SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – SEPTEMBER 19TH, 1992
– Last week on SMW TV… The Dirty White Boy defended his SMW Heavyweight Title against “top contender” Newton Steffey, but it was revealed as a sham when the name he pulled was really Tim Horner’s… The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express assisted Dixie Dy-No-Mite and Danny Davis in upsetting The Stud Stable and have been granted a random title opportunity from Jim Cornette himself. If you don’t smell something fishy, I don’t know what to tell you… Someone is still out for Brian Lee’s blood, having sent a 2nd letter to Commissioner Bob Armstrong… Paul Orndorff and Ronne Garvin still hate each other, nothing is resolved, lather, rinse, repeat.
– Taped from the Pikeville College Gym in Pikeville, KY, with Bob Caudle and “Dirty” Dutch Mantell calling the action unless otherwise noted. This week, the Stud Stable and “Primetime” Brian Lee will be in action. We’ll have an Update on the rivalry between Paul Orndorff and Ronnie Garvin, “Down & Dirty with Dutch” with guests Jim Cornette and Killer Kyle, as well as TWO Main Events: Tim Horner vs. the Dirty White Boy in a Non-Title Match, and The Heavenly Bodies vs. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express for the SMW Tag Team Titles.
– Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden vs. Ben Jordan & Rick Newsome:
The Stud Stable look extra-ornery after last week’s screw-job. They come to the ring with a stretcher in hand to show they mean business. Fuller immediately attacks Newsome and tosses him to the floor. Whip to the ropes and Fuller with a boot to the chest of Jordan, followed by a stomp and twist across the midsection. Golden in with mounted right hands. Newsome comes in throwing right hands, but Golden quickly cuts him off. He (Newsome) can’t be much taller than 5’3”. Fuller with a butterfly suplex and a series of stomps across the left elbow. Golden wraps the arm around the post with the referee distracted. Back inside, Fuller plants Newsome with a hammerlock slam and continues to work the arm. Fuller refuses to let the hold go and shoves Mark Curtis, drawing a Disqualification at 2:49. Post-match, Jordan gets tossed and the Stud Stable give Newsome a double suplex. They place Newsome on the stretcher and dump him on his face. Simple but effective.
– Bob Caudle is standing by with post-match comments from Fuller and Golden. Jimmy Golden says they’re going to carry the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express out on the same stretcher. Fuller says if you’re an ignorant hillbilly that doesn’t understand, they don’t care about winning anymore, they just want to hurt somebody, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express are at the top of the list. Dutch gives them a standing ovation in a cute little touch.
– Highlights of a match between Ronnie Garvin and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff from Kingsport, TN that Bob Caudle says took on “a more personal note.” Orndorff snatched the towel from Garvin before he could toss it to a fan, tears it apart, and uses it to choke Garvin out, tying it to the top rope. The commentator (no idea who it is) says it’s a “1992 lynching” as Orndorff continued to pound on him as both referees assigned to the match can’t control things. I guess “attempted murder” counts as “personal.” “Nitro” Danny Davis made the save, but the damage has already been done. We get a post-match promo from Garvin. He seems more upset that he tore up the towel and literally stole it from a fan. He promises to take something from Orndorff and make him beg.
– Bob Caudle is standing by with Paul Orndorff. He offers to “stick Brian Lee” and get the $10,000 bounty. As for Ronnie Garvin (“who?”), he’s sick and tired of Garvin. He’s gotten under Mr. Wonderful’s skin, and when you do that, you’re going to get sticked, too. I have no idea what “sticking” someone is, since he uses it in three different sentences.
– Phil Raney hypes SMW coming to Sneedville, TN on September 21st, with 10 matches signed (TV taping). They’ll also be in Knoxville, TN on October 2nd with the following card: Ronnie Garvin takes on Paul Orndorff in a match where there MUST be a winner, Tim Horner faces the Dirty White Boy, The Heavenly Bodies defend the SMW Tag Team Titles against The Fantastics with Jim Cornette handcuffed to Commissioner Bob Armstrong, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express battle Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden in a SUPER Stretcher Match.
– Comments from our Non-Title Extravaganza between the Dirty White Boy and Tim Horner. Horner says he’s got nothing to prove and that’s why the White Boy has been dodging him, so he’s going to prove to the fans he can beat him. Ron Wright says that Tim Horner is a crybaby that put them in the position of having to accept the match, and there’s no way he’s going to beat the White Boy.
– Non-Title Match: White Lightnin’ Tim Horner vs. The Dirty White Boy (w/ Mr. Ron Wright):
After weeks of Dirty White Boy defending his SMW Heavyweight Title against “top contenders” and ducking Tim Horner as a non-contender, Horner gets to prove his worth in this non-title match. If he wins, he gets a title match, if he loses, he can piss off. Lockup and they fight over a wrist-lock until Horner takes the White Boy down with an arm drag. White Boy with strikes in the corner. Horner reverses a whip to the corner and sends White Boy to the floor following a dropkick. Back inside, Horner continues to out-wrestle the White Boy, sending him into the corner out of frustration. Whip to the ropes, Horner rolls over the back of the White Boy, connects with another dropkick, and takes him over with a side headlock. White Boy forces a break in the corner. Horner puts the breaks on doing a charge to the opposite corner and knocks White Boy to the floor, again. Back inside, White Boy catches Horner coming off the ropes with a high body press. White Boy finally sustains an offensive flurry, working over the midsection. Whip to the ropes, Horner blocks a hip toss and fights for a back-slide. White Boy blocks, but Horner audibles with a small package, and that gets a three count at 5:45. Tim Horner has beat the Dirty White Boy! Meanwhile, Ron Wright sells the defeat by falling out of his wheelchair and faking a heart attack. Not a match I can rate, since the point was that Horner can out-wrestle White Boy, and only briefly did Horner ever appear to be in trouble, but never out of the White Boy’s league.
– “Down & Dirty with Dutch” with guests Jim Cornette and Killer Kyle. You know, I’m starting to sense they don’t have a deep enough roster for this segment when the same 3 acts get the interview time. Cornette is holding the “Wanted” sign of Brian Lee. Cornette says Killer Kyle will make him $10,000 by collecting the bounty on the horse-headed goof. He calls out Bob Armstrong for making the decision to handcuff Cornette at ringside in future defenses against The Fantastics and says there’s a reason he has the nickname “Houdini Cornette.” As for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, the Heavenly Bodies will silence the critics when the Express walk away unsuccessful in their bids for the Tag Team Titles. He says the RNR Express are charter members of the “Woody Allen Dating Club.” Get it, THEY LIKE UNDERAGE GIRLS. Kind of all over the place, with Cornette having to touch on three different babyfaces inside a 2-minute window. Fine promo, as usual, but seems like too much at once.
– Bob Caudle is standing by with Commissioner Bob Armstrong. Despite his warnings, “Wanted” signs continue to pop up at an alarming rate. “The stalker is still stalking him.” Indeed. Armstrong says there’ll be extra security for Brian Lee’s protection. The previous attacker was out on bail within 3-hours, and we don’t know who fronted the money.
– “Primetime” Brian Lee vs. Mike Sampson:
Looks like they remembered to put the “p” in Sampson’s name this time. Sampson attacks from behind and puts the boots to Lee in the corner. Whip to the ropes, Lee with a leap frog, followed by a dropkick. He shoots Sampson to the ropes, and it’s a boot to the midsection and Cancelation for the easy victory at 0:29. Post-match, the mysterious attack (Mongolian Mauler) comes in and assaults Lee, planting him with a slam and coming off the ropes with elbow drops. The CANADIAN CHAMPION Steffey comes in to help and gets wiped out. Ben Jordan rushes in next and faces a similar fate. Robbie Eagle? He’s down, too. Tim Horner, Dixie Dy-No-Mite, and Danny Davis pull him off Lee, but the fat tub casually leaves ringside and waddles to the locker rooms. They seriously need a better option for this attacker, because the Mongolian Mauler looks awful with almost everything he does.
– SMW Tag Team Championship Match:
The Heavenly Bodies (c) (w/ Jim Cornette & Killer Kyle) vs. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express:
It’s not November yet, but this feels like a “Dream Match” for TV, since there’s no blood rivalry established in SMW between them, and arguably both are the most over heel and babyface act in the company at the time. Not a heck of a lot of TV time left, so I expect a non-finish. Gibson and Lane start. Lockup into the ropes with a clean break. Gibson takes a cheap shot at Gibson, drawing the ire of the “karate master.” Lane with a series of kicks. Whip to the ropes, Gibson feeds the boot and connects with an enzuigiri. Whip and Morton joins Gibson for a double hip toss. Prichard rushes in and meets the same fate, forcing the Champions to the floor for a breather. Dutch accidentally calls the Bodies “The Midnight Express”, putting over the one-and-only title shot storyline coming in. Morton runs wild with arm drags, sending Lane to the floor and Prichard bouncing back and forth like a pinball in the RNR Express’ corner. Whip and the Express with a double back elbow for two. Gibson with an arm drag into the arm-bar. Morton makes an illegal switch while referee Mark Curtis is preoccupied with Cornette. The challengers with rapid tags, taking turns working the arm. Crisscross and Lane yanks the hair, distracting Morton long enough for Prichard to knock him to the floor with a knee. Cornette gets a shot in with the racket while the referee tries to calm things down in the ring.
Back inside, Lane lays into Morton with rights and drops him with a double thrust to the throat. Whip and Morton with a surprise sunset flip, but Prichard makes the save. Prichard with a suplex and twisting elbow drop. Whip and Morton with a double sunset flip before making the tag to Gibson. He runs wild with rights and gives the Bodies a DOUBLE NOGGIN KNOCKER. Kyle trips Gibson from the outside to cut off the comeback. Mark Curtis questions what happened and ejects Kyle from ringside. Whip and Lane with a hook clothesline for two. Dutch mentions that Jimmy Golden and Robert Fuller can’t be seen on camera but are watching intently. Double Dropkick from the Express on Prichard but Lane saves. Cornette gets bumped from the apron trying to cause a distraction. Golden and Fuller yank the ropes down, causing Gibson to take a hard bump to the concrete. They quickly roll him back in, allowing Prichard to cover for three at 8:56 to retain. How can the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express overcome losing their one-and-only title shot?! Decent action, but this was not a match that was put out there to wow the crowd. With the expected finish and limited TV time, it was obvious we weren’t getting an instant classic and lost TV gem. **1/2
– Phil Raney hypes the cards coming to Sneedville, TN on September 21st and Knoxville, TN on October 2nd.
– Bob Caudle is standing by with Commissioner Bob Armstrong. Again. It’s been a wild week, notes Caudle. Armstrong says he is fining Fuller and Golden $500 each for their involvement, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express WILL get another shot at the titles. Jim Cornette storms in, protesting Morton taking a shot at him, and demands he be suspended. He refuses to give them another shot, noting they fell over themselves and failed. Armstrong doesn’t want to hear it, and reminds Cornette that The Fantastics have two more matches signed with the Heavenly Bodies.
– Next Week: “Primetime” Brian Lee vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff in a $10,000 Bounty Match!
Final Thoughts: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express continue the ascension to the top of the SMW, with The Fantastics quietly wrapping up with the promotion. Even though Cornette is a great promo, it feels like there’s too much on his plate with the Heavenly Bodies making the transition to a new rivalry, and at the same time speaking on behalf of Killer Kyle. Tim Horner got his expected (non-title) victory over The Dirty White Boy, so it should only be a matter of time until he gets his title match. The Brian Lee stalker angle continues to drag thanks to a poor selection in who the mysterious attacker has been since making his first appearance at Fire on the Mountain, but that’ about to change real soon.