Tragedy strikes as Magnum T.A. suffers career-ending injuries in a car wreck, forever changing the future of the NWA. Plus, one of the most legendary Four Horsemen beatdowns ever, one of the most shocking turns in JCP history, and the Road Warriors issue a dangerous challenge to Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express…
SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – July 11th, 1992
– Last week on SMW TV… The “Main Event” of The Batten Twins vs. Dixie Dy-No-Mite and Danny Davis was immediately interrupted by a scuffle with The Fantastics and Heavenly Bodies… Paul Orndorff and the Dirty White Boy aren’t scared of Ron Garvin, but Mr. Ron Wright isn’t as confident… Brian Lee continues to be a fighting Champion, easily vanquishing Paul Lee… Jimmy Golden pinned Robert Gibson under dubious circumstances, so they’ll rematch at Summer Blast… Buddy Landell and Tim Horner have incorporated a leather strap into their feud, and are also on a collision course for Summer Blast…
Date: August 17, 2017
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews
It’s a big night around here as we have Destination X. This show is almost all about the X-Division, but it turns out that we also need a new World Champion. Alberto El Patron is still suspended and has now been stripped of the title. The situation will be handled tonight but we have no idea how. Let’s get to it.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – June 6th, 1992
– Last week on SMW TV… We recapped the entire Volunteer Slam, with highlights from all seven Tournament matches, as well as the Tag Team Championship Match between the Heavenly Bodies and Party Patrol… Bobby Fulton had unkind words for the Heavenly Bodies, vowing revenge when his brother, Jackie, recovers… Tim Horner pinned Buddy Landell for the Mountain Mayhem paycheck, but Landell bloodied him up afterwards, tore the check up, and stuffed it down his throat.
A brutal beatdown of the Road Warriors, there’s a new NWA World TV champion, and a major star is coming to Jim Crockett Promotions…
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!
SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – May 2nd, 1992
– Last week on SMW TV… The Heavenly Bodies defeated Danny Davis and Joey Maggs to advance to the Tag Team Tournament Finals… The 1st Round of the Heavyweight Championship Tournament at Volunteer Slam has been announced: Brian Lee vs. Buddy Landel, Dirty White Boy vs. Dixie Dy-No-Mite, Robert Gibson vs. Jimmy Golden, and Tim Horner vs. Paul Orndorff… The toxic relationship between Dutch Mantel and Carl Stiles continues… Bob Holly squashed Bart Batten in what turned out to be the former’s last SMW appearance.
Lots of tag team action on the docket to hype the upcoming the U.S. Tag Title Tournament, including the Andersons vs. the Kansas Jayhawks. Plus the Rock & Roll Express, Road Warriors, and big news on the U.S. and National Heavyweight Titles.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – April 25th, 1992
– Last week on SMW TV… The Field of Eight for the Volunteer Slam’s Championship Tournament has been confirmed: Brian Lee, Tim Horner, Robert Gibson, Dixie Dy-No-Mite, Dirty White Boy, Jimmy Golden, Paul Orndorff, and Buddy Landel… The relationship between Dutch Mantel and Carl Stiles appears to be over… Bob Armstrong has fined Orndorff $2,500 for his piledriver parade, but that’s just a drop in the bucket for Mr. Wonderful… Buddy Landel made his in-ring debut and miraculously didn’t pull a no-show…
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…
SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – April 11th, 1992
– Last week on SMW TV… “Primetime” Brian Lee pinned Dutch Mantel to keep his spot in the Volunteer Slam Championship Tournament, despite a pre-match attack by the Dirty White Boy… For Heaven’s sake, Jim Cornette once again failed to deliver footage of his team, and yes, I ripped the joke off from the comments section, so thank you Danny Omega. Armstrong ruled his team must appear this coming week, or their removed from the tournament… Dixie Dy-no-Mite debuted and might have the most annoying wrestling name to type on a regular basis… Tim Horner, the Dirty White Boy, and Killer Kyle were all victorious in showcase matches (my fancy word for “enhancement” opponents).
SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – April 4th, 1992
– Last week on SMW TV… The Fantastics defeated The Wild Bunch to join The Maulers in the Semi-Finals of the Tag Team Title Tournament… Tim Horner was given a “personality profile”, and sings “Shameless”… The Volunteer Slam has been announced, featuring an 8-Man Single Elimination Tournament for the SMW Heavyweight Title… Brian Lee offered his guaranteed spot in the tournament for a rematch with Dutch Mantel… Bob Holly says he’s not in the tournament because it’s smarter to just beat the Champion than waste time wrestling three matches in one night… Jim Cornette failed to deliver footage of his tag team for the second week in a row.
Who is the new National Heavyweight champion? What does Mama Cornette think of Baby Doll now? Did Sam Houston really beat Jerry Lawler? What role did Killer Kowalski play in Hall of Famer Warren Spahn’s baseball career? Can Nikita Koloff withstand Ron Garvin’s knockout punch? Is Mulkey Mania dead? Answers to these questions, plus Ric Flair in a great match, and the Horsemen in a pier six brawl, on this week’s edition of the Saturday night staple…
SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – March 28th, 1992
– Last week on SMW TV… The Tag Team Tournament began! Jack Victory and Rip Morgan advanced to the Semi-Finals, defeating Johnny and Davey Rich… Jim Cornette brought a camera crew to meet his new team at Hooters, but that didn’t go as well as planned. He also had a limo driver named Herd… The Fantastics revealed Tommy Rogers as their mystery partner, but wouldn’t you know it, both Ivan and Vladimir had wives going into labor at the same time, switching the advertised Main Event (the Koloffs didn’t appear at the taping, so maybe transportation or last-minute booking issues, rather than classic bait-and-switch).
Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – March 21st, 1992
– Last week on SMW TV… After weeks of hype, the Tag Team Title Tournament is upon us, or so we hope… Mr. Ron Wright introduced us to his new protégé, the Dirty White Boy… Tim Horner used his White Lightnin’ to defeat Rip Rogers in a solid Main Event… Jim Cornette has promised to deliver a video of his new Tag Team… Killer Kyle squashed Jerry Lynn in a match that would mean more to Indy darlings in the following years… The Koloffs and Jimmy Golden had a warm-up match for their anticipated battle with the Fantastics and a Mystery Partner… There’s no truth to the Bob Holly/Julia Roberts scandal.
Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV
Broadcast Date: March 14th, 1992
Taped: February 1992; Knoxville, TN
– Last week on SMW TV… The SMW Tag Team Championship Tournament begins on the March 21st episode, card subject to change. Jim Cornette’s team will compete, but we still have no information on them… Bob Armstrong has banned Mr. Ron Wright from ringside until he has a wrestler under contract… Brian Lee pinned Carl Stiles, but can’t quite get all he wants out of Dutch Mantel… Tim Horner cheated Rip Rogers out of a $500 squat challenge… Paul Orndorff is frustrated about his finisher being banned and barely squeaks a victory by Barry Horowitz… Terry Gordy debuted in less-than-impressive fashion… Bob Holly remains undefeated.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV
Broadcast Date: March 7th, 1992
Taping Date: February 1992; Knoxville, TN
– Last week on SMW TV… Commissioner Bob Armstrong had a busy week, encouraging Robert Gibson to find back-up after being beaten up by the Koloffs and Jimmy Golden, booking a Six-Man Tag for the Fantastics and fining everyone in the brawl that ended the February 22nd episode, and let Dutch Mantel know that as long as he’s at the announcers table, Brian Lee can’t touch him. Dutch, of course, comes down with a cold when his match is scheduled to take place, and has Carl Stiles take his spot… Mr. Ron Wright encourages fans to send him money, reading a fake letter for sympathy… the Tag Team Title Tournament is coming soon, we promise!
A momentous episode of the TBS Saturday night staple, as we have Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair for the NWA World Title, a shocking heel turn, the best-of-seven series for the U.S. Title concludes in dramatic fashion, new NWA World Tag Team Champions, and the Midnight Express vs. the Mulkeys, with the birth of MulkeyMania!
SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – February 8th, 1992
Taped: October 30th, 1991; Memorial Auditorium; Greenville, SC
– Last week on SMW TV… Lots of faces were introduced to the viewing audience! Robert Gibson is here, but not Ricky Morton, Tim Horner and Brian Lee look like they’ll be positioned near the top of the babyface depth chart, and Bobby and Jackie Fulton posing as the Fantastics will be the top babyface tag team… From the heel side of things, Jim Cornette is promising a new tag team that will rival the Midnight Express in terms of success, Killer Kyle looks like he was made from the same mold as Big Bubba Rogers, and Ivan Koloff is here, along with “nephew” Vladimir (a poor man’s Nikita Koloff)… Commissioner Bob Armstrong made a point to say that rules will be followed or fines will be handed out like water… The Black Scorpion arrived and lost to an unknown enhancement talent… Color Commentator Dutch Mantel picked a fight with Brian Lee over the latter’s performance in a match against Barry Horowitz… Legendary Ron Wright, confined to a wheel chair, is looking for someone to manage to pay for his hip and knee implants (his words!).
Can Ric Flair regain the NWA Title from an injured Dusty Rhodes? Magnum T.A. tries to even the best-of-seven U.S. Title series with Nikita Koloff, and another huge confrontation between Dusty Rhodes & Big Bubba Rogers. That and much more on an action packed Saturday Night program…
SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV
Broadcast Date: February 1st, 1992
Taped: October 30th, 1991; Greenville, SC
– Salutations. Blogger Garth Holmberg, formerly and briefly known as Dino Bravo apologist “Dino Bravo is A-OK” here (I dropped the gimmick due to a lack of sincerity) to bring you the weekly content of Smoky Mountain Wrestling. I’ll be covering the entire run of episodes televised between February ’92 and November ’95, and as many of the large events as I can come across. Sit back and enjoy, professional wrestling the way it used to be, and the way you like it.
There’s a new NWA World Heavyweight champion and a new bald-headed geek, as the Great American Bash draws to a close. The grand finale will be later tonight in Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium. A look at the Bash happenings, previewing the final Bash card, and several new, but familiar, faces make their debuts on a “special edition” of the Saturday night staple…
–Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are taped from South Padre Island, Texas and other locations.
A classic between The Rock & Roll Express vs. the Andersons, Dusty Rhodes & Magnum T.A. vs. the Midnight Express, and Tully Blanchard defends the National Title vs. Sam Houston in another good one. The Great American Bash continues and we’ve got another really good program this week. Let’s get to it…
A bunkhouse match with the Four Horsemen vs. Dusty and the Rock & Roll Express, the Road Warriors vs. the Midnight Express for the tag titles, Tully vs. Wahoo, Great American Bash updates and some of the loudest crowd pops in JCP’s televised history. This is perhaps my favorite WCW Saturday night program ever. Let’s get to it…