Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Championship Podcast: April 24, 1982

https://midatlanticpod.com/
New podcast over at the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast (@MidAtlanticPod) for the April 24, 1982 episode. Wahoo McDaniel and Don Muraco on the show together as Western Division Champions in the NWA World Tag Team Tournament.

By the way, we have a huge 12 part series on that NWA World Tag Team Tournament on the Gateway, including a special report on Wahoo and Muraco winning the West.


And as always, we appreciate Mike Sempervive mentioning the Mid-Atlantic Gateway on the podcast. You can find links to all of their podcasts, links to the shows on the WWE Network,  as well as David Taub's ongoing show summaries on our TV & Podcast index page.

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

"Chief" Wahoo McDaniel and "Magnificent" Don Muraco

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

So make sure not to miss an episode and check out the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast, a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: September 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 1davidtaub@gmail.com. Follow @TaubGVWire

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


Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 9/04/82
(taped 9/01/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]
WWE Network Direct Link to this show: Mid-Atlantic 9/04/82

Bob Caudle introduces the program, with the big Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championship match, Jack Brisco vs. Paul Jones. Great action on standby to.
Caudle introduces the match via magic blue screen.

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jack Brisco, Jerry Brisco, Wahoo McDaniel
Despite being in the ring a moment ago, Jack is back down at the announce desk. Jack says he’s ready. Jerry, making his first TV appearance in a few weeks, warns Jack he is getting back in the ring too soon. Jack was jumped in a parking lot recently by Jones and Greg Valentine. Jack isn’t concerned. Wahoo says he knows Jack can do it. This interview may have been in lieu of local promos.

[Break]

Match 1:
Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship: 

Paul Jones (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Jack Brisco to win championship
Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour. Humperdink is back in a suit and tie. David Crockett joins Caudle at the booth. Caudle says doctors recommended Brisco take four weeks off, after getting jumped in the parking lot by Jones. Caudle notes the time limit is until the end of the program. Jack works on Jones’ legs for a while. Jones sneaks in an Indian Death Lock, but it doesn’t last long, and Brisco goes back to the leg. Greg Valentine comes to ringside, says something to Humperdink and leaves.

Humperdink joins Caudle & Crockett to complain about the officiating. Humperdink get son the apron, and Brisco chases him out of the ring. On his way out, Brisco slips on the floor and apparently hurts his knee. Back in the ring, Jones takes charge, as Brisco is definitely slowed down. Brisco whips Jones in the corner, but it appeared Jones hit a karate blow to Brisco as he charged in. Jones makes the cover, and we have a new champion!

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Kelly Kinski
In lieu of local promos. Typica in lieu interview. Kiniski talks about Brisco. He’s stumbling over his words, showing why he wasn’t a mainline guy.

[Break]

Match 2
Jos LeDuc (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Kelly Kiniski
Caudle is waxing poetic about the House of Humperdink: LeDuc, Jones, Leroy Brown, Greg Valentine. A battle of Canada in the ring: East vs. West. Kiniski puts up a fight, but LeDuc wins with the backbreaker (side suplex over the knee variety).

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink, Paul Jones and Joe LeDuc
Handshakes for Jones. Praise from Humperdink. Jones said he wanted to bring the title out of the closet. More insults for Brisco. LeDuc is one scary looking and sounding dude. He is paid to be a winner, and that is exactly what he is, says LeDuc. Veiled threats from Jimmy Valiant.

[Break]

-Int. w/Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink and Greg Valentine
Humperdink says money is the root of all evil. I guess the point is, that doesn’t bother him. Humperdink says Abdullah the Butcher will soon be here. We go to a clip of Abdullah’s match vs. Ron Ritchie from World Wide last year. Humperdink offered him $5,000 to do a job to take care of Wahoo McDaniels [sic]. Valentine says Abdullah will soften Wahoo up for him.

Match 3:
Greg Valentine (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Mike Rotundo
To think, three years in the future, Valentine would beat Rotundo for the WWF tag team championship. This match was mostly Valentine, although Rotundo had his moments. Valentine wins with two elbow drops.

-Int. w/Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink
This is in lieu of local interviews. Mainly threats for Jimmy Valiant.

[Break]

Match 4
Wahoo McDaniel & Roddy Piper d. The Gladiator & The Medic
“What a team that will be” Caudle said of Wahoo & Piper. Wearing his green and yellow checkered tights, Piper has a big bruise on the back of his thigh. Piper throws Gladiator right into a Wahoo chop. Caudle keeps calling Piper a wildman. Wahoo pins Gladiator after a chop.

-Int. w/Caudle: Jerry Brisco; Wahoo McDaniel; Roddy Piper
Jerry says his brother will make no excuses. Of course, Jerry is making a bunch of excuses, like Jack had an injured knee and Humperdink’s interference. Caudle asks Wahoo about Abdullah. Wahoo acknowledges Abdullah hurting him last year. But this time he will be ready. Piper goes a mile minute on Paul Jones and Humperdink.

“So long for now!”

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Results for the week, 8/30/16-9/05/82
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock

Mon., 8/30/82 Greenville, SC
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff
Jerry Brisco & Roddy Piper beat Ninja & Greg Valentine
Mike Davis draw Jim Dalton
Mike Rotundo beat Pvt. Nelson by DQ
Johnny Weaver beat The Spoiler
Porkchop Cash draw Pvt. Nelson

Mon., 8/30/82 Fayetteville, NC
Dennis Albert d. Keith Larsen
Ron Ritchie d. The Gladiator
Jay Youngblood d. Pvt. Kernodle
Kelly Kiniski d. Juan Reynosa
Wahoo McDaniel & Ricky Steamboat d. Leroy Brown & Sir Oliver Humperdink

Tue., 8/31/82 Raleigh, NC
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff in a coal miner’s glove match
Jack Brisco beat Paul Jones by DQ
The Ninja beat Johnny Weaver
Kelly Kiniski beat Pvt. Nelson
Mike Rotundo beat Ali Bey
Keith Larson beat The Scorpion

Tue., 8/31/82 Columbia, SC
Ron Ritchie d. The Gladiator
Pork Chop Cash & King Parsons d. Juan Reynosa & Jim Dalton
Pvt. Kernodle d. Jay Youngblood
Wahoo McDaniel & Roddy Piper & Ricky Steamboat d. Leroy Brown & Sir Oliver Humperdink & Pvt. Kernodle

Wed., 9/1/82 Charlotte, NC — WPCQ-TV (TV taping)
Paul Jones beat Jack Brisco to win NWA Mid Atlantic Title
Jos LeDuc beat Kelly Kiniski
Abdullah The Butcher beat Ron Ritchie
Greg Valentine beat Mike Rotundo
Roddy Piper & Wahoo McDaniel beat The Medic & The Gladiator
Jerry Brisco & Wahoo McDaniel beat Jim Dalton & Ben Alexander
Jay Youngblood beat The Gladiator
Roddy Piper beat The Medic
Paul Jones & Greg Valentine beat Ron Ritchie & Kelly Kiniski

Thu., 9/02/82 Norfolk, VA
Ricky Steamboat beat Leroy Brown
Wahoo McDaniel & Roddy Piper beat Ivan Koloff & Greg Valentine
Juan Reynosa beat Kelly Kiniski
Mike Rotundo beat Ali Bey
Keith Larson draw The Scorpion

Thu., 9/02/82 Stratsburg, VA
Mike Davis TLD Jim Dalton
Johnny Weaver d. The Gladiator
Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson d. Pork Chop Cash & King Parsons
Paul Jones d. Jack Brisco

Fri., 9/03/82 Charleston, SC
Ron Ritchie TLD Mike Davis
Glenn Lane d. The Inferno
Jay Youngblood d. Jim Dalton
Johnny Weaver d. Gene Anderson
Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson d. Pork Chop Cash & King Parsons
Jimmy Valiant d. Ivan Koloff

Fri., 9/03/82 Richmond, VA
Keith Larsen d. Alli Bey
Mike Rotundo d. The Gladiator
Kelly Kiniski d. Juan Reynosa
Ricky Steamboat & Roddy Piper d. Leroy Brown, The Ninja & Oliver Humperdink in a handicap match
Paul Jones d. Jack Brisco
Wahoo McDaniel DDQ Greg Valentine

Sat., 9/04/82 Greensboro, NC — Greensboro Coliseum
Kelly Kiniski TLD Juan Reynosa
Mike Rotundo d. The Inferno
Porkchop Cash & King Parsons d. The Privates: Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle
Rick Steamboat d. Leroy Brown
Paul Jones d. Jack Brisco
Wahoo McDaniel DDQ Greg Valentine

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Speaking Softly and Carrying The Big Stick

"As Teddy Roosevelt said, 'Talk softly and carry a big stick.' You'll hear very little out of Gene Anderson."
     - Les Thatcher, Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, August 20, 1975
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Bob Caudle: "Gene Anderson, the quiet one of the pair of Gene and Ole Anderson. David, a lot of the wrestlers are talking about it, and a lot of the fans, too, and even though Gene Anderson is quiet when it comes to talking, I’m not so sure he’s not the more deadly of the two Andersons."
David Crockett:   "He is deadly. He lets all his actions speak for himself in that ring."    - Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, Nov. 12, 1975

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I Believed in Gene Anderson
by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway / MinnesotaWreckingCrew.com

People occasionally comment on the fact that Gene Anderson rarely spoke during interviews conducted with the Minnesota Wrecking Crew. The very fact that Gene Anderson didn’t talk during interviews made him more of a threatening character to me when I was first watching wrestling in the mid-1970s. He just stood there beside his brother Ole, with that menacing twitch and that icy stare.

It also added to the personality and uniqueness of the team: Ole did all the braggadocios talking, Gene backed it up.

Then, of course, there were all the other things so iconic about the Anderson Brothers, going back to the original Minnesota Wrecking Crew in the 1960s:
  • The maroon-and-gold striped "Anderson boots"
  • The "tag and block" team maneuver, keeping their opponent trapped in the the corner while they tagged in and out
  • Selecting one body part and then working it over
  • That famous hammerlock slam, the "Anderson slam", on an opponent's arm.

I loved the "Anderson slam." Bob Caudle and David Crockett talked on and on about that hammerlock slam on television, really putting it over. No other team did any move quite like that slam at that time. “Pick one part of the body, and stay on it”, Bob and David would say. It was their signature maneuver.

It was so simple back then, and it just worked.

And then there was the famous “Supreme Sacrifice” match the Anderson Brothers had with Wahoo McDaniel and Paul Jones. This was the match that got me hooked on wrestling at 13 years of age. Near defeat, a desperate Ole Anderson threw Wahoo McDaniel into Gene Anderson who was waiting in his corner, their heads violently colliding, knocking both men out. Ole covered an unconscious Wahoo for the pinfall. Gene lay motionless on the floor outside the ring. The Andersons had regained their championship, and a brother had sacrificed a brother to get it done.

I guess that was supposed to make the Andersons seem more like the bad guys, but to my twisted way of looking at it, they were more like heroes. At first, I was shocked that Ole would sacrifice his own brother to win the titles. But when they showed the tape again, it seemed almost inspired that Gene had gone along with this, leaning over the ropes at ringside, head extended, as if asking for the shot. I remember my friends and I having this long discussion about which brother actually made the bigger sacrifice? Was it Ole giving up his own brother? Or Gene sacrificing himself? Either way, as kids we were blown away that they would do such a thing to get those World Tag Team championship belts back. We loved Wahoo and Paul, but we were impressed that the Andersons wanted it that much more. This seemed real to us.

The following week when the Andersons came out on TV with the belts they had regained in that match, Gene, as usual, never said a word. He just stood with Ole, both of them holding their belts. This was no angle to tease a break up of the team, like what would be automatically expected today. The brothers weren't going to turn on each other. On the contrary, the sacrifice had united them as never before. It seemed to us that no one had a chance of getting those belts from the Andersons now.

Gene Anderson had sacrificed himself so that he and his brother could get their world championship belts back. Without saying a single word, that was one powerful statement.

Gene Anderson always said more by saying less.

And I believed every word.

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Dedicated to Gene's son (and my friend) Brad Anderson.

Originally published on the now-defunct Minnesota Wrecking Crew website in 2006.
Subsequently published on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Favorite Episodes: Paul Jones wins the Mid-Atlantic Championship on TV (9/4/82)

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

On of the Gateway's Favorite Episodes
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling,  Saturday, September 4, 1982

We all have our favorite episodes of old wrestling shows. The labor day weekend edition of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling in 1982 is one of mine, mainly for the main event of that show, but for some other small reasons as well.


The show was taped on Wednesday, September 1, 1982 in the cramped confines of WPCQ channel 36 in Charlotte, and featured Jack Brisco defending his Mid-Atlantic title against "No. 1" Paul Jones. It aired in the primary markets that Saturday, September 4, 1982 as part of the extended Labor Day weekend.

In those days, a match between two main eventers was rare on TV, where most matches pitted main event guys against "enhancement talent" designed to repeatedly familiarize viewers with a star's moves, finishers, and even weaknesses. So when there occasionally was a title match between two main event stars, it was special, and you knew something special was likely to take place - - either an angle or even better, a title change!

Actually, 1982 featured a handful of great main event matches on TV, including Ric Flair vs. Jack Brisco, Sgt. Slaughter vs. Wahoo McDaniel, Dory Funk, Jr. vs. Jack Brisco, Roddy Piper vs. Jack Brisco, and several others. Brisco seemed to be a common thread in many of the matches, and so it was he had another great match with his old rival Paul Jones on this episode.

There was some history between the two: Jones and Brisco had a hot feud in Florida in 1972 when Paul first turned heel, and the success of that program was helped by their in ring chemistry; the two loved working with each other. Jones also was a top contender for Brisco's NWA World championship belt when Jack wore the ten pounds of gold in the mid-1970s.

In the months leading up to this Mid-Atlantic match in September of 1982, Jones career was floundering and he was languishing in the mid-card of most shows without much of a program with anyone. Paul knew he was soon to retire; it was just a matter of when. Booker Dory Funk, Jr. gave him a gift of sorts, putting him in a program with Brisco over the Mid-Atlantic title, letting Paul work the final months of his full-time in-ring career with the guy he most enjoyed working with more than anyone. The improvement in Paul's work was noticeable. It was like the old "No. 1" was back again.

This match was so great to me because it reminded me of Paul in his prime as a heel in the Mid-Atlantic area in 1979, when he turned on Ricky Steamboat (or was it the other way around?) and teamed up with Baron Von Raschke. No one was more hated than Paul Jones in 1979. His cocky arrogance was off the charts, and their was great wrestling humor, too, in his heel character, especially entertaining when teaming with the Baron. All of that resurfaced in this match, as Paul pulled every dirty trick in the book in a well executed finish to steal the title belt from Brisco.

The set up was that a week earlier, Jack had been jumped in the parking lot by the House of Humperdink, Sir Oliver Humperdink's band of bad guys that included Jones, and although Brisco was on crutches in the week leading up to this title defense, he was determined to take on Jones. Paul was ducking him, but Jack told him he would put the title on the line if Paul would fight him on TV. With a sly grin, Jones gladly accepted that challenge. The trap was laid.

Jerry Brisco tries to reason with his brother Jack before the title defense against Paul Jones.
 As the story played out, Jack was still suffering the effects of the parking lot beating. The week before in a TV interview, both Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood directly questioned Jack if he was at 100% to face Jones. Jack hesitated momentarily and simply replied, "I'll be ready." Moments before the match, Jack's brother Jerry tried to talk him into waiting a another week before wrestling Jones. Just watching these exchanges, you had the feeling danger was ahead for Jack in this match.

Sure enough, Jones took advantage of the injured leg of Brisco. Even then, though, Jack maintained an advantage through much of the match, but Jones always regained that advantage by going after the leg.

The finish developed like this: Brisco thwarted an attempt by Jones to apply his signature Indian death lock and the match devolved into a fist fight, with referee Stu Schwartz struggling to maintain control. With Jones in trouble, Brisco went for his patented figure four leglock, but stopped mid-stream when Jones' manager Sir Oliver Humperdink climbed to the apron and looked as though he would enter the ring. Brisco chased after him, but when Jack jumped to the floor in pursuit of Humperdink, his injured knee gave way. Jones took full advantage when Brisco crawled back into the ring, pounding the leg repeatedly with a barrage of punches, kicks, and knee drops. Still, Brisco managed to valiantly fight to his feet and whip Jones into the turnbuckle. As Brisco followed him in, Jones shot his right hand up with a karate thrust to the throat of Brisco, out of the sight of the referee. It was a direct callback to a familiar move he used in 1979, an illegal move he used often in his heated feud with former partner Ricky Steamboat. Brisco collapsed holding his throat, and Jones quickly covered him and as he went to hook the leg for the pin, grabbed a full hand of Brisco's trunks to illegally secure the pin. Schwartz missed that, too, and awarded the match - - and more importantly the Mid-Atlantic title - - to Paul Jones. As luck would have it, there was no camera angle to clearly show Jones holding the trunks, either, giving Jones more cover for his dirty deed. But the studio crowd was furious about it, and that more than told the story to the viewers at home.

Paul Jones pins Jack Brisco to win the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship.
It sure looked to most fans like Jones had a hand full of Brisco's trunks.


Jones celebrated as though he had just won the biggest match of his life, arms in the air in celebration, hugging Sir Oliver Humperdink. A huge smile on his face, he looked as though he was almost in tears! But it took the trifecta of Jack's injured leg, the karate thrust, and a hand full of trunks for Jones to win the Mid-Atlantic championship.

Paul and Jack would feud over the Mid-Atlantic title for most of the remainder of 1982, trading the title back and forth several times that fall.


OTHER MEMORABLE MOMENTS ON THIS SHOW
  • One of the most stiff, brutal contests you'll ever see on TV took place between newcomer Jos Leduc and up-and-coming Kelly Kiniski. There may have been some bad blood at play between the two Canadians, perhaps going back to when Kelly's father Gene Kiniski was NWA champion. Who knows? Regardless, Leduc just totally beat the crap out of Kiniski for most of the match. To Kiniski's credit, he never backed up, and even managed to try and get in a few licks of his own. But this was one legitimately stiff wrestling match.
  • Paul's victory interview was funny, as he declared in typical fashion "I've always been a man of my word!" He accused Brisco of hiding the title in a closet, but now he had won the championship and took it out of the closet. "Number One" was sure in a good mood. 
  • Sir Oliver Humperdink announces he's offering Abdullah the Butcher to come in and take out Chief Wahoo McDaniel. Wahoo and Abdullah had a history going back one year earlier when Piper paid Abdullah to take out Wahoo which cost Wahoo the U.S. title. Greg Valentine says once Abdullah has softened up the Indian, it will be easy for him to break Wahoo's leg again, just like he did many years ago.
  • Mike Rotundo gives Greg Valentine all he can handle in a good match, but in the end it was the big Valentine elbow that put Rotundo away.
  • Wahoo McDaniel and relatively new fan-favorite Roddy Piper teamed up to take on the Medic and the Gladiator.  
The September 4, 1982 episode can bee seen in its entirety on the WWE Network, along with other episodes from 1981-1986. Even if you don't follow today's wrestling, the WWE Network is worth the $9.99 a month just for the classic content which includes complete shows in pristine quality from the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, World Class, 1980s NWA on WTBS, and many other of the old territories. And they offer a free 90-day trial.

David Taub's detailed summary of this show is available here on the Gateway, and we look forward to the eventual Mid-Atlantic Championship podcast on this show coming in a few months. For links to all the show reviews and podcasts, as well as direct links to the shows themselves on the WWE Network, visit our TV and Podcast Index.


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Friday, April 24, 2020

Classic Poster Revisited: Buddy Rogers Arrives in Mid-Atlantic Wrestling (1979)


by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Our classic poster this week comes from a memorable show in Greensboro in the summer of 1979.

The June 17 show at the fabled Greensboro Coliseum featured two huge main events. The top match was Ricky Steamboat challenging Harley Race once again for the NWA World Heavyweight championship, this time in a 2-out-of-3-falls match. Steamboat had become one of the top contenders for the NWA title in the country. His matches with Race were scientific classics, their work was almost like ballet in the ring. It was beautiful to watch. Their battles were regularly featured within the pages (and often on the covers) of the popular newsstand wrestling magazines.

Preceding that, though, was a match more notable for the story told and the referee involved than the match itself.

Buddy Rogers straps the U.S. title around the waist
of the "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, 6/17/79
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First of all, it's important for the sake of perspective to remember that Dusty Rhodes was not a regular performer in the Mid-Atlantic area during this time. He was a Florida mainstay who had become a top touring attraction (similar to Andre the Giant) and was headlining cards in territories across the country including Mid-South, Georgia, Mid-Atlantic, the WWWF, and of course his home territory in the Sunshine State.

When he visited the Mid-Atlantic area, it usually meant an appearance in Greensboro. And over the last four years, several of those Greensboro matches had been against Ric Flair. In this case Rhodes had come to the Mid-Atlantic in hopes of taking Flair's U.S. championship which would earn him a shot at Race for the World title.

Ric Flair, for his part, was right in the middle of a long, drawn-out babyface turn that began after a dispute with No. 1 Paul Jones. At the previous Greensboro show, Flair had actually chosen Dusty Rhodes as his partner to try and take the NWA World Tag Team championships from Jones and Baron Von Raschke. When the unlikely pair failed to take those tag titles, each blamed the other, and what followed was Rhodes then challenging Flair for his U.S. championship, with the NWA assigning a special referee for the contest - - former NWA and WWWF World champion, the legendary "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers.

This match would lead to Rogers actually coming into the area as a wrestler and manager. Rogers was basically impartial until the end when Flair got physical with him and Rogers responded by punching Flair and counting a quick three count and awarding the U.S. title to Rhodes. Rhodes actually left the building that night thinking he was U.S. champion; Rogers had raised Rhodes' hand and had strapped the U.S. title around his waist.


http://www.midatlanticgateway.com/p/us-title-book.html
A complete history of Jim Crockett Promotion' United States Heavyweight Championship

On the following week's television show, David Crockett announced that the NWA had reviewed the film of the match and, because of the blatant involvement by referee Rogers in the finish, they were returning the U.S. title to Flair.

All of that then set up Buddy Rogers coming out of retirement to challenge Flair for the U.S. title on the next card in Greensboro.

Rogers was the fan favorite in this Greensboro story, but would soon turn heel as, simultaneously, Flair solidified himself as a babyface when the two had an altercation on television weeks later and Rogers applied the figure-four leglock on Flair and tried to injure him.

Not much else notable happened on that show. Dino Bravo was never a serious threat to Ken Patera's Mid-Atlantic Championship. But a fellow on an earlier match soon would be. Jim Brunzell had entered the territory from the AWA, and would upset Patera twice on television in non-title affairs and would eventually beat the Olympian strongman for the Mid-Atlantic championship in September.



Originally posted August 24, 2018 on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

A Look Back at 1960s Wrestling in Gaston County, NC


Rasslin’ Once Reigned Supreme in These Parts
by Bill Poteat
Gaston Gazette www.gastongazette.com

The silly hype and the endless hoopla that now surrounds the Super Bowl pale in comparison.

The suspense and the drama accompanying Game 7 of the World Series might have come close, but not really.

The Masters, college basketball’s Final Four, even the most wreck-filled NASCAR race, were but poor imitations.

When it came to sheer sporting excitement in the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, including Gaston County, nothing could compare with Championship Wrestling, broadcast every Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. on Charlotte’s WBTV Channel 3 when I was a youngster.

Championship Wrestling, hosted by WBTV Sports Director “Big Bill” Ward, made its debut in the autumn of 1958 and life in these parts was profoundly altered.....


Read the entire article and enjoy a blast from the past at:
https://www.gastongazette.com/news/20200418/rasslin-once-reigned-supreme-in-these-parts

(Thanks to Barry Caldwell for making us aware of this article.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Mid-Atlantic TV Report: August 28, 1982

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

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

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


Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 8/28/82
(taped 8/25/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)

WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]
WWE Network Direct Link to this show: Mid-Atlantic 8/28/82


-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jack Brisco, Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood
Brisco is on crutches. He says Paul Jones and Greg Valentine jumped him the parking lot. He says his leg is sore, but not broken. He issues a challenge to Jones to face him for the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championship on TV next week. Steamboat talks about Leroy Brown, then announces Slaughter lost the U.S. Heavyweight championship to Wahoo and is now serving a 30-day suspension. Youngblood is hot at Humperdink, saying he is responsible for both Wahoo and Jimmy Valiant receiving haircuts.

[Break]

Match 1:
Jay Youngblood d. Pvt. Jim Nelson
Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. Semi-even match. Nelson whips Youngblood into the corner. Youngblood catapults himself over and onto the apron. He comes back in with a sunset flip for the pin.

[Break]

Match 2:
Greg Valentine & Leroy Brown (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Ron Ritchie & Keith Larson
Valentine has a white robe with red trim. Who had better robes, Valentine or Flair? Anyway, Valentine is a new member of the House of Humerdink. Caudle talks about the House’s membership. Humperdink chimes in on the mic. Heels are dominant. Brown looks incredible with his power moves. Valentine finished off Larson with the bionic elbow.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Pork Chop Cash & King Parsons
This is in lieu of local promos. Audio is kind of low mainly because Cash keeps turning his head away from the mic. Typically generic stuff. Babyfaces are good, heels are bad.

[Break]

Match 3
Paul Jones (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. King Parsons
Parsons dominates with bodyslams and dropkicks, frustrating Jones. But Parsons tries one dropkick too many, and Jones slaps on the Indian Death Lock for the submission.

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Wahoo McDaniel
McDaniel says when Slaughter had to wrestle by the rules, he lost. Hair will grow back. We go to a clip of the end of the Indian strap match 8/22/82 from Charlotte, title vs. hair. Wahoo touches the fourth turnbuckle for the win. But, Slaughter attacks Wahoo, ties him up with the strap. Leroy Brown and Oliver Humperdink join in to cut Wahoo’s hair. Ron Ritchie tries to make the save to no avail. Jimmy Valiant tries the save and gets some of his hair cut.
Back to Wahoo. He says they don’t like it, but he is the champion. Wahoo eyes Jos LeDus in the ring. He says if Valentine wants the title, come get it.

Caudle, wearing the Augusta green jacket, introduces the next match via blue screen.

[Break]

Match 4
Jos LeDuc (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Mike Davis
The chyron misspells Jos LeDuc's name "Joe LeDuke"
An easy win for LeDuc with the legdrop. Humpedink joined in on the commentary. Said he’s not from Montreal, he’s from the woods way north.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jos LeDuc and Oliver Humperdink
This is in lieu of local promos. Humperdink is not wearing a suit and tie, but a Hawaiian shirt. LeDuc says no one will hurt Humperdink. He doesn’t care about titles, he wants to prove he is the better man. He’s known as the Canadian Freight Train.

[Break]

Match 5
Roddy Piper & Rick Steamboat d. The Ninja & Juan Reynoso
Piper and Steamboat seem a little slow in who will start the match. Piper is very aggressive. Caudle notes that the only thing changed about Piper is his partners. Piper no-sells Reynoso’s punches and unloads on him. Caudle constantly calls Piper “wild.” A few minutes later, Ninja takes advantage on Piper, but he eventually makes the tag to Steamboat. The match ends with a Steamboat top-rope flying bodypress on Reynoso.

-Int. w/ Bob Caudle: Paul Jones & Greg Valentine & Humperdink & LeDuc
Jones officially accepts Brisco’s challenge. “I’ve got the coward out of the closet.” Valentine says he’s gunning for McDaniel. He references the broken leg. LeDuc says he remembers Valiant from Memphis, 1978. He will let Valiant get to Humperdink “over my dead body.”

"So long for now."

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Results for the week, 8/23/16-8/29/82
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock

Mon., 8/23/82 Greenville, SC
Wahoo McDaniel beat Sgt. Slaughter
Mike Davis draw Juan Reynosa
Bill White beat Jerry Bright
Kelly Kiniski beat Jim Dalton
Pvt. Kernodle beat King Parsons
Roddy Piper & Jerry Brisco beat Ivan Koloff & Paul Jones

Tue., 8/24/82 Columbia, SC
Ron Ritchie beat Ali Bey
Jimmy Valiant & Ricky Steamboat beat Greg Valentine & Ivan Koloff
Jay Youngblood beat The Ninja by DQ
Kelly Kiniski beat Juan Reynosa
Mike Rotundo beat Jim Dalton

Tue., 8/24/82 Raleigh, NC
Leroy Brown & Paul Jones beat Roddy Piper & Johnny Weaver
Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle beat Porkchop Cash & King Parsons
Johnny Weaver beat Gene Anderson
Mike Davis beat Ken Timbs
Bill White beat Keith Larson

Wed., 8/25/82 Charlotte, NC(TV)
Paul Jones beat King Parsons
Jos LeDuc beat Mike Davis
Roddy Piper & Ricky Steamboat beat Juan Reynosa & The Ninja
Jay Youngblood beat Pvt. Nelson
Greg Valentine & Leroy Brown beat Keith Larson & Ron Ritchie
Greg Valentine beat Gary Black
King Parsons & Porkchop Cash beat Bill White & The Ninja
Jos LeDuc beat Ron Ritchie
Kelly Kiniski beat Paul Jones DQ
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jim Dalton & Juan Reynosa

Thu., 8/26/82 Sumter, SC
Roddy Piper, Wahoo McDaniel & Jay Youngblood beat Paul Jones, Leroy Brown & Oliver Humperdink
Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson beat Pork Chop Cash & King Parsons
Ron Ritchie beat Juan Reynosa
Mike Davis beat Ben Alexander

Thu., 8/26/82 Newberry, SC
Keith Larson beat Ali Bey
Vivian St. John beat Leilani Kai
Mike Rotundo beat Bill White
Kelly Kiniski beat Jim Dalton
The Gladiator beat Keith Larson
Johnny Weaver beat The Ninja by DQ
Ricky Steamboat beat Ivan Koloff

Fri., 8/27/82 Richmond, VA
Kelly Kiniski TLD Ken Timbs
Mike Rotundo d. Jim Dalton
Pork Chop Cash & King Parsons d. Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson
Jay Youngblood d. Ninja by reverse decision
Ricky Steamboat & Roddy Piper d. Paul Jones & Leroy Brown
Wahoo McDaniel d. Ivan Koloff

Sat., 8/28/82 Hampton, VA
Kelly Kiniski beat Juan Reynosa
Wahoo McDaniel, Roddy Piper & Johnny Weaver beat Leroy Brown, Paul Jones & Oliver Humperdink
Mike Rotundo beat The Scorpion
Ron Ritchie beat Ken Timbs

Sun., 8/29/82 Roanoke, VA
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff in a cage match
Ricky Steamboat beat Matt Borne
Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle beat Jake Roberts & Jay Youngblood
Mike Rotundo beat Ben Alexander
Kelly Kiniski beat Bill White
Jack Brisco beat Sgt. Slaughter by DQ

Sun., 8/29/82 Asheville, NC
Wahoo McDaniel & Roddy Piper beat Leroy Brown & Paul Jones by DQ
Jay Youngblood beat The Ninja
Kelly Kiniski beat Juan Reynosa
Mike Rotundo beat The Gladiator
Ron Ritchie draw The Scorpion
Mike Davis beat Keith Larson

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Wahoo McDaniel Regains the Mid-Atlantic Title (1977)

 
Ric Flair confronts the new champion on the set of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

On Tuesday, August 9, 1977, Wahoo McDaniel regained the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight championship from Greg Valentine at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC. Valentine had defeated the Chief earlier that summer in Greensboro.


The next night at the taping of "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling", David Crockett introduced the studio audience at WRAL-TV to the new champion, and the crowd gave Wahoo a huge ovation.

These were always some of my favorite moments - - when a new champion was introduced at the beginning of that week's TV show.

Wahoo's celebration was cut short when he was interrupted by United States Champion Ric Flair, who made it clear that Wahoo had no chance of getting the U.S. title from him.

Wahoo told host Bob Caudle that he was going to make history that week, as he had shots at both the U.S. title held by Flair and the NWA world title held by Harley Race.
"If the man wrestled with his mouth, he'd be unbeatable. But he has to get in there and defend that title, and I'm on a lucky streak right now, I'm gonna take his title and get Harley Race - - I got a chance at the world title. Three belts in one week - - it's never been done." - Wahoo McDaniel

Here are the first 5 minutes of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling that aired on Saturday, August 13, 1977.




Flair and Wahoo left the WRAL TV studio in Raleigh (separately, I'm sure!) and drove to nearby Rocky Mount, NC where Wahoo fought Flair for the U.S. title that same night. He had another shot at Flair two nights later in Richmond. Then on Sunday, he challenged Race for the NWA world title in Greensboro.


WAHOO WEEK IN REVIEW (AUGUST 1977)
  • Tuesday, 08/09, Raleigh, NC - Wahoo McDaniel beat Greg Valentine to win NWA Mid Atlantic Title
  • Wednesday, 08/10, Raleigh, NC - WRAL TV studio confrontation with Ric Flair
  • Wednesday, 08/10, Rocky Mount, NC - Ric Flair beat Wahoo McDaniel (U.S. title match)
  • Thursday, 08/11, Lynchburg, VA - Wahoo McDaniel & Mighty Igor beat Blackjack Mulligan & Masked Superstar
  • Friday, 08/12, Richmond, VA - Ric Flair beat Wahoo McDaniel (U.S. title match)
  • Saturday, 08/13, Spartanburg, SC - Wahoo McDaniel double DQ Greg Valentine (Mid-Atlantic title defense)
  • Sunday, 08/14, Greensboro, NC - Harley Race beat Wahoo McDaniel (NWA world title match)

While Wahoo wasn't successful in winning three belts in that week, it was nevertheless quite a successful week at the box office for Jim Crockett Promotions and a number of big pay-days for the Chief!

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 Edited from a post originally published December 4, 2015 on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Blackjack Mulligan Faces The Indian Strap (Part 5 - The Finale)

by David Chappell
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Before reading this,
catch up on PART ONE, TWOTHREE , and FOUR of this series.

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PART FIVE
After Blackjack Mulligan’s bitter defeat to Wahoo McDaniel in the Richmond Coliseum on July 18, 1975 in a Texas Death Match, Mulligan retreated back north to the WWWF with no plans to return to the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling area. But Blackjack wasted no time reestablishing himself at the top of the wrestling world, capturing the WWWF Tag Team Championship with partner Blackjack Lanza on August 26, 1975.

As Mulligan was busy defending the WWWF Tag Team Championship belts in the early autumn of 1975, the last thing on his mind was Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. But that all changed on October 4, 1975 when a small plane carrying United States Heavyweight Champion Johnny “The Champ” Valentine and Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair crashed, severely injuring the top two “bad guys” on the Jim Crockett Promotions roster. Jim Crockett, Jr., the president of the company, had a huge void to fill and he reached out to none other than the big man from Eagle Pass, Texas, Blackjack Mulligan, to fill that void.

Blackjack had misgivings about returning to the Mid-Atlantic area, and knew any break away from the WWWF was going to be ugly, but the lure of becoming the top “rulebreaker” for Jim Crockett Promotions after the way he unceremoniously left the territory courtesy of Wahoo McDaniel’s Indian strap ultimately pushed him back to Charlotte.

Mulligan’s first appearances back in the Mid-Atlantic area occurred on television tapings from the WRAL TV-5 studios on October 15th and October 29th. An invigorated Mulligan was at his best during these first TV shows back in the area, particularly on the second show as he and another newcomer Steve Strong got the best of former Olympian Ken Patera, dropping weights on Patera’s chest during a bench press contest. At this same time period, Blackjack continued to wrestle in the arenas of the northeast, and the “Pride of the Prairie” did not make an appearance back in a Mid-Atlantic arena until November 7th in Richmond, Virginia.

But as soon as Mulligan dropped the WWWF Tag Team straps in early November of 1975, he immediately rocketed to the top of the ladder in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling starting with feuds involving Tim Woods and Paul Jones, the United States Heavyweight Championship followed in early 1976, and the rest is history. Straight through into the early 1980’s Blackjack Mulligan was one of the most enduring stars of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. And to think…it was all nearly derailed for Blackjack before it even got started by his facing Wahoo’s menacing Indian strap.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Mid-Atlantic TV Update: August 21, 1982

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

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

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


Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 8/21/82
(taped 8/18/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)

WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]
WWE Network Direct Link to this show: Mid-Atlantic 8/21/82
We skip a week. Please email me if you have access to the 8/14/82 show.


Bob Caudle opens the show, letting us know that the odd tag team of Roddy Piper & Jimmy Valiant will be here. Caudle says he’s even befuddled by that.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ric Flair
Flair joins Caudle. Flair is livid, and delivered an angry promo like I’ve never seen before. He trash talks Jim Crockett Jr. He mentions a few times that Crockett was one of the wealthiest men around. Flair says he will not face Wahoo McDaniel again. Crockett, as NWA president, made a power play to force a rematch. But, the NWA board sided with Flair, and in protest, Crockett resigned.
As we go to break, we hear Flair say “what is this?”

[Break]

Flair feels his next match is a prank, a rib. And when he sees Leroy Dargan in the ring, well, Flair goes racial. This is bad, even for 1982. “Where I’m from, we don’t wrestle guys like that, we employ them.”

That gets a groan from Caudle. McDaniel comes out to confront Flair. Kelly Kiniski and Mike Rotundo hold Wahoo back. Flair relents and says he’ll face the guy in the ring. Flair turns around, and Jack Brisco is now in the ring. Flair tries to weasel his way out, but eventually steps in.

Match 1
Non-title match: Jack Brisco [Mid-Atlantic Champions] d. Ric Flair [NWA World Champion]
Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour. Paul Jones joins Caudle on the mic. And, it appears Jones made his heel turn last week. Jones is angry and has nothing nice to say about Brisco. In the ring, Brisco is in control with a series of mat moves. Brisco has a short-arm scissors around Flair’s arm and starts to roll around in the ring. That’s a lost move. Flair reverses to get Brisco on his back for a few two-counts. Of course, Flair had his foot in the corner for leverage. Both men are back up, and Brisco wins a slug fest, knocking Flair down. More even-handed wrestling with the advantage switching back and forth.

Piledriver by Flair, but Brisco able to kick out. Flair in control. Flair with a suplex, but Brisco slips behind and puts Flair in the sleeper. Flair back suplexes his way out of it. Flair gets the figure four on, but Brisco reverses. Flair gets to the rope. A few minutes later, Flair goes to the top, but Brisco throws him off and tries a figure four of his own. Flair able to wiggle out of it. Lots more chain wrestling.

We got to the head scissors-roll up-bridge up-backslide spot. Brisco gets the pin! Jones can’t believe it. Flair attacks Brisco from behind afterward. Wahoo makes the save and Flair takes a powder.
An irate Flair says no one gets away with this.

[Break]

Match 2
Jimmy Valiant & Roddy Piper d. Jim Dalton & Ken Timbs
The Network edit brings out Valiant & Piper. Valiant has small, red tap recorder, presumably playing his music.  Caudle remains in disbelief about the Valiant/Piper team. Valiant is dancing around. Piper comes out calm, then unloads on Dalton. Valiant has the “Kiss My” on the back of his tights. Piper has a large bandage on his chest, from the stabbing incident earlier in the month. We skip a week, and we miss Piper’s babyface turn. Piper’s in-ring style hasn’t changed, he is still cheating behind the referee’s back. Caudle calls them a wild team. Piper finishes off Timbs with an aggressive sleeper. He doesn’t release right away after the bell.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jim Dalton & Ken Timbs
This is in lieu of local interviews. Dalton and Timbs make up excuses for their loss and issue idle threats to Piper and Valiant.

[Break]

Match 3
Paul Jones (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Keith Larson
We miss a week, and we miss Jones’ heel turn. Humperdink joins Caudle, praises Jones for joining his House of Humperdink. He notes Jones’ change of heart. Jones has most of the match. When Larson makes his comeback, Humperdink gets on the apron. That distraction allows Jones to knock Larson down with a fist. Jones follows up with an unnamed brainbuster (called a “suplay” by Caudle) for the win.

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Roddy Piper
Piper with the babyface interview. Caudle starts by calling Piper a hero, an honorific Piper rejects. Piper says he still pulls his women by the hair. He doesn’t need Humperdink to make him a star. “A star I are,” Piper says. Now the insults start.
House of Humperdink: What is that, little midgets and leathers?
Leroy Brown: makes fun of his dye job and earing. “Very becoming. Becoming an idiot.”
Ivan Koloff: well, Piper let him off easy. Then Piper bangs his head into the wall of the set.
Gene Anderson: Piper makes fun of Anderson’s twitch.
By the way, it was only a week later that Piper turned babyface on World Championship Wrestling, saving Gordon Solie from Magnificent Muraco.

Valiant comes out to conclude the interview, spouting nonsense. Piper dances, sort of. They hug and slap hands at the end. Caudle intuitively calls them from another world.

[Break]

Match 4
Non-title match: Sgt. Slaughter [U.S. champion] d. Jake Roberts
Slaughter has Indian feathers sticking out of the back of his hat. Another miss from last week — Slaughter tearing up Wahoo’s headdress.
Watching this match, for some reason, I have the feeling Jake is on his way out. At one point, it looked like a double blown spot. Apparently, it was supposed to be double-clothesline. Both men missed, but Roberts still sold his head. Slaughter sold his midsection. Slaughter follows with a dropkick! That’s a first. Maybe an only. Roberts makes a comeback, with the knee lift. He goes for a second knee lift, only to be met by a Slaughter clothesline. And, then the pin.

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink and Gene Anderson
Mostly trash talk on Wahoo McDaniel.

[Break]

Match 5
Wahoo McDaniel d. Gene Anderson (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) by DQ
Caudle calls this a great hour of wrestling wit the Flair-Brisco match and the Piper/Valiant team. After a few minutes of action, Humperdink trips Wahoo and the referee calls for the DQ. By this time, Koloff and Slaughter are at ringside. Nothing comes of it.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink, Leroy Brown, Ivan Koloff, Gene Anderson; Sgt. Slaughter. Now, Humperdink talks about Piper and Valiant. And the Briscos. Brown towers over everyone. Koloff says it just started between him and Valiant. Brown throws threats out to Ricky Steamboat. Sgt. Slaughter comes in to talk about a hair vs. title Indian strap match coming up. He says Wahoo tricked him. Slaughter notes Wahoo is undefeated in 300 Indian strap matches, but Slaughter has a plan.

“So long for now!”

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Results for the week, 8/09/16-8/22/82
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock


Mon., 8/9/82 Oshawa, Ontario (Maple Leaf Wrestling)
Mike Rotundo beat Juan Reynosa
Kelly Kiniski beat Jim Dalton
Paul Jones beat Bill White
Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson beat Johnny Weaver & Billy Red Lyons
Jay Youngblood beat Gene Anderson

Mon, 8/9/82 Greenville, SC — Memorial Auditorium
Canadian Lumberjack match: Wahoo McDaniel beat Sgt. Slaughter
Keith Larson beat Tim Horner
Ron Ritchie beat Ali Bey
King Parsons & Pork Chop Cash beat Ken Timbs & Matt Borne
Jake Roberts beat Angelo Mosca
Jimmy Valiant & Jack Brisco beat Ivan Koloff & Leroy Brown

Tu., 8/10/82 Columbia, SC — Township Auditorium
Mike Davis beat Ali Bey
Ivan Koloff & Leroy Brown beat Ricky Steamboat & Jimmy Valiant
Kandi Malloy & Ron Ritchie beat Ben Alexander & Donna Christianello
King Parsons beat Ken Timbs
Keith Larson beat Tim Horner

Tu., 8/10/82 Raleigh, NC — Raleigh Civic Center
Canadian Lumberjack match: Wahoo McDaniel beat Sgt. Slaughter
Jack Brisco beat Angelo Mosca
Jake Roberts beat Ole Anderson
Matt Borne beat Porkchop Cash
Leilani Kai & Joyce Grable beat Velvet McIntyre & Sabrina

Wed., 8/11/82 Charlotte, NC(TV)
Jack Brisco & Jake Roberts beat Ken Timbs & Juan Reynosa
Pvt. Kernodle beat Leroy Dargon
Paul Jones & Gene Anderson beat Keith Larson & Abe Jacobs
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Pvt. Nelson & Jim Dalton
Ivan Koloff & Leroy Brown beat Mike Davis & Tim Horner
Kelly Kiniski & Mike Rotundo beat Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle by DQ
Ricky Steamboat, Jay Youngblood & Jake Roberts beat Jim Dalton, Ben Alexander & Juan Reynosa
Jack Brisco beat Matt Borne
Paul Jones beat Tim Horner
Ivan Koloff beat Leroy Dargon

Thu., 8/12/82 Sumter, SC
Ivan Koloff vs. Jimmy Valiant in a New York street fight
Ricky Steamboat vs. The Ninja
Jake Roberts & Jay Youngblood vs. Angelo Mosca & Matt Borne
Ron Ritchie vs. David Patterson
Tim Horner vs. Juan Reynosa
Tim Horner vs. Bill White

Thu., 8/12/82 Rocky Mount, NC
Ken Timbs d. Mike Davis
Mike Rotundo d. Ali Bey
Kelly Kiniski d. Jim Dalton
Pork Chop Cash & King Parsons d. Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle
Gene Anderson d. Johnny Weaver
Jack Brisco d. Leroy Brown
Wahoo McDaniel d. Sgt. Slaughter

Fri., 8/13/82 Charleston, SC — County Hall
Women’s title: Fabulous Moolah [ch.] beat Peggy Lee
Wahoo McDaniel & Jack Brisco beat Sgt. Slaughter & Leroy Brown
Jake Roberts beat Matt Borne
Kelly Kiniski beat Jim Dalton
Bill White draw Keith Larson

Fri., 8/13/82 Wilmington, NC
Jimmy Valiant vs. Ivan Koloff in a New York street fight
Paul Jones vs. Angelo Mosca
Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson vs. Porkchop Cash & King Parsons
Mike Rotundo vs. David Patterson
Juan Reynosa vs. Tim Horner

Sat., 8/14/82 Collinsville, VA — Patrick Henry Community College Gym
Jimmy Valiant & Jack Brisco vs. Ivan Koloff & Angelo Mosca
Johnny Weaver vs. Matt Borne
Fabulous Moolah & Donna Christianello vs. Penny Mitchell & Sherri Martel
Keith Larson vs. Ali Bey
King Parsons vs. David Patterson

Sun., 8/15/82 Asheville, NC
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff in a New York street fight
Jack Brisco & Paul Jones beat Sgt. Slaughter & Leroy Brown by DQ
Porkchop Cash & King Parsons beat Juan Reynosa & The Ninja
Gene Anderson beat Johnny Weaver
Ron Ritchie beat Jim Dalton
Keith Larson beat Ken Timbs

Sun., 8/15/82 Roanoke, VA — Roanoke Civic Center
Ricky Steamboat beat Matt Borne
Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle beat Jake Roberts & Jay Youngblood
Mike Rotundo beat Ben Alexander
Kelly Kiniski beat Bill White
Mike Davis beat Ali Bey
U.S. Heavyweight championship: Jack Brisco beat Sgt. Slaughter [ch.] by DQ
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff in a cage match

Mon., 8/16/82 Greenville, SC
Judy Martin beat Candi Malloy
Porkchop Cash beat Bill White
King Parsons draw Juan Reynosa
Jack Brisco & Wahoo McDaniel beat Roddy Piper & Sgt. Slaughter by DQ
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Jake Roberts

Tue., 8/17/82 Raleigh, NC
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Jimmy Valiant
Ricky Steamboat beat Leroy Brown by DQ
Ron Ritchie beat Juan Reynosa
Gene Anderson beat Johnny Weaver
Jay Youngblood beat The Ninja by DQ
Jim Dalton & Bill White beat Mike Davis & Keith Larson

Tur., 8/17/82 Columbia, SC
Wahoo McDaniel, Jerry Brisco & Jake Roberts beat Ivan Koloff, Roddy Piper & Sgt. Slaughter by DQ
Paul Jones beat Abe Jacobs
Porkchop Cash & King Parsons draw Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle
Mike Rotundo beat Ali Bey

Wed., 8/18/82 Charlotte, NC(TV)
Jack Brisco beat NWA World Champion Ric Flair
Roddy Piper & Jimmy Valiant beat Ken Timbs & Jim Dalton
Paul Jones beat Keith Larson
Sgt Slaughter beat Jake Roberts
Wahoo McDaniel beat Gene Anderson by DQ
Gen Anderson & Leroy Brown beat Kelly Kiniski & Mike Rotundo
Sgt. Slaughter beat Keith Larson
Roddy Piper & Wahoo McDaniel beat Ken Timbs & Jim Dalton
Paul Jones beat Abe Jacobs
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff by DQ

Wed., 8/18/82 Wadesboro, NC
Ron Ritchie beat The Scorpion
Juan Reynosa beat Mike Davis
Jay Youngblood beat The Ninja by DQ
Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle beat Porkchop Cash & King Parsons
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Jack Brisco

Thu., 8/19/82 Winston-Salem, NC
NWA champion Ric Flair vs. Roddy Piper(sub for Jack Brisco)
Wahoo McDaniel & Roddy Piper vs. Paul Jones & Sgt. Slaughter
Jake Roberts vs. Gene Anderson
Juan Reynosa vs. Kelly Kiniski
Ken Timbs & Ali Bey vs. Mike Davis & Ron Ritchie

Thu., 8/19/82 Harrisonburg, VA
Bill White beat King Parsons
Mike Rotundo beat Jim Dalton
Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle beat Porkchop Cash & King Parsons
Jay Youngblood beat Ninja by DQ
Ricky Steamboat beat Leroy Brown by DQ
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff in a cage match

Fri., 8/20/82 Charleston, SC — County Hall
NWA World Champion Ric Flair DCO with Wahoo McDaniel
Gene Anderson beat Glenn Lane [Lane was an area local]
Kelly Kiniski beat The Scorpion
Ron Ritchie draw Juan Reynosa
Johnny Weaver beat Gene Anderson
U.S. Championship: Sgt. Slaughter [ch.] d. Jake Roberts

Sat., 8/21/82 Dillon, SC
Mike Davis beat Jim Dalton
Ken Timbs beat Bill White
Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle beat Porkchop Cash & King Parsons
Johnny Weaver & Jay Youngblood beat Gene Anderson & The Ninja
Ricky Steamboat beat Leroy Brown by DQ

Sat., 8/21/82 Greensboro, NC
Wahoo McDaniel beat Sgt. Slaughter in a lumberjack match

Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff in a Siberian glove match
Mike Rotundo, Roddy Piper & Jerry Brisco beat Ric Flair, Paul Jones & Oliver Humperdink
Kelly Kiniski beat Juan Reynosa
Ron Ritchie beat Ben Alexander
Ali Bey beat Keith Larson

Sun., 8/22/82 Toronto, Ontario
Tony Parisi beat Ken Timbs
Johnny Weaver beat Alex Girard
Paul Jones beat The Ninja
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson to win NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Title
Andre The Giant beat John Studd
WWF World Champion Bob Backlund beat Jimmy Snuka

Sun., 8/22/82 Charlotte, NC
U.S. Heavyweight Title vs. Hair: Wahoo McDaniel d. Sgt. Slaughter to title
Roddy Piper, Jerry Brisco & Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff, Leroy Brown & Gene Anderson
Mike Rotundo beat Bill White
Kelly Kiniski draw Jim Dalton
Ron Ritchie beat Juan Reynosa
Mike Davis beat Ali Bey

Sun., 8/22/82 Cincinnati, OH
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Tommy Rich


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Friday, April 10, 2020

Ernie Ladd's Infamous Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Debut

Exclusive audio recording of Ernie Ladd's 1979 Mid-Atlantic
Wrestling debut at the end of this article!

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by David Chappell
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

A newcomer to Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling burst onto the scene on the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling television show that was taped on January 31, 1979. And what an electric debut it was for the “Cat,” Ernie Ladd! Scheduled to wrestle Herb Gallant in his first Mid-Atlantic TV bout, instead Ladd approached announcer Bob Caudle in his street clothes, with apparently no intention of wrestling.


Caudle admonished Ladd, “You’re supposed to be up in the ring.” Ernie answered, “Look, I’ve asked over and over [for] Andre the dumb Giant! I wanna beat Andre the dumb Giant. I asked the promotion for Andre the dumb Giant, and they never give it to me! I wanna beat Harley Race on TV, and I’m TIRED of gettin’ in the ring with people that are inferior to my ability. And I’m sick and tired of it! So right now you can’t force me in the ring; you can’t make me do anything! I do what I want to do! I’M MY OWN MAN!

Graphic courtesy Mid-Atlantic Grapplin' Greats
Caudle leaned over to the “Big Cat,” and lightly touched him on the arm and appeared ready to make a point. Instead, Ladd yelled, “Don’t put your hands on me…don’t touch me!!” Caudle instinctively drew back. Ernie continued, “Because I don’t have to get in the ring and wrestle! He’s an inferior caliber wrestler to me, so I will NOT get in there and disgrace myself with him. Regardless of what you say or anybody else says...I can be fined, suspended, because I have enough money to do anything I want with it! Now what can I tell you, Mr. TV announcer?"

Color commentator David Crockett chimed in, “How would you disgrace yourself wrestling Herb Gallant?” Ladd quickly retorted, “Listen, I asked for the [World] Champion, number one…” As Ernie was talking, someone in the studio audience shouted for the “Cat” to get in the ring! Ladd bellowed, “Shut up out there!” Referee Sonny Fargo was also calling over to the set for Ernie to step in the ring, but Ladd was having none of it. “Don’t ask me about getting in the ring and wrestle, Mr. Referee. You can’t tell me what to do Mr. Referee…you’re just a referee,” Ladd explained.  The fans in the TV studio were getting more rowdy in response to Ladd’s antics, which prompted Ernie to lash out, “And why don’t you people be quiet!!”

Ladd composed himself briefly and said, “I asked for one man…Andre the dumb Giant. He’s not here. I have not gotten him, and I’m upset and I’m disturbed! I asked for Harley Race…” But then David Crockett got Ladd stirred up again, interrupting him and saying, “You have to prove yourself.” A once again fired up “Big Cat” fired back, “What do you mean I have to prove myself? My record all around the world speaks for itself! World’s greatest football player, international wrestler. I don’t care what they’ve seen, clean their ears out get up close to that television, you see me wrestling out of Madison Square Garden, you see me wrestling out of Atlanta, you see me wrestling all over the world, and I come in here and make a special request to make a proper debut, to beat the World’s Champion on TV…”

Crockett persisted, “You have to prove yourself…” An exasperated Ladd yelled back, “What do you mean I have to prove myself? Look at the referee interfering!” Referee Sonny Fargo yelled towards Ernie, “I’m gonna give you a 10-count to get in here!” Ladd indignantly replied, “He ain’t gonna give me a 10 count…nobody gives me nothing! I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’ll be the first man to get in the ring and shake his hand, and congratulate him! I’ve had so many awards…”

And then Ladd actually made his way into the ring!

An incredulous Bob Caudle jumped back in saying, “David, he’s dressed…he’s in the ring in his street clothes. He’s just gonna shake his hand, he said.” But unfortunately for Gallant, he received more contact from “Ol’ #99” than a handshake! Caudle described the scene exclaiming, “Whoa, he kicked him right in the stomach! Ladd now with Gallant, he went in to shake Gallant’s hand. He’s got his street shoes on David, those big heavy leather shoes with a hard heavy heel, stomping and kicking Gallant with those! Now he’s hanging him right in the air!” Crockett interjected, “Throws him down right on his back!” Caudle continued, “Look at how big and how strong Ernie Ladd is.”

The “Big Cat,” street clothes and all, pinned Gallant immediately afterward. Crockett said after the three-count, “He finally wrestled, though!” Caudle concurred, “He wrestled, that’s right. He’s not gonna be fined. There’s no doubt he got in the ring and he wrestled, but the way he went about it, the sneak attack on Gallant, I’m not so sure in the minds of all the fans that proved anything...”

As an irate Ladd approached the interview area, Caudle bravely said to him, “With a sneak attack like that on Gallant!” Ladd furiously came back at Bob, “That’s not a sneak attack!! They don’t give big fat Haystacks Calhoun any static about what he puts on, what he has to do or what he has to wear! I’m my own man, I do EXACTLY what I want to do when I want to do it! I’m the best wrestler! And don’t EVER make the mistake and think that Ernie Ladd is gonna give you something!”

Listen to the entire thing play out in this rare, archival audio!



Before he entered the Mid-Atlantic area, Ernie Ladd’s reputation certainly preceded him. And in his first television appearance in the territory, he only reinforced that reputation for trickery, deceit and aggression. The “Big Cat” had arrived, and his claws were clearly out…ready to strike anyone unfortunate enough to be in his path!


Originally published June 17, 2016 on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway. 

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Mid-Atlantic TV Update: August 7, 1982

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

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

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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 8/07/82
(taped 8/04/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)

WWE Network feed.  [How to watch this show on the WWE Network.]
WWE Network Direct Link to this show: Mid-Atlantic 8/07/82



-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Wahoo McDaniel & Jack Brisco [includes comments from Ric Flair]
Caudle talks to the new Mid-Atlantic champion. Wahoo and Brisco celebrate. Brisco says he has the title back, now he wants to get the $10,000 back. Wahoo talks about chasing Flair. We go to pre-recorded comments from Flair, taped from the Championship Wrestling from Florida studio. Flair says he’s coming back to the Carolinas, namedropping many city names. He also lists off Wahoo, Brisco, Steamboat, Youngblood and Roberts as potential challengers. He says to line them up. Back to Wahoo. He’s looking forward to it.

Caudle mentions we also have a new TV champion, Jimmy Valiant. We go to a still of Bill Ward interviewing Valiant holding the title belt. Action is coming up after the break.

[Break]

Match 1:
Wahoo McDaniel & Jack Brisco d. David Patterson & Ben Alexander
Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour. Talk of Flair coming in. All babyfaces this match. Brisco submits Patterson to the figure four, as Wahoo holds Alexander at bay.

[Break]

Match 2:
Leroy Brown (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Ron Ritchie
Caudle reminds us how Leroy Brown became really bad recently. Humperdink joins Caudle on the mic. He says he will make Brown the first black world champion. Lots of power moves from Brown. His beard is weirdly dyed. Humperdink namedrops Andre the Giant. Brown wins with the elbow.

-Local promos w/Bill Ward: Pvt. Jim Nelson & Pvt. Don Kernodle; Ivan Koloff
This is in lieu of local promos. The Privates note that Wahoo is now the U.S. champion, but Slaughter cut his hair. However, this earned the Sarge a 30-day suspension. I’m guessing the episode with these promos aired weeks after the listed air date of August 7. Privates still holding the Mid-Atlantic tag title. Koloff is in, raving about Valiant. He is holding up a dress, so I guess the stipulation matches with Valiant will go on (this feud started in January, if not earlier!).

[Break]

Match 3:
Ricky Steamboat d. Juan Reynoso
Steamboat has a full beard. Caudle still talking about Leroy Brown, and Ric Flair. Reynoso has some offense in the match, but Steamboat wins in the end with the body press off the top rope.

-Int. w/ Bob Caudle: Ricky Steamboat
Steamboat offers congratulations to Jimmy Valiant for his TV title win. Says he’s still going after Leroy Brown.

[Break]

-Int. w/ Bob Caudle: Roddy Piper
Pretty significant interview here. Piper just lost the Mid-Atlantic championship to Brisco the previous day (8/03/82 in Raleigh). A fan stabbed Piper after the match. Piper addresses being hurt, without directly saying he was stabbed. Saying it has been all over the papers he was hurt. Mentions some geek out there trying to challenge him. Piper says he chased them down, and he insulted him. Piper says he’s smart enough not to smoke or go to jail. Piper then turns the conversation to Brisco. Piper says he will get back up and more vicious.

At this time, Oliver Humperdink and Ivan Koloff come out. Humperdink says if Piper was working for him, that may not have happened. He offers Piper a contract. Piper rips it up and walks off.
The start of a Piper babyface turn. All it took was a fan stabbing. Piper is noticeably holding his right side. His beige plaid jacket is a sight to behold.

Back to Humperdink and Koloff. Humperdink lets Piper’s actions go. He says he is understandably upset. Talk turns to Koloff and Valiant. Koloff has the chain, a shovel and Siberian alt miner’s glove. Humperdink says Valiant won’t hold the TV title for long.

For the record, it seems the exact date Valiant won is not readily available. My research shows it took place on Aug. 3, 1982 in Raleigh (two title changes, one show!)

Caudle starts to introduce the next match via magic blue screen. The heels are there, but the babyfaces are late to show up.

[Break]

Match 4:
Porkchop Cash & King Parsons d. Ken Timbs & Ali Bey
Bey works the bear hug a few times on Parsons. Parsons eventually pins Bey with two drop kicks.

- Local promos w/ Bill Ward: Mike Rotundo; Jay Youngblood
This is in lieu of local promos. Mike Rotundo namedrops Charleston, so I guess this where this tape is from. Rotundo says people are getting hurt inside and outside the ring. Particularly, Paul Jones jumped Brisco. So, this is definitely aired in Charleston a few weeks after the original air date. Rotundo runs down Paul Jones and his new attitude (spoiler alert: heel turn). Youngblood has a causal collar shirt, and his head dress. He talks about Paul Jones as well.

[Break]

Match #5:
Ninja & Matt Borne (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Jay Youngblood & Tim Horner
Borne goes after Youngblood’s headdress, but Youngblood is able to save it in the nick of time. Borne is in with Horner. Hits a suplex. Tags in Ninja who comes off the second rope with a headbutt and the pin! Wow, that was quick.

-Int. w/ Bob Caudle: Humperdink, Borne, Ninja, Leroy Brown
Humperdink talks about giving Piper a pass for rejecting him. Praise for the House of Humperdink. I guess this means Borne is in. Of course, he turns his back to the camera, blocking Humperdink and Caudle from view. Brown is out and loud. There is one thing he understands: money. Smack talk against Steamboat.

“So long for now!”

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Results for the week, 8/02/82-8/08/82
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock

Mon., 8/2/82 Greenville, SC — Memorial Auditorium
Roddy Piper beat Jack Brisco
Tim Horner beat David Patterson
Jim Dalton beat Keith Larson
Ricky Steamboat beat Leroy Brown
Gene Anderson & King Kong Mosca beat Johnny Weaver & Jay Youngblood
Matt Borne beat Mike Rotundo

Mon., 8/02/82 Fayetteville, NC
Ron Ritchie d. Ken Timbs
Kelly Kiniski d. Juan Reynosa
Mike Davis d. The Monk
Pork Chop Cash & King Parsons d. Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle
Paul Jones & Jake Roberts d. Ivan Koloff & Ninja
Sgt. Slaughter TLD Wahoo McDaniel

Tue., 8/3/82 Raleigh, NC — Civic Center
New York Street Fight: Valiant beat Ivan Koloff
U.S. Heavyweight title: Sgt. Slaughter [ch.] d. Wahoo McDaniel
Mike Davis beat Ali Bey
Keith Larson beat Juan Reynosa
Tim Horner beat Dave Patterson
Matt Borne beat Ron Ritchie
Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championship: Jack Brisco d. Roddy Piper to win championship
Note:  Piper is stabbed in chest after this match

Wed., 8/4/82 Charlotte, NC(TV)
Ricky Steamboat beat Juan Reynosa
King Parsons & Porkchop Cash beat Ali Bey & Ken Timbs
Matt Borne & The Ninja beat Tim Horner & Jay Youngblood
Jack Brisco & Wahoo McDaniel beat Ben Alexander & David Patterson
Leroy Brown beat Ron Ritchie
Ivan Koloff & Leroy Brown beat Leroy Dargon & Kelly Kiniski
Ricky Steamboat beat David Patterson
Gene Anderson, Matt Borne & The Ninja beat Ron Ritchie, Mike Davis & Tim Horner
Jake Roberts, Jack Brisco & Wahoo McDaniel beat Pvt. Nelson, Pvt. Kernodle & Juan Reynosa
Jay Youngblood beat Ben Alexander

Fri., 8/6/82 Laurinburg, NC
Tim Horner beat Ben Alexander
Abe Jacobs beat Ken Timbs
Porkchop Cash beat Matt Bourne
Jack Brisco beat Roddy Piper
Wahoo McDaniel beat The Ninja

Fri., 8/6/82 Charleston, SC
Mike Davis beat Ken Timbs
Ricky Steamboat beat Leroy Brown by DQ
Jay Youngblood & Johnny Weaver beat Angelo Mosca & Gene Anderson
Ron Ritchie beat Bill White
King Parsons beat Dave Patterson

Sat., 8/7/82 Greensboro, NC
NWA World Champion/2 of 3 falls: Wahoo McDaniel beat Ric Flair, 2-1 (W, L,W-DQ)
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff by DQ in a New York street fight
Ricky Steamboat beat Leroy Brown
Angelo Mosca & Gene Anderson beat Johnny Weaver & Jay Youngblood
Mike Rotundo beat Dave Patterson
Kelly Kiniski beat Juan Reynosa
Ron Ritchie beat Ken Timbs
Bill White beat Mike Davis

Sun., 8/8/82 Toronto, Ontario (Maple Leaf Wrestling)
Tony Parisi draw Pvt. Nelson
Johnny Weaver beat Juan Reynosa
Kelly Kiniski & Mike Rotundo beat Bill White & Jim Dalton
Angelo Mosca beat Sgt. Slaughter by DQ
Jimmy Snuka beat WWF World Champion Bob Backlund by countout
Paul Jones beat The Ninja

Sun., 8/8/82 Charlotte, NC
Mike Davis beat Ken Timbs
Porkchop Cash & King Parsons beat Matt Borne & Dave Patterson
Ole Anderson beat Jake Roberts
Ricky Steamboat beat Leroy Brown by DQ
Siberian Salt Miner Glove Match: Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff
Wahoo McDaniel & Jack Brisco beat Roddy Piper & Ric Flair