Monday, January 08, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Wrestling shows debut on WWE Network

The WWE Network has added approximately 100 episodes of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling to the on-demand section of their website. The shows have their own category under the "Vault" section.

The shows begin with the 9/12/81 episode and conclude with the 10/22/83 episode just over two years later. Interesting that they pause right as the Starrcade '83 build begins with the huge press conference episode from Florida. Hopefully, more shows will be added in the weeks to come.

But what a treasure trove we have to begin with. From the first shows where Ric Flair as announced as new NWA World Heavyweight Champion, to the 1982 classics such as Brisco vs. Piper and Slaughter vs. Wahoo, to the big feuds between Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood with the teams of Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle and the Brisco Brothers.

Inexplicably there are some missing shows, and some key ones at that. For example, the three episodes leading up to the huge Greensboro cage match between Steamboat/Youngblood vs. Slaughter/Kernodle in March of 1983 (known as "The Final Conflict.)

Another missing gem is the early October 1981 show where Ric Flair makes his first appearance back in his home area as NWA world champion. Former champ Dusty Rhodes also appears on that show. How they can leave that one out is beyond me.

But in general, most shows are included during the time span covered.

If you have never subscribed to the WWE Network before, now's the time! They have a free 30-day trial of the entire network and you can stream these shows to your smart TV or streaming device (such as AppleTV, Roku, etc.) or to your phone or tablet. or simply watch in your Internet browser on your computer. For more information, click here:

Let the WWE know you want more Mid-Atlantic by simply viewing the shows they have on there now. They keep statistics on what we watch. Now is a good time to hit those shows hard.

The "WWE Network News" website has a comprehensive list of the shows that have been added so far: