WWE News 2/1 OVW TV taping: Albright-Punk, Eugene video, Update on Cappotelli's health
Feb 2, 2006 - 11:38:00 PM
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OVW TV Taping
February 1, 2006
Louisville, Kentucky at the New Davis Arena
Report by Eric Hall, OVW correspondent
A very eventful taping of OVW's weekly TV show took place Wednesday Night in front of an overflow crowd at the Davis Arena (4400 Shepherdsville Road, Louisville Kentucky). I got a chance to talk to Al Snow in the parking lot, and he's a real gentleman. Paul Heyman kept a low profile as he always does, as did OVW owner Danny Davis, whose wife works the concession stand and was the beneficiary of a shout out from Eugene during an amazing promo. Here are your highlights from a big night.
BRENT ALBRIGHT TURNED HEEL ON CM PUNK
This was an awesome angle. Ever since former ROH Champion CM Punk has been in OVW, he's pretty much been in a feud with OVW standout Brent Albright. In several matches and three Way Dances, Albright has forced Punk to tap out. This has been a real issue, because Albright seems consumed with the fact that he's the better wrestler than Punk. In one circumstance, they wrestled to a 30-minute draw (when Punk was TV Champ), and then Albright made Punk tap out in over time, only for the victory to be moot because Punk never agreed to the overtime. Super feud. Two babyfaces. Well, last week, Albright was going to kick Punk's ass, but The Highlanders challenged Albright to team with Punk and take them on in a Tag Team Tap Out Match. Albright figured that he and Punk could dispose of the Highlanders, and then fight each other with whatever time was left on TV. Punk, meanwhile, turned down the job of being "back up boy" for the WWE's lame Spirit Squad male cheerleaders troop that now includes former OVW Champ Johnny Jeter and "Wrestlemania Moment Waiting To Happen" Ken Doane. Punk, even though he pretty much always loses to Albright, always manages to "Punk Out" Albright, by slapping him in the face, either choking him out with the Anaconda Vise, or tricking him into thinking Punk will shake his hand (and then slighting him). So last week, Punk and Albright beat The Highlanders in under a minute, but The Spirit Squad attacked Punk, and Albright ran them off. This led to the five on two challenge for this week's show, where Punk and Albright vowed to take apart the male cheerleaders from Monday Night Raw.
Well, it wasn't meant to be. Albright is so crazed about wanting to get back at Punk that he turned on Punk before the match and allowed the Spirit Squad to attack Punk. After a quick 5-on-1 beat down, Albright got the Spirit Squad to leave the ring so Albright and Punk would be alone in the squared circle, and Albright gloated on the mic that after all these months, he finally got his due. After all these months, Albright proved he's the better wrestler still, and tonight, "You got Punked!"
MATT CAPPOTELLI SITUATION ADDRESSED IN HONEST FASHION
Elijah Burke came out to the ring for a match against Pat Buck. But before the match, Elijah announced that Cappotelli had a Biopsy Examination Surgery performed this week, and everyone's thoughts and prayers are with Cappotelli. Elijah was very emotional, and was crying and shook up while delivering his promo. The crowd was chanting "Matt Matt Matt" and "Capp-o-telli" throughout the promo. Elijah said he couldn't wait for Cappotelli to be back as champion. I read on Louisville Mojo that Elijah was heading down to the Atlanta developmental TV show Deep South Wrestling, which is great for Deep South but I wish WWE and OVW would re-consider because Elijah is a good man and a good role model for the children of Louisville. His speech was very good.
After Elijah beat Pat Buck, the TV cameras were at the OVW Announcer Desk, and Al Snow was in tears and was talking, but not on the arena mic. He was obviously backing up what Elijah said about Cappotelli. Al was Cappotelli's trainer on Tough Enough.
I saw Cappotelli's jeep outside the Davis Arena this week, so I think he was there in the back. We all hope to see him back as soon as he can do it.
PROMO OF THE YEAR, AND IT FEATURES EUGENE!
I wish OVW posted videos on its website because this was an all time classic. Osama hosted a special segment from the back for the Spanish Language OVW TV show (I'm pretty sure there's no such thing), and his guest was none other than WWE's own (and OVW's former star) Eugene! Osama kept calling him "dummy" and "stupid," and then kept calling him "bendejo" the entire time. This is one of the funniest interview segments I've ever seen in my entire life. There was a great moment with Roberto Dawber, a bottle of Binaca, and Eugene slapping Dawber. They headed out to the ring, and Eugene pinned Dawber in a very entertaining 5-minute match that had the entire crowd jumping up and down. If you can get a chance to see the Osama promo with Eugene, go out of your way to see it.
THE FEUD BETWEEN SETH SKYFIRE & CHET THE JET VS CHRIS CAGE AND THE MIZ CONTINUED
Skyfire was selling his leg that was attacked last week by Cage. This week, the match was Chris Cage (w/Miz in his corner) vs. Seth Skyfire (w/Chet). In this match, Skyfire hit many one legged moves, but couldn't score the victory because of his injuries. Best match of the night. Chet goes to throw in the towel, Cage throws it back in Chet's face, so then Chet attacks Cage. Miz comes in and brawls with Chet (and they were very careful to make sure you knew Miz didn't see Chet throw in the towel. or Cage throw it back), and after being flung around by Chet, Miz stopped the attack on his own partner (who is the only heel out of the four) by knocking out Chet with Chet's own tag team title belt.
THE BUILDUP CONTINUED FOR THE IDOL VS PAUL BIRCHAL
Idol cut a good promo about Birchall and last week's Pajama Party (which was hysterical) on OVW's television show. Idol then had a match with former rival Danny Inferno. There was a botched spot, and it looked like Idol, Inferno, and referee Robert Brisco collided. Birchall came out, and Shelly was going to attack him, but he scooped her up for a tombstone piledriver, looked down at her panties, and smiled. Birchall then threw Shelly over his shoulder and departed the Davis Arena with her. Idol finished off Inferno and then ran after Birchall with Beth Phoenix screaming about what happened.
THE BOOGEYMAN WAS IN A MATCH
Kasey James, who felt the wrath of The Boogeyman last week, did a funny promo comparing Memphis to Louisville, and said he was Fearless Kasey James and didn't fear The Boogeyman. Well, of course that means Boogeyman came out and destroyed Kasey James. Then Boogeyman did something different. He said "When I say Boogey, You say Man!" and then screamed "Boogey!" and the whole crowd screamed "Man!" A lot of fun.
SOME OTHER NOTES
One of the Riggs Brothers got hurt in the opening match when his neck got caught in the ropes. Bad break for the Riggs Brothers. Club Life, who works on the OVW amateur shows, defeated The Neighborhoodies in the amateur showcase dark match with dual 450 splashes. Not a bad match at all. Domino (w/Deuce and Cherry Pie) defeated Robert Fury in a 7-minute match. OVW is now selling the entire month of January 2006 TV shows and the entire 2005 TV shows in monthly DVD releases. You can get information on the DVD's and information on how you can attend next Wednesday Night's OVW TV taping in Louisville by checking out their website at www.ovwrestling.com. I hope that we'll get to see Matt Cappotelli live. I had a great time this week.
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