SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – March 28th, 1992
– Last week on SMW TV… The Tag Team Tournament began! Jack Victory and Rip Morgan advanced to the Semi-Finals, defeating Johnny and Davey Rich… Jim Cornette brought a camera crew to meet his new team at Hooters, but that didn’t go as well as planned. He also had a limo driver named Herd… The Fantastics revealed Tommy Rogers as their mystery partner, but wouldn’t you know it, both Ivan and Vladimir had wives going into labor at the same time, switching the advertised Main Event (the Koloffs didn’t appear at the taping, so maybe transportation or last-minute booking issues, rather than classic bait-and-switch).
– Taped on March 12th, 1992 from the Civic Coliseum Ballroom in Knoxville, TN. Bob Caudle and “Dirty” Dutch Mantel are calling the action, unless otherwise noted. Looks like Carl Stiles might also had an issue making the taping, because he does return at the next set, beginning with the April 11th episode. Advertised for today is another 1st Round Tag Team Tournament Match, featuring The Fantastics and The Wild Bunch (Joel Deaton & Billy Black). “Primetime” Brian Lee and the Dirty White Boy will also be here, and we are going to give it another go at getting a look at Jim Cornette’s team.
– The Dirty White Boy (w/ Mr. Ron Wright) vs. Jumpin’ Joey Maggs:
Our second look at the Dirty White Boy, a.k.a. Tony Anthony. Lockup, Maggs with a standing side headlock, followed by a dropkick. Ron Wright joins commentary briefly, looking for donations for “Mr. Wright’s Operation”, complete with P.O. Box address. Caudle says it’s not a charity approved by SMW. The DWB grabs an arm-bar, but Maggs escapes with an arm drag. Whip to the ropes, Maggs ducks a clothesline, but gets slammed face-first with a handful of hair. The White Boy claws away at his face and connects with a dropkick. Maggs reverses a whip to the corner, but meets a boot. White Boy to the back of the head with a clothesline, and a swinging neck breaker gets two. White Boy with a snap mare. Maggs rolls away from a splash and unloads with rights. Whip and a back drop, followed by a shoulder tackle for two. Maggs feeds the boot for an enzuigiri. White Boy holds onto the ropes to avoid a dropkick and finishes with a modified back suplex at 4:10. ** They’re hitting a stride with solid, competitive matches, even when the result is in doubt when looking at it on paper.
– Bob Armstrong is standing by with big news for the SMW Heavyweight Title Tournament! It will take place on May the 15th, at an event called the “Volunteer Slam”, held at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The Top 5 Seeds have been announced: The Dirty White Boy, “Primetime” Brian Lee, White Lightnin’ Tim Horner, “Rock & Roll” Robert Gibson, and Jimmy Golden. The remaining names will compete for the remaining spots, called Wild Card Spots. Those names are… Dixie Dy-No-Mite, Scott Anthony, “Dirty” Dutch Mantel, Hector Guerrero, Buddy Landel, and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. Wait… how can some of these names be eligible when they haven’t even had a match, or in Scott Anthony’s case, never made a single appearance?!
– We throw it to a “Personality Profile” on Morristown, TN’s own Tim Horner. It’s a fluff piece, and they actually use footage from Jim Crockett Promotions during it, but the big takeaway is Horner singing Shameless, and HOLY HELL, is this not entertaining television. I jokingly give Horner crap for Cornette’s disliking of him, but the guy is a pretty good wrestler, so why focus on his “singing” ability when none appears to exist?
– “Hollywood” Bob Holly is standing by to let us know why he’s not in the SMW Championship Tournament. He told Julia Roberts no, because there’s no point in beating three guys in one night, when he can wait for the Champion to be crowned, and simply beat him instead.
– Jimmy Golden vs. Tommy Angel:
I’m honestly surprised Golden was given one of the coveted “ranked” spots in the Tournament, but he has been a feature almost every week since arriving. Golden pounds away in the corner while Mantel whines about being a Wild Card selection for the Tournament. Angel comes back with a slam, sending Golden to the floor for a breather. They do a test-of-strength, with Angel in control. As of this moment, the Koloffs haven’t paid their fines for missing last week’s match. Golden with underhanded tactics to take control of the hold. Angel with an atomic drop, sending Golden flying over the top rope. Golden takes his sweet time returning to the ring. Whip to the ropes and Golden with a back drop for two. Angel counters a second attempt with a back slide for two. Whip and Angel with a diving right hand for two. Scoop slam for two. Crisscross and Golden with a dropkick for three at 4:04. That caught me by surprise. Post-match, he gives Angel a few more shots until Robert Gibson chases him off. Not one of the better enhancement matches, but Golden did fine with what he brought to the table.
– Bob Caudle intercepts Robert Gibson, who says he hopes he gets to face Jimmy Golden in the 1st Round of the Championship Tournament. Then he mutters something that can’t be heard and walks away. Again, this wasn’t glossing over a long promo, that was the entire segment.
– Jim Cornette is standing by with Attempt #2 at showing off his new tag team, but first, he makes fun of some fans in the front row, insisting they live across the street from the Nuclear Power Plant. Phil Raney is on location, a more discreet location, than last week. Cornette arrives, yelling at Raney to keep the noise down so that there isn’t chaos. He had to sneak through the bushes just to avoid any attention. He compares his team to Madonna, Michael Jackson, and the Beatles, when it comes to drawing attention and causing near-riots. Their car arrives, and before they can come out, they’re swarmed, once again, by a flock of attractive young women. I guess we’ll have to wait until… wait for it… NEXT WEEK.
– Dutch Mantel is STILL upset over being disrespected as a “Wild Card” for the Tournament Brackets. Maybe a Carl Stiles should be a Wild Card, but not himself. He’s going to sue Smoky Mountain Wrestling for conspiracy.
– “Primetime” Brian Lee vs. “Golden Boy” Joe Cazana:
How come Mr. Cazana isn’t a Wild Card, too? Cazana attacks from behind and chokes away in the corner. Whip to the ropes and he connects with a back elbow. Lee starts trading blows and takes Cazana over with a hip toss. Lee finally takes his vest off and hooks an arm-bar. Whip is reversed and Lee with a Power-Slam. Lee with a boot to the midsection, and the Cancelation finishes at 1:59. This felt more like a WWF style squash match, with Lee dominating the action outside of the first 30-seconds, and quickly finishing with his signature move.
– Post-match, Brian Lee challenges Dutch Mantel to a match next week. If Lee can’t beat him, then Dutch Mantel gets his seed in the SMW Championship Tournament. Lee’s clumsy promo work made that hard to understand, but Caudle and Mantel picked him up and carried the segment to something more than a dumpster fire.
– The Fantastics vs. The Wild Bunch:
(Bobby & Jackie Fulton vs. Joel Deaton & Billy Black)
TV Main Event, and 1st Round Tag Team Tournament Match. The winning team goes on to face The Maulers (Morgan and Victory) in the Semi-Finals. Black with a quick take-down, but Bobby counters with a crucifix cradle for two. They trade waist-locks and neither man seems to get an advantage. Deaton with a takedown, working the arm. Fantastics with a double hip toss on Deaton for two. Deaton with a drop toe hold and Black comes off the ropes with a leg drop across the back of the head. Black with a delayed vertical suplex for two. Jackie ducks under a clothesline and turns Black inside out with his own for two. Whip to the corner and Jackie with a dropkick. Bobby with a side headlock, but Black counters with a back suplex. Deaton with a Russian leg sweep into a cover for two. Bobby fights out of a front face-lock and bridges Deaton for a two count. Jackie takes him out of the corner with a monkey flip and the Fantastics knock him out of the ring with a double dropkick. Black gets caught with a snap mare and leg drop, and the Wild Bunch regroup on the floor. Black with a clothesline from behind. Jackie counters a piledriver with a back drop and quickly tags out.
Bobby runs into a drop toe hold and gets trapped in the wrong side of town, making him our good ol’ boy in peril. Black with a somersault leg drop and assisted moonsault for a near fall. Northern Lights Suplex for two. Black with a handspring elbow and Deaton follows with a clothesline. Monkey flip and elbow drop for another two count. Deaton with a slam and second rope elbow drop. Deaton cuts off a tag attempt and turns Bobby over with a Boston Crab. Black comes off the apron with an elbow and presses a folding chair into the throat (all behind the referee’s back, of course). Deaton misses a charging elbow, and Jackie finally gets the hot tag. He sends Black out of the ring with a dropkick and takes Deaton over with a German Suplex for two. Black with a blow from the apron and Deaton plants Jackie with a DDT. Black with a moonsault from the top rope for two. Bobby gets tossed out again, but he takes Deaton with him, allowing Jackie to roll Black up from behind for three at 11:52. God, I hate those finishes. *** Good match, with the Wild Bunch utilizing impressive high spots and the Fantastics doing their usual fine job as plucky babyfaces looking for any opening to spark a comeback. Best match on SMW TV, so far.
– The Maulers are standing by with comments. The Fantastics victory was a fluke. They have no respect for the Queen, and they have no respect for the Fantastics. Morgan throws it to Victory, but Bob Caudle interrupts and we’re out of time, but NEXT WEEK: Primetime Brian Lee vs. Dutch Mantel (the graphic incorrectly spells it with a “D” instead of an “N”).
Final Thoughts: Another big week, with the announcement of the SMW Heavyweight Championship Tournament. Interesting concept, announcing seeded participants, and a handful of wild card entrees, including a head-scratcher like Paul Orndorff. I wonder if that will lead to anything significant? The Tag Title Tournament rolls on, with The Fantastics advancing to face the Maulers, victorious over the Wild Bunch in a pretty good match, and next week should be the end of the Brian Lee/Dutch Mantel saga, especially with the Dirty White Boy in to give more credibility to the heel depth chart. No offense to Mantel, but he feels like a place-holder worker, and his best work is behind the scenes and being a color commentator.
We’ll be back next week, with the continuation of the Tag Team Championship Tournament, hopefully the final chapter of the Bran Lee/Dutch Mantel rivalry, and the identity of Jim Cornette’s tag team.