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 - Edward Pardue

T is for Terrible
H is for Hell
U is for Ugly
G is for Jail

( Cuz a THUG kan't spell ) -Tracy Smothers

Smoky Mountain Memories... ah, days like this I like to pop open a can of Diet Pepsi, light a cigarette and just think back on the days I spent at Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC. The best times of my life were spent watching Smoky Mountain Wrestling. Of course there were "name " wrestlers who would come in for a given length of time, but only a few stuck around for the entire duration of the promotion. Two who did were Tracy Smothers and " Dirty White Boy " Tony Anthony.

Not a doubt in my mind these two good ol boys could set the promotion on fire. Smothers was trained by " Bullet " Bob Armstrong, and formed the team of " The Wild Eyed Southern Boys " with Steve Armstrong. The Southern Boys worked every major region in the South ( Florida, Continental, even a few JCP shows.) They won the WCW U.S. Tag Team Titles as " The Young Pistols " (Jim Herd and the boys trying to cash in on YOUNG GUNS II...) before Smothers left WCW in disgust.

Anthony, a fifteen year veteran or so, had wrestled with another " Dirty White Boy " by the name of Len Denton. They worked for years as both DWB's and a masked team called " The Grapplers ". However, Tony's heart was in Tennessee and when Cornette called, Anthony answered. Smoky Mountain Wrestling would be his, and Smothers', home during the entire run. Best friends, right? Well, not at first. Actually, bitter enemies would be more appropriate. Anthony, doing his damnedest to rile Smothers up, actually betrayed SMW and The South by " moving to New York." ( God, can you imagine the commute? ) He even set Smothers' Confederate flag on fire at one point.

The feud came to a head in a bloody Tennessee Chain Match, a match Smothers had never competed in and a match Anthony, and his mentor Ron Wright were masters of. (Wright was involved in chain matches with the late Whitey Caldwell in the early 70's, so Wright was a definite advantage for Anthony.)  More...

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