Arena Reports 8/11 OVW in Louisville: Randy Orton, Dusty Rhodes, Al Snow, Simon Dean, Masters
Aug 14, 2006 - 1:09:00 PM
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OVW Super Summer Sizzler Series
August 11, 2006
Louisville, Kentucky at Six Flags Paramarx Arena
Report by Steve Skipper, PWTorch.com correspondent
I have been coming to OVW events for seven years and I believe I may have just experienced their best event yet. Notable attendees outside of the usual OVW roster were former OVW stars Chris Cage and Chris Masters.
There was a pre show match in the form of a Battle Royal. I wouldn't call it a dark match because none of the Sizzler Series events have been televised.
Bonus Match: "Fearless" Jack Bull won a Battle Royal that included the likes of Deuce, Domino, The Neighborhoodie, Shad Gaspard, "The Real Deal" Rob Steele, Elijah Burke, "Platinum Blonde" Pat Buck, Mike Kruel, Jon Bolen, Los Locos, and Eddie Craven. Bull once again saw his blood alcohol content vastly exceed the legal limit and as a result spent the majority of the match trying to gather enough focus to get himself into the ring. Sosay had to keep him from wanting to talk to Cherry most of the time. Cherry herself was very funny as she often found herself trying to help push her team of Deuce and Domino back into the ring while they were on the ropes in threat of elimination. When Bull finally made it inside the ring, he inadvertently eliminated three wrestlers by messing around with his flask. The match's final moments saw Bull, Burke, and Deuce left inside the ring. Burke and Deuce managed to battle their way to the apron at which point Bull accidentally stumbled backwards with his flask and knocked them both to the floor. As the bell rang Jack Bull once again exited to another one of John William's classic heroic pieces. This time it was the famous "Raiders March" from Indiana Jones.
Following the match the show officially kicked off when Drowning Pool's "Bodies" rang throughout the arena and lead announcer Dean Hill made his appearance.
(1) Serena & Shawn Spears defeated ODB & Charles "The Hammer" Evans via pinfall. Kenny Bolin came out to before the match to let everyone know that most of the people in attendance were very ugly except for a few people like ODB. He also made the point that Serena was a slut. Serena as usual came out like a little fireball. She looks like she has more energy than the Ultimate Warrior. The match finished with Shawn Spears hitting a fine drop kick on The Hammer as Serena punished ODB with her spear. Serena then made sure to hook her leg to pick up the win.
(2) Chet "the Jet" defeated Boris Alexiev via pinfall. Alexiev's manager Mr. Strongko is back as a ring valet for the Russian shoot fighter but it didn't help on this night. Chet dealt Alexiev what is believed to be his first loss in OVW. Despite being a heel, Alexiev is very over with many of the fans. It is amazing how many people were chanting "Russia" for this guy. However Chet "the Jet" would have made his hometown fans happy as he showed the blue collar grit that is a proud part of the Buffalo, New York culture. He resisted several submission holds that the Russian applied to his left arm. He then managed to catch Alexiev off guard just enough to beat him with a school boy pin. Alexiev was furious after the match and locked on a standing arm bar that was not released until a group of OVW officials forced him to stop.
(3) "Iron Man" Rob Conway & Eugene & Doug Basham & Danny Basham & "Nightmare" Danny Davis defeated Mikey & Nicky & Johnny & Deuce & Domino via pinfall. The WWE and OVW Tag Team champions were not enough to overcome the veteran group of OVW originals. Johnny and Mikey mockingly wore painted stars over one of their eyes in reference to Danny Davis' former ring attire. The veteran Davis left his old ring attire somewhere in the sands of time but on this night he was just as fierce as he ever was in his twenty year wrestling career. Inspired by chants of "Danny", he went on a run applying right hands to all five tag team champions knocking them to the canvas. Eugene provided humorous spots as he imitated Rick Steiner's dog routine and then rode around on his opponent like he was a horse. However in the end it was Davis that finished the match with a nice neckbreaker on Mikey.
(4) Randy Orton defeated Brent Albright via pinfall. This was an excellent match that the crowd was very much behind. Many cheered on Albright while many both cheered and booed Orton. As the heel Orton tried to prevent the cheers coming his way, once even spitting a large ball of spit into the crowd. Despite his efforts the screams of the young ladies kept coming. This fight saw Albright slamming Orton's head onto a garbage can just outside the guard railing. Orton then had his body thrown onto the can stomach first. Orton's face then displayed terror as Albright shoved him and the garbage can to the floor as Orton landed head first. Albright also hit Orton with a combination of three Rolling German suplexes. However it was the Legend Killer that had the last laugh as he raked the eyes of Albright, disorienting him long enough to hit his own variation of the three-quarters face lock bulldog, his patented RKO.
(5) Dusty Rhodes & Cody Runnels defeated "Idol" Stevens & K.C. James via pinfall. Runnels' ring attire showed his pride in his roots as he wrestled with what was billed as his father's last match. Half of Runnels' attire from tights to knee pad to boot were in his father's famous polka-dot pattern. The other half was in that familiar gold that his brother Goldust wears. Stevens and James were very sharp as they displayed great ability as the heel tag team often cutting the ring in half. However, on this night the road to victory was just a little too dusty to travel on. The father and son team made sure they took care of "bidness" as they finished with two simultaneous bionic elbows to James and Stevens. Runnels then made the cover for the win. After the match Runnels picked up the microphone. "This is probably the first and last time that I ever team up with my dad." Runnels emotionally stated. "I told my dad a long time ago that my favorite wrestler was Shawn Michaels. But that was the biggest lie I ever told. Dad, you are my favorite wrestler." He went on to say that his father didn't raise him to be a wrestler but he was determined to make him proud as a wrestler.
An emotional Rhodes embraced his son and took the microphone himself. "I've been awful proud of Goldust and watching him in his career and fathers you can back me up on that. But if I never have another day, this is the happiest day of my life."
(6) Al Snow defeated Simon Dean via pinfall. The night's main event was held inside of a steel cage for the first time in OVW history. I thought it would be hard for them to live up to the quality performance that the other wrestlers had given throughout the night. However this match turned out to be good enough to headline most WWE pay per view events. It is hard to say which competitor was worse for wear from the cage shots. Perhaps the cage itself was. It was even left severely bent once when the Snowman tugged at the ascending Dean with such force that the top of one of the cage walls bowed. The unique ways that these two competitors used that steel cage kept amazing me. They either brought back a long lost art form or were introducing a new innovative way to work the famed enclosure. They also hit popular cage spots as well. Dean was once on the receiving end of a Superplex from the top of the cage. Al Snow was able to unload his arsenal on Dean with staples like his trapping headbutts. But it was the Snow Plow that did in Dean.
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