What the World Was Watching: SMW Thanksgiving Thunder ’95 (Cookeville) – Last of the Series!

This event – the last in Smoky Mountain Wrestling’s history – took place at the Cookeville Community Center in Cookeville, Tennessee on November 26, 1995.  Attendance for the show could not be found, but there are lots of empty seats and a generous estimate of the crowd might be 150 people.  Like the Thanksgiving Thunder show in Johnson City, this event was recorded by a fan.

Fans do not take kindly to the announcement that Terry Gordy is not in attendance because of a “concussion.”

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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 25, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth, calling the 200th and final episode of Smoky Mountain TV from Cumberland, Kentucky.

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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: USWA Championship Wrestling – December 23, 1995

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

Brown talks with Scott Bowden, who says PG-13 are not in the same league as the Rock N’ Roll Express.  He shows footage of the feud earlier in the year between the two teams to make it seem like the Express dominated it.

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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: USWA Championship Wrestling – December 16, 1995

Lance Russell is back from vacation and he reunites with Dave Brown in the booth to call the action from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Brown interviews Randy Hales, who announces that Bob Armstrong’s court injunction to prevent the USWA from acquiring total control of SMW is over.  From this point forward Armstrong is banned from WMC-TV5 studios.  Hales also announces a lumberjack strap match between Jeff Jarrett and Armstrong, a “loser leaves town” match between referees Gene Johnson and Frank Morrell, and a USWA tag team title match where Jesse James Armstrong and Tracy Smothers will defend against Doug Gilbert and a mystery partner.  No specific date is given for these matches since there will be no card at the Mid-South Coliseum on December 18.

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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 21, 1995

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Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are doing 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 23, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are calling the action in the second round of tapings in Cookeville, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – September 16, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are finally kicking off a new set of television tapings at the Cookeville Community Center in Cookeville, Tennessee.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the tapings took place on September 5 and drew 400 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – September 2, 1995

Chip Kessler announces that the Heavenly Bodies are now double tag team champions since they have the belts for SMW and the USWA.

The Bob Armstrong-Jim Cornette first blood match at Fire on the Mountain is shown.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – August 26, 1995

Chip Kessler hosts this edition of Smoky Mountain TV, with matches on today’s show coming from The Super Bowl of Wrestling and Fire on the Mountain.

The Billy Jack Haynes-Brad Armstrong match for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship at The Super Bowl of Wrestling is shown.

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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.

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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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