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

The show has a new introduction, with a knock off country song about SMW having the “biggest brawls” and “biggest stars” in wrestling.

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher call the action as they wrap up the television tapings in Sevierville, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: SMW Super Saturday Night Fever ’95

(So I actually did have a copy of this show sitting in my home office, so we got a little ahead of ourselves in the SMW reviews by doing the February 4 television show.  We will rewind to review this big event and then move to February 11 next week)

Smoky Mountain Wrestling never put out a VHS release of Super Saturday Night Fever so existing footage is from a fan cam.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show, which took place at the City Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee, drew 2,000 fans and a $16,000 gate.

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

Today’s show features some of the matches that took place at Super Saturday Night Fever in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 28.  Les Thatcher does commentary on the matches.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – January 28, 1995

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher oversee commentary and they are still taped from Sevierville, Tennessee.

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

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are still taped from Sevierville, Tennessee.

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

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher are calling the action and they are taped from Sevier County High School in Sevierville, Tennessee.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the taping drew 400 fans.

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

While Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) paved the road for wrestling’s future by the end of the decade, Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) was a product yearning for the past.  Started by former Midnight Express manager and Louisville native Jim Cornette, and bankrolled by record producer Rick Rubin, in 1991, SMW billed itself as “professional wrestling like it used to be and the way you like it.”  Running shows in the Appalachian areas of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and the Carolinas, the promotion’s presentation and booking mirrored the territory days, with a traditional babyface-heel alignment and the adoption of Southern wrestling customs like disqualifications for wrestlers who tossed their opponents over the top rope.  SMW relied on older NWA talents to boost houses, reviving the careers of the Rock N’ Roll Express and Buddy Landel, but it also became a haven for new acts that would later make their mark in the big time as Chris Jericho, Chris Candido, Tammy Sytch, Boo Bradley (the future Balls Mahoney), D’Lo Brown, the Gangstas, Lance Storm, and Unabomb (the future Kane) spent time in the company.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – December 23, 1995 (Last of the series)

A replay of Xanta Claus attacking Savio Vega at In Your House 5 is shown.

Vince McMahon, Mr. Perfect, and Jim Ross are doing commentary and they are kicking off some new tapings in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, only 1,500 fans attended because there was a blizzard during the show.  This was also the taping where Bradshaw made his debut in a dark match, losing to Savio Vega.  Also, this is the last Superstars of 1995 because next week’s episode is a “year in review” show.

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What the World Was Watching: In Your House 5

(My reviews are a little out of order as I accidentally posted the Monday Night RAW that happened the night after this show on Friday instead of posting this In Your House review.  So if you missed that review, you can read this one and then go back and check that one out.  I will finish this series of 1995 WWF columns on Friday).

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – December 18, 1995

Vince McMahon narrates a video package that shows highlights of In Your House 5.

McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Newark, Delaware.  This is the last RAW of 1995 since the WWF was pre-empted for Christmas.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – December 2, 1995

Vince McMahon, Mr. Perfect, and Jim Ross are calling today’s action, which is taped from Salisbury, Maryland.

Marty Jannetty gives Razor Ramon a leather jacket backstage and asks for Ramon’s help against the 1-2-3 Kid.  Ramon agrees to the idea and agrees to watch Jannetty’s back as long as Jannetty watches his in the weeks ahead.  It seems like this angle ran behind their television storylines as McMahon already told fans on RAW that Ramon and Jannetty would be facing Sid and the Kid at In Your House.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – August 6, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary that are in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – May 9th, 1992

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLNG TV – May 9th, 1992

 

 

– Last week on SMW TV… The Fantastics defeated The Maulers to advance to the Finals of the Tag Team Championship Tournament, and that’s pretty much it. The rest of the show was a recap of the entire tournament leading up to that, with highlights from the other five matches already featured in the tournament. The Volunteer Slam is now only two weeks away!

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Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – April 18th, 1992

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – April 18th, 1992

 
– Last week on SMW TV… Jim Cornette FINALLY introduced the world to his new tag team, the greatest team in the universe, The Heavenly Bodies, Stan Lane and Tom Prichard… The Semi-Finals of the Tag Team Title Tournament are set, with the Heavenly Bodies and make-shift team of Joey Maggs and Danny Davis advancing, along with the Fantastics and the Maulers… Paul Orndorff frustration over the piledriver ban boiled over, and left half the enhancement talent roster laying with piledrivers, including dropping Hector Guerrero on a steel chair…

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, January 4, 1986

Welcome to the start of an incredible year of wrestling action for Jim Crockett Promotions. 1985 was very good. 1986, for the most, part, was even better. This is the high point of the Crockett territory, with a roster full of hall of famers and should-be hall of famers. It’s also the year the Four Horsemen take over for the first time. As a wrestling fan of almost 40 years, I would match JCP’s 1986 up against any era from any territory. It’s one of the best ever in terms of angles and in-ring action. The first 10 months of it, at least.

This show is a big one… 

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, December 21, 1985

This week’s show features two historic debuts. Also, NWA World Champion Ric Flair returns. He was sorely missed on the previous week’s program. Plus, there’s blood and an interesting six-man tag…

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RIP “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel

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Sadly, one of my favorite mid card guys from through the years, and a man I had the privilege to know for a while has passed away at 53.   RIP “Nature Boy”.
The words of Buddy when JYD passed away, ring true for him today:

 I just got a call and heard you were gone, and I stand here so cold.And the booker says you’re off to your biggest angle ever, walking on streets of gold.We first met when I was a kid, and I remember being in such awe!You were the first superstar I ever met, the first I ever saw.You drew more money than most people know, but how they soon forget!But in my eyes, I saw it first hand and man, you were legit!Just like you did when we first met, you took me under your wing.And it comforts me now that you, Dick, Frank and Eddie are listening to the angels sing.I’ll see you again in that special place, and I can give you a ring.So once again save me a place under your great big wing!I’ll miss you and always love you… Good-bye dear friend…