OVW Write-Up (September 19th, 2013): Can I Interest You in a Four-Way Ladder Match?

This week on OVW, we’re stepping away from tug-of-wars and Q&A sessions to witness history: the first women’s Four-Way Ladder match. Lei’D Tapa, Taeler Hendrix, Hannah and Holly Blossom will compete for the vacant OVW Women’s Title. Who will reach the top of the ladder? Let’s watch:

We’ve got a special guest ring announcer for this main event match: none other than TNA Knockout Christy Hemme! She welcomes each competitor to the ring and announces them individually before the match gets underway.

As soon as the bell sounds, the Blossoms and Taeler make a break for it, trying to get to the ladder on the outside of the ring. Taeler makes it out of the ring, while the Blossoms are stuck on the inside, battling with Tapa.

Taeler is trying to get the ladder in the ring when the Blossoms hit it with tandem baseball slides, sending it right into Taeler’s face. Ouch! As Taeler tries to remember her name on the floor outside, Tapa clotheslines both Blossoms and sends them rolling out of the ring.

Tapa grabs the ladder and brings it into the ring, but Taeler grabs the other end, trying to reclaim it. After tugging back and forth with it, Taeler decides to just see-saw it into Tapa’s face. As Taeler tries to set the ladder up in the middle of the ring, Hannah and Holly attack her. She tries to fight them off, but it’s Tapa who gets control, tossing Holly out of the ring and striking Hannah and Taeler with the ladder.

Holly climbs the turnbuckle and missile dropkicks the ladder into Tapa’s chest, but she stays on her feet! Tapa then tries to squish Holly in the corner, holding the ladder like a baseball bat, but she dodges the attack. I gotta say, Tapa looks like a monster, swinging that ladder around like it weighs nothing.

Holly then takes the other end of the ladder and rams it into Tapa’s midsection repeatedly, caught between it and the corner. With Tapa temporarily disposed, Holly sets up the ladder in the middle of the ring, but she finds herself in a fight with Taeler, and the two battle for the right to scale the ladder.

Taeler wins the exchange and is a few rungs up the ladder when Hannah reappears, knocking Taeler off the ladder. They trade blows until Hannah takes Taeler down with a vicious axe kick. She sets up the ladder and begins to climb, but Tapa soon appears out of nowhere, getting a fistful of Hannah’s hair and yanking her off the ladder.

She folds up the ladder, driving it into the midsections of each of her competitors in turn: Taeler, then Holly, then Hannah. She then sets the ladder back up, climbing it until she finds Taeler, Holly and Hannah at her feet, fighting to stop her in her tracks. They shake the ladder until it tips over, sending Tapa in the opposite direction and all the way to the mat. Is it just me, or did she come dangerously close to landing on the ladder? Ow.

Both the Blossoms are trying to set up the ladder, which now looks like they pulled it out of a dumpster. Will it even be able to stand up? Hannah and Holly start climbing up on the same side, with Taeler scaling the other side. Tapa sees this and pulls the nearest woman off the ladder, taking Hannah onto her shoulders and hitting her with the TKO. This seems to hurt Tapa as well, as her shoulder was already smarting from that fall from the ladder.

Meanwhile, Hannah and Taeler are still on the ladder. Taeler reaches out for the belt, but is so occupied with fighting Holly off that she loses her focus. She goes for a kick, but Holly catches the leg, yanking her off the ladder and sending her all the way to the mat. Holly tries to make it to the belt, but hesitates too long, and Taeler is soon on her again, grabbing her leg. Holly kicks her off, but then decides to abandon the ladder, leaping off of it and hitting Taler with a Lou Thesz press! If this was in front of a larger crowd, surely we would’ve had a few “Holy shit!” chants by now.

Holly and Hannah set up the ladder, fighting off Taeler as she tries to get to her feet. Tapa climbs up the other side, grabbing both Blossoms by their throats! She tries to choke the life out of both of them, and seems to be succeeding until Taeler appears behind her, trying to pull her off the ladder. Taeler mounts Tapa and locks her in a sleeper hold!

The Blossoms are woozy on the ladder while Taeler holds on to Tapa tenaciously. Tapa eventually knocks Taeler off, grabbing for the Blossoms’ throats again. They fight her off, though, working together to slam her face onto the top of the ladder. Tapa sways, but doesn’t fall, so the Blossoms hit her with tandem punches and send Tapa all the way to the mat!

It’s just Hannah and Holly now! Hannah sees her sister struggling to stay on the ladder and delivers a punch to the back of her head, sending her sister to the mat as well! It’s just Hannah now, and she climbs to the top of the ladder, claiming the OVW Women’s Championship!

Hannah celebrates this epic win while her sister, bloody mouth and all, is dumbfounded on the mat.

Thoughts: Wow! Just a few weeks ago people were pining for the return of OVW’s glory days, and we definitely got a taste of it here. That’s not to say that one match can signal the start of whole new era, but this was a damn good way to make up for all the silliness of the past few weeks. I mean, who would have thought we would a be seeing an epic Four-Way Ladder match back when the women of OVW were answering silly questions in the ring and playing tug-of-war?

I really enjoyed this match, needless to say. Yes, it was a spot fest, but most ladder matches are. It’s so rare to see women go at it in a Ladder match, much less have more than two in the fray, and I think these women did a fantastic job taking advantage of all the opportunities this match provided. This was definitely match of the year candidate.

I’ve also got to say that I never expected either of the Blossoms to pick up the win. For weeks, it seemed like OVW was treating the twins as interchangeable, fighting over petty things and never really standing out on their own. I’m pleasantly surprised to see that they’re building towards a sister-on-sister feud over the title. Let’s hope they pull it off better than that discarded Bella feud from a few years ago.

For the first time in a while, I’m excited to see where OVW’s going. Let’s just hope Miss OVW finishes with as little embarrassment as possible. Now that we know how hard these girls can go in the ring, it would be a crime to waste their talent on pointless comedy segments.

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  • I dig CrayJ

    The match was good but not as good as I thought it would be. I also with the ladder wasn’t just barely taller than Tapa. I am happy for the Blossoms that will propably now feud over the title. Next step: KO’s title!!!

    • xFoxylicious

      I expected much more tbh but it was still good.

  • Number One

    Saw this match on Thursday, and loved every bit of it. Lei’d Tapa, Taeler Hendrix, and the Blossoms are four of the most phenomenal in-ring women I’ve ever seen, and their performances in the ladder match is evidence of that fact. I thought for sure they’d have Lei’D win, but I am glad it turned out to be one of the Blossoms. Now let’s hope we see an all-out Blossoms feud with champion Hannah as the evil twin against Holly!

  • Numero47

    Overall the quality is worthy for high praises. I was really expecting Tapa to win it but having one of the Blossom win it is still a good call. Slowly we’ll be able to see the Blossoms go at it against each other in some serious sister rivalry.

  • BorisG

    Great match, not as great as Gail vs Taryn for example, but girls worked so hard for it, and deserve praise.

  • BorisG

    Also, maybe Tapa didn’t win because they are moving her to the main roster. She will appear somehow down the line, but will move fully. Maybe they think she’s ready.

    • https://twitter.com/WelshEXP WelshEXP

      She has been appearing in the more recent TNA House Shows, so hopefully you are right in saying that.

      • zinc445 .

        Yeah i thought that when i read hannah won and not tapa. I guess if tapa does go on the main roster it would be sensible considering were down to two active kos” plus interestingly this thursday its a mixed tag with a mystery ko that could be tapa. Or gail kim’ i hope tna gets creative and brings up tapa

        • BorisG

          They can choose Gail (most likely), Tapa, bring back Tara (if she wants) or new girl.

      • BorisG

        I know about the house shows. Well we will see.

  • ???iig?????

    I never knew christy was announcing. thats cool

  • ???iig?????

    Omg. I laughed so hard when Tapa Fell of that LADDER LOL!!

    • xFoxylicious

      LOL same here!!

    • BorisG

      Me too, her face expression was on spot.

  • Peace

    I really enjoyed this match. The Blossom’s surprised me in a very good way.

  • David Wilson

    It’s the first Televised 4-Way Women’s Ladder match- not the first one ever (AIW did one for their Girls Night Out series that was an IPPV)- but it was still great- all four did well. Will be interesting to see if they go sister vs sister like it looks like…

  • Francisco

    that was really good! it keep me entertained throughout and i dont think it was a spot fest, it had a few spots which were really good and really well taught. some of them though werent that greatly executed but still worked. You can totally that these 4 woman tonight were trying to make a statement and trying to make something epic and tbh they did it! That fall from Tapa OMG i thought she had killed herself but it was damn funny. Also i loved the spot when Taeler climbed to Tapa’s back it was really amazing, but i felt they could’ve done more with it but definately something new and fresh from the femme fatales!

    • xFoxylicious

      It was a good match and Tapa falling was freaking funny!

  • xFoxylicious

    I wanted Taeler to win. :/ It was a pretty good match.

  • xFoxylicious

    Also, when Tapa fell off the ladder…… ROFL!!!

  • Paul McL

    Wow, now that is what you call a women’s wrestling match. Those girls were hardcore! I liked this better than Taryn & Gail’s ladder match. I can’t wait to see where this Blossom Feud will go :)

  • https://twitter.com/WelshEXP WelshEXP

    If you notice hard enough, you can tell there were moments that slowed the match down in bits, however that aside I really liked this match (Well I can also talk about the commentary being God awful, but it’s OVW so it’s that’s to be expected from their commentators). It’s possible match of the year caliber, it’d be nice for this to be included in the Televised MotY vote options for the DD Fans Year End awards at the very least.

    One of the Blossoms winning definitely shocked me as I though Tapa would come away with this one. Speaking of which, Tapa was very good in this match and it just only made her look that much more powerful than she already is. I hope to Christ that her appearing in the recent TNA House Shows is a thing to come for her.

  • SimplyDivaLicious

    If OVW could do this, why can’t WWE do this?

  • James

    1st- Taryn and Gails LKS and Ladder match
    2nd OVW 4 way ladder match
    WWE DO A STIPULATION MATCH

  • James

    AND WOOOOO HANNAH AND HOLLIE LOVE THEM SO MUCH REPRESENTING ENGLAND get you booties down to the main roster soon girls

  • SimplyDivaLicious

    Taeler should have won it.

  • EricHolt

    Wow, what a match! I thought it was pretty good. I especially loved the spot when all four ladies were on the ladder and trying to grab the belt. I don’t really keep up with OVW’s womens division like that, but I gotta say, all four girls did a great job in the match, and they all impressed me. I definitely see this match leading to a sister vs. sister feud over the title. I could also see Lei’D Tapa getting a shot at the title, where Holly screws Hannah over, causing Lei’D Tapa to win the title.

  • shameronstar

    This was actually pretty good by ovw standards! It was entertaining and everyone did their part! the wwe equivalent would be Brie vs Nikki vs Natalya vs AJ with Nikki winning by cheating out Brie:P

  • Irish_fan

    Good match :) Gail vs Taryn was better but you have to understand that this is a developemental company. thinks the girls did well and Im very happy that they didnt just give the title to tapa. I like the possible sister vs sister feud. I think TNA really missed out by not using Taeler. I think she’s great and she’s definitly not “too fat for Tv”.

  • Angelica Marie MoNae

    Pretty decent match, not really match of the year candidate though. The blossoms really need to work on their striking because those punches and forearm shots looked super weak.

  • 3xplicit

    Better than what we have been getting from OVW as of late, but still bad. When u put 4 boring & very green wrestlers in the ring, spells nothing but tragic. As u can see

  • 3xplicit

    And that commentaor with that high pitch voice was so cringe worthy

  • nismos69

    She lunged for it. SHE LUNGED LMAOOOOO