"Don't change that channel all that flippin' around! You're about to see the hottest show in town. The biggest stars and the biggest brawls The biggest hits and the biggest falls. Non stop action no messin' around, pretty soon we're comin' to your town. The way you like it way it used to be...Smoky Mountain Wrestling's on TV."
Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) was Jim Cornette's own Professional Wrestling promotion based in Knoxville, TN, running from October 1991 through December 1995. Cornette established the promotion after having cut ties with WCW, with initial financial backing from Record ProducerRick Rubin. SMW emphasized an old-school mentality, with clear Faces and Heels. In 1993, Cornette established a working relationship with WWE, leading to him making his surprise debut on the August 2 (taped July 25) episode of Monday Night Raw. Eventually, dwindling audiences led to the promotion shutting down at the end of 1995.Along with various Ring Oldies, SMW also provided early exposure for Glen Jacobs, best known in WWE as Kane, Chris Candido and Tammy "Sunny" Sytch (here as Tammy Fytch), Jonathan Rechner (here as Boo Bradley, better known as ECW's Balls Mahoney), as well as introducing the U.S. to the Thrillseekers (Chris Jericho and Lance Storm).As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.
"Tropes the way you like them, the way they used to be":
Chris Cometnote Better known as Chris Michaels/Sir Richard Michaels in the early days of ECW and subsequently around Tennessee.
Danny Davisnote Memphis legend best known for his work in the tag team the Nightmares and later co-founder of WWE's former developmental promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling, not the evil 1980s WWE referee.
Enemy Mine: The Gangstas pushed Cornette to the point that he actually aligned himself with his perennial nemeses the Rock N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson), and even led to THE UNDERTAKER coming in to team with Tracy Smothers against them at SMW Bluegrass Brawl III, April 7, 1995, and with Smothers and "Bullet" Bob Armstrong at SMW Fright Night, April 8, 1995.
"T is for Terrible H is for Hell U is for Ugly G is for Gaol cuz a THUG can't spell!"note Gaol is actually an old British spelling of jail.
Gimmick Matches: Cage matches, street fights, taped fist matches, battle royals, falls count anywhere matches, first blood matches, Singapore spike (courtesy of Kevin Sullivan) matches, etc.
Loser Leaves Town: As one example: At The Last Tango in Tennessee, May 15, 1993, the Rock N Roll Express d. the Heavenly Bodies (Lane/Prichard) for the SMW Tag Team Titles in a "Loser of the fall leaves SMW" match when Gibson pinned Lane.
Mêlée à Trois: As one example: The Rock N Roll Express d. Dutch Mantel/Jimmy Golden and the Heavenly Bodies (Lane/Prichard) in a three-way match at SMW's March 28, 1993 show.
Identity Impersonator: Al Snow faced Ricky Morton once in a cage match, which can be found here, so that Unabomb, who was masked and supposedly chained outside, couldn't interfere. Unabomb (Jacobs) did, coming up through the mat from under the ring. The masked Unabomb here was Barry "Recon"/"Bull" Buchanan.
Mummy: Prince Kharis, real name Rob Mayze, who had about as much staying power as other mummy gimmicks had. There was one slight bit of cleverness though. He "bled" sand.
Ninja: The Black Ninja (Larry Santo) d. Bob Armstrong in a "Jim Cornette vs. Bob Armstrong Loser Leaves Town Match" on September 17, 1993, though a second ninja (actually Bob's son Brian) was the one who scored the pinfall.