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Smoky Mountain Wrestling was an organization staging professional wrestling 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.
Smokey Mountain Champion

Smokey Mountain Championship

Smokey Mountain Tag Team Champion

Smokey Mountain Tag Team Championship

Smokey Mountain Jr. Champion

Smokey Mountain U.S. Jr. Championship


Cornette formed the promotion in 1991 upon leaving World Championship Wrestling with Stan Lane, one half of the legendary Midnight Express, Tim Horner and Sandy Scott. The promotion was backed financially by music producer Rick Rubin. The first events and TV tapings were held in October and November 1991. Matches from these shows were first shown in March 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, TN. The first Smoky Mountain Tag Team Champions were crowned in a tournament final on April 23, 1992 in Harrogate, TN when The Heavenly Bodies defeated The Fantastics. 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 1997. Cornette had initially envisioned a territory reaching from Kentucky into as far as South Carolina and Georgia. Those plans, however, never materialized. With the promotion's biggest towns being Knoxville, TN and Johnson City, TN, most of the stops on SMW tours included high school gyms and fairs in small cities off the beaten path such as Pikeville, KY; East Ridge, TN; Lenoir, NC; Saltville, VA, and Bluefield, WV. The promotion featured some of the most popular wrestlers in wrestling entertainment and served as a platform for young talent, including Bob Holly, New Jack, Al Snow, Balls Mahoney, Chris Jericho, Kane, Lance Storm, Chris Candido, Tammy Lynn Sytch, Brian James (B.G. James / The Road Dogg) and D'Lo Brown, but was not financially successful. Cornette eventually signed a working agreement with the WWF to trade talent, manage and serve as an on-air talent for that company. To many of his Smoky Mountain followers, Cornette had sold out to the enemy, working for a promotion whose style he had openly opposed. Cornette finally sold the promotion to the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), run by Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler.

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." This was in sharp contrast to Extreme Championship Wrestling and the WWF, 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 African American wrestlers New Jack and Mustafa would cut promos about activist Medgar Evers, use fried chicken and watermelons as props and win matches as a result of a two count (rather than the conventional three count), purportedly due to Affirmative Action. Additionally, SMW featured many violent and bloody matches that could be considered "hardcore" and several innovative angles.

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.

The last SMW show was on November 26, 1995. World Wrestling Entertainment now owns the SMW tape library.

Final champions

Championship Final Champion(s)
SMW Heavyweight Championship Jerry Lawler
SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship Bobby Blaze
SMW Tag Team Championship Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray
SMW United States Junior Heavyweight Championship Bobby Blaze

See also

External links

Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV Results
1992 results
1993 results


1994 results
1995 results
Smoky Mountain Wrestling events
1992 results

5/165/17Volunteer Slam I6/46/56/66/76/86/136/196/206/217/27/37/47/107/117/12Summer Blast7/187/198/58/68/7Fire On The Mountain8/98/218/229/49/59/69/79/129/199/2710/210/810/910/1710/2411/611/711/811/911/1311/1411/2011/21Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 1Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 2Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 3Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 412/412/5Christmas Chaos - Day 1Christmas Chaos - Day 2Christmas Chaos - Day 3

1993 results

1/151/161/171/221/232/52/62/112/122/132/192/202/212/262/273/53/63/113/123/183/193/203/213/253/263/273/283/294/1Bluegrass Brawl I4/34/84/94/104/154/164/174/184/224/234/244/294/305/15/65/75/8Volunteer Slam II5/10The Last Tango In Tennessee5/215/225/275/285/296/16/36/46/56/106/116/126/176/186/196/246/257/17/27/37/87/97/107/157/167/177/237/247/307/318/58/68/7Fire On The Mountain8/188/19K-Town Showdown8/218/218/278/289/19/39/49/49/59/119/129/179/189/239/249/25Big Apple Grapple10/210/710/710/810/910/910/1010/1610/2210/2311/411/511/611/1311/1911/20Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 1Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 2Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 3Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 412/312/412/1012/11Christmas Chaos - Day 1Christmas Chaos - Day 2Christmas Chaos - Day 3

1994 results

1/81/91/141/211/221/281/292/42/52/62/12Sunday Bloody Sunday2/182/192/252/263/33/43/53/6Marietta Debut3/113/123/133/153/173/183/193/213/253/26Bluegrass Brawl II4/24/74/84/94/144/154/174/214/224/234/294/305/35/55/75/85/135/145/155/19Volunteer Slam III5/215/225/275/286/26/46/106/116/126/136/166/176/186/246/257/17/27/37/47/77/87/97/147/167/227/237/277/297/30Night Of LegendsFire On The Mountain 19948/78/118/118/12King Of The Mountain Tournament8/198/208/258/269/19/29/39/89/109/169/179/199/229/239/24Big Apple Brawl10/110/710/1210/1310/1410/1510/2110/2910/2911/311/411/511/611/1011/12Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 1Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 2Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 3Thanksgiving Thunder - Day 412/112/212/312/912/12Christmas Chaos - Day 1Christmas Chaos - Day 2Christmas Chaos - Day 312/2912/30

1995 results

1/141/21Super Saturday Night FeverBrawl In The HallSunday Bloody Sunday IIBluegrass Brawl IIIFright Night4/204/214/225/45/55/6Volunteer Slam IVCharlotte MemoriesSummer Blast7/21SuperBowl of Wrestling8/5Fire On The MountainThanksgiving Thunder

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