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Smoky Mountain Wrestling
Smoky Mountain Wrestling
AcronymSMW
FoundedOctober 1991
DefunctDecember 1995
StyleRasslin'
HeadquartersKnoxville/Morristown, Tennessee
Founder(s)Jim Cornette
Stan Lane
Sandy Scott
Owner(s)Jim Cornette

Smoky Mountain Wrestling was a professional wrestling promotion that held events in the Appalachian area of the United States from October 1991 to December 1995, when it was run by Jim Cornette. The promotion was based in Knoxville, Tennessee, with offices in Morristown, Tennessee. Only ten episodes from 1994 are available on the WWE Network.

History and overview

Formation

Cornette formed the promotion in October 1991 upon leaving World Championship Wrestling with Stan Lane and Sandy Scott. The promotion was backed financially by music producer Rick Rubin.[1] The first events and TV tapings were held in October and November 1991. Matches from these shows were first shown in February 1992. The first Smoky Mountain Heavyweight Champion, "Primetime" Brian Lee, won the championship in a tournament held at Volunteer Slam on May 22, 1992, in Knoxville, Tennessee.[2] The first Smoky Mountain Tag Team Champions were crowned in a tournament final on April 23, 1992, in Harrogate, Tennessee, when The Heavenly Bodies defeated The Fantastics.[3]

Territorial reach

Cornette had initially envisioned a territory reaching from Kentucky into as far as South Carolina and Georgia. Though they did eventually run events over that large of a region, including a few shows at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta, Georgia, the promotion's biggest towns included Knoxville, Tennessee, and Johnson City, Tennessee. SMW event tours also included high school gyms and fairs in cities throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.[4][5][6][7]

In 1993, Smoky Mountain Wrestling signed deals with World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation to showcase their wrestlers on the larger companies' shows.[8] This led to The Rock 'n' Roll Express wrestling The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Stan Lane) at SuperBrawl III in February.[9] The Heavenly Bodies (Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) then faced The Steiner Brothers for the WWF Tag Team Championship at SummerSlam 1993,[10][11] and then defeating The Rock 'n' Roll Express at Survivor Series 1993 for the SMW Tag Team Championship.[12][13]

Notable talent

The promotion featured a number of wrestlers who were regulars in the south eastern wrestling scene and was the birthplace of the Heavenly Bodies, Stan Lane and Tom Prichard and later Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray.[14] The Heavenly Bodies, managed by Jim Cornette, were featured heavily throughout the years as they worked storyline feuds with The Rock 'n' Roll Express, The Fantastics and The Armstrong Family (especially Bob Armstrong)[14] SMW also featured a number of younger wrestlers who had not yet made their mark on a national stage, including Bob Holly,[15]New Jack, Al Snow,[16]Balls Mahoney, Chris Jericho,[17]Glenn Jacobs (then known as Unabomb, later better known under the ring name Kane),[18]Lance Storm,[17]Chris Candido,[19]Tammy Lynn Sytch,[19]Brian Girard James (B.G. James / Road Dogg) and D'Lo Brown, but ultimately, like most independents, was not financially successful. Cornette eventually signed a working agreement with the World Wrestling Federation to trade talent, manage and serve as an on-air talent for that company.

Brian Hildebrand was a Smoky Mountain mainstay, occupying such myriad roles as Head of Merchandise, referee (under his alter ego Mark Curtis) and sound director.

Style and controversy

Cornette, a traditionalist, catered to fans that Mick Foley described as "old-time fans...who still believed in good guys and bad guys, and to whom cheating was still reason to get upset." Bob Caudle, who was the play-by-play announcer on the TV program, would also proclaim at the beginning of each show that Smoky Mountain Wrestling was "professional wrestling the way it used to be, and the way you like it." This was in sharp contrast to ECW, in which edgy angles, "tweeners" and anti-heroes increasingly took precedence over clearcut heroes and villains. Smoky Mountain was, however, the birthplace of the controversial "Gangstas" gimmick, where black wrestlers New Jack and Mustafa would cut promos about activist Medgar Evers, while also using fried chicken and watermelon as props.

National Wrestling Alliance

The promotion had a brief association with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), whose flagship promotion Eastern Championship Wrestling had split away in August 1994, leaving the NWA with no World Heavyweight Champion. A 10-man tournament was held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in November, featuring many SMW wrestlers; the participants were Tracy Smothers, Devon Storm, Eddie Gilbert, Johnny Gunn, Chris Candido, Al Snow, Dirty White Boy, Jerry Lawler, Lou Perez, and Osamu Nishimura. The winner was Chris Candido, who defended his title mostly at SMW events.[6][7][20] In February 1995, however, Candido lost the belt to Ultimate Fighting Championship winner Dan Severn,[20] who as a freelancer decided to become a traveling World Champion, depriving SMW of a basis for World Heavyweight championship matches. However, in April 1995, The Rock 'n' Roll Express won the NWA World Tag Team Championship for the fifth time, giving SMW a handful of World Tag Team championship matches.

Demise

Though the promotion was highly thought of, it struggled to get a profitable television deal, and operated throughout a wrestling recession that would not end until the second half of 1996. After years of operating in red ink, and the loss of financial backing from Rubin, Cornette shut the promotion down in December 1995 to work full-time with the WWF. The last SMW show was held on November 26, 1995 in Cookeville, Tennessee (though it had been announced on SMW TV's November 25, 1995 episode that upcoming shows were to be held at the Collett Street Rec Center in Morganton, North Carolina on December 1, 1995, and at Cloudland High School in Roan Mountain, Tennessee the following night), and featured the entire SMW roster attacking Jim Cornette, who was then pinned by referee Mark Curtis.[21] Several SMW wrestlers would soon obtain work in the WWF, including Tracy Smothers, The Dirty White Boy, and Boo Bradley. WWE now owns the SMW video library.

Both Curtis Comes Home and the 2005 sequel show, held in memory of SMW head referee Mark Curtis are considered "unofficial" reunion shows.[22][23]

Former personnel

Major events

1992

Date Event Venue Location Main event
May 22 Volunteer Slam Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Brian Lee vs. Paul Orndorff[4]
July 17 Summer Blast Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Brian Lee & Ron Garvin vs. Paul Orndorff & The Dirty White Boy[4]
August 8 Fire on the Mountain Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee Brian Lee vs. The Dirty White Boy for the SMW Heavyweight Championship[4]
November 27 Thanksgiving Thunder National Guard Armory Welch, West Virginia The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane and Tom Prichard) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[4]
November 28 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) vs. The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane and Tom Prichard) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[4]
November 29 Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane and Tom Prichard) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[4]
December 25 Christmas Chaos Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) vs. The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane and Tom Prichard) and Jim Cornette for the SMW Tag Team Championship[4]
December 26 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) vs. The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane and Tom Prichard) and Jim Cornette for the SMW Tag Team Championship[4]
December 27 Raleigh County Armory Beckley, West Virginia The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) vs. The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane and Tom Prichard) and Jim Cornette for the SMW Tag Team Championship[4]

1993

Date Event Venue Location Main event
April 2 Bluegrass Brawl Pikeville College Gymnasium Pikeville, Kentucky Bobby Eaton and The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane and Tom Prichard) vs. Arn Anderson and The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) vs. Dutch Mantell and The Stud Stable (Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden)[5]
May 9 Volunteer Slam II: Rage in a Cage Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Brian Lee, The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) and The Stud Stable (Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden) vs. Kevin Sullivan, The Tazmaniac, Killer Kyle and The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane and Tom Prichard)[5]
May 15 The Last Tango in Tennessee Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee Tracy Smothers vs. The Dirty White Boy for the SMW Heavyweight Championship[5]
July 8 Summer Blast Memorial Gymnasium Hazard, Kentucky The Armstrong Family (Bob Armstrong, Scott Armstrong and Steve Armstrong) vs. Jim Cornette and The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Rey)
July 9 Fleming-Neon High School Fleming-Neon, Kentucky The Armstrong Family (Bob Armstrong, Scott Armstrong and Steve Armstrong) vs. Jim Cornette and The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Rey)
July 10 Raleigh County Armory Beckley, West Virginia The Armstrong Family (Bob Armstrong, Scott Armstrong and Steve Armstrong) vs. Jim Cornette and The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Rey)
July 15 Evarts High School Evarts, Kentucky The Armstrong Family (Bob Armstrong, Scott Armstrong and Steve Armstrong) vs. Jim Cornette and The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Rey)
July 16 Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Armstrong Family (Bob Armstrong, Scott Armstrong and Steve Armstrong) vs. Jim Cornette and The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Rey)
July 17 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee Tracy Smothers vs. Brian Lee for the SMW Heavyweight Championship[5]
August 13 Hot August Night in Mo-Town East High School Gymnasium Morristown, Tennessee The Armstrong Family (Bob Armstrong, Scott Armstrong and Steve Armstrong) vs. Jim Cornette and The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray)[5]
August 14 Fire on the Mountain Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee Bob Armstrong, The Armstrong Brothers (Scott Armstrong and Steve Armstrong) and The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) vs. Jim Cornette, The Bruise Brothers (Ron Bruise and Don Bruise), The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray)[5]
August 20 K-Town Showdown Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Bob Armstrong vs. Jim Cornette[5]
October 1 Big Apple Grapple Paintsville High School Gymnasium Paintsville, Kentucky 13-man Battle Royal
October 7 Parade Of Champions Memorial Gymnasium Hazard, Kentucky The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)[5]
October 8 Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)[5]
October 9 Knox County High School Barbourville, Kentucky The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)[5]
October 10 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)[5]
November 25 Thanksgiving Thunder Memorial Gymnasium Hazard, Kentucky The Bruise Brothers (Ron Bruise and Don Bruise) vs. The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray)
November 26 Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Bruise Brothers (Ron Bruise and Don Bruise) vs. The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray)
November 27 Knox Central High School Gymnasium Barbourville, Kentucky The Bruise Brothers (Ron Bruise and Don Bruise) vs. The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray)
November 28 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee The Bruise Brothers (Ron Bruise and Don Bruise) vs. The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray)[5]
December 25 Christmas Chaos Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Brian Lee vs. Tracy Smothers vs. The Dirty White Boy for the SMW Heavyweight Championship[5]
December 26 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee Brian Lee vs. Tracy Smothers vs. The Dirty White Boy for the SMW Heavyweight Championship[5]
December 27 Knox Central High School Gymnasium Barbourville, Kentucky Brian Lee vs. Tracy Smothers vs. The Dirty White Boy for the SMW Heavyweight Championship[5]

1994

Date Event Venue Location Main event
February 13 Sunday Bloody Sunday Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Bruise Brothers (Don Bruise and Ron Bruise) vs. The Moondogs[6]
March 10 Golden Week Cobb County Civic Center Marietta, Georgia Bob Armstrong vs. Jim Cornette[6]
March 11 Johnson Central High School Paintsville, Kentucky The Dirty White Boy and The Dirty White Girl vs. Brian Lee and Tammy Fytch[6]
March 12 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
March 13 Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
March 15 Clinton County High School Albany, Kentucky The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
March 17 Nixon Center Hyden, Kentucky The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
March 18 Knox County High School Barbourville, Kentucky The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. Tom Horner and Robert Gibson for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
March 19 Cawood High School Gymnasium Harlan, Kentucky The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. Tracy Smothers and Robert Gibson for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
April 1 Bluegrass Brawl II: The Famous Final Scene Pikeville College Gymnasium Pikeville, Kentucky The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
May 20 Volunteer Slam III Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Jake Roberts vs. The Dirty White Boy for the SMW Heavyweight Championship[6]
July 1 Summer Blast Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Dirty White Boy vs. Bruiser Bedlam[6]
July 2 Knox County High School Barbourville, Kentucky The Dirty White Boy vs. Bruiser Bedlam and Jim Cornette[6]
July 3 Cobb County Civic Center Marietta, Georgia The Dirty White Boy vs. Bruiser Bedlam[6]
July 4 Paintsville High School Gymnasium Paintsville, Kentucky Bambi and The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) vs. Tammy Fytch, Chris Candido and Brian Lee[6]
July 7 Cawood High School Harlan, Kentucky]] Tracy Smothers vs. Bruiser Bedlam[6]
July 8 Raleigh County Armory Beckley, West Virginia Tracy Smothers vs. Bruiser Bedlam[6]
July 9 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee The Dirty White Boy vs. Chris Candido for the SMW Heavyweight Championship[6]
August 5 The Night of the Legends Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Bob Armstrong, Tracy Smothers and Road Warrior Hawk vs. Bruiser Bedlam and The Funk Brothers (Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk)[6]
August 6 Fire on the Mountain Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee Bob Armstrong, Tracy Smothers and Road Warrior Hawk vs. Bruiser Bedlam and The Funk Brothers (Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk)
September 30 Big Apple Grapple Paintsville High School Gymnasium Paintsville, Kentucky The Dirty White Boy, Tracy Smothers and The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) vs. Boo Bradley, Bruiser Bedlam and The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa)[6]
November 17 SMW/NWA Championship Wrestling America (NWA World Heavyweight Championship tournament) Stanton Hall Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship
November 18 Pleasantville High School Pleasantville, New Jersey The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship
November 19 National Guard Armory Cherry Hill, New Jersey Chris Candido vs. Tracy Smothers for the vacant NWA World Heavyweight Championship
November 24 Thanksgiving Thunder Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
November 25 Paintsville High School Gymnasium Paintsville, Kentucky The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
November 26 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
November 27 Cobb County Civic Center Marietta, Georgia The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
December 25 Christmas Chaos Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
December 26 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee Tracy Smothers vs. Bryant Anderson[6]
December 27 Mulberry Street Recreation Center Lenoir, North Carolina The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) vs. The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa) for the SMW Tag Team Championship
December 29 Peel's Palace Erlanger, Kentucky The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) vs. The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]
December 30 National Guard Armory Ashland, Kentucky Bobby Blaze and The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) vs. D-Lo Brown and The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[6]

1995

Date Event Venue Location Main event
January 28 Super Saturday Night Fever Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee 16-man K-Town Rumble match[7]
February 25 Brawl in the Hall Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Gangstas (New Jack & Mustafa)
February 26 Sunday Bloody Sunday II Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Jim Cornette and The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. D-Lo Brown and The Gangstas (New Jack & Mustafa)[7]
March 18 March Madness Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee The Dirty White Boy vs. Buddy Landel[7]
March 19 Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Dirty White Boy vs. Buddy Landel[7]
April 7 Bluegrass Brawl III Pikeville College Gymnasium Pikeville, Kentucky Tracy Smothers and The Undertaker vs. D-Lo Brown and The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa)[7]
April 8 Fright Night Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee Bob Armstrong, Tracy Smothers and The Undertaker vs. D-Lo Brown and The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa)[7]
May 19 Volunteer Slam IV Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Ricky Morton vs. Al Snow[7]
May 20 Charlotte Memories Grady Cole Center Charlotte, North Carolina The Dynamic Duo (Al Snow and Unabomb) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[7]
July 15 Summer Blast Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee The Dynamic Duo (Al Snow and Unabomb) vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson)[7]
August 4 Super Bowl of Wrestling Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Shawn Michaels vs. Buddy Landel for the WWF Intercontinental Championship[7]
August 12 Fire on the Mountain: Night of the Dream Matches Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Thugs (Tony Anthony and Tracy Smothers) for the SMW Tag Team Championship[7]
October 20 Halloween Scream Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Tommy Rich vs. Buddy Landel[7]
October 21 East High School Gymnasium Morristown, Tennessee Tommy Rich vs. Buddy Landel[7]
October 27 Cookeville Community Center Cookeville, Tennessee Tommy Rich vs. Buddy Landel[7]
October 28 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee Tommy Rich vs. Buddy Landel[7]
November 23 Thanksgiving Thunder Civic Coliseum Knoxville, Tennessee Robert Gibson and The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. The Thugs (Tony Anthony and Tracy Smothers) and a mystery partner[7]
November 24 Knox Central High School Gymnasium Barbourville, Kentucky Robert Gibson and The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. Ricky Morton and The Thugs (Tony Anthony and Tracy Smothers)[7]
November 25 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee Robert Gibson and The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. Ricky Morton and The Thugs (Tony Anthony and Tracy Smothers)[7]
November 26 Cookeville Community Center Cookeville, Tennessee Robert Gibson and The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray) vs. Ricky Morton and The Thugs (Tony Anthony and Tracy Smothers)[7]

Tournaments

Smoky Mountain Wrestling held a variety of professional wrestling tournaments between 1992 and 1995 that were competed for by wrestlers that were a part of their roster.

SMW Tag Team Championship Tournament

Pin-Pinfall; Sub-Submission; KO-Knockout; CO-Countout; DCO-Double countout; DQ-Disqualification; DDQ-Double Disqualification; Pts-Points; Dec-Decision; Ref-Referee's decision; NC-No Contest The SMW Tag Team Championship Tournament was a tournament to crown the first-ever SMW Tag Team Champions. It was held between March 12 and April 23, 1992, with the finals occurring at Volunteer Slam.[24]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
The Heavenly Bodies
(Stan Lane and Tom Prichard)
Pin
The Batten Twins
(Bart Batten and Brad Batten)
06:15
The Heavenly Bodies Pin
Joey Maggs and Danny Davis 08:37
Joey Maggs and Danny Davis Pin
The Koloffs
(Ivan Koloff and Vladimir Koloff)
07:21
The Heavenly Bodies Pin
The Fantastics 09:55
The Maulers
(Rip Morgan and Jack Victory)
Pin
Johnny Rich and Davey Rich 10:31
The Maulers Pin
The Fantastics 08:37
The Wild Bunch
(Joel Deaton and Billy Black)
Pin
The Fantastics
(Bobby Fulton and Jackie Fulton)
11:52

SMW Heavyweight Championship Tournament

King of Kentucky Tournament

The King of Kentucky Tournament was a one-night single elimination tournament held in Hazard, Kentucky on June 24, 1993.[25]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Bobby Blaze DQ
Killer Kyle
Bobby Blaze
Brian Lee
Brian Lee
Jimmy Golden
Brian Lee Pin
Tracy Smothers
The Dirty White Boy
Tim Horner
The Dirty White Boy
Tracy Smothers
Chris Candido Pin
Tracy Smothers

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament (1994)

The NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament was a one-night single elimination tournament held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on November 19, 1994, to decide a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. The previous champion Shane Douglas had infamously "threw down" the NWA title in favor of the ECW World Heavyweight Championship after defeating 2 Cold Scorpio at the NWA World Title Tournament three months earlier.[26]

Qualifiers Quarterfinals Semi-finals Finals
        
Tracy Smothers Pin
Devon Storm
Tracy Smothers Pin
Eddie Gilbert
Eddie Gilbert Pin
Johnny Gunn
BYE
BYE
Chris Candido Pin
Al Snow
Chris Candido Pin
The Dirty White Boy
The Dirty White Boy DQ
Jerry Lawler
Tracy Smothers Pin
Chris Candido
Osamu Nishimura Draw
Lou Perez
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE

Carolina Cup Tag Team Tournament

The Carolina Cup Tag Team Tournament was a one-night single elimination tournament held at the Grady Cole Center on August 13, 1995.[27]

QuarterfinalsTaped March 12 Semifinals Final
         
The Heavenly Bodies
(Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray)
Pin
Bobby Fulton and Boo Bradley
The Heavenly Bodies
BYE
BYE
BYE
The Heavenly Bodies Pin
The Thugs
The Thugs
(The Dirty White Boy and Tracy Smothers)
Pin
Tommy Rich and The Punisher
The Headbangers Pin
The Thugs
The Headbangers
(Mosh and Thrasher)
Pin
Robert Gibson and Curtis Thompson

Final champions

Championship Last Recognized Champion From Until Notes
SMW Heavyweight Championship Tommy Rich May 22, 1992 1995 [2][28]
SMW "Beat The Champ" Television Championship Bobby Blaze December 12, 1992 1995 [28][29]
SMW Tag Team Championship The Heavenly Bodies
(Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray)
April 23, 1992 November 26, 1995 [3][28]
SMW United States Junior Heavyweight Championship Bobby Blaze September 13, 1993 July 29, 1994 [28][30]

+ After SMW closed, Brad Armstrong declared himself SMW champion and defended the SMW Heavyweight Championship in the United States Wrestling Association. He eventually lost the belt to Jerry Lawler on December 30, 1995.[2]

See also

References

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