SMW Heavyweight Championship

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SMW Heavyweight Championship
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Jerry Lawler, the last ever SMW Heavyweight Champion
Details
Promotion Smoky Mountain Wrestling
United States Wrestling Association
Date established May 22, 1992
Date retired December 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
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
style="background: #aaaaaa;" Indicates periods of unknown lineage
(NLT) Indicates that the championship changed hands "No Later Than" a certain date.
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Lee, BrianBrian Lee 1 May 22, 1992 78 Knoxville, Tennessee SMW Live event Defeated Paul Orndorff in a tournament final.  
2 The Dirty White Boy 1 August 8, 1992 237 Johnson City, Tennessee SMW Live event    
3 Smothers, TracyTracy Smothers 1 April 2, 1993 43 Pikeville, Kentucky SMW Live event This was a Tennessee Chain Match.  
Vacated N/A May 15, 1993 N/A N/A N/A Championship held up after a match against Tony Anthony.  
4 Smothers, TracyTracy Smothers 2 June 11, 1993 36 Knoxville, Tennessee SMW Live event Defeated Tony Anthony in a rematch.  
5 Lee, BrianBrian Lee 2 July 17, 1993 211 Johnson City, Tennessee SMW Live event   [4]
6 The Dirty White Boy 2 February 13, 1994 78 Knoxville, Tennessee SMW Live event This was a Tennessee Chain Match. [5]
7 Roberts, JakeJake Roberts 1 May 2, 1994 64 Harriman, Tennessee SMW Live event Aired May 14, 1994 on SMW TV.  
8 The Dirty White Boy 3 July 5, 1994 207 Warrensville, North Carolina SMW Live event This was a fictitious title change. Roberts had no-showed several events.  
9 Lawler, JerryJerry Lawler 1 January 28, 1995 29 Knoxville, Tennessee SMW Live event    
10 Blaze, BobbyBobby Blaze 1 February 26, 1995 41 Knoxville, Tennessee SMW Live event    
11 Landel, BuddyBuddy Landel 1 April 8, 1995 84 Johnson City, Tennessee SMW Live event Landel's watch, car and money was also on the line.  
Vacated N/A July 1, 1995 N/A N/A N/A Title held up after a match against Brad Armstrong  
12 Armstrong, BradBrad Armstrong 1 August 12, 1995 69 Johnson City, Tennessee SMW Live event Defeated Buddy Landel in a rematch. It was also a lumberjack match.  
13 Gordy, TerryTerry Gordy 1 October 20, 1995 34 Knoxville, Tennessee SMW Live event With Headbanger Thrasher, defeated Brad Armstrong and The Wolfman in a tag team match in which Armstrong's title was on the line.  
14 Armstrong, BradBrad Armstrong 2 November 23, 1995 2 Knoxville, Tennessee SMW Live event This was a Badstreet Death Match.  
15 Rich, TommyTommy Rich 1 November 25, 1995 1 Johnson City, Tennessee SMW Live event    
Abandoned N/A November 26, 1995 N/A N/A N/A SMW held its final event.  
16 Armstrong, BradBrad Armstrong 3 November 27, 1995 29 Memphis, Tennessee USWA Live event Armstrong did not defeat Rich for the title, but defended it the night after SMW closed at a United States Wrestling Association event.  
17 Lawler, JerryJerry Lawler 2 December 26, 1995 4 Louisville, Kentucky USWA Live event This title change was repeated on December 27, 1995 in Memphis, Tennessee.  
Abandoned N/A December 30, 1995 N/A N/A N/A Lawler's victory over Armstrong was recognized on television on. 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. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 

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