Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Mid-Atlantic TV Report: October 2, 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: 10/02/82
(taped 9/29/82 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-Atlantic10/02/82


Bob Caudle introduces the show, going through the lineup

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle
And the big news, Slaughter and Kernodle and the new World tag team champions. Both men are holding the belts. Kernodle’s shirt has a Japanese character (letter) on it. Slaughter says during his suspension, he had nothing better to do than enter himself in the World tag team tournament in Tokyo. Such teams as Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura, The Samoans, Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen and more were there. Slaughter says he called Kernodle on the phone to come quick. Last week, Caudle reported that Kernodle received a telegram. What, no Twitter Direct Message? Slaughter says these titles are the original and best. They beat Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki in the final. Slaughter says he is not any more Private Kernodle, but Don Kernodle, and he took the winning fall with the Flying Cannon. Kernodle says they were underdogs. Big smiles.

[Break]

Match 1
Non-Title Match: Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle [World Tag Team champs) 
d. King Parsons & Mike Davis
Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour. Paul Jones joins in on commentary. Jones praises the new champs, saying it is great to bring the championship back to the area. Caudle agrees on that point, but says Slaughter & Kernodle aren’t the best representatives. Davis takes the brunt of the offense, save for one roll-up on Kernodle. Slaughter drops Davis’ throat on the top rope. But, he holds off on pinning him. He tags in Kernodle who finishes Davis off with the “Cannon” off the top rope.

[Break]

Match 2
Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood d. Ken Timbs & Ben Alexander
Caudle notes the fast pace of the match. Jones says the fans like underdogs, because losers cheer for losers. Funny. Jones says Steamboat recently won a bodybuilding contest, but only because his uncle and cousins were the judges. Youngblood nearly pins Alexander after Steamboat slingshots him in. Youngblood finishes the match with the double chop, followed by an elbow drop for the pin on Alexander.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jim Dalton & Juan Reynosa
This is in lieu of local promos. They talk about their match against Rotundo & Brisco. Dalton calls Reynosa a former Mexican champion. And, once you’re a champion, you are always a champion. They say Rotundo has a body, but no brains.

[Break]

Match 3
Mike Rotundo & Jack Brisco d. Jim Dalton & Juan Reynosa
Jones says Rotundo wants to challenge Dory Funk, Jr. and scoffs at his chances. Rotundo pins Dalton after an airplane spin.

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jimmy Valiant; Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood; Wahoo McDaniel
Valiant raves. He can’t sleep without his music. He’s going crazy. Steamboat & Youngblood say they are working out wrinkles in their tag teaming. Youngblood congratulates Slaughter & Kernodle for brining the title back to the area. Wahoo talks about getting revenge on Slaughter. They show the clip of Slaughter tearing the feathers from August.

Caudle introduces the next match via magic blue screen.

[Break]

Match 4
$100,000 challenge: Dory Funk, Jr. d. Keith Larson
Caudle calls this the “Golden Challenge Match.” Larson must in Funk’s shoulders to the mat in 10 minutes to claim the money. The check is from the Amarillo National Bank, in case you are wondering. Does $100,000 sound a little unbelievable for a wrestling prize? Yeah. Larson has some fight in him, but Dory’s mat skills, forearms, and spinning toe hold were too much. Mike Rotundo, who was watching the match ringside, came into the ring after to challenge Funk. Dory just left the ring.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Pork Chop Cash & Ron Ritchie
This was in-lieu of local promos. Ritchie talks about Humperdink and the team’s opponent for the show, Greg Valentine & Jos LeDuc. A bit of a snooze. Cash says he’ll use his soupbone on Humperdink if needed. He’s not afraid of LeDuc.

[Break]

Match 5
Greg Valentine & Jos LeDuc (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Pork Chop Cash & Ron Ritchie
Paul Jones promises to be unbiased on the mic. He reiterates that Humperdink brought LeDuc in to protect him from Jimmy Valiant. Ritchie taking a beating early on. And keeps on take a beating. LeDuc finishes him with the one-arm backbreaker.

-Int. w/Paul Jones: Sir Oliver Humperdink, Jos LeDuc, and Greg Valentine
Jones, wearing a nice suit, handles the interview. Valentine and Humperdink say they are hunting the U.S. championship from Wahoo McDaniel. LeDuc is super serious and super scary. He loves being the TV champion. He loves the money. He loves the pain. No one, especially Jimmy Valiant, will stop him. Valentine points out he's the only man to ever put Wahoo out of action and in the hospital, calling back to breaking Wahoo's leg in 1977.


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Click the "Continued" link for Results for the week of 9/27/82-10/03/82

Monday, May 25, 2020

Crockett Cup '85: First Round Matches Begin

MIKE RICKARD'S FANTASY WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
by Mike Rickard
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

Don't miss these first posts in this series:
Tournament Announcement
Seedings and First Round Pairings


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

First Round Rules
Here are the rules for the first-round matches. A pool of referees from the NWA, AWA, and WWF have been appointed for the tournament and randomly selected for each match. The first-round matches have a thirty-minute time limit and are sanctioned under NWA rules (throwing an opponent over the top rope is an automatic disqualification). The matches are one fall with a win obtained by a pinfall, submission, count-out, or disqualification.

The first-round matches will be held over two nights, with the first eight matches taking place at the Baltimore Civic Center on Thursday April 11. Bob Caudle and David Crockett will be calling the matches tonight. David Crockett gets word from Tony Schiavone that there is some sort of commotion backstage. Apparently, there are two teams that weren’t invited to the tournament and they’re making their displeasure known.

A camera crew makes its way backstage and we see the team of Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden along with the Nightmares protesting their exclusion from the tournament. NWA President Jim Crockett Jr. has made his way backstage and he tells the two teams that many teams were considered for the event, but there was only room for 48. This angers the two teams further and they tell Crockett they haven’t heard the last from them. Crockett orders them out of the building.

A sold-out crowd is on hand to watch the first four matches. Bob Caudle notes things are already off to a wild start and they’re only going to get wilder with the next two teams.

Match 1
Larry Hennig and Crusher Blackwell vs. Blackjack Mulligan and Wahoo McDaniel
All four men are rugged veterans with the size and power to punish any opponent. While Hennig, Mulligan, and McDaniel are older than some of the competitors in our tourney, don’t let that fool you. There’s plenty of gas left in their tanks and anyone who underestimates them is making a critical mistake. As for Crusher, he may be a big man, but he’s surprisingly agile. Referee Sonny “Roughhouse” Fargo will hopefully be up to the task.

The match starts with “The Ax” squaring off against the big Indian. Wahoo and Hennig respect each other but that doesn’t mean this is going to be a Greco-Roman match. The two trade stiff blows as they batter each other all over the ring while their partners watch on, waiting to get in on the action. All four wrestlers love a good fight and if they had any say in things, this would be a Texas Tornado match.

Hennig powers Wahoo into the corner and tags in Crusher Blackwell. The two whip Wahoo into the ropes and catch him with a double elbow smash. This does a number on Wahoo and Blackwell follows up by slamming McDaniel. Wahoo gets up and chops at Blackwell but the 477-pounder stops him with a headbutt that floors him again. Blackwell picks him up and whips him into the ropes. The behemoth from Stone Mountain Georgia dropkicks Wahoo, an impressive sight, but not for the guy on the receiving end.  Blackjack is rallying the crowd and while there are a number of AWA fans here, it’s still a hometown crowd of Mid-Atlantic faithful.

More punishment from Blackwell continues eroding away at Wahoo’s legendary resiliency and he whips McDaniel into the corner. Blackwell runs into the corner to deliver an avalanche but somehow the big chief gets out of the way. The ring seems to shake from Blackwell’s impact and the burly Blackwell crumbles to the mat. Wahoo is in bad shape, but somehow crawls to his corner, tagging in Blackjack.

Mulligan wastes no time and goes after Blackwell, but the Crusher has made it to his corner, tagging in Hennig. The two titans clash, trading punches. Mulligan catches Hennig with a big right to the head that dazes him. Side headlock by Blackjack on Hennig as looks to wear his opponent down. Hennig escapes and whips Mulligan into the ropes, knocking him down with a shoulderblock, something you don’t see too often. Mulligan quickly gets up and goes for a test of strength. The two lock up as Mulligan forces “The Ax” down to one knee. The fans are clapping as Mulligan looks to have Henning going down. There’s no quit in the man once nicknamed “Pretty Boy” though and he rallies back, getting to both feet. Hennig powers Mulligan into his corner and Blackwell drops a beefy forearm across Mulligan’s back. Mulligan lets go of Hennig and Hennig drives a knee into the gut. Referee Sonny Fargo is trying to restore order as Hennig argues with him. Blackwell must really want the $1,000,000 because he starts choking Blackjack with the tag rope. Wahoo isn’t having it and comes in, only for the referee to go after him and order him back to his corner.

Meanwhile, Hennig and Blackwell double team Blackjack in their corner, dropping forearms on him. Hennig tags Blackwell and “The Ax” restrains Mulligan in his corner while the nearly quarter-ton Crusher runs towards Mulligan. It’s avalanche time and Mulligan falls out of the corner as Bob Caudle notes Blackwell may have broken one or more of Mulligan’s ribs. Cover on Mulligan, but referee Sonny Fargo is still arguing with Wahoo. When he finally turns around, he makes the count, but Blackjack manages to get one of his big boots on the bottom rope.

Blackwell starts jawing with the referee about the slow count. Sonny Fargo tells him it’s a two-count and if he doesn’t like it, go home. Blackwell looks like he’s going to hit “Roughhouse” but he chooses wisely. He goes back after Mulligan and bounces off the ropes, dropping an elbow. However, no one is home as Mulligan rolls out of the way. Wrestling’s version of John Wayne uses the ropes to get up slowly as Blackwell staggers towards him, lifting both arms up in a double axe-handle. Mulligan bounces off the ropes and beats Blackwell to the punch, landing a clothesline. Blackwell staggers but he’s not down yet. Mulligan kicks Jerry in the gut then whips him into the ropes, hitting a flying elbow on his foe. Cover on Blackwell as Hennig comes in and goes to drop an elbow on Mulligan. The savvy Blackjack gets out of the way as Hennig instead drops an elbow on his own partner. Wahoo comes in and fires off a thunderous tomahawk chop, sending Larry through the ropes and onto the unforgiving floor. Chief Wahoo follows Hennig outside where the two begin brawling at ringside. Mulligan bounces off the ropes and catches Blackwell just as he’s getting to his feet, staggering the man-mountain. The titanic Texan applies the claw as Blackwell is bleeding. Mulligan presses down on the claw as he has Blackwell is in the center of the ring. The big man has taken too much punishment and with the claw locked in tightly, the referee makes the three-count.

Winners: Blackjack Mulligan and Wahoo McDaniel 

 
Match 2
Buzz Tyler and Pistol Pez Whatley vs. Mega Maharishi and Kendo Nagasaki
Mid-Atlantic babyfaces Buzz Tyler and Pistol Pez Whatley have teamed before, but not as much as the Pacific Northwest’s Maharishi and Nagasaki and announcer David Crockett tells Bob Caudle that could make the difference in this battle of two evenly matched teams.

The burly Tyler starts off against Maharishi, but the self-professed holy man
wants to share words of wisdom with the fans and takes the ring announcer’s microphone. Tyler isn’t having any of it and goes to confront Maharishi, only to get clubbed in the head with the microphone. The wrestler formerly known as Ed Wiskoski isn’t showing much peace as he hits Tyler a second time, apparently aware the match hasn’t officially started yet.

WWF referee Dick Kroll signals for the bell as the Maharishi starts dropping the boots on Tyler. Tyler is busted open from the microphone and David Crockett says we may need a new microphone. Bob Caudle replies Pez Whatley may need a new partner as the Mega Maharishi bodyslams Buzz. Big knee drop on Tyler’s head, opening up the forehead more. Series of punches to Tyler’s head as Kroll warns Maharishi about the closed fists. Maharishi tells Kroll that closed fists are allowed in Pacific Northwest and he’s just adjusting to the rules, but the veteran referee isn’t buying it and threatens to disqualify the Mega Man and his teammate.

Maharishi tags in Kendo and the vicious Japanese star goes to work on Tyler, targeting his body with precision martial arts strikes. Tyler is down on the mat and bleeding as Kendo drops a knee across Tyler’s head. Kroll checks on Tyler but Tyler says he’s okay to compete and Kroll agrees. Nagasaki continues pummeling Tyler while the Mega Maharishi is bowing towards the crowd and apparently encouraging them to pray.

Kendo tags in his partner who takes his time lifting Tyler off the mat. Tyler punches Maharishi, but he doesn’t have much behind the blows. Maharishi punches him then goes for a piledriver. If he hits this it’s got to be over. The Pacific Northwest star tries to lift up Tyler but Buzz is fighting with everything he can. He somehow reverses the move, back body-dropping the future Colonel DeBeers down onto the mat. Tyler makes the tag and in comes “Pistol” Pez, who’s been waiting to get in on the action.

Maharishi lunges at Pistol Pez who ducks under him and bounces off the ropes, hitting a dropkick. Using his precision timing, Pistol Pez lands another beautiful dropkick as the Maharishi gets up. Cover on Mega for a two-count. Whatley is making the most of his momentum and he continues using his speed advantage to land punches and dropkicks on Maharishi. Pez hits the diving headbutt on Maharishi and covers him as Kendo comes in, with Bob Caudle pointing out Nagasaki must know he needs to make the save. Kick to Whatley’s back breaks up the count. Pez starts fighting with Kendo as a bloody Buzz lumbers in. Referee Dick Kroll orders Tyler to the back and as he does, Nagasaki sprays Whatley with the poison mist. Whatley is down on the mat writhing in pain. An opportunistic Maharishi covers him as Kroll makes the count. 1-2-3 and the Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champions have stolen a win.

Winners: Mega Maharishi and Kendo Nagasaki

After the match, Buzz Tyler tries to help Pez as the ringside doctor enters. David Crockett informs the fans that he’ll keep you updated on Whatley’s condition as soon as we get an update. Tyler tells the doctor to do something because Whatley is the best black wrestler on the planet (fortunately for Tyler, he’s leaving the Mid-Atlantic area soon.)


CROCKETT CUP '85 CONTINUES
Two big matches already done but we’ve got more to come. Join us next time as the WWF’s Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda take on the AWA’s Nick Bockwinkel and Mr. Saito while Montreal’s Raymond and Jacque Rougeau take on New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi.


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PREVIOUS POSTS IN THIS FANTASY SERIES

Tournament Announcement
Seedings and First Round Pairings Announced 
First Round: Matches 1 & 2
     Hennig/Blackwell vs. Mulligan/McDaniel
     Tyler/Whatley vs. Maharishi/Nagasaki

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Missing Shows: Mid-Atlantic Wrestling - August 14, 1982

A Gem That Is Missing In Action On The WWE Network
by David Chappell
Mid-Atlantic Gateway 
 
This is a review of a Mid-Atlantic Wrestling show that is not currently included on the WWE Network. This information is pulled from a partial audio recording of the program as it originally aired on WTVR-TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA.

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: 8/14/82
(taped 8/11/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
WWE Network Direct Link to this show: Not Currently Available

Bob Caudle welcomes the fans to this edition of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, telling them that this show will feature four tag team matches featuring the teams of Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood, Bad Bad Leroy Brown and Ivan Koloff, along with Jack Brisco and Jimmy Valiant. Caudle’s voice then raised when he announced the final tag team bout and exclaimed, “And this is an interesting tag team match with Gene Anderson and PAUL JONES together in one corner!” Caudle wraps up the rundown of the card saying that the lone single match features the United States Heavyweight Champion Sergeant Slaughter. 


JIM CROCKETT RESIGNS AS PRESIDENT OF THE NWA
In the next segment that followed immediately, in one of a number of surprises on this show, Caudle brings out NWA President Jim Crockett, Jr. who had a startling announcement for everybody. Crockett said, “I wanted to come today to tell the fans that I resigned recently as the President of the National Wrestling Alliance due to the actions of Ric Flair and the [NWA] Board of Directors’ total lack of concern for the wrestling fans and the welfare of the wrestlers in the ring.”

Crockett continued, “On August the 7th Wahoo McDaniel wrestled Ric Flair in Greensboro, North Carolina, [Wahoo] had the match won in my opinion. Ric Flair then went totally berserk, tried to put Wahoo out of wrestling. [Flair] picked up a ring stanchion and busted his head open badly. I went to the Board and requested that they fine or suspend Flair for his actions and they refused. Then Ric Flair notified the Board that he was never going to wrestle Wahoo McDaniel again, and I asked the Board to order him to wrestle Wahoo and they did not.”

Mr. Crockett concluded, “Ric Flair earns his living from the wrestling fans and I think he is cheating the fans, and I think the Board is cheating the fans by not ordering this, and so I have resigned.” Caudle then exclaimed, “Jim, I tell you, I’m stunned by that! All right fans, there you have the words right from the mouth of Jim Crockett, who now is the FORMER NWA President.”

Following on the heels of Jim Crockett to the interview area was Jack Brisco, who had some blockbuster news of his own. Caudle commented on Crockett’s resignation, “Jack, that’s a stunner for me really.” Brisco concurred, “It certainly is a surprise, but I believe Jim Crockett was very justified for what he has done. As he said, the World Champion shouldn’t be able to dictate to the promoters or to the people around who he’s gonna wrestle and who he’s not gonna wrestle.”

Jack further noted, “That’s the very reason they have NWA standings and number one challengers and so forth, and Wahoo certainly is. If the World’s Champion is going around dictating to the President what he can do and what he won’t do, I don’t blame Mr. Crockett at all for resigning.” 


INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS WITH RODDY PIPER 
Brisco then changed gears saying, “But an interesting situation that has confronted me is that I’ve been getting messages that Roddy Piper is putting out feelers wanting me or Jimmy Valiant to join him as a partner, since Ric Flair also turned on Roddy Piper in a recent tag team match with Wahoo McDaniel and myself. Piper is now very upset with Ric Flair and has asked me and Jimmy Valiant to join him in his efforts to try and do something about it…so in long consideration of it I’ve accepted although I won’t believe it until I see it but for right now I’ll go along with it.”

An incredulous Caudle replied, “Jack, I gotta see that too! That’s something that’s hard to take.” Jack countered, “Well, the Boogie Man and I have talked about it at great length so if the man is really that interested to put out feelers and actually come up and ask us to join him then we’ll give him that opportunity, but we’ll keep an eye on him.” Bob added, “Well, you’ve got that Mid-Atlantic belt and that Mid-Atlantic belt meant an awful lot to Roddy Piper.”

Brisco answered, “That’s what Piper and I had all the trouble over and I know how tough Roddy Piper is, and he knows how tough I am and how tough Boogie Man is and he has asked us to join him. So, like I said, Boogie Man and I discussed it and we’re gonna keep our eyes on him but we’re gonna join him and see what we can do about it.” Bob then chimed in, “Boy, that’s something I’m looking forward to seeing and see what happens, and fans I know you are too with Jack Brisco, Jimmy Valiant and Roddy Piper sort of together!” 


THE MATCHES BEGIN
In the first in-ring action of the show, Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood were impressive in subduing the tandem of Private Jim Nelson and Jim Dalton. The second bout of the show then featured the devastating duo of Ivan Koloff and Bad Bad Leroy Brown meeting the young team of Mike Davis and Tim Horner. The manager of the bad guys, Sir Oliver Humperdink came over to the announcer’s desk, and had plenty to say.

Bob Caudle actually engaged Humperdink first about Leroy Brown and his recent change of wrestling style, “Never before have I seen such a transformation in a man in my life.” A cackling Humperdink responded, “Bob, tell me when is the last time you saw a tag team combination like this? Look at Koloff and look at Leroy Brown! They’re working for me, they’re under the banner of the House of Humperdink, which is expanding ever more every day.”

Sir Oliver continued, “Listen, as good as they look now, you’re gonna find this hard to believe but I’ve got them in the gymnasium every day Bob, and they’re working out with a man called Gene Anderson. When you want to know about tag team wrestling, you go to a guy like Gene Anderson.” Bob agreed saying, “He just about wrote the book on it.” Humperdink echoed those sentiments agreeing, “Just about wrote the book is right!”

Watching the in-ring action, Humperdink then observed, “They’ve got Tim Horner right now, and the kid doesn’t even know where he is…he doesn’t know if he’s in a TV station or at the airport. Koloff has him well in hand. Like I was saying before, Gene Anderson is the dean of tag team wrestling. He knows everything there is to know.” Caudle added, “I think if I was a tag team wrestler I would just as soon look across the ring at a couple of wild bears as to look across and see Leroy Brown and Ivan Koloff!”

Sir Oliver further commented, “That’s exactly the same thing, the same feeling…I see fear in your heart when you know you have to step into the ring with Leroy Brown and Ivan Koloff. But what I’d like to do is get the three of them together…Gene Anderson, Leroy Brown and Ivan Koloff. Can you imagine a combination like that?! What do you have around here that could take a combination like that? The Brisco boys, Boogie Woogie? Nobody sees Boogie Woogie anymore since he won that [TV] belt...he’s running and hiding.

Humperdink added, “Talking about Leroy Brown…he is a destructive machine. He’s a man obsessed, he’s a man obsessed…that’s what it is.” Caudle replied, “I had started to mention it earlier that since Leroy Brown has become a member of the House of Humperdink, it looks like he derives pleasure out of punishing somebody, just like he did right there with [Mike] Davis…looks like he got pleasure out of that.” Sir Oliver laughed, “He knows what gives me pleasure, and that’s winning matches and he’ll do anything he can to give me pleasure and I’ll do anything I can to ensure that he’s a wealthy man. I’m gonna make him rich, I’m gonna make him famous…I can’t make him any better looking, I think he’s pretty good looking right now!”

Towards the end of the bout, won by Brown and Koloff, Humperdink’s team were expertly keeping Mike Davis in the ring and punished him unmercifully, not allowing him any chance to tag his partner…very reminiscent of Gene and Ole Anderson’s famous “tag and block” tactic. This was not lost on Humperdink as he noted, “Here’s where you see Gene Anderson’s influence coming into my team! That’s all legal, there’s nothing illegal going on.” Bob questioned, “How could it be legal because Koloff is still outside the ring?” Sir Oliver explained, “Koloff tagged him, he’s the legal man in the ring, no problem…he’s got the five second count. Everything is legal…I run a clean operation!” 


LOCAL PROMO BREAK: THE HEELS LEAD OFF
The first break in the show for local promos featured a super spectacular card coming to the Richmond Coliseum on August 27, 1982. Announcer Big Bill Ward spoke with Sir Oliver Humperdink regarding the semifinal bout of that Richmond card that pitted his charges Gene Anderson, Paul Jones and Bad Bad Leroy Brown battling against Jack Brisco, Wahoo McDaniel and Roddy Piper.

Humperdink addressed the Richmond faithful, “Richmond Coliseum brother, six-man tag…Gene Anderson, a man who’s well versed in tag team wrestling on my side, Paul Jones on my team, and of course the man from Chicago, Bad Bad Leroy Brown on my team. Now let’s look at the opposition…we’ve got Jack Brisco, Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion, hungry Jack Brisco! Wahoo McDaniel, and the turncoat Roddy Piper. Well, let me tell you something Piper, you’re gonna find out exactly what it’s like when you embarrass me in public…you’re gonna find out in Richmond exactly what happens to guys like you!”

Sir Oliver then focused his attention on another one of his men, who was wrestling in Richmond’s main event. Humperdink exclaimed, “Now, let’s get on to Russian chains, let’s get on to Ivan Koloff. Let’s get on to Jimmy Valiant, the thief that stole his title. Well, we gotcha right where we want you. So now, a Russian Chain Match…you’re gonna be on one end, the Bear is gonna be on the other end, and the first man to go around dragging the other man, touch all four corners is the one who wins the match. Tell ‘em about it Bear!”

Koloff bellowed, “I’m going to be the man, Boogie Woogie Man, to win this match, I’m gonna drag you around the ring touching all four corners to gain victory…to gain my TV belt back. But before I do this…I’m going to punish you, I’m gonna pay you back for embarrassing Koloff, hitting Koloff over the head and stealing my belt. In Richmond it’s going to be over for you!” 


THE SHOW CONTINUES BACK IN THE WPCQ STUDIO
Action then returned into the squared circle featuring the fan favorite duo of Jack Brisco and Jake Roberts taking on the tandem of Ken Timbs and Juan Reynosa. Roberts took the place of Jimmy Valiant who had been announced as Brisco’s partner earlier in the broadcast. The good guys notched an impressive win, particularly as they had very little familiarity with each other as tag team partners. After the bout and a commercial break, the great Chief Wahoo McDaniel came on the set and was interviewed by Bob Caudle.

Bob spoke to Wahoo, “Jim Crockett came out [earlier in the show] and said he was resigning that presidency [of the NWA] because of what happened to you and with Ric Flair.” Wahoo paused and then replied, “Well, I hate for him to take it that hard and I hate to see a man of that stature resign from the presidency, but the man did put twenty stitches in my eye…but I’m not screaming about that because I’ve had that before.”

McDaniel continued, “But when a man deliberately tries to cripple you, you have to have some kind of control. You have to fine the man or suspend him. Now he’s telling the NWA who he’s gonna wrestle and who he isn’t. Well, somebody has to have control. The Champion has to listen to the NWA President, and evidently Flair’s not going to do it and the Board wouldn’t make a decision and Jimmy resigned, which I can’t blame him.”

Caudle followed up further, “All right now, Flair says in essence that he’s not gonna wrestle you anymore, is that right?” Wahoo answered, “Well, he says he’s not, but I just don’t see how he can dictate to the NWA who he’s gonna wrestle and who he isn’t gonna wrestle. He’s said he’s never gonna wrestle me again in a title match anywhere. You know, I just don’t see how he can dodge the number one contender in the territory, in this area, when he comes in here.”

Bob agreed, “I don’t either Wahoo, I don’t see how the fans, the fan pressure, he’s gonna have to [wrestle you] wouldn’t you think?” Wahoo concurred, “I think the fans will eventually pressure him into having to wrestle me. If he wants to be one of the greatest NWA Champions they’ve ever had, which is his goal to be one of the best they’ve had and to keep the belt the longest…”


SGT. SLAUGHTER ATTACKS WAHOO MCDANIEL
As Wahoo was speaking there were some audible gasps from the studio audience and soon thereafter United States Heavyweight Champion Sergeant Slaughter comes out and interrupts McDaniel jawing, “I’m out here listening to you talk; you want to take on Flair. You want his belt; you want my belt…well there it is!” At this juncture, Slaughter shockingly knocks Wahoo in the head with the U.S. Championship belt!

A frantic Caudle shouts, “All right fans, Sgt. Slaughter right out here and here come the two privates…Private Kernodle and Private Nelson! They hold Wahoo and it’s Slaughter that has that headpiece and he’s just tearing it all to pieces and slamming it into Wahoo as the privates hold him!”

Bob continues his frantic commentary, “Here comes Jay Youngblood, Jack Brisco and Rick Steamboat and very, very quickly now the privates and Sgt. Slaughter take off! Wahoo, who was really taking a tremendous beating from all three of ‘em while they were holding him…they tore that headdress up!” Ricky Steamboat, clearly disturbed blurted out, “He hit his face with that belt!” Caudle agreed, “He hit Wahoo right in the face with that U.S. Heavyweight Championship belt!”

In the next scheduled in-ring action, Sgt. Slaughter designated Private Don Kernodle to wrestle in his stead, and Kernodle was both efficient and brutal in dispatching Leroy Dargon, as Slaughter looked on beaming with pride.


THE GOOD GUYS GET THEIR TURN ON LOCAL PROMOS
Immediately after this match, the second segment of in-your-area promos came on featuring Big Bill Ward talking with the good guys.Jake Roberts spoke for Jimmy Valiant regarding his match in Richmond with Ivan Koloff asking, “How long you been running Koloff? A long time, that’s why Jimmy Valiant wanted me to do this interview today…he’s got tired of you running. He’s brought it to a line, he says you’ve got to stand and fight or he’s just gonna let you go brother and he’s not gonna let you go…you know that!”

At this time, Jack Brisco and Wahoo McDaniel enter the interview area with Bill Ward, prepared to talk about their blockbuster six-man tag match. Brisco starts by saying, “Well, we’ve got quite a surprise here. Sir Oliver Humperdink and his House is growing and now has Paul Jones in it, Number One Paul Jones…big deal. [Jones] thinks his thing is making money, and winning titles. But he’s gone for the same old promise that Leroy Brown’s gone for…money, diamonds and gold. Well Paul Jones, you’ve deserted your friends Chief Wahoo McDaniel and myself that have been your partners many times. And now to see you go over to the House of Humperdink…well, we’ve got a surprise for all of you!”

A grinning Brisco continued, revealing the surprise, “We’ve got one of the toughest and most rugged men in professional wrestling today as our partner, and the surprise is, Mr. Roddy Piper. And believe me, Humperdink insulted Piper, and Piper is ready for this match!”

Wahoo then stepped up to the mic, “You know Brisco, McDaniel and Piper…what a combination! Jones, you know you tried the other side of the fence once before and we beat you so bad that you came back and joined us! Now, the man has sold his soul again for money. You’re gonna have to go out, and you’re gonna have to go out and wonder whether those guys are gonna stand beside you and fight. Jones, you’re liable to really get hurt!"


THE FINAL MATCH AND CLOSING INTERVIEWS
The final match of the program showcased a team that had everybody scratching their heads…Paul Jones and Gene Anderson as tag team partners! Jones and Anderson put their lengthy adversarial history with each other aside, and took the measure of the duo of Keith Larson and Abe Jacobs. After the conclusion of the show’s final bout, Caudle queried Sir Oliver Humperdink about Paul Jones’ switching over to the dark side and joining the House of Humperdink.

Caudle inquired, “I gotta ask you about this, I know all the wrestling fans are wondering, what in the world could have happened to Paul Jones?” Sir Oliver shot back, “Never mind Paul Jones for right now…now what in the world happened to Roddy Piper? Every time I try and call Piper, he doesn’t return my calls. Then he says he doesn’t want to talk to me, he doesn’t want to talk about joining the House of Humperdink! And now he’s hanging around with guys like Brisco, and Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts and these guys.”

An exasperated Humperdink continued, “But let me tell you something Roddy Piper…I don’t need you! I need you like a third foot!! You understand what I’m saying? I was gonna make you a star, I was gonna make you everything you ever wanted in the world brother. But I don’t need you!”

Sir Oliver then turned his attention to the newest member of his stable, with a contract in hand, saying, “But I have another guy right here, my good friend now Mr. Paul Jones, who is a gentleman from the word one brother. Roddy Piper I don’t need you…I got Jones! And just to show everybody I’m a man of my word… brother you just peruse that [contract] and if it’s to your liking we can ink it right now right on television!”


A PAUL JONES CLASSIC
A hyper Paul Jones replied,

“Let me tell you what, I don’t have to read this! I’m no dummy…my mother didn’t raise a fool. I know where I want to go, I know what it’s gonna take to get there…and it’s gonna take Mr. Humperdink. I’ve always had respect for him, and I’ll never stop having respect for him because you’re a man that makes champions and I wanna be a champion…and I AM gonna be a champion!”

Paul continued with his voice raising,

“Let me tell ya something else, Wahoo and the rest of ya, I HATE YOUR GUTS! If you ever want to look at a real man, look at [Humperdink]! Look at me, look at Brown, look at Koloff! From now on all of ya’ll are gonna pay! And I guarantee you one thing right now, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of not havin’ a belt around my waist! And this man right here is gonna see that I have more than one around my waist. I don’t care about the money, I know the money goes along with it, but I’m motivated by titles. I’m finally shaking the hand of a real man, Mr. Humperdink!

A gloating Humperdink answered, “Thank You! I see great things in his future!”

Sir Oliver then went on to vent about a number of other competitors commenting, “Let’s get on to a couple of guys that I REALLY can’t stand, and I’m talking about Jack Brisco and the thief Jimmy ‘Boogie Woogie Man’ Valiant. Well it seems that Roddy Piper now has associated himself with guys like Jimmy Valiant and guys like Jack Brisco. Well, let me tell you something boys, you’re messin’ with the House of Humperdink, you’re messing with Koloff, you’re messing with Bad Bad Leroy Brown and a lot of other guys that are working for me.”

Humperdink fumed, “Brisco, Piper and I’m talkin’ right at you Roddy Piper…I don’t need you! Brisco, Piper, Valiant…anytime, anyplace, anywhere it doesn’t matter to us, we’re gonna be there if you have any guts at all show up! Ivan, talk to the thief!”

The Russian Bear then spoke up, “You know, I always had respect for this Roddy Piper because of his wrestling ability, he didn’t care what he had to do out there, he went out and he did it. Now, I don’t know if it’s all this money flowing around this area that has influenced this Roddy Piper to go to this Boogie Woogie Man, to go to his assistance, to go to his aid. And this Jack Brisco, [former] World Champion, now he’s sticking his nose into it.”

Ivan concluded, “I don’t know what’s going on, but I’m gonna find out! Just what this team is made of when I team with Leroy Brown and Gene Anderson. I know I can beat them with these guys sticking with Koloff and we’ll take them apart. And this Boogie Woogie Man, I’m going get my TV belt back! I don’t care what I have to do to do it!”

A cackling Sir Oliver Humperdink took the show to its conclusion by blurting out, “You know he’s talking the truth! And it doesn’t matter, anytime, anywhere, there’s one hot Indian runnin’ around because he got his feathers torn up. So, hurray for you [Sergeant] Bob Slaughter, hurray for the House of Humperdink, it’s all gonna be mine before it’s over!”


ONE FOR THE AGES
The August 14, 1982 Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling program was one for the ages, and is a true gem missing from the many diamonds the WWE Network has in its vast collection from Jim Crockett Promotions television shows!


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Friday, May 22, 2020

Wrestling Related Posts at Capitol Broadcasting Archive Website

Bob Caudle
1960s Staff Photo (CBC History site.)
We've collected some of the wrestling-related posts on Capitol Broadcasting Company's (WRAL in Raleigh) archive website and posted links here. We believe some wrestling related content has been removed. But these links were nice to find.

Happy to also point out that most of the historical information on their site related to Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, and many of the wrestling related graphics used on their site, were found when they visited the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.

WRAL/CBC History: Wrestling
One of the most popular and long-lasting programs in WRAL-TV history was Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. The matches were recorded every Wednesday night in WRAL’s Studio A and were televised on Channel 5 on Saturdays. WRAL-TV was the main studio home for the wrestling productions that were syndicated throughout the region by Jim Crockett Promotions...
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This page contains links to info on Bob Caudle, Joe Murnick, Nick Pond, Ray Reeve, Paul Jones, nelson Royal, and others involved in the production of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling at WRAL.

Note: This page contains links to all of the wrestling related material on the history website. There are other links with various mentions on the CBC archive site, which seems to be different, and they are linked below.

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Earl Ashe Interview
WRAL's legendary director Earl Ashe talks about wrestling at WRAL in the early days. The wrestling discussion begins at 9:08 in the video.


Smoke in the Engineering/ Former Ladies’ Room!
...Once a week during the ‘60s and ‘70s, Studio A was converted into a wrestling arena with bleachers filled to the brim with screaming fans. Wrestlers, with names like “Wahoo McDaniel” and “Andre the Giant,” would fling their bodies against the rope and sling-shot into their opponent. Imagine what the bathrooms might look like if a wrestling match and opera performance were scheduled at the same time... [READ MORE]


Wrestlers and Opera Singers
...The bathroom/changing room was also used by professional wrestlers, and this led to some “interesting” interactions at times!  Yes, grown men wrestled each other on a rope-ringed stage in Studio A.  Once a week during the ‘60s and ‘70s, Studio A was converted into a wrestling arena with bleachers filled to the brim with screaming fans. Wrestlers, with names like “Wahoo McDaniel” and “Andre the Giant,” would fling their bodies against the rope and sling-shot into their opponent...
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1967 Summer of Love and a Time Capsule
... Here is an advertisement that appeared in TV GUIDE magazine in 1967. Perhaps the alleged film contains a greeting from  Bob Caudle and Joel Lawhon and the news staff. Perhaps there are tickets to one of the wrestling shows held at WRAL. (They thought the show would never go off the air!)... [READ MORE]


“Wrassling” and Heavyweight Boxing Champ Joe Louis
...During the 1960’s, the highest rated locally-produced show in the Raleigh/Durham television market was WRAL’s Championship Wrestling. The program was produced weekly in studio A and aired each Saturday afternoon at five o’clock. The show was produced by promoter Joe Murnick and directed by Earl Ashe...[READ MORE]


The State Fair and WRAL Through the Years
... “Cap’n 5 Space Harbor” and “Bozo the Clown” were telecasted daily from the fairgrounds. An estimated 5,000 people watched “Professional Wrestling” in-person while it was being videotaped to air later during its regular time period... [READ MORE]


CBC Trivia Quiz

1.  Why are these people lined up outside of WRAL-TV in December, 1966?
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WRAL-TV Turns 50
...“I can remember going to the Video Tape Room to see the 2-Inch Video Tape Machines. They were huge!” he said.  “One tape machine was the size of 2 refrigerators.” He and his father also came to see “Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling” which was taped in Studio A at the time...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mid-Atlantic TV Report: September 25, 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: 9/25/82
(taped 9/22/82 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 9/25/82

Match 1
Dory Funk, Jr. d. Mike Davis; 
The show starts with action already in the ring. Tommy Young is the referee for the hour. Caudle says this is a special match, a $100,000 challenge match. An inset shows Caudle holding up the check, written out to Davis, if he should win. Davis has to pin Funk within a 10-minute time limit. Funk is using mostly forearms. He wins with the spinning toe-hold.

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jimmy Valiant
Jimmy says there’s no more music. No more TV title. And more Jimmy Valiant raving. He’s wearing a KISS jacket.

Match 2
Jimmy Valiant d. Jim Dalton
Short match. Valiant wins wit the elbow. No explanation of the TV title situation.

[Break]

Match 3
Jay Youngblood d. Pvt. Nelson
Caudle explains that Kernodle was here, but received a telegram from Sgt. Slaughter to meet him in
Japan, and abruptly left.
What, his text messaging wasn’t working? Youngblood fights out of a Cobra Clutch and eventually wins with a chop.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Keith Larson
This was in lieu of local promos. Larson gives his thoughts on his upcoming match vs. Greg Valentine.

[Break]

Match 4
Greg Valentine (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Keith Larson
Caudle is surprised that Valentine is actually breaking clean. Not much from Larson. Valentine wins with the Figure Four.

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Wahoo McDaniel and Jimmy Valiant
Valiant is ranting again. He is holding a part of his broken radio that was gifted to him last week. We go to a clip of Valiant vs. LeDuc for the TV title from 9/19/82 in Charlotte (although the date and location aren’t mentioned). Valiant is narrating. Valiant has LeDuc on the sleeper. In the meantime, Humperdink is on the apron, holding the radio. Schwartz argues with Humperdink. Valiant lets go to go after Humperdink and Schwartz gets knocked down, breaking the radio. LeDuc picks up the radio and whacks Valiant with the rest of the radio and scored the pin. LeDuc then destroys the rest of the radio. Valiant says he can’t bear to watch it no more.
As Valiant leaves, McDaniel tries to explain how Jimmy is feeling. He says it would be the same if he was without his golf clubs or headdress. We go to a clip from a few months ago, where Slaughter destroyed Wahoo’s headdress. He doesn’t know what Slaughter has been up to the last four weeks (since his suspension). But, Wahoo is ready.

[Break]

Match 5
Mike Rotundo d. Ali Bey
Rotundo takes the match with the airplane then a pin
-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ken Timbs & Bill White
This was in lieu of local promos. Timbs & White talked about their upcoming TV match.

[Break]

Match 6
Wahoo McDaniel & Jack Brisco d. Ken Timbs & Bill White
The best part was Wahoo and White getting into a chop fest. Wahoo got the better of it. A longer match than expected, with Wahoo & Brisco winning with McDaniel delivering a vertical suplex to White.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink, Paul Jones, Jos LeDuc and Leroy Brown
Jones is upset the fans are chanting “zero” instead of #1. Jones says they fight together. Leroy Brown, wearing a “I Am #1” hat says he still wants Steamboat. LeDuc comes out, and Humperdink presents him a new TV title belt. Humperdink shows the clip of LeDuc pinning Valiant to win the title.
LeDuc is carrying the remnants of the radio. LeDuc says the belt has two kilos of gold. It is shiny.

“So long for now!”

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Results for the week, 9/20/16-9/26/82  
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock)

Mon., 9/20/82 Greenville, SC
Mike Rotundo d. Juan Reynosa
Ron Ritchie d. Mr. Pro
Mike Davis d. Jim Dalton
Abe Jacobs TLD Ben Alexander
Wahoo McDaniel d. Greg Valentine
Paul Jones vsd Jack Brisco
Dory Funk Jr. d. Johnny Weaver

Tue., 9/21/82 Columbia, SC
Wahoo McDaniel beat Greg Valentine
Jack Brisco beat Paul Jones
Mike Rotundo beat Dory Funk, Jr.
Porkchop Cash & King Parsons beat Juan Reynosa & Jim Dalton
Ron Richie beat Ken Timbs

Mon., 9/20/82 South Hill, VA
Keith Larsen d. Ali Bey
Jay Youngblood d. Blue Shark
Pork Chop Cash & King Parsons d. Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson
Jimmy Valiant d. Jos LeDuc
Ricky Steamboat d. Leroy Brown

Tue., 9/21/82 Raleigh, NC
Bill White d. Keith Larsen
Mike Davis d. Ali Bey
Johnny Weaver & Jay Youngblood d. Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle
Jimmy Valiant d. Jos LeDuc
Ricky Steamboat beat Leroy Brown

Wed., 9/22/82 Charlotte, NC; WPCQ-TV
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling:
Dory Funk, Jr. beat Mike Davis
Jimmy Valiant beat Jim Dalton
Jay Youngblood beat Pvt. Nelson
Greg Valentine beat Keith Larson
Mike Rotundo beat Ali Bey
Jack Brisco & Wahoo McDaniel beat Bill White & Ken Timbs
World Wide Wrestling:
Mike Rotundo & Jack Brisco beat Ken Timbs & Bill White
Dory Funk, Jr. & Jos LeDuc beat Ron Ritchie & Mike Davis
Jay Youngblood beat Ali Bey
Paul Jones beat Ric Benefield
Greg Valentine & Leroy Brown beat Mike Reed & King Parsons

Thu., 9/23/82 Union, SC
Ron Ritchie d. Tom Stanton
Pork Chop Cash & Kin Parsons d. Jim Dalton & Juan Reynosa
Johnny Weaver d. Pvt. Nelson
Wahoo McDaniel & Jack Brisco d. Paul Jones & Greg Valentine

Thu., 9/23/82 Winston-Salem, NC
Mike Davis TLD Ali Bey
Keith Larsen d. Bill White
Jerry Brisco & Mike Rotundo & Jay Youngblood d. Pvt. Kernodle & Leroy Brown & Gene Anderson
Jimmy Valiant d. Jose LeDuc

Sun., 9/26/82 Hampton, VA
King Parsons & Porkchop Cash d. Jim Dalton & Juan Reynosa
Jay Youngblood d. Gene Anderson
Jimmy Valiant d. Jos LeDuc
Ricky Steamboat d. Leroy Brown
Jack & Jerry Brisco d. Paul Jones & Greg Valentine

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Revisited: A Letter from a Childhood Hero

 
by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway
originally published in February 2010

Can you imagine being 12 years old today and writing a letter to one of the WWE wrestlers and actually hoping for a response? Well, of course, today a 12 year old wouldn’t write a letter; he’d send an e-mail, I suppose. Do any of us actually write letters anymore? But if, in a grand gesture to an earlier more gentler time, a 12 year old would indeed put pen to paper and write one of his childhood wrestling heroes, what are the odds that same wrestling hero would put pen to paper and write him back? Probably slim to none.

In July of 1975, a young kid by the name of George South was a fanatical wrestling fan who did his best to attend every Monday night wrestling card he could at the old Charlotte Park Center and would never think of missing wrestling on WBTV-3 television every Saturday afternoon. At 12 years old, the only way his grandmother could make him behave was to threaten to not let him do either.

That worked, by and large, and he immersed himself in the wonderful, colorful world of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and closely followed all the big stars - Paul Jones, Blackjack Mulligan, the Anderson Brothers, “Mr. Wrestling” Tim Woods, Wahoo McDaniel, Johnny Valentine, and even a very young Ric Flair. But one of his very favorites was a wrestler who had begun to phase out of his active wrestling career, his matches at the Park Center becoming fewer and far between. This star was a legend in the territory, a wrestler who had main-evented in singles and tag team competition for as long as George could remember. His legend was bigger than life, especially to this young kid who lived every moment for his wrestling heroes. That wrestler’s name was Sandy Scott.

Sandy & George Scott

Before the Anderson Brothers there were the Scott Brothers. The “flying Scotts” they were called then, Sandy and George Scott, wrestling’s greatest brother tag team at that time, champions in various territories for parts of three decades, and bonafide legends in the Mid-Atlantic territory. George Scott no longer wrestled, but Sandy had continued his ring career, teaming with other partners like Nelson Royal. Sandy Scott and Nelson Royal won the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team championships just weeks after George South's 11th birthday.

Now at age 12 and out of school for the summer, with a baloney sandwich and a glass of milk, he watched Mid-Atlantic Wrestling every Saturday afternoon, hoping to see Sandy Scott. Host Bob Caudle would announce that if fans wanted to write the wrestlers, they could send their letters to the TV station where they taped studio wrestling. He faithfully gave the P.O. Box address in Raleigh each week; it was the same address if you wanted to reserve tickets for the TV matches in Raleigh, too. George knew he would probably never get to go to the tapings; Raleigh seemed a world away to a 12-year old boy. But that wouldn’t prevent him from writing to one of his favorites. So at Bob Caudle's suggestion on TV, he decided to write Sandy Scott a letter.

George sat down at his grandmother’s kitchen table with a pencil and a piece of notebook paper and wrote Sandy the nicest letter he knew how to write. He told Sandy how much he loved him, how much he loved the Scott Brothers team, and how he was Sandy's most loyal fan. George also drew a picture of Sandy, working hard to duplicate what he had seen in a wrestling magazine.

George carefully folded the letter and the drawing, slid them into a plain white envelope, applied a 10-cent first class postage stamp, placed the envelope in his grandmother’s mailbox, and raised the red metal flag.

He didn’t really expect anything in return. Surely, he thought, a wrestler as important as Sandy Scott wouldn't have time to write a letter back to a fan. But a few weeks later a large white envelope arrived from Charlotte, the mailing label bearing the logo and address of Jim Crockett Promotions. It was the coolest thing George had ever seen. He held it for a while before opening it, marveling at the words on the label – “Member of the National Wrestling Alliance.”

Inside was a letter from the one and only Sandy Scott. And it wasn’t a form letter that someone from the office had sent him; it was in Sandy’s own handwriting, and mentioned things that George had written in his original letter. He knew Sandy had written it himself. Not only was there the letter, but he had also sent an 8x10” black and white photograph that Sandy personally signed: “To George, Yours in Sports, Sandy Scott.”


The letter, dated July 15, 1975, read:

Dear George,
It was good to receive your letter and to know you’re such a good fan. I’ll be sure to tell George that you said hello and the nice things you said about us as a tag team. Enclosed you will find a picture that I have autographed for you. Good luck to you. 

Yours in Sports,
Sandy Scott
And on the back:
PS – The picture you drew of me was very nice and I enjoyed it very much.

It’s hard to imagine today’s superstars taking the time to write fans, if one could even imagine fans caring enough to write the wrestlers to begin with. Wrestling today is just one of many amusements to pass the time, a few hours on Monday night, and not another thought given to it after the show is over. No one is reaching out to make a personal connection, no wrestler is talking you into the local building for the next show in your home town. Today they just hope you’ll tune in the following week, hoping they can pull a good rating. No emphasis is given to filling the seats at the Park Center on a Monday night, or other arenas like it, once the life's blood of the wrestling business. This letter was but one example of the outreach that Jim Crockett Promotions conducted with its fans.

Lost is the personal bond between wrestlers and fans, or between a wrestling company and its fans. But that summer in 1975, Sandy Scott had made a 12 year old fan very happy with a short hand-written letter. And that young fan, now in his late 40s, has held on to that letter to this day.




Story originally published February 10, 2010
and republished January 23, 2016
on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway

 

 
Sandy Scott passed away on Thursday March 11, 2010 after a tough fight with pancreatic cancer.
The Mid-Atlantic Gateway sends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sandy Scott.


The video tribute above was produced by Thom brewer, a friend of the Mid-Atlantic Gateway, for a tribute show for Sandy in Rocky Mount, Virginia in 2010.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Joe Murnick: Raleigh Promoter and WRAL Ring Announcer

JOE MURNICK
(Capitol Broadcasting Company Staff Photo)
by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Joe Murnick was a well known promoter, businessman, and entrepreneur in central and eastern North Carolina and Virginia. Based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, Murnick promoted professional wrestling under the umbrella of Jim Crockett Promotions. His main towns were Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Wilmington in North Carolina, and  Norfolk, Hampton, and Richmond in Virginia, with dozens of smaller semi-regular and spot-show towns in between.

His home base was Raleigh, and he was also the executive producer of the wrestling programs taped at WRAL TV studios. In the 1960s and early 1970s, these programs were "Championship Wrestling" and "All-Star-Wrestling", taped simultaneously with Bob Caudle calling the action for "All-Star Wrestling" seen on stations around the territory, and Nick Pond on the call for the Raleigh-only "Championship Wrestling." Joe was frequently the co-host with Nick Pond for the Raleigh-only broadcast, and was marvelous at hyping up what happened at the last show, and what fans could look for at the next show. (For more see our page on Wrestling at WRAL-5.)

Murnick, along with his two sons Carl and Elliot, also promoted concerts and other entertainment events in the area under the banner of C&M Promotions, which stood for Crockett & Murnick Promotions. They brought a variety of acts to the area in the 1950s through early 1970s including the Rolling Stones, Andy Williams, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, and many others. But their main business was always professional wrestling, featuring the weekly cards every Tuesday night at Raleigh's famed Dorton Arena on the State Fairgrounds, which continued right up until Crockett Promotions sold to Ted Turner in 1988.

Murnick served his country in the Navy in World War II. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) where he was the captain of the boxing team and played football as well. He was briefly a sales rep for WRAL. He died in June of 1985.

As far as fans were concerned, though, Murnick was most famous for also being the ring announcer on the WRAL shows in the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. His famous, classic, southern drawl for "one fawwwl, a 10-minute time limit" is remembered fondly by fans of that era. You can hear one of those classic ring introductions here.




My earliest memories of watching wrestling on television include those wonderful ring introductions that Joe did for several years. David Crockett also did some ring announcing at WRAL, and even Jim Crockett a time or two. Joe would eventually turn those duties over to his two sons, Carl and Elliot, but no one came close to the classic old-school delivery of the great Joe Murnick.

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Other Joe Murnick posts over at our sister-website Studio Wrestling:
Joe Murnick introduces Johnny Valentine and Bob Bruggers (1974)
Joe Murnick introduces Wahoo McDaniel and Jim Lancaster (1975)
Joe Murnick introduces Blackjack Mulligan and Big Bill Dromo (1976)

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Luminaries Attend UNC/NCSU Wrestling Meet (1979) 
Wrestling in Raleigh with Joe Murnick (1975)
Sign the Waiver (1975)
1976 WRAL Weather Prom Has Five Wrestling Connections
Video: Paul Boesch, Andre the Giant, Bob Caudle, David Crockett, Joe Murnick

Audio clips from the collection of David Chappell, who not only was smart enough to make audio recordings back in the day, but had the wisdom and foresight to hang on to them.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Crockett Cup '85: First Round Matches and Byes Announced

MIKE RICKARD'S FANTASY WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
by Mike Rickard
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

Don't miss the Tournament Announcement 

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

Last week we saw the 48 teams and now it’s time to see which teams will receive a first-round bye as well as the line-up for the first round.

Keeping with kayfabe, Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s team of editors have worked diligently to seed the best of the best (Note: The first-round byes are not seeded in terms of which team is better than the next. For example, Rick Rude and Jesse Barr’s ranking at number one does not mean they are considered superior to the other 15 teams.


FIRST ROUND BYES

  1. Rick Rude and Jesse Barr (their reign as NWA United States Tag Team Championship in Championship Wrestling from Florida has earned them a bye). 
  2. The Russians (Ivan Koloff and Nikita Koloff): The Russian team’s reign as NWA World Tag Team Champions (and Six-Man Champions) cement their spot here.
  3. Ole and Arn Anderson: This team’s high rankings in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling’s tag team division makes them an easy pick for a bye. 
  4. The Oklahoma Cowboys (This masked duo is an unknown to everyone but Jim Crockett, Jr. who has sanctioned their entrance into the tournament and apparently pulled some strings to get them a first-round bye).
  5. The Rock-n-Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson): Mid-South Tag Team Champions Ricky and Robert are in the tail end of their last tag reign in Bill Watts’s highly competitive promotion. 
  6. The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal): The AWA World Tag Team Champions might be ranked at number one if this was a traditionally seeded tournament. 
  7. The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers and Bobby Fulton): The Fantastics high rankings in World Class Championship Wrestling has earned them a bye.
  8. The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff: The current WWF Tag Team Champions just defeated Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda at WrestleMania and look to be dominant.
  9. The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, and Buddy Roberts—the NWA is barring the team from invoking “Freebird Rule” which means the Freebirds will have to select two members for the second round and stick with their choice. However, their record of success including several top championships (and high ranking in the AWA) earn them a bye.
  10. Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen: The dominant team of Brody and Hansen held All Japan Pro Wrestling’s Pacific Wrestling Federation World Tag Team Championship for over a year until Brody left All Japan in March 1985. 
  11. Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura: This highly successful New Japan Pro Wrestling team are ranked high and one of the highest-ranked international teams in our tournament. 
  12. The PYT Express (Norvell Austin and Koko Ware): Memphis’ Continental Wrestling Association has seen the PYT battling the Fabulous Ones over the promotion’s Southern Tag Team Championship and their status as current champions is likely why they’re receiving a bye rather than the Fabulous Ones.
  13. Dory and Terry Funk: The only brothers to hold the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk are also an accomplished and highly decorated tag team, hence their bye. 
  14. Dusty Rhodes and Mystery Partner: Some of the teams in the tournament are questioning why Dusty and his mystery partner get a bye, but their concerns will be dispelled when they see the team debut in round two.
  15. The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey): Current NWA American Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey are highly ranked, not just in World Class Championship Wrestling, but the entire NWA. 
  16. “Bulldog” Bob Brown and Marty Jannetty: Current NWA Central States Tag Team Champions Brown and Jannetty feature a classic team involving experience (Brown) and youth and have earned the final spot in the byes. 

First Round Rules: 
Here are the rules for the first-round matches. The first-round matches have a thirty-minute time limit and are sanctioned under NWA rules (throwing an opponent over the top rope is an automatic disqualification). The matches are one fall with a win obtained by a pinfall, submission, count-out, or disqualification.

The first-round matches will be held over two nights, with the first eight matches taking place at the Baltimore Civic Center on Thursday April 11. The final eight matches of round one will take place at the Norfolk Scope on Friday April 12. Let’s review the line-up for the first night of round one:


First Round Matches
Round One. Night One:
  1. Larry Hennig and Crusher Blackwell vs. Blackjack Mulligan and Wahoo McDaniel
  2. Buzz Tyler and Pistol Pez Whatley vs. Mega Maharishi and Kendo Nagasaki
  3. Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda vs. Nick Bockwinkel and Mr. Saito
  4. Raymond and Jacque Rougeau vs. Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi
  5. The Barbarian and Superstar Billy Graham vs. the Hart Foundation (Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart)
  6. The High Flyers (“Jumping” Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne) vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo.
  7. Kevin and Mike Von Erich vs. Tully Blanchard and Abdullah the Butcher
  8. Genichiro Tenryu and Jumbo Tsuruta vs. the British Bulldogs

Round One. Night Two:
  1. Mike Graham and B. Brian Blair vs. Ted DiBiase and Steve “Dr. Death” Williams
  2. Jimmy Valiant and Bugsy McGraw vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler and “Superstar” Bill Dundee
  3. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Cowboy” Bob Orton Jr. vs. Manny Fernandez and Thunderbolt Patterson
  4. The Rock-n-Roll RPMs (Tommy Lane and Mike Davis) vs. Mark and Jay Youngblood
  5. The Dynamic Duo (Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez vs. American Starship (Starship Eagle and Starship Coyote)
  6. Brett and Buzz Sawyer vs. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Ricky Steamboat
  7. The Batten Twins (Bart and Brad) vs. The Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane and Steve Keirn)
  8. Johnny Weaver and Sam Houston vs. The Sheepherders (Luke Williams and Butch Miller)

Join me next time as round one begins. With 32 teams fighting to advance to round two, you can bet there will be some fierce battles.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

TV Report: September 18, 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: 9/18/82
(taped 9/15/82 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 9/18/82

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ricky Steamboat, Wahoo McDaniel, Jack Brisco and Jimmy Valiant
The starts with Bob Caudle, presenting a gift on behalf of the wrestlers to Jimmy Valiant. It’s a new boom box. Valiant says for the first time in his life, he’s speechless. His Network edit music plays and Valiant dances off the screen.

Steamboat says he has a plan to neutralize Sir Oliver Humperdink in his future matches versus Leroy Brown. He didn’t elaborate. [Spoiler: handicap matches where Humperdink must wrestle.] Wahoo and Brisco talk about the rest of the House of Humperdink, that they are ready for them.

[Break]

Match 1
Wahoo McDaniel & Jack Brisco d. Pvt. Kernodle & Ken Timbs
Stu Schwartz is the referee for the hour. Caudle notes how happy Valiant is to have a new boom box. He also reviews that first segment. Jerry Brisco is coming back to team with this brother. He also notes how Flair is sidestepping Wahoo. Brisco forces Timbs to submit to what was called an “Indian Death Lock,” but looked more like a conventional Figure Four.

[Break]

Match 2
Mike Rotundo d. Ben Alexander
Before the match, Sir Oliver Humperdink jaws with Rotundo, trying to recruit him. Rotundo declined. Humperdink sticks around ringside anyway. He is encouraging pulling the hair or pulling the tights. Caudle wonders who he is trying to instruct. Humperdink tells Caudle it’s Rotundo. Using the airplane spin (maybe the first time?), Rotundo scores the pin. Humperdink jumps in the ring and attempts to shake Rotundo’s hand. Instead, Rotundo shoves him away and yells at him to leave.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Mike Davis & King Parsons
This is in lieu of local promos. Davis & Parsons talk about their upcoming tag match against LeDuc & Brown. Not much here.

[Break]

Match 3
Jos LeDuc & Leroy Brown (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Mike Davis & King Parsons
Easy victory for the heels. LeDuc pins Davis after a one-arm backbreaker.

[Break]

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink, Jos LeDuc and Leroy Brown
Humperdink warns Rotundo not to put his hands on him. He dumps on Valiant receiving a new radio. LeDuc joins in, saying this isn’t music city. If you want music city, go to New York. He wants the TV title. Brown is carrying a microphone stand. He yells and wants Steamboat.
Caudle introduces the next match via blue screen.

[Break]

Match 4
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood d. Jim Dalton & Juan Reynosa
Well, at least it’s officially spelled Reynosa! Caudle talks about Steamboat vs. Brown. He alludes to Steamboat’s statements that Humperdink would somehow be “tied down.” More talk of Jimmy Valiant being gifted a radio. Updates on Flair vs. Wahoo and the return of Jerry Brisco. Dalton getting offense in on Youngblood. The finish sees Youngblood hold Reynosa as Steamboat dives off the top rope with the cross-body block.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Keith Larson & Pork Chop Cash
This is in lieu of local promos. Larson tries, but isn’t very interesting. Cash picks things up. Both talk about the House of Humperdink and the next match.

[Break]

Match 5: Paul Jones & Greg Valentine (w/Sir Oliver Humperdink) d. Keith Larson & Pork Chop Cash
Caudle is still lamenting Jones’ heel turn, saying it was about the money. Little trouble for the House team. Valentine forces Larson to submit with the Figure Four.

-Int. w/Bob Caudle: Sir Oliver Humperdink, Paul Jones, and Greg Valentine
Humperdink complains there are too many Indians running around. Jones claims Valiant’s gift of a radio is payola. It’s illegal. Humperdink doesn’t need to pay his men off. Valentine offers threats to Wahoo to close the show.

“So long for now!”

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Results for the week, 9/13/16-9/19/82 
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker; “Wrestling” newsletter by Joe Shedlock

Mon., 9/13/82 Greenville, SC
Jimmy Valiant beat Jos Leduc by DQ
Leroy Brown beat Ricky Steamboat
Jay Youngblood & Johnny Weaver beat Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle
Ron Ritchie drew Juan Reynosa
Keith Larsen beat Ali Bey

Tue., 9/14/82 Rocky Mount, NC
King Parsons TLD Bill White
Pork Chop Cash & King Parsons d. Pvt. Nelson & Gene Anderson
Ricky Steamboat d. Leroy Brown
Jay Youngblood d. Jos LeDuc by DQ
Wahoo McDaniel d. Greg Valentine

Tue., 9/14/82 Columbia, SC
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff in a loser leaves town match
Paul Jones beat Jack Brisco
Pvt. Kernodle beat Johnny Weaver
Ron Richie beat Juan Reynosa
Keith Larson beat Ali Bey
Glen Lane beat The Inferno
Jim Dalton beat Mike Davis

Wed., 9/15/82 Charlotte, NC(TV)
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Jim Dalton & Juan Reynosa
Paul Jones & Greg Valentine beat Keith Larson & Porkchop Cash
Jack Brisco & Wahoo McDaniel beat Ken Timbs & Pvt. Kernodle
Mike Rotundo beat Ben Alexander
Jos LeDuc & Leroy Brown beat Mike Davis & King Parsons
Jos LeDuc beat King Parsons
Leroy Brown beat Porkchop Cash
Mike Rotundo & Ricky Steamboat beat Ali Bey & Juan Reynosa
Jack Brisco & Wahoo McDaniel beat Jim Dalton & Ben Alexander
Paul Jones & Greg Valentine beat Ron Ritchie & Mike Davis

Thu., 9/16/82 Norfolk, VA
Mike Rotundo d. The Gladiator
Johnny Weaver d. Jim Dalton
Ron Ritchie TLD Juan Reynosa
Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco d. Paul Jones & Greg Valentine
Wahoo McDaniel d. Abdullah the Butcher

Fri., 9/17/82 Richmond, VA
Mike Rotundo d. Pvt. Nelson
Porkchop Cash & King Parsons d. Jim Dalton & Juan Reynosa
Gene Anderson d.  Jay Youngblood
Paul Jones & Greg Valentine d.  Jack & Jerry Brisco
Wahoo McDaniel d. Abdullah the Butcher

Fri., 9/17/82 Charleston, SC; Charleston Town Hall
Mike Davis d. Abe Jacobs
Keith Larsen d. The Pro
Ron Ritchie d. Glenn Lane
Pvt. Kernodle d. Johnny Weaver
Jimmy Valiant d. Jos LeDuc by DQ
Ricky Steamboat d. Leroy Brown

Sat., 9/18/82 Greensboro, NC
Wahoo McDaniel beat Abdullah The Butcher & Oliver Humperdink in a handicap match
Greg Valentine & Paul Jones beat Jack & Jerry Brisco
Ricky Steamboat beat Leroy Brown
Ron Ritchie beat Pvt. Nelson
Mike Rotundo beat Ben Alexander
King Parsons beat Juan Reynosa
Keith Larson beat The Pro

Sat., 9/18/82 Spartanburg, SC
Mike Davis TLD Bill White
Pork Chop Cash d. Jim Dalton
Pvt. Kernodle d. Johnny Weaver
Jay Youngblood d. Gene Anderson by reverse decision DQ
Jimmy Valiant d. Jos LeDuc

Sun., 9/19/82 Charlotte, NC; Charlotte Coliseum
Mike Davis d. Ken Timbs
Mike Rotundo d. Juan Reynosa
Ron Ritchie d. Jim Dalton
Jay Youngblood d. Gene Anderson
Jos LeDuc beat Jimmy Valiant to win NWA TV championship
Ricky Steamboat d. Leroy Brown
Wahoo McDaniel d. Abdullah the Butcher

Monday, May 11, 2020

Championship Podcast: May 1, 1982


https://midatlanticpod.com/
There is a new episode over at the Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast (@MidAtlanticPod) for the May 1, 1982 episode. The show features ongoing focus on the NWA World Tag Team tournament taking place in various cities across the NWA.

By the way, we have a huge 12 part series on that NWA World Tag Team Tournament on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway that covers every known tournament in the series, with bracketing, results, and more.

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.

Ole Anderson confronts Angelo Mosca and Killer Khan as fans speculate what
it might be like to have two heel teams face each other in the NWA tag team tournament.

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.)

 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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