OVW Write-Up (June 20th, 2013): The Tongan Tour of Terror Rolls on, Taeler’s Got Tricks & Epiphany’s Fired Up

Hello fellow OVW brethren, lend me your eyes for this upcoming recaplet of all things OVW related. Well, should I say OVW female related. When we last left you, Taeler Hendrix became the first woman to defeat Trina, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t a haze of controversy surrounding it. First, she used Heidi Lovelace as a human shield of sorts in order to distract the champ long enough to be tossed into a ring post. Secondly, she then used the ropes during the winning pin attempt in order to secure the victory. We all can assume Heidi won’t be happy with this, but does Taeler have what it takes to weasel her way out?

Also, Lei’D Tapa made her thunderous OVW debut with a very impressive victory over Jessie Belle, but that didn’t seem to impress just us. It also looked to charm the pants off of Epiphany‘s manfriend, Eddie Diamond… only Epiphany doesn’t quite know it just yet. Will there be a cause for concern between the two of them over this crush?

All your answers and more come this week as Lei’D Tapa faces off against Heidi Lovelace, plus we are treated to a trifecta of backstage segments to explore the further happenings of the OVW womens roster involving the two women mentioned as well as Epiphany, Nikki St. John, and the dastardly Taeler Hendrix herself.

Let’s get underway!

Backstage, we spot an angered Heidi Lovelace as she turns to confront Taeler Hendrix about what happened last week. Taeler seems confused as Heidi explains the situation, but she apologizes for Heidi perceiving her actions as her not caring. It was simply the fact that she’s been under so much stress, she just acted on a spur of the moment ordeal. Hendrix promises that as soon as the stress is over, she’ll be back to her old self… but Heidi’s not having it. She thinks this duo is very one sided in Taeler’s favor. Hendrix, however, says to stop listening to what everyone else is saying. She makes Heidi a deal in that if she can win a match against Lei’D Tapa tonight, she’ll get all the attention of Taeler’s that she rightfully deserves. (Side note: All couples out there take note — only offer your spouse attention if they can defeat one of your arch rivals in a fight). The proposition works on Heidi, but as she leaves, Taeler makes a few faces to herself in disgust at the act she’s playing up.

We head to the back once more as Taeler converses with her true friend (that shares the same evilness as she), Nikki St. John. Nikki asks if Taeler’s going to support Heidi the hobbit so she thinks they’re really together. Taeler laughs it off and says she doesn’t need to even do anything as she’s got Heidi wrapped around her finger so much already. Heidi thinks they’re watching the match from the back, so Taeler instead invites Nikki to go get some cosmo’s. As they leave though, the camera pans towards a cracked door as The Assassin stands listening to their every word… prompting this sound effect to play in my head.

Out to the ring, Heidi Lovelace makes her upbeat entrance for competition, before she’s interrupted by one of my new favorite theme songs in that of Lei’D Tapa! As soon as both women are in the ring, the bell sounds and we get things underway with Heidi saying she’s not scared of Lei’D. Tapa screams, but Heidi slaps and kicks! Tapa isn’t affected though, as she hits a huge headbutt and begins to dominate the fan favorite. Heidi gets sent into the corner, but she dodges an attack and hops on Tapa’s back! Unfortunately, this doesn’t last long as Lei’D flips her over and begins to viciously slam her all over the place. Lei’D Tapa sets up for her finisher, but Heidi fights out! Again, unfortunately, Tapa just turns it around and slams her to the floor. She picks Lovelace up, tosses her off the ropes, and hits a sick boot to the face! Lei’D applies the Tongan Death Grip, picks Heidi up, spins her around, and drops her with the Tapa-TKO Stunner (that Heidi sells amazingly) for the victory!

Backstage, Jessie is seen “talking” on a phone… but moves into the view where we can see the phone is on the home screen where all the icons show up to navigate where you want to go. From there, Eddie Diamond is seen chatting up Bobbi Bardot until Saint Epiphany walks into the scene screaming that he can’t seem to find this phone that has a picture of some chick on it! The holy figure demands to know just who this woman is, as she clearly was too busy taking care of her worldly duties to pay attention to some match. He reveals it’s Lei’D Tapa, as we know, but Epiphany is not having it. She wants to know why Tapa is on her mans phone, and he (seemingly quick and on the spot) comes up with the excuse that he was studying her because she may have to wrestle Lei’D one day and he wants his girl to be prepared. That’s still not flying, judging by Saint Epiphany letting out a “Boy shut up!” She heads off as he chases behind her and we end the segment with Rob Terry being attacked in the knee.

Thoughts: We’ve got lots to discuss tonight, so we shall kick off in order with the backstage segments. I’m still enjoying the Heidi and Taeler storyline, although I don’t feel the same excitement about it that I did at first. It’s understandable though, because I don’t think there was really a way to get Taeler to go along with Heidi truthfully without some backstabbing involved, but it takes some of the fun out of it for me as a viewer because I know what Taeler’s really feeling and I’m just waiting for Heidi to sort of catch up if that makes sense. It’s like that big major arc of a TV show like say… Dexter. We know what Dexter does, but the other characters in the show don’t, so we’re essentially waiting on and on to see how they react upon finding out. It still works as long as the storylines are solid, but I’ve got to admit, it’s not as fun as being surprised by news at the same time a character is and basically finding yourself in their shoes and seeing how you would react. Maybe a more relatable example would be AJ/Kaitlyn and the secret admirer. If we knew all along it was AJ, would the waiting game have been as exciting?

To be honest, I think the one thing I would’ve done differently with Taeler and Heidi’s storyline is to not let the audience know how Taeler really feels just yet, because it’d have left some of the freshness there seeing them really interact with each other and Taeler seeming hesitant. We would’ve continued to wonder just where Taeler’s true feelings were as opposed to knowing and waiting for Heidi to find out. I’m still beyond excited to see what happens when Heidi discovers it, and I have a lot of hope that they’ll get a huge feud between the two so I’m looking forward to seeing where they take it as a whole. Like I said though, I still am enjoying it and I love the continuous week to week build up. My feelings are only because it’s not as different as it was in the start considering those weeks before were more segments we’ve never really seen happen the way they were presenting it, at least on TV to my knowledge. I love the way Taeler and Heidi work off of each other too. Taeler really does come across believable when she’s in segments with Heidi, and I’d buy it if we didn’t know her true intentions already.

The match was shortish. I think with OVW, I have a certain scale when it comes to time. 1 minute = extremely short, 2-3 minutes = shortish, and anything above 4 is good. What works really well for me though, is short matches when they contain Lei’D Tapa. She is a beast out there, and short matches make complete sense as she just dominates her opponents. I have absolutely no problems having a quick match when it involves her because whoever the person is (possibly Epiphany it seems), that really poses a threat to her is going to look a million times better when they are able to hang with her and not be defeated instantly. Tapa is in her element out there and it comes across as so engaging and intriguing to me. She has that sort of aura about her that, yes while she does do a few unique moves, some of her moveset is hair pulls and tossing people around, but her presence makes me not even mind. Last week, I had said that Trina didn’t really grab me during her match which consisted of a lot of basic moves, which I think contributes to the difference I have in liking someone with a lot of character as opposed to more of a strict wrestler. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being just a wrestler, it’s just not really what draws me as much as being both a wrestler and a character… err, if that makes sense. (Hopefully it does)

That’s all for this week! Join me again soon for the continuation of Teidi, as well as finding out just when the Lei’D Tapa Tongan Tour of Terror will commence. Also, will Trina make her return after being absent last week? And who’s ass is Saint Epiphany going to have to kick if Eddie Diamond gets any more obsessed with a certain female?

Don’t you love all the (continuous!) storylines?!

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  • SherriShepherdWWE

    i feel like OVW is putting alot more effort into there divas division, then they have in the past with the addidtion of some new girls like Nikki, and Lovely Lylah , weither them two are the best new addidtions im not sure LOL

    however, i do like all the backstage segments, storyline development, i feel like everything comes off sloppy because the sloppy filming and videoing that is done,

    an the acting isnt the best, i cant get to like Taelor at all, i fine her wrestling very sloppy and her acting is overkill hahaha

    nikki st john seems like a good heel, i just wish her wrestling skills was alot better than what it is , because she has the look and


    and it bothers me that Lei D Tapa, is kind of copying Tamina, since they both say there name and everything like that, and i feel like Lei D and Tamina are compared enough, let alone there music to be the same idea as well

    • totallynecessary

      Honestly I prefer Lei’D Tapa to Tamina anyday… Tamina’s pace is so slow & too mythical and while both women have a classic Polynesian wrestling style… Tapa’s Aura and Actual character choices are much more dynamic & believable…


      I look fwd to the growth of both ladies but IM #TEAMTAPA

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

        I have to agree, I’m also #TeamTapa since she is more interesting than Tamina and wrestles like a champ with only being in the wrestling ring for 2 years!

    • ItsRayVolution

      If I’m not mistaken Sherri, I believe Scarlett is now a mainstay in Ring of Honor……and CHIKARA in their digital segments

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    I just wanted to add, I totally didnt recognize former WWE Hardcore Champion (female) Bobbie Barbot (godfather ho), wow i havent seen her in like 12 years

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

      Where? :O

      • Spike7000

        She was the female blonde in the Epiphany segment

  • redsandman99

    The match wasn’t too bad. If Lei’D Tapa can keep improving she will one day make a good addition to the TNA Knockout roster.

  • https://twitter.com/Oliver_James611 OJ Von Erich

    Whoever the commentator that sounds like an excitable Kermit The Frog is… He is awful, JUST NO!

    • Rhawk

      Don’t get me started on their announcers. Both of them just need to go away, the main reason I mute OVW most of the time.

  • Nostalgia

    Lei D’Tapa gimmick more believable than Tamina’s??? It’s 2013, there are no more giant amazon like bitches running around acting like lei’d in this day and age

    • Johnyfaction3

      ^^ I agree

    • Johnyfaction3

      To those comparing Tamina and Lei D’Tapa: Lei D’Tapa acts like Umaga. Tamina is a more civilized islander. Not everyone with that character has to act like a savage. Tamina is better in the ring too imo.

      Heidi made Tapa look scary as hell. Her selling was very good. Especially with the finisher. I am trying to find some interest in OVW but is kind of hard. Idk. The ones I like are already signed by TNA. Everyone else is just there. I think NXT has better developmental girls though.

      • Johnyfaction3

        opps that was supposed to be its own comment. haha.

    • Spike7000

      because people are used to the OMG/Talk to the hand types

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

    Very great match, one of the best OVW match in a while. Very excited for Tapa, if she continues like this, she will become full-time TNA worker in no time :)

  • Rhawk

    Shame it had to be Heidi who lost to Tapa next, but I guess someone else had to. I can easily see Tapa being the next OVW Womens Champion if this whole Taeler/Nikki/Heidi storyline doesn’t interfere with it as much as Tapa’s debut just yet.
    Although I’d rather see a small Tapa/Epiphany feud while there’s the whole Trina/Taeler/Nikki/Heidi thing going on.

  • Matt

    Of the four women TNA has down there, I can easily see Tapa being the first one promoted to an actual storyline role on the main roster. She also seems to have the most to offer given her obvious role as the dominant monster. She has it somewhat easier as well I suppose given that in terms of ring skills all you should expect is a solid grasp of power moves combined with good selling from opponents and IMO she doesn’t even need to speak as the look and demeanor says all you need to know a la Kong (maybe even get her a manager?).

  • NT86

    Lei’D Tapa is growing on me more each week. Her mannerisms are simply fantastic!! Heidi Lovelace sold like a champ for her. She looked like a ragdoll after taking that TKO finisher.

  • mpezza

    I love the way Heidi sold Tapa’s finisher. She looked like she was knocked the f out. I enjoyed the match and loved Epiphany backstage too. Rob Terry though.. that is one fine piece of man meat.

  • Bikini model destroyer

    Tapa > Tamina any day I get easily bored of civilized characters, speaking of that the entire KO division is so civilized so Tapa would be epic on the main roster.

    • Looking Glass

      So you’d rather depend on racial stereotypes that anyone from the pacific islands are barbaric animals that just roar and attack?

      Welcome to the 21at century y’all

  • http://twitter.com/sieghrt sieghrt

    I loved the Epiphany segment! I can’t wait to see her collide with Lei D’ Tapa <3

  • Nostalgia

    I watched the match finally, and the way they’re booking Lei’D gimmick. C’mon it’s not 1988

  • Sarah Connor

    I’m loving Lei’D Tapa. I find her rather fresh and exciting with pace and intensity – a great monster heel in the making. I feel she’ll only get better in months to come.

    I love the TKO stunner and Heidi sold it exceptionally well. Also I like her wrestling attire and how she behaves like an old-school islander compared to WWE’s Tamina. As a dream tag team duo they would be formidable.

  • http://www.bebo.com/Official-Divas gavin harvey

    the acting to these girls are sooooooooooo bad !

    • Rhawk

      Don’t be surprise if its actually the terrible camera quality that makes the women’s acting appear a lot worse than it actually is. People like Taeler, SoJo and Heidi have done far better acting that they are currently doing in OVW. Also don’t be surprised if they are actually told to act this way, I mean its almost as if most of all of OVW’s talent is made to look bad on purpose.

  • divaindemise

    Tapa is total throwback as a heel and I see great potential in her. This match was pretty good, thanks largely to Heidi’s selling. Taeler Hendrix isn’t really interesting to me; liked Eipphany, though.

  • divaindemise

    Epiphany, darn smartphone.