Saturday, July 20, 2019

Blooper! Fat Boy Duncan!

 
by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

We love the newspaper bloopers, but when David Chappell came across this one and sent it to me, I laughed out loud.

These are the results that appeared in the Tuesday morning Greenville, SC, newspaper following the weekly Monday night event at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium on 8/11/80.

The scheduled co-main event was to be Blackjack Mulligan vs. "Bad Boy" Bobby Duncum, but it appears that FAT BOY DUNCAN took his place!!

In other notes:

Not mentioned in this clip is that Greg Valentine was defending the U.S. title that night in his match against Sweet Ebony Diamond (Rocky Johnson.)

Interesting to see future Japanese superstar Tenyru on the under card, forming an interesting team with Brute Bernard and the underrated Gene Lewis. Their opponents featured one of my favorite tag teams of all time, Matt Borne and Buzz Sawyer (Mid-Atlantic Tag Team champions at that time), with their partner the legendary veteran Johnny Weaver. I'm betting that was an entertaining six-man tag match before the intermission.

The opener that night, not listed in these results, was Don Kernodle vs. Tony Russo.

For more Bloopers, see the entire list here. More to come!


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Friday, July 19, 2019

First Round Continues: Windham vs. Jones

http://www.canadianbulldogsworld.com/rickard-the-greatest-us-champion-of-a-c1uoq

Mike Rickard is writing a multi-part feature fantasy booking a big tournament that will declare the winner to be "The Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time." The feature will be a weekly post to the Canadian Bulldog's World website.

The tournament will go on all summer and will feature the 21 U.S. champions from the Crockett era competing in single elimination bracketing.

See the introduction for more information on participants and tournament set up.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

The first round of the tournament is underway with another most interesting first round match-up:


PAUL JONES VS. BARRY WINDHAM
This one is bound to stir up some controversy!

Many younger fans might see this one as a one-sided affair, those only familiar with Jones from his work in the 1980s as a manager and then familiar with Windham for his relatively short but exciting run as U.S. champion when a member of the Four Horsemen in 1988.

However, those younger fans should remember that in his early-to-mid 1970s prime, Paul Jones was one of the top ranked wrestlers in the world, holding marquee victories over Jack Brisco, Terry Funk, Blackjack Mulligan, Ric Flair and many others.

But Horsemen fans in particular will remember that Horsemen may have never been so dominant as they were when Windham was in the group and held  the U.S. title.


So it's an interesting and test early on in the second match of the first round of Mike's tournament and no matter which way he sees it going, the result is bound to be controversial.  Go to the match-up.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

PREVIOUSLY:

Introducing the Mike Rickard Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time Tournament 
by Mike Rickard, Canadian Bulldog's World

FIRST ROUND
Harley Race vs. Tully Blanchard


Mike Rickard is the author of "Wrestling's Greatest Moments", as well as the autobiographical "Laughing All the Way to the Bank (Robbery): How An Attorney Survived Prison" and the new novel "Flunky: Pawns and  Kings." His website is located at MichaelRickard.com.



Mike recently wrote a nice review of our book on the history of the United States Championship. We appreciate that very much and are happy that the book was perhaps a part of inspiring this tournament.

Read Mike's review here.

You can order the full color book on Amazon.com here.

 

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Mid-Atlantic TV: January 2, 1982

http://network.wwe.com/video/v1870847183
Mid-Atlantic 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

For links to all available summaries and links to these TV shows on the WWE Network, visit our TV Summary Index.


Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 1/02/82
(taped 12/30/81 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed.  [Watch this Episode on the WWE Network.]

It’s a new year as we switch to 1982. Before the review, here are the current champs:

  • NWA World Heavyweight: Ric Flair
  • United States Heavyweight: Sgt. Slaughter
  • Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight: Roddy Piper
  • NWA TV: Ivan Koloff
  • World tag team: Ole Anderson & Gene Anderson
  • Mid-Atlantic tag team: Ox Baker & Pretty Boy Fergie

And, a quick summary of top babyfaces and heels:

Babyfaces:
Ricky Steamboat
Black Jack Mulligan
Black Jack Mulligan, Jr.
Jimmy Valiant
Ray Stevens
Jake Roberts
Jay Youngblood
Paul Jones

Heels:
Sgt. Slaughter
Roddy Piper
Big John Studd
Ole Anderson
Ivan Koloff
Ninja
Austin Idol

On to the show.

Bob Caudle & David Crockett preview the hour and ask fans to consider which wrestler made the most impact in 1981. I sense a write-in contest is coming.

Match 1
Jake Roberts & Jay Youngblood d. Mike Miller & Chris Markoff. 
Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour.
Markoff must have defected. He is spelling his name “Chris” instead of “Kris” and dropped the water polo cap. More talk of the most impactful wrestler of 1981, good or bad. Caudle predicts a big 1982 for Ray Stevens. Back to the match. The heels have a good run. But, it’s Jake Roberts pinning Miller after the knee lift.

[Break]

— Int. w/Bob Caudle: Roddy Piper
The next match can’t begin, because Roddy Piper has something to say. Mainly, he’s made the most impact in 1981. He also complains Flair hasn’t given him a title shot.

Match 2
NWA TV title: Ivan Koloff [ch.] d. Ron Sexton
Clarification on the TV title rule (maybe). The TV title is on the line for the first 15 minutes of the match. But these TV matches are 10 minutes in time limit only. Sandy Scott joins the announcer’s desk. He says Slaughter and Ole think they’ve been #1 for 1981. It’s all Koloff. He finishes Sexton off with the driving knee to the back of the head for the pin.

—local promos w/Big Bill Ward
First appearance on the Network for Big Bill Ward. He’s talking about a 3/16/82 card at the George Whythe  HS Gym in Whytheville, VA. Also, 3/09/82 at Christiansburg HS Gym in Christiansburg, VA. And “tomorrow” at the Roanoke Civic Center. “Tonight” at the Brushfork Armory in Bluefield, WV. It’s Koloff vs. Valiant for the TV title; and Super D vs. Jay Youngblood, mask vs. Youngblood leaves town.
Les Thatcher now holds a mic for Super D. This is NOT Scott Irwin. He literally has a bus ticket for Youngblood. I’m guessing taped from the Knoxville studio.
Ward is back with Lord Al Hayes. Decent heel interview for his lumberjack match vs. Johnny Waver. Ivan Koloff is next, talking about his match vs. Valiant. Koloff holds the TV title belt.

A check of future results says the Bluefield card took place March 6. So, this must be the tape from the Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, WV market, which aired nine weeks after the original airdate. Bicycling tapes at its best. The results also say that Super D is Don Kernodle.

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[Break]

Match 3
Ray Stevens d. Tony Russo
Stevens still has one of the World tag team championship belts. Stevens wins with the piledriver

[Break]

—Int. w/Caudle: Jake Roberts, Black Jack Mulligan, Jr. and Ray Stevens
Babyface interview time. Roberts enjoyed his Christmas break. Went back to the family farm. Said a hog on the farm reminded him of Ole Anderson. Roberts has his stoic interview style down, just not as creepy in later years. Black Jack Mulligan, Jr. joins in, saying he is chasing Slaughter. No word on the result of that cliffhanger from last week, whether Junior survived the Cobra Clutch challenge. Stevens holds the World tag title belt. Says Ole is tough, but he will put an end to it.

Caudle introduces the next match via bluescreen.

[Break]

Match 4
Blackjack Mulligan, Jr. d. Bill White
Details. Not Ole Anderson’s strong suit as booker. The spelling is back to one word: Blackjack for this week. Slaughter comes out and joins Caudle & Crockett. They finally bring up the Cobra Clutch challenge from last week. Slaughter says he won. The announcers disagree.

—local promos w/Big Bill Ward
Ward runs down the upcoming cards in Whytheville, Christianburg, Roanoke and Bluefield. Johnny Weaver talks about his lumberjack match vs. Lord Al Hayes. Jay Youngblood talks about his mask vs. leaving town against Super D. Youngblood even says he’ll cut his hair if he loses.

[Break]

Match 5
Sgt. Slaughter & Pvt. Nelson d. Mike Davis & Terry Taylor
Davis & Taylor work on their foes’ arms. Caudle & Crockett calls it good strategy to counter the Cobra Clutch. But, despite the best effort, Davis succumbs to Slaughter’s Cobra Clutch.

—Int. w/Caudle: Ivan Koloff, Ole & Gene Anderson
Ivan talks about Koloff supremacy. Says he will keep his TV championship. The Anderson brothers are in. Gene talks about Ninja. He complains about Stevens. Ole trash talks Ray Stevens. Ole says Sandy Scott can stop him here, but he can’t stop him in the ring.

“So long for now!”

 Match results


Results for the week, 12/28/81-1/03/82 after the jump...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

NWA Title Art: The Red Velvet

The Red Velvet Belt, seen here with the "Jack Brisco" nameplate. (Version 1-B)
Graphic art created by David Williams © 2019

PART 2 
by Dick Bourne, Mid-Atlantic Gateway
Art by David Williams 

The very first version of the the "domed-globe" NWA World title belt was a leather strap encased in bright red velvet fabric. It was first introduced on July 20, 1973 in Houston, TX, when the previous belt was retired and this new belt was presented to then-reigning champion Harley Race. 

When first presented, it did not have a nameplate. (I've always thought it was a crime to have not had a nameplate for Harley Race, especially if they were going to have a nameplate for Brisco.) Jack Brisco defeated Race that night, and soon after a simple "trophy shop" nameplate was affixed with the name "Jack Brisco" in upper and lower case letters. 



The two images in the Progression chart above show the two slightly different configurations of the red velvet belt, with and without the Jack Brisco nameplate. (Version 1)

NWA World Champion Jack Brisco
The shape of the strap may look odd compared to the traditional cut of a wrestling belt's leather strap. But graphic artist David Williams was careful to reproduce the red-velvet strap as accurately as possible using several photos that showed the belt's clasping buckle and belt holes. 

While beautiful in its own unique way, the red velvet didn't last long because the moisture created by perspiration and the belt often traveling in a bag with damp ring-wear caused the fabric to quickly deteriorate. When the belt was originally presented, it was housed in its own Halliburton-style suitcase. But that created just one more thing to haul around and it is thought that Brisco started traveling with the belt, at least to and from the hotel, in the bag with the rest of his gear. The red velvet fabric would apparently easily stain other fabrics, and there are stories of Brisco in the ring with lightly stained pink socks under within his wrestling boots.

According to Jerry Brisco, Jack hated the red belt, likely because of issues like those described above. Sometime in 1974, the belt's red velvet fabric and the strap it covered were discarded and a new, black leather strap was cut for the beautiful gold plates (as seen in PART ONE.)

The book "Ten Pounds of Gold" that I authored with Dave Millican lays out in great detail all four versions of the NWA "domed-globe" belt. (There is a chart summarizing those versions in pp. 70-71 of the book.)



Each of the four versions had their own unique characteristics while also sharing some characteristics to other versions. I'll detail them for the belts covered in the each specific installment of this series.

Characteristics that made Version 1 of the belt unique:
  • Original strap encased in red velvet.
  • "Jack Brisco" Nameplate

Characteristics common to Version 1 and Version 2 of the belt:
  • NWA letters on the globe straight across (curved on versions 3 and 4)
  • Names of countries in white lettering on black background. 
  • Black paint on side panels to either side of the globe. (Black onyx used for ver. 3 and 4.)

In PART THREE of NWA Title Art, we'll take a look at David Williams's detailed renditions of what the belt went through in the second version. The 1974-1976 period included dents in the globe and paint coming off the black side panels as Jack Brisco, Shohei "Giant" Baba, and Terry Funk defended it around the world.

PART 1: Incredible Art - The NWA World Title Belt Recreated

http://www.tenpoundsofgold.com

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Best Of: With Ric Flair, It's "All in the Family"

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway


It's probably fair to say that in the storybook world of pro-wrestling, especially back in the territory days, worked family connections were just as common as bonafide family relationships.

For all the Funks, Briscos, and Von Erichs there were just as many Valiants, Fargos, and Andersons.

Ric Flair and Rip Hawk
Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions
(Photo by Bill Janosik)
Sometimes wrestling would even take an actual truthful family relationship (like father and son Johnny and Greg Valentine) and create a worked relationship (Johnny and Greg Valentine as brothers in the mid-1970s.)

But then there is the case of the "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Flair would for a short time be a member of two different wrestling families soon after arriving to Jim Crockett Promotions.

Ric Flair arrived in Charlotte in May of 1974, debuting for Jim Crockett Promotions against Abe Jacobs at the Charlotte Coliseum on Monday night, May 13.

Within two weeks, booker George Scott was toying around with different ways to align Flair to begin his slow push. There were two family relationships that sprung up almost at the same time.

Ric was first said to be the nephew of Rip Hawk, the "blond bomber" who had a notorious reputation in the area going back more than a decade. George Scott teamed Hawk and Flair up early, only a few weeks after Flair arrived, and the two would soon win the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team championship from Paul Jones and Bob Bruggers on the Fourth of July in Greensboro. Flair's star was quickly on the rise.

But during that same time, the story was also floated on TV and in newspaper promos that Flair was a cousin of Gene and Ole Anderson, playing off the fact they were all three from Minnesota.

A newspaper article written in advance of a 5/24/74 show in Burlington, NC, listed the matches for the upcoming card, and included this:

"Singles action has Ric Flair, a relative of the Anderson Brothers, facing Billy Ashe."

Three days later on 5/27 in Greenville, SC -- exactly two weeks after his debut - - Flair and Rip Hawk teamed for the first time, getting an upset win of sorts over area veterans Nelson Royal and Danny Miller. Flair's push was on.  Less than seven weeks later, they won the Mid-Atlantic tag team titles.

We've joked over the years that if Flair was Rip Hawk's nephew and he was also Gene and Ole Anderson's cousin, then that must have meant that Rip Hawk and the Anderson Brothers were somehow related.

Try to figure out that family tree!

Wait ... we did.

Extensive genealogical and ancestral research has unearthed the following information:

  1. There was a family of Andersons that immigrated to Minnesota from Sweden in the late 1800s. The patriarch was Noah Anderson. He and his wife Elsa had four children, two boys and two girls.
  2. Their first son, Nils Anderson, married and had four sons of his own: Gene, Lars, Nils Jr., and the youngest Ole. All became pro wrestlers.
  3. Their first daughter, Alma Anderson, married a Minnesota physician named Morgan Flair. They had a son named Richard "Ric" Flair who also became a pro-wrestler. (This makes Ric a first cousin to the four Anderson brothers by blood.)
  4. The second daughter, Catherine Anderson, married a pro wrestler named Harvey "Rip" Hawk. (This makes Rip an uncle by marriage to Ric Flair and, as an aside, an uncle by marriage to the four Anderson brothers, too. Apparently Rip never wanted to publicly acknowledge them.)
  5. Unrelated to this article, but to finish out the family tree, Noah and Alma's second son, Liam Anderson, had a son named Arn, which makes Arn blood cousin to the four Anderson brothers and Ric Flair, and as it works out, also a nephew by marriage to Rip Hawk. Liam and his wife Lesa Anderson moved to Georgia when Arn was just a baby, which might explain Arn's south-Georgia accent (as well his penchant for uttering classic southern phrases like "If I tell you a grasshopper can pull a freight train, hook him up!")
This research illustrates the uncle-nephew relationship between Rip Hawk and Ric Flair and the cousin relationship with the Anderson brothers. Ahhh, the many wonders of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling lore.

Mythical Anderson Family Tree (Click to see larger image.)

Confused? Don't worry. As Ole Anderson would say, this is all horsesh*t. And it may go quite the way of making the argument that I had way too much free time on my hands when writing this.

Originally published May 23, 2018 on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway. 
Updated with Family Tree diagram in 2019


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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Rickard's Fantasy Tournament: Race vs. Blanchard


Mike Rickard is writing a multi-part feature fantasy booking a big tournament that will declare the winner to be "The Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time." The feature will be a weekly post to the Canadian Bulldog's World website.

The tournament will go on all summer and will feature the 21 U.S. champions from the Crockett era competing in single elimination bracketing.

See the introduction for more information on participants and tournament set up.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

The first round of the tournament is underway with an incredible match-up to kick things off.


HARLEY RACE VS. TULLY BLANCHARD

What a first round pairing! And I'm torn between these two, because Harley Race is in my top 5 for all-time greatest NWA World champions but Tully Blanchard would probably crack my all-time top five as a U.S. heavyweight champion. In my mind, as an all around performer, Blanchard is one of the most underrated of all time. His intensity and believability during the mid-80s heyday of Crockett wrestling couldn't be matched.

But Harley Race is Harley Race.

So it's an interesting and test early on in the first match of the first round of Mike's tournament and no matter which way he sees it going, the result is bound to be controversial. Go to the match-up.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

PREVIOUSLY:

Introducing the Mike Rickard Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time Tournament 
by Mike Rickard, Canadian Bulldog's World

Mike Rickard is the author of "Wrestling's Greatest Moments", as well as the autobiographical "Laughing All the Way to the Bank (Robbery): How An Attorney Survived Prison" and the new novel "Flunky: Pawns and  Kings." His website is located at MichaelRickard.com.



Mike recently wrote a nice review of our book on the history of the United States Championship. We appreciate that very much and are happy that the book was perhaps a part of inspiring this tournament.

Read Mike's review here.

You can order the full color book on Amazon.com here.

 

http://bookstore.midatlanticgateway.com

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Incredible Art: The NWA World Title Belt Recreated

The "Brisco Belt", the second version of the NWA World Title
"domed globe"  belt used in 1974-1976.

Graphic art created by David Williams © 2019

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway
Art by David Williams

Back in late February, a computer artist named David Williams contacted me wanting to source some photos for a graphic art project he was envisioning. "I’ve been obsessed for several years with the thought of accurately rendering the classic NWA belt," he wrote me. "The problem is I want to make it as perfect to original as possible, or not bother."

Given my love and appreciation for that old belt, this certainly seemed like a worthwhile endeavor and I wanted to enthusiastically support the project. The only thing David needed was some close-up hi-res photos of the belt, which I was happy to send him. Some of these photos I had taken myself, including the cover photo for the book "Ten Pounds of Gold" which showed close detail of the main plate, and others that showed the leather strap and details of the side plates.

With the help of some measurements Dave Millican made when he and I photographed the belt for the book back in 2008, Williams was able interpolate specific measurements for every element of the belt, all in perfect scale, in all of the title's iterations.

David Williams is a wrestling fan like the rest of us, growing up watching "Championship Wrestling from Florida," counting Jack Brisco and Buddy Colt among his favorites. Today he is a professional computer artist and career art director, as well as designer and publisher of the Ferrari Club of America’s Prancing Horse magazine. And let me tell you, this cat has mad skills.

Version 2A, end to end, every meticulous detail.
(David Williams)

After reviewing all the photos I sent him, he decided to attempt not only the original version, but a recreation of all four versions of the "domed globe" belt that were worn and defended by the great NWA champions of 1973-1986. The two images you see on this page are of the second version of the belt. It is always identifiable by several unique characteristics, primarily the white lettering on black background above the flags, the tight leather cut, and "NWA" letters that go straight across the globe (as opposed to the curved letters on later versions.)  You will also notice the "BRISCO" nameplate, which was on this version of the belt.

We collaborated on what should be included with regard to some of the details and in the end, David wound up with 10 different amazing images showing the progression of the belt from when it debuted in Houston, Texas on July 20, 1973 until it was retired in February of 1986. Each version features some change in the physical characteristics of the plates or the leather, even including the dents in the globes and the busted lacing around the edges of the leather strap.

In the coming weeks, I will present each of these 10 images, taking the opportunity to use David's amazing work to illustrate the evolution of the belt over the years, paired with information taken directly from the "Ten Pounds of Gold" book. You will see for yourself in some enlarged images the incredible detail of every single aspect of the belts, right down to the exact number of "beads" around the edge of the belt, the specific maps on the different globes, the lacing on the leather straps, the wrestlers on the plate, the fonts on the nameplates, and every other detail you can imagine. Just amazing work.

Coming up next: Version 1A of David Williams's amazing sequence of images, the belt as it first looked when it was presented to Harley Race before his match with Jack Brisco in Houston in July of 1973, the beautiful gold plates on the bright red velvet-wrapped leather strap.


http://tenpoundsofgold.com

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Blooper! A "Worked" Tag Team Title Match


by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

We love the newspaper bloopers, but this might be better classified as a major breach of kayfabe! It's from Greenville, SC, in October of 1975.

We're pretty sure this was supposed to say WORLD Tag Team Title Match. (The "K" and the "L" are actually next to each other on the keyboard, which likely explains the error somewhere in the process.)

We're also pretty sure the boys in the back got a big laugh out of this if they saw the ad in the local paper.

Worked Tag Team Title Match!

* * * * * * * * * *

Tiger Conway, Jr and Steve Keirn were the hot babyface tag team at the time, even earning a non-title win over the Andersons on television.

Interesting 2nd main event with a young Bob Backlund making a rare appearance in the area. He was in for a few dates over the previous weekend as well.

Also interesting to note that the ad announces "New Time" for the show - - but doesn't actually list the time! By checking other ads before and after this show it looks like the bell-time for Greenville events changed from 8:15 PM to 8:00 PM.

For more Bloopers,  check out the list here. More to come!


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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Sweetness




See, just every now and then, I've got to throw this record on the turntable
and rock. You really should, too.



"If Steve Earle and John Prine tag teamed Bob Dylan, and Jerry Reed was pushin', Roger Alan Wade would laugh at em and say, '' y'all can't make a Sweet G.A. Brown''...
                                      - Elroy Keith

Mid-Atlantic TV: December 26, 1981

http://network.wwe.com/video/v1870847183
Mid-Atlantic 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

For links to all available summaries and links to these TV shows on the WWE Network, visit our TV Summary Index.


Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 12/26/81
(taped 12/10/81 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed.  [Watch this Episode on the WWE Network.]

Bob Caudle & David Crockett preview the hour.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter
Slaughter brags about the Cobra Clutch challenge. NWA representative Sandy Scott arrives, cutting off Slaughter. Scott isn’t satisfied with the Cobra Clutch competition. Slaughter says he has a long list of challengers: Charlie Fulton, Mike Davis, Tony Russo. Scott says they’ll pull a name out of the hat. Scott reads off the names. Slaughter goes nuts when he learns Blackjack Mulligan Jr. and Ricky Steamboat will be potential opposition.
Caudle introduces the next match via magic blue screen.

[Break]
The referee for the hour is a maroon-wearing Sonny Fargo.

Match 1
Jake Roberts & Black Jack Mulligan, Jr. d. Mike Miller & Charlie Fulton.
Roberts is announced from Denton, Texas. Scott sticks around the desk, and says Ole Anderson is on his own, regarding Ray Stevens possessing one of the World tag team belts. Roberts pins Miller with the kneelift.

[Break]

Match 2
Non- title: Billy Robinson [British Empire Champion] d. Tony Anthony
This week, they call it the British Empire championship. Crockett gives a shootout to fans in Oxford, NC. More talk about the difference of the Euro style. Anthony kicks out of a tombstone piledriver but succumbs to the inside backbreaker.

—Local promos w/Rich Landrum
More Ann Arbor promos for WIHT-31. Austin Idol spends time talking about himself. Idol botches Bo Schembechler’s name, but at least corrects himself. NWA TV champion Ivan Koloff is next. Talks about bomb shelters. Roddy Piper closes the round with a subdued (at least for Piper) words of wisdom.

[Break]

Match 3
NWA TV championship: Ivan Koloff [ch.] d. Keith Larson
Title match, of course for the first 10 minutes (there seems to be inconsistency if it is 10 or 15). Mostly Koloff, scoring the pin after driving Larson’s head into the mat.

[Break]

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sandy Scott; Johnny Weaver; Ray Stevens
Scott says that Gene tried a loophole to get Ninja in the match. But, Scott found a loophole to have Gene in the match. Okay, something got cut so context is lost. Johnny Weaver comes in to talk about Steamboat chasing Piper. Ray Stevens is in, still holding one of the World tag team championship belts. He threatens Ole Anderson.
Caudle introduces the next match via blue screen.

[Break]

Match 4
Terry Taylor d. Tony Russo
Tony Russo is from Milan, Italy. Sure. Taylor is the NWA Rookie of the Year. 1980 that its. Crockett lets the ladies know all his vitals. I did not know Taylor went to Gilford College, and trained by the Briscos. Runs down his championship history. Sandy Scott is back. Black Jack Mulligan, Jr. won the draw. Russo gets his offense, but Taylor wins with the flying forearm, his calling card for the rest of career.

—Local promos w/Rich Landrum
More Ann Arbor promos for WIHT-31. Babyface time. Ray Stevens, in a green Izod, talks about how great wrestlers are. Johnny Weaver says Ann Arbor is like home, because it is near his home of Indiana. Apparently he didn’t study geography. Weaver brings in Jimmy Valiant.

[Break]

Match 5
Non-Mid-Atlantic tag championship: Pretty Boy Fergie & Ox Baker [ch.] d. Vinnie Valentino & Don Kernodle
Still no belts. Good back-and-forth action. Ox actually leaves his feet to execute some wrestling holds. Go figure. Fergie somewhat looks like either a big Mike Graham, or a small 1980s Scott Hall. Baker nails Valentino with the heart punch. He tags in Fergie who collects the pin.

— Mulligan, Jr. takes the Cobra Clutch challenge
The main event for the hour. Nelson accompanies Sarge, but stay son the outside. Mulligan sits in the chair in the center of the ring. Lots of stalling. Sarge elbows Mulligan in the back of the neck. That’s cheating! Scott warns Slaughter to put the Cobra Clutch on. Slaughter yanks the hair. Finally, he applies the Cobra Clutch. Mulligan goes to the corner. No avail. An armdrag doesn’t break the hold. Another corner shot doesn’t break the hold, but dazes Slaughter.

The Network closing music plays as credits roll. Mulligan looks like he is about to break out, but we fade to black, and that’s the last show of Mid-Atlantic 1981.

 Results for the week after the jump.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Canadian Heavyweight Title History Book Project

Andrew Calvert at MapleLeafWrestling.com announced an exciting book project on his website in late June.

"We are excited to announce that a book on the history of the Canadian Title as defended in Toronto 1978-1984 is beginning to take shape," he wrote to his website visitors.  "It will include both the champs and the bouts as well as the history of the belt alongside some features of the era."

It was during this era that many of the stars appearing regularly on Toronto cards were booked through the office of Jim Crockett Promotions, and as a result of that, we have a great deal of interest in this project here at the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

Calvert is inviting longtime Toronto fans to contribute.

"Some friends and fellow fans will be contributing and we would love to feature other fan photos and memories of the Canadian Title and the M-A era here in general," he wrote. "It is turning into a collaborative effort and it would be great to include other fans to help tell the story."

If you would like to contribute in any way to this project, you can contact Andrew at his website or on Twitter at @mapleleafwrest1.

Reference link.

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

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Almanac: August 1980 (Part Two)

David Chappell's
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling History
 
ALMANAC DIRECTORY

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AUGUST 1980 - PART TWO
SECOND WEEK IN AUGUST


The beginning of the second week of August 1980 in the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling area saw on its first day the ending of a major feud, and the beginning of a brand new one. On August 8th at County Hall in the port city of Charleston, South Carolina the Iron Sheik wrote a successful ending to his Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship program with Jim Brunzell, thoroughly defeating the challenger from White Bear Lake, Minnesota in a Falls Count Anywhere/No Disqualification battle. That very same night in Lynchburg, Virginia the first salvo in the Ric Flair and Blackjack Mulligan versus Greg Valentine and "Bad Boy" Bobby Duncum brew-ha-ha was fired, with the melee that ensued being deemed a double disqualification.

The Flair/Mulligan against Valentine/Duncum four-way carried on the following night at the Charlotte Coliseum with the "bad guys" pulling out a bloody victory, but on August 12th at the Raleigh Civic Center Flair and Mulligan turned the tables and got their hands raised. On August 15th at the Richmond Coliseum the four were set to tangle again, but Duncum came to the ring in his street clothes and told the Richmond fans that he was suffering from a leg injury and that he wasn't going to compete unless he was 100% healthy. The Masked Superstar took Duncum's place in the match, but the last minute switcheroo doomed the rulebreakers to a hard fought loss.

The 11,000 or so fans that gathered in the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada on August 10th saw quite a card that featured three major bouts involving Mid-Atlantic stars. Blackjack Mulligan and Enforcer Luciano completed their final bout against each other, with Mully dominating the Enforcer one last time in a Texas Street Fight. Ric Flair battled Greg Valentine in a brutal "Death Match," finally prevailing after 34:06 of non-stop action. And last but certainly not least, Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion the Iron Sheik regained the Canadian Heavyweight Championship belt, dispatching Angelo Mosca for the title in 14:51 to the chagrin of those in attendance.

That same August 10th night in Asheville, North Carolina saw an unusual contest of the masked men, pitting the Masked Superstar putting up his NWA Television Title against the popular Mr. Wrestling II making a guest shot in the territory. The Superstar retained his TV belt on that occasion and also retained against Paul Jones, Johnny Weaver and Sweet Ebony Diamond during the course of the week.

Sweet Ebony Diamond
Speaking of Sweet Ebony Diamond, the masked man also got shots at the area's other singles titles during the week, but came up empty handed. On August 11th in the Greenville Memorial Auditorium Greg Valentine pinned Diamond in a U.S. Title confrontation, but in Sumter, South Carolina on August 14th Diamond dominated the "Hammer" but Greg went the disqualification route to hold onto his coveted belt. In Charleston, South Carolina the following evening  it was more of the same as Diamond had the Iron Sheik on the ropes in a Mid-Atlantic Title bout, but the Sheik also got himself purposely disqualified and left the "Sweet man" thoroughly frustrated after a tough week seeking championship gold.

The battle over the NWA World Tag Team Titles between champions Ray Stevens and Jimmy Snuka and challengers Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood formed bookends around the second week of August, with a wild double disqualification finish happening in Greenwood, South Carolina on August 8th, while on August 16th at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium the challengers were at their best but the "bad guys" nevertheless maintained hold of their belts through the middle of the month.

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling television program of the week was taped at the WRAL TV studios on August 13th, and featured a surprisingly competitive opener between Paul Jones and Ricky Ferarra and a final bout that featured an unusual six man team made up of the Superstar, the Iron Sheik and Greg Valentine. In between, there were separate matches featuring the combatants over the World Tag Team Titles, the champs Ray Stevens and Jimmy Snuka and the primary team chasing them, Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood.

During the week's TV show, the initial interview segment featured Sweet Ebony Diamond and Paul Jones, primarily focusing on Paul's recent turn back to the "good guy" side. Diamond complimented Jones on his change of heart, telling him that, "When you've seen the light, you can't walk in the dark." Paul told announcer Bob Caudle that he knew how the bad guys thought, and that he believed that they had selected the Iron Sheik to go after him before he got re-started back in the territory. "Number One" warned the Sheik that, "If you mess around with me you're gonna lose that Mid-Atlantic Title, and that's a promise."

The final interview segment of the August 13th television taping involved the victorious six man team of the Superstar, the Iron Sheik and Greg Valentine. The most noteworthy comments came from the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion and the newly crowned Canadian champion, the Iron Sheik. Hossein the Arab put a bow on his feud with Jim Brunzell, saying he beat him and was "sick and tired of Jim Brunzell," and that Brunzell was "too sissy" and was on his way out of the Mid-Atlantic area and over "to Hollywood." The Sheik also responded to Paul Jones' comments earlier in the show, joined the impending battle with Jones and bellowed, "Mr. Paul Jones, you better be ready!"

Be on the lookout for August 1980 Part 3!

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Thursday, July 04, 2019

The "Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time" Tournament

Mike Rickard is writing a multi-part feature fantasy booking a big tournament that will declare the winner to be "The Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time." The feature will be a weekly post to the Canadian Bulldog's World website.

The tournament will go on all summer and will feature the 21 U.S. champions from the Crockett era competing in single elimination bracketing.

Because there are 21 entrants, Rickard (the author of "Wrestling's Greatest Moments") declared that three of them will get a first round bye: Ric Flair, Blackjack Mulligan, and Wahoo McDaniel. "These three wrestlers receiving a bye are the ones who held the title the most time," he explains.

Rickard's introduction to the tournament and complete list of competitors posted today as part of the 4th of July celebration. What better way to celebrate our nation's independence than to kick off the tournament of its greatest championship?

We'll update links each week as each match moves along and the bracketing progresses. The results should be interesting, and since we all have our own favorites and opinions, could stir some controversy as well. Should be fun!

Happy Independence Day!

Introducing the Mike Rickard Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time Tournament

by Mike Rickard, Canadian Bulldog's World

Mike Rickard is the author of "Wrestling's Greatest Moments", as well as the autobiographical "Laughing All the Way to the Bank (Robbery): How An Attorney Survived Prison" and the new novel "Flunky: Pawns and  Kings." His website is located at MichaelRickard.com.



Mike recently wrote a nice review of our book on the history of the United States Championship. We appreciate that very much and are happy that the book was perhaps a part of inspiring this tournament.

Read Mike's review here.

You can order the full color book on Amazon.com here.

 

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COMING SOON!

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Great American Bash 1986

Behind the Scenes at The Great American Bash 1986
Memorial Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina


 All Photographs © Eddie Cheslock
Originally posted July 3, 2015 on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway 

Late Edit: The WWE Network has just added this complete show from 7/5/86 to the Hidden Gems section of the Vault, as well as the complete Greensboro show from 7/26/86.


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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Mid-Atlantic TV: December 19, 1981

http://network.wwe.com/video/v1870847183
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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV Summaries & Reviews
by David Taub
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 12/19/81
(taped 12/09/81 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed.  [Watch this Episode on the WWE Network.]

Caudle & Crockett run down the action for the hour.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter
Slaughter goes over the Cobra Clutch challenge. $1,000 for the winner. Caudle reminds him last week about Jay Youngblood. Slaughter says Youngblood had his chance.

Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour.

Match 1
Jake Roberts & Black Jack Mulligan Jr. d. Charlie Fulton & Kris Markoff.
Markoff no longer has the water polo cap. Caudle & Crockett note Gene Anderson is now managing Ninja. No word on Bob Holliday. Mulligan pins Fulton following a bulldog.

[Break]

Match 2
The Ninja (w/Gene Anderson) d. Mike Davis
Davis gets one brief defensive flurry, but Ninja thwarts it with a kick to the upper ribs. Ninja then goes for a second rope headbutt for the pin.

[Break]

Match 3: Terry Taylor d. Mike Miller
The elder Blackjack Mulligan joins the announce desk, wanting to take Slaughter up on his Cobra Clutch challenge. He could use the money. Mulligan also praises Taylor, calling him World championship material. A somewhat competitive match, mostly ignored by the commentary. Taylor gets the submission with something that looks like a Figure Four, but not quite.

—Local promo w/Rich Landrum
Landrum mentions this is airing on WIHT-31 in Ann Arbor. Sgt. Slaughter (with Pvt. Nelson holding the U.S. championship in the background) talks. No cards in Ann Arbor, so Slaughter spends time talking about his friend, the former President Gerald Ford, a Univ. of Michigan alumni. Slaughter reminds us the show airs Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

[Break]

Match 4
Jimmy Valiant d. Tony Russo
Network had the Dixieland overdub music for Valiant. Valiant has a bowtie and fancy coat, with “First Class Male” on the back. “Watch It” is his message on the back of the tights. Running elbow wins it for “Handsome” Jimmy.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle:  Rick Steamboat & Paul Jones; Jake Roberts
Jones talks low key about Ole Anderson. We go to last week’s video of Ray Stevens saving Steamboat from a double-team sneak attack by Ole & Piper. After the clip, more comments about Ole, as Roberts joins in as well.

[Break]

— Int. w/Bob Caudle:  Big John Studd and Roddy Piper
Fans chant “We want Blackjack.” Studd wants him too. He wants to get the last laugh. Studd is wearing a maroon leather coat. Piper joins in, and somewhat incoherent rambling.
Caudle introduces the next match via magic blue screen.

[Break]

Match 5
Non-Title: Billy Robinson [European Champion] d. Don Kernodle
Of course, no title belt accompanies Robinson. Caudle & Crockett discuss the differences in the European style. Another longer-than-expected competitive match. Robinson hits the inside backbreaker while in a side headlock of Kerndole for the pin.

Sgt. Slaughter demonstrates the Cobra Clutch on Tony Anthony.
Anthony volunteers as he sits in a chair in the ring. Caudle is befuddled, when Slaughter asks him to bring the mic in the ring. We see a technician help Caudle make it happen.
Caudle narrates everything about the Cobra Clutch. Slaughter asks Anthony to tap his arm when the Cobra Clutch gets to tight. Very deliberate segment. Of course, Slaughter doesn’t feel it when Anthony slaps. Slaughter lets go, then kicks the chair out and applies the hold on for reals. Pvt. Jim Nelson, in the ring prevents referee Stu Schwartz from breaking it up. Jay Youngblood, Jake Roberts, Terry Taylor and Blackjack Mulligan Jr. storm the ring. Slaughter and Nelson split.

—Local promo w/Rich Landrum

More introduction of the Ann Arbor audience to the Mid-Atlantic stars. Jay Youngblood says it best “I have no idea when we’ll come to Ann Arbor.” Try never. Youngblood talks about Indians living in Pontiac, Michigan and screws up the channel number (don’t worry, Slaughter and Landrum did it earlier). Porkchop Cash comes in and fares a little better. Jake Roberts says he’s only flown over Ann Arbor.
The great questions remain: how did Mid-Atlantic find its way to Ann Arbor TV? Why bother with local promos for a market they would never run (albeit, they did do promos later for a GCW show in Lansing).

[Break]

Match 6
Non-Title: Pretty Boy Fergie & Ox Baker [Mid-A Tag Champs] d. Keith Larson & Jay Youngblood
Fergie is now known as “Pretty Boy.” No word on when, where and whom Fergie & Baker won the championship from. A rarely acknowledged championship on TV at this time. Baker heart punches Larson, and Fergie makes the pin.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle:  Paul Jones, Jay Youngblood, Jake Roberts and Blackjack Mulligan Jr.
Rapid fire interview time: Jones mumble about Sgt. Slaughter. Youngblood says Slaughter owes him $1,000 for surviving the Cobra Clutch challenge from last week. Mulligan & Roberts challenge any tag team competitors. Roberts says Baker & Fergie looked impressive.

“So long for now!”


Results for the week: None.
Crockett took an apparent Christmas break between Dec. 14 and Dec. 24. That’s why they went two weeks in a row with back-to-back taping days in Charlotte.