Friday Night, Kingsport Tennessee, NWA Smoky Mountain Cup was broadcasting across the country with one hell of a pay per view. With some surprise victories, flat out upsets, and some true heart, the NWA Smoky Mountain group put on what can easily be voted as one of the best shows of the year. Did Morton shock the world? A poll on the Alliance-Wrestling.com Message Board was essentially split between “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce, The “Xperience” Damien Wayne, Jason “The Gift” Kincaid, and Ricky Morton, each receiving 20% of the vote.
My weekend of wrestling kicked off Friday Night. In lieu of driving quite literally 10 minutes from my home. I passed up the opportunity to see a match featuring John Morrison and his partner taking on the Young Bucks. I passed on the opportunity to see B-Boy and Drake Younger re-unite to take on Ray Rosas and his partner, because I knew magic was happening in Eastern Tennessee. I knew that Smoky Mountain was looking to crown a new number 1 contender to Conway’s World Title and I wanted to see how Owens would fair against his nemesis Davey Richards, just 20 months after their first encounter. Regrettably, because of time difference, I missed roughly the first hour of the PPV.
What I did see of event was incredible, you really have to tip your hat to NWA Smoky Mountain. Kincaid versus Sigmon was real hard hitting. Kozina and Morton was also really good. O’Riley and Menance really surprised me how good it was. And Owens emerged has a superstar by defeating Davey Richards on a bum leg.
But perhaps the most shocking turn of events was the 5 Time NWA Worlds Champion being bested by Ricky Morton. If you haven’t seen the conclusion to the Smoky Mountainn Tournament in 2013, do so immediately. The widely talked about 17 consecutive matches against the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair 27 years ago for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship would appear to be the closes that Morton would ever be to winning the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship. And to be frank, Morton was a star for the NWA with a ton of ability, he is a member of the NWA Hall of Fame and a multi-time NWA World Tag Team Champion.
May 18th, Ricky Morton plans on making one last go at that Brass Ring, when he faces the “Iron Man” Rob Conway for the World Heavyweight Title, but what does it mean when “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce vowed “This isn’t over!”