OVW & WWE Part Ways

World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today that Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) will no longer be affiliated with World Wrestling Entertainment as an official developmental territory, making Florida Championship Wrestling™ (FCW™) WWE’s official development training facility for talent around the globe.

Over the weeks, the management team from WWE has been going on the firing rampant, axing at least 8 development talents off the list, including wrestling trainer, Al Snow. It has been one of the most sudden eruption coming from WWE since their ties with OHW has been going strong.

OVW has been a good school that created many talents including John Cena, Randy Orton, Mr. Kennedy, Bobby Lashley, Beth Phoenix, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Cody Rhodes, DH Smith, Jillian, Lance Cade, Meina, Maria, Mickie James, Paul London, The Highlanders, Santino Marella, Snitsky, Batista, Cherry, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Deuce & Domino, Festus & Jesse, Kenny Dykstra, Mark Henry, Michelle McCool, Victoria, Armando Estrada, The Boogeyman, CM Punk, Elijah Burke, John Morrison, Kelly Kelly, Kofi Kingston, Shelton Benjamin & The Miz. Upon hearing this news, many of the alumni were in shock.

It was mentioned that high authoritive figures walked out of the boardroom with solemn resentment to the decision. But that’s business and that’s Vince.

For those who are unclear over FCW, it is a new training center, set up by WWE’s producer, Steve Kire for future WWE Superstars. The facility has four wrestling rings and approximately 35 contracted athletes, with plans to increase that number to more than 70 in the near future. The new training facility will also host a weekly show in front of a live audience, to be broadcast for regional television.

Coming from a WWE viewpoint, the good prospect FCW can give, makes no surprise for this decision. It is business overall.

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