The new docuseries chronicles the local pro wrestling gym.
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When kayfabe meets reality
“Wrestlers” is now available to stream (and binge watch) on Netflix.|Image via Netflix
Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) has been a Kentuckiana professional wrestling promotion + training ground since it first entered the ring in 1993.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Superstars like John Cena and Brock Lesnar trained at OVW, and in 2018 it became the first accredited professional wrestling trade school in Kentucky. It costs $3,000 per semesterin case you were wondering.

While the regional wrestling gym might not be top of mind — or should we say top rope — for most Louisvillians, OVW’s legendary moments (and struggles) of the last 30 years did catch the attention of Netflix.

LOUtoday_Al Snow

Al Snow was known for his deranged wrestling character of the same name that talked to a mannequin head.


Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Today, the streaming service released its latest original docuseries “Wrestlers.” The seven episode series chronicles OVW’s past, present, and future under the guidance of former WWE Superstar Al Snow.

In the show, you’ll meet OVW’s current cast of babyfaces and heels — like the newbie Hollywood Haley J — and follow their lives in and out of the ring. The series also sheds light on Snow’s fight to keep the business afloat amid mounting debt and new ownership struggles.

Mayor Craig Greenberg, one of three OVW owners, even makes an appearance in the series.

The specs of the show:
  • Director: Greg Whiteley — creator of “Last Chance U” + “Cheer”
  • Maturity Rating: TV-MA
  • Run time: Seven, ~55 minute episodes
  • Stars: Al Snow, Elizabeth Hile, Justin Coburn
Since 2002, OVW has called 4400 Shepherdsville Rd. in West Buechel home. It broadcasts live wrestling matches every Thursday at 7 p.m. which you can attend in-person or watch on FITE TV. You can also catch the OVW crew live this weekend at the Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown.
Which former pro wrestler founded OVW?

A. Jerry “The King” Lawler
B. “Nightmare” Danny Davis
C. Mick Foley
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Give For Good Louisville | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 12 a.m.-11:59 p.m. | Online | Donation based | Support local causes during this community-wide day of philanthropy.
  • Gaslight Festival Parade | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 6 p.m. | Starts at Jeffersontown Commons Shopping Center, Jeffersontown | Free | Catch this parade that travels down Taylorsville Road, Watterson Trail, and College Drive.
  • Wig Out | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Vernon Lanes, 1575 Story Ave., Louisville | $12 | Wear your favorite wig and meet other small business owners.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Hayride and Happy Hour | Friday, Sept. 15 | 4-7 p.m. | Foxhollow Farm, Crestwood | $5-$20 | Take a ride through the pastures of this Crestwood farm.
  • Nightmare at The Georgetown Drive-In | Friday, Sept. 15-Saturday, Sept. 16 | 6:45 p.m. | Georgetown Drive-In, 8200 State Rd. 64, Georgetown | $6-$12 | Join Caufield’s Novelty for horror movies + a creepy car cruise.
  • Racing Louisville FC vs. Houston Dash | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Lynn Family Stadium, 350 Adams St., Louisville | $12-$153 | Get a free bobblehead before the game.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Lucy in the Kitchen Easy Asian Cooking | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Logan Street Market, 1001 Logan St., Louisville | $50 | Learn how to make egg rolls, sesame noodles, veggie chow mein, and mango sticky rice with Chef Lucy.
  • Latin Music Awards | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 8 p.m. | Bourbon Hall, 116 W. Jefferson St., Louisville | $35-$180 | Celebrate Latin music artists in Kentucky with an award ceremony, salsa dancing and concert + after party.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Sonic Sundays | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 2-6:30 p.m. | Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington St., Louisville | $10 | Listen to music from Electric Garden and The Water Kickers in the courtyard of this brandy distillery.
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News Notes
  • Yesterday, the Kentucky Hall of Fame inducted five new honorees — reporter Rick Bozich, UK administrator Brigid DeVries, radio voice Tom leach, pro basketball player Christ Lofton, and three-time Super Bowl winner William “Bubba” Paris. They all received bronze plaques acknowledging their impact on Kentucky that will hang inside Freedom Hall.
Try This
  • Celebrate Asian culture during the 2nd annual Asian Night Market at Fourth Street Live! on Saturday, Sept. 30, 5-10 p.m. Dig into over 15 food vendors, like Bamba Eggrolls + Renshoku Ramen, and see performances and dances during this free, family-friendly event.
  • As one Bats season ends another one begins. The Department of Health and Wellness wants to remind Louisvillians that it’s mating season for our flying furry friends. While bats are essential to our ecosystem, some carry rabies. Brush up on what to do if you or a pet encounter a bat.
Plan Ahead
  • Next year, the Kentucky Performing Arts Center will welcome wizards and witches to the “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ™ in Concert” on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Relive the adventures of the sixth installment of the series accompanied by an orchestra. Pro tip: Snag tickets early — these shows often sell out.
  • You’re invited to the seventh annual Flutter Fest, happening now through Saturday, Sept. 16. The Louisville Zoo is celebrating the autumn migration of the monarch butterfly as they journey to their overwintering destination in the forested mountains of Mexico. Bonus: Grab $3 off admission price for every day of Flutter Fest, courtesy of PNC Grow Up Great.*
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If you’re interested in learning more about Ohio Valley Wrestling, I highly recommend these two books by local author John Cosper:
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