The first time I saw Doug Williams, he was wrestling Christopher Daniels at one of Ring of Honor's (ROH) very first shows. Then he took on "The Fallen Anglel," Spanky, otherwise known as Brian Kendrick and Low-Ki in a Four-Way Iron Man match to decide the promotion's first champion.
Needless to say, I knew the Briton had chops inside the squared circle.
And it seems TNA President Dixie Carter agrees with me as she announced today Williams was hired as a trainer for Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), the developmental league for the Orlando-based promotion.
From Carter's Twitter account:
"Doug Williams has been brought in as a trainer for OVW. Can't wait for our developmental talent to benefit from his tremendous knowledge!"
OVW is best known for its tenure as WWE's training ground from 2000 to 2008. During that time, it produced wrestlers like Brock Lesnar and John Cena while putting the Superstar finish on CM Punk. Maybe you've heard of them?
But late last year, TNA and OVW came to an agreement and the Danny Davis-run promotion became TNA's official developmental territory, promising to provide Carter's company with the next generation of TNA stars.
And now Doug Williams will be helping.
Williams had achieved both singles and tag success in TNA, winning the X Division Champion two times and the Television Championship once while also winning the World Tag Team Championship with Magnus as one-half of The British Invasion.
Kudos to Williams for the new gig and kudos to TNA for recognizing his potential as a trainer.
We'll see if he lives up to it as the OVW-trained wrestlers make their way to the Impact Zone.