Brian Pillman Jr.'s reign as OVW Heavyweight Champion is over less than a month after it began.
The promotion has issued the following press release:
"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 as 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!"
In AEW, Pillman has been teaming with Griff Garrison as The Varsity Blondes. They last appeared on the December 16th episode of Dynamite, losing in a multi-team tag match to The Inner Circle.
Pillman is also signed with MLW through July 2021 but is currently seeking his release.