After impressive outings at previous OCW shows "The Pinnacle" made his Coshocton debut as he took on Bruce Grey. Connors had the fans strongly behind him but it wasn't enough to win the match as Grey squeaked out the victory.
"The Handlebar Haberdasher" had not been seen in OCW since April's "Trad1t1on" event. He returned to face OCW newcomer, Ryan Burke. Fontaine did not score the victory but put forth an impressive and entertaining effort.
Burke was victorious in a very competitive match against Marion Fontaine. After an impressive OCW debut we look forward to seeing more from him in the future.
We saw a new version of Jason Dragon's group, The Rising, in Coshocton as Broderick Shaw made his OCW debut taking the place of Papa Dingo. Shaw and Johnny Attitude made a very effective team as they took it to the OCW Tag Champs, The Redneck Wrecking Crew. They came up short in their quest for the titles but the sky is the limit for this new tandem. Jason Dragon has assembled an imposing group. Only time will tell how far he can take them.
We all remember the closing moments of "Risky Business" from September when Tank had appeared to have become the new OCW champion. That call was overturned which pushed Tank over the edge causing him to lash out at OCW officials including ring announcer, John Orlando, and head official, Keith "Papa Smurf" Smith. Tank was fined and reprimanded for his actions and looked for a fresh start at "Hopewell Havoc." However, things did not go Tank's way as he was defeated by Justin Diaz. Sherman Tank is at a crossroads in his career. He has been winless in OCW since January and needs to find a way to get back on track. When Tank is in the right state of mind there aren't many men who can stand in his way. The big man needs to find out how he can get back to that place.
The lust that Jimmy Shane held for the Ohio Heritage Championship went unfulfilled when he came up short in his highly anticipated title match with Takahashi. The man without shame appeared to have the match won after connecting with the Shame Breaker but as Shane went for the pinning attempt Taka reversed it into a crucifix pin for the victory. Jimmy Shane's face said it all, his OHC fantasy was over.
If you were at the OCW 11th anniversary show, ''Trad1t1on,'' than you saw what we thought was Dusty Dillinger's last match in OCW. The cowboy shocked everyone by returning to face Robby Starr at ''Hopewell Havoc.'' Dillinger showed no signs of ring rust as he brought the fight to the OCW champion. It appeared to be over when Starr connected with a shot from a foreign object, which was utilized behind the referee's back, and lead to a 3 count. However, the referee spoted the illegal object and restarted the match. Dusty got back on track and went for the finish with a moonsault but Starr moved and then delivered his Starrstruck full-nelsen slam to end the contest. What does the future hold for Dusty Dilinger? Was this a one night only occurrence or is the cowboy back in OCW? Check back for further developments.
With what could be considered the upset of the evening, we saw Justin Diaz score the victory over a former OCW champion and one of the best big men in the business, Sherman Tank. Diaz is making his presence known in OCW and there is no limit to what this crafty veteran can accomplish.
Since shedding the referee uniform and joining the active roster Grey continues to evolve as an in-ring competitor. He began as Jack The Seeker #2, then lost the mask to become "Bombastic" Bruce, and at "Hopewell Havoc" we saw a more intense version that matches his newest moniker, "True Grit." A victory over the white hot Levi Connors has made everyone take notice of Bruce Grey. Big things could be on the horizon for the former OCW referee.
Our main event at ''Hopewell Havoc'' was entitled "The Final Conflict" as we saw two of the greatest tandems in OCW history clash for the last time. The Heat Seekers and Jennings & Vengeance have gone to war with each other for years and the tension reached an apex as they crossed paths at nearly every OCW event in 2014. At this point, the OCW Tag Team Championships had become an afterthought as the fighting between the two teams had grown so intense that it allowed the Redneck Wrecking Crew to lay claim to the titles.
"The Shooter from Sendai" has held the Ohio Heritage Championship since April and made yet another successful title defense against the #1 contender for the OHC, "No Shame" Jimmy Shane. Shane had expressed that the OHC wanted him more than he wanted it but Takahashi proved him wrong with another impressive title defense. Taka showed that he could endure punishment and then capitalize in a split second. Let that be a warning for future challengers. Even when Takahashi appears to be beaten he is still extremely dangerous.
Cannon & Samson came to Coshocton to prove that they have the staying power to dominate the OCW Tag Team Division. Their first title defense came in the form of Jason Dragon's brainchild, The Rising. Samson & Cannon worked like a well oiled machine as they functioned as a cohesive unit to score their first tag title defense. RWC showed great athleticism and moved like men half their size as they slowly dismantled the newest incarnation of The Rising. The OCW Tag Title scene is constantly evolving and the Redneck Wrecking Crew is leading the way.
The OCW champion made another successful title defense at "Hopewell Havoc" against the returning Dusty Dillinger. As in his previous title defenses, Starr worked outside the rules to gain the upper hand and eventually the victory. Robby Starr has held the OCW Championship since April and though he has been backed into numerous corners in his many defenses, he always finds a way to hang on to the title. What villainous and underhanded plans are next for the "Super Starr" and just how low is he willing to sink to stay at the top of OCW?
"Hopewell Havoc'' was indeed an historic evening as it marked the ending of the 17 year career of Jeremy Madrox. Jeremy was a cornerstone in OCW for most of the company's existence filling numerous roles including manager, commissioner, in-ring competitor, and well respected locker room leader. The main event tag match featured some amazing action including Madrox receiving a powerbomb through 4 chairs!