OVW Women's Championship
The OVW Women's Championship (also known as OVW Ladies Championship) is a women's professional wrestling championship in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). The first holder of the title was ODB, who declared herself champion in August 2006. The belt was defended as any other championship in professional wrestling until Serena Deeb declared she would defend the belt under 24/7 rules in May 2008. These rules lasted until Melody won the belt in November 2008.
|OVW Women's Championship|
|Promotion||Ohio Valley Wrestling|
|Date established||July 12, 2006|
|Current champion(s)||Megan Bayne|
|Date won||June 1, 2019|
Jessie Belle holds the record for most reigns, with eleven and at 343 days, Josie/Lady JoJo sixth reign is the longest in the title's history. Reggie and The Baroness' first and only reigns are the shortest in the title's history at less than a day. The Bodyguy is the first and only male to hold the title. Overall, there have been 74 reigns shared among 31 wrestlers, with four vacancies.
Its initial appearance was at OVW's July 12, 2006 television taping, when ODB appeared with a title belt, claiming she had won it in a tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (a nod to World Wrestling Entertainment kayfabe stating that the WWE Championship and WWE Intercontinental Championship originated in tournaments in Rio de Janeiro). It was not recognized as an official OVW title originally, but after ODB began defending it on a regular basis it became an official title, and has since been won by other women.
On May 23, 2008, after winning the title for the second time, Serena Deeb proclaimed that she would defend the OVW Women's Championship at all times as long as a referee was present. This new "24/7 rule", which was a nod to the WWE Hardcore Championship, became an official part of the championship and was effectively utilized by several OVW Divas, including Deeb herself. The rule came to an end on November 12 after Melody won the title from Deeb during a fatal four–way match.
In early July 2016, it was announced that the Championship would be contested under 24/7 rules, with the title even changing hands outside of TV shows or live events.
As of August 19, 2019.
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|†||Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion|
|<1||Reign lasted less than a day|
|+||Current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||ODB||July 12, 2006||Live event||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||1||63||Appointed herself champion|||
|2||Serena||September 13, 2006||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||21||This was a fatal four–way match also involving Beth Phoenix and Katie Lea|||
|3||Beth Phoenix||October 4, 2006||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||28||Lost the title to Victoria Crawford but won it back in an eight-woman elimination match. Neither reign is officially recognized|||
|4||Katie Lea||November 1, 2006||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||212||Katie Lea defeated Serena in the finals of an eight-woman gauntlet match|||
|5||ODB||June 1, 2007||OVW Six Flags Show||Louisville, KY||2||110|||
|6||Roucka||September 19, 2007||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||154||This was a six–way match also involving Josie, Katie Lea, Melody and Serena|||
|7||Katie Lea||February 20, 2008||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||2||7|||
|8||Josie||February 27, 2008||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||86||Became the first OVW Women's Champion since OVW and WWE parted ways|||
|9||Serena||May 23, 2008||OVW Six Flags Show||Louisville, KY||2||40|
|10||Josie||July 2, 2008||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||2||<1|
|11||Serena||July 2, 2008||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||3||14|||
|†||Melody (1) and Josie (3)||July 16, 2008||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||<1||Both Melody and Josie attacked Serena to win the Women's Championship; however, the title change is not recognized by OVW|
|12||Reggie||July 16, 2008||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||<1||This was a four–corners match, also involving Serena|
|13||Serena||July 16, 2008||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||4||8||Serena pinned Reggie immediately after she won the title to become the new champion|
|14||The Baroness||July 24, 2008||DCW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||<1||This was a three–way match also involving Josie|
|15||Serena||July 24, 2008||DCW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||5||7|
|16||Josie||July 31, 2008||DCW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||3||7|
|17||Serena||August 7, 2008||DCW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||6||97|
|18||Melody||November 12, 2008||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||273||This was a four–way match also involving Josie and Reggie|
|19||Epiphany||August 12, 2009||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||56|
|20||Hannah Blossom||October 7, 2009||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||52||Holly Blossom made the roll up after switching with her twin sister Hannah without the referee looking. Only Hannah was recognized as the champion|
|21||Josie||November 28, 2009||OVW Thanksgiving Thunder||Louisville, KY||4||4|
|22||Hannah Blossom||December 2, 2009||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||2||14||Title awarded back to Hannah Blossom after a review of match footage by the OVW board of directors showing that Josie pinned Holly Blossom who was not her legal opponent|||
|23||Josie||December 16, 2009||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||5||101|||
|24||C.J. Lane||March 27, 2010||OVW Riot Act||Louisville, KY||1||91|||
|25||Taryn Shay||June 26, 2010||OVW Trial by Fire||Louisville, KY||1||35||Epiphany was the opponent for the match, but Taryn Shay replaced her as Epiphany wasn't medically cleared to wrestle|||
|26||Holly Blossom||July 31, 2010||OVW Futureshock 2||Louisville, KY||1||28|||
|27||Lady JoJo||August 28, 2010||OVW Summer Scorcher||Louisville, KY||6||343|||
|28||Izza Belle Smothers||August 6, 2011||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||1||18|||
|29||Lady JoJo||August 24, 2011||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||7||80|||
|30||Taeler Hendrix||November 12, 2011||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||1||203||Became the first OVW Women's Champion since OVW became the developmental territory to TNA Wrestling|||
|31||Epiphany||June 2, 2012||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||2||28|||
|—||Vacated||June 27, 2012||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||—||—||Title was vacated by OVW Board of Directors member Ken Wayne|||
|32||Taeler Hendrix||July 7, 2012||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||2||70||Defeated Epiphany in an evening gown match to win the vacant title. With the win, Hendrix became the first TNA Knockout to win the championship|||
|33||Heidi Lovelace||September 15, 2012||Live Event||Elizabethtown, KY||1||60|||
|34||Taryn Terrell||November 14, 2012||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||17||Taeler Hendrix served as the special guest referee|||
|35||Taeler Hendrix||December 1, 2012||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||3||35|||
|36||Jessie Belle||January 5, 2013||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||1||56|
|37||Epiphany||March 2, 2013||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||3||46|
|38||Trina Thompson||April 17, 2013||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||1||141|
|—||Vacated||September 5, 2013||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||—||—||Title vacated due injury|||
|39||Hannah Blossom||September 18, 2013||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||3||17||This was a fatal four–way ladder match also involving Holly Blossom, Lei'D Tapa and Taeler Hendrix|
|40||Lei'D Tapa||October 5, 2013||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||1||63||Became the first champion since OVW and TNA parted ways|||
|41||The Bodyguy||December 7, 2013||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||1||28||Became the first male wrestler to hold the title|||
|42||Lei'D Tapa||January 4, 2014||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||2||56||The Bodyguy was scheduled to face The Assassin but Lei'D Tapa replaced him for undisclosed reasons|||
|43||Jessie Belle||March 1, 2014||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||2||36|
|44||Lei'D Tapa||April 6, 2014||OVW Sunday Night Special||Louisville, KY||3||209|
|—||Vacated||November 1, 2014||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||—||—||OVW declared on their site that the title was vacated due to their women's division discontinuing at the time|||
|45||Jessie Belle||November 21, 2015||OVW: Brews and Bruises||Louisville, KY||3||77||Defeated Taeler Hendrix, Rebel, Ray Lyn, Maria James, Luscious Lexie, Lucy Blossom, The Amazing Grace, Hanna and ODB in a ten-woman battle royal to win the vacant championship|||
|46||Maria James||February 6, 2016||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||1||35|
|47||Jessie Belle||March 12, 2016||Live Event||Bardstown, Kentucky||4||63|
|48||Scarlet||May 14, 2016||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, KY||1||49|
|49||Jessie Belle||July 2, 2016||Saturday Night Special Anarchy||Louisville, Kentucky||5||11||This was a 4 way fatal match also including Maria James and Deonna Purrazzo|
|50||Maria James||July 13, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, KY||2||7||Due to the new 24/7 rules, the match wasn't seen by the live audience|
|51||Jessie Belle||July 20, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||6||<1|
|52||Scarlet||July 20, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||2||<1|
|53||Jessie Belle||July 20, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||7||<1|
|54||Maria James||July 20, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||3||<1|
|55||Jessie Belle||July 20, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||8||7|
|56||Maria James||July 27, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||4||<1|
|57||Jessie Belle||July 27, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||9||<1|
|58||Izza Belle Smothers||July 27, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||2||7|
|59||Jessie Belle||August 3, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||10||<1|
|60||Maria James||August 3, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||5||<1|
|61||Jessie Belle||August 3, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||11||<1|
|62||Jamie Lynn||August 3, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||1||14|
|63||Maria James||August 17, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||6||77|
|64||Rebel||November 2, 2016||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||1||140||Randy Royal served as the special guest referee|
|65||Madi Maxx||March 22, 2017||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||1||52|
|66||Cali||May 13, 2017||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, Kentucky||1||49||This was a Loser Leaves Town match|
|67||Mickie Knuckles||July 1, 2017||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, Kentucky||3||60||This was a "Mickie's playhouse" match. Knuckles previously known as Izza Belle Smothers|
|—||Vacated||August 30, 2017||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||—||—||Vacated due to personal problems|
|68||Jaylee||September 2, 2017||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, Kentucky||1||252||Defeated Cali to win the Vacant title|
|69||Cali||May 12, 2018||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, Kentucky||2||56|
|70||Jaylee||July 7, 2018||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, Kentucky||2||160||This was a Submission match|
|71||Brittany Devore||December 14, 2018||OVW Christmas Chaos 2018||Louisville, Kentucky||1||56|
|72||Jaylee||February 8, 2019||OVW Friday Night Special||Louisville, Kentucky||3||5||This was a 4 way fatal match also including Cali and Valerie Verman|
|73||Cali Young||February 13, 2019||OVW TV Tapings||Louisville, Kentucky||3||108||Previously went under the name 'Cali'|
|74||Megan Bayne||June 1, 2019||OVW Saturday Night Special||Louisville, Kentucky||1||79+||This was a triple threat match also including Madi Maxx|
List of combined reignsEdit
As of August 19, 2019.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|<1||The reign is shorter than one day|
|17||Mickie Knuckles/Izza Belle Smothers||3||85|
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