Written By Alfredo Esparza
SMW TV #45 (12/5/1992)
Taped highlights from 11/26/1992 “Thanksgiving Thunder” show at the Memorial Gym in Hazard, Kentucky. Aired on 12/5/1992.
Bob Caudle and Dutch Mantell open this special edition episode covering the Thanksgiving Thunder ’92 tour with them airing matches that happened at some of the cities.
They start off by airing Battle Royal highlights from the 11/28 show. The final three in the match are The Dirty White Boy, The Nightstalker and Tracy Smothers. DWB and The Nightstalker work together against Smothers. They each take turns beating on Smothers. DWB tosses Smothers over the top but he holds on and gets back into the ring and attacks both DWB and The Nightstalker. They try to toss him out again but Smothers slides down and then gets back up and clotheslines both out of the ring to win the match.
Tracy Smothers then hands a kid a VCR that he won. Les Thatcher then enters the ring to interview Tracy Smothers who thanks everyone in SMW. Smothers vows to prove to everyone that he can succeed in wrestling.
Promos for Morristown, Tennessee featuring Tim Horner and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express.
Highlights from the handicap match from 11/28 between Danny Davis & Ronnie Garvin against Paul Orndorff. Garvin is shown beating on Orndorff with some hard chops. He goes for a piledriver but Orndorff reverses it. Garvin gets Orndorff with a sunset flip with Davis helping him out and they get the win over Orndorff. Orndorff knocks Garvin out of the ring. He then piledrives Davis! Garvin gets back in the ring and attacks Orndorff. Orndorff goes for a piledriver on Garvin but Horner makes the save.
Highlights from the 11/28 Lumberjack match between Tim Horner and The Dirty White Boy are shown next. Horner has the advantage but DWB tosses Horner to the outside. Orndorff beats on Horner outside the ring and tosses him back into the ring. Horner fights back against DWB. Orndorff tosses a foreign object at DWB and he punches Horner with it to get the win. Tracy Smothers goes over to talk to the referee. Garvin joins Horner to confront Orndorff and The Dirty White Boy but they both leave.
They follow with a backstage interview with Paul Orndorff and the Dirty White Boy. Phil Rainey tells Orndorff that he can’t believe he interfered in the lumberjack match and helped the Dirty White Boy. Orndorff tells him that is a lie and claims SMW has a conspiracy theory against him and DWB. DWB claims he beat Horner all by himself.
Tim Horner and Ronnie Garvin talk about how every time Horner has to wrestle the Dirty White Boy there is some interference and this time it was Orndorff. Horner asks Garvin to stand by his side to take on both. Garvin’s strategy is to get both Orndorff and DWB to lose their minds and that way they can get them out of wrestling.
Les Thatcher gives a rundown of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. The Heavenly Bodies series of matches. First match is a hospital elimination match held on 11/13 in Harland, Kentucky that was filmed by a fan and he loaned the video footage to SMW. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express win the SMW Tag Team titles in this match. Several wrestlers including Killer Kyle all get involved.
That’s then followed by highlights from the 11/28 Hazard, Kentucky Falls-Count-Anywhere match where the Heavenly Bodies regained the SMW Tag Team titles. Gibson takes on both Bodies as Morton is shown down on the mat. Morton recovers and he and Lane go to the outside. Referee Mark Curtis follows after them. Cornette interferes and helps Prichard with Gibson. Prichard covers Gibson for the pin but Gibson kicks out. Morton and Lane get back in the ring as Prichard and Gibson brawl outside. Morton does a dive to the outside on Prichard and also attacks Cornette. Cornette returns with a towel that he sprays with something and uses it on Morton. Prichard covers Morton outside the ring and gets the win.
Texas Death match was up next from Welch, West Virginia and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express regained the titles there in the 10th fall. There was no video of that match.
Next in their series was a Street Fight match on 11/29 in Johnson City, Tennessee. The Heavenly Bodies regain the titles in that match. They air highlights of the match with all four brawling in and out of the ring. Ricky Morton punches Cornette and sends him to the floor. Cornette picks u pa table and Lane tosses Morton into the table. Prichard and Gibson brawl on the other side of the ring. Cornette throws powder at Gibson’s face and then attacks Morton with a tennis racket. Referee gets knocked out.
Cornette and Lane tie up Morton by the neck to the bottom rope and they beat on him. Morton bleeds. The Heavenly Bodies double-team Robert Gibson. A ring assistant cuts Morton loose. Prichard places a plastic bag over Gibson’s head. Morton returns to the ring with a chair and attacks both Bodies. All four men are bleeding. Rock ‘n’ Roll Express bring in the table into the ring and toss the Bodies into the table. Gibson slingshots Cornette into the ring after he tossed his racket into the ring. Prichard accidentally hits Cornette with a lariat. Double dropkick by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express at Prichard. Lane and Morton brawl outside the ring. Gibson beats on Cornette while Prichard loads up his boot and kicks Gibson. Prichard gets the pin on Gibson.
Up next were highlights from the Barbed Wire Cage match from Knoxville, Tennessee from 11/29. Dr. Tom Prichard gets some powder and tosses it into Gibson’s eyes. Morton surprises Lane and gets the pin as Cornette tries to use the towel with ether to help the Bodies but it lands on Lane. Gibson sprays ether at Prichard. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express win back the SMW Tag Team titles.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express interview after winning the SMW Tag Team titles. Gibson thanks fans for their support. Morton talks about having won the titles three times and they want to get their hands on Jim Cornette.
SMW Commissioner Bob Armstrong joins Bob Caudle for an interview. He mentions next big show will be “Christmas Chaos” and want to make it a fan appreciation show. He mentions having promised The Stud Stable a SMW Tag Team title match against the Heavenly Bodies but the Bodies are no longer champions however the two teams will have a match.
“Down & Dirty with Dutch” with Jim Cornette and The Heavenly Bodies. Cornette claims they were ripped off by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. He thinks the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express are insane for wanting them in a 3-on-1 handicap match. Cornette brings out The Stud Stable and mentions how Armstrong is trying to instigate something between his friends. He mentions now that the Bodies are not tag team champions there isn’t any point to this match. Robert Fuller tells him that it is a contenders match. He doesn’t want to upset the Commissioner and suggest they have the match. Stan Lane talks about how much he admires them and says that the Stud Stable hasn’t gotten the exposure they have but he respects what they’ve done at the small local level. Jimmy Golden tells Lane that they’ve been champions and they are use to having wrestlers coming to them for matches. Prichard says they won’t break the rules and Cornette says there will be sportsmanship shown by both teams. Cornette tells Mantell that it’s too bad he won’t be there to see the match but Mantell tells him he will be there because he is a member of the Stud Stable now. Jim Cornette tells Mantell to stay on commentary but he decides to be in the Stud Stable’s corner for the match. They all shake hands.
They show highlights of the Mongolian Stomper vs. Kevin Sullivan match from the 11/28 Thanksgiving Thunder show. Wild brawl with both men battling outside the ring. They head into the crowd and into the stands. They head to the top deck and brawl all over the building. The Mongolian Stomper gets Sullivan in a submission hold but The Nighstalker makes the save. Sullivan and The Nightstalker beat on the Stomper. Sullivan knocks down the referee. Bobby Fulton and Robbie Eagle try to make the save but get tossed to the outside. The Dixie Dynamite and Tracy Smothers come out and Sullivan and The Nightstalker leave. Stomper attacks everyone in the ring.
Phil Rainey is joined by Bob Armstrong and they talk about how wild The Mongolian Stomper is and says Sullivan has a big problem. The Dixie Dynamite runs out of the locker room telling everyone that The Stomper is loose! The Stomper charges out and attacks Kevin Sullivan. Brawl ensues.
Morristown promos featuring The Dirty White Boy and Jim Cornette.
Bob Armstrong returns and talks with Bob Caudle about “Christmas Chaos”. He announces a triple main event with The Mongolian Stomper teaming with a partner against Kevin Sullivan and The Nighstalker, Ronnie Garvin & Tim Horner vs. The Dirty White Boy & Paul Orndorff and The Heavenly Bodies & Jim Cornette vs. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express in a handicap match.
Bob Caudle closes by mentioning next week’s main event will be The Dirty White Boy defending the SMW Heavyweight title against Tim Horner.
SHOW THOUGHTS: Excellent episode. They did a great job showing highlights from the Thanksgiving Thunder tour with focus on the main feuds that went on. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. Heavenly Bodies highlights were great. Also thought the Down & Dirty segment was well done with Jim Cornette & The Heavenly Bodies not really wanting to wrestle The Stud Stable and eventually agreeing to the match.