Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), located in Louisville, Kentucky is proud to announce a special two-day tryout camp and training seminar set for Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday September 4th & 5th, in Louisville. The purpose of the camp is to both find new, prospective talent for the OVW roster and training center, as well as to give outside talent the benefit of tutoring and critique from the two men who pioneered the WWE developmental program a decade ago, and who together have trained well over 100 current and former WWE and TNA stars, as well as current UFC Champion Brock Lesnar.
“I’m looking forward to working with Danny Davis again”, Cornette said. “We made quite a team for many years, and now that wrestling politics are out of the way, we plan to do so again.”
Cornette served as matchmaker of OVW from 1999 to 2005, having brought the WWE developmental program to Louisville to join with OVW owner Danny Davis, who founded the promotion in 1993. After Cornette and WWE severed ties with each other, OVW continued to operate the WWE’s training system until 2008, when they opened their own facility in Florida. After serving a three year stint with TNA, Cornette took the position of Executive Producer of Ring of Honor television last fall. Davis, after the WWE pullout, stepped back from day-to-day operations of OVW, but now with both men’s affection for the sport of wrestling replenished, they are preparing to revamp OVW’s product once again.
“For myself”, Cornette said, “I never wanted to leave OVW, but the WWE affiliation became insufferable for me. For Danny, after 15 years of running his own company, he needed some time away. Now that he’s had a rest and I once again enjoy pro wrestling, the time is perfect for us to reunite, and restore OVW to the position it once held, not only as one of the few profitable fulltime wrestling promotions in the country, but as the finest training facility in the sport.”
Both men feel the key to both goals is finding, training and developing new stars. The Labor Day weekend camp is open to all current independent pro wrestlers, as well as those who feel they have what it takes to become a pro. “For independent wrestlers who want to go to the next level”, Cornette explained, “OVW will be the place to be for them, combining live events in the area with weekly TV tapings and training classes on several different levels. For those who’ve wondered if they have what it takes to BE a pro wrestler, they can find out here. For current pros outside the Kentuckiana area who are unable to relocate, these two days will be an intensive learning experience as they will be observed and critiqued in a number of areas, including appearance, in-ring work, psychology, and on-camera interview skills. Whether it be augmenting the current OVW roster, offering spots in the OVW classes, or instruction on an individual basis, EVERYONE will benefit from this camp. And”, he continued, “I’m always looking for the next Ring of Honor superstar as well.”
The Saturday and Sunday sessions will be held from 10AM to 6PM at OVW’s headquarters, training facility and TV studio, the Davis Arena, 4400 Shepherdsville Road in Louisville. Campers will spend all day with Cornette, Davis, and some of the past graduates of the OVW system who have gone on to the big leagues, including former OVW Champion and former WWE Tag Champion Mike Mondo, one of OVW’s assistant trainers. Their personal information and background will be taken, they will be video taped and given instruction in camera presence and promos, they will be involved in in-ring workouts and exhibition matches, and they will be evaluated in terms of conditioning, appearance, attitude and potential.
“We’ll tell them what they’re doing right, or what they’re doing wrong, and suggest ways for them to up their game.” Cornette explained. “OVW, under the lead of both Danny and myself, has been without question and by a wide margin the most successful pro wrestling training program in the sport. But talent is what makes it all work. This is not one of those “paid auditions” some folks hold these days, where you hand them a check and get nothing in return. EVERYONE will learn something. And if our past OVW camps are any indication, we hope to find folks with the potential and ability to make it to the major leagues.”
The registration fee is only $99 per person, and includes all camp activities as well as lunch at the Arena both days. Each attendee is responsible for his own transportation to and from the arena as well as any necessary lodging. To enroll, you must complete the application form, and submit it and your registration fee to OVW on or before Monday, August 23, 2010 to insure your spot.
If you feel you have the drive, determination and talent necessary to go to the next level and be a star in pro wrestling, THIS is your opportunity to prove it!!