SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship

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SMW "Beat the Champ" Television Championship
Tracy Smothers.jpg
Tracy Smothers was the first SMW "Beat the Champ" Television Champion
Details
Promotion Smoky Mountain Wrestling
Date established December 12, 1992
Date retired April 29, 1995

The SMW "Beat the Champ" Television Championship was the secondary singles championship for the Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) professional wrestling promotion. The title was created in 1992 and was active until SMW closed its doors on November 26, 1995. The storyline concept of the title was that the champion would defend his title every week against a "randomly drawn" opponent. For each successful defense of the belt, the wrestler won $1,000, and if the champion could win five title matches in a row, including the title win, then the title was vacated and the champion received a $5,000 bonus. In reality, the opponents were predetermined, and the winner never received the bonus. Moreover, the title was never represented by a belt.[1][2] Because the championship is a professional wrestling championship, it is not won or lost competitively but instead by the decision of the bookers of a wrestling promotion. The championship is awarded after the chosen team "wins" a match to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport.[3]

Title history[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
# The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed.
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Smothers, TracyTracy Smothers 1 December 12, 1992 58 Morristown, Tennessee SMW Live event Defeated Jimmy Golden, The Dirty White Boy and Killer Kyle in a four-way elimination tournament final. Aired January 16, 1993 on SMW TV  
2 The Nightstalker 1 February 8, 1993 0 Jellico, Tennessee SMW Live event Aired February 20, 1993 on SMW TV  
3 Horner, TimTim Horner 1 February 8, 1993 21 Jellico, Tennessee SMW Live event Aired March 6, 1993 on SMW TV  
4 Eaton, BobbyBobby Eaton 1 March 1, 1993 49 Sevierville, Tennessee SMW Live event Aired March 27, 1993 on SMW TV  
5 Brian Lee 1 April 19, 1993 55 Barbourville, Kentucky SMW Live event Aired May 1 1993 on SMW TV  
Vacated N/A June 7, 1993 N/A N/A N/A Lee won five consecutive matches.  
6 Blaze, BobbyBobby Blaze 1 June 7, 1993 21 Cumberland, Kentucky SMW Live event Defeated The Dirty White Boy. Aired June 26, 1993 on SMW TV  
7 The Dirty White Boy 1 June 28, 1993 49 Buchanan County, Virginia SMW Live event Won the title under a mask as The Mighty Yankee. Aired July 17, 1993 on SMW TV  
Vacated N/A August 16, 1993 N/A N/A N/A The Dirty White Boy won five consecutive title matches.  
8 Del Ray, JimmyJimmy Del Ray 1 August 16, 1993 28 Clinton, Tennessee SMW Live event Defeated Ricky Morton. Aired September 4, 1993 on SMW TV  
9 Robert Gibson 1 September 13, 1993 0 Oakwood, Virginia SMW Live event Aired September 18, 1993 on SMW TV  
10 The Dirty White Boy 2 September 13, 1993 18 Oakwood, Virginia SMW Live event Aired September 25, 1993 on SMW TV  
Vacated N/A October 1, 1993 N/A N/A N/A The Dirty White Boy voluntarily surrendered the championship, claiming he didn't want to wrestle anyone but Brian Lee.  
11 Horner, TimTim Horner 2 October 4, 1993 63 Jellico, Tennessee SMW Live event Defeated Juicy Johnny. Aired November 6, 1993 on SMW TV  
Vacated N/A December 6, 1993 N/A N/A N/A Horner injured by Prince Kharis  
12 Smothers, TracyTracy Smothers 2 December 6, 1993 0 Jefferson, North Carolina SMW Live event Defeated Jimmy Del Ray. Aired December 11, 1993 on SMW TV  
13 Candido, ChrisChris Candido 1 December 6, 1993 35 Jefferson, North Carolina SMW Live event Aired January 8, 1994 on SMW TV  
14 Eagle, RobbieRobbie Eagle 1 January 10, 1994 28 Chilhowie, Virginia SMW Live event Aired February 5, 1994 on SMW TV  
15 The Hornet 1 February 7, 1994 0 Jellico, Tennessee SMW Live event Aired February 26, 1994 on SMW TV  
16 Killer Kyle 1 February 7, 1994 28 Jellico, Tennessee SMW Live event Aired March 12, 1994 on SMW TV  
17 Mike Furnas 1 March 7, 1994 28 Dungannon, Virginia SMW Live event Aired March 19, 1994 on SMW TV  
18 Bruiser Bedlam 1 April 4, 1994 28 Clinton, Tennessee SMW Live event Aired April 16, 1994 on SMW TV  
Vacated N/A May 2, 1994 N/A N/A N/A Bedlam won five consecutive title matches.  
19 Kendo the Samurai 3 May 2, 1994 36 Harriman, Tennessee SMW Live event Defeated Chris Hamrick in a tournament final. Aired June 6, 1994 on SMW TV  
20 Smothers, TracyTracy Smothers 3 June 7, 1994 28 Loudon, Tennessee SMW Live event Bobby Blaze, not Tim Horner, played Kendo the Samurai in this match. Aired June 18, 1994 on SMW TV  
Vacated N/A July 5, 1994 N/A N/A N/A Smothers won five consecutive title matches.  
21 Candido, ChrisChris Candido 2 July 5, 1994 34 Ashe County, North Carolina SMW Live event Defeated Scott Studd. Aired July 23, 1994 on SMW TV  
22 Storm, LanceLance Storm 1 August 8, 1994 28 Saltville, Virginia SMW Live event Aired August 27, 1994 on SMW TV  
23 Boo Bradley 1 September 5, 1994 28 Cumberland, Kentucky SMW Live event Aired September 24, 1994 on SMW TV  
24 Scott Studd 1 October 3, 1994 0 Morganton, North Carolina SMW Live event Aired October 15, 1994 on SMW TV  
25 Anderson, BryantBryant Anderson 1 October 3, 1994 35 Morganton, North Carolina SMW Live event Aired October 29, 1994 on SMW TV  
Vacated N/A November 7, 1994 N/A N/A N/A Anderson won five consecutive title matches.  
26 Lee, BrianBrian Lee 2 November 8, 1994 27 Oakwood, Virginia SMW Live event Defeated The Nightmare (Ted Allen). Aired December 10, 1994 on SMW TV  
27 Landel, BuddyBuddy Landel 1 December 5, 1994 63 Princeton, West Virginia SMW Live event Aired December 31, 1994 on SMW TV  
Vacated N/A February 6, 1995 N/A N/A N/A Landel won five consecutive title matches.  
28 Boo Bradley 2 February 6, 1995 0 Lenoir, North Carolina SMW Live event Defeated The Wolfman. Aired February 18, 1995 on SMW TV  
29 Billy Black 1 February 6, 1995 28 Lenoir, North Carolina SMW Live event Aired March 4, 1995 on SMW TV  
Vacated N/A March 6, 1995 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated when Black left SMW.  
30 Killer Kyle 2 March 6, 1995 38 Lenoir, North Carolina SMW Live event Defeated Boo Bradley. Aired March 25, 1995 on SMW TV  
31 Blaze, BobbyBobby Blaze 2 April 13, 1995 37 Warrensville, North Carolina SMW Live event Aired April 29, 1995 on SMW TV  
Abandoned N/A May 20, 1995 N/A N/A N/A Blaze last defended the title that same night, defeating Al Snow, the title was never mentioned again.  

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ "SMW Title Histories". ProWrestlingHistory.com. Retrieved 2007-07-14. 
  3. ^ Ed Grabianowski. "How Pro Wrestling Works". How Stuff Works. Retrieved April 5, 2009.