Jessie Belle wins the OVW Women’s Championship
From one redhead to another, the Ohio Valley Wrestling Women’s Championship changed hands last night, as three time titleholder Taeler Hendrix dropped the belt to Jessie Belle at last night’s Saturday Night Special in Louisville, KY.
According to Brian Cannon’s report at PWInsider, Jessie – who earned her number one contender spot by beating former champ Heidi Lovelace at OVW’s TV taping on December 5, and has been winding up Hendrix by not rising to any of the titleholder’s attempts to bait her into losing her cool – came to the ring dressed in Hendrix’s old gear and using her old babyface theme music, turning the psychological tables on her opponent.
The end came when Jessie had Taeler in a Boston Crab, causing her to tap out, but Hendrix’s boyfriend Dylan Bostic had the referee distracted so he could not see his main squeeze submitting. Breaking the hold, Jessie subsequently kissed Dylan, causing Taeler to charge at her enemy, only to run into Bostic, allowing the challenger to roll her up for the title-winning pinfall.
The title win is one of Jessie Belle’s highest profile victories to date, and puts her in a great position in a promotion which is high on TNA‘s radar. There’s no guarantee that it will lead to another level, but holding the title means more prominence, more TV time and more attention on what she is capable of. Given some strong programmes and matches, Jessie’s profile could be set to soar.
Incidentally, what now for Taeler Hendrix? With her three title reigns, covering both the babyface and heel sides, she has come very far since her debut in September 2011. She won a spot in TNA in June as part of the Gut Check, returned to the promotion in November to wrestle Tara for a second time and also featured in the annual Christmas ShopTNA commercial featuring the Knockouts. Considering the rotation of matches concerning women in TNA is running thin and she has already accomplished a great deal in OVW, a more permanent move to the Impact Zone may be the next logical step.
- Lee Burton
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