Impact Wrestling to Use OVW as Its Minor Leagues Again

Ohio Valley Wrestling used to be WWE’s developmental and training territory, breaking in Brock Lesnar and John Cena

Last Updated: March 19, 2019 @ 8:58 AM

Louisville, Kentucky’s Ohio Valley Wrestling will once again serve as the minor-league system for Impact Wrestling, feeding talent to the larger company.

The renewed partnership follows the two pro-wrestling promotions’ co-billed Louisville event, One Night Only: Clash in the Bluegrass. That Davis Arena show, which featured wrestlers from both organizations, sold out.

OVW previously served as WWE’s minor leagues from 2000 to 2008. Alums include Brock Lesnar and John Cena.

Ohio Valley Wrestling was Impact’s training territory from 2012 to 2014.

Impact Wrestling airs a weekly TV show, “Impact!” on the Pursuit channel and on Twitch. OVW has its own local television show, which has aired more than 1,000 episodes.

“We are excited to grow our outreach and partnership with promotions worldwide,” said Impact Wrestling EVP Scott D’Amore. “It is great to work with Al Snow and the team at OVW, which has a long history of developing great talent.”

“OVW is proud to be entrusted with the development of the true lifeblood of any professional wrestling promotion — the in-ring talent,” said OVW CEO and owner Al Snow.

Snow acquired OVW in June 2018 and formed Gladiator Sports Network, which also produces professional boxing events and a high school sports prep series. Snow worked as a wrestler in ECW, WWE and Impact.