TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY… MAY 22nd: Smoky Mountain Crowns a Champion

DATELINE: KNOXVILLE, TN , 22 MAY 1992

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Lee was crowned the first Smoky Mountain Wrestling Heavyweight Champion on this day in 1992.

“Prime Time” Brian Lee defeats Paul Orndorff  to become the inaugural champion of Jim Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling. 

That night’s event, SMW Volunteer Slam, would kick off a short, but highly-successful run for the southern-based promotion.

(Video of full show below)