Brian Pillman Jr has made several appearances for AEW in recent memory. Those dates are likely to continue. He has vacated the OVW Heavyweight Championship due to those commitments with AEW.
OVW made the announcement on Saturday afternoon that Brian Pillman Jr has vacated the company’s top title. They thanked Pillman Jr for representing the title, but it is sad to see him go.
OVW Heavyweight Champion Brian Pillman Jr, effectively immediately, will be vacating his OVW Heavyweight Championship. Because of his growing relationship with AEW (All Elite Wrestling) his obligations have grown to a point where he cannot maintain the responsibilities attached to the OVW Heavyweight Championship. While we at OVW are sad to see him go, we are also very happy for Brian Pillman Jr on his continued success with AEW and wish him nothing but the best.
“We’ve been really proud to have Brian has our OVW Heavyweight Champion, even if it wasn’t as lengthy of a reign as expected. His talent really made everyone on the roster elevate their game and for that I am very grateful. I really think Brian is going to continue to shine in AEW and make all of us and, more importantly, his father proud”, said OVW Owner Al Snow.
To crown a new champion. it has been decided that the winner of the 2021 Nightmare Rumble (on January 9th) will be the new OVW Heavyweight Champion. Furthermore, the winner of the rumble will also face Mr. Pectacular Jesse Godderz for the OVW National Championship later that night!
BRYAN KENNISON – OVW GENERAL MANAGER
Brian Pillman Jr is still under contract with MLW, but the details of that deal are not clear. He did request his release from MLW, but it was denied.
Pillman can still work for AEW because, much like in MJF’s situation, older MLW contracts do not list AEW as a company their talent cannot work for. It was not in existence in a number of those cases.