SMW TV for October 28, 1995
We open with footage from ringside from a handheld camera. "Halloween Scream, Friday, October 20, Knoxville" appears in the lower left hand corner of the screen as Public Enemy and the Godwinns do battle. The finish of their match plays out, as Phineas gets handcuffed to the ringside barricade. In the ring, Henry hits the Slop Drop on Rocco Rock but as he goes for the cover Johnny Grunge runs in and wallops Henry with the steel chair. He crumples, and Grunge makes the cover for the three count.
We cut to the SMW Studio, and Bob Caudle, joined on commentary this week by Buddy Landel.
Caudle: Smoky Mountain Wrestling television is on the air! Hello fans, I'm Bob Caudle, joined this week by Buddy Landel. And Buddy, we just saw that we have new SMW Tag Team Champions... the Public Enemy. Today they put the titles on the line, Buddy, against Jerry Lynn and Joey Maggs.
Landel: Lynn and Maggs just need to ask themselves one question... "Table for one?" Hehehe...
Caudle: Halloween Scream also saw Unabom successfully defend his SMW Heavyweight Title, but that match certainly was controversial and we're going to take a look at that later.
Landel: But Bob, don't forget! Later in the episode... we're gonna have a celebration for our new SMW TV Champion! My good friend Dirty Dutch Mantel will be here and I can't wait to congratulate him in person for the biggest win in his career!
Caudle: Plus, the television debut of Hunter Hearst Helmsley. All that and more, but ight now we've got our first match lined up, so let's go to the ring!
James Stone vs. Sgt. Craig Pittman
The match starts out with Pittman using his size advantage to bully and strong-arm Stone, but Stone comes fighting back. Most of the match actually plays out on the mat, with Pittman focusing on the left arm to try and set up his Code Red armbar. Each time Stone is able to defend. Finally Pittman gets frustrated and starts clobbering Stone. He again goes for the armbar, but Stone is able to slither free, hooks Pittman in a rolling cradle and ensnares him for the 1... 2... 3!
The studio audience ERUPTS at the big win by Stone, but he has zero time to celebrate it as Pittman delivers a wicked boot to the head before Stone can even stand. Pittman hammers Stone with punches and kicks as the referee tries to stop him. Pittman then gets down into the face of his semi-conscious foe, screaming "YOU'RE WORTHLESS!' at him repeatedly before rolling out of the ring, sneering, and heading to the back.
Back from the commercial break, and Caudle cues up footage from night 2 of Halloween Scream, and the SMW Heavyweight Title Match between Unabom and Brad Armstrong. We see Robert Fuller save Unabom from the figure four, which sends Armstrong to the outside of the ring only to get sent headfirst into the post by the champion.
Caudle: There you have it, fans... definitely a controversial outcome there in Morristown. Buddy, if you ask me, Unabom would have lost that title if it wasn't for Robert Fuller... I--
Caudle doesn't get another word in before Fuller comes storming into the shot.
Fuller: Listen here, Caudle! I'm the minority owner of Smoky Mountain Wrestling, and I'm not gonna stand back there and hear you libel me. You understand? Trust me, you can be replaced just like that! *snaps fingers* Now, as for Unabom... he's not just my champion, he's become like an understudy to me. I'm his mentor. Heck, you might say I'm like a father figure to the young man... and I think it's best for a promising young wrestler like him to face fresh competition. So, now that Brad Armstrong has had his rematch, and lost, it's time to move on to fresh opponents...
This brings Commissioner Bob Armstrong into the shot, and Armstrong is taking his glasses off before he even makes it all the way to the broadcast position.
Armstrong: Now you listen here, you yella belly carpet bagger! Smoky Mountain Wrestling was doing just fine before you came along, and started throwing Ted Turner's dollars into the pile. You've poisoned this locker room, and you've poisoned this whole territory! But when your actions get my boy hurt... my flesh and blood... you've crossed the line! I'm gonna--
Fuller: Go ahead Bob! Do it! Hit me! C'mon, do it! Put your hands on a minority owner of this company, and you'll be fired so fast it'll make your head spin! And just for spite, I'll fire your son, too! So go ahead!
The studio audience is screaming for Armstrong to hit him, but he backs down.
Armstrong: You know, Fuller, I don't have to beat you up. Lord knows I've done that enough times right here in this very town. But my boy, he's still ready to fight. And you might be the minority owner, but I'm still the Commissioner. I still make the matches... and I say that Brad gets one more shot at Unabom, for that SMW title... next week.
Fuller: Fine with me, Bob! You wanna line up your boy like a lamb to the slaughter, then be my guest! But I'll add THIS... if Armstrong loses, and he will, then he will not get another shot at the Smoky Mountain Title for a full year!
Armstrong: You've got yourself a deal! But if those are the stakes, then it's gonna be no countout... no DQ... no time limit... there MUST be a winner!
They storm off in opposite directions.
Caudle: More action when we return!
Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Duane Gill
Helmsley comes out in his waistcoat and earns the immediate wrath of the studio audience with his curtsy after stepping through the curtain. He gets in the ring and curtsys again... then removes his coat and turns and BLASTS Gill with a running clothesline! Helmsley shows a real vicious streak here, showing Gill no quarter before finishing him with his double underhook facebuster maneuver.
Helmsley strolls to the ringside broadcast position after the win but, when Caudle approaches for an interview, Helmsley just sneers and walks away.
Back from the break, and Queen's 'We Are The Champions" is playing. Dutch Mantell bursts through the curtain, holding the SMW TV Title over his head. Mantell keeps screaming "I Did It!" and does a victory lap around the squared circle.
Caudle: This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen...
Landel: Dutch Mantell is proud of his title win. He's proud of being a champion here in Smoky Mountain. What's wrong with that?!?
Caudle: Because he didn't even wrestle anybody to win it, Buddy! He was the last man in a Gauntlet, and by the time he entered, everyone else had been eliminated!
Mantell gets into the ring, motioning to the broadcast positon and Buddy Landel comes with a microphone.
Mantell: Thank you, thank you... thank you all for all of your support! You know, this win's just not for me... this title is for everyone. It's for the little people! Sky Lo Lo... the Haiti Kid... and Little Beaver. Being a champion here should MEAN something. And I wanna be a fighting champion! You know, it's been tradition for the TV Champ to defend against a random opponent each week, and I say we start that right here and right now.... in this ring... starting NEXT WEEK! That's right! Be ready! Next week, I will put this title on the reign and become the GREATEST TV Champion in the history of television itself!
SMW Tag Title Match
Public Enemy defend vs. Jerry Lynn & Joey Maggs
Lynn and Maggs already are in the ring as Public Enemy make their entrance. They've got the title belts secured around their necks, and they're carrying a table. One of the cameras catches a glimpse of the table, which has two names written on it, then crossed out:
Landell: Lots of room for more names on that table!
The match itself starts out even, with Lynn and Rock going back and forth in an exchange of holds and moves. Grunge makes a blind tag into the match, however, and a clothesline to the back of Lynn's head gives the champs the upper hand. The studio audience gets behind Lynn, even as Rock and Grunge beat him down with clubbering, double teams and some high impact slams and suplexes. Lynn's able to fight them off, though, and finally tags Maggs into the match! Maggs is in like a house afire, dropkicking Grunge out of the ring, hitting a huge back bodydrop on Rock followed by another dropkick and a slam. Grunge up on the floor, and Lynn comes into the ring, leaping with a suicide dive to level Johnny Grunge! Maggs has Rocco Rock isolated in the ring! And he hits a flying cross body! One... two... Rock kicks out! Maggs motioning to Lynn now, they come into the ring, hook Rock... DOUBLE DDT! Maggs with the cover. One... Two... Grunge in to break up the pin! Lynn goes to fight him off, Grunge pokes him in the eye and dumps him out to the floor. Grunge then hits a high angle back suplex on Maggs, and combines with Rocco to hit the Drive By on Maggs for the three count.
After the match, Public Enemy bring the table into the ring. Rocco props it up in the corner, as Grunge scoops Maggs for a bearhug... then charges right across the ring, DRIVING MAGGS THROUGH THE TABLE! Maggs collapses in a lifeless heap in the wreckage of the table! Grunge and Rock talking as Lynn crawls into the ring, checking on his partner. Public Enemy turn and assault Lynn, who withers under the stomps and punches of both men. And now Rocco Rock out of the ring... he's looking for another table! Rocco looking under the ring...
Caudle: HEY WAIT!
Before the attack continues, RICKY MORTON and ROBERT GIBSON come storming into the studio! The Rock & Roll Express start slugging it out with Public Enemy!
Caudle: Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson HAVE RETURNED! And we've got maybe the greatest tag team ever fighting it out with the current tag champs! I don't know if this brawl is ever gonna stop! Fans, we are out of time! Unabom defends against Brad Armstrong next week!
The fight between the four men continues as the show ends.