OVW Write-Up (June 13th, 2013): Double the Action, Double the Fun

What’s up everyone? Welcome to this week’s OVW Write-Up, where we scout the (kind of, maybe, if we’re lucky, but we can still hope) potential upcoming TNA Wrestlers and Knockouts. This week, we’ve got not one, but TWO… backstage segments. AND not one, but TWO matches. Yes, we’ve got a lot to talk about this week and it all involves a plethora of women. Lei’D Tapa makes her OVW TV debut facing off against Jessie Belle, plus makes her presence felt in a segment later on with my personal favorite, Saint Epiphany. Not only that, Taeler Hendrix and Heidi Lovelace are back with another segment as they prepare for Taeler’s match against Women’s Champion, Trina to also take place tonight as well.

… If that wasn’t a mouthful to try and coherently type, I don’t know what is so let’s get things started with the Tongan Warrior and the Country Darlin’. (Yes I can’t believe I just said darlin’ either.)

We get to kick things off in the land of the femme fatales with some faces we’ve yet to experience since this write-up kicked into high gear a few weeks ago, and up first is a country cowgirl by the name of Jessie Belle. She looks fun, has a bit of the Daffney splits in her, and enters to Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, which I could soon see becoming a fixture on my android right in line with the likes of Jason Aldean and The Band Perry after witnessing this entrance. Jessie skips, dances, and hops around the ring as she awaits her competition in the form of the Tongan Terror, Lei’D Tapa. She seems to have her own personal entrance theme that consists of drum beats and a voiceover where she introduces herself and proclaims she’s here to dominate.

Lei’D steps into the ring with her intriguing red cape, letting out her signature shriek before eyeing down her country competition. Jessie looks ready to go, but Lei’D scores a kick right off the bat. She slams Jessie onto the ropes and sends her into the corner, but Jessie gets an elbow up and goes for a headscissors out of the corner… but Tapa holds on and hoists her up in air! She decks Jessie Belle with a huge powerbomb and stalks her prey a bit, but Jessie doesn’t give up. The crowd tries to chant Jessie on, but Lei’D Tapa applies the Tongan Death Grip! Jessie fights out a little, however that doesn’t stop Tapa from hitting a huge headbutt that sends Jessie rebounding off the ropes right into a TKO type Stunner move for the impressive victory.

We fade backstage to the sight of my OVW saint, Epiphany, in the midst of a massage by the one and only Eddie Diamond. Saint Epiphany claims the rub down feels gooood, as Diamond says he’s going to take her on a journey later tonight. She asks where to, but his attention fades off on making sure a check list is complete. Suddenly, Lei’D Tapa walks into the room and seems to completely take Eddie off his game. Epiphany, judging by her “Baby you stop?” dilemma when Diamond’s hands no longer continue movement on her shoulders, has no idea what’s going on. But we, the faithful OVW following, can see there’s a little something going on in his mind when it comes to the Tongan Warrior. He tries to save face by saying he got distracted thinking about all the things the two of them will be partaking in this evening, but his face tells a different story. Could Epiphany’s man have eyes for another intimidating woman?

Backstage we go once again to the sight of Teidi… Haelor… Lovedrix… well how about I let you all come up with your favorite team name in the comments and I’ll begin using the winning choice next week. Anyways, Taeler is prepping (and by that I mean freaking out) over her match against Trina later due to the champ’s unbeaten status, as Heidi tries to calm her down and brush her hair. Taeler’s worry increases by the fact that her cohort, Nikki St. John, is nowhere to be found… but Heidi’s top concern is why Taeler seems to be getting so close with Nikki compared to her. Taeler tries to paint it as Nikki being just a friend who cares about her because everyone wants to be her friend. Just to make Taeler feel better about things, Heidi volunteers to accompany her to the ring tonight in order to make up for Nikki… and then, she looks to be attempting to lay one on the lips of Taeler, but Hendrix frantically leaves just before they make contact. She grabs Heidi to come with her, leaving Heidi feeling somewhat disappointed, yet hiding it to keep Taeler happy.

Out to the ring comes a nervous Taeler and a reassuring Heidi. As they pose on the ring apron, Heidi again attempts a lip lock, but Taeler turns her attention elsewhere and they opt to hold hands instead. Lovelace applauds Hendrix during her entrance and gives her a last minute pep talk as the sound of angels (aka Fall Out Boy) begins to grace my eardrums. Trina scurries into the ring as we get underway with Hendrix trying to plead for Trina’s forgiveness. Meanwhile, Trina scolds Taeler as she’s sick of Hendrix trying to pit she and Heidi against each other. Hendrix offers a handshake, but what we see that Trina doesn’t is that Taeler has her fingers crossed behind her back in a sign of either stating she doesn’t mean it, or prepping to one day be arrested. We’ll assume it’s not the latter though, as Taeler’s behavior to Heidi, while upsetting, is not bounds of arrest.

Trina clotheslines Taeler and continues to ambush her multiple times, scooping her up with a bodyslam and shoving her face first to the canvas. Hendrix, still in her ring jacket mind you, is being dismantled, much to Heidi’s sorrow ridden face. Trina now locks in a full nelson, decks Taeler with a shot to the back and finally pulls the leather jacket off. She sends Taeler into the corner and hits yet another clothesline. Hendrix pretty much just continues to be tossed around as she goes to Heidi for a confidence boost that doesn’t seem to really work as Hendrix manages to turn around into a collision with Trina. Taeler rolls outside the ring as Trina tails her not far behind. Suddenly, Trina looks to give her a shot to the face, but she uses Heidi as a temporary shield and throws Trina right into the ring post! From there, Taeler rolls Trina back in and secures the pinfall victory with her feet on the ropes. Heidi doesn’t seem pleased with Taeler’s actions at all, but Taeler got the win and that’s what matters!

Thoughts: We finally got some lengthier showings and even two matches this week! Props to OVW first and foremost for going with double the female action as opposed to relegating one of them to a segment or something and doing the other match next week. I’ll start with Lei’D Tapa vs. Jessie Belle, which even though shorter, was personally my favorite of the two. Tapa does need a little fine tuning, but she’s already growing leaps and bounds for me in her dominance and OVW is only going to continue helping her. I absolutely loved the hurricanrana counter into a powerbomb, as well as the finish where she headbutts Jessie into rebounding back with the Stunner-TKO which I’m just going to call the Tapa-TKO from now on until I find out an actual name. I was a big fan of Lei’D Tapa in her gutcheck appearance so I can’t wait to see what they do with her around OVW, especially with the backstage segment seeming to kick start something that could be wildly amusing and mega entertaining. I’d personally love to see what would ensue between Epiphany and Lei’D when you put them together considering they’re such different personalities and persona’s.

With Jessie Belle, I’d only really seen her face off against Trina before and I wasn’t a big supporter of that match. However, she looked a lot better here (yes I’m aware she didn’t do much, but I’m more referring to her performance as a whole not just with a moveset). I really liked the little bits of charisma she brought in her country-esque entrance, and her movements in the ring seemed more crisp this time outside of a small miscue when setting up the Irish whip into the corner for the powerbomb. I hope we get to see more of her, but I like that they chose to go with her facing Lei’D Tapa because it gives relatively newer fans like myself the chance to see more of her than just a match or two.

Now onto Trina and Taeler’s match. Well, I first want to say I’m happy we finally got a match that was a bit lengthier (at least as a whole considering the video is over six minutes long), but I wasn’t feeling it honestly. I don’t mean this as any form of insult, but Trina isn’t really my cup of tea when it comes to the ladies in OVW based on what I’ve seen so far, and so having a match that’s pretty much all her until the ending isn’t something I’m quite big into. I’m not sure if I’ve actually said it much in reduxes or not, but I tend to be drawn towards the big character types more and Trina doesn’t give me the same vibe I get from Taeler and Heidi or Lei’D Tapa or Epiphany even. Most of her moves in this match were either clotheslines, punches, or hair tosses so I didn’t truthfully find it too exciting as a whole despite the time they got. I will say though that I loved Taeler and Heidi, and thought they were brilliant in their constant moments of Heidi trying to get Taeler to kiss her, but ultimately being turned down when Taeler just so happened to get distracted. Plus Taeler using her as a shield should prove for some tension filled moments next week that I’m sure Taeler will smoothly be able to talk her way out of.

Overall, I consider this a good week for the ladies of OVW. They got the extra emphasis that I was hoping for, but the one sided-ness of the Taeler/Trina match took a little away for me. (And I get they were playing the whole Taeler’s afraid to face her so Trina dominated most of it, but I still just couldn’t really get into the match until Taeler went to the outside towards the end.)

Until next week, peace!

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  • mpezza

    Loving Lei’D. She’s like a predator in the ring and I can’t wait to see her fulfill her in-ring potential. She has a way to go but I have faith in her. Epiphany needs more backstage segments, she’s hilarious.

  • mckenzie

    I like the future of the knockouts division. Lei’D Tapa’s new finisher is priceless and great character really dominating. I see a rivalry between her and Epiphany coming. Epiphany is a fan fave. Heidi and Taeler need a little more polishing when it comes to their characters and segments. I like Trina she looks great as Champ and her moveset is wide and I can see her in the knockouts division soon.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

    Really great episode of OVW! I love Lei’D Tapa and I’m so happy that she is back! :D
    Epiphany is really funny, I like her hahaha
    Trina is just boring as champ, and that underwear is stupid…
    Taeler and Heidi are really great together, and did Taeler kissed somehow Heidi after the match cause it looks like she did! lol xD

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    OVW’S WOMEN’S ROSTER = WORST ROSTER I HAVE EVER SEEN!
    OVW = WORST WRESTLING SHOW RIGHT NOW!

    I used to like TNA until I saw this match, well now I hate Tna because they choosed Tapa instead of Ivelisse who is READY for the main roster and not that F*****CKING SH*****T named OVW! Tapa is impressive and could be the next BIG MONSTER Heel but when I see this match

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      (Not finished)… When I saw this match, I feel sad for Ivelisse who is WAAAAY BETTER than Tapa. Also, considering how bad is OVW, I don’t see how the women will improve in the ring! Erh…

      • mpezza

        Ivelisse may be on the main roster later in the year. She’s on a couple of the one night only PPV things as a member of the Aces and Eights. She gets revealed as a member on one of them so there’s a glimmer of hope for her.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

        the bad cameras make the wrestling look worse than it actually is. Ivelisse will be working with TNA later, just a couple of more months until she comes back on the main roster.

  • NT86

    Trina is so boring. She has only a handful of moves, and they look really stiff and awkward.

    I have to say that back in February, I was one of the people who wished the Ivelisse should have won the Gutcheck (and I certainly hope she does get signed); but I’ve REALLY warmed to Lei’d Tapa. Give her the rest of the year to train and hone her skills in OVW and re-debut her properly in TNA in the new year. I think she has a ton of potential and could give the Knockouts division a monster heel that’s been missing since Kong left the company. Those heel mannerisms are brilliant. Character is so important to establish in wrestling and so many times, bigger wrestlers lack that. Tapa gives you that monster heel type feel. The way she trash talks/interacts with the crowd is awesome.

  • Rhawk

    This was one of the better weeks for OVW in terms of their women involvement. Nice to see Tapa in matches on some form of TV since her Gut Check appearance, hopefully she continues to improve while she’s in development, even with how much of a shambles OVW is right now. Maybe she can go around other places near her and get some more experience, I mean Heidi Lovelace does it, Jessie Belle and SoJo Bolt do it, why not her too!
    Didn’t like the Trina/Taeler match tbh, it just felt completely one sides on Trina’s part, and most of her offense was like 92% bad clotheslines. The ending also didn’t feel as believable because of this since sure, she bumped into the ring post, but would only that and a dirty ropes pin end up costing her the match? OVW at it’s ‘finest’? Seriously they need to have the FCW/NXT treatment and get rid of OVW for a more vamped up Gut Check Wrestling or something.

  • MomoMufFinSsFTW

    I liked this week’s ovw. Some mistakes though like the little confusion area in the Jessie and tapa match, However I LOVE tapa her choke hold and finisher <3. The taelor and Trina match was not very good.. The clostheines were bad, horrible Trina seemed to lag whenever she did it and didnt ark her arm, and taelor's selling of the clostheines sucked. It's kinda sad cuz I see these two do some good matches. Trina reminds me of Chyna I like that. Also I love heidi i wish she went back to short hair though I loved that look

    • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

      Nooo!! Heidi looks way more better with this hair than with the short hair!

    • Looking Glass

      Yeah as bad as she is in the ring, I love that Trina kinda represents the 90′s bodybuilder women’s wrestler that you used to get in comparison to these days.

  • 09DHK

    I’m starting to LOVE Lei’D Tapa. I love everything about her except her finisher; it seemed kinda sloppy in my opinion, and didn’t really fit in with her monster heel/wild Tonga persona. I feel like her finisher should be something that emphasizes her power and intimidation factor more than a sitout TKO. As for Taeler, I think TNA should just bring her in as the Knockouts Referee and let ODB get in the ring and WRESTLE. Like Taryn Terrell, it’d be a way to familiarize the fans with Taeler without having her wrestle when she’s not ready, while at the same time giving the active Knockouts roster one more Knockout to wrestle for the title in ODB.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

      TNA should hire Nikki St. John as a Knockouts referee!