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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – August 19, 1995

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

A video package hypes Brian Christopher, who must be on the verge of returning to action after a shoulder injury.

Read more

What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – August 12, 1995

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

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – April 22, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thornton are doing play-by-play duties, with this being Kessler’s first broadcast in that role.  Thatcher tells fans that Jim Ross is no longer handling television due to his growing WWF responsibilities.  They kick off a new round of tapings from Warrensville, North Carolina that took place at Northwest Ashe High School.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the tapings on April 13 drew 350 fans.

Read more

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

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher do commentary and they are at a new taping location in Lenoir, North Carolina.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the taping at the Mulberry Street Recreational Center drew 375 fans.

Read more

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.

Read more

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!

Read more

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…

Read more

Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – March 21st, 1992

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.

Read more

Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – February 1st, 1992

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.

Read more