What the World Was Watching: SMW Thanksgiving Thunder ’95 (Johnson City)

This show took place at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee on November 25, 1995.  It drew a crowd of 550 fans, a decline from the 800 fans who attended the Halloween Scream card there on October 28.  Footage of the show is provided by a fan recording.

Ring announcer Tommy Noe tells fans that Terry Gordy has a concussion and cannot compete, covering up for Gordy’s inability to show due to a prior commitment in Japan.

Buddy Landel walks into the ring and tells fans that Jos LeDuc has no showed because of a family issue.  Landel says that he is willing to face Tommy Rich and the Punisher in a handicap match until Commissioner Bob Armstrong comes out and says he will help Landel find a partner.

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

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are taped from Cumberland, Kentucky.

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

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher kick off the last television taping in the promotion’s history at Cumberland High School in Cumberland, Kentucky.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the taping took place on November 6 and attracted 200 fans.

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

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Harlan, Kentucky.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – October 28, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are handling commentary and they are taped from Harlan, Kentucky.

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

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are calling the action, originating from Caywood High School in Harlan, Kentucky.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the taping, which took place on October 9, drew a small crowd of 200 fans.

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

A replay of Buddy Landel being brutalized by Jim Cornette’s Militia on last week’s program is shown.

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are calling the action and are wrapping up the taping from Cookeville, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – September 9, 1995

Footage from a Barbourville, Kentucky house show where Jim Cornette dismisses Buddy Landel from the Militia for losing a tag team match with Tommy Rich airs.

The finish of a ten-man tag team elimination match in Morristown, Tennessee for $10,000 airs.  The bout came down to Boo Bradley and Terry Gordy.  Gordy won after Cornette tripped Bradley and Gordy dropped an elbow.  After the bell, Cornette and Gordy beat on Bradley until Brad Armstrong tried to make the save.  Cornette tossed powder in Armstrong’s eyes and Gordy powerbombed the SMW Champion several times, with Cornette counting to three afterward.  Tommy Noe is a terrible voiceover on this footage.

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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: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – August 5, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are still covering action from the Jellico, Tennessee tapings.

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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: Smoky Mountain TV – July 29, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call the action from the Jellico High School tapings.  Kessler has been trying to channel Vince McMahon to kick off each program by screaming “Neexxtt” but he just ends up sounding like he is grunting on the toilet.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – July 22, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call the action, which is still from the Jellico High School tapings.

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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: 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: 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: 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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