Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers started teaming as The Southern Boys in Florida Championship Wrestling in 1987 where they feuded with The New Breed. They moved on to Southeastern Championship Wrestling where they feuded with The Stud Stable.
They next went to World Championship Wrestling in 1990 where they feuded with The Fabulous Freebirds. This feud lasted over a year with the Southern Boys winning most of the matches but getting laid out quite a bit.
In 1991, they changed their name to The Young Pistols, eventually turning heel and feuding with The Patriots and the team of Ron Simmons and Big Josh. By 1992, Smothers and Armstrong had stopped teaming, as Smothers concentrated on a singles career in Smoky Mountain Wrestling and Armstrong went to WWF for a brief singles run as Lance Cassidy before joining Smothers in SMW, teaming with his brother Scott.