You are here: Home>Regional Territories>SMW>#12


Search Kayfabe Memories

Regional Territories 4

This section contains monthly articles on over two dozen territories. To relive those wonderful days of old, click here.

Wrestlers 4

Enter this section for bios/profiles of various wrestlers from the regional days. To find more out about your favorite pro wrestler, click here.

Stories 4

This section contains stories from the pros themselves told exclusively to Kayfabe Memories. Want to know more as told from the wrestlers themselves? Click here.

Old School Book Reviews4

Click here to find various book reviews from old school wrestlers. 

KM Links 4
For tons of links to old school related sites, click here.
KM Micro Wrestlers4
What are Micro Wrestlers?  Click here  
to find out.
KM Interviews... 4
Click here to read exclusive interviews with stars from the regional territories.
 

View Old Guestbook

 
 

www.kayfabememories.com is 2004 AtomDesigns. All promotional art, characters, logos and other depictions are their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.

All contents save Wrestler Stories are Kayfabe Memories.

Website designed and maintained by  AtomDesigns 2004 . If you experience any problems with this site or have any questions, please contact the Webmaster.

 

 - Edward Pardue

In 1995, Smoky Mountain Wrestling put on some of the best wrestling of any federation. While the WWF was too busy having Jerry Lawler kiss Bret Hart's feet and WCW was letting their guys fall off tops of arenas, Jim Cornette and his crew were still the local boys at the neighborhood bar you could count on for a good, old school brawl or two.

At the start of 1995, things weren't looking so good for the company. The top indy worker at the time, veteran " Hotstuff " Eddie Gilbert, having just arrived in SMW barely a month before passed away of a heart attack in Puerto Rico. This was NOT a good thing, because Eddie Gilbert was a booking genius, and Cornette could've desperately have benefited from Gilbert helping with the book. When only a thousand fans showed up for SUNDAY, BLOODY SUNDAY II in Knoxville, Tn. Cornette started to get a little bit nervous, having drew well over three times that the past year. Still, SMW boasted a great crew and bravely pressed onward into its final year. 

Cornette at this point was helping Bob Armstrong, and The Gangstas were the hottest heels to hit the territory. The Rock and Roll Express were feuding with Al Snow and Unabomb ( Kane, from the WWF ) for the SMW tag team titles. 

" Nature Boy " Buddy Landel was battling Bobby Blaze for ten grand, a rolex, a car and the top spot in SMW. The Undertaker (!) was about to make his SMW debut even... SMW may have been down, but it was far from out.

Terry Funk returned to help Bob Armstrong defeat the Gangstas, Tracy Smothers and Tony Anthony formed The T.H.U.G.S (to find out what a T.H.U.G is, see my column from a few months ago...) and Cornette turned on Armstrong and formed his " Militia ", which would grow to include Barry " The Punisher " Buchannan, Tommy Rich, Snow and Unabomb, " Freebird " Terry Gordy, SMW Champion Buddy Landel (who walked out on Cornette), Sgt. Rock (Jackie, from the WWF) and the returning Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray).

In August of 1995, Knoxville, Tn. played host to The Superbowl of Wrestling.  This card was a SELL OUT, featuring stars from MANY promotions... Marty Jannety (MTW champion), Billy Jack Haynes, PG-13 (USWA), Dan Severn (NWA) and even The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels (from the WWF) as well as the SMW guys.  More...

If you'd like to discuss the SMW region with other fans, please visit the KM Message Board

KM DVD/VHS Store 4
Click here to purchase DVD or VHS products direct from the official distributors.
KM Replica Masks 4
Click here to purchase pro quality replica wrestling masks of all your favorite old school masked wrestlers.   
KM Store 4
The KM Store now features products featuring the GCW logo as well as some other very cool images.  To see what's new and to purchase T-Shirts, ball caps, mouse pads and more, click here
KM Message Board 4

Want to chat with other fans of regional wrestling? This message board has forums for over two dozen promotions. Click here.

KM Belt Gallery 4

This section contains an extensive title belt gallery... images of heavyweight, tag, U.S. and various regional title belts.  To view it, click here.

Old School Tape Review 4

Reviews of various PPV's, commercial tapes and regional wrestling TV shows are available in this section. To read more, click here.

 

Website designed & maintained by

 

 

Thanks for visiting!