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 - Edward Pardue

Six years ago I was a student at Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC.  Every Saturday night, I would stay up until 4 am to watch Smoky Mountain Wrestling. Great workers, great angles and great memories. I loved it with all my heart. Many great memories that I have revolve around Jim Cornette and Bob Armstrong.

No feud in SMW was as red hot as the one between Armstrong and Cornette.  "Despise " doesn't quite do their feelings of mutual animosity justice, but since I can't think of a stronger word, the word will have to suffice. I can't recall the specific one incident that sparked the flames of a feud that spanned several states, multiple legendary wrestlers being brought in (i.e. Kevin Sullivan, Dick Murdoch, Terry Funk by Cornette and Randy Savage by Bob Armstrong), a crooked board of directors member, tennis rackets and more fun than watching Abullah the Butcher at an all you can eat buffet.

A beloved hero to the people of Tennessee, the then sixty-three year old Armstrong stood his ground as James E. Cornette brought in star after star to get rid of Bob once and for all. Cornette succeeded, or so it appeared, when the mysterious Ninja from Japan ( Tim Horner under a hood people... please don't ask for details.) defeated Armstrong in a looser-leaves-town match. Cornette's laughter stopped however, when " Bullet " Bob's " good friend "(wink wink) the " Bullet" arrived on the scene. Cornette found a gold mine by rehashing angles that Jimmy "Charlie Brown from out of town " and Dusty " The Midnight Rider " used years ago.

Four thousand people packed the Knoxville Coliseum to see Terry Funk and " the Bullet " wrestle with the stipulation that if Funk won the match, Bob Armstrong and the Bullet ( who, for those who haven't kept up with the story line I am describing, WERE THE SAME PERSON FOR CRYIN' OUT LOUD!!!!) would both be banned from SMW and the " Bullet " would have to crawl across the ring and kiss Jim Cornette's feet. In addition, the match was billed as a Texas Death match, which meant there were no rules and the match continued until one match could not answer the bell ( i.e. he couldn't rise to his feet before a ten count.)  More...

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