Sunday, September 22, 2019

Andre the Giant's First Night in Charlotte

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Awhile back I posted a series on Andre the Giant's first tour of the Mid-Atlantic area in June of 1974. The story was inspired by a submission to the Mid-Atlantic Gateway by Les Thatcher of some photographs that he took and a wonderful story he had written then when he was tasked to take Andre on several promotional stops around the territory.

The can check that series out here:

Part 1: The Tour (includes a photo with Joe, Elliot, and Carl Murnick.)
Part 2: Les Thatcher's Opus: Les Thatcher's "lost story" about taking Andre on tour (including photos with Charlie Harville, Nick Pond, and Joe Murnick.)
Part 3: Context (Including additional photos with Scott Casey and Bill Ward, plus other Mid-Atlantic history that week.)

As I mentioned in the series, I was amazed out how much memorabilia seemed to exist from that one week in 1974. And now I've come across a bit more.

Scooter Lesley, who owns the vast photo archives of the late Gene Gordon, recently sent me a photo Gordon took of Andre in the locker room at the old Charlotte Coliseum (aka, Independence Arena, now Bojangles Coliseum.) I immediately thought of Les Thatcher's story and his photographs.

Nelson Royal, Swede Hanson, and Andre the Giant in Charlotte, June 10, 1974

The photograph, seen here, is of Nelson Royal and Swede Hansen looking up in awe at Andre. Although clearly staged, Nelson and Swede were no doubt legitimately in awe of the "Eight Wonder of the World" as they spent the week with him on his first tour of the area.

I knew the photo had to be from that week in June 1974, just based on some quick tell-tale signs. Nelson Royal still being in the area at the same time Swede Hansen was a babyface pegged it to those months in 1974, and this was likely Andre's only tour through that time. I knew that Nelson had teamed with Andre on Andre's first card in Charlotte. I looked up the newspaper clipping of that 6/10/74 Charlotte Coliseum show in Mark Eastridge's vast clipping archives, and confirmed that Swede Hanson was indeed on that same show, too.

That night in Charlotte, where Andre teamed with Royal to defeat Mr. Ota and Mr. Hiashi, was part of an 11-day tour that stretched from 6/3 to 6/13/74.
  • Mon 6/3 - Greenwood SC - Andre beat Pedro Godoy and Mike Paidousis
  • Tue 6/4 - Raleigh NC - Andre defeated Mike Paidousis and Bill White
  • Wed 6/5 - Anderson SC -Andre & Sandy Scott def. Mr. Ota/Mr. Hiashi
  • Thu 6/6 - Greensboro NC - Andre participated in a Battle Royal
  • Fri 6/7 - Richmond VA - Andre participated in a Battle Royal
  • Sat 6/8 - Roanoke VA - Andre def. Chuck O'Connor and Mike Paidousis
  • Sun 6/9 - Rocky Mount NC - Andre def. O'Connor/"Two Ton" Harris
  • Mon 6/10 - Charlotte NC - Andre & Nelson Royal def. Mr. Ota/Mr. Hiashi
  • Tue 6/11 - Columbia SC - defeated Mike Paidousis and Bill White
  • Wed 6/12 - Raleigh NC - Studio TV Appearance
  • Thu 6/13 - Norfolk VA - Andre participated in a Battle Royal
Andre was also one of the "lumberjacks" in the main event that night, a Lumberjack Match between the Super Destroyer (Don Jardine) and Swede Hanson. That match ended in a "no decision" when at one point all of the lumberjacks found themselves in the ring in swinging away at each other until Andre cleared the ring of everybody!   

No doubt Andre made a big impression on wrestling fans as well as his peers that first week in the area. Gene Gordon's photograph, added to Les Thatcher's photos and "lost story" documented earlier, are a lasting record of that memorable period of time.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Tony Schiavone Profile for Charlotte O's Baseball (1982)

Before Tony Schiavone joined ringside partners Bob Caudle, David Crockett, and Johnny Weaver as one of the voices of Mid-Atlantic and World Wide Wrestling in the early 1980s, he was the radio voice of the Charlotte O's baseball franchise, the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

Both the wrestling organization and the baseball club were part of Jim Crockett Promotions, Inc.

Ric Flair recently told listeners on episode #26 of his podcast "WOOOOO! Nation" that after meeting Tony and hearing him call O's baseball, he suggested to the Crockett family that Schiavone get a chance to join the wrestling part of the company.

Not long after Flair's suggestion, Schiavonie had the opportunity to follow the legendary Charlotte wrestling announcer "Big" Bill Ward as host of the localized promo segments that were inserted into the wrestling shows. He later was the backstage interviewer for "Starrcade '83" and then got his shot co-hosting "World Wide Wrestling" alongside David Crockett later in 1984. The rest, as they say, was history.

But before all that took place, the following short profile on Tony appeared in a 1982 Charlotte O's baseball program....

One of Greensboro's top radio personalities comes to Charlotte this year as the voice of the O's. He is Tony Schiavone, a 24 year old native of Virginia. Last year Tony was the voice of the Class A Greensboro Hornets and was named 1981 South Atlantic League Broadcaster of the Year.

Bob Taylor of WBTV will join Tony this year as color man. This will be Bob's second year on O's Radio, and the former professional player once again brings his knowledge of the game to the booth.

Schiavone is a graduate of James Madison University and has been in radio for five years. His past duties have involved football, basketball, and baseball play-by-play, and host of a call-in talk show.

His duties with the O's will also include coordinating media information and keeping official statistics.
Schiavone is married to the former Lois Berger of Greensboro and they are expecting their first child in July.

 Originally published December 26, 2015 on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Friday, September 20, 2019

Mid-Atlantic TV: March 6, 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

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

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 3/06/82
(taped 3/03/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]
 Bob Caudle & Roddy Piper open the show. The Brisco Brothers are here, and Roddy Piper looks forward to meeting them. Speaking of which …

—Int. w/Caudle: Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco
Jerry compliments Piper. Piper asks Jack how he handles fear. Jack doesn’t fear anyone. Good work by Piper, but he had his back to the camera the whole time.

Match 1
Austin Idol d. Vinnie Valentino
Dave Hebner is the referee for the hour. Mostly Idol on the offense, save one brief flurry from Valentino. Lots of flexing and shimmying from Idol. He wins with the Las Vegas Leglock.

—Int. w/Caudle: Jake Roberts
Roberts talks about Slaughter and his Privates attack on Steamboat and Flair from 2/21/82 in Greensboro. We go to the clip, first seen last week. Caudle and Roberts narrate. As a refresher, after Flair defeated Steamboat, Slaughter and the Privates attacked Steamboat in the ring. Flair makes the save, but gets attacked himself, brutalized with a belt. Steamboat clears the ring with a chair, with Roberts and Stevens helping out. Steamboat carried a bloodied Flair to the back. Roberts is so good, before his creepy, demented heel interviews from Georgia/Mid-South and perfected in the WWF.


Match 2
David Patterson d. Rick Benefield
Most of the talk centers around Slaughter. Patterson, wrestling’s Gable Kaplan, wins with a side leg sweep. Maybe a Side Cuban Legsweep?

—local promos w/Big Bill Ward
Ward plugs the bumper sticker. Austin Idol says the Ann Arbor fans are begging for him. TV champ Ivan Koloff talks about potential contenders. He doesn’t care. But, Jimmy Valiant is crazy in the head. He’s not getting a title shot.


—Int. w/Caudle: Ray Stevens
Stevens compliments Roddy Piper. Then, the talk turns to last week’s brawl between Jimmy Valiant and Ole & Hansen & Koloff. We then go to the clip from last week. Back to the announce desk. Stevens is holding the mic. Where did Caudle go? Jimmy Valiant joins the set and says his piece.


—Int. w/Caudle: Ivan Koloff; Austin Idol; Sgt. Slaughter
Koloff yells about Valiant. He hints at challenging him to a chain match. Austin Idol is up next. Says the fans want to see him on TV. Idol is channeling his best Superstar Billy Graham. Sgt. Slaughter talks about a future match with Jerry Brisco. It doesn’t matter how many Privates he has, the Marines are one.

Caudle introduces the next match via magic blue screen.


Match 3
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco d. Bill White & Mike Miller
Piper says he will point out every mistake the Briscos make. The brothers didn’t cut the ring in half, allowing a tag out. Mistake one. The Briscos tagging, he calls selfish. Piper says in two weeks he’ll be named the most important wrestler of 1981. Finally, a conclusion to that contest! Caudle reminds fans you have a week left to send in your cards. Austin Idol is spotted filming on the outside. More squabbling from Piper about the Briscos. Jack makes Miller submit to the figure four for the win. That’s the same finisher twice on the show.

—local promos w/Big Bill Ward

Another bumper sticker promo. Blackjack Mulligan Jr. and Jack Brisco are in. Audio is bleeding into this segment. I guess that happens when you’re market 17 out of 17. Pretty generic stuff from the two.


Match 4
Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle d. Ron Ritchie & Tony Anthony
Caudle says the Privates won the Fayetteville tournament. Ole & Hansen won in Greensboro, as well as Atlanta. The Briscos won in Charlotte. All those results are legit (3/01, 2/07 & 2/28 and 2/14 respectively). Kernodle waylays Anthony with a loud chop. Nelson holds Anthony up and Kernodle comes off the top rope with a clothesline for the pin.

—Int. w/Caudle: Nelson & Kernodle
Kernodle starts yelling then walks away toward the camera and away from the mic. Caudle has to draw him back. The Privates ramble about all the babyfaces. Out comes Ricky Steamboat, wearing a suit. Steamboat stares them down, as the Privates back off. Steamboat laments losing a close friend of his, Don Kernodle. But, he gained Ric Flair back. Finally, a fired up babyface promo from Steamboat that has been missing for a while.

“So long for now!”

House show results after the jump...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dino Bravo's Mid-Atlantic TV Debut Was Memorable (Part 2)

by David Chappell
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

After defeating Steve Strong in his debut match on the April 28, 1976 Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling television show (as we learned in PART ONE), Dino Bravo joined Bob Caudle and David Crockett at the announcer's desk to offer some insight on the program's final match involving the NWA World's Tag Team Champions Gene and Ole Anderson. Bravo told the viewing audience that he had no love for the Andersons, as they had injured Bravo's partner about a year before. When Gene and Ole took over on young Randy Colley and were brutalizing him, Bravo ran up to the ring irate.

Caudle exclaimed, "Dino's going to the ring now David!" Crockett responded, "Dino's over there, he's yelling...why don't you beat him?" Caudle continued, "Randy Colley now, still picked up gonna be slammed again by Ole Anderson. And again he's gone back to the arm, and he's not attempting to pin." Crockett yelled, "He's got it locked; he's got the arm locked..he's applying the pressure!" At this point in time, it appeared Ole Anderson was out to break Colley's arm, which certainly did not sit well with Bravo.

An agitated Bravo remarked, "They could beat that kid!" At that instant, the referee stopped the bout with Caudle explaining, "The referee says ring the bell, that's it." Dino exclaimed, "They are sick, they are thoroughly disgusting. I wish I could get my hands on the two of them at one time." Gene and Ole then approached the announcers desk and Bravo confronted them yelling, "You're really proving something here, that kid's been wrestling two months already you try to cripple the kid. Why don't you try to break that arm; why don't you try to break that arm? Try, go ahead and try to break my arm!"

Somewhat perplexed, Ole countered, "Why don't you just buzz off, buddy-boy. Take that kid outta here before we break his arm! You wanna have your arm broken so bad, I'll give you a chance to get your arm broken! Get yourself a partner and come back in a couple of weeks and we'll wrestle get out of here!" Pushing the envelope, Dino responded, "A championship match...give me a championship match!" After shaking his head in disbelief and pondering the proposal, Ole fired back, "Alright, I tell you what're so big, you're so tough, I'll make it, we'll make it a championship match; you get yourself a partner."

Ole then fine-tuned his response a bit by elaborating, "But I'm gonna tell you what, there's a little stipulation there. If you want to have this you get any partner but it can't be Wahoo McDaniel...we've seen enough of him. It can't be Paul Jones, and it can't be Rufus R. Jones. You get anybody else you want, and I tell you what we'll wrestle you for the championship in two weeks right here in that ring." An exuberant Bravo shouted, "Beautiful!"

Ole clearly had enough of Dino, telling Caudle, "Get this kid outta here! I saw him a year or so ago out in L.A. and he had a partner out there at that time, what was his name Brito, or whatever it happened to be. And the guy is still a little bit hot, carries a little bit of a grudge because we..." Caudle jumped in and said, "He said you hurt his arm, hurt his partner's arm." A smiling Ole answered, "We didn't just hurt it, we dislocated it..tore it out. I could hear it when it was cracking, just like we had this kid right here. I could hear those cartilages crack."

An incensed Ole continued to vent to Caudle, "This guy thinks he's gonna come over, he came over in a match a few seconds ago and says beat somebody...I told you a million times to beat somebody isn't good enough. Because if you just beat somebody, like Gene and I have done so many times , you get a punk back like this one right here, who thinks he can have two or three weeks of good training and then he can beat us. Well the reason we go out there and break somebody's arm or dislocate it is to show 'em that they're not as tough as they think they are."

Ole even suggested Caudle had a role in Bravo's bravado continuing, "Now this wise-aleck comes out here; I don't know what you guys were talking about, it doesn't make any difference. You let him come over to the ring while I'm wrestling, you have him come over there and he says beat somebody...well we're gonna beat them in our own sweet time." Bob stood up for himself saying , "I didn't have him come over!" Unconvinced, Ole countered, " Well somebody did, somebody's sticking that kid's face in our face."

Getting angrier and angrier, Ole lashed out, "And I'll tell ya, the only thing that's gonna happen is Mr. Dino Bravo, or whatever your name is, as good as you might be, as nice a body as you've got, as big of arms as you might are gonna find out the same thing as anybody else has found out when they've wrestled the Anderson brothers. You know what our nickname is, it's the Wrecking Crew, and I tell ya when we get you in that ring, I told you...two weeks! Two weeks, you figure it out! You get yourself a partner, but like I said you can't have Wahoo, you can't have Jones, you can't have get anybody else in the world I don't care, anybody else...if you can find anybody else."

Bob then poked at Ole, "Why not one of those three, why not anybody?" Ole didn't take the bait saying, "Don't get into just get Bravo back out here. I don't care if he comes out here with a midget or anybody else. I'm gonna guarantee you one thing Bravo, you stuck your nose in our face once before and your partner got his arm broken. Now you're gonna stick your face into it again. In two weeks we're gonna come back here, we'll wrestle and we'll show you what we can do by putting these championship belts up against you and whoever you want.  And when we get you in that ring in two weeks you might as well start counting the end of your days because I'm gonna guarantee you just as sure as Gene and I are standing here, two weeks from now you're not gonna have an won't be able to wrestle again! And this is the guy that's gonna do it...Gene and I are gonna do it!"

While Dino Bravo secured his NWA World's Tag Team Title match in two weeks on television, the following week on Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling TV would set up the table for Dino's big chance!

The Andersons attack Dino Bravo on the May 5, 1976 Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling TV taping, and the wrestler who saved Dino is named Bravo's be continued in Part 3!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

An Upset for the Ages: Keirn and Conway beat the Andersons (1975)

by David Chappell
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

I loved watching Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling on television. In fact, my Saturday’s during the Mid-Atlantic era revolved around TV wrestling! But as much as I loved my television wrestling on Richmond’s WTVR-TV 6 back in the 1970’s, the TV matches themselves were very predictable as far as who won and who lost. And that was absolutely okay with me. It made sense that an established and championship duo like Gene and Ole Anderson would whip up on and defeat the many young upstart tandems that the promoters threw in against them on TV. For me, the team of Tiger Conway and Steve Keirn fit that bill. In my mind they were in the class of a good upcoming tag team, and would certainly put up a good fight, but there was no way in the world they could beat Gene and Ole Anderson. Boy, was I in for a big surprise!

Steve Keirn & Tiger Conway, Jr.
First off, let me say that in September of 1975 Conway and Keirn brought a little more to the table than some of the typical Anderson’s TV opponents. Tiger Conway, Jr. was rapidly losing the “junior” designation…he was becoming his own man, and an accomplished wrestler. Tiger rose to one half of the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions with Paul Jones in late 1974 and early 1975. But in February of 1975 when Gene and Ole Anderson took over as the area’s tag team kingpins, it was Tiger who was effectively booted out of the territory. Conway reappeared in the area with little fanfare a few weeks before being paired with Keirn in September of 1975.

Steve Keirn was building up some credentials as well. Hitting the area in the middle of 1975, the 1974 NWA Rookie of the Year put on an impressive showing against NWA World Champion Jack Brisco in a rare TV match from the WRAL TV studios soon after entering the territory. But Keirn’s performances after that were a bit uneven, and it appeared he was settling into a mid-card tag team slot with partner Ron Starr. Conway’s return to the area seemed to change things, as Tiger liked what he saw in the aggressive youngster Keirn.

Gene & Ole Anderson
During the latter days of September 1975, NWA World Tag Team Champions Gene and Ole Anderson were operating at an all-time high level. Gene and Ole were winding down one of the greatest tag teams programs ever, with Paul Jones and Wahoo McDaniel, having wrestled Jones and McDaniel in lengthy matches throughout the spring and summer. As great as the Anderson Brothers were, they perhaps were never as invincible-looking as they were in the middle of September of 1975.

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling TV show that was taped on September 17th was down to its final match of the program, with the World Tag Team champs Gene and Ole Anderson pitted against youngsters Tiger Conway and Steve Keirn in a non-title bout. While the match had no particular build-up, the crowd was super hyped. I probably should have sensed something unusual was up when television commentator David Crockett said, “There’s something in the air; I don’t know what it is, but these fans can feel it. They were up on their feet when Keirn and Conway walked in the ring. They’re ready!”

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Rhodes vs. Valentine as the "Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time" Tournament Continues

Round One of Mike Rickard's fantasy tournament of all the great Jim Crockett Promotions U.S. champions to determine the "Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time" wraps up this week!

This week, it's "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.

Dusty came close to first winning the title in 1979 when special referee Buddy Rogers aided him in defeating Ric Flair for the belt in Greensboro, only to have the NWA return the title to Flair days later. Having three short NWA World title runs under his belt by 1987, he finally capture Crockett's top title by defeating Lex Luger in a cage match at Starrcade '87 in Chicago.

Greg Valentine is a former three-time U.S. champion having defeated Ric Flair (1980), Wahoo McDaniel (1982), and Roddy Piper (1983) for the honors.

Valentine and Rhodes didn't meet often in the ring over the years, but Valentine was a top contender for the NWA title when Rhodes had it during the summer of 1981.

So, who you got? Check out this final match in the first round of the tournament on Canadian Bulldog World's website.

Round Two begins next week!

For the complete history of Jim Crockett Promotions' United States Championship, check out our book at the Gateway Book Store or on

Friday, September 13, 2019

Action Figures Friday: Steamboat and Flair and the U.S. Title

Back in 2015, Josh Watko wrote this nice review of our book "Jim Crockett Promotions' United States Championship." Josh also contributed images of memorabilia to the book that focused on "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes' 1987-1988 reign as U.S. champion.

Josh's memorabilia website, J.W.'s Wrestling Memorabilia, is a fun look at tons of different memroabilia from many different eras.

We particularly liked this photo he took of his Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair action figures alongside our book, and thought it would make a good entry for "Action Figures Friday."

You can buy our book on the history of the United States Championship at the Mid-Atlantic Gateway Book Store or on

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mid-Altantic TV: February 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

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

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 2/27/82
(taped 2/24/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]

Bob Caudle & Roddy Piper open the show. Sgt. Slaughter joins in, saying he should be the World Heavyweight champion. He’ll play a tape later.


Match 1
Terry Taylor d. David Patterson
Sonny Fargo, in a red uniform and white belt, is the referee for the hour. It took me a while to place Patterson. He looks like if early 1980s Alex Trebek stepped in the ring and had a body. Can you figure out who Patterson is? [Spoiler: he’ll have an interview in a few weeks, which finally makes it obvious]. Caudle mentions other wrestlers are upset with Austin Idol’s ringside filming. Idol is ringside here. Taylor nails Patterson with the flying forearm, places Patterson in an abdominal stretch, and rolls to the mat for a pin combo.


Match 2
Pvt. Jim Nelson & Pvt. Don Kernodle (w/Sgt. Slaughter) d. Mike Davis & Vinnie Valentino
Idol is filming and has a brief conversation with Slaughter. Piper praises the coaching Slaughter has given his Privates. Kerndole holds up Davis and Nelson comes off the top rope with a left-armed clothesline and makes the cover.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter
Slaughter talks about making a challenge prior to a recent Flair vs. Steamboat match to the winner. He says both men disrespected him. We go to a film clip from Feb. 21 in Greensboro. The Flair/Steamboat match just ended. Slaughter and his Privates jump Steamboat. Flair makes the save. Then, the heels turn their attention to Flair. Slaughter says it’s just him beating Flair. Slaughter whips Flair in the head with his military belt. Steamboat clears the ring with a chair. Steamboat, then, carries a bloodied Flair to the locker room.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson
This is the segment in lieu of a local promo. Kernodle says just call them Pvt. Nelson and Pvt. Kernodle, don’t use their first name. Kernodle lays some verbal smack upon Flair and Steamboat. Nelson is in a fighting mood, and challenges anyone to fight them. Kernodle shakes Piper’s hand. Kernodle insists they are their own men.


—Int. w/Roddy Piper: Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen
Piper takes over the mic. Hansen has a simplistic “Pro-Wrestling” t-shirt. Just as the interview gets started, the Network overdub of Jimmy Valiant’s music drowns everything out. Ole looks annoyed as Valiant comes hopping and bopping on the set. Valiant grabs the mic and dances. A punch by Ole, and it’s on. The battles spills into the ring, where Ivan Koloff is waiting for his match vs. Tony Anthony. Valiant holds his own against three men. Blackjack Mulligan Jr. and Ray Stevens (in a three-piece suit) come in to help their friend.

Valiant returns to Caudle, and thanks Mulligan and “The Crippla’” for helping him.

Match 3a:
NWA TV title: Ivan Koloff [ch.] -no match- Tony Anthony
The Koloff-Anthony match just gets cancelled and we move into the next match.

Match 3b:
Mike George d. Mike Miller
Piper disappears, so David Crockett joins Caudle. Idol continues to film, as Caudle notes he’s taking flak for it. George wins with the shoulder breaker.


—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ray Stevens & Jake Roberts & Blackjack Mulligan Jr.
Stevens talks about the melee with Valiant and Ole earlier, then Slaughter and his Privates attacking Flair/Steamboat. Roberts joins in, saying this is too much. He doesn’t know what happened with Kernodle. Mulligan, in a pink shirt and gray vest-coat warns Slaughter.
Caudle introduces the next match via magic blue screen


Match 4
Ron Ritchie d. Bill White
Crockett is still there. This is a slow-paced match. Enough time for Caudle & Crockett to brag about one hour of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling is the most action packed anywhere. The conservation continues with the 1981 contest, why Koloff didn’t wrestle in the hour, and maybe a little about the match in the ring. White goes for a slam, Ritchie slips behind and rolls him up for the pin. Crockett just has to call him over.

—Int. w/David Crockett: Ron Ritchie
A blown-up Ritchie talks about Slaughter’s attack on Flair and Steamboat. Slaughter comes out and says Ritchie can’t talk to him like that. Ritchie walks off.


—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Kelly Kiniski & Don Gilbert
This may be in lieu of the local promos. Kiniski gives a gee whiz, I’m glad to wrestle such great competition interview. Gilbert welcomes Kiniski to Mid-Atlantic. Kinsiki has his Canada jacket on, by the way.


Match 5
Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen (w/Gene Anderson) d. Kelly Kiniski & Don Gilbert
Idol talks to Caudle, about how he is not filming this time. He says it’s his right. He also claims to be the next World Heavyweight champion. Not a completely one-sided match, but close. Hansen pins Gilbert after nearly decapitating him with the clothesline.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen & Gene Anderson
Ole praises Hansen. They will be the greatest tag team. All three go nuts when Caudle mentions Jimmy Valiant’s names. It looks like Hansen said something he wasn’t supposed to, because the audio went momentarily silent. Ole mentions the Japs are coming to down, namely Baba. Idol wanders by for a cameo.

“So long for now!”

House show results for the week after the jump.