Strange Kentucky People (lost recording of Chris Jericho "tribute"; 1994)

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A Lion's Tale: Around The World In Spandex, which discussed Strange Kentucky People.

Status: Lost

In his 2007 autobiography A Lion's Tale: Around The World In Spandex, professional wrestler Chris Jericho discussed his time working in Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW).[1] During a show in Paintsville, Kentucky, Jericho received a videotape from a female fan, which she claimed contained all of his SMW matches. In actuality, it contained a bizarre "tribute" to him, with the tape now commonly referred to as Strange Kentucky People.

Background[edit | edit source]

In 1994, Chris Jericho competed in Smoky Mountain Wrestling, teaming with Lance Storm as part of The Thrillseekers. During his brief time in the company, Jericho teamed with Storm to face opponents such as Well Dunn, The Heavenly Bodies, and The Rock 'n' Roll Express. This included a match against The Heavenly Bodies at the 1994 Night of the Legends event, where despite breaking his arm in preparation for the match, Jericho contributed towards a well-regarded contest.[2] He also was involved in the famous Jim Cornette Dairy Queen incident, where the manager and SMW owner Cornette angrily confronted the Dairy Queen workers after waiting twenty minutes for food only to be told no progress had been made because the workers thought it was a prank against them.[3]

During an SMW show in Paintsville, Kentucky, Jericho was hanging around waiting for his next match. A female fan then approached him, where she stared at the ground and proclaimed her love for Jericho, as well as giving him a tape of all of his matches in SMW. Jericho decided to watch the tape, and it became clear that the tape did not contain his matches. Rather, it featured the fan and her family performing a "tribute" to Jericho.

The Tape[edit | edit source]

The tape began with the fan, who Jericho refers to as "Farleyloaf" due to her resembling Chris Farley in 1977 if he dressed as Meatloaf, looking into the camera while wearing a rebel flag t-shirt with the text "You wear your colors, I'll wear mine." The fan again proclaimed her love for Jericho and wanted this to be a tape for him, saying "I made this tape for you, Chris Jericho. We love you Chris Jericho. You're my favourite 'rassler, Chris Jericho, and I really love you Chris Jericho." The background consisted of a bed in the living room, containing pictures of Jesus Christ, and of The Rock 'n' Roll Express' Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson

She then began a dancing routine while speaking nonsense, with Jericho comparing her to Annie Wilkes from the 1990 film Misery. Farleyloaf's family then appeared on-screen, smacking each others' posteriors and singing and dancing to Marcia Griffiths and Bunny Wailer's song Electric Boogie. A man, possibly the fan's brother or husband, then proceeded to explain how much he liked watching wrestling, only to experience flatulence. A woman with no teeth, possibly the mother or the man's wife, patted his posterior and commentated on the "fragrance".

Farleyloaf then proclaimed that she liked Storm too, before proceeding to push a toy wheelbarrow around, and shaking her posterior. The camera also captured the man walking like a crab, before panning into the yard containing rusty vehicles with dogs inside them. It concluded with a lady, who Jericho said had "a worse Lloyd Christmas Dumb and Dumber haircut than Jim Carrey.", proclaiming her love for the Thrillseekers, expressing a desire to have children called Chris and Lance, and a dog called Storm.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Jericho commented on the tape's content, stating that he was unsure why the fan gave him the tape but proclaimed it was more entertaining than a tape of his SMW matches. According to Jericho, the recording ended up on the tape trading circuit like the Cornette Dairy Queen incident, being called Strange Kentucky People. However, while the tape theoretically could still be in the possession of an avid tape collector, no footage or images of it have ever resurfaced. It has since become a "holy grail" among wrestling tape traders.[4] Its lack of presence however has led some to question its existence.[5][6]

On January 31st, 2011, Jericho made a Twitter post claiming that Strange Kentucky People had been found, with plans to upload it to YouTube.[7] Based on the comments of the post, the recording ultimately never ended up on the platform. Even if it did, it has since become missing again.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The Jim Cornette Dairy Queen incident, another recording subject to significant tape trading.


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