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SMW TV #53 (1/30/1993)

Written By Alfredo Esparza

SMW TV #53 (1/30/1993)

Taped 1/18/1993 at the Rec Center in Newton, NC. Aired on 1/30/1993.

Bob Caudle and “Dirty” Dutch Mantell are on commentary. Mantell has more signs but drops one while Caudle is doing the introduction. He mentions that his team of Fuller & Golden will get a shot at the SMW Tag Team Titles tonight. Mantell pulls a name out of a hat to decide who will wrestle Tracy Smothers in the Beat The Champ match on this show and it ends up being Brad Batten.

“White Lightning” Tim Horner vs. The Dark Secret

Horner gets The Dark Secret in a wristlock. The Dark Secret escapes but gets caught in a series of armdrags and a dropkick that send him to the outside. He gets back in the ring and Horner continues to control the match. The Dark Secret gets Horner in the corner but gets a whip reversed and Horner is back in control of the match with Dark Secret in an armbar.

Test of strength as The Dark Secret tries to escape but Horner with another takedown and he gets him back in an armlock. The Dark Secret gets Horner in the corner and catches him with a pair of elbows to the face. He hits the ropes and drops Horner with a clothesline. The Dark Secret with a punch and slam. He climbs the top rope but Horner’s ready and catches him with a clothesline. Horner whips Secret into the ropes and drops him with an elbow.

Horner whips The Dark Secret into the ropes. They get tangled up and both fall as Horner tries for a pin attempt. Horner then grabs The Dark Secret in a Fisherman’s suplex for the pin.

WINNER: Tim Horner

Paul Orndorff joins Bob Caudle for an interview. Orndorff mentions all the big names that he has beaten and claims to have done everything in wrestling. He doesn’t think he’s getting the respect he deserves in SMW and vows to go whatever he has to, to get it.

Bob Caudle mentions that SMW Commissioner Bob Armstrong is in Japan talking to promoters. They show photos of SMW in Japanese wrestling magazines.

Brian Lee joins Bob Caudle and wants everyone to see a couple of videos showing what Kevin Sullivan has done to him. Brian Lee wants Kevin Sullivan in a match and he finally got him in a First Blood match on February 19th.

Tracy Smothers & The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express promos for show in Barbourville.

Kevin Sullivan (w/ The Nightstalker) vs. Johnny Kidd

Kevin Sullivan charges the ring and attacks Johnny Kidd. He tosses Kidd to the outside and slams him into the guardrail. Dutch Mantell mentions that The Stud Stable haven’t arrived to the building and are running a bit late. Sullivan tosses Kidd into the ringposts around the ring. He tosses him over the guardrail and grabs a chair and hits him a few times.

Sullivan brings Kidd back into the ring and sets him up in the tree of woe and charges into him with his knee across Kidd’s body. He continues with punches and chops and follows with a stomp. Some kidney shots by Sullivan and the referee calls for the bell. He disqualifies Sullivan. The Nightstalker enters the ring and covers Sullivan’s eyes with a piece of cloth and that calms him down.

WINNER: Johnny Kidd via DQ.

Kevin Sullivan and The Nightstalker join Bob Caudle and Sullivan claims he’s not really a bad guy and is being persecuted by SMW Commissioner Bob Armstrong who has tried to keep him out of SMW because of his violent past. He mentions how Armstrong hired The Mongolian Stomper to try to stomp him but he got rid of him. Sullivan then says that Armstrong talked Brian Lee into going after him.

Sullivan told a story of not killing a fly and how doctors who saw him said he wouldn’t hurt a fly at that time. He says Armstrong is to blame for him being violent again and wants him to send more after him.

“Down & Dirty with Dutch” guests Mr. Ron Wright & Reno Riggins. Mr. Ron Wright doesn’t think Riggins will turn him down and tells him to say it so that he can start carrying The Dirty White Boy’s bags and they can start training him. Riggins says he thought about it for several days and talked to several people including his dad and has decided to turn down Mr. Wright’s offer. Mr. Wright gets upset and tells him that he can’t understand he turned down a legend like him. Mantell gets upset that Riggins got Mr. Wright fired up and Ron Wright vows to find someone off the street to beat on Riggins.

Bob Caudle was handed a note telling him The Stud Stable still hasn’t arrived. Dutch Mantell leaves to check what is going on.

Tracy Smothers vs. Brad Batten in an SMW Beat The Champ TV Title match.

Tracy Smothers gets Brad Batten on the ropes but breaks cleanly. The Dirty White Boy shows up to join Bob Caudle on commentary. Waistlock by Brad Batten gets reversed by Smothers. Side headlock into a hammerlock by Smothers but Batten reverses. They reverse and counter each other’s holds. Batten whips Smothers into the ropes but Smothers knocks him down. Batten gets back up and dropkicks Smothers.

More good counter wrestling by the two. Smothers with a headscissors on Batten but Brad escapes. Brad with a side headlock on Smothers who whips him into the ropes. He catches Batten with an elbow and goes for the pin but Batten kicks out. Batten with a forearm in the corner and whips him into the corner. Smothers climbs the ropes and hits a body press. Batten rolls it through for a pin attempt.

Smothers picks Batten up for an airplane spin but Batten rolls through and gets a pin attempt. Smothers escapes and goes for a pin attempt of his own and bridges over to get the pin. Smothers wins and gets another $1,000 check!

WINNER: Tracy Smothers

Jim Cornette and Sandy Scott join Bob Caudle. Cornette tells Scott that he would hate that the fans would be deprived of a tag team title match tonight. He suggests the Heavenly Bodies get the title shot if The Stud Stable doesn’t show up. Mantell shows up. Sandy Scott tells them that if The Stud Stable doesn’t show up, The Heavenly Bodies will get the shot. Mantell tells everyone that they will be there and asks who Sandy Scott is.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) vs. The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane & Dr. Tom Prichard) (w/ Jim Cornette) for the SMW Tag Team Titles

Dutch Mantell continues to be upset that they changed the match. He is also upset that he won’t be getting his 30% for the tag match and can’t believe Fuller and Golden didn’t show up.

Ricky Morton and Dr. Tom Prichard start the match. Prichard with some punches in the corner. He whips Morton into the corner but Morton blocks it. Fast-paced action leads to Morton monkey-flipping Prichard. Prichard tags Lane and Morton catches him with a hiptoss. Gibson tags in and gets Lane with a knee lift.

Gibson uses the ropes to toss Lane around. He follows with a headscissors out of the corner. Prichard comes in. Morton does as well and gets Prichard with a frankensteiner. They send both Bodies into each other and the Bodies head to the outside. Cornette calls for a timeout.

Fans start to chant “Rock ‘n’ Roll”! Lane and Morton in the ring. Morton and Gibson punch Lane in their corner. Prichard tries to make the save but Morton punches him as well. The Stud Stable finally shows up with their suitcases. They head over to the announcers table and ask why The Heavenly Bodies are in their match now. Mantell asks where they been and Fuller tells him that he had to change tires.

Ricky Morton continues to control the match whipping Prichard around the ring. Fuller and Golden want to attack the Bodies but security holds them back and get them to leave. Prichard now in with Morton. He whips Morton into the corner but Gibson makes the save. Lane tries to do the same but Morton whips him in the opposite corner and Gibson kicks Lane off the corner.

Bob Caudle mentions that The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express have received a lot of interest from other promoters and mentions that they’ll be on an upcoming WCW Pay-Per-View as the first tag team champions from another organization on a WCW event.

Stan Lane and Rick Morton back in the ring. Prichard tries to help Lane but they bump into each other. Lane eventually is able to slingshot Morton over the top rope to the floor as the referee is busy distracted by Cornette and Gibson. Prichard and Cornette attack Morton outside the ring before rolling him back in. Lane chokes Morton with the ropes and then clotheslines him.

Lane and Prichard double-team Morton. Prichard continues to punish Morton. He places Morton across the top rope and Lane jumps over and chops his back. Lane and Prichard drop Morton across the top rope again. Lots of double-teaming on Morton. Cornette yells at Morton. Prichard and Morton exchange punches. Morton gets his whip into the corner reversed and Prichard catches him with a body slam.

More double-teaming from The Heavenly Bodies on Ricky Morton. Prichard drops an elbow on Morton and gets a near fall. He slams Morton as the fans start another chant. Prichard misses a knee drop and Morton finally tags in Gibson. Gibson goes against both Bodies. All four men are in the ring.

Cornette trips Morton. Referee Mark Curtis turns to yell at Cornette for interfering. Morton accidentally shoves Lane into the referee and that sends him to the floor. Cornette jumps into the ring but Morton punches him. Lane tries to use the tennis racket. Double dropkick by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express at Lane. Gibson covers Lane for the pin. Morton heads over to get the referee.

Killer Kyle runs out and attacks Ricky Morton with a blackjack. The Stud Stable come out. Robert Fuller attacks Killer Kyle while Jimmy Golden goes over to check on the referee. Robert Gibson heads to the outside and he and Golden start to fight. Dutch Mantell leaves the announcers table. Dr. Tom Prichard starts to load up his boot but Mantell grabs his leg.

Gibson gets back into the ring and goes after Prichard. Mantell throws something into the ring and Morton grabs it and hits Prichard with it. Lane goes after Morton. Gibson covers Prichard for the pin. Bobby Eaton runs in!!! He climbs the top rope and lands a legdrop across Gibson. He puts Prichard on top of Gibson. Mantell rolls the referee back into the ring and he counts the pin for Prichard. The Heavenly Bodies win!!!

WINNERS: The Heavenly Bodies

Jim Cornette promo about there now being three members of The Heavenly Bodies with Bobby Eaton reuniting with them and talks about their match at Barbourville.

Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton and The Heavenly Bodies join Bob Caudle to talk about winning the SMW Tag Team Titles. Cornette calls it the happiest day of his life as he’s reunited with Bobby Eaton. He tells The Stud Stable and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express that he has the two greatest tag teams of all-time combined to form a single unit. Stan Lane agrees with Cornette about being the greatest day of his life.

The Stud Stable and Mantell confront them. Cornette tells them they were scared and that’s why they didn’t show up. He tells them they came up with a story about having four flat tires, which leads to Fuller responding with, “Four Flat Tires?” and the Stud Stable attacks them. Brawl ensues! The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express come out to join the brawl!

SHOW THOUGHTS: Excellent episode! The build-up throughout to the SMW Tag Team title match was excellent with The Stud Stable showing up late. Them showing up as the match is going on was great. Then the match itself was really good with both the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and The Heavenly Bodies just working a fast-paced match and as it went on, they had some distractions and eventually leading to the interference of Bobby Eaton. That match alone would have made this an excellent episode but there was still more. Reno Riggins turning down Mr. Ron Wright as a manager was a fun segment. Tracy Smothers vs. Brad Batten was a pretty good TV match. Kevin Sullivan’s craziness. Fun show.

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