Other News OVW News: Capotelli addresses brain tumor, C.M. Punk vs. Albright angle, new tag champs
Feb 9, 2006 - 1:33:00 PM
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PWTorch.com correspondent Killian sent the following report on last night's OVW TV taping in Louisville, Ky. at Davis Arena...
I went to a wrestling show last night that turned out to be one of the most unforgettable nights of my life. OVW Champion Matt Cappotelli vacated the title and handed the belt over to the promotion's owner Danny Davis and then gave the most emotional speech you can possibly think of.
Cappotelli was in the ring, while most of the OVW roster surrounded the squared circle. Heels, babyfaces, it didn't matter. Cappotelli talked about his brain tumor, telling everyone he got the news last night that on a scale of 1 to 4, his brain tumor is a "2" and he'll need surgery or chemotherapy, or maybe even both. He said he believes everything happens for a reason, and proclaimed his faith in God. He cried when he said how much he wanted to help other people, and that he hopes he can help other people in pain. He then said he wanted to do something "politically incorrect," and actually prayed for everyone in the arena.
I wish I could tell you what he said here, but by this time I was crying and the person next to me had to put his arm around my shoulder. When Cappotelli's speech was over, one by one almost every wrestler came in the ring to shake his hand or hug him. In a very emotional and somewhat shocking moment, the first person who did this was former Thrillseeker partner Johnny Jeter.
After Cappotelli had a moment with all the wrestlers, he went to the concession stand of the arena and spent over an hour with fans, one by one individually. Some, he hugged. Some, he took pictures with. Some, he exchanged emails with. Some, he just spent a moment with and offered a smile, which was surprising to say the least. One person near me was telling Cappotelli about a relative facing a similar battle, and they exchanged phone numbers. I got a chance to shake Cappotelli's hand and tell him how much I was moved by his speech, and when my lip started to quiver, he hugged me and told me to be strong because others will be strong based on watching me.
Before Cappotelli came out, there was a dynamite night of OVW action. I don't know if Cappotelli's presence inspired the OVW wrestlers, or if Paul Heyman was just on top of his game as a writer this week, but this show really got OVW over the recent changes involving a lot of their roster.
In the biggest angle, Brent Albright's heel turn was solidified with a wild scene between him and C.M. Punk. There was an interview that aired to the crowd with Albright talking about a brutal leather strap, which he held in his hand, and how his grandfather back in Oklahoma used to whip him with it every time he lost. And how his grandfather wants to strap him again because even though he beats C.M. Punk, it's Punk who always Punks Albright. So Albright bragged about last week, and Punking Punk himself, and now their feud is over, they are even.
But later, when the Spirit Squad beat Danny Inferno, Mikey Batts, Russ Simpson, and The Riggs Brothers, Punk attached them with Albright's strap and beat them unmercifully. Albright attacked Punk from behind and whipped him in a hardcore brutal violent angle. Punk had deep welts all over his back from this angle. Earlier in the show, Punk did a promo saying Albright was so stressed out, he didn't force Punk to shake his hand. After beating Punk viciously with Grandpa Albright's leather strap, Albright now said that Punk's handshake is not worth it, but tonight, for the second week in a row, CM got Punked!
Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and Chris Cage are the new OVW Southern Tag Team Champions. At first it was Miz against Chet The Jet. A big fight developed with Miz and Cage against Chet and Seth Skyfire. The referees needed to pull them apart. Senior official Robert Brisco ruled that the titles would be on the line right away, so ring the bell.
Cage attacked Chet from behind with the belt, but Miz didn't see it, and so Miz hit the cool looking Mizard of Oz and scored the pin and we have new OVW Southern Tag Team Champions.
Elijah Burke pinned James Dick, who had Chad Dick in his corner. Yes, they were announced as The Dicks. Good match. Lots of gossip with the fans about Elijah going to Atlanta's DSW promotion.
There was a dark match at the start of the show with some of the wrestlers from the amateur class, but I am sorry I didn't get their names.
No word on how the heavyweight title will be decided, but Heyman has some serious momentum in OVW after this taping. The Punk vs. Albright feud is hot, the tag team title situation builds every week, a new champion needs to be crowned, and Aaron "The Idol" Stevens feud with Paul Birchall is headed for a singles match. The Cappotelli speech was unlike anything I've ever seen before in a wrestling enviornment. It was a night I will personally never forget.
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