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Wrestling: SMW

"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 Producer Rick 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":

  • Action Girl: Sgt. Rock (Jacqueline)
  • Alliterative Name: Several.
    • Bruiser Bedlam
    • Billy Black
    • Bobby Blaze
    • Boo Bradley
    • Chris Cometnote 
    • Danny Davisnote 
    • Dixie Dynamite (Scott Armstrong under a mask)
    • Derek Domino
    • Killer Kyle
  • Angry Black Men/Scary Black Men/Politically Incorrect Villains: This is where the Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa, w/D-Lo Brown and Killer Kyle) came together as a tag team whose whole act was based on playing on the racial fears of SMW's very white audiences.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kevin Sullivan.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Chris Candido
  • Captain Ersatz/Writing Around Trademarks: Brian Hildebrand as Cowabunga the Ninja Turtle.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Bob Armstrong as "The Bullet."
  • Crossover:
    • The Rock N Roll Express d. SMW Tag Team Champions the Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane/Tom Prichard) by DQ at WCW SuperBrawl III, February 21, 1993.
    • As part of SMW's relationship with WWE, WWE wrestlers would sometimes appear on SMW shows.
      • The Heavenly Bodies (Prichard/Jimmy Del Ray) d. the Rock N Roll Express for the SMW Tag Team Titles at WWE Survivor Series 1993.
  • Deep South/Sweet Home Alabama: Based in Tennessee, also did shows in Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.
  • 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.
  • Facial Markings: The Tazmaniac, Kevin Sullivan
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff and Vladimir Koloff made some appearances in late 1991 and early 1992, even after the Soviet Union was dissolved.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • Cornette's "union", Federation of International Thugs and Eliminators.
    • Tracy Smothers and the Dirty White Boy's Tag Team the T.H.U.G.S. had the following Catch Phrase:
    "T is for Terrible
    H is for Hell
    U is for Ugly
    G is for Gaol cuz a THUG can't spell!"note 
  • 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.
    • Mle 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.
  • Parts Unknown: Rick Davis, from "P.O. Box 43."
  • Power Stable:
    • Armstrong's Army (all five family members, plus the Rock N Roll Express and Tracy Smothers)
    • The Stud Stable (Robert Fuller, Jimmy Golden, "Dirty" Dutch Mantel)
    • The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane, Tom Prichard, Bobby Eaton and Jimmy Del Ray, w/Cornette)
    • Cornette's Criminals (Cornette, Kevin Sullivan, the Tazmaniac, Prichard, Del Ray,Bruiser Bedlam, the Bruise Brothers [Ron and Don Harris], The Moondogs [Spot and Cujo])
    • Cornette's Army (Cornette, Unabomb, Terry Gordy, Buddy Landel, Al Snow, Robert Gibson, the Punisher [Barry "Recon"/"Bull" Buchanan], Sgt. Rock, Tommy Rich, Prichard, Del Ray).
    • F.I.T.E. (Federation of International Thugs and Eliminators) (Cornette, the Funk Brothers, Bruiser Bedlam, Killer Kyle, "Conan" Chris Walker)
  • Rated M for Manly: It was a promotion filled with old school southern brawlers and tough guys, what else would you expect?
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Commissioner "Bullet" Bob Armstrong, except, of course, if you were Cornette or Kevin Sullivan.
  • Ricky Morton: Well, duh. You can't have the Rock N Roll Express win the SMW Tag Team Titles 10 times without the Trope Namer.
  • Ring Oldies: Bob Armstrong, "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr., the Moondogs, Dick Murdoch, the Mongolian Stomper, the Funk Brothers (Terry and Dory Jr.), the Stud Stable...
    • Then, of course, there was Prince Kharis, who was supposed to be 4,000 years old.
  • Samurai: Kendo the Samurai, a masked gimmick first used by "White Lightning" Tim Horner, later done by Bobby Blaze, Scott Antol (WCW's Scotty Riggs) and others.
  • Squash Match: The TV show was usually made up of these.
  • Tag Team Twins:
    • The Bruise Brothers (Ron and Don)
    • The Batten Twins (Bart and Brad)
  • Talk Show with Fists: "Down and Dirty with Dutch Mantel"
  • Thanksgiving Episode: One of SMW's big annual events was Thanksgiving Thunder.
  • Tournament Arc: The King of Kentucky tournament was held on June 24, 1993, with Brian Lee defeating Tracy Smothers in the final.
  • World's Strongest Man: Doug Furnas was billed as this.
  • Wrestling Family: This being a promotion in Tennessee, there were a few:
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Subverted, in that they are one of the few promotions the NWA came to for help and then turned away from when they were no longer needed.
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