Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Edward Pardue
Aug. 5, 1994, Smoky Mountain Wrestling drew a sellout crowd of five
thousand rabid fans for a night of wrestling that will go down in
history. The event, dubbed "The Night of Legends" by SMW
owner, Jim Cornette, paid homage to the superstars of yesteryear while
allowing the current talent of SMW to shine.
highlight of "The Night of Legends" was the six man
"Coward waves the flag" match. With no disqualifications, no
pinfalls, no submissions allowed, the only way to win was to beat the
opposing team so badly that their appointed corner man could no longer
bear to see his team in such agony that he waved a white flag of
surrender to end the match. The "heel" team of Dory, Jr. and
Terry Funk and Bruiser Bedlam chose as their corner man, manager
extraordinaire, Jim Cornette. "Corny" promised he didn't care
about the health of his men; he just wanted to win the match.
the opposing team were "Bullet" Bob Armstrong and Tracy
Smothers. Armstrong and Smothers knew Cornette was true to his word
about not caring about the well being of his team, so they chose a man
to be in their corner who, in the words of Cornette, had a " ...
heart colder than a banker's smile ...", the "King of
Kingsport" Ron Wright. Ron Wright didn't give a continental damn if
the Funks tore off Tracy Smothers's right arm and beat Bob Armstrong to
death with it, he wouldn't wave the white flag no matter what happened.
third man was needed to round out the "babyface" team. Both
Scott and Steve Armstrong volunteered to help their father in his quest
for retribution. "Bullet" Bob declined both his sons, as he
said that would be tantamount to picking a favorite son and ALL his sons
were his favorite. When Armstrong announced who the third man was...
well, let's just say thank God "Corny” wasn't wearing khakis!!
Armstrong chose a man Cornette knew very well indeed, as Cornette
took a twenty foot plunge from a scaffold due to this man and his
partner years earlier. Armstrong chose Road Warrior Hawk.
Smothers and Hawk defeated the Funks and Bruiser Bedlam in one of the
wildest matches Knoxville had seen in a long time. The match more than
lived up to the hype as all six men went all out for the sellout crowd.
A truly great match that will more than likely never happen again.