What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – September 30, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are calling the action once again from Cookeville, Tennessee.

Opening Contest:  Terry Gordy (3-0) pins the Wolfman after a powerbomb at 1:14:

The Wolfman’s blows on Gordy have little effect as he wipes the floor with the jobber in less than ninety seconds.

SMW Champion Brad Armstrong tells Gordy that he can try to get his title but will fail.

Kessler and Thatcher do a drawing for the Trick or Treat tag team match that will take place on the Halloween Scream Tour.  The drawing puts Terry Gordy with Thrasher to face Brad Armstrong and the Wolfman.

The announcers recap Boo Bradley’s beatdown at the end of last week’s show at the hands of the Punisher.

Buddy Landel (15-13-1) beats Mosh (w/Thrasher) with a small package at 4:51:

Landel has a new theme song, opting for a Southern rock anthem rather than a Ric Flair ripoff tune.  The match is boring, dominated by punches and kicks until Landel uses a powerslam and corkscrew elbow drop to set up the figure-four.  Landel pulls Thrasher into the ring and applies the figure-four and thankfully they do not make that the finish.  Instead of dropping an elbow onto his opponent, Mosh just walks up to Landel and is cradled and beaten.  Rating:  ½*

Tommy Noe hypes the Halloween Scream Tour.  Buddy Landel will face Tommy Rich in a “Four Faces of Fear” challenge that will take place across four towns over a week.  In Knoxville on October 20, they will face off in a Tennessee chain match.  On October 21 in Morristown, they will have a falls count anywhere match.  In Cookeville on October 27, they will collide in a first blood match.  And on October 28 in Johnson City, they will finish the challenge with a barbed wire match.

Thatcher interviews Landel, who says that he is in his prime and Jim Cornette will not be able to stop him.  He claims Cornette is a bandwagon jumper before a video package revisits Landel’s match at the Super Bowl of Wrestling with WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels.

For this week’s “Kessler’s Korner” segment, Jim Cornette, Tommy Rich, and the Punisher show up.  Rich says that he does not fear Landel in the “Four Faces of Fear” challenge because he has already faced some of the scariest men in wrestling, paying homage to the Last Battle of Atlanta cage match in 1983 against Buzz Sawyer.  Cornette says that Landel has lost everything and the only way he can get up the courage to face Rich is to get back inside of a liquor bottle.  Landel interrupts the segment after Cornette insults his family, but the three-on-one numbers are too much for him to overcome.  Landel is busted open and the Punisher and Rich hold Landel in place so Cornette can pour alcohol down his throat.

After a commercial break, Thatcher catches up with Landel in the locker room.  He criticizes Cornette for going too far and vows to get revenge on Rich.

Tommy Rich (w/Jim Cornette & the Punisher) (4-1) pins Ron Davis after a DDT at 1:24:

Rich does not take long to checkmate Davis, using some token strikes before hitting the DDT.

The THUGS promise that they are going to get proof that Dr. Tom Prichard’s boot is loaded when they face the Heavenly Bodies on next week’s show for the SMW Tag Team Championship.

SMW Tag Team Champions the Heavenly Bodies and Jim Cornette tell Robert Gibson that he needs a better partner if he wants to get their titles.  Prichard tells the THUGS that they better keep their hands off his boot, with Cornette adding that the Bodies will be SMW tag team champions for a long time.

Thatcher talks with Robert Gibson, who says teaming with Chris Michaels was not working because Michaels lacked experience.  He says that he is going to move into the singles division for a while.

One Arm Wrestling Challenge Match:  Bob Armstrong (0-2) beats Jim Cornette (w/the Punisher) (1-0) via disqualification when the Punisher interferes at 2:37:

Armstrong is wrestling Cornette with one arm tied behind his back per last week’s challenge to Cornette.  As expected, Armstrong dominates Cornette until the Punisher runs in for a disqualification.

After the bell, the Bodies try to hit the ring but are attacked by the THUGS.  Armstrong holds his own against the Punisher, but Terry Gordy runs in and gives Armstrong a piledriver.  After that, Brad Armstrong drives Cornette and the Punisher off.

Tune in next week to see Robert Gibson against Tommy Rich!  And SMW Tag Team Champions the Heavenly Bodies defend their titles against the THUGS!

The Last Word:  The alcohol angle with Buddy Landel was a way to put more heat on Jim Cornette and the Militia in that feud, but angles like that are also in poor taste considering the incidence of alcoholism in the country.  The show did a better job putting heat on the Brad Armstrong-Terry Gordy program, with Gordy laying out Bob Armstrong to end the broadcast.  SMW seems to have realized that trying to put Chris Michaels with Robert Gibson was a bad idea since their pairing would only look like a Rock N’ Roll Express ripoff so it is best to put Gibson in the singles division for the time being.

SMW ran one house show that drew a paltry house in Clairfield, Tennessee on September 29.  Here were the results of that show, courtesy of prowrestlinghistory.com:

Clairfield, Tennessee – Clairfield Elementary School – September 29, 1995 (75):       Buddy Landel pinned Killer Kyle…SMW Champion Brad Armstrong pinned the Punisher…The Dirty White Boy & Robert Gibson beat the Headbangers…Buddy Landel won a battle royal.

Backstage News*:        SMW has booked two shows in mid-October for Defiance, Ohio and Lima, Ohio.  It is still expected that Koji Kitao will appear on those cards and each will feature a battle royal.

*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for October 9.

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