Ohio Valley Wrestling has a storied history. For years the promotion served as the primary developmental territory for WWE. It served a purpose very similar to how the company uses NXT today.

Tons of huge future stars went through OVW. John Cena, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, and countless others worked there before going on to the bright lights of WWE. No true wrestling fan hasn’t at least heard of Ohio Valley Wrestling.

OVW no longer has an association with WWE. That doesn’t mean the promotion is slowing down. They’ve done a good job of making their weekly television program available to as many people as possible. Mr. Pec-Tacular (aka Jessie Godderz) recently made a bold claim about the reach of the show on Twitter.

“It’s so funny. The place where so many successful wrestlers first started @ovwrestling is now BIGGER & MORE SUCCESSFUL than where they are NOW!

SPREAD THE WORD!

The NEW OVW reaches more homes than ANY Wrestling TV Show except Smackdown & has many of the WORLD’s TOP SUPERSTARS!”

The OVW television show does reach millions of people over the air and is available to millions more on the internet.

OVW airs on several over-the-air television channels across the United States. The most prominent is YTA, which is available in approximately 37 million homes. It is also on Comcast, Time Warner, and Charter cable, but only with certain programming packages. Those cable affiliations bring the number up to 85 million.

They’re also on The Action Channel which is an HD sub-channel that is available in 29 markets. Most people don’t know those exist. In Canada, the show airs on the struggling Game+ network, most famously known as a fantasy sports channel. OVW is also available on RCN, which is a group of local over-the-air HD sub-channels in the Philadelphia and Washington, DC area.

There are some crossover markets where the show airs twice which are likely included in the OVW count. AEW airs to 90.39 million homes (once Dynamite moves to TBS) and 89.5 million on TNT. WWE Raw reaches 139 million homes on USA. OVW is technically available in a lot of places, but fans would have to be intentionally looking for it in order to actually see the show.

Ohio Valley Wrestling is doing great for a company its size. It is disingenuous to say that it reaches more homes than every other wrestling show besides SmackDown. It’s no surprise the see inflated numbers in the world of pro wrestling.

Do you watch Ohio Valley Wrestling? Let us know what you think of it in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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