This event – the last in Smoky Mountain Wrestling’s history – took place at the Cookeville Community Center in Cookeville, Tennessee on November 26, 1995. Attendance for the show could not be found, but there are lots of empty seats and a generous estimate of the crowd might be 150 people. Like the Thanksgiving Thunder show in Johnson City, this event was recorded by a fan.
Fans do not take kindly to the announcement that Terry Gordy is not in attendance because of a “concussion.”
This show took place at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee on November 25, 1995. It drew a crowd of 550 fans, a decline from the 800 fans who attended the Halloween Scream card there on October 28. Footage of the show is provided by a fan recording.
Ring announcer Tommy Noe tells fans that Terry Gordy has a concussion and cannot compete, covering up for Gordy’s inability to show due to a prior commitment in Japan.
Buddy Landel walks into the ring and tells fans that Jos LeDuc has no showed because of a family issue. Landel says that he is willing to face Tommy Rich and the Punisher in a handicap match until Commissioner Bob Armstrong comes out and says he will help Landel find a partner.
Welcome to more Dream Matches! This time with my new obsession: random forgotten characters! All of this is readily available on YouTube.
So the accepted story with Max Moon goes as follows: Lucha superstar Konnan was brought in to the WWF by Vince McMahon in hopes of playing this futuristic spaceman superhero-type character. He spends a bajillion dollars on the suit, including gauntlets that fire streamers and a steam-shooting rocket pack to “jump” up the ring steps. But then Konnan, owing to his success in Mexico (where he was actually on a soap opera, plus was selling out major shows) and the fact that the suit took a ton of effort, was like “fuck this” and bailed, never even making TV with the gear. Vince was furious and left with this wildly expensive ridiculous suit, at which point Paul Diamond, probably about to be cut as his “Kato” persona was now a complete jobber act, made one of the smartest observations in history: “Hey, I bet I could fit in that suit”. And so suddenly Diamond is now repackaged as this new character, adding about 4-5 months of WWF paydays to his career until they cut him loose for real. Diamond explains some of it, here.
Lance Russell and Dave Brown are calling the action, originating from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
Brown talks with Scott Bowden, who says PG-13 are not in the same league as the Rock N’ Roll Express. He shows footage of the feud earlier in the year between the two teams to make it seem like the Express dominated it.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher kick off the last television taping in the promotion’s history at Cumberland High School in Cumberland, Kentucky. According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the taping took place on November 6 and attracted 200 fans.
Corey Maclin is going solo today for this episode, taped from the Nashville Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee. The temporary switch out of the WMC-TV5 studio is nice because this venue is bigger and has more energy. You can also see cigarette smoke wafting from the crowd on numerous occasions too as this was a time before indoor smoking bans. And in a weird aesthetic, the promotion uses a white picket fence for a guardrail.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are calling the action, originating from Caywood High School in Harlan, Kentucky. According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the taping, which took place on October 9, drew a small crowd of 200 fans.
Lance Russell and Corey Maclin are in the booth for today’s show, which is a special “on the road” broadcast because of repairs being made to the WMC-TV5 studio. The matches on this show come from the November 13 card in Memphis.
Lance Russell and Dave Brown are reunited in the booth for today’s show from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
Russell interviews Downtown Bruno, who complains about what Doug Gilbert and Miss Texas have done to Brandon Baxter over the last few weeks. Bruno says that he will be taking Baxter’s place as an ally of Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He also complains about the recent treatment of Bob Armstrong. This brings Armstrong out and he shakes Bruno’s hand before running down the USWA. Armstrong hypes his son Jesse James and Tracy Smothers as his biggest weapon.
Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are finally kicking off a new set of television tapings at the Cookeville Community Center in Cookeville, Tennessee. According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the tapings took place on September 5 and drew 400 fans.
Footage from a Barbourville, Kentucky house show where Jim Cornette dismisses Buddy Landel from the Militia for losing a tag team match with Tommy Rich airs.
The finish of a ten-man tag team elimination match in Morristown, Tennessee for $10,000 airs. The bout came down to Boo Bradley and Terry Gordy. Gordy won after Cornette tripped Bradley and Gordy dropped an elbow. After the bell, Cornette and Gordy beat on Bradley until Brad Armstrong tried to make the save. Cornette tossed powder in Armstrong’s eyes and Gordy powerbombed the SMW Champion several times, with Cornette counting to three afterward. Tommy Noe is a terrible voiceover on this footage.
This show is supposed to feature live footage from The Super Bowl of Wrestling but it gets off to a bad start when the opening with Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher has mic issues and they cannot be heard over the crowd in Knoxville, Tennessee who attended the show. Why SMW decided not to edit this out is a mystery as it immediately makes the viewers dismiss the promotion.
This show took place on August 12, 1995 at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee. According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the card drew 1,900 fans, 1,400 more than attended a Summer Blast tour card in the city a month earlier. Footage was provided courtesy of a fan cam.