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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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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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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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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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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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – June 22, 1995

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

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – June 24, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are handling the broadcasting duties and they are taped from Sevierville, Tennessee.

Thatcher interviews Commissioner Bob Armstrong and Armstrong’s Avenger.  Armstrong says he has faith in the Avenger against SMW Champion Buddy Landel.  He promises a surprise.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 15, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Brown tells fans that Brian Christopher will be out of action for six weeks with a broken shoulder blade.  Russell follows up by saying that Randy Hales was hurt in the Rock N’ Roll Express-PG-13 USWA Tag Team Championship match in Memphis on Monday.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – June 17, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher kick off a new round of television tapings in Sevierville, Tennessee.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the tapings took place at Catan’s Chapel Elementary School and drew 300 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 8, 1995

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: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 1, 1995

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

A video package highlights Brandon Baxter’s issues with Jimmy Valiant.

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What the World Was Watching: SMW Charlotte Memories

Like Volunteer Slam IV, footage of this show comes from a fan cam.  It took place on Saturday, May 20 at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the show drew a paltry 200 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – May 20, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are wrapping up the tapings from Warrensville, North Carolina.  Very few fans are left facing the hard camera.

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What the World Was Watching: Volunteer Slam IV

This show was provided via fan cam footage.  It took place on Friday, May 19 in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Civic Coliseum and, according to prowrestlinghistory.com, drew a disappointing crowd of 1,550, with a gate of $10,000.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – May 13, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher do commentary, with the show still originating from Warrensville, North Carolina.

Thatcher interviews the Gangstas, D’Lo Brown, and Killer Kyle.  New Jack runs down all the forces that have been brought to Smoky Mountain to take them down.  He says he looks forward to Jim Cornette losing $50,000 when the Gangstas beat Bob Armstrong and Terry Funk at Volunteer Slam.

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

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call the action and they are still in Warrensville, North Carolina.

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

Chip Kessler tells the audience that today’s broadcast will recap the events of the Bluegrass Brawl where fans were turned away in Pikeville, Kentucky.

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