What the World Was Watching: SMW Thanksgiving Thunder ’95 (Johnson City)

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.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – November 25, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth, calling the 200th and final episode of Smoky Mountain TV from Cumberland, Kentucky.

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Shawn Michaels vs. Max Moon (and other Dream Matches)

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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.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – November 18, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are taped from Cumberland, Kentucky.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – December 23, 1995

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.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – November 11, 1995

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.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – November 4, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Harlan, Kentucky.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – October 28, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are handling commentary and they are taped from Harlan, Kentucky.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – October 21, 1995

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Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are taped from Harlan, Kentucky.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – November 25, 1995

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.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – October 14, 1995

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.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – November 18, 1995

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.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – October 7, 1995

A replay of Buddy Landel being brutalized by Jim Cornette’s Militia on last week’s program is shown.

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are calling the action and are wrapping up the taping from Cookeville, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – October 28, 1995

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.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – September 16, 1995

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.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – September 9, 1995

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.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – August 19, 1995

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.

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What the World Was Watching: Fire on the Mountain (1995)

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.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – August 12, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are calling the action and they are concluding the tapings from Jellico, Tennessee.  This is also the go home show for Fire on the Mountain.

Jim Cornette tells Kessler and Thatcher that Brad Armstrong has no chance against his militia in a gauntlet match.

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