What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – June 27, 1995

The show opens with a replay of the Gangstas attack on ECW Tag Team Champions the Public Enemy at Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams.  Joey Styles says that ECW had to grapple with whether to show the footage because they did not want to set a bad example for other wrestlers.  He gives some background on the Gangstas in Smoky Mountain Wrestling before comparing the Gangstas debut with the Public Enemy’s debut in September 1994.

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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: ECW: Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams

Joey Styles does commentary for the show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 17.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the card drew a crowd of 1,150 fans.

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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: 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: ECW Hardcore TV – June 6, 1995

The Hack Myers-Tony Stetson match from Enter Sandman airs.  Instead of airing a clip job, which would have covered up how bad this match was, ECW opts to show it in its entirety.

Joey Styles asks Paul E. Dangerously why Taz dropped his gimmick.  Dangerously answers that Taz does not need a gimmick to reach the top of professional wrestling.  He adds that Taz is already a “larger than life man” and the Tazmaniac is no more.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – June 10, 1995

There is a lengthy recap of the Rock N’ Roll Express-Dynamic Duo feud, as the first thirty minutes of the show revisits past promos and matches between the two teams.

A replay of the promos to hype the Gangstas-PG-13-THUGS triple threat this week in Knoxville airs.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – June 3, 1995

After showing Jim Cornette’s turn on Bob Armstrong at Volunteer Slam IV, Chip Kessler interviews Cornette, SMW Champion Buddy Landel, and the Punisher outside of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Cornette wants to do the interview in his penthouse suite so after a commercial break the segment moves there.  After Landel gloats about the accommodations, Cornette gives a play-by-play of how he set Armstrong up and managed to also get revenge on the Gangstas at the same time, aided by video footage of the last six months.  During the re-telling, Cornette gets a phone call from Pamela Anderson for Landel, telling Landel that WWF Champion Diesel must be a lousy kisser.  After going through four commercial breaks, the segment ends with Cornette saying that Bob Armstrong cannot mess with him or his crew anymore because they promised last Thanksgiving was their final encounter.  Landel chips in and says with Cornette at his side that his SMW title is safe.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – May 27, 1995

A replay of the Boo Bradley-Killer Kyle Jersey Dog Fight match at Volunteer Slam airs.

The PG-13-THUGS match for the USWA Tag Team Championship, which took place at Volunteer Slam, is shown.

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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 – May 6, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are still taped from Warrensville, North Carolina.

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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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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – April 8, 1995

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are concluding the television tapings in Council, Virginia.  Tonight is the big Fright Night card in Johnson City, Tennessee, so Ross spends a lot of the match hyping it.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – April 1, 1995

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are still in Council, Virginia.

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

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are taped from Council, Virginia.

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

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher are tasked with commentary and they are kicking off a new set of tapings in Council, Virginia.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the shows in this new round of tapings were held on March 6 and drew 425 fans.

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