What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – August 5, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are still covering action from the Jellico, Tennessee tapings.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – August 26, 1995

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

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What the World Was Watching: The Super Bowl of Wrestling (1995)

This show took place on Friday, August 4, 1995 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee.  According to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer, the show drew a crowd of 5,000, with 4,600 fans paying, thereby creating a gate of $37,500.  That made this the best-attended card in the history of the promotion.  The show is provided courtesy of a fan cam.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-09-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 9, 1985 (taped 02/22)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Will Kerry survive in the main event against the “Crippler”? Who will be in his corner to counter Cornette? And who will join me for this rather hairy episode?

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Repost: The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestlefest 85 – 07.28.85

OK, I thought I’d post this again now we’ve actually hit this point in the Mid-South reviews, because it puts it a little bit more in context now after it was originally dropped onto the Network last year.  Also the Mid-South/WCCW review this morning is bombing like Dolph Ziggler at a comedy club and I need more content today.  Furnace repairs aren’t free, even with insurance!

This was originally written 05/05/19 according to my records.

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Mid-South Wrestlefest 85

Been waiting to get around to this one for a while now, but nothing like a lazy Sunday to catch up.  I did actually start this one last week, but real life intervened and I had to stop and scrap it early on.

Taped from Skelly Stadium, in Tulsa OK, 07.28.85.  Not sure on the gate but it looks pretty full.  No commentary for this show.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – August 19, 1995

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

A video package hypes Brian Christopher, who must be on the verge of returning to action after a shoulder injury.

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The SmarK Rant for the Red River Showdown (Mid South v. World Class) – 07.27.85

The SmarK Rant for the Red River Showdown – 07.27.85

I really liked the suggestion of “Red River Showdown” as the name for these, for the Oklahoma v. Texas angle of these reviews.  Plus I think Bruiser Brody’s chosen masked alias was Red River Jack, so it’s a nice little tribute to him as well.  So once again, we journey back to 1985 for the battle between Mid South and World Class!  But I need a logo, can someone with more Photoshop skillz than I have (ie, anyone) whip up a combination Mid South/World Class thing for me?

We’ll start with Bill Watts this week.  And the thumbnail appears to be Dick Murdoch taking the Pledge of Allegiance so you know this is gonna be a good one.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – July 29, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call the action from the Jellico High School tapings.  Kessler has been trying to channel Vince McMahon to kick off each program by screaming “Neexxtt” but he just ends up sounding like he is grunting on the toilet.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – August 12, 1995

The regular team of 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 – July 22, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call the action, which is still from the Jellico High School tapings.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – August 5, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are continuing their regular commentary duties from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – July 15, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are broadcasting from a new set of television tapings from Jellico High School in Jellico, Tennessee.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the tapings took place on July 6, but no attendance figures were reported.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-02-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 2, 1985 (taped 02/22)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

What will happen when Kevin and Kerry battle Adams and Hernandez in a lumberjack match? Who makes his WCCW TV debut tonight? And who will join me for this relatable episode?

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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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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South v. World Class – 07.13.85

The SmarK Rant for World Class Championship Wrestling v. Mid-South Wrestling – 07.13.85

Man, I really enjoyed that episode of World Class I did last week, and I’m gonna carry on with this era for bit, even though I’m well aware that this is going to completely tank my numbers for the day and no one’s gonna read it.  Also, I get the impression that people don’t really like Mid-Atlantic for whatever reason, so we’ll permanently go with World Class and Mid-South as the combatants.

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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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