The Ohio Wrestling League followed up its successful debut in Cleveland with its first visit to Cincinnati.
The OWL Tag Team Title tournament got underway, as each of the eight winners from the last show brought a mystery partner to go after the belts.
Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana opened the show with an episode of “Good Times, Great Memories.” His guest was Paul London.
Cabana was sharing memories of their times in Ring of Honor and on the WWE Smackdown roster.
“That’s why my partner tonight will be…(London is attacked)...Sexy Ace Steel!!!”
The Second City Saints put the boots to London until they were run off by Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, who will be London’s opponent in the main event.
“M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross came out and introduced his partner from Wrestling Society X, Teddy Hart.
The Filth and The Fury (M-Dogg & Teddy Hart) beat The Second City Saints (Cabana & Steel) when Hart pinned Steel with a corkscrew splash off the top rope.
Joey Mercury came to the ring with his old partner from the indies and ECW, Christian York. Sean “Val Venis” Morley picked his former World Tag Team Championship partner, Lance Storm!
Team Canada (Storm & Morley) beat Joey Mercury and Christian York when York tapped to Storm’s Canadian Maple Leaf finisher.
Mike Quackenbush came out and introduced his partner from Chikara, Jigsaw. Blue Meanie entered to the bWo theme music with “Hollywood” Nova playing air guitar.
Instead of getting into the ring, Nova rang the bell.
Raven dropped Jigsaw with the Raven Effect DDT to win the match in four seconds for himself and Blue Meanie, taking out Jigsaw and Quackenbush.
Simply Luscious came to the ring to introduce Xavier and his partner, and leader of The Prophecy, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels.
“Big League” John McChesney came to the ring with his partner and bodyguard, the 350-pound “Notorious” Shane Taylor.
“Not so fast!” says OWL talent coordinator Norm Connors. “Shane Taylor, you attacked Al Snow on the last show, so you are out of here!”
Security escorts Taylor out of the building. The Prophecy moves in on McChesney, but the lights go out.
When they come back on, Sabu is in the ring!
Sabu and McChesney beat The Prophecy (Xavier and Daniels) when Sabu pinned Xavier after a triple-jump moonsault.
During intermission, ushers place winter hats with the OWL logo on everyone’s seat.
Match 5: Gimmick Battle Royale for an OWL Contract
The ring filled up with Doink the Clown, T.L. Hopper, The Goon, Waylon Mercy, Bastion Booger, Big Bully Busick, Duke “The Dumpster” Droese, Mortis, Lazer-Tron, Shockmaster, Men on a Mission, and Jean-Pierre Lafitte.
Then the lights went out and the temperature dropped to 20 degrees. Fans put their hats on to stay warm during the snowy entrance of GLACIER!
He must have bought his gimmick back from Kaz Hayashi (remember that angle?).
The last two remaining were Mortis and Glacier. They went into video-game karate-kick mode until James Vanderberg got on the apron to distract Glacier.
Mortis tossed Glacier out to win the OWL contract.
Vandenberg grabbed the contract for Mortis to sign, but OWL talent coordinator Norm Connors had security toss Vandenberg out of the building for interfering. Mortis became the ninth official member of the OWL roster.
Match 6: Tag Team Tournament Semifinal
The Filth and The Fury (M-Dogg and Teddy Hart) beat Raven and Blue Meanie in a “Raven’s Rules” match.
Hart pinned Meanie after a 920-degree flipping moonsault off a 30-foot platform onto Meanie, destroying the candy table.
Match 7: Tag Team Tournament Semifinal
Sabu and John McChesney defeated Team Canada (Storm and Morley) when McChesney hit a triple-jump moonsault on Storm for the pin.
McChesney pointed to the sky like Sabu to salute his new partner.
Before the main event, Norm Connors thanked the Cleveland fans who made the trip down I-71 to see the show. The rest of the crowd exploded into a HUGE “Cleveland sucks” chant.
Norm explaind that several wrestlers complained that they couldn’t compete in the gimmick battle royal because they don’t have a gimmick.
To be fair, there will be a non-gimmick battle royale on show No. 3 in Cleveland.
The Cleveland show will also feature the quarterfinals and semifinals of the OWL Title tournament, plus Chris Harris versus Ballz Mahoney in an extreme rules match.
Paul London pinned Sean “X-Pac” Waltman in the main event.
As they shook hands after the match, the fans were treated to someone on the mic singing:
“I got all I ever wanted, and I’ll never give that back…”
It was Justin Credible, singing the critically reviled X-Factor theme song!
He had a Singapore cane with an OWL contract taped to it. He challenged both men to a three-way ladder match on the next Cincinnati show, with the winner gaining a permanent spot in the company.
“Paul London, how do know it won’t be two-on-one?” Justin said. “Now, you’re dealing with the X-Factor!”