SMW Heavyweight Championship

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SMW Heavyweight Championship
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Jerry Lawler, the last ever SMW Heavyweight Champion
Details
PromotionSmoky Mountain Wrestling
United States Wrestling Association
Date establishedMay 22, 1992
Date retiredDecember 30, 1995

The SMW Heavyweight Championship was the major singles title in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. It existed from 1992 until 1996 when SMW folded. "Dirty White Boy" Tony Anthony held the title the most times with three reigns. The United States Wrestling Association briefly recognized the SMW Heavyweight Championship as part of a USWA vs. SMW feud in late 1995, before abandoning the title.[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
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Brian Lee May 22, 1992 Volunteer Slam[4] Knoxville, Tennessee 1 78 Defeated Paul Orndorff in a tournament final.  
2 The Dirty White Boy August 8, 1992 Fire on the Mountain[5] Johnson City, Tennessee 1 237    
3 Tracy Smothers April 2, 1993 Bluegrass Brawl[6] Pikeville, Kentucky 1 43 This was a Tennessee Chain Match.  
Vacated May 15, 1993 Championship held up after a match against Tony Anthony.  
4 Tracy Smothers June 11, 1993 SMW Live event Knoxville, Tennessee 2 36 Defeated Tony Anthony in a rematch.  
5 Brian Lee July 17, 1993 SMW Live event Johnson City, Tennessee 2 211   [7]
6 The Dirty White Boy February 13, 1994 Sunday Bloody Sunday[8] Knoxville, Tennessee 2 78 This was a Tennessee Chain Match. [9]
7 Jake Roberts May 2, 1994 SMW Live event Harriman, Tennessee 1 64 Aired May 14, 1994 on SMW TV.  
8 The Dirty White Boy July 5, 1994 SMW Live event Warrensville, North Carolina 3 207 This was a fictitious title change. Roberts had no-showed several events.  
9 Jerry Lawler January 28, 1995 Super Saturday Night Fever[10] Knoxville, Tennessee 1 29  Aired February 4, 1995 on SMW TV  
10 Bobby Blaze February 26, 1995 Sunday Bloody Sunday II[11] Knoxville, Tennessee 1 41  Aired March 11, 1995 on SMW TV  
11 Buddy Landel April 8, 1995 Fright Night[12] Johnson City, Tennessee 1 84 Landel's watch, car and money was also on the line. Aired on April 15, 1995 on SMW TV.  
Vacated July 1, 1995 Title held up after a match against Brad Armstrong  
12 Brad Armstrong August 12, 1995 Fire on the Mountain IV[13] Johnson City, Tennessee 1 69 Defeated Buddy Landel in a rematch. It was also a lumberjack match. Aired on August 26, 1995 on SMW TV.  
13 Terry Gordy October 20, 1995 Halloween Scream 1995 tour[14] Knoxville, Tennessee 1 34 With Headbanger Thrasher, defeated Brad Armstrong and The Wolfman in a tag team match in which Armstrong's title was on the line.  
14 Brad Armstrong November 23, 1995 Thanksgiving Thunder 1995 tour[15] Knoxville, Tennessee 2 2 This was a Badstreet Death Match.  
15 Tommy Rich November 25, 1995 Thanksgiving Thunder tour[16] Johnson City, Tennessee 1 1    
Deactivated November 26, 1995 SMW held its final event.
16 Brad Armstrong November 27, 1995 USWA Live event Memphis, Tennessee 3 29 Armstrong did not defeat Rich for the title, but defended it the night after SMW closed at a United States Wrestling Association event.  
17 Jerry Lawler December 26, 1995 USWA Live event Louisville, Kentucky 2 4 This title change was repeated on December 27, 1995, in Memphis, Tennessee.  
Deactivated December 30, 1995 Lawler's victory over Armstrong was recognized on television. Following this mention, the title was abandoned, as it was never mentioned again.

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.
  4. ^ http://prowrestlinghistory.com/
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  6. ^ http://prowrestlinghistory.com/
  7. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 17, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history, Kangaroos, Gagne vs. Kiniski in Hawaii, Gordy wins Triple Crown, Hogan wins WCW title from Flair at Bash at the Beach, famous Punk vs. Cena Chicago bout". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  8. ^ http://prowrestlinghistory.com/
  9. ^ Hoops, Brian (February 13, 2017). "On this day in pro wrestling history (Feb 13): Shawn Michaels loses his smile". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  10. ^ http://prowrestlinghistory.com/
  11. ^ http://prowrestlinghistory.com/
  12. ^ http://prowrestlinghistory.com/
  13. ^ http://prowrestlinghistory.com/
  14. ^ http://prowrestlinghistory.com/
  15. ^ http://prowrestlinghistory.com/
  16. ^ http://prowrestlinghistory.com/

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