SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – SEPTEMBER 5TH, 1992
– Last week on SMW TV… The contract is signed, and the stipulations are confirmed: The Fantastics defend the Tag Team Titles against former Champions, The Heavenly Bodies, where there will be No DQ’s, and the winning team takes home $20,000, courtesy the bank account of Mama Cornette. Oh, and Jim Cornette’s tennis racket is barred from ringside… The Dirty White Boy continues to be a fighting Champion, drawing “Nitro” Danny Davis’ name from a hat and barely getting by him after using a foreign object. Paul Orndorff and Ronnie Garvin still hate each other and are threatening to cripple the other with a piledriver. In the TV Main Event, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Stud Stable fought to a Double Disqualification, prolonging their rivalry.
– Allegedly taped from Benton, TN on August 10th, 1992 (yes, we’re a full month in the can with this, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter), but it looks like it’s from the same High School in North Carolina we’ve seen for the last few weeks (the giveaway is the logo on the court under the ring peeking out). Bob Caudle and “Dirty” Dutch Mantell are calling the action, unless otherwise noted. Scheduled this week, we’ll see Tim Horner in action, an update on the man stalking Brian Lee, with a STRANGE NEW TWIST, and of course, the Tag Team Championship Match between The Fantastics and The Heavenly Bodies. Dutch will have the winners on Down & Dirty afterwards, and stand-by matches are scheduled to take place if time permits.
– White Lightnin’ Tim Horner vs. Robbie Eagle:
Horner is still in pursuit of a Championship opportunity he feels he deserves. The Dirty White Boy and Mr. Ron Wright join Caudle and Dutch on commentary. Lockup and Horner with a waist-lock takedown. White Boy says Horner’s got two chances at defeating him, slim and none. He takes Eagle over with a snap mare into a cover as White Boy suggests it’ll take 15-minutes for Horner to beat Eagle, then amends it to 2-minutes. Horner with a snap suplex, followed by an atomic drop. Natural Bridge finishes at 1:18. White Boy and Wright depart immediately after, to avoid a confrontation from Horner.
– Bob Caudle with a post-match interview from Tim Horner. He says he hasn’t been able to get them on the phone and just wanted to talk to them. He wants to make sure his name is in the hat that they are drawing from. Dutch gives Horner the stink-eye in the background the entire time. Horner says he’ll be looking for the Dirty White Boy, every step he takes (every breath, too?) and wherever he goes.
– Highlights of the recent events in the rivalry between The Fantastics and Heavenly Bodies, including their match at Fire on the Mountain that saw the Tag Team Titles change hands, Jim Cornette offering up his mother’s money to secure an immediate rematch, and the contract signing where the final stipulations were added.
– Bob Caudle is standing by with Jim Cornette and The Heavenly Bodies. There’s also a random suit holding a Halliburton briefcase. Cornette channels his inner-Million Dollar Man, saying everyone has their price, and he found that price for Bobby and Jackie Fulton is $20,000. The man beside them is Robert J. Laxcy, the Vice President of 3rd National Bank of Morristown, TN. Bob Armstrong didn’t want a check, and wanted to see the cash, and inside there’s stacks of $20’s. Cornette fans out every stack to show that the amount inside is legit.
– Phil Raney hypes a card coming to Cumberland, KY on September 12th. In action will be the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, The Stub Stable, Brian Lee, and there will be a 14-Man Battle Royal for $5,000.
– SMW Tag Team Championship, No DQ, $20,000 Challenge Match:
The Fantastics (c) vs. The Heavenly Bodies (w/ Jim Cornette):
In one final stipulation, Cornette’s tennis racket is not allowed at ringside (Red flag! Red flag!). Is that enough stipulations for one match? Bobby Fulton and Stan Lane start. Lockup to the ropes and they trade right hands. Lane tosses Bobby over the top rope, but Bobby skins the cat. He does the same, with Lane skinning the cat too, but an uppercut sends him over and to the floor. All four men fight at ringside, with the Fulton brothers in firm control of the action. Back inside, Jackie shoots Lane to the ropes and hits him with a back elbow for two. Lane is bleeding from the mouth. Prichard tags in and is immediately caught in a short-arm scissors. Jackie tosses him over the top rope, and Bobby whacks him with a title belt. Babyfaces taking advantage of the stipulation the heels wanted? I approve. Bobby whacks both Heavenly Bodies with a small metal bar, and Jackie hits Prichard with a swinging neck breaker for a near-fall. Jackie with a flying sunset flip for two. Crisscross and Jackie with a hip toss, followed by a dropkick, sending Prichard to the floor for a breather. The action resumes, with Bobby and Jackie taking turns working the arm. Whip and Bobby surprises Prichard with a spinning heel kick for two. Prichard backs Bobby into the corner, allowing Lane to tag in and get a few double-team shots in. Cornette gets in a few strikes of his own before Prichard straddles Bobby on the ring post. Lane with a snap mare and blatant hair-pulls. Bobby comes back with a bulldog and tags in Jackie.
Lane uses a small chain to give Jackie a kidney shot and flaunts the weapon in the face of the referee. Bobby fetches a chair, but the referee cuts him off because… reasons? The distraction allows a triple team, with Lane using the chain to choke Jackie out. Bobby disregards the warning and gets a few shots in on Prichard, but it’s for naught as the Bodies continue to dominate. Jackie gets dumped over the top rope and Lane slams a SAND BAG across his back. Back inside, Prichard connects with a back breaker for two. Bobby takes the fight to Prichard on the floor while Jackie continues to be destroyed. Lane pulls something from his head gear and slashes it across Jackie’s face. Jackie with a sunset flip out of nowhere, but Cornette distracts the referee from counting the fall. Bobby finally gets the hot tag, running wild with right hands and hip throws. Prichard saves Lane from the ORIENTAL SLEEPER. Bobby with a spinning the hold with Prichard and Jackie on the floor. They get knocked into the referee for a big bump on the floor. Bobby with a small package, but there’s no referee. Brian Hildebrand runs out to replace the original referee and counts a near-fall for Lane. Whip is reversed and Bobby hooks the sleeper. Hildebrand gets bumped, too. Cornette hops on the apron with a towel soaked in a foreign substance and smothers Bobby Fulton into unconsciousness. Cornette tosses the referee back in the ring and he counts Lane on top of Bobby for three at 12:13, making the Heavenly Bodies 2-time SMW Tag Team Champions. Controlled chaos with non-stop action and both teams taking advantage of the No DQ stipulation. With the tennis racket banned from ringside, everyone had to know Cornette would find a way to get involved with a weapon to replace it. ***1/2
– Down & Dirty with Dutch, with Jim Cornette and the NEW SMW Tag Team Champions, The Heavenly Bodies. Dutch congratulates Cornette on saving his mama’s $20,000. Cornette says the fans should be thankful. He saw an old wound on Bobby Fulton’s forehead, pulled out a first aid kit, and sprayed some disinfectant on the rag to wipe the wound and make sure Fulton wasn’t hurt too badly. When he made sure the wound was properly cleaned, it seemed like the boy must have a drinking problem, because he fell over and went to sleep. Lane says he smelled cigarettes and liquor on their breath, calling them a bunch of drunks. Thanks for adding nothing, Stan. Cornette starts fanning out all the cash from inside the briefcase, cackling with glee, and rolling around in the money like he’s on Million Dollar Sticky… what do you mean that isn’t a real game show?! Hilarious promo.
– Bob Caudle is standing by with “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. The war between him and Ronnie Garvin is far from over. Orndorff says if Garvin is all the man that he says he is, then why wouldn’t he step in the ring with him last week? He mocks Garvin for trying to relate to the 8-to-5’ers in the crowd, but he doesn’t need to do that because he has everything from a Rolex to a new Mercedes.
– Highlights of a Texas Death Match between “Primetime” Brian Lee and the Dirty White Boy from Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Brian Lee seems to be in firm control of the action, and on the verge of winning back the SMW Heavyweight Title, but The Mongolian Mauler ran in. Tim Horner and some tub of goo run in to make the save, and he’s taken away by security, but the damage is done, and the White Boy recovered to retain. We cut to a live promo from Bob Armstrong and Brian Lee. He received a letter where a man claims the attacker is his follower, and for the business trying to ruin him, he’s going after Armstrong’s fair-haired heroes. When the time is right, he will reveal his identity. Brian Lee says he has no problem with facing someone one-on-one, but he admits he’s shook up having to constantly look over his shoulder. WUSS.
– Phil Raney hypes the card in Cumberland, KY on September 12th and Knoxville, TN on October 2nd, featuring a stretcher match between the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and the Stud Stable.
– Highlights from last week’s match between The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and the Stud Stable. We return with a taped promo from Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson. Morton says there’s nothing they can do to get them from jumping them, but they promise to walk a mud-hole in their butt and stomp it dry.
– Bart & Brad Batten vs. Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden:
I guess this is one of those stand-by matches Bob Caudle was talking about. We haven’t seen much of the Batten Twins, and rightfully so (they aren’t very good and even in the standards of a southern regional promotion, have no personality). Bart (or maybe Brad) starts by taking Fuller over with an arm drag. Bart with a side headlock takeover. Fuller counters with a head-scissors, but Bart goes back to the headlock. Whip to the ropes and Bart school boys Fuller for two. All four men in the ring, with the Batten Twins surprisingly in control. Golden tags in and finds himself in the same predicament. He finally escapes the hold, taking Brad (or Bart) down with a back suplex. Golden with a slam and the Stud Stable take turns working the arm. Bart gets the cold tag and hits both opponents with dropkicks. Heck breaks loos again. Fuller hits Brad with a double axe-handle and Golden covers for three at 4:08. Even for a quasi-squash, I think anti-climatic would best describe that finish.
Next Week: The Stud Stable vs. Dixie Dy-No-Mite and Danny Davis! And just in case you didn’t believe me about the spelling…
Final Thoughts: Another episode that heavily pushes a big match and delivers the goods. For those who aren’t familiar with the territory days or southern regional style, then you look at the match and shake your head. Why put The Fantastics over, just to screw them over less than a month later? Babyfaces chasing heels is the name of the game. Besides, with The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express in the company, it’s only a matter of time until they shoe-horn Bobby and Jackie out of that spot (spoilers: it’ll be in about a month). If you can appreciate the context, you’ve got a great TV Main Event, and a CLASSIC Cornette promo, talking down the Fulton Brothers as alcoholics to cover-up what everyone saw with their own eyes. Oh, and someone has it out for Brian Lee with sick games. possibly a master at it. Hiring goons to perform a task. Whoops, that reference is pre-dating the gimmick. Ignore that last one.