by David Chappell
Fans of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling television show were treated to a “beautiful” surprise on the October 4, 1978 TV taping from the WRAL TV studios in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ricky Steamboat came out for an interview to start the show, but it turned out Ricky would be the interviewer of his own special guest.
As the lovely Miss North Carolina appeared before the cameras, Steamboat exclaimed, “Nature Boy [Ric Flair], you know something, you get on television, I’ve seen you on here a lot, and I’ve got to admit that you’ve had quite a few good lookin’ women, but let me tell you something partner, this is MISS NORTH CAROLINA now, and you can’t get any better than that!” Everybody on the set then broke out into a hearty laugh!
David Crockett then noted to Debbie, “Well I can say you’re a very good representative for the state of North Carolina!” Bob Caudle added, “Debbie, thank you for being with us…it’s a pleasure to meet you and have you with us.” A grinning Ricky Steamboat then exclaimed, “EAT YOUR HEART OUT NATURE BOY!” Bob Caudle ended the segment by saying, “Alright, hey David, a very nice young lady!” Crockett cackled, “Ric [Flair]...you’re outta luck boy!” To which Caudle chuckled, “Well, I tell you, he really is isn’t he…how about that!?”
Not only did Mid-Atlantic fans around the area get to see a surprise appearance from Miss North Carolina on this show, but they also got to see Ricky Steamboat with this lovely lady upstage the ultimate ladies man, Ric Flair, without the Nature Boy even being present! Yes, this TV show was truly the most “beautiful” Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling show of all-time!