What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – July 8, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Sevierville, Tennessee.

The closing moments of the Buddy Landel-Brad Armstrong SMW Championship match in Barbourville, Kentucky are shown.  Timekeeper Kenny Rison, referee Mark Curtis, and Tracy Smothers recap the crazy endings of Jim Cornette ringing the bell prematurely to keep Armstrong from winning, Landel using a foreign object to get a pin until Tracy Smothers got Curtis to restart it, and Armstrong pinning Landel after a side Russian leg sweep.  Cornette and Landel are incensed about Armstrong having the SMW title, and Landel calls Armstrong a thief while Cornette hilariously punches a wall and hurts himself.  Armstrong says the belt is his because possession is nine-tenths of the law.  Commissioner Bob Armstrong says the situation is a mess, so he declares the SMW Championship vacant until Landel and Armstrong meet again for the title in Knoxville.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – June 20, 1995

Joey Styles quickly recaps the Tony Stetson-New Jersey Devil, Mikey Whipwreck-Val Puccio, and Vampire Warrior-Hack Myers matches from Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams, along with Tod Gordon’s run-ins with Bill Alfonso on the show and Steve Richards creating problems between the Warrior and Tommy Dreamer over Luna Vachon.

Styles urges fans to buy a VHS copy of Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams because the barbed wire match between the Sandman and Cactus Jack cannot air on television.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – June 20, 1995

What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 29, 1995

(Based on comments, it seems like the Blog is favoring SMW in its feud with the USWA.  SMW’s TV is missing most of this inter-promotional feud because of its taping schedule, sadly)

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Russell interviews Tracy Smothers, who runs down the USWA.  He repeats a lot of the same talking points that he used last week.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – July 1, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call today’s action, which is still taped from Sevierville, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW: Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams

Joey Styles does commentary for the show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 17.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the card drew a crowd of 1,150 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – June 22, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown call today’s action from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – June 24, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are handling the broadcasting duties and they are taped from Sevierville, Tennessee.

Thatcher interviews Commissioner Bob Armstrong and Armstrong’s Avenger.  Armstrong says he has faith in the Avenger against SMW Champion Buddy Landel.  He promises a surprise.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – June 13, 1995

Joey Styles recaps the feud over the ECW Championship between the Sandman, Cactus Jack, and Shane Douglas.  This Saturday night at the ECW Arena the Sandman and Jack will face off in a barbed wire match for the title.

Jack admits that he has a lust for blood, something that the Sandman cannot escape.  He puts barbed wire on top of his head as he speaks of a previous barbed wire match against Eddie Gilbert that he considers the highlight of his career.  Jack warns the Sandman that he needs to weigh how much he wants to keep his title on Saturday because he is coming to take it.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 15, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Brown tells fans that Brian Christopher will be out of action for six weeks with a broken shoulder blade.  Russell follows up by saying that Randy Hales was hurt in the Rock N’ Roll Express-PG-13 USWA Tag Team Championship match in Memphis on Monday.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – June 17, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher kick off a new round of television tapings in Sevierville, Tennessee.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the tapings took place at Catan’s Chapel Elementary School and drew 300 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – June 6, 1995

The Hack Myers-Tony Stetson match from Enter Sandman airs.  Instead of airing a clip job, which would have covered up how bad this match was, ECW opts to show it in its entirety.

Joey Styles asks Paul E. Dangerously why Taz dropped his gimmick.  Dangerously answers that Taz does not need a gimmick to reach the top of professional wrestling.  He adds that Taz is already a “larger than life man” and the Tazmaniac is no more.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 8, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are calling the action and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – June 10, 1995

There is a lengthy recap of the Rock N’ Roll Express-Dynamic Duo feud, as the first thirty minutes of the show revisits past promos and matches between the two teams.

A replay of the promos to hype the Gangstas-PG-13-THUGS triple threat this week in Knoxville airs.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 30, 1995

A replay of Shane Douglas introducing referee Bill Alfonso at Enter Sandman airs, along with Douglas’ subsequent confrontation with Cactus Jack.

ECW Commissioner Tod Gordon says that Alfonso has no place in the promotion because there are no rules.  He tells Douglas to take a valium.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 30, 1995

What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 1, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are calling the action, broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

A video package highlights Brandon Baxter’s issues with Jimmy Valiant.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – June 3, 1995

After showing Jim Cornette’s turn on Bob Armstrong at Volunteer Slam IV, Chip Kessler interviews Cornette, SMW Champion Buddy Landel, and the Punisher outside of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Cornette wants to do the interview in his penthouse suite so after a commercial break the segment moves there.  After Landel gloats about the accommodations, Cornette gives a play-by-play of how he set Armstrong up and managed to also get revenge on the Gangstas at the same time, aided by video footage of the last six months.  During the re-telling, Cornette gets a phone call from Pamela Anderson for Landel, telling Landel that WWF Champion Diesel must be a lousy kisser.  After going through four commercial breaks, the segment ends with Cornette saying that Bob Armstrong cannot mess with him or his crew anymore because they promised last Thanksgiving was their final encounter.  Landel chips in and says with Cornette at his side that his SMW title is safe.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 23, 1995

Cactus Jack talks about Wiffle ball and how a kid would rob him of homers, so he had to alter his style, just like he had to alter his wresting style to stand out and be the best.  He recounts Ric Flair hating his style in WCW and that he would never be out of a wheelchair at thirty, saying that he is a week from proving him wrong.  Jack tells anyone who does not like his way of doing things to get another job.

Taz and 911 squashing the Oriental Connection at Enter Sandman is shown.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 23, 1995

What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – June 24, 1995

Lance Russell returns to today’s broadcast alongside Dave Brown and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Russell interviews Brandon Baxter, who is upset that he is not being treated like a star in the USWA like he was in the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF).  Baxter demands that Russell tell him who Bill Dundee is going to have as his mystery partner for an upcoming match and that brings Dundee out.  As expected, that leads to Doug Gilbert and Brian Lee backing up their manager, but PG-13 make the save.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – May 27, 1995

A replay of the Boo Bradley-Killer Kyle Jersey Dog Fight match at Volunteer Slam airs.

The PG-13-THUGS match for the USWA Tag Team Championship, which took place at Volunteer Slam, is shown.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 16, 1995

ECW hypes a house show wing through Pennsylvania on the back of fans getting to see more matches between Eddie Guerrero and Dean Malenko.

Joey Styles says that tonight’s matches are from Tampa, Florida.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 16, 1995