damaja wants to know who he should take out next. Damaja has been here for three years and he hasn’t gotten anything from OVW officials. Damaja always wanted to be an executive for when Basham gets is share of OVW. Queen Victoria chimes in and says he doesn’t have to worry about anyone touching her at ringside. Now, she has two men that take care of her. She says they take real good care of her. Here comes Big Bad John to confront Basham about not picking him to be his partner. He’s also offended that Basham didn’t invite him to the interview. John wants the Revolution to stay out of his way and he’ll stay out of theirs. Basham will remember that when they are in control.
6.) Prototype hip tosses and scoop slams Flair at the start of the match but misses an elbow drop. Flair decks Prototype causing Prototype to back off into a corner. Flair continues with a clothesline and a dropkick. Prototype works over Flair in the corner but Flair reverses with a few chops of his own. Prototype drives Flair down with a back suplex. Prototype sends Flair hard back first into the corner a few times to maintain control of the contest. Prototype clotheslines Flair and taunts him to get up. David hits a cross body for a two count and hammer away on Prototype. Prototype stops Flair with a swinging neck breaker. Prototype spears Flair in the corner and Flair is struggling to stay on his feet as Prototype hit another spear in the corner. Flair reverses another spear attempt in the corner and rolls Prototype up for the win! This is Flair’s first televised victory in OVW. (*1/2. That’s a huge upset and they played it up really well.)
7.) Bull Buchanan has another video. This one has Bull at Trailer Park Trash house where he looks at his house where he has porn magazines and doesn’t pay his bills. Bull reads a letter that Trash got from his granddad. The letter says that his grandmother passed away. However, Bull stole the letter so that Trash couldn’t attend the funeral.
8.) Flash and Payne kick off the main event with Flash hitting a snap suplex and a springboard leg drop for a near fall. Trailer Park Trash tags in and works over Payne with a clothesline and another power slam. Synn trips Trash and Trash decks her on the floor! Payne gets met with a forearm shot and Trash gets another near fall. Damien low blows Trash and connects with an elbow drop. Damien comes off the ropes to big boot Trash for another near fall. Trash is getting double teamed in the corner briefly. Payne sends Trash into the corner and Trash continues to be double teamed but refuses to stay down. Trash takes Damien down with a back suplex. Flash gets the hot tag and cleans house with dropkicks. Flash super kicks Payne as Bull Buchanan is at ringside. Bull has the letter as Flash takes him out with a cross body off the top to the floor. Bull sends Flash into the ring post and Trash is met with a double spine buster. Flash is rolled into the ring and pinned. (*1/4. I kind of like Flash and his work. This was just a filler main event and had some angle continuation for the feuds.) After the match, Trash gets double team getting planted with a DDT. Shelton Benjamin and Redd Dogg run into the ring and make the save and brawl with Disciples of Synn to end the show.
Every segment served a purpose and that’s really good television to me. The wrestling was rather weak this week, but the angles are pretty strong and maintain interest for me. The only drawback for the angles is that two heel stables, the Revolution and the Bolin Services, are both going through turmoil. That kind of diminishes both stories.
Thanks for reading.