Monday, August 03, 2020

Hot Times at County Hall in Charleston

by Andy McDaniel
Special to the Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Originally published January 28, 2018

Charleston County Hall was famously known for being a hot place. Literally, the building held heat like nowhere else. Wahoo McDaniel once told Mike Mooneyham that even the walls at County Hall could sweat. Regardless of the heat or the raindrops from the leaky ceiling, County Hall was just a fun place to be at on Friday nights.

From time to time, I recall a fun night at County Hall and love to share those memories. I am very grateful for the Gateway and the wonderful job they do for keeping Mid-Atlantic wrestling alive. It is a true joy to have the chance to contribute a story now and then.

Blackjack Mulligan was something else. He is one of those wrestling characters that will forever be remembered. He was a larger than life figure and literally, a giant of a man. Many of his feuds will live on forever in the hearts of Mid-Atlantic fans. I loved his time with Paul Jones, Tim Woods, and of course, the great memories of his matches with and against Ric Flair. However, there was another feud that I truly enjoyed, the one with the Masked Superstar.

Several matches between these two had taken place all over the Mid-Atlantic region. There were even a few at County Hall. As with most feuds, we saw specialty matches, matches with stipulations and on occasion another couple of guys would be tossed in and a tag-team match would take place. Such was the case on this particular Friday night in Charleston.

The main event was Blackjack Mulligan and a screwball member of his family, Cousin Luke, versus their opponents the Masked Superstar and his partner for the night, Enforcer Luciano. I had seen Luciano eating light bulbs and breaking concrete blocks with his fists on TV, but now I was going to see him in person. This was such a magical time in wrestling. The fans were invested and whether it was cheering or booing, the sincerity of each side was awesome.

It was another hot, Friday night at County Hall. The action had been fierce, but now it was time for the main event. Everyone was on their feet as Blackjack and Luke came to the ring. The Superstar and Luciano were waiting for them as they stepped through the ropes. After the ring announcer made the introductions, action started, and it was a brawl. Fists were flying, boots were coming off and being used as weapons; pretty much the only thing technical or actual wrestling wise that might have been seen would have been provided by the Superstar.

It was exactly what Blackjack had promised the previous Saturday during the local promos; it was a fight. The match/brawl went on for a bit, but then the action seemed to settle down. Much to the dismay of most of the crowd, Blackjack found himself being subdued by the Superstar. The cobra clutch had brought down the big man in the center of the ring. Every time it seemed like Blackjack might break free or make the tag to Luke, Luciano would do something to steal the crowd's joy. The referee was really hearing it from the crowd. He seemed to never be able to catch the dastardly deeds being done in his ring and the fans were letting him know their feelings. Referees always seemed good at missing so many important moments. Tommy Young, Stu Schwartz, Sonny Fargo, they are such great parts of the history of Mid-Atlantic wrestling. They were so important to the matches, I always enjoyed their work.

This back and forth match went on for quite a while, the crowd was surely on an emotional roller coaster. I can remember it just like it was last night. The Superstar and his partner had exhausted the crowd. The wooden floor of County Hall bellowed out as the fans began to stomp. The railings of the balcony rang as palms began to pound against them, all in disapproval of the things being done to our heroes.

In what appeared to be an act of betrayal, right at the moment it seemed that Blackjack might break free, Cousin Luke jumped off the corner of the ring and headed toward the dressing room.

You could feel the air almost leave the room, as the crowd gasped, and shock filled the arena. The smoke that hovered just below the ceiling began to swirl at a near tornado type speed. Yes, people smoked inside back then, It was kind of part of the charm of County Hall - - smoke, popcorn, beer, etc. Those were special times indeed.

The disbelief at what was taking place before our very eyes was at an unreal level. How could this be? How could Luke turn on his own cousin? Was he really a traitor? Almost immediately, the boos started and the closer he got to the back, the louder things seemed to get.

As is most often in pro wrestling, things were not as they would seem and almost as quickly as Luke entered the dressing room, he would come back out. But he was not alone. To every one’s delight, he would bring an additional partner back the ring, but this was a partner that did not walk with him. Instead it was in his hand. It was about 4-feet long and firm in nature. Yes, good ol' Cousin Luke quickly had the fans back in his corner as he and his new partner, a 2 x 4, entered the ring to assist in what seemed to be a very unfair fight. As he evened the odds and dispatched Superstar and Luciano; Blackjack was on the road to recovery and rejoined the chaos as it unfolded. Unfortunately, the referee did not approve of all the mayhem and called for the bell and the ring announcer would soon let the rowdy crowd know that all had been disqualified.

It was one of those times that, while the victory was not found in a simple 1-2-3, the fans still went home happy because they saw justice had come to town and the bad guys were sent running.

Friday nights at County Hall: what wonderful memories. For a young kid who went to his first matches in that building starting in 1974, every time was always special. This year, 2018, will be exactly 20 years since the last matches were held in the hallowed Hall. I had the honor and absolute privilege of not only promoting that show, but was also in the main event that night. It will be a memory that I will cherish forever. To have watched all my heroes - - Wahoo, Ric, Rufus, Blackjack, Jimmy Valiant, Paul Jones - - to have seen them do battle in this special old building and to personally be able to go back there all those years later and be the one to close out wrestling forever in County Hall, is something I hold near to my heart.

This night with Blackjack, Superstar, and the rest of the crew was another hot night of pro wrestling at County Hall. It was a simple time of story-telling. It was a time when the crowd’s emotions were directed like a Maestro conducts an orchestra, by the guys in the ring. It was a time that was simply magical. I miss those days, but the memories sure are wonderful.

This story contains corrections from a previous version of the story.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

JCP Network: 1980

This page from a 1980 issue of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Magazine lists the local affiliates of Jim Crockett's television network. These stations carried either Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling or World Wide Wrestling.

We actually think this list isn't complete, and may only reflect markets where Crockett was actually running shows and selling this magazine. It has been documented that there were stations in Florida, Texas, Michigan, and perhaps other locations during this era.

Also featured here are some great studio wrestling shots in front of the sets used from 1978-1981 at WRAL in Raleigh where the shows were taped every Wednesday night. Modified versions of the sets were used when the taping moved to WPCQ in Charlotte in August of 1981 until tapings moved into the arenas in July of 1983.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Mid-Atlantic TV Report: December 4, 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 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: 12/04/82
(taped 12/01/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network Direct Link to this show Mid-Atlantic 12/04/82
WWE Network feed.   [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jack Brisco
A low-key Brisco talks about regaining the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championship from Paul Jones. No day or location are mentioned. He says he’s willing to take on anyone.
As Brisco leaves, Caudles shows a picture of a roughed-up Roddy Piper. His face is red and puffy. Caudle says he hopes Ric Flair will join them next week to talk about why he and Valentine injured Piper.

Leroy Brown joins Caudle, carrying a new TV championship belt (it looks like the US. Championship belt, but different. It is different than the new TV belt Jos LeDuc was wearing). Brown briefly mentions having to face Jimmy Valiant. My notes from the non-Network version of this episode had a Jimmy Valiant video riding motorcycles. My guess is it got edited off because of music copyright reasons.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle
We go back to the 11/12/82 Charlotte clip of Slaughter and Kernodle injuring Youngblood. Some trash talking by the heels. The video stops just as Slaughter had Youngblood in the Cobra Clutch, and Kernodle grabbed his legs.

Match 1
Non Title: Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle [World Tag Team ch.] d. Ken Hall & Gary Black

Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. It appears there is some lighting problems in the studio, as things are dark. Slaughter pins Hall after the top rope Slaughter Cannon. Afterward, the team tries to put Hall in the two-man Cobra Clutch, but Young breaks it up.


Match 2
Non-Title: Greg Valentine [United States ch.] d. Rick Rudd by DQ

All Valentine. He applies the Figure Four, then Piper runs in causing the DQ.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Bob Orton, Jr. & Sweet Brown Sugar
In lieu of local promo interview. Sugar (aka Skip Young) has been in Mid-Atlantic for a month, but this is his first appearance on this TV show. Orton talks a bit about Piper. Sugar talks about Brown ripping him off for the TV title. Orton concludes that Piper’s Palace will get the House of Humperdink, one by one.


Match 3
Sweet Brown Sugar d. Joe Lauren

Another chance to see pre-Road Warrior Animal, Joe Lauren. Caudle says Sugar wants a TV title shot against Leroy Brown. Lauren tries, but is very green. Sugar goes for what looks like a flying body press, and some how turns it into a roll up for the pin. Caudle speculates Sugar tried for flying headscissor, and the replay confirms it. The greenness of Joe Lauren.

Match 4
Bob Orton, Jr. d. Rick Connors

A jump cut, and we go to the Orton match. Not sure what got cut out. Orton in control, combines mat wrestling and brawling. He finishes Connors with the superplex, wowing Caudle.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike Rotundo
My original notes say we missed an interview with Orton, Sugar and Valiant. Rotundo says he still wants Leroy Brown.

Match 5
NWA TV title: Leroy Brown [ch.] (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Mike Davis

Brown yells at Rotundo to leave. Rotundo says he will once Brown signs for a match. They say the agree, and Rotundo leaves. Caudle talks about what’s coming on the show (six-man) and his hopes for Ric Flair to be on next week to explain his attack on Piper. This match is all Brown, finishing off Davis with the elbow smash.

-Int. w/Caudle: Gene Anderson & Oliver Humperdink & Paul Jones & Jos LeDuc
This is in lieu of local promos, I think. Gene mumbles for 30 seconds, before Humperdink takes over. He wants the Mid-Atlantic belt back. Jones comes in to complain about his loss, calling Jack Brisco a thief. In comes LeDuc, in his plaid coat (smoking jacket?). LeDuc has some nasty words for Jimmy Valiant.


Match 6
Gene Anderson & Joe LeDuc & Paul Jones (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Ron Ritchie & Johnny Weaver & King Parsons

LeDuc impressive with his strength and leverage moves on Ritchie. Parsons takes a beating fo ra while in the ring, but eventually tags out. Brief babyface control of the match. Jones finishes Ritchie off with the Indian Death Lock.

-Int. w/Caudle: Leroy Brown, Paul Jones, Jos LeDuc and Oliver Humperdink
Caudle talks about Piper’s Palace. Humperdink isn’t happy about that at all. He reminds Jimmy Valiant about Jos LeDuc. The Canadian Freight Train implies that Valiant paid off officials so LeDuc wouldn’t be in the TV title tournament (well, battle royal). Another A+ LeDuc promo. Humperdink says Jones is gunning for Brisco to regain the Mid-Atlantic belt. Next is Leroy Brown. Humperdink says he got his payback on NWA representative Sandy Scott by entering another House member in the tournament (I guess they ran tournaments in other cities, although the results don’t indicate it). He warns Mike Rotundo and Sweet Brown Sugar to beware.

“So long for now!”


Results for the week, 11/29/82-12/05/82
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Tue., 11/30/82 Columbia, SC; Township Auditorium
Jack Brisco beat Paul Jones to win NWA Mid Atlantic Title

Tue., 11/30/82 Raleigh, NC; Raleigh Civic Center
Mike Davis beat Rick Connors
Frank Monte beat Ken Hall
Ricky Harris & Ken Timbs beat Keith Larson & Ron Ritchie
Greg Valentine beat Bob Orton, Jr.
Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle beat Jimmy Valiant & Sweet Brown Sugar by DQ

Wed., 12/01/82 Charlotte, NC; WPCQ-TV
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling:
Sgt Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle beat Gary Black & Ken Hall
Greg Valentine d. Rick Rudd by DQ 
Sweet Brown Sugar beat Joe Lauren
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Rick Connors
Leroy Brown beat Mike Davis
Gene Anderson, Paul Jones & Jos LeDuc beat Ron Ritchie, Johnny Weaver & King Parsons
World Wide Wrestling:
Paul Jones, Jos LeDuc & Leroy Brown beat Ken Hall, King Parsons & Keith Larson
Sgt Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle beat Rick Rood & Mike Davis
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Ricky Harris
Greg Valentine double DQ Gary Black 
Mike Rotundo & Sweet Brown Sugar beat Ken Timbs & Masa Fuchi
Jerry Brisco beat Rick Connors

Thu., 12/02/82 Sumter, SC
Sgt Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle beat Jerry Brisco & Sweet Brown Sugar
Jimmy Valiant beat Jos LeDuc in a New York street fight
Jimmy Valiant beat Oliver Humperdink via pinfall
Johnny Weaver beat Rick Connors
Bill White & Ken Timbs beat Mike Davis & Ron Ritchie
Pvt. Nelson beat Kenny Hall
Jim Dalton beat Rick Hudson

Fri., 12/03/82 Charleston, SC
Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle vs. Jimmy Valiant & Sweet Brown Sugar
King Parsons, Jerry Brisco & Johnny Weaver vs. Jos Leduc, Gene Anderson & Pvt. Nelson
Jim Dalton vs. Ken Hall
Rick Rudd vs. Bill White
Mike Davis vs. Rick Connors

Sat., 12/04/82 Hampton, VA
Leroy Brown d. Mike Rotundo
Jos LeDuc d. Johnny Weaver
Jack Brisco d. Roddy Piper by DQ
Jimmy Valiant d. Greg Valentine by DQ
Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle d. Jerry Brisco & Sweet Brown Sugar

Sun., 12/05/82 Roanoke, VA
Bill White d. Ken Hall
Jim Dalton d. Keith Larsen
Johnny Weaver d. Rick Connors
Gene Anderson & Pvt. Nelson d. Ron Ritchie & Mike Davis
Leroy Brown d. Mike Rotundo
Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle d. Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Roddy Piper & Jimmy Valiant & Sweet Brown Sugar d. Jos LeDuc & Greg Valentine & Sir Oliver Humperdink

Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Gateway Museum: Mr. Wrestling Tim Woods

"Mr. Wrestling" Tim Wood's ring jacket is displayed with a replica of the United States Heavyweight Championship belt he held in 1978, defeating Blackjack Mulligan and later losing to Ric Flair.

Woods is one of the most remembered stars of Jim Crockett Promotions in the mid-to-late 1970s, and certainly its most technically accomplished. Real name George Burrell Woodin, he was a two time Big Ten Heavyweight Champion at Michigan State University (1958-1959) and twice finished second in the NCAA tournament those same years.

He became a star in professional wrestling in the 1960s in Georgia, was a big name in Florida and Texas, and later became a top main eventer in the Mid-Atlantic territory in the 1970s holding both the NWA World Tag Team and Mid-Atlantic Tag Team championships (with partner Dino Bravo) in 1976 and the United States Heavyweight Championship in 1978.

He wrestled both with and without the mask here. His top feuds in the Mid-Atlantic area were with such stars as Johnny Valentine, Blackjack Mulligan, Gene and Ole Anderson, Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson (with partner Sam Steamboat), Baron Von Raschke, Jimmy Snuka, and Snuka's manager in 1979 "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers.

The iconic white mask of Mr. Wrestling Tim Woods is alongside his ring jacket and a replica of the
United States Championship belt he wore in Jim Crockett Promotions in 1978.

The ring jacket and mask are from the collection of Brack Beasley. The belt is from the collection of the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

Interesting reading on Wood's amateur career in this article:

Hodge vs. Woodin: Pinning Down Rivalry That Never Was

Friday, July 24, 2020

Crockett Cup '85 Rolls On: Matches 13 and 14


Catching up? Here is the background info:
Tournament Announcement
Seedings and First Round Pairings

Updated brackets going into tonight's matches.
[Links to previous matches at the bottom of this post.]

Dynamic Duo (Heernandez/Adams) vs. American Starship 
Buzz & Brett Sawyer vs. Jimmy Snuka/Ricky Steamboat

The 1985 Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Tag Team Tournament is underway. Wait, did you just say 1985? It’s time to take a look at one of wrestling’s biggest events from the mid-80s and see what it might have been like with a few historical alterations. What if Jim Crockett Promotions hosted its tag team tournament the Crockett Cup in 1985 and included teams from promotions outside the National Wrestling Alliance (“NWA”) including the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), the American Wrestling Association (AWA), New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), All Japan Pro Wrestling, and more? In this case, you’d have 48 of the greatest tag teams in the world battling in a winner take all tournament for $1,000,000 and the prestigious Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Trophy.

First Round Rules: Here are the rules for the first-round matches. A pool of referees from the NWA, AWA, and WWF have been appointed for the tournament and randomly selected for each match. The first-round matches have a thirty-minute time limit and are sanctioned under NWA rules (throwing an opponent over the top rope is an automatic disqualification). The matches are one fall with a win obtained by a pinfall, submission, count-out, or disqualification.
The first-round matches are being held over two nights. The first eight matches took place at the Baltimore Civic Center on Thursday April 11. Bob Caudle and David Crockett are calling the matches tonight. The remaining eight matches in round one take place at the Norfolk Scope on Friday April 12. In match eleven, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr. defeated “Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez and Thunderbolt Patterson. Match twelve was a hard-fought battle between the babyface teams of the Rock-n-Roll RPMs (Mike Davis and Tommy Lane) and Mark and Jay Youngblood, with the Youngbloods emerging victorious. As we head into the last four matches of round one, keep in mind that these titanic teams are battling for more than just bragging rights—they’re competing for the prestigious Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Trophy and a cool one million dollars.

    Announcers Bob Caudle and David Crockett tell fans they have a special video message  from NWA President Jim Crockett Jr. about the tournament.

    Jim Crockett Jr. is shown sitting in his office and he informs the fans that an emergency board meeting is being convened by the National Wrestling Alliance regarding a request by both the Freebirds and the Russians concerning the Crockett Cup. However, due to it being an ongoing matter, he cannot provide any details. An announcement will be made during round two of the tournament.
This edition features World Class Championship Wrestling’s “Dynamic Duo” (Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez) taking on Central States Wrestling’s American Starship (Starship Eagle and Starship Coyote) while brothers Bret and Buzz Sawyer lock horns with the WWF’s Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.

Tony Schiavone is backstage with “Gorgeous” Gino Hernandez and Chris Adams (aka the Dynamic Duo) as well as Adams’s manager Gary Hart. Both men are dressed to the nines in what look like custom-made suits while Hart looks like a well-dressed hoodlum. Tony Schiavone tells them they could give NWA World Heavyweight Champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair a run for his money when it comes to styling and profiling. Both wrestlers scoff and Hernandez tells Schiavone Ric Flair is doing okay for himself, but he’s no “Gorgeous” Gino. Gino pulls out a photo album and shows pictures of beautiful women including one of Farrah Fawcett. Hernandez tells Schiavone that the women in the Carolinas will never be the same now after seeing him and his tag team partner. Guys like Ric Flair, Magnum T.A., and the Rock-n-Roll Express just can’t hold a candle to them and the women will be begging “The Dynamic Duo” to stay in the Carolinas. Chris Adams takes the microphone and laughs, telling Tony they like the women here, but once they collect their million dollars, they’ll be headed back to Texas and Ric Flair and company can have their leftovers. Tony asks “The Dynamic Duo” about their opponents, American Starship and they say they’re an afterthought. They’re going down and then “The Dynamic Duo” are ready to hit the town. Gary Hart stands in the back and nods, apparently very happy with the promo.

The Dynamic Duo (“Gorgeous” Gino Hernandez and Chris Adams)
with Gary Hart
American Starship (Starship Eagle and Starship Coyote)
Starship Eagle and Coyote are facing the fans, soaking in the cheers. Unfortunately, they’ve made the mistake of turning their backs to the Dynamic Duo. Hernandez and Adams blindside the babyfaces as referee Stu Schwartz hasn’t even signaled for the bell to ring. Hernandez throws Eagle through the ropes as Adams catapults Coyote towards Hernandez who clotheslines him. Schwartz orders one of the Dynamic Duo to go back to their corner as “The Handsome Half-Breed” goes to the heel corner while Adams hits a superkick on Coyote, nearly decapitating him. Adams covers Coyote as Schwartz counts to three. David Crockett says the American Starship crashed on takeoff. Gary Hart congratulates Adams and Hernandez as the two heels throw Coyote out towards his partner.

Winners: Gino Hernandez and Chris Adams.

Tony Schiavone is at ringside preparing for an interview when the Dynamic Duo and Gary Hart show up. Hart tells Schiavone the fans have just witnessed a sample of the destruction his client Chris Adams can do along with Adams’s partner. Tony’s interview guests Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka show up as the Dynamic Duo and Hart leave. At first, it looks like the two teams might get into a scrap, but the heels put some pep into their step and take off.

Tony Schiavone talks with Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka at ringside as the fans are going nuts. Tony welcomes both men back to the Mid-Atlantic area and Steamboat says it’s great to be back. The Carolinas will always hold a special spot in his heart and it was good running into his former tag team partner Jay Youngblood backstage. Steamboat tells Tony the Youngbloods are one of many tag teams that could win the Crockett Cup, and he’d love to meet up with them in a later round. Jimmy Snuka nods his head and says it’s good to be back. He was a different man when the fans saw him last and he’s seen the light, bruddah. No more taking shortcuts or siding with people like the Andersons. He’s got a solid tag team partner and they’re ready to show the world just what they can do. Snuka tells the fans he loves them before he and Steamboat enter the ring.

Brett and Buzz Sawyer
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat:
Brett Sawyer shakes hands with Ricky Steamboat before Central States Wrestling referee Sonny Meyers signals for the bell to start the match. The two appear to be going for a collar and elbow tie-up, but Brett slides by and gets a drop-hold leg-takedown on Steamboat surprising him. Brett grabs Steamboat’s arm and locks him into an armbar as he drags him to his corner. Tag to Brett. The brothers Sawyer whip Steamboat into the ropes and Buzz hits a forearm, knocking Steamboat down and making it easy for him to continue the armbar. Steamboat is looking to escape, but Buzz has it locked in tight and brings Steamboat back to his corner, tagging in Brett. Bob Caudle notes the excellent teamwork by the brothers. David says we haven’t seen any of Buzz’s “Mad Dog” tendencies. Bob tells David both Sawyer brothers have excellent amateur skills, as they’re showing right now. Brett dives off the top rope with an elbow to the arm Buzz has the armbar on. Brett picks up Steamboat and bodyslams him. Another tag as Buzz comes in and both brothers whip Steamer into the ropes, catching him with a double elbow to the chest. Brett throws Steamboat into the corner where Buzz is waiting. Another tag as Buzz slams Steamboat with his arm behind him, continuing to target his arm. David Crockett is amazed at the innovative maneuver until Bob Caudle reminds him it’s a trademark of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, something David has seen numerous times before. Whatever the case, it’s working Crockett adds as Steamboat winces in pain as Buzz applies an armbar. Steamboat reaches for the ropes but Sawyer pulls him back.

Brett then whips Steamboat into the ropes and goes for a dropkick but Steamboat somehow manages to grab onto the rope. Steamboat clutches his sore arm as Brett moves in. Ricky chops him with his good arm, knocking Brett back. Brett moves in again and gets another chop, knocking him back further. Steamboat dives into his corner and tags “The Superfly.” Brett moves in towards Snuka only to get a headbutt for his trouble. Snuka drops a knee on Brett’s head then whips him into the ropes, catching him with a chop. Bodyslam by Snuka. Bob Caudle says Snuka has completely changed the momentum of the match. Brett hits a forearm on Snuka, but “The Superfly” shrugs it off, hitting a chop. So far, every chop in the match has been legal Bob Caudle notes.

Snuka delivers a brutal backbreaker on Brett as Steamboat is getting the feeling back into his arm. Irish whip sends Brett towards Steamboat. Tag to Ricky who joins Jimmy in whipping Brett into the ropes. Steamboat hits a big back body-drop on Brett then tags Snuka back in. Buzz Sawyer claps his hands as he tries to rally the fans behind Brett but the crowd is cheering both babyface teams. Snuka chops Brett as Sawyer goes down. Things are looking bad. Another backbreaker to Brett only adds to his problems as Snuka tags in Steamboat. Steamboat goes to the second rope and hits a big chop on Brett, covering him. Buzz comes in and breaks up the pin. Snuka comes in and begins slugging it out with “Mad Dog.” Snuka whips Buzz into the ropes but Buzz reverses it and surprises Snuka with a powerslam, covering him. At the same time, Brett is up on his feet but staggering. Ricky Steamboat rolls him up as the referee counts, 1-2-3.

Buzz Sawyer jumps to his feet and raises his hand after covering Snuka for what he thought was the win. However, the referee puts Buzz’s arm down and raises Snuka and Steamboat’s arms. Referee Sonny Meyers tells Buzz that Brett and Ricky were the legal men in the ring. Buzz isn’t happy about it, and he kicks at the turnbuckles.

Winners: Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

Join us next time as the talented Central States Wrestling duo the Batten Twins lock up with the AWA’s Fabulous Ones and Mid-Atlantic legend Johnny Weaver teams up with Sam Houston to battle the Sheepherders. Which teams will advance to the second round and which will go home empty-handed? Stay tuned wrestling fans!

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Tournament Announcement
Seedings and First Round Pairings Announced 
First Round: Matches 1 & 2
    Hennig/Blackwell vs. Mulligan/McDaniel
    Tyler/Whatley vs. Maharishi/Nagasaki
First Round: Matches 3 & 4
    Windham/Rotunda vs. Bockwinkel/Saito
    Rougeaus vs. Inoki/Sakaguchi
First Round: Matches 5 &6
    Barbarian/Graham vs. Hart Foundation (Hart/Neidhart)
    High Flyers (Brunzell/Gagne) vs. Savage/Poffo
First Round: Matches 7 & 8:
    The Von Erich vs. Blanchard/Abdullah the Butcher
    Tenryu/Tsuruta vs. The British Bulldogs
First Round: Matches 9 & 10:
    Graham/Blair vs. DiBiase/Williams
    Valiant/McGraw vs. Lawler/Dundee
First Round: Matches 11 & 12:
    Piper/Orton vs. Patterson/Fernandez
    Rock & Roll RPMs vs. Youngblood Brothers
First Round: Matches 13 and 14:
    Dynamic Duo (Gino & Chris) vs. American Starship
    Sawyer Bros. vs. Steamboat/Snuka

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Mid-Atlantic TV Report: November 27, 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 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: 11/27/82
(taped 11/24/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network Direct Link to this show Mid-Atlantic 11/27/82
WWE Network feed.   [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]

Once again, the show opens up with a match already in the ring.

Match 1
Mike Rotundo d. Rick Harris
Roddy Piper is with Bob Caudle on the mic. Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour. Piper promises to be quiet and only answer when asked a question. Caudle doesn’t buy it for a moment. Rotundo wins a quickie with the pin following an airplane spin.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike Rotundo
Rotundo wants another crack at Leroy Brown, after losing three times (well technically one was a DQ win) on TV. He won’t be satisfied until he can beat Leroy. If he wants to say in professional wrestling, he has to beat guys like Leroy Brown.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter
They review the same 11/12/82 Charlotte Slaughter & Kernodle vs. Steamboat & Youngblood match we saw last week. This time, Slaughter narrates and gives his perspective. Steamboat & Youngblood were cheating. He and Kernodle were mighty. Slaughter really puts over the Slaughter Cannon finisher, where Kernodle held up Youngblood, and Slaughter came off the top rope with a clothesline. Slaughter says Steamboat will retire if Youngblood doesn’t return.


Match 2
Non-Title: Paul Jones [Mid-Atlantic champ.] d. Masa Fuchi
Piper is still there, and is announcing like a low-key, intelligent color commentator. Pretty insightful actually. He notes the difference in the American and Japanese styles. Caudle says we will have a live Ric Flair workout later in the hour. An even match, but Jones finds an opening and applies the Indian Death Lock for the submission. “The counter is don’t get in it,” Piper said.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Paul Jones
Jones dons a gaudy cowboy hat. He has blood on his chest, looking like it came from a scratch. Jones puts over Ric Flair. Jones is indignant when Caudle praises Dusty Rhodes. If he could pick as dream from Florida, it would be John Studd or Angelo Mosca. He talks about how he threw the Florida title off a bridge once. Jones also goes off on Piper.


Match 3
Bob Orton, Jr. & Jack Brisco d. Bill White & Ken Timbs
Timbs is sporting new blonde hair. Caudle brings up Paul Jones. Piper doesn’t take the bait. Piper notes how Orton almost beat Bob Backlund. Check those matches out on You Tube if you can find them, two from the Spectrum and one from MSG. Orton finishes Timbs off with a power slam for the pin.

-Comments from Roddy Piper
Piper is on the World Wide set, talking about the House of Humperdink. He brings in Bob Orton, Jimmy Valiant and Abdullah the Butcher. Jimmy is dancing going nuts. Abdullah keeps smashing a board into his head. Jimmy keeps switching hats. Pretty nutty. This may have been a local promo


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jack Brisco
Weird Network rejoin into this one. Brisco is low-key, talking about getting the Mid-Atlantic championship back from Paul Jones; Jay Youngblood’s injury; and the Brisco Brothers desire to go after the tag team championship.


Match 4
Non-Title: Greg Valentine [U.S. Champion] d. King Parsons
No Sir Oliver Humperdink this week, I guess. Easy win for Valentine with the elbow smash.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Roddy Piper
Piper steps away from the desk to deliver another rant to Caudle. Not his best rant, but could. Focuses on the House of Humperdink. Says he has Piper’s Palace. They can continue to hurl insults, or they can get in the ring.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ric Flair
Flair insults a woman in the crowd. He says he will have workout in the ring as a treat for the fans

-Ric Flair workout
Flair does referee’s position with Keith Larsen. Flair escapes easily from the bottom, then scores a pin from the top. Ron Ritchie’s turn. Flair has a harder time, but escapes and then makes the pin. Note, the referee isn’t actually counting the pin. Flair is about to call it a day. He insults Piper on the way out. Piper jumps in the ring to accept Flair’s challenge.
Flair accepts. He tells the referee to count the pin this time. He starts on the bottom. He can’t escape, as the head into the ropes. Piper’s turn on the bottom. Piper escapes. Flair wants another shot. Piper sets up on the bottom. Flair kicks him in the ribs and starts to beat on Piper. Flair lowers his head, and Piper with the swinging neckbreaker and makes the cover. Piper gets the pin, with the referee counting.
Piper tells Caudle, he beat Flair amateur, he beat him pro, what’s next amateur?
Flair says he wants another go in the ring. Piper says he has nothing to prove. Valentine comes back, and sneak attacks Piper. Flair and Valentine rub Piper’s face on the floor. That is a dirty looking floor too. Larsen and Ritchie try to make the save, but to no avail. The heels continue to rub Piper’s face into the floor, and punch his head as well. Surprisingly, no blood.
Back in the ring, more face rubbing. Caudle notes they are trying to give him a mat burn. Orton comes to make the save, and the heels eventually take a powder.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Paul Jones, Sgt. Slaughter, Greg Valentine and Ric Flair
Jones is out first and insults Piper and praises Flair and Valentine. Slaughter, Flair and Valentine join in. Flair starts yelling at David Crockett off screen, talking about millions and other nonsense. Slaughter joins in.
Flair narrates a replay of the attack on Piper. He notes they did the same thing to Steamboat a few years ago. Sarge says he’s declared war on North Carolina. He wishes he was part of it. Flair says he was, taking out Jay Youngblood.
Talk turns to Bob Orton. Flair praises Orton, “But this isn’t New York. This isn’t Atlanta. This isn’t Kansas City. This is the Carolinas!”
Slaughter notes “This isn’t Bob Backlund. This ain’t Pedro Morales or Jimmy Snuka. This is the world’s greatest.” Slaughter says the Mid-Atlantic is where the most money is made.

“So long for now.”


Results for the week, 11/22/82-11/28/82

Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngbood Tag Team: Where it All Began

by David Chappell
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

One of the greatest tag teams in the history of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling was the tandem of Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood. Five times NWA World Tag Team Champions from late 1979 until late 1983, Steamboat and Youngblood were the gold standard for fan favorite tag teams in that time period.

Ricky Steamboat entered the Mid-Atlantic area in February of 1977, and he soon became an established singles competitor and champion. On the tag team side of things, he formed a potent tag team with Paul Jones, capturing the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Titles with Paul later in 1977, and even had a brief run with Jones as the NWA World Tag Team Champions in the late spring of 1978.

Steamboat and Youngblood later became
NWA World Tag Team Champions
Youngblood entered the Mid-Atlantic territory in April of 1978 and his rise to stardom was much more stunted that Steamboat’s. During the early months of his Mid-Atlantic run, Jay shifted back and forth between the lower and mid card ranks, and Youngblood wasn’t positioned for a main event tag team run with Steamboat until it unexpectedly happened in the early autumn of 1979.

When Jim Crockett Promotions fans tuned into the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling television show that aired in many markets on July 15, 1978, they were likely excited about a couple of things that were teased in the show’s opening by hosts Bob Caudle and David Crockett. First was a replay from a memorable segment that occurred several months prior, where Blackjack Mulligan publicly taunted Ric Flair by showing off several personal items of Ric’s that Mulligan discovered in a van the two had jointly shared while they were friends.

The second thing that seemed noteworthy on this July 15, 1978 Mid-Atlantic show was a main event caliber bout between Greg Valentine and “Mr. Wrestling” Tim Woods where Greg’s 1000 silver dollars were at stake in the ten-minute time limit match. The match would live up to expectations, as the two Mid-Atlantic stars went to an exciting ten-minute draw.

During the run down of the card’s scheduled contests, fans likely didn’t have much of a reaction when Caudle said, “Then, Jay Youngblood and Ricky Steamboat will team together for more tag team action with Bill Howard and Frank Monte.” Or when Crockett continued, “That’s going to be a very good match because it’s a young team…an exciting combination.” The only question that this paring may have raised in the fans’ eyes was why was Steamboat teaming with this mid-carder, and not with his regular partner Paul Jones.

At the bout’s onset, Caudle exclaimed, “Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood, what a fine young team they make. Steamboat, [is] one half of the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions along with his tag team partner Paul Jones who holds those belts. And it’s Youngblood who gets us started against big Bill Howard.” Almost immediately, Steamboat and Youngblood began isolating a single body part of their two opponents and their speed was clearly confounding their slower opponents.

Crockett then observed, “They’re doing very well together, Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood.” Jay then went on a run where he showcased some tremendous chops and an outstanding dropkick, and then he brought in Ricky for some fabulous chops of his own. Caudle said, “Steamboat and Youngblood are working very well together, like they’ve been in a few matches themselves together. Another tag, another quick change!”

As the short bout neared its conclusion, all four grapplers were in the ring at the same time when the good guys isolated Franke Monte and worked him over while Bill Howard was stuck in the corner, and pinned Monte in the process. Crockett exclaimed, “How about that! Good win by Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood!”

Caudle elaborated on the finish, “You could have counted a dozen! Well, the referee was slow getting there because he was busy and here in slow motion you see them come right over him and there goes Steamboat, got him with the elbow, here’s the chop and right here he had him pinned for the count of three and the referee could have counted a dozen with our winners Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood.”

In the next interview segment on the program, Caudle talked with Ricky and Jay gushing, “And here’s a couple of young fellows that just looked fantastic up there, and you two guys worked great together Ricky, Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood. You two worked together like you’ve been working together for years…just beautiful.” Steamboat replied, “This Indian right here uses chops similar to mine, and as you can see, even though this is the very first time we’ve been tagged up…we went against like Bill Howard and the guys of these likes that have been wrestling on and off this television for a long, long time, and we pulled out a victory!”

Caudle followed up, observing, “Oh man, it was more than pulled one out, I tell you, it was almost like you steamrolled right over them!” Steamboat answered, “Hey, I don’t know what it was, maybe it was a sixth sense or something as you could say, because every time he just gave me an eye or something, when I looked at him that was the time to tag out or get the other partner in there to work on the other guy.”

Bob then brought in Youngblood briefly, “Jay, I tell ya, you guys were fantastic!” Youngblood answered, “Thank you very much. First of all I’d like to say it’s a pleasure being back here in the Mid-Atlantic area…I’ve been gone for a couple of weeks. But I’ve been taking a tour of the Mid-Atlantic area [and] I’ve been watching Steamboat and I think we can get things going.”

While this first pairing of Steamboat and Youngblood in July of 1978 didn’t lead to anything at the time that would suggest these two would come to be one of the greatest tag teams in the promotion’s history, this TV match did provide a glimpse into the moves, style and teamwork that would become hallmarks of the tandem that would begin their magical carpet ride together in about another year. And what a ride Ricky and Jay had…and it all started with the humble beginnings of just another television match of two guys being thrown together on a hot July Saturday in 1978!

Friday, July 17, 2020

Mid-Atlantic TV Report: November 20, 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 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: 11/20/82
(taped 11/17/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network Direct Link to this show: Mid-Atlantic11/20/82
WWE Network feed.   [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]

Match 1
Bob Orton Jr. d. Ben Alexander
Again, the show starts with the match in progress, and again a short match. Orton wins with an atomic drop, followed by a back suplex with a bridge for the pin. Roddy Piper is on commentary and complimentary of Orton. Tommy Young is the referee for the hour.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle and Roddy Piper: Bob Orton, Jr.
Orton said Piper called him, interrupting his vacation. But, he didn’t mind if it meant battling the House of Humperdink. Is it me, or Orton looks and somewhat wrestles like Terry Funk?

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ricky Steamboat
Steamboat is working on a beard.
ARENA CLIP:  Slaughter & Kernodle vs. Steamboat & Youngblood from 11/12/82 in Charlotte.
Classic double-teaming, referee distracting maneuvers on Steamboat. He finally breaks free with a big suplex on Kernodle for the hot tag. A few moments later, Steamboat slingshots Youngblood on top of Slaughter for the apparent 1-2-3. But Slaughter had his foot on the ropes, and referee Tommy Young extends the match. As Youngblood and Steamboat celebrate, Kernodle knees Steamboat who collides into Young wiping both men out. He heels double team Youngblood. Slaughter has the Cobra Clutch. Young tries to break it up, but Kernodle tosses him away.
With the clutch on, Kernodle grabs his legs. Then, we get the “censor” screen. Steamboat says “Jason” had his neck muscles ripped out. Steamboat and Young drag and carry out Youngblood. Steamboat says he took his partner to the emergency clinic. Youngblood flew to Texas to look at a specialist. But, he’ll be back in a few weeks. He’s going to go down fighting.
Not sure were Youngblood went. I checked Japan results, and I didn’t see him listed.


Match 2
Roddy Piper d. Jim Nelson
Piper has the kilt, but plain light blue tights. Nelson isn’t even called “Private,” wearing just a black singlet. A very aggressive Piper gets the pin after a saulto suplex.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jack Brisco
ARENA CLIP: Paul Jones vs. Jack Brisco from the Charlotte Coliseum.
Brisco joins in to narrate. At one point, referee Sonny Fargo gets knocked out of the ring. Jones goes for a roll up. Brisco kicks out, and Jones deliberately jumps over the top rope attempting to fool Fargo that it was intentional for a DQ. Fargo recovers, and doesn’t buy Jones’ act. Back in the ring, Brisco locks in the Figure Four in the middle of the ring. But, he gets a rope break. Brisco refuses to let go and Fargo calls for the DQ. Brisco says he’s weakened Jones for next time.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jack Brisco
This is in lieu of local promos. Brisco mentioned the show is now seen in Florida, and gives a shout out to Dusty Rhodes. Caudle and Brisco go over general Mid-Atlantic items: House of Humperdink, Slaughter & Kernodle vs. Steamboat & Youngblood


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Greg Valentine
Before they go to a clip of Valentine winning the U.S. championship, Valentine gloats.
ARENA CLIP: Greg Valentine wins U.S Title from Wahoo McDaniel in Norfolk Scope Arena
We go to the clip from 11/12/82 Norfolk. Valentine narrates, insulting Wahoo often.

Match 3
Jack Brisco d. Dory Funk, Jr. by DQ
Holy cow! Funk vs. Brisco on TV! And, it’s the $100,000 challenge to boot. Lots of counters and mat wrestling. Each man quickly escapes the other’s leg lock. But this match only lasts a few minutes. Funk is DQ’d for intentionally tossing Brisco over the top rope.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink & Leroy Brown
ARENA CLIP: Dusty Rhodes vs. Brown from 11/12/82 Charlotte.
Humperdink says they will soon face in a Bullrope match. Humperdink doesn’t know what it is, but Brown does. Lots of Dusty insults. The tape stops. Not sure if it is a Mid-Atlantic problem originally, or it got damaged over time.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink & Leroy Brown
This is in lieu of local promos. Brown talks smack about Mike Rotundo. They meet next.


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike Rotundo
Rotundo has brief words before the next match.

Match 4
Leroy Brown (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Mike Rotundo
No neck collar this week for Rotundo. Brown dominates most of the match. Rotundo counters with a series of ankle picks to take down Brown. On their feet, Rotundo has Brown in the corner. Humperdink distracts, and Brown follows with a knockout punch followed by an elbow for the win.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle; Sir Oliver Humperdink & Paul Jones
Slaughter is wearing a camo sport coat and vest. They talk smack about Steamboat & Youngblood, as well as Piper & Abdullah. Sarge channels a Jim Croce song. Humperdink introduces Jones, who is wearing an atrocious red plaid sport coat. He threatens Jack Brisco. Jos LeDuc drops by, with a pull over shirt and jacket. He stays silent as Humperdink does the talking about the TV title and Sandy Scott.


Results for the week, 11/15/82-11/21/82
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock

Mon., 11/15/82 Greenville, SC; Greenville Memorial Auditorium
Abe Jacobs draw Rick Harris
Porkchop Cash & King Parsons beat Ken Timbs & Bill White
Ron Ritchie beat Pvt. Nelson
Sweet Brown Sugar beat Leroy Brown
Jimmy Valiant beat Greg Valentine by DQ
Jack Brisco beat Dory Funk, Jr.

Wed., 11/17/82 Charlotte, NC; WPCQ-TV studio
World Wide Wrestling:
Bob Orton, Jr. beat Jim Dalton
Dory Funk, Jr. draw Sweet Brown Sugar
Paul Jones beat Jack Brisco by DQ
Pvt. Kernodle beat Ron Ritchie
Roddy Piper beat Ben Alexander

Thu., 11/18/82 Sumter, SC
Wahoo McDaniel & Sweet Brown Sugar vs. Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Kernodle
Dory Funk, Jr. vs. Jack Brisco
Jay Youngblood vs. Paul Jones
Gene Anderson vs. Frank Monte
Porkchop Cash vs. Ricky Harris
Keith Larsen vs. Ben Alexander

Thu., 11/18/82 Harrisonburg, VA
Candi Malloy vs. Donna Christiannello
Jimmy Valiant vs. Jos LeDuc in a cage match

Fri., 11/19/82 Charleston, SC; Charleston Town Hall
Greg Valentine vs. Wahoo McDaniel
Porkchop Cash vs. Gene Anderson
Pvt. Nelson vs. Keith Larsen
Frank Monte vs. Rick Rudd
Gary Black vs. Masa Fuchi
Ricky Harris vs. Abe Jacobs

Sun., 11/21/82 Roanoke, VA
King Parsons beat Pvt. Nelson
Sweet Brown Sugar beat Gene Anderson
Leroy Brown beat Johnny Weaver [Weaver sub Piper]
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Mike Rotundo
Boot Camp match: Roddy Piper & Ricky Steamboat d. Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle [Piper sub Jay Youngblood]
U.S. title: Greg Valentine [ch.] d. Wahoo McDaniel
NWA World Heavyweight championship/title can change hands via DQ: Ric Flair [ch.] d. Jack Brisco