Friday, April 03, 2020

Figures Friday: Harley Race and the Ten Pounds of Gold


by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Our good friend Jeff Jewett put together a great photo for Action Figures Friday. It features the 8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion (and "greatest wrestler on the face of God's green earth") Harley Race, complete with domed-globe belt and his classic 1980s red and blue robe. He's standing in front of the original 8x10" hardcover edition of our book "Ten Pounds of Gold", a close look at the 1973-1986 NWA World championship title belt and the eight champions who held it during that time period. The original version of the book even contained a brief foreword from the legendary "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, which was subsequently removed. (You can learn all about that here.)

Jeff had his copy of the original "Ten Pounds of Gold" book signed by Harley Race, which you see in the bottom left corner of the slipcover in the photo above. I just think the whole thing is very cool, and I appreciate Jeff's thoughtfulness in putting this photo together for me.

I was fortunate enough to have three separate phone conversations with Harley Race in 2012 when working on the second edition of the book. He loaned me a notebook that promoter Paul Boesch had given him after the historic NWA title change match with Jack Brisco on July 20, 1973 in Houston. The notebook contained 8x10" photographs taken by Boesch himself that night. Many of those photos appear in the second edition of "Ten Pounds of Gold" and I've always appreciated Harley's generosity and kindness in allowing me to use them. On our third and final phone call, he suggested I change the title of the book. At first I thought he was joking, but he was dead serious: change the name of the book to "Ten Pounds of Pure Gold." After all, that's the way Harley usually referred to the belt -- "ten pounds of pure gold, buddy."


http://tenpoundsofgold.com

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Championship Podcast: March 27 and April 3 Episodes Are Up

https://midatlanticpod.com/
The fellows over at the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast (@MidAtlanticPod) are moving so fast, we can hardly keep up - they've just uploaded their fifth show in two weeks!

Two new episodes have recently dropped for the shows for March 27 and April 3, 1982. And in between was a special 2.5 hour podcast on the very first Clash of the Champions, which we posted about earlier.

And as always, we appreciate the kind words about the Gateway from Mike Sempervive on the podcast. We are honored you have been with is for so long.

Regarding the podcast, if you're still unfamiliar (and if you are a Mid-Atlantic fan, you should be checking this great podcast out every week), Mike Sempervive and Roman Gomez  review another episode form the series that is currently available in the In-Ring/Territories section of the WWE Network. The podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network and is available to stream on their website and anywhere else you get your podcasts (such as iTunes, etc.)

Bob Caudle holds the mic as Ole Anderson confronts Jack Brisco


We continue to enjoy this weekly deep dive into each of these Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling episodes and encourage you to check it out if you haven't already done so.

Also available from the podcast is a special "Prelude Episode" that set the stage for the year 1982 and things to come, as well as two "bonus" episodes, one looking back at Starrcade '84, the other a special bio/profile of the patriarch of the Crockett promotional empire Jim Crockett, Sr.  Both of these bonus shows are excellent!

So make sure not to miss an episode (like we just about did!) and check out the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast, a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Recent shows:
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling March 27, 1982
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling April 3, 1982
Clash of the Champions Anniversary Special

Check out our TV & Podcast page for links to David Taub's TV summaries and all of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast episodes, along with links to the TV shows themselves on the WWE network.

http://bookstore.midatlanticgateway.com

Mid-Atlantic TV Report: Juy 31, 1982

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
on the WWE Network
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV Summaries & Reviews
by David Taub
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

This is a review of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling as it appeared on the WWE Network. Results are included for the week (Monday-Sunday of the given week) as available. Please email with any corrections, typos, results, other details at 1davidtaub@gmail.com. Follow @TaubGVWire

For links to all available summaries as well as links to the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast, visit our TV Summary Index.


Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 7/31/82*
(taped 7/28/82* at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)

WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]
WWE Network Direct Link to this show: Mid-Atlantic 7/31/82
Mid-Atlantic Gateway story on this show.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ivan Koloff & Sir Oliver Humperdink
Before Koloff and Humperdink get started, Matt Borne comes out and essentially begs Humperdink to manage him. Sir Oliver gives him the blow off, saying they will talk later. Koloff with a bandaged head, wants Valiant. He wants him in a coal miner’s glove match. Koloff goes into detail explaining a coal miner’s glove match. Ivan’s grandfather used to work in the salt mines in Russia. Koloff demonstrates the glove on newspaper. Of course, he tears it to shreds.

[Break]

Match 1
Ricky Steamboat d. Juan Reynoso
The yellow-wearing Sonny Fargo is the referee for the hour. Steamboat still has the beard. Caudle keeps going on about Koloff vs. Valiant. Silver lining: Caudle says that should be the end of their feud. Reynoso gets his offense in, but Steamboat finishes him with the cross bodyblock off the top rope.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ricky Steamboat
Steamboat complains about Leroy Brown joining the House of Humperdink. He said anyone would have made the save last week.

[Break]

Match 2
Paul Jones & Jake Roberts d. David Patterson & Ken Timbs
Two weeks in a row for Patterson & Timbs as a team! Jones & Roberts work on Timbs’ left arm, including a Roberts knee lift. Roberts eventually gets the pin on Timbs with a knee lift to the head.
-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jim Dalton & Bill White
I imagine this is in lieu of local promos. These are just normal, sports-based interviews. Wrestling is tough. I have experience. I think I can win. Bill White looks like Arn Anderson with curly hair. White talks a lot about Wahoo, saying he has the worst chop in the world. Not sure if that was a compliment or insult.

Match 3
Leroy Brown (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. King Parsons
Brown is sporting a new look, as promised. Black tights and top. Dyed-blonde beard, and an earing. Brown dominates. Parsons tried a cross body-block off the top rope, and Brown catches him in mid-air. Parsons has Brown in the corner, but Humperdink tripped him, and Brown fell on top for the pin. Brown then lays Parsons out with a series of elbow drops, before Pork Chop Cash drags his partner out of the ring.

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Leroy Brown, Ninja and Sir Oliver Humperdink; Sgt. Slaughter
Brown doesn’t like Black Power, he likes black power. He’s taking back to Chicago style to beat people up. Humperdink likes the change in Brown. He also puts over Ninja, who is playing at the desk with his sword. Update: it’s not a coal miner’s glove challenge from Koloff, it is a Siberian Salt Miner’s glove. Matt Borne lurks around unexplained.

House of Humperdink leaves, and Slaughter comes in. He says he won’t be at the next show, because he will be at the White House to discuss military strategy with President Reagan. He mentions Piper is in Hawai’i enjoying Brisco’s money. He also notes that when Piper comes back, Ric Flair will be his partner versus Brisco & Wahoo. Slaughter loves it.

Caudle introduces the next match via magic blue screen. Borne is announced from Portland, as opposed to being from Milwaukie, Oregon.

[Break]

Match 4
Sgt. Slaughter & Gene Anderson & Matt Borne d. Mike Rotundo & Ron Ritchie & Mike Davis
Gene Anderson is back, with seemingly no fanfare. And, no mention of whatever happened to the World tag team tournament. Caudle notes Borne hopes to impress Humperdink. Anderson is taking some bumps, not many, but some. Borne pins Davis with the unacknowledged Bombs Away.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: David Patterson & Ken Timbs
This is in lieu of local promos. A post-match interview with prelim talent? Patterson accuses Roberts of a loaded knee in their match. Timbs concurs. Caudle, is shocked, just shocked to hear accusations of Jake cheating. Patterson lays some Spanish on us to conclude the interview. Caudle asks for a translation. Patterson said it was exactly what he just said in English.

[Break]

Match 5
Jack Brisco & Wahoo McDaniel d. Jim Dalton & Bill White.
More Caudle talk on Humperdink and Leroy Brown. Brisco makes White submit to the figure four.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Wahoo McDaniel & Jack Brisco
Wahoo mentions the Siberian Salt Miner’s match. He then says facing Piper & Flair is an answer to his prayers. Wahoo says not to worry about Brisco paying him back. He can make $2,000 in a night. No mention of Jerry Brisco coming back this week.

“So long for now!”

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Results for the week, 7/26/82-8/01/82  (source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock

Mon., 7/26/82 Greenville, SC
Kelly Kiniski beat Jim Dalton
Mike Rotundo beat Billy White
Tim Horner beat Ben Alexander
Ken Timbs beat Keith Larson
Paul Jones & Jake Roberts beat Matt Borne & Gene Anderson
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff in a Siberian salt match

Tue., 7/27/82 Columbia, SC
Jack Brisco beat Leroy Brown by DQ
Wahoo McDaniel beat Sgt. Slaughter in a Canadian lumberjack match
David Patterson draw Kelly Kiniski
Matt Borne beat Mike Rotundo
Mike Davis beat The Monk
Ron Ritchie beat Ben Alexander

Thu., 7/29/82 Harrisonburg, VA
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff in a chain match
Porkchop Cash & King Parsons beat Matt Borne & David Patterson
Mike Davis beat Ali Bey
Matt Borne beat Keith Larson
Tim Horner beat Juan Reynosa
Jay Youngblood & Jake Roberts beat The Ninja & Gene Anderson by DQ

Fri., 7/30/82 Richmond, VA — Richmond Coliseum
Mike Rotundo d. Juan Reynoso
Kelly Kiniski d. David Patterson
Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson d. Jake Roberts & Tim Horner
Angelo Mosca d. Jay Youngblood
Rick Steamboat d. Leroy Brown by DQ
Roddy Piper d. Jack Brisco
Strap match: Wahoo McDaniel d. Sgt. Slaughter

Sat., 7/31/82 Spartanburg, SC
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Angelo Mosca & The Ninja
Johnny Weaver beat Jim Dalton
Paul Jones beat David Patterson
Tim Horner beat Ken Timbs
Ron Ritchie beat Juan Reynosa
Mike Davis beat The Monk

Sun., 8/01/82 Savannah, GA
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff in a New York street fight
Pvt. Nelson beat Keith Larson
Mike Rotundo beat Juan Reynosa
Jay Youngblood beat Matt Borne
King Parsons & Porkchop Cash beat Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle
Sgt. Slaughter beat Wahoo McDaniel
Roddy Piper beat Jack Brisco

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast Takes a Close Look at the first Clash of the Champions



The good folks over at the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast have a special episode up taking a look at the very first Clash of the Champions special on WTBS in 1988, which launched Sting into stardom as he challenged Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight championship in the big main event. The free show went head to head with the WWF's Wrestlemania pay-per-view. Host Mike Sempervive and co-host Roman Gomez take a look at everything that went on leading up to the show and of course the big show itself.

From the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast website:

In celebration of the 32nd anniversary, The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast proudly presents a very special look at the very first Clash Of The Champions

Aired live on WTBS, Mike Sempervive and Roman Gomez take a deep dive into Jim Crockett Promotions most successful attempt to hurt the WWF by going head-to-head with WrestleMania.

Backstory of the matches, featuring the television lead-up and promos, and our thoughts on what ultimately played out onto our screens – ending with Ric Flair’s coronation of Sting as the newest professional wrestling superstar.

Whether you’re reliving memories or creating some new ones, we here at The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast thank you very much for coming along on the ride!

Excellent episode! If you haven't done so, check it out now.

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Two Ton Harris Steals the Show

Two Tons Of Comedy
Author Unknown, Charlotte News 1965

WIKIPEDIA
Two Ton Harris, who doesn't really weigh two tons but a mere 301, is one of the most delightful characters Promoter Jim Crockett has brought into his wrestling ring here in recent years. Although wrestling in a preliminary, Two Ton stole much of the show last night at the coliseum.

After a particularly shrewd act of villainy, he winks at the crowd and points to his head. When his opponents grow a mite too unhappy with his tactics, Two Ton drops to his knees, clasps his hands and pleads for mercy.

Given a moment of free time, he parades his round, black-clad frame around the ring, caresses his long, curly locks and poses smilingly for the fans to enjoy him.

When the crowd squeals on him to the referee, he runs around the ring trying to shush them. Two Ton has a better routine than most of the comics I've seen on TV. 

- Charlotte News, January 12, 1965 

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PERSPECTIVE: JANUARY 1965
by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

The short piece above appeared in the Charlotte News the day after a 1/11/65 Charlotte Park Center card where Two Ton Harris worked the opener against Abe Jacobs. it brought a smile to my face when Mark Eastridge sent me the clipping because Two Ton Harris was always a favorite of mine as a kid .... "I got him now!"

The other preliminary matches on the card included Johnny Weaver vs. The Beast, Penny Banner vs. Kim Stratton, and tag match featuring Mike Gallagher and Lee Henning vs. Chief Big Heart and Rudy Kay.

The main event was a big six-man fence match with no time limit and no disqualifications. It pitted Aldo Bogni and Bronko Lubich with their manager Homer O'Dell as their partner against George Becker and The Kentuckians (Tiny Anderson and Big Boy Brown.) 

The ad touted the main event match as one surrounded by a "7-foot steel wire fence." This was long before we started calling them "cage matches" and I liked it better when they were called fence matches because it made the purpose of the enclosure clearer.

A "cage" tends to signify that you want to keep the combatants caged in. But the general purpose of these fence matches was to keep other people out; to prevent interference from other parties. It also kept any of the combatants from escaping, sure, but it primarily insured that the match would be settled between the combatants inside the wire fence with no one else able to interfere. (Other stipulation-matches like lumberjack matches worked better to keep guys from running, and were more exciting than a fence match, anyway.)

I also liked how the promotion always plugged the company who provided the fencing, which was a barter arrangement to be sure. In this case, thanks go to the fine folks at Charlotte Fence Builders, a company founded in 1958 by Charlotte businessman Jim McClain, and still in business today.

As always in Charlotte, advance tickets were available at the National Hat Shop. In 1965, ticket prices were a steep $1.50 for adult general admission, $2.00 reserved, and $2.50 reserved ringside. Tickets for children under 12 we just 75 cents.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Blackjack Mulligan Faces The Indian Strap (Part 4)

by David Chappell
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Before reading this,
catch up on PART ONE, PART TWOand PART THREE of this series.

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PART FOUR

After Blackjack Mulligan shocked the fans in Richmond, Virginia by appearing on the July 12, 1975 airing of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling television show and challenging the great “Chief” Wahoo McDaniel to a Texas Death Match, Wahoo and even Mulligan’s buddy Ric Flair had plenty to say in the lead-up to this epic grudge battle!

Later in the July 12th show, Wahoo explained to announcer Les Thatcher and the Richmond fans, “Well you know, I had a strap match and beat the man and I thought I had him out of my hair for good…but the man has come back for more. Now, a Texas Death Match, that’s his kind of match. That’s a match where falls don’t count. There could be one fall, there could be 100 falls.”

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Yearbooks
McDaniel further elaborated, “It’s just the man that can answer after a ten count wins the match. Now, the man is six foot seven and 309 pounds…he’s tough; I think I’m tough. I’ve been in death matches, sure they’re bloody, they’re hard because it’s the man who has the most intestinal fortitude to get up off that mat, to keep fightin’ and to keep goin.’ It's the man standin’ at the end of the match and that’s what I intend to be…the man standin’ at the end of the match.”

Never at a loss for words, Blackjack’s friend Ric Flair, who was on the interview set for his Lumberjack match with Paul Jones on that same July 18, 1975 Richmond card, also weighed in on the Wahoo-Blackjack bout. Ric told Thatcher, “Ah baby, Mulligan just called me on the phone and you folks just saw him on the TV, Mulligan is MAD! McDaniel if I was you I would get down on my hands and knees and pray, pray that Mulligan gets shot out of the sky, that a train runs over him, that a car hits him, that anything happens to him before he gets to the Richmond Coliseum.”

The Nature Boy concluded his remarks and directed them straight to Wahoo, “You gotta know how bad he wants a piece of your body, to come all the way from Eagle Pass, Texas just to get a piece of you McDaniel! I shutter at the very thought of what he’s gonna do to you!”

On a warm and muggy Richmond evening on July 18th, around 10:00 p.m. within the confines of the Richmond Coliseum, still a sparkling new building in 1975, Blackjack Mulligan barreled to the ring with fire in his eyes as the great Indian Wahoo McDaniel awaited. All of the pent-up rage from Mulligan’s Indian Strap Match drubbing in May in the Richmond Arena drove the Cowboy to several near wins in his Texas Death Match as Wahoo was only able to answer referee Angelo Martinelli’s count a fraction of a second before he hit 10.

Frustration grew on Blackjack’s part as Wahoo would not succumb, and the Indian slowly took control as the near sellout crowd roared its approval. After the combination of McDaniel’s chops and suplexes over and over again took a brutal toll on Mulligan, the Cowboy stumbled and barely made it to his feet but a millisecond after Martinelli hit his count of 10.

The Richmond faithful were joyous, Wahoo appeared relieved, but Blackjack’s reaction to the result was the memorable one. Mulligan stood by himself in the middle of the ring, alternating between his head being bowed and then gazing at the top of the cavernous building as he shook his head in disbelief. It seemed to be double dejection for Blackjack…not only failing to get revenge against Wahoo, but it being his last scheduled match wrestling for Jim Crockett Promotions. Mulligan faced Wahoo’s Indian Strap in the spring of 1975, and it ultimately led to his Mid-Atlantic demise in the summer of 1975. 

TO BE CONTINUED IN PART 5…
The dramatic and totally unexpected return of Blackjack Mulligan to the Mid-Atlantic area in October of 1975!
 
http://www.midatlanticgateway.com/p/yearbooks.html

Friday, March 27, 2020

Action Figures Friday: U.S. Champion Jimmy Snuka!



Very cool customization of "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka with a custom U.S. title belt, presented by our friends at @wrestlerweekly.

Snuka was United States champion in 1979 and 1980 and had a memorable, long, bloody feud with "Nature Boy" Ric Flair over that title belt. You can read all about Snuka's run as United States champion (as well as the entire history of that championship) in our full-color book "Jim Crockett Promotions' United States Championship", available on Amazon and via the Mid-Atlantic Gateway bookstore

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1517463386/

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Championship Podcast: March 20, 1982

https://midatlanticpod.com/
The new episode of the "Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast" has dropped and features a look at the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling episode from March 20, 1982.

First off, thanks for the very kind words directed at the Mid-Atlantic Gateway from host Mike Sempervive on this episode of the podcast:"There would not be a Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast," Mike said, "if it were not for the Mid-Atlantic Gateway." What a nice thing to say (and for us to hear.) We appreciate that Mike!

This episode features a great look at the March 20 show, which as Mike and Roman Gomez point out, was a good one, the show almost stolen my the great promos and match with Sgt. Slaughter. Sgt. Slaughter does a great interview on the opening of the show making it clear her was ready for the challenge of Wahoo McDaniel or Ricky Steamboat and even from NWA World Champion Ric Flair. Sarge also has a more competitive than usual TV match with "young lion" Ron Ritchie.

We loved Mike's rant about how the over-dubbed music WWE places over the original music on these shows. We know why they do it, but we were cheering on Mike as he lamented the loss of one of the special things about these shows.

Regarding the podcast, if you're still unfamiliar (and if you are a Mid-Atlantic fan, you should be checking this great podcast out every week), Mike Sempervive and Roman Gomez  review another episode form the series that is currently available in the In-Ring/Territories section of the WWE Network. The podcast is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network and is available to stream on their website and anywhere else you get your podcasts (such as iTunes, etc.)

We continue to enjoy this weekly deep dive into each of these Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling episodes and encourage you to check it out if you haven't already done so.

Also available from the podcast is a special "Prelude Episode" that set the stage for the year 1982 and things to come, as well as two "bonus" episodes, one looking back at Starrcade '84, the other a special bio/profile of the patriarch of the Crockett promotional empire Jim Crockett, Sr. Both of these bonus shows are excellent!

Previous Episodes of the podcast can be found on their website as well as linked from our TV and Podcast Summary Index. David Taub's summary of this show, with match results for the week, can be found here.

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From the "Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast" website for this episode:

Big Bill Ward

Welcome to The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast. On this episode of the show, Mike Sempervive returns alongside Roman Gomez, to take a look at Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling from March 20, 1982, featuring:
  • US Champion Sergeant Slaughter takes out his frustrations with Ric Flair on a surprisingly game Ron Ritchie. 
  • A Murderer’s Row of promos on the show, including Flair, Slaughter, Piper, Stevens, Idol, Anderson, Hansen, Koloff and Valiant.
  • Roddy Piper once again dominates the commentary, and also shows a heart for the retarded children coming to the Crockett Park BBQ.
  • Valuable bumper stickers and C-Band satellite dishes.
  • Plus a tribute to Lance Russell’s Nose, top results from around the loop, and much more on another exciting edition of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast!

Also, be sure to also check out David Taub's summaries of the Mid-Atlantic shows that are on the WWE Network. We will be cross-referencing that listing with links to the podcast episodes as well.


http://www.midatlanticgateway.com/p/origins-of-mid-atlantic-title.html

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mid-Atlantic TV Report: July 2, 1983

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
on the WWE Network
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV Summaries & Reviews
by David Taub
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

This is a review of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling as it appeared on the WWE Network. Results are included for the week (Monday-Sunday of the given week) as available. Please email with any corrections, typos, results, other details at 1davidtaub@gmail.com. Follow @TaubGVWire

For links to all available summaries, visit our TV Summary Index.


Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 7/02/83*
(taped 6/29/83* at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
(*WWE Network Date. Original broadcast date may be one week earlier.) 
WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]
WWE Network Direct Link to this show: Mid-Atlantic 7/02/83 
Mid-Atlantic Gateway story on this show.

Sometime in 1983, the listed dates of the Mid-Atlantic TV shows on the WWE Network begin to be off by one week. At that point moving forward, the dates listed by WWE network are one week later than the correct date of the original broadcast.

Note: After nearly 30 years, this is the final studio version of Jim Crockett Promotions.

Match 1
Non-title match: Greg Valentine [United States Champion] d. John Bonello
The match is joined in progress. Stu Schwartz in stripes is the referee. Mike Rotundo joins Bob Caudle on commentary. Valentine dominates, winning with a half-crab submission.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: The Brisco Brothers
Jerry insults Rotundo’s suit. Caudle informs him this is not the Briscos’ interview time. They don’t care. Jerry keeps mocking Rotundo. They finally walk off, as Caudle apologizes. Rotundo says they have no class.

[Break]

Match 2
Non-title match: Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco [NWA World Tag Champs]
d. Keith Larson & Rick McCord
Larson & McCord look like twins. Jerry is riding Larson. Aggressive mat wrestling by the champs. Jack suplexes McCord, and just drops him. He tags in Jerry who makes the easy pin.
The Briscos return to the announcer desk, where Jerry just keeps ripping on Rotundo.

[Break]

-Clip of Wahoo McDaniel vs. Magic Dragon (w/Gary Hart)
Caudle & Rotundo narrate a clip from an unnamed arena. A chop fest eventually won by Wahoo, who makes the in pin after a big chop.

[Break]

-Comments from Ric Flair and Roddy Piper
We are in front of the blue NWA set. Flair says Harley Race is coming in. He says he won’t get away with a controversial St. Louis decision in the Mid-Atlantic. Piper says he’s made friends with Mr. T. As in Mr. Tire Iron. Piper threatens the heels in the area.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike Rotundo
This is in lieu of local promos. Rotundo is disappointed in the Briscos. He goes on about how a champion should behave.

[Break]
Match 3
Jimmy Valiant & Bob Orton Jr. d. Bill Howard & Joel Deaton

Talk about contrasting styles. This is Deaton’s first TV appearance. Rotundo still with Caudle at the announcer’s desk. They talk about Valiant’s war with Kabuki. Valiant pins Howard with the elbow.

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
The Briscos interrupt. Jerry is on fire with the insults, calling Steamboat & Youngblood ex-champs and has beens. Steamboat is upset, but not too fired up. Jerry says this is the Brisco Brothers hour. Finally, Steamboat had enough and chops Jerry down and knocks him out.

[Break]

Match 4
Dick Slater d. Vinnie Valentino

Slater is outwrestling Valentino. Meanwhile, Caudle & Rotundo keep talking about Steamboat & Youngblood. In fact, Steamboat joins the announcer’s desk still angry at the Briscos. He leaves just as soon as he entered. Slater getting more aggressive. Caudle says the Assassins are coming in, and one of them may be the son of The Great Bolo. Slater executes a running Samoan drop, and a knuckle to the side of Valentino’s temple which earns the submission!

-Comments from Harley Race
Harley is again in front of the orange NWA set. He calls Flair a fluke. Harley has dominated wrestling for 10 years. It will remain that way until he hangs it up. He won’t give Flair any more opportunities.

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Dick Slater
Slater targets his comments towards Dusty Rhodes. He’s been known as the Midnight Rider, but not Errol Flynn?!? He talks about men carrying around crowbars (i.e. Roddy Piper). Slater says he’s also targeting Flair. He wants to be a winner, and to do that is to be as vicious as he can be.

[Break]

Match 5
Dory Funk Jr. & Jake Roberts (w/Paul Jones) d. Brett Hart & Mike Davis

Hart engages in chain wrestling with Dory. Davis gets a flurry of offense, before Roberts takes control. Jones joins the announcers, and can’t wait to award his Dream Contest poster to Rhonda Manning. Funk forces Hart to submit with the spinning toe hold.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Brisco Brothers
Jerry is still dazed, so Jack does the talking. He complains about Steamboat’s karate, but he’s never seen a karate man who can take on a wrestler.

-Paul Jones Dream Contest Award presentation
Another segment that was widely tape traded. Rhonda Manning of Florida is in the audience and emerges to accept the giant Paul Jones poster. She’s a looker. She hugs and kisses Jones, who is offended. He starts yelling at her. She’s nearly crying. Caudle is trying to get him to calm down. Paul asks her if she would sell it for $5,000. She said she would try to. That offends Jones as well. Rufus R. Jones comes out and tells her not to talk to a lady like that. Jones tells him to get out of her. Paul slaps Rufus, then hides behind the woman. Rufus gets to him anyway. The action spills into the ring. Funk and Roberts come out and tear his clothes off. Paul starts pounding away. A triple-team beating. Bob Orton makes the save. Rotundo goes at it with them to.

Caudle’s “so long for now” gets cut off by the Network overdub of the closing credits.


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Results for the week, 6/28/83-7/03/83
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 6/27/83 Greenville, SC; Memorial Auditorium
Gene Anderson beat Jacques Goulet
Keith Larson beat Rick McCord
Kelly Kiniski beat John Bonello
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Magic Dragon
Rufus R. Jones beat Bill White
Ric Flair beat Dory Funk, Jr.
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

Tue., 6/28/83 Columbia, SC; Township Auditorium
Masa Fuchi d. John Bonello
Rick McCord d. Jerry Grey
Brett Hart d. Bill Howard
Magic Dragon d. Johnny Weaver
Great Kabuki d. Jos LeDuc
Ric Flair & Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine & Dory Funk, Jr.

Wed., 6/29/83 Charlotte, NC; WPCQ-TV studio
MACW:
Greg Valentine beat John Bonello
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Rick McCord & Keith Larson
Jimmy Valiant & Bob Orton, Jr. beat Joel Deaton & Bill Howard
Dick Slater beat Vinnie Valentino
Jake Roberts & Dory Funk, Jr. beat Brett Hart & Mike Davis
WWW:
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Bill Howard
One Man Gang & Kelly Kiniski beat Rick McCord & Keith Larson
Dick Slater & Greg Valentine beat Jerry Grey & Masa Fuchi
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Mike Davis & Brett Hart
Jos LeDuc d. Joel Deaton
Dory Funk, Jr. & Jake Roberts d. John Bonello & Vinnie Valentino
Note:  6/29/83 was the final television taping at WPCQ in Charlotte, NC  Starting on 7/6/83, the taping were mobile at different locations, the first being in Greenville, SC on 7/4/83

Fri., 7/01/83 Charleston SC; County Hall
Ric Flair & Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine & One Man Gang
Mike Rotundo beat Kelly Kiniski
Johnny Weaver beat Bill White
Mark Fleming beat Bill Howard
Mike Davis beat Red Dog Lane

Fri., 7/01/83 Lovington, VA
Cy Jernigan beat Joel Deaton
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Princess Victoria & Susan Starr beat Terry Shane & Leilani Kai
Keith Larsen beat Vinnie Valentino
Ric McCord beat Masa Fuchi

Sat., 7/02/83 Greensboro, NC; Greensboro Coliseum
NWA World Champion Harley Race beat Ric Flair by DQ
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Roddy Piper & Wahoo McDaniel no contest with Greg Valentine & Dory Funk, Jr.
Cage match: Jimmy Valiant & Rufus R. Jones d. Gary Hart & Great Kabuki; Sonny Fargo
Dick Slater beat John Bonello
Susan Starr beat Leilani Kai
Gene Anderson beat Joel Deaton

Sun., 7/03/83 Wilmington, NC
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco vs. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Jimmy Valiant vs. Great Kabuki
Jake Roberts vs. Mike Rotundo
Bob Orton, Jr. vs. Kelly Kiniski
Masa Fuchi vs. Vinnie Valentino
Mark Fleming vs. Jerry Grey

Sun., 7/03/83 Savannah, GA; Savannah Civic Center
NWA World Champion Harley Race beat Ric Flair by DQ
Wahoo McDaniel & Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine & Dory Funk, Jr.
One Man Gang beat Jos Leduc
Dick Slater beat Johnny Weaver
Keith Larson & Ric McCord beat Jacques Goulet & Bill White
John Bonello beat Bill Howard